LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS
On January 15, red-hot Mars enters Aquarius for five weeks, helping you start 2011 on a passionate note. You’re an electrifying sight to behold, which makes you highly attractive to many. If you’re single, look out, world! You’ll have your hands full with options early in the year, and there’s no need to be shy about making the first move, either. In a relationship? Start early with those Valentine’s Day plans. You want to do something original, even daring this year. Make a budget in advance; it’s worth a splurge.
Lucky Jupiter tours Aries and your flirtatious third house from January 22 to June 4. On March 11, your ruling planet Uranus officially moves into Aries for seven years, igniting a fun-filled and fantastic voyage in your love life. There’s been a heaviness around your heart since 2002, when Uranus entered Pisces. In 2011, the levity returns. Finding “The One” is not really your focus. You just want to enjoy the moment, whether you’re single, dating or head over heels in love. Here’s the irony: As your energy lightens up, you attract more appropriate partners, or bring back the magic with the one you’re with.
Between March 11 and June 4, seven planets will tour Aries, making it hard for you to concentrate on just one true love. You’ll need two, Aquarius. Your heart is big, and while in 2010 you were able to focus on one major passion, in 2011 you have just too much energy for one person, place or thing to hold. That doesn’t have to mean two lovers — although with your unconventional approach to life, why not? If you’re the monogamous type, you might be rolling tight with a new best friend, obsessively involved in a hobby or extracurricular activity, or even showering a new baby with adoration. Many Aquarians got news from the stork in 2010, as Jupiter toured Pisces and your family-oriented second house.
In 2011 there are two Gemini eclipses that could bring sudden baby news, as Gemini is the ruler of your pregnancy sector: a solar eclipse on June 1 and a total lunar eclipse on December 10. Also, on December 21 of 2010, there was a total lunar eclipse in Gemini, so that little pink line might appear on the home pregnancy test by your birthday. If you already have children, these eclipses bring them into the spotlight. Your kids will need extra care and attention from you on these days. Strive to really listen to them. Although they are dependent on you, they are individuals, with their own developing dreams and talents. Make sure you aren’t pushing them too far down a path that doesn’t suit them, especially when it comes to their education.
If you’re single, these Gemini eclipses are A-plus days for meeting a mate as well. Dress up, go dancing, initiate conversations with attractive and interesting people. Your bold approach to love helps break you out of the terminally single trap that your signmate Jennifer Aniston seems to be stuck in. You’ve gotta give people more to work with this year. Show off, if you must; be silly. That wild streak of yours may have been on hiatus, but these eclipses remind you that you still have a pulse ... and how!
Coupled up? Instead of gazing enviously at your single friends, set an official date night each week. This structure might seem dull, but it’s all about how you work it. You and your S.O. can take turns surprising each other with plans. Make the lion’s share of these dates public ones. You need to get out of the house and into the world together, to remember the fullness of who you are. Try new restaurants, take workshops, go to film openings and concerts. Keep that cultural guide tucked under your arm at all times so you can be spontaneous with your sweetie, too.
On June 4, Jupiter moves on to Taurus and your domestic fourth house. The vibes shift dramatically in the second half of the year, as this Jupiter phase awakens your nesting instincts. Cohabitation, family planning, building the dream home, playing “Meet the Parents” — suddenly you’re getting into a more settled-down groove. Just don’t do this at the expense of your social life. You still need those date nights and a strong connection with the outside world. Find relationship role models who “have it all”: family, friends, a loving partner, freedom to explore outside hobbies. This is possible for you too, Aquarius. You’re a Renaissance woman, don’t forget that.
On November 11, Mars kicks off a rare seven-month-long tour through Virgo, your eighth house of sex, intimacy and intensely bonded connections. You’ll feel ready to give someone your all at this point — and oh, the fun you’ll have behind closed doors! On the flip side, you may have reached the limit of what you can tolerate from a badly behaving partner. Issue your ultimatum and be ready to make good on your promise to walk out if things don’t change. There’s no room for half-measures as 2011 draws to a close. The question is clear: Are you in or are you out?
WORK & MONEY
With structured Saturn in Libra and your ninth house, this is a huge learning year for you. While you’re eager to explore fresh terrain, Saturn keeps stepping on the brakes, forcing you to slow down, stay put and pay your dues. This Saturn phase lasts until October 6, 2012, so your best bet is to just accept it. If you’ve planned to go back to school for a specialty certificate or college degree, you have the thumbs-up from Saturn. Ditto if you’re training directly with a master in your field. It can be humbling to be the rookie or the student — especially when your sign has such a strong urge to be the best. Humility sets you up for success now. Let go of the ego-based concerns and drink up all the knowledge you can.
Entrepreneurial ventures can succeed this year, but they too will need to be built on a solid structure. You may find yourself traveling to develop a business idea, or nurturing a connection with a long-distance partner. Let this growth happen organically, Aquarius. One of your written works could be published this year too, so develop, edit and refine.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s a flurry of energy coming from Jupiter and your ruling planet Uranus as both of them tour your third house. Let yourself dabble in new industries in the first half of 2011. Sign up for weekend workshops in fields that interest you. Learn how to use social media to build a customer database: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, even selling advertising on your personal blog could provide access to new streams of income. Build up your own Web presence. Do you have an offbeat idea to share with the world? This is your year to write about it. People may flock to you, prompting the desire to turn it into an entrepreneurial venture after June 4.
With your stellar people skills, you’re an incredible teacher. If you’re searching for work but are unsure about what lights you up, look into this field. Getting certified isn’t always a lengthy process. There’s also the possibility of ESL teaching, or creating a continuing-education class in your area of expertise for a community college.
It’s also important that you attend networking events in your industry this year. Expanding your contact database is essential to your career growth. People like you, Aquarius, and that’s what sets you apart from other candidates. It really is all about who you know. The people you meet could illuminate new possibilities for work that you hadn’t previously even thought of or considered. Bye-bye, dead-end job.
On July 1, a solar eclipse in Cancer could bring that very job opportunity you’ve been hoping for. This is the last of a series of eclipses that began in 2008. Since then, you may have faced some sudden changes, department upheavals or even the need to switch jobs a few times. This final eclipse in Cancer is like the bright red bow on the present ... those shake-ups were learning experiences, and now you get the payoff.
This new position could even be one you can work at from home. From June 4, 2011, to June 11, 2012, lucky Jupiter will tour Taurus and your domestic fourth house. You’re a highly independent person, so having that level of freedom is refreshing. There’s one caveat: You’re also a serious people person, so working at home can get lonely. Check into shared office spaces as an affordable alternative, or find a local cafe and declare it your official satellite office.
From April 4 to August 4, you’ll need to watch your spending carefully. Foggy Neptune makes a quick stop in Pisces and your second house of financial planning. (In 2012 it will return there in full force and stay for 13 years.) All that glitters ain’t gold now, Aquarius, so be wary of those compelling sales pitches and “get rich quick” schemes. Although you’d do well in the sales industry this year, you must be in love with the product you’re offering in order to convince others to buy it. You’re also prone to overspending, or creating projects that are too big to pull off with your budget. Do not take out a loan this summer. If you don’t have the funds to cover costs now, you’ll have to either wait or find creative ways to raise them.
On November 11, go-getter Mars enters your house of investments and other people’s resources. The network-marketing model might be intriguing to explore at this point. If you truly believe in the products you’d be selling, and know at least 25 people who would benefit from them — and be willing to buy them — it’s worth a try. With Jupiter touring your third and fourth houses, your friends and family might see a real opportunity in being part of your sales force. Keep your expectations realistic, however: This venture will take a while to build up, providing more of a side stream of income than a replacement for your day job this year.
This Mars phase brings debt into the spotlight, too. You’re ready to pay it off, so focus on this mission. If you’re spending on real estate or home renovations, pull back and let your champagne wishes cool down — those Italian marble countertops are not a good enough reason to add 10K to the mortgage. Consider joining an investment club. You’ll get sage advice and inspiring ideas from the people you meet there, especially at the end of the year!
HEALTH & WELLNESS
As your ruling planet Uranus makes a shift on March 11, you may feel a rush of frenetic, nervous energy. It’s going to take physical activity to calm that brain of yours...ah, sweet endorphins. Let the spring training begin! As the sign that rules the calves and ankles, cycling and running will be right up your alley. Pump up the volume on the music. This can drown out the anxious thoughts and help you release them. They aren’t worth analyzing too deeply. What’s actually more important is shifting your focus to the proactive and positive.
Buddy workouts will help you stay motivated, too. Yes, there will be some days where you just need to vent. Do so while circling an indoor track or going for a run through the park with your pal. Between January 22 and March 11 you might engage a personal trainer to show you some basic muscle-building moves and get you motivated to start your 2011 routine. Taking hour-long classes that are active, fun and energetic will also help kick-start your fitness regimen.
With Saturn in the ninth house, you probably won’t have time to run marathons or do anything extreme this year. Keep your expectations of yourself reasonable. Doing three half-hour workouts a week is better than doing nothing at all. After June 4, setting up a home gym or working out with exercise DVDs can keep you powered up while Jupiter tours your domestic fourth house.
Since your brain will be super active this year, you’ll need to feed yourself at regular intervals — no skipping meals in 2011. That much-lauded plan of “six small meals per day” is right up your alley. Forget about the no-carb Atkins diet. You need slow-burning, healthy foods like whole grains and other complex carbohydrates to ensure that you don’t crash by noon.
HOW TO MAKE THIS THE YEAR OF YOU
Your 2011 Mantra: Try Before You Buy
While it’s true that all that glitters is not gold, in 2011 the planets say, “Go forth and chase shiny things!” This is the year to dabble and get your hands in as many pots as your heart desires. As a freedom-loving Aquarius, you don’t have to be tied down to anyone or anything, unless you’re truly feeling it. The truth? You know a change is coming in an important area of your life, but you’re not 100 percent sure about what you want yet. Cool, don’t worry about it. Just go out and play. The right thing will find you while you’re out exploring and experimenting. P.S.: You won’t have to travel far from home to find it!
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS