Your stars for 2017

Georgia Nicols looks back over the year that has passed and tells you what to expect from the year to come

  • Dec. 28, 2016 6:00 p.m.

By Georgia Nicols

 

Aries

(April 20-May 20)

“People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I’m not arrogant, I’m focused.”

Russell Crowe

(b. April 7, 1964)

We All Have a Past

Between 1994 and 1996, you said goodbye to what was no longer relevant in your life. Some gave up jobs. Some gave up relationships. Some gave up homes. Some even gave up countries. Fortunately, you had a strong urge to explore; and by 1996, you began to reinvent yourself, a journey that took until 2003.  By 2006, casual romance turned serious. By 2008, your reputation was stellar! This is when you grabbed the baton and ran with it, which allowed you to bust your buns to prove to the world what you could do. And you did, because by 2010-12, you looked great! Many of you received praise or acknowledgement for your past efforts. The only downside was that in 2010-2012, partnerships and close relationships were challenging. In fact, the ones that had outlived their usefulness ended.

The year 2015 was filled with vacations, love affairs, romance and playful times with children plus lively adventure! Last year, you improved your job. Your confidence was strong because you could sense that that you were coming into your own. So true!

Looking ahead to 2017!

Career, Money & Reputation

Since 2003, you’ve been climbing to your career peak, which will be in 2018. This means 2017 is the time to get performance ready. Ask yourself what courses can I take? What training can I get? If education isn’t the ticket, what about travel? Consider any experience that will enrich, educate, inform and make you better equipped to maximize the opportunities that will come your way in the next four years. You’re gonna sizzle! Meanwhile, lucky, moneybags Jupiter will be 180° opposite your sign, which means you will go after everything that you want, especially in material terms. “Show me the money!” The year 2017 is a time to expand in any way that benefits you. Note: Partners, professionals and experts will help you. Therefore, knowing that next year is your time of harvest, this year is your final chance to get ready. For those of you who no longer work in a salaried job, this career peak still applies because the word career is based on the old French word carriere, which means highway. So your career is your life path. By 2018, your personal reputation among your peers will be at its peak. You will garner respect. You will see clearly what is working and what is not. This year you will start to win recognition for your achievements! Count on it.

Romance and Relationships

This year is the best year for friendships, marriage and committed partnerships that you have had since 2005. In 2017, your intimate encounters will expand your world in two ways: First, these relationships will allow you to learn more about yourself. Secondly, your relationships will expand your experience of the world as you experience it through others. In 2017, your relationships with spouses, partners and close friends will benefit you. These benefits could be money, gifts and the opportunity to use something that others own; or your benefit might be advice, instruction and education. It can also be the thumb-sucking comfort of knowing someone has your back. You might become more involved with someone from another culture or a different country. One thing is certain: Any close relationship in the year 2017 will have a consciousness expanding effect upon you. Therefore, it’s important to know that this is the best year in over a decade for you to marry. It’s also the best year in over a decade to encourage a close friendship. Open up to these things – and give yourself a chance for happiness.

Home, Family and Real Estate

If you are having one of the best years in over a decade for marriage and partnerships (and you are); it’s obvious you will have a better family life. That’s because all the positive feelings that you will have with someone who is close to you will spill into relationships with family. Oh yes, we all want to be loved!

Therefore, in 2017, the bottom line is that because you are a happier person (and you are); and because you are getting warm feedback and affection from others (and you will); then you will be someone who gives others more affection, respect and friendlier vibes. You will be a charter member of your own mutual admiration society. Ha!

Another reason family life will be richer and happier this year is because Saturn will support you. Saturn will help things run more smoothly so you can accomplish more. Because of this, your family life will improve because family is practical: A roof overhead, a bed to sleep in, food on the table, you get it. It will be easier to provide the necessities for your family this year plus you will have a greater sense of security. It’s all good.

A Sneak Peek Beyond

The year 2018 is your career peak. (If you are not in a paying job, this is still a career peak in your life path.) Something will bring you accolades and the respect of others because you will be proud! Plus gifts, goodies, inheritances and assistance from others will materialize. Ironically, 2020 is still a fabulous time because lucky Jupiter is at the top of your chart augmenting your success and attracting opportunities to put your name up in lights. Once again, others respect and admire you. The year 2021 is popular! In fact, you will be so much in demand; your greatest challenge will be learning how to balance the demands from others with your own needs. In 2023, lucky Jupiter will return to your sign bringing you good fortune and an easy, playful, fun-loving year. Opportunities will abound! You will attract people to you. In fact, you will attract so much to you, the only downside is you might gain weight because you attract flesh to the bone. (Time to let out another pleat in the shower curtain?)

My Aries Mantra for 2017

“Partners and close friends are my good fortune.”

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:      –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 2 –  Dec 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for Aries for 2017

January 4, 5, 6

February 1, 2, 28

March 1, 27, 28

April 24, 25

May 21, 22

June 18, 19

July 15, 16

August 11, 12

September 7, 8, 9

October 5, 6

November 1, 2, 28, 29, 30

December 26, 27

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

March

21 Matthew Broderick 1962

22 Reese Witherspoon 1976

23 Keri Russell 1976

24 Alyson Hannigan 1974

25 Sarah Jessica Parker 1965

26 Martin Short 1950

27 Jann Arden 1962

28 Dianne Wiest 1948

29 Lucy Lawless 1968

30 Warren Beatty 1937

31 Gordie Howe 1928

 

April

1 Sam Huntington 1982

2 Christopher Meloni 1961

3 Alec Baldwin 1958

4 Robert Downey Jr. 1965

5 Pharrell Williams 1973

6 Paul Rudd 1969

7 Kevin Alejandro 1976

8 Patricia Arquette 1968

9 Marc Jacobs 1963

10 Daisy Ridley 1992

11 Trevor Linden 1970

12 Saoirse Ronan 1994

13 Kelli Giddish 1980

14 Abigail Breslin 1996

15 Emma Thompson 1959

16 Claire Foy 1984

17 Jacqueline MacInnes Wood 1987

18 Chloe Bennet 1992

19 James Franco 1978

 

 

Taurus

(April 20-May 20)

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

William Shakespeare

(April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616)

We All Have a Past

The early 90’s were strong. Something made you glow with pride. Around 1992, you made gains in real estate or moved into bigger or better digs. Perhaps your family expanded through marriage, birth or adoption? By the mid-90s, you improved your job; and by 1994-95, partnerships were rewarding. (That was an excellent time to get married.) By the end of the 90s, your reputation was strong; but by 1997 to 1999, you let go of relationships, jobs, people, places and possessions. This led to a major turning point in your life, which occurred around 1999.

By 2004-05, you changed jobs or residences or both because this was a time of flux. The year 2007 favoured you financially, especially from the resources of others through inheritances, mortgages or loans. However, it was not until 2013-14, that you got the recognition you deserved. Following that, many of you bought real estate or improved your home and family scene around 2015. Taurus is the symbol of the country squire. You want to own mortgage-free land with a house graced with tasteful antiques. Yes, the good life!

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

This year there are conflicting astrological influences for your career. Since 2015, your responsibilities with debt and obligations to others have increased. It’s as if you’re in boot camp, forced to rely entirely on yourself. This is sobering! In addition, you have to come to terms with other people’s values and learn how to incorporate them into your life without abandoning your own.

Fortunately, 2017 is the best year in over a decade to improve your job. Yay! It’s your year to get a better job, better duties in your current job, or somehow get rid of your evil boss. Whatever it is – you will be happier where you work; and many of you will enjoy opportunities for work-related travel. For those who are retired, you are still busy with the task of living. Therefore, you will be happier performing your daily tasks this year because you will find greater fulfilment through what you do every day.

This year you have the sense of having survived heavy challenges. (And you have.) Ergo – you are more prepared to deal with the future. You are more powerful dealing with others because you have made strides in your own personal advancement. Some of you might even have more power now in your job. “I’m boss!” The result is that you can now express yourself more effectively, which is one reason you get better results with others. Even your relationships with those who have power over you are now improved. Yeah, you’ve got the powah!

Romance and Relationships

The first nine months of this year will vibrate warmly for you because Jupiter is in Libra, which is your sister sign. (You are both ruled by Venus). This makes this year a cozy time for all relationships. It will be easy to be loving, reasonable, fair and gentle. (Big contrast to 2012-2015, when relationships were tough!) However, the best news is that in Oct., lucky Jupiter enters your House of Partnerships and Marriage for 12 months making it the best time to get married since 2006. Wow! This blessing won’t return until 2028. “Holy Matrimony!”

This means that the first nine months of the year will engender feelings of trust and affection with others. (Many of you will meet someone through your work.) These warm feelings develop into a willingness to commit from mid Oct. until Nov. 2018. Not only is this the best time to get married, it is also a time that blesses all partnerships, including existing marriages. It also implies that marriage will bring you an increase in wealth, joy and will expand your world. Many of you will marry someone older, richer or more established. That’s the snazzy influence of Jupiter! Yeah!

Home, Family and Real Estate

Your health will improve this year; and health problems will heal. If you have not had problems, your health will improve because you adopt a regime of exercise and better diet. Note: When you’re happier with your body, it’s easier to relate to home and family.

Relations with family members might involve legal documents and decisions about shared property, mortgages and debt this year. You will be forced to face the differing values of others, and forced to face the fact that you have to be independent. On the whole, this is a positive time for real estate and family relationships, because it’s a favourable time for legal transactions and financial negotiations. People in power will help you make steps to expand where you live or grow with surprisingly little effort.

In another vein (different arm) those of you who have pets at home will find that this year, you will derive much greater joy from owning a pet or dealing with pets in some manner. Woof woof!

A Sneak Peek Beyond

By the year 2019, you will benefit from the wealth and resources of others because gifts and goodies will come your way! Some of you will benefit indirectly through the wealth of your partners. This is a fantastic year – the best in over a decade – to go for a loan or a mortgage. You are also preparing for a window of time that is coming in 2020 – 23 when you will experience a career peak. Yay! This is a marvellous time when you will feel truly proud of your achievements. If you are younger, you might graduate. It could be a time of marriage or your first child. For most, it will be a time of promotion, kudos and acknowledgement from your peers. In 2023, lucky Jupiter enters your own sign of Taurus for the first time since 2012, boosting your confidence and bringing all kinds of opportunities your way. Don’t forget to pack a hot lunch before you set off to conquer the universe.

My Taurus Mantra for 2017

“This year I will improve my job, my health and my partnerships Yay!”

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:  Jan 1 –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 2 –  Dec 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for 2017

January 7, 8

February 3, 4

March 2, 3, 29, 30, 31

April 26, 27

May 25, 26

June 22, 23

July 19, 20

August 15, 16, 17

September 12, 13

October 9, 10

November 3, 4

December 1, 2, 28, 29

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

April

20 Miranda Kerr 1983

21 Queen Elizabeth II 1926

22 Jack Nicholson 1937

23 Dev Patel 1990

24 Sue Grafton 1940

25 Gina Torres 1969

26 Channing Tatum 1980

27 Jenna Coleman 1986

28 Bridget Moynahan 1971

29 Uma Thurman 1970

30 Kunal Nayyar 1981

 

May

1 Wes Anderson 1969

2 Princess Charlotte 2015

3 Bobby Cannavale 1970

4 Will Arnett 1970

5 Adele 1988

6 George Clooney 1961

7 Amy Heckerling 1954

8 Martha Wainwright 1976

9 Grace Gummer 1986

10 Donovan Leitch 1946

11 Sabrina Carpenter 1999

12 Jason Biggs 1978

13 Stevie Wonder 1950

14 Mark Zuckerberg 1984

15 Andy Murray 1987

16 Megan Fox 1986

17 Sasha Alexander 1973

18 Tina Fey 1970

19 Kyle Eastwood 1968

20 Cher 1946

 

 

Gemini

(May 21-June 20)

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930)

We All Have a Past

Around 2001, partnerships were tough and challenging; and you started off on a new journey. By 2005-06, residential moves and job changes were important; and by 2007-08, you were a new person! (Just look at your life in 2008 and compare it to the year 2000 to see the difference.) In 2013, lucky Jupiter brought you opportunities to travel and expand your world; but you also entered a two-year window of hard work to prove what you could do. In 2015, you entered a three-year window (which you are still in) that was (and is) challenging to your marriage and partnerships. Meanwhile, 2015-16 was a time of fantastic real-estate opportunities – the best since 2004. Many of you took advantage of this by buying real estate or fixing up your existing home or enhancing your home in a positive way. You might have also expanded your family. (This wonderful blessing to home, family and real estate will not return again until 2027.) How reassuring to feel that you are on firm footing when it comes to having a secure base in the world. Bravo!

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

While last year was profitable with real estate and family businesses; this year, you can make money in the entertainment world, show business, the hospitality industry, the sports world and anything to do with children. When I mention the entertainment world, it can be anything from a pitch and putt golf course in a small town to Disney World. Likewise, the hospitality industry can mean anything from a B&B in your home to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The sports world can be anything from the Olympics to junior soccer in your neighbourhood. This means 2017 offers you a wonderful chance to boost your income by exploring ways to entertain the public including video games, bingo, movies, the theatre sports events and musical performances. A wide array of possibilities! And fun possibilities!

But lo! Your challenge this year will be with partners. Some of you will want to end a partnership because the price is too high or you’re miserable. (This is quite likely.) And if you stay in your partnership, you will have to learn how to compromise and renegotiate to make the partnership workable. There is no free lunch with this one. Something’s gotta give.

Note: You are heading for a career peak in 2023, which means everything you do is building to that point. In fact, in the next 14 years, you will be much more high viz. in the eyes of others, especially bosses and VIPs. (Remember to floss.)

Romance and Relationships

Lucky Jupiter is your best friend this year because it is bringing you opportunities to explore romance, flirtations and social thrills. Yay! Many of you will fall in love. New friends and lovers will come into your life because you are attracted to people who are radically different from you. By hanging out with them, travelling with them and sharing what they do, you will expand your world. These new contacts will make you feel happier and give you more zest for life!

You don’t have to be single to benefit from this influence. If you have been married for 15 years, you will still experience a boost of joy because 2017 is your year to have fun and express your creativity. For example, you might travel for pleasure and enjoy more vacations. The thrust of 2017 is that the relationships that you enjoy for fun and pleasure will bring you even more joy and fascinating knowledge. The last time you had this blessing for romance and fun was in 2005. The next time will be in 2028. This is a no brainer. Get ready for a fun year!

Home, Family and Real Estate

You are sitting pretty with home, family and real estate in 2017 because you had marvellous good fortune last year; and this year, you will build on that good fortune. (Like putting a good saddle on a great horse.) Family relations will be warm because you will be happier in 2017 and happiness is contagious. The most obvious area of warmth will be your relationships with kids. Expect many occasions where you will feel proud of them. Family enjoyment through vacations will create warm memories for the future. This year you will be more in touch with your creative expression. It will feel gratifying and rewarding to express your creative talents and bring them into play. You will produce more work and try new arts and crafts, which in turn, will inspire family members, especially children, who will be proud of you! You will also explore physical activities and athletics because you feel confident, healthy and happier in 2017. This happiness, like a domino effect, will affect your relationship with all family members. “A joy that is shared is a joy made double.”

A Sneak Peek Beyond

You have fabulous job opportunities in 2018 –   so make the most of them. This is your year to get a better job, better duties and if necessary, a better boss. (There is nothing so demoralizing as working for someone you cannot respect.) It will be wise to take advantage of these opportunities because the resources of others will be diminished in the next two years. (From 2018-2020.) Please note: This won’t affect your earnings. Therefore, do what you can in 2018 to shore up your income and take advantage of job opportunities. The year 2019 is wonderful for relationships; in fact, it’s a fabulous year to get married! The window of time from 2021-20 to is fabulous for travel, as well as promoting your reputation in the world. People will think highly of you, which is why you will feel pumped by 2023. This is when you will enter a time where you are proud of your achievements – no question. By 2025 you’re laughing once again because lucky, moneybags Jupiter is in your sign. How sweet it is.

My Gemini Mantra for 2017

“I’m a happy-condriac!”

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:      –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 3 –  Dec. 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for 2017

January 9, 10

February 5, 6

March 4, 5

April 1, 2, 28, 29

May 25, 26

June 22, 23

July 19, 20

August 15, 16, 17

September 12, 13

October 9, 10

November 5, 6

December 3, 4, 30, 31

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

May

21 James Clancy Phelan 1979

22 Ginnifer Goodwin 1978

23 Melissa McBride 1965

24 Bob Dylan 1941

25 Cillian Murphy 1976

26 Lenny Kravitz 1964

27 Bruce Cockburn 1945

28 Gladys Knight 1944

29 Annette Bening 1958

30 Colm Meaney 1953

31 Eric Christian Olsen  1977

June

1 Marilyn Monroe 1926

2 Justin Long 1978

3 Anderson Cooper 1967

4 Robin Lord Taylor 1978

5 Liza Weil 1977

6 Patrick Rothfuss 1973

7 Prince 1958

8 Joan Rivers 1933

9 Johnny Depp 1963

10 Elizabeth Hurley 1965

11 Gene Wilder 1933

12 Christine Sinclair 1983

13 Chris Evans 1981

14 Donald Trump 1946

15 Leah Remini 1970

16 Andy Weir 1972

17 Thomas Haden Church 1960

18 Kurt Browning 1966

19 Zoë Saldana 1978

20 John Goodman 1952

 

Cancer

(June 21-July 22)

“Greetings and death to our enemies!”

Dan Aykroyd

(b July 1, 1952)

We All Have a Past

The year 1999 was fortunate because lucky Jupiter was at the top of your chart helping you to promote your good name. You graduated or did something to make you feel proud. By 2001, two different influences began. In July, Jupiter entered your sign for the first time since 1990, making it easier to attract important people and favourable circumstances to you. However, in that same year, you entered a three-year window where you began to give up people, places and possessions. That’s because you were preparing for a new path that would open up in 2003. This was a watershed time in your life. If you look back, you will see that what you began then, lead to big changes later. By 2005, you had marvellous opportunities to speculate in real estate or improve your home and family relationships. From 2008 until 2010, many of you changed jobs or residences. In 2014, Jupiter was back in your sign once again bringing you opportunities. Last year, you began to work hard to show others what you could do, while a sense of optimism kept your spirits up.

 

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

You busted your buns last year; however, this year, your efforts will start to bear fruit. Even if you have not received recognition for your work, it will begin because you are preparing for a debut in 2018. Just one year away. (These dates can vary by a year or so depending on your birthday) It’s as if you are beta testing  before you go public. Go over details in the same way that you would proofread something. Get your equipment in order. Get your paperwork in order. Get your health in order because your break away is coming around 2018. It won’t be overnight – it will be gradual. One of the best ways to make money this year is real estate. You have the best chance since 2006 to profit from any kind of real-estate deal. Your home and your real-estate holdings will expand and bring you increased wealth. Meanwhile, Uranus has been at the top of your chart since 2010, stirring up your relationship with bosses. A worst-case scenario is a fall from power. Uranus makes you rebellious and tempted to leave a job so you can start off in a new direction. You will speak out if you feel repressed. Uranus wants you to move to the kind of work you really want. Remember: That which must be done eventually is best done immediately.

Romance and Relationships

Since 2009, Pluto has been opposite your sign and will stay there for eight more years. This is the only time this will happen to you in your life. When Pluto is opposite your sign, it profoundly transforms and changes marriage and close relationships. It forces you into a crisis position where you need to redefine your entire relationship because it has a tendency to release long hidden tensions. Power struggles will be nasty and destructive. If you try something dirty – your partner will use every trick in the book in response. The main lesson to learn when Pluto is opposite your sign is stop blaming others for what happens. Instead, acknowledge that many of these problems are triggered by unconscious cues on your part. (Oops.) Nevertheless, live-in partnerships will improve this year! You will be more generous and open to each other. Nearing the end of 2017, you will have the best chance to explore exciting new romance that you have had since 2006! This is because lucky Jupiter will enter the part of your chart that encompasses fun, pleasure and romance. (Swoon!) New relationships that begin then will expand your world and teach you more than you ever dreamed was possible.

Home, Family and Real Estate

The luckiest part of your life this year deals with home, family and real estate. If you rent, this is your best chance in 12 years to buy a home. Whatever you buy will be profitable now and in the future. Dream big! Expect the impossible! Admittedly, the prices of homes in cities like Vancouver are crazy. So if you cannot buy a home, you will rent or make changes so that you love where you live. Your home will feel bigger and better! If you pay a mortgage, this is your best chance to buy and sell or improve your current home. Whatever you do will bring you immediate benefit and greater wealth in the future. The bottom line is you will enjoy your home more! This same beneficial influence applies to your family relations. They will be better than they have been in over a decade! Warmer, kinder and more caring. Family members will be more generous to each other. Your kids might even take out the garbage.

A Sneak Peek Beyond

The year 2018 is the perfect year for vacations, love affairs, romance, artistic activities, playful times with children, financial speculation plus parties and schmoozing! It offers you the best chance to enjoy life that you have had in over a decade. The following year in 2019, you have marvellous opportunities to improve your job or get a better job. Admittedly, partnerships and marriages will feel more tension than usual. Gifts, goodies and inheritances will come to you in 2021, and the following year in 2022, you have grand opportunities to travel! Really travel. By 2023, your reputation shines because this is your chance to put your name up in lights. Many of you will graduate or get kudos, promotions and acknowledgement for your past activities. This lays the groundwork for a truly rewarding time in 2025-26, which is your time of harvest. Ta da! This is when you see what is working in your life and what is not. It’s a time when you are empowered and things will tend to go your way. Traditionally, it’s a time of great achievement – and we’re talking about the kind of recognition that one gets every 30 years. Major stuff.

My Cancer Mantra for 2017

“My home and family will be happier and more abundant.”

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:      –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 2 –  Dec 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for 2017

January 11,12

February 7, 8

March 6, 7

April 1, 2, 28, 29

May 1, 27, 28

June 24, 25

July 21, 22,

August 18, 19

September 12, 15

October 11, 12,

November 7, 8

December 5, 6

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

June

21 Juliette Lewis 1973

22 Portia Doubleday 1988

23 Frances McDormand 1957

24 Candice Patton 1988

25 Yann Martel 1963

26 Pearl S. Buck 1892

27 J.J. Abrams 1966

28 Mel Brooks 1926

29 Zuleikha Robinson 1977

30 Rupert Graves 1963

July

1 Dan Aykroyd 1952

2 Margot Robbie 1990

3 Tom Cruise 1962

4 Andrew Zimmern 1961

5 Robbie Robertson 1943

6 Dalai Lama 1935

7 Ringo Starr 1940

8 Milo Ventimiglia 1977

9 Tom Hanks 1956

10 Alice Munro 1931

11 Alessia Cara 1996

12 Gordon Pinsent 1930

13 Ken Jeong 1969

14 Conor McGregor 1988

15 Arianna Huffington 1950

16 Katrina Kaif 1983

17 Luke Bryan 1976

18 Kristen Bell 1980

19 Benedict Cumberbatch 1976

20 Gisele Bündchen 1980

21 Juno Temple 1989

22 Selena Gomez 1992

 

Leo

(July 23-Aug. 22)

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

(Aug. 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821

We All Have a Past

Around the year 1999, you achieved something that mattered to you. Therefore, you might have been surprised when you had to downsize and let go of things during 2003-06. By 2007, hot and heavy love affairs were taking place; and you were well on your way on a new path. You achieved kudos because of your hard work around 2010-011. (Great!) This was also a time when some of you received inheritances or support from others because life was generous to you then. By 2015, things were easy because lucky Jupiter was back in your sign bringing good fortune and contentment into your world. Increased responsibilities with children came into play then as well, and these responsibilities would continue for the next few years. Fortunately, by 2016, many of you began to see ways to boost your income. This is important to you because Leos live high. I am a Leo and I have a sign in my kitchen that says, “Lots of money is only useful if you spend it.”

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

This year, lucky Jupiter will help your life flow easily. Thank gawd! With surprisingly little effort, you will move in the direction you want to go. Even your dreams will seem doable. The key is to realize that it is your increased belief in yourself that will generate a better job or a chance to do something special that is close to your heart. Don’t be afraid to try something that you have always hoped you would do. Jump in!

This is also the classic year to get further training or advanced studies. By 2018, you will continue to work hard on the ideas that you develop this year; and by 2020, you will receive acknowledgement and praise for your efforts. But it all begins this year. I repeat, this year.

Saturn is supportive to you now because it is in your fellow Fire Sign. In fact, both Saturn and Jupiter are so supportive to you, your challenge is to resist the urge to sit back and relax, which is tempting! Saturn deals with your tangible reality, your relationship to authority figures, the government, your status in society, and the energy that you have to work hard. That’s why this is the perfect year to lay the framework for future success. Get as much done now as you can because in the future, this might be more difficult. Many Leos will boost their income this year. (Especially Leos born in August.) Yeah!

Romance and Relationships

This year is strong for you because both Jupiter and Saturn are having a lovely dance with your Leo Sun. This is quite rare. Sometimes one planet or the other is favourable to your Sun; but this year, it’s a double whammy! That’s why you will be happier, and hey – happy is attractive to others. You will also have more enthusiasm for life and a stronger sense of adventure. These qualities will entice new romance as well as improve existing relationships. Ya think?

The influence of Saturn will encourage a romance with someone of an age difference; while the influence of Jupiter will attract someone who is richer or more established than you. One thing is certain, this year you will be very serious about romantic involvements. The word casual won’t even be in your vocabulary. One night stands are history. Even your choice of recreation and amusing diversions must have a purpose. In particular, you will welcome any relationship that teaches you something new or allows you to learn something valuable.

Home, Family and Real Estate

Your home life will be happier this year because when life is easier, you are happier, and thus, your home life is happier. Jupiter (wealth) and Saturn (form and structure) bless your sign. You might move to a more luxurious home or buy things so you feel more affluent where you currently live. Saturn will enable you to teach family members or learn something valuable from them.

In Nov, you enter a 12-month window, which is the best year for you to benefit from real estate in a 24 year stretch. This is huge! Since you know this will happen, start thinking of what you want to do if you can almost do the impossible. It could mean buying and selling or building. It could mean a second home or a cottage in the country. It could mean you manage to rent something bigger and better.

Family members will be more generous to each other; and happier in each other’s company. Your family might also expand through marriage, birth or adoption.

A Sneak Peek Beyond

We certainly know that in the year 2018 you will improve your digs. This means you will move to a bigger and better home or improve your existing home. You might buy and sell. You might buy for the first time. Whatever happens, not only will your home feel more luxurious, your family life will improve as well. Indeed – your family might expand through marriage or birth. Plan on a wonderful vacation in 2019 because it’s in the cards. In 2021-23, serious partnerships will be tested. By 2023-24, your reputation is stellar! Oh my! You can really make a name for yourself at this time. Nevertheless, your fabulous career peak and that time of culmination of your past efforts will take place five years later in 2029. That’s when you will really step up to the plate to take a bow. You will be strong enough to know what you want and you will be fortunate enough to go after it

My Leo Mantra for 2017

“My positive attitude is my strength this year.”

 

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:      –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 2 –  Dec 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for 2017

January 13, 14

February 9, 10

March 8, 9, 10

April 5, 6

May 2, 3, 29, 30, 31

June 26, 27

July 23, 24

August 20, 21

September 16, 17

October 13, 14

November 9, 10

December 7, 8

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

July

23 Daniel Radcliffe 1989

24 Anna Paquin 1982

25 Matt LeBlanc 1967

26 Helen Mirren 1945

27 Alex Rodriguez 1975

28 Jim Davis 1945

29 Geddy Lee 1953

30 Alton Brown 1962

31 B. J. Novak 1979

August

1 Jason Momoa 1979

2 Wes Craven 1939

3 Martha Stewart 1941

4 Barack Obama 1961

5 Jesse Williams 1981

6 Vera Farmiga 1973

7 Charlize Theron 1975

8 Shawn Mendes 1998

9 Gillian Anderson 1968

10 Justin Theroux 1971

11 Viola Davis 1965

12 Casey Affleck 1975

13 Sebastian Stan 1982

14 Mila Kunis 1983

15 Julia Child 1912

16 Steve Carell 1962

17 Austin Butler 1991

18 Denis Leary 1957

19 Jim Carter 1948

20 Demi Lovato 1992

21 Usain Bolt 1986

22 James Corden 1978

 

 

Virgo

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.”

Warren Buffett

(b. Aug.30, 1930)

We All Have a Past

Around 2001, you made a great impression on others, especially bosses, parents and VIPs because you entered a three-year window that was a time of harvest. By 2004, lucky Jupiter entered your sign, which made you happier, more content and more hopeful about your future. However, by 2006, you suddenly had to minimize and streamline your life and your possessions.

By 2009, you set off on a new path to redefine who you were. Partnerships and close friendships were a blessing in 2009/10; and by 2011, many of you benefited from the wealth and resources of others.

The year 2012 was good for travel and expanding your world. And by 2013, once again, your reputation looked solid. However, in the last few years, things were less stable. Many of you experienced job changes or residential moves because you were putting the final stages on the process of reinventing the new you. And by 2015 – you arrived!

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

The year 2017 will bring you the best chance in over a decade to boost your earnings. Yay! Many will be involved more with travel, foreign interests and people from other countries. Jupiter will help you to make money through publishing, the media, medicine, the law and anything to do with colleges and universities. Jupiter also represents healing. These are all areas where it will be easy to explore new opportunities. But please note: At a more subtle level, Jupiter will help you actualize whatever you value most in life in the year 2017. If you are less interested in accumulating money because you are more interested in free time to explore spiritual ideas or to tap into your creative energy – then it is likely that you will expand your life in this way. Since 2008, you have been on a new journey. Look at who where you are now and compare it to who you were in 2006! Compare the difference. This is an important journey that you have completed. It takes place only once every 30 years. Now that this is behind you, you will begin to achieve your dreams in the future; but the difference will be that these dreams are the dreams !of the New You; and you will see your payoff in about six years from now. Six years will fly! (That’s just twice as long as Bubba spent in Grade nine.)

Romance and Relationships

Well, it’s a cliché but it’s true that money is sexy. (We know that money can’t buy love, but hey – it improves your bargaining position.) Especially because love is blond. So there is always that to think about in the coming year. Aside from your increased confidence due to your financial situation, something even bigger is at play when it comes to your relationships with partners this year; and it is the fact that you now know who you are. Major! It’s taken since around 2007 until now to figure this out. And don’t worry, if you’re not sure who you are – you are sure who you are not. This means at this stage in your life, you are more serious about commitment, family and partnerships than you were in previous years. Therefore, you will be less interested in playing the field and having dalliances. What you want now is a serious relationship because you want to put down roots. If you’re in a relationship that is not going anywhere – quit kidding yourself. Don’t try to save something that isn’t worth saving. Cut your losses as soon as you realize that they are losses. Be smart.

Home, Family and Real Estate

Home and family relationships are important this year. If we look at a major 30-year cycle in your life, we see that from 1994 to 2001, you gained strength and success. Around 2005-2008, you gave up a lot to begin a new journey in 2008. Now, during 2015 to 2017, your primary objective is to solidify your home base. You have to make your home your refuge. If you already have a home that you like, work to improve it. If you rent, you might move yet again to find someplace that feels just right. That’s because from 2015-2017, it’s important to establish a secure base for yourself. Likewise, relations with family members will undergo important changes because you want to redefine these relationships as well (especially with respect to boundaries and who is in charge and who is responsible for what). So these are the important things you have to work out and establish – probably more important than in any time in your life except for 30 years ago during 1986-1988.

A Sneak Peek Beyond

A subtle shift will occur for you in 2018. Many of you will have increased responsibilities with children; however all of you will start to be more serious about life and wonder what it is that you really want to do when you grow up. (Regardless of your age.) Take note because by 2019, you will have the best opportunity to improve your home and your real-estate situation in over a decade. This is an excellent time to build, buy or sell. If you rent, you will rent something better. Whatever happens, you will enjoy where you live more; and even your relationship with family members will improve. The year 2020 is a great vacation year followed by wonderful job opportunities and a chance to improve your job in 2021. Count on this! Although partnerships are challenging in 2023-24, in the next year by 2025, you can put your name up in lights because your reputation is stellar. Looking fabulous!

My Virgo Mantra for 2017

“I enjoy what I own and will work to solidify my home.”

 

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:    Dec to   –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 2 –  Dec 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for 2017

January 15, 16

February 11, 12, 13

March 11, 12

April 7, 8

May 4, 5, 6

June 1, 2, 28, 29

July 25, 26

August 22, 23

September 18, 19

October 15, 16, 17

November 11, 12, 13

December 9, 10

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

August

23 Andrew Rannells 1978

24 Dave Chappelle 1973

25 Rachael Ray 1968

26 Melissa McCarthy 1979

27 Aaron Paul 1979

28 Jason Priestly 1969

29 Elliott Gould 1938

30 Michael Chiklis 1963

31 Richard Gere 1949

September

1 Padma Lakshmi 1970

2 Mark Harmon 1951

3 Charlie Sheen 1965

4 Beyoncé 1981

5 Michael Keaton 1951

6 Pippa Middleton 1983

7 Evan Rachel Wood 1987

8 Bernie Sanders  1941

9 Michael Bublé 1975

10 Arnold Palmer 1929

11 Tyler Hoechlin 1987

12 Emmy Rossum 1986

13 Stella McCartney 1971

14 Andrew Lincoln 1973

15 Magnus Nilsson 1983

16 Alexis Bledel 1981

17 Nate Berkus 1971

18 Jada Pinkett Smith 1971

19 Trisha Yearwood 1964

20 George R. R. Martin 1948

21 Leonard Cohen 1934

22 Tom Felton 1987

 

Libra

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx

(Oct. 2, 1890 – Aug 19, 1977)

We All Have a Past

The mid-90s were discouraging; however, travel or a major trip somewhere special was important around the turn of the millennium. By 2002, people thought highly of you. This was even better by 2004 when you felt proud of your achievements! By 2005, life was still grand because lucky Jupiter was in your sign; however, around 2008, you entered a three-year window when you let go of people, places and possessions. By 2010, something happened that gave you stronger job satisfaction; and in 2011, you stepped out into the world in a more public way. Once again, in 2013, you entered a time that favoured publishing, the media, medicine, the law and most especially travel. In 2014, promotions and praise from your peers came your way. Most recently, you have to deal with job changes and residential moves. It’s been said that change always involves inconvenience, and this is true – even change that is from worse to better.

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

This is a wonderful year because lucky Jupiter is in your sign. This blessing occurs only three or four times in your adult life. The last time was in 2005; the next will be in 2028, then 2040. (It’s a rare blessing.) Jupiter will boost your confidence and attract people to you who help you. Your day-to-day world will feel more fortunate; and you will more contented, and have more leisure. You will certainly be happier. This good fortune is timely because you are at the end of a three-year window of job changes. Therefore, if you are heading into a new job, your newfound confidence will help you. Since 2010, you have been redefining yourself. Now you are putting the final touches on the “new you;” and these final touches are about how you see and communicate to your every-day world. This is why your daily life will change. You can no longer take things for granted. You will be forced to look around you and see life with fresh eyes. By the end of 2017, you will start to aim for new goals. The important thing to know this year is that Jupiter will give you divine protection. Don’t be afraid to spread your wings! You can be ambitious or you can bask in your achievements and enjoy that rare blessing of satisfaction. The choice is yours.

Romance and Relationships

Your closest relationships will thrive in 2017 because you are happier. It will be subtle. You’re not rolling on the floor laughing your face off. You are content because day by day, life seems easier. You have leisure time. You enjoy socializing. You find good restaurants and cool hotels when you travel. You discover fascinating books. Life is easier in small ways. This is how good fortune works. It is not dramatic — although it can be. Basically, there are three reasons why your relationships will improve: The first is mentioned above: Life is easier and happier people are more fun to be with. The second reason is you will attract people to you. This can improve current relationships and boost your chance to meet someone new. The third reason is when Jupiter is in your sign, you are “different”. You explore your spiritual side and get to know yourself better. You travel, which educates you and helps you meet new people. Jupiter makes you less judgmental and more self-confident. These are attractive qualities. Oh yes, value your good fortune while Jupiter is in your sign.

Home, Family and Real Estate

The year 2017 is the last year of a three-year window when most of you will change residence. Some have already done so. Some will move this year. (This does not happen to happen.) The purpose of this change is to put the finishing touches on the “new you,” which you began creating in 2010. (I don’t know about you, but my “new you” is ten pounds heavier.) When you undergo a major change, you change your everyday experiences. You are awakened to new ways of seeing, new ways of listening, new ways of talking. Plan to spend more on family outings, artistic events and making your home look more attractive because these will all be sources of pleasure for you this year. You will not regret it. You will create memories for your family in the future; and at the same time, educate your family, and elevate their experience and appreciation of culture. (Yeah, yeah, opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of bleeding, he sings.)

A Sneak Peek Beyond

In 2018, most of you will earn more money. However, if you don’t earn more money – you will still increase your assets. Yes; you will have more stuff and you will feel richer! The year 2020 is fabulous for real estate in every way. It’s a great time to buy and sell or build or even to rent something better because whatever you do will improve your home situation. Likewise, your family relationships will improve. In fact, 2020-21 is the classic time for a family to expand through marriage, birth or adoption. The year 2021 is a great year for vacations. Following that, many of you will improve your job or get a better job because by 2026, you receive serious acknowledgement for your past efforts. This is when you truly began to take your power. It was in 2010, that you started to reinvent yourself. By 2018, you began to focus on what you really wanted to achieve – and now in 2026, you step up to the plate to take a bow. Well done!

My Libra Mantra for 2017

“This year I am grateful to be content.”

Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2017

Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. These are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. [Dates below are actual retrograde dates and buffer dates. Why? Mercury slows down before it goes retrograde and then it needs to catch up to where it was at when it first went retrograde. Use buffer times for big purchases like cars.]

Jan. 1 – 8 (Buffer times:    (Dec)  –  Jan 28)

April 8 – May 3 (Buffer times: April 2  – May 21)

Aug. 12  – Sept. 5 (Buffer times: July 30  –  Sept. 19)

Dec. 2 –  Dec 23 (Buffer times: Nov. 26 –  Jan 11/18)

 

Lucky Days for 2017

January 17, 18, 19

February 14, 15,

March 13, 14

April 9, 10, 11

May 7, 8, 9

June 3, 4, 30

July 1, 2, 27, 28

August 24, 25

September 18, 19

October 17, 18, 19

November 13, 14, 15

December 11, 12

 

Who Shares My Birthday?

September

23 Bruce Springsteen 1949

24 Nia Vardalos 1962

25 Michael Douglas 1944

26 Minette Walters 1949

27 Lil Wayne 1982

28 Hilary Duff 1987

29 Halsey 1994

30 Elie Wiesel 1928

October

1 Brie Larson 1989

2 Kelly Ripa 1970

3 A. Y. Jackson 1882

4 Caitriona Balfe 1979

5 Kate Winslet 1975

6 Olivia Thirlby 1986

7 Dylan Baker 1959

8 Matt Damon 1970

9 Christoper “Chris” O’Dowd 1979

10 Dan Stevens 1982

11 Dawn French 1957

12 Tyler Blackburn 1986

13 Sacha Baron Cohen 1971

14 Roger Moore 1927

15 Emeril Lagasse 1959

16 Tim Robbins 1958

17 Felicity Jones 1983

18 Lindsey Vonn 1984

19 Tracy Chevalier 1962

20 Snoop Dogg 1971

21 Ken Watanabe 1959

22 Jesse Tyler Ferguson 1975

 

Scorpio

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

General George S. Patton

(Nov 11 1885 – Dec 21, 1945)

We All Have a Past

For many of you, 1999 was a watershed year. You left relationships or entered them. Friends were supportive in 2003-04; and by 2006, you were powerful. You saw what was working and what was not, and you had the courage to act on this realization. During 2006-07 you received promotions and praise for your efforts. Many of you explored fun vacations and new romance in 2010 before wonderful job opportunities came your way in 2011. However, in 2011, you also started to give up things. You began a new journey around 2013, a journey to reinvent yourself. Travel plans and chances to explore opportunities in publishing, the media, medicine, the law and higher education were a blessing in 2014. By 2015, lucky Jupiter was at the top of your chart promoting your reputation in the eyes of others, especially your peers. In the last year, your popularity with others has been strong and people have been supportive. Nevertheless, financial challenges have made you assess what you do for a living, and even at a deeper level, what your true values in life really are.

And Here It Is —- 2017!

Wealth, Career and Reputation

The year 2017 spells one word – potential. This is a year of preparation for you. You’re working hard to earn money, even though many of you wonder if you’re on the right path. Fortunately, Jupiter will save the day this year because it will help you discover your inner values. Once you have a better idea of who you are, you will know what kind of pool you want to dive into in 2018. The challenge you feel this year is you have less control over your material wealth. This is why you will work hard to earn money. It’s also why this is an important year to organize your finances. Pay attention to them. Don’t be frivolous. You can do this because you have enormous willpower and discipline probably more than any other sign. You have to master the conditions around you or they will master you. Organize your finances and budget to the best of your ability. Lucky, moneybags Jupiter will enter your sign in Oct. this year. Glory Hallelujah! Since you know this ahead of time, get ready for this! The last time Jupiter was in your sign was in 2006. The next time Jupiter will be 2030. They say luck is being prepared for an opportunity when it comes to you. (Don’t want to be waiting at the train station when your ship comes in.)

Romance and Relationships

You can’t ignore Gothic when you think of Scorpio romance. This is because the essence of Scorpio is the ability to go to the extreme. This year, you sense you are waiting to act. You feel passionate, powerful, and yet, unsure. Fortunately, the part of you that is unsure is hopeful. And that’s because at a deeper level, you sense tha

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