Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Ruling Planet: Pluto
Symbol: Scorpion and Phoenix
Element: Water
Color: Red, deep Purple, Brown

The cosmic cloud Scorpios have been under the last few years is going to blow away in 2012. Although you may feel that you are being tested by the demands of family or too many obligations, if you make “compromise” your madra and don’t go on one of your stubborn binges, this year you may be surprised by how easy it is to work around certain problems, individuals or situations. Financial security is one of your top priorities in 2012, and if you keep your eye fixed on this worthwhile endeavor, the planets are ready, willing and able to make this goal a reality.

Scorpio is a fixed sign, and your 2012 assignment is to step out of your comfort zone and consider new avenues for your talents. An internship or study that is totally different from your usual interest or job could help you reinvent your career or discover a unique niche for your expertise or talents, which you wouldn’t have even considered in the past. Look for signs of change in March and October, but for the next two years you are in the throes of a major professional and lifestyle shift and although there may be a few stops‑starts and you may feel defeated at times ‑ or have to take a few unscheduled detours ‑ this is only the Universe pointing you in the right direction. This cosmic search for the “Real You” may not be easy but will be worth every ounce of hard work you invest.

In October, no-nonsense Saturn will begin a two‑plus year transit of Scorpio. Saturn is a tough disciplinarian so this is considered a very challenging and life‑changing cycle. Still, if you work with this stern planet, he will help you over the road bumps, teach you a few life‑lessons and leave you with a new sense of purpose and a detailed map to a new career and domestic bliss. Professionally, Saturn transits are most auspicious for education that can advance your career. An evening class, home‑study language course, seminars or working toward a college degree online, will have an amazing influence on your future ambitions.

2012 Scorpio Relationship Guide: This year Jupiter continues to wield his positive influence into your house of relationships, making this one of the most auspicious cycles for love and commitment. And until this planet changes signs in June, you have an amazing opportunity to come to terms with certain difficult people and let bygones be bygones. Forgiveness is not easy for the Scorpion, but your gift will be well received and your love returned two‑fold.

With Venus beautifully aspected from mid‑October to November, serious dating relationships will become more committed or a soul mate or new friend could suddenly appear. And if you purposely invest more time and love into a committed partnership, not only will you strengthen existing ties but also find new avenues of sharing that will add years of happiness to your relationship. However, because you are in this positive, friendly partnership vibration ‑‑ falling in love may be easy, but you could also mistake an infatuation with a serious romance. And since partnerships come in many shapes, the abovementioned insight applies to work and professional partnerships or associations as well. Therefore, before you cut old ties or rush in where angels fear to tread, take a few deep breaths, and give Time a chance to work his clarifying magic.

It takes two to tango, and if you are in a long-term relationship, take note of your partner’s mood. Your positive energy and progressive mood could test the bonds of a serious relationship… and ride on your partner’s last nerve. If a loved one is in a funk, there may be arguments that have less to with the two of you — and more about the different life challenges you are facing. This is the time to weigh the importance of this person in your life and with sensitivity, compassion and open heart ‑‑ Love will win.

This year as you begin a new journey of self-discovery, contemplate the sage words of Carl Sagan: “When you make the finding yourself ‑ even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light ‑ you’ll never forget it.”

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