Cancer 22nd June - 22nd July
YOUR YEAR AHEAD 2018
As with 2017, the 4 cardinal signs, Aries,
Cancer, your Sun sign, Libra and Capricorn,
will continue to experience the most interesting
and challenging aspects and therefore the most change
over the next few years, due mainly to the presence of Uranus
in Aries and Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn’s move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn, where it joins Pluto, should correspond with an easing of some of the recent pressures on the work front and an increasing focus on relationship matters. While Saturn will encourage you to get your relationship affairs in order, the presence of Jupiter in Scorpio, the pleasure zone of your solar suggests that this can still be a fun time but sooner or later you may have to get serious.
With Jupiter and Neptune in harmony with your Sun sign, this can indicate increased emotional, artistic and psychic sensitivity and inspiration so be sure to find creative outlets for your talents and explore your mystical and spiritual interests. The Nodes are encouraging you to simplify your financial affairs and to become more independent while both Uranus and Neptune are encouraging you to explore and embrace people, places and pastures new.
Saturn's influence in 2018
Saturn's takes approximately 30 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending approximately two and a half years in each Sun sign. At the end of 2017 Saturn left Sagittarius, where it had been since the end of 2014, for Capricorn, where it will be until the end of December 2020. Sagittarius is one of the work zones of your solar chart, the one most associated with your habits and the routine day-to-day elements of what you do.
Saturn’s move out of Sagittarius at the end of 2017 should correspond with an easing of some of the pressure and demands of recent times. You’ve no doubt learned so much during this recent demanding period that you can now do some things with ease that may have taken lots of effort before. Your opposite sign of Capricorn is the area of your solar chart associated with your relationships, emotional, romantic and professional and your general day-to-day dealings with others. Saturn’s move into Capricorn indicates that this is an important time for relationships, a time when some serious decisions will be required. Saturn’s presence in Capricorn can manifest in a number of ways. Others may play the role of Saturn in your life. You may have closer and more intimate dealings with Saturnine individuals, more serious, sober types who remind you of your duties, responsibilities and who may at times appear to slow you down which might sometimes be a good thing. You may get involved with more mature, older, hardworking people who exemplify the merits or self-disciple, self-control, determination and persistence.
Wherever Saturn is transiting is where we need to pay attention and where it is time for a spring clean. Since Capricorn is the relationship zone of your solar chart, this may be a testing time for some relationships. Saturn may bring some goodbyes, some heartfelt, some long overdue. It may even be time to decide whether you want to make a commitment, to get serious, because if not, then perhaps it may be time to say farewell. By accident or designs Saturn will encourage you to get your relationship affairs in order, sooner or later. Fortunately, the presence of Jupiter in Scorpio, the pleasure zone of your solar suggests that this can still be a fun time if you play your cards right.
Jupiter's influence in 2018
Jupiter takes twelve years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending approximately 12 months in each zodiac sign. From October 2017 - November 2018, Jupiter will be in Scorpio, the area of your solar chart associated with pleasure, romance, self-indulgence and those interests and hobbies you enjoy and that give you an opportunity to express yourself and your talents. This position of Jupiter is lucky for you and bodes well for creative projects. This position emphasises your fun-loving, flirtatious side although at times it may appear to be at odds with the recent movement of serious Saturn into the relationship zone of your solar chart. Combined, this suggests you may have some important decisions to make on the relationship front over the next year or so. That’s not to say you can’t have fun but it may be time to choose. This placement of Jupiter in harmonious alignment with Cancer, your Sun sign and Neptune in Pisces, can be an indicator of increased inspiration, creativity and fertility so be extra careful in your intimate relations unless you plan otherwise.
The Nodes of the Moon's influence in 2018
The Moon’s Nodes, the North Node and the South Node, are always opposite one another. They take approximately 19 years to travel, clockwise, through the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending about 18 months each Sun sign. From November the North Node will enter Cancer, your Sun sign while at the same time the South Node will enter the sign opposite Cancer, Capricorn. With the North Node in Cancer from November this will be a time to place yourself firmly in the driving seat in your life, to set the agenda and prioritise your needs and aspirations. Until then, with the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius, the money zones of your solar chart, this is a time to get your financial house in order.
Eclipse activity over the winter period and again in the summer could bring opportunities to improve your financial situation but also opportunities to reduce your financial obligations and commitments to others. This is a time to strive for greater financial independence and to get the best return for your time, energy and talents.
Uranus's influence in 2018
Uranus takes approximately 84 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac, spending about 7 years in each zodiac sign and therefore is considered a background influence for most people until it triggers the more personal points in the horoscope. Uranus will move from Aries to Taurus in May, returning to Aries in November. From the spring of 2019 Uranus will be Taurus again, not returning to Aries for some time. Since Taurus is the zone of your solar chart associated with your friends and social network, this will be the place where the unorthodox and unexpected can bring an opportunity to explore pastures new.
Uranus is associated with change and upheaval, the unusual, the unorthodox and unexpected. Uranus wakes us up from our narrow view of things and brings with it a new ideas, opportunities and perspectives on life, love and the universe. Therefore, keep an open mind and be prepared to connect with new and unfamiliar groups and individuals even if occasionally some may seem to have come from a different planet.
Pluto's influence in 2018
Pluto travels very slowly through the zodiac, taking approximately 248 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac. As with Uranus, Pluto is associated with change. However, Pluto and Uranus are not the same. The change Pluto signifies is associated with the natural cycle of rebirth and renewal. Pluto often cleans away that which has served its purpose or role in our lives and needs to be make way for new life, growth and new experiences. Pluto can give us an opportunity to discover, or rediscover, hidden talents and inner resources, talents which may demand to be expressed. Pluto, like Saturn, will be in your opposite sign of Capricorn, the area of your solar chart associated with your dealings with others, emotional, professional as well as your day-to-day interactions with others. Therefore, there will be times when you encounter Pluto in your dealings with others. This suggests that others will sometimes play the role of Pluto in your life, directly and indirectly, acting as agents for change and transformation. Although Pluto’s presence in Capricorn represents a background influence, those born around 10 - 15 July are likely to experience Pluto’s transformative influence most strongly in 2018. Those born earlier met Pluto in recent years, those born later will meet Pluto in the future.
Neptune's influence in 2018
Neptune will be in Pisces throughout 2018 and beyond. Neptune, like Uranus and Pluto, is considered an outer or transcendental planet. Slow moving, Neptune takes about 165 years to travel the 12 signs of the zodiac and is currently half-way through its transit of Pisces. Like both Uranus and Pluto, Neptune's influence reflects social, political and cultural changes that shape and colour the course of history. We experience these outer planets in a personal way when they touch or trigger sensitive points in our horoscopes. Pisces, like Cancer, your Sun sign, and Scorpio, is a water sign and so promises to bring its more positive aspect to bare upon you.
Neptune is concerned with selflessness, idealism, spiritual and mystical inclinations, imagination and fantasy. Difficult aspects from Neptune can be stressful since they test our worldview and challenge us to make our dreams and ideals a reality. Fortunately for Cancerians, both Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces are in harmonious alignment with your Sun sign, and so you can expect to gain from the more favourable, although subtle, influences of this imaginative, magical and mystical combination.
Pisces is also the zone of your solar chart associated with study, philosophy, metaphysics, travel and foreign cultures. Therefore, this would be a good time to expand your horizons, have an adventure and explore the new and unfamiliar people, places and ideas.