Jan­uary 20 – Fe­bru­ary 17

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In a way it could be said that much of what you’ll be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dur­ing the first half of 2014 will be very sim­i­lar to the ex­pe­ri­ences that you had in 2013. This par­tic­u­larly ap­plies to ac­tiv­i­ties that have drawn you into new set­tings and have cor­nered you into ex­plor­ing ideas that may not have been of in­ter­est to you or the ac­tiv­i­ties may have meant spend­ing time with peo­ple who, ini­tially, you may not have con­nected with.

As an Aquarius you are, of course, in­quis­i­tive by na­ture. You are an air sign and air signs love ideas and re­ally en­joy learn­ing what oth­ers think. But also, one of the most ad­mirable traits of Some­times Saturn’s pres­ence sug­gests there will be some for­mof chal­lenge those born un­der the sign of Aquarius is a gen­uine in­ter­est in those around them. This in­ter­est in in­di­vid­u­als gives you an abil­ity to en­joy life in a man­ner that sim­ply isn’t pos­si­ble for oth­ers. You ben­e­fit from what might be termed ‘Aquar­ian in­quis­i­tive­ness’. Sim­ply meet­ing peo­ple and learn­ing about them, what they think and what they do is fas­ci­nat­ing to you.

Yet, at the same time, the cy­cle that be­gan with the move by Saturn, the planet of fo­cus, into the cru­cial mid-heaven an­gle of your chart in late 2012 will have be­gun a pe­riod that has drawn you into un­fa­mil­iar set­tings and meant spend­ing time with peo­ple who you may not have found easy to un­der­stand – or even in­ter­est­ing.

Saturn re­mained there dur­ing all of 2013 and it con­tin­ues in this po­si­tion un­til the end of 2014.

In some cases Saturn’s merely about hard work – it’s about hav­ing to be per­sis­tent, hav­ing to in­vest your time and en­ergy in cer­tain goals and, per­haps, not get­ting the ben­e­fits right away.

But on oc­ca­sion, Saturn’s pres­ence in a par­tic­u­lar por­tion of a chart sug­gests that there will be some form of chal­lenge. It may be that cir­cum­stances will be un­fair or du­ties will be bur­den­some or, per­haps, that credit won’t be given where it should be. It can also mean that you’ve been pushed into things that you felt you weren’t quite ready to do. Dif­fi­cult as all of this may have been, in ev­ery case it’s been about broad­en­ing your hori­zons.

Those in­di­vid­u­als you’ve met, those ex­pe­ri­ences you’ve had – and even those ac­tiv­i­ties you’ve found chal­leng­ing – will all prove to be of ben­e­fit in some way.

To a cer­tain ex­tent you’ll find that you’re able to ben­e­fit from th­ese dur­ing the pe­riod when Mars moves to join Saturn in this part of your chart, from late July un­til Septem­ber 13. Dur­ing th­ese six weeks, you’ll be able to make de­mands in a way you weren’t able to be­fore, and you’ll also find that sud­denly you’re given credit in a way that didn’t oc­cur be­fore. All of this will be very sat­is­fy­ing. But, in a way, it could be said all of this is build­ing up to the pe­riod of per­sonal rein­ven­tion that be­gins as 2014 comes to a close. In fact, on De­cem­ber 4 next year the dy­namic Mars ac­tu­ally moves into Aquarius, be­gin­ning a cy­cle dur­ing which you’ll be re­view­ing all you’ve learned, and, hap­pily, you’ll re­alise you’ve ac­quired far more wis­dom, knowl­edge and in­sights than it seemed at the time. So when, dur­ing 2014, chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions de­mand that you do some­thing new or un­fa­mil­iar – or that you sim­ply don’t want to do – per­sist. Do them any­way.

You may al­ready have ex­pe­ri­enced this when, in Au­gust of 2013, the ex­pan­sive Jupiter ac­tu­ally chal­lenged your ruler, Uranus. At that time, if you were put in a new set­ting, had to do some­thing un­com­fort­able or even some­thing you felt you re­ally weren’t able to do, yet car­ried on, then you’ll have learned some­thing – and that some­thing will give you a taste of the kind of growth this par­tic­u­lar pe­riod will be all about.

Jupiter re­peats this as­pect twice dur­ing 2014, on Fe­bru­ary 26 then again on April 20, and, here again, this sug­gests that cir­cum­stances you’re cor­nered into, or may not be happy about, will test you at the time but will bring you huge ben­e­fits – in some cases right away, and in oth­ers, as the fu­ture un­folds.

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