Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Ruling Planet: Uranus
Symbol: Water Carrier
Element: Air
Color: Violet, Aquamarine, Blue and Pastels

Aquarius is a true paradox: friend to all, yet known by so few. The complex and eccentric Water Carrier will work on mastering the gentle art of baking cauliflower pakoras for a Karma-free diet, while ruthlessly climbing the ladder of success. In 2012, with so many major planets on the move, the part of you that is searching for some deeper meaning to life (or finding yourself) will be given ample opportunities to delve into the Aquarian search for the answers to the mysteries of life.

This important year inaugurates a new cycle in your solar chart. In the next few years, by building a strong foundation in 2012 from which to launch your evolving goals, you will turn fantasies into reality. This year you are inspired to look beyond your present horizons and by doing so, will gain a deeper understanding of your personal life journey while moving closer to knowing the most important person in your world ‑ You!

Major planets are making important moves this year and with your ruler unconventional, electrifying Uranus (also known for inspiring Genius innovations and Revolutions) under the influence of dynamic and impulsive Aires for the next seven years, your natural Aqua‑adventurous spirit and curiosity will be on full throttle. But by July, four major planets will be on a retrograde slowdown and, late nights working, an over‑booked social calendar and intense workouts will take their toll, so pace yourself and prepare to schedule some downtime into your hectic life.

In October, realistic Saturn and idealistic Neptune will form a harmonious partnership and they will continue this conversation into 2013. If you have a sudden, inexplicable urge to begin wheeling and dealing, pay bills or loans, take on the unions or haggle over collective bargaining agreements, it’s this planetary duo encouraging you to take control of your earnings, assets, resources and talents.

But because of other confusing planetary factors, this year you’d best put your wisest advisor (accountant, lawyer, broker) on speed‑dial ‑ or better, keep sorting through your work and financial issues with your common-sense fully engaged. By the end of the year, you will have a number of new pieces to fill in this puzzle.

Your CFO Neptune is moving in with creative Pisces until 2025, slowly changing your concepts of success and adding personal happiness to your to-do list. This is a beautiful transit and in the coming years you could change your life focus and live up to the ultimate Aquarian aspiration of making the whole world a better place to live. Financially, by investing in what you believe in (a forgotten dream or new idea) and following though, this transit will reward you with success.

The year begins with benevolent Jupiter in your domestic sector through June. Absolutely everything involving your family, home or domestic harmony will be influenced by this lovely energy source. This is an excellent cycle for home improvements, a move or wonderful family parties and reunions. New habits such as a designated family dinner night (minus the handhelds) will add new dimensions of understanding that could make your years together even more valuable and loving.

2012 Aquarius Relationship Guide: This year, seemingly insignificant encounters could be the hand of fate in disguise. And with Venus upping your charisma and allure in April and August, an old flame could be rekindled or someone new could melt your cool demeanor and discover a very warm heart. And there is more good news. After Jupiter moves in with fellow air sign Gemini in June, random energy surges are likely to attract someone new and exciting into your life, and a chance to travel or socialize outside of your usual circle of friends.

But, dear Aquarius, it’s best to be forewarned and in June and September, when unpredictable Uranus and egocentric Pluto clash ‑ launching a series of life‑changing aspects ‑this major energy surge could spark a blowup in an important relationship. Relationships that are on the edge of no return may not survive — but this will come as no surprise. However, the truest of love will endure and, after this test of strength, survive for many years to come.

“It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it”. Arnold Toynbee

Be the Change — in your own life.  With warmest wishes for 2012, Cheryl lee