2008 YEAR AHEAD FORECAST
BY TIM STEPHENS
The big credit crisis of '07 typified the end of a major
cycle. Things fall apart, the engine seizes, and the tide (in this case, of easy
money) ebbs. In 2008 a new, stricter regime arrives, to color events, politics,
economics, even our thoughts and loves. Not for a year, but for two decades.
Transformations rule this year. Suddenly, Capricorns
gain power (yet stand on shifting ground). Suddenly, Pisceans are happy, and
Virgos imitate romantic heroes (and heroines). Gemini becomes a financial
tycoon, Libra changes homes, Aries grabs a promotion, and so on.
In fashion, business styles return to dominate (remember
the '80's?) - but this time it's slinky, sexy business. Beurocracy will grow to
rule science and high finance. Soon architecture, rather than laws, will channel
2008 (to 2024) brews secretive political victories and
subtle, diplomatic consolidations of power. Hierarchies thrive. Criminal
organizations will grow like governments - careful and structured.
Revolution continues in the Middle East (it succeeds
2024-43) but pragmatism replaces the din of zealots. Skirmishes will be fought
for property and power. Musharraf and Barak Obama suffer bad luck. Steven Harper
can do no wrong, really.
Fortunate economic conditions exist all year, especially
March to May. Many businesses will be for sale - cheap - yet the feared "2008
recession" should be a memory by March. (If it's not, expect cataclysmic
upheavals.) It's a great year for practical projects. Even love is "practical"
(and healthy!) this year. Start a business or invest; build a home or a family.
However, don't begin anything important from January 28 to February 18, May 26
to June 19, and September 23 to October 15.
- (March 21-April 19)
2008 is ripe with
practical opportunities. You face tremendous success
potentials. Bosses, parents and VIPs are willing to invest
in your proposals. Start a new business or marry "up." Seek
promotion, raise your community profile, embrace new
responsibilities. Your upward climb might come with some
dislocation, so stay alert, flexible - and diplomatic toward
those who can't change with you. Don't be afraid to change
jobs or careers! Be especially ambitious from late February
to early May, and November/December.
The domestic frictions of autumn
might return March through early May. Accept change, Aries.
Life is shutting down some projects and relationships, and
"birthing" others. Romance flares, and sweetness returns,
May/June. Relationships grow either intensely intimate or
hotly argumentative mid-August to November - your choice!
You might set sail for foreign lands November/December.
All year, protect your sexual and
eliminative organs, and avoid overwork. The more social you
are this year and next, the smoother your path will be. Be
serious - if you attempt to escape pressing matters by
plunging into romance, risk, gambles or self-indulgence,
you'll waste time.
back to top
- (April 20-May 20)
Two decades of
happiness begin now! 2008 will bring a bonanza of
opportunities to travel afar, attend university or
college, sign contracts, wed, fall in love, or win
legal points. You'll attain a new, benevolent
understanding of life. These glad themes will dominate
your life for 17 years ahead.
Love won't be a stranger in 2008,
but it will be a new kind of love - perhaps a slowly
developing one. Your usual sensual delight will fuse
with a fascinating harmony on mental, intellectual,
religious, philosophical and cultural levels. If
you're single, your chances of a wedding rise
significantly in 2008 and 2009.
Schmooze and network in your
career. Your practical interests are supported nicely
this year, but they are not paramount. Higher-ups
favor you mid-February to mid-March. Closed-door
meetings benefit you April/May. Be gentle on the home
front May/June, and in all relationships
October/November - don't let tempers flare! Think
twice about a construction/landscaping project May to
August. Real estate contains some subtle "dead-ends"
all year. Aim upward, outward - be ambitious and
social rather than security-oriented.
- (May 21-June 20)
calculator - you're going to be counting sums and
making plans that will change your life! Investments
of all kinds will yield splendid results, especially
in May, and late June into September. Buy property,
machinery, or pay to upgrade your employment skills.
Mystery draws you powerfully all
year. Dreams, the occult, intuition, research,
investigation, visits to psychics, psychologists,
financial advisors - these intrigue and benefit you.
Opportunities for sexual
intimacy arise everywhere. Realize present commitments
(and changes) will shape your life for the next two
decades. High standards bring deep, abiding love, or
parenthood for couples. Extra-marital or
unethical/criminal pursuits could open the door to 17
years of turbulence and eventual loneliness. You're
powerfully magnetic January/February, but indecisive.
Romantic excitement and creative exhilaration soar in
From 2008 to 2024, protect
your knees, eliminative and sexual organs, and skin.
October/November need care.
All year, avoid wasting time
in short trips, casual relationships, "small talk" and
routine. Aim for profound relationships and ideas -
higher learning, books, law, international travel and
cultural events will bless and please you!
- (June 21-July 22)
burst into lucky bloom this year. Splendid marriage
prospects, contracts, agreements and negotiations,
business openings, dealings with the public, and lucky
relocation themes arise. Some major revisions will
affect your associations. Splits from old bonds lead
to new alliances (and vice-versa). Be eager,
diplomatic, and co-operative. The road to riches is
paved with other's desires!
A major romance could begin
for singles, especially in January, March, or
October/November. Your sexual magnetism flares high in
March/April, and your sweetness draws admirers late
June/July. You married Cancers face the need to
transform your connection, to relate on deeper levels.
Intimacy, cheerfulness and mystery combine in a potent
new mixture. If you're not interested in delving
deeper, you could soon be traveling different paths.
Communications and short trips
can be wearying, but they help you solidify
opportunities. Your health seems to improve for two
decades ahead. All year, delve deep, research,
discover; invest and seek meaningful intimacy - these
bless you. Casual sex, accepting surface appearances,
"churning" stocks, and hanging onto a stale earnings
situation - these represent subtle traps.
(July 23-Aug. 22)
Expect a LOT of
work this year, Leo. Turn this to your advantage.
Moonlight to get the funds for that new car or
vacation home. Impress higher-ups, angle your way to a
promotion or pay raise, or increase your empire by
taking on additional responsibilities. You can place
your earnings on a stable foundation that pays off in
regular, solid ways for up to three decades. This is a
great year to buy machinery, appliances and tools. You
can benefit from relocation.
Your health will be good, but
guard against problems in your feet, ankles, skin,
bones, constipation or calcification.
Avoid independence all year.
Seek advice. Should resentment or self-pity visit,
toss them out the door. You continue to meet sexy,
hard-to-pin-down people, but this year they're on the
plus side - sweet and good-hearted! You might meet the
love of your life. (Though your chances soar even
higher in 2009; so waiting is a viable option.) Happy,
flirty, fun-oriented types enter January/February.
Your magnetism surges May/June - a former "playmate"
might appear. November/December bring romantic action!
- (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You step into the
green fields of fortune, love, and creative success
this year. Past gloom ends, and 17 years of joy begin!
A deep, confident, careful happiness will grow with
every month that passes. Use this year and next to
establish realistic goals and march toward them.
During this unusual phase (now to 2024) "realistic"
includes romance, risk and promoting your creative
gifts. Don't be overly cautious; don't bury yourself
in "practicalities." Be spontaneous; express your
heart, plunge into pleasure!
The chance for love will
certainly come, especially in January (complicated),
March and May. Springtime might bring a social contact
whose subtle flirtations contain a powerful sensual
promise. Your sexual magnetism surges July to
September. A love affair might lead to domestic
arrangements. If you're married, March to September
can tempt you, or might bring pregnancy. Your mate is
playful, and your children's talents cause amazed
All year, hands-on work is
better than delegating. Avoid deep meditation,
government agencies and red tape if you can.
Preventive health regimes (vitamins, exercise, etc.)
- (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
In 2008 you'll look at your life
with a long, serious gaze, and ask: how did I get
here? Where should I go instead? Who and what should I
leave behind and who/what pursue? The answers tell
your future, right into 2024.
Listen, Libra: transform your
life in 2008. Huge luck will accompany you if you
change homes, buy real estate, birth a child, retire
or sell a business. You can bolster future earnings by
entering food and shelter fields as employee or
investor - agriculture, real estate, children's
interests, etc. Government funds or programs play a
beneficial role. Nurture your family. Pursue therapy
and emotional healing; expel old ghosts. Parents,
partners and bosses are temperamental March to May -
All year, infatuation,
creative projects and pleasure pursuits bring you
wisdom and a mellow feeling - and prepare you for
2009's wave of luck in these very things! Don't get
lost in plans or superficial socializing - act
instead. Seek depth, intimacy and change. Love sings
its song in January/February and September/October. A
past lover might suggest marriage.
- (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Two new, wise
friends arrive. Social affairs will be slow, cautious,
yet supportive and heart-warming. You'll mingle with
those of other generations. Travel, communications,
casual contacts, networking, emails, errands and
community involvements race into your life - and will
boost your earnings abilities. Take writing, media or
computer courses. Exercise your curiosity - 2008's
explorations will lead to increased security, a new
home or a lucky new start in 2009.
This is not the best year to
invest. Save your funds for 2009, unless an
opportunity you missed in earlier years returns in
January/February, late May/early June, or late
September/early October. These times could bring the
re-appearance of a sexy person who has always provoked
your deepest desires. March to May might bring an
affair with a co-worker. Your magnetism surges
October/November - be generous!
All year, maintain the status
quo in your career. Don't push, even if you feel your
ambitions are being ignored. Instead, opt for
security. Buying real estate, selling a business,
taking a sabbatical, are wise moves. (Wait until late
2009 to start a business.)
- (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In 2008, you'll
find the road to a castle of money. Long, hard work
will be demanded - and richly rewarded. Parents and
bosses remain in a "show me" mood. You'll have to
prove yourself. But past barriers and wrong choices
fade swiftly - you're headed for big things, and new
your reputation with an ultra-competitive attitude in
January/February. (Mend fences, if necessary, in late
May and June.) Impulsive, risky financial or career
actions could go either way March into early May and
July/August: you could win big - or stumble. Maintain
a sense of humor!
Your love life bubbles with
sensual prospects. An exciting, perhaps frustrating
attraction throws sparks in January/February - a
repeat of last summer's escapades? March/April and
October/November bring a sexy - but potentially
unethical - temptation. Fun and flirtations fill
August/September. Your magnetism - and prospects -
soar in December!
All year, protect your health
against burns, rashes, and fluctuating blood sugar.
Paperwork, details and local issues provide a smooth
path, whereas subtle headwinds arise in far travel,
abstract issues, legal and cultural affairs. Act
- (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
At last, fortune
strikes! After two years of slow progress, learning
and preparation, your life whirls toward exciting
horizons and accomplishments! You're empowered!
An unusual influence will attract
allies, opportunities, luck - and romantic attention,
especially in March, May, and October/November.
Emotions reach a crescendo of intensity the first
seven months. Your mood will swing between upbeat,
generous and optimistic - and deeply serious. You
might wonder whether to make love or war - or whether
to jump on an opportunity or turn away. Don't make
such decisions in January/February - second thoughts
would plague you.
2008 begins two decades of
deep, significant change affecting your personality,
social/political circle and future goals. Study the
big picture. Don't commit yourself to a life-changing
action before late 2009.
All year, you'll meet smooth,
easy conditions if you focus on earnings, embrace
sensual interludes with faithful partners, and accept
surface appearances. You could encounter odd
frustrations if you invest for the long term, seek
extramarital or dicey sexual depths, or play
detective. This lucky year should hold good health,
but watch an expanding waistline!
Catch your breath
this year, Aquarius. Contemplate why you're here,
where you're going. This is an excellent time to deal
with head office, government agencies, and medical,
charitable and spiritual organizations. You might be
promoted to a managerial post, or be invited to attend
"inner circle" meetings. Higher-ups will place
important tasks under your supervision. Your nurturing
instincts reach new heights - you might adopt someone!
All 2008, you're blessed and
protected from harm. But be slow to marry, form
business partnerships, sign contracts or relocate.
Sweet solitude is better than a doubtful relationship.
Still, January/February could spark an intense
romantic attraction - perhaps with someone from last
summer/fall. Old flames distract you in February, late
May/June and September/October. May/June's powerful
attraction could turn to anger if you're determined to
be in control! July/August hint at passionate
Chronic health problems can be
cured now. Guard your eliminative and reproductive
zones, ankles and ribs. Invest in your security in
2008, through stocks, bonds, or real estate. Find a
peaceful retreat or vacation spot. Meditation yields
wonders - and answers!
- (Feb. 19-March 20)
popularity, bright optimism, new plans and a round of
entertainment replace old pressures and cares! New
friendships are significant - and will last decades.
They bring insights and adventures - and possible
career advances. You'll travel internationally, head
to school, or delve into new philosophies. Culture and
knowledge grow deeply important. Your soul breathes:
charity, spiritual pursuits and meditation bring
government agencies, institutions and large
corporations benefit you. Plan your long-term future
with expert financial, psychological and other
advisors. 2008 shows you the road ahead with rare
clarity. At the workplace, delegate tasks - becoming
everybody's servant would frustrate you and reduce
Despite this year's abundance
of fun, a deep sober note plays through crucial
relationships. A partner grows serious about a
cherished goal, perhaps involving children or a new
creative lifestyle. If you're "half attached," a new
attraction could dim the old. If single, you might
awake to the charms of a conservative person, or
someone of a different generation. Deep down, you're
looking for someone who fits your huge future!