2018 Finance, Money and Fortune

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | OSCAR CAINER
Published Jan 1, 2018, 12:04 am IST
Updated Jan 1, 2018, 12:04 am IST
2018 holds the potential for an exciting breakthrough in the world’s financial situation.
If we want to reap the celestial promise of material rewards, we’ll need to put our energy into solid work and effort.
 If we want to reap the celestial promise of material rewards, we’ll need to put our energy into solid work and effort.

When Uranus — the planet of unexpected change moves into Taurus in May 2018, it will be the first time it has had a new home for seven years. Taurus governs our enjoyment of the material world, wealth and success, so when Uranus arrives there we can expect surprises, both financial and material, of both a personal and worldly nature. Since Uranus likes to shock, and bring the very opposite of stability, predictability and safety, there will be changes that challenge both the world’s financial systems, and our current personal practices regarding money.

As well as Uranus’ innovative influence, 2018 sees the long-awaited return of Jupiter to its own sign, Sagittarius. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and luck. As the two planetary energies combine, the progress that Uranus inspires can be harnessed to promote economic growth and a healthier distribution of planet Earth’s wealth. We’re entering unknown and exciting territory. But with Saturn in his celestial home in Capricorn, there won’t be many free lunches on the horizon! If we want to reap the celestial promise of material rewards, we’ll need to put our energy into solid work and effort.

 

So, 2018 holds the potential for an exciting breakthrough in the world’s financial situation. With Saturn’s help we can keep our feet on the ground, while allowing the ingenuity of Uranus to expand our expectations and innovate our ideas. With lucky Jupiter’s energy, we all stand a very good chance of feeling more abundant and wealthier this year — in surprisingly different ways.

ARIES (March 21 April 20): As Uranus, the change-maker, leaves your sign in May 2018, you’ll feel an unexpected sense of calm. You’ve been under its influence for seven years, during which much has changed. Although there have been disruptions in all levels of your life, there has also been much progress. On a financial level, this year brings a chance to appreciate the tangible results of the past few years’ ups and downs. Uranus moves into your second solar house, where it focuses on beauty and material wealth. That has to be good news! It will bring opportunities which will consolidate your financial situation, and new ways of valuing what you already have. Your appreciation of all that’s good, and free, in the world will be enhanced too. 

Jupiter’s movements throughout the year nourish your investments in both financial and spiritual matters. But you’ll need to stay involved, and keep a steady hand, to control the direction this takes. Working with others will be especially profitable as you realise there’s far less preventing you from improving your financial situation than you’d previously thought. The cosmic indication is that if you share your ideas and your resources, 2018 holds the potential for a financial breakthrough.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21): As Uranus enters your sign in 2018, you’ll be presented with bold new ways forward, and revolutionary ideas about how to reach your desired levels of ease and comfort. You may not always know exactly what you want, but you know what you like! Taureans have a natural sensuality and appreciation for the finer things in life. You have excellent taste and are discerning. You enjoy your home comforts too. As generous Jupiter weaves through the sky, at the first taste of something new, you’ll be able to tell if it will fit into your world. And when it feels right, you’ll know it in the pit of your stomach. So when it comes to you financial situation this year, you needn’t be worried by what seems different or unfamiliar.

Uranus is the planet of change and innovation. This is a year during which you need to trust your vision and listen to your instincts. They will lead towards wise and incisive decisions which can shape your future comfort, and level of security. Saturn’s influence will encourage you to take care and time before investing yourself either financially or emotionally. Then, you literally can put your money where you mouth is. A wise investment is possible this year, just as long as you’re willing to try something new.

GEMINI (May 22 -June 22): In 2018, Jupiter, the planet of hope and opportunity traverses the part of the zodiac that focuses on your day-to-day routines. Whether this is your work, or your quest to find a new way of organising your time, if you focus on the details, and the little things that other people don’t notice, you’ll grow into a role that you have always envisaged making your own.

Usually, having more success in our lives is accompanied by financial reward. But it’s important not to equate your economic fortunes with your level of success this year. 2018 won’t be the big finale of a hard-fought campaign — but it’s an important rung on the ladder towards comfort, stability and satisfaction. While there will be triumphs to celebrate, and rewards on offer, what’s important is not where you end up, but the road you find yourself travelling along.

As Jupiter and Pluto combine their influences in 2018, they’ll help you to invest your time and energy profitably. And, the cosmic change-maker, Uranus’ change of signs will inspire you to see life from a different perspective. If you have faith in your vision, you’ll find that your route through the year is enriching on many different levels, particularly financial.

CANCER (June 23-July 23): In California, the offices of giant technology companies are full of beanbags and ball ponds. There are table tennis games and art classes. But rather than being examples of corporate generosity, they’re meant to encourage a trait which, in the modern business environment, is just as important as hard work — that’s creativity.

In today’s society it’s often the most innovative and inventive individuals who achieve the most success. And as adventurous and exploratory, Jupiter spends the year in the part of the sky that governs your resourcefulness, that bodes extremely well for your prospects. In 2018, the more open-minded and visionary you are, the more your circumstances will improve.

This year, if you demonstrate your creative qualities and abilities, you’ll make yourself hard to ignore. What’s more, you’ll be noticed for your ingenuity, your influential insight, and your ability to find solutions in even the most frustrating scenarios. By building progressive alliances, you’ll experience the financial benefits of being valued as an important part of a team. In 2018, as long as you match inspiration with perspiration, not only will you discover the ability to traverse boundaries that have long held you back, you’ll be rewarded handsomely too.

LEO (July 24 - August 23): They say that it doesn’t matter where you’re from if you want to succeed in life, because hunger for attaining a level of comfort and security depends on life experience. In 2018, whether you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth or not, it’s your past that will provide the wisdom and vision required to make a real difference to your level of comfort and degree of financial security.

Throughout the year, Jupiter, planet of wealth, optimism and exploration, will enrich and encourage your greatest asset — your ability to trust in your instincts. Thus, when Uranus exerts its disruptive influence as it changes signs in May, you’ll not only be able to rise to the challenge, you’ll benefit from it.

Uranus changes signs under the cover of a New Moon, in harmony with powerful Pluto. Being the planet of innovation, it offers you insight and energy. Jupiter’s links to Neptune will help bring people to support your vision too. But it won’t be just because of your ideas; it will be because they want to invest in you. Then, as long as you stay true to your ideals, you can all benefit from an increased level of emotional and financial security.

VIRGO (August 24 - Sept 23): During 2018, as Jupiter makes encouraging links to Neptune and Pluto, your ability to form valuable connections will grow exponentially. You’ve always had warmth, and empathy. But, this year, as you grow more comfortable about expressing yourself, your natural talents will increase. Rather than hiding your strengths, it’s time to polish them up and let them shine. Then we can all benefit from your talents! The source of your power, Jupiter, is the moral compass of the zodiac, and it demands high standards of you. Compassion and awareness are the bywords for your year. As Uranus moves signs he encourages you to be conscious of the ramifications of any investments that you make. Since you have a wealth of power at your disposal, if you’re positive about your prospects, and willing to go out on a limb, you can transform both your circumstances and those of the people around you.

Saturn’s new home in the zodiac ensures that if you make the effort to do what’s right, you’ll be rewarded with recognition. And, with Jupiter’s blessing, you’ll receive remuneration for your hard work. Just focus on what you know to be of true value and you’ll end 2018 feeling richer — in every way.

LIBRA (Sept 24 - Oct 23): Jupiter, the King of the Gods and the ruler of all things opulent, spen-ds most of 2018 affecting your sense of personal resou-rces, and influencing your feelings about what you need in order to feel secure and content. This is likely to increase your awareness of the fact that you need more than you thought in order to feel comfortable. 

As Uranus, the planet of awakenings, enters a new part of the sky in May, it provides an opportunity for you to invest. Whatever form your investment takes, it’s an opportunity to do something forward-thinking with your resources. There’s a strong chance that you’ll receive help from other people. And although co-operation needs careful consideration, Saturn’s influence will enable you to easily assess potential key relationships. You have an attractive skillset which will attract people with equally interesting talents. 

Throughout 2018, the cosmos will encourage you to actively pursue your goals, and enjoy material pleasures. 

SCORPIO(Oct 24 - Nov 22): Some people seem to have more than their fair share of luck. If there’s a storm brewing, they somehow avoid the raindrops. I can’t promise that you’ll remain dry in 2018, but the cosmic indication is that you’ll ride out any squalls and take advantage of the winds of fortune. Jupiter, the planet of luck and opportunity is in your sign, and makes its first precise conjunction with your traditional ruler Mars for 36 years. If this isn’t enough reason to believe that your ship has come in, Jupiter’s encouraging links with your modern ruler, Pluto, this year will help change your mind.

As Uranus changes direction, you’ll realise that fortune doesn’t play favourites. If you want to win her favour you just need to be brave, open-minded and willing to try something new. Then, you’ll see that luck has just been waiting for your attitude to change.

Even Jupiter’s departure from your sign in November can’t be construed as an omen of misfortune. It will be the proof that you’ve created the right environment to profit from 2018’s moments of inspiration. As long as you’re bold and optimistic this year, the seeds you sow can grow into an abundance of blooms.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 - Dec 21): If life is like a classroom, in 2018, your class is being led by a new figure. Fastidious, strict Professor Saturn is being replaced by freethinking, inspiring Professor Jupiter in your sign. As long as your commitment to your studies remains high, you’re heading for a high grade! Of course, the best teachers are part instructors and part enablers. And, although the last few years with Saturn in your sign haven’t been easy, they’ve been informative. Just because you’re free from its control doesn’t mean you should abandon its ideas. Saturn’s new position still encourages you to conserve where you can, and make what you have last longer, and go further.

Uranus’ change of signs suggests a breakthrough in your work environment. Moments of inspiration will disrupt tired routines, and provide the blueprint for a better way of progressing. And, throughout the year, as your ruler Jupiter, King of the Gods, heads towards your sign, all aspects of your life will begin to feel nourished. You’ll start to enjoy the fruits of your labours. As long as you remember the valuable lessons you’ve learned, you’ll pass any tests with flying colours. Wisdom may be intangible, but it holds the potential for wealth and success too.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 20): Saturn happily moved back home, into your sign, just before the start of 2018. His stay brings you the authority to take control of your life — which includes your financial situation. You’ll be able to direct proceedings to ensure that your efforts are sustainable and successful. Being a slow, meticulous planet, this year doesn’t promise a lottery win, or an unexpected windfall. It does though suggest you’ve hit the jackpot!

In 2018, people will start to see something different about you. Jupiter’s encouraging relationship with Pluto will enable the right people to put their faith in you, and give you the support you need. You’ll find it easy to build powerful alliances that can transform your prospects. And you will start to set an example, and show real leadership.

As Uranus moves into a new position in May, it brings creativity to your work life. You have earned the right to do things differently. Just try not to let power go to your head! You may have a strong hand, but you need to enshroud it with velvet gloves. As long as you remain sensitive in your position of power, there’s no limit to the ambition, financial or otherwise, that you can attain.

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 19): Whenever your ruler changes signs, it’s a time for you to mount an operational review, absorb the lessons of the past, and plan for a brighter future. In 2018, your financial prospects are looking particularly bright. Jupiter will encourage you to creatively broaden your horizons. Its optimistic attitude and inspiring enthusiasm links time and time again with glamorous Neptune’s vision of how you’d like your personal circumstances to be.

So, in 2018, you should dress for success. The more you style yourself as a candidate for increased wealth and prosperity, the easier fortune will find and smile on you. That doesn’t mean that you need to spend lots of money on fashion! But it does require you to present an image of someone ambitious, and ready to assume control of their destiny.

Despite any self-doubts, you won’t just be creating an illusion of success. Uranus, your ruler, has a tendency to cause disruption in his quest for progress. But this won’t be the case for you this year, as you’ll find yourself meeting any revolutions with open arms. As long as you’re willing to embrace change, 2018 really can be the year when your finances change for the better.

PISCES (Feb 20 - Mar 20): Your financial picture in 2018 is both vibrant and colourful. Now I’m aware that this isn’t exactly the language some people might want to hear when it comes to their personal security. They’re the kind of words that might be used to market a house in a less-than-desirable location! But there’s simply no need to up-sell your prospects this year. And if the opportunities 2018 hold for you were on the open market, there would be no shortage of takers. 

It’s just that in order to take advantage of these opportunities, you’ll need to be open-minded and forward thinking. As Uranus prepares to change signs in May, it’s no longer the disruptive influence on your finances that it has been. Uranus brings progress as well as disruption. In its new celestial home it will encourage you to find a new approach to achieving long held ambitions.

As Jupiter, your traditional ruler, moves towards his celestial second home in 2018, he helps you realise a long-term goal. An area of life that has proved problematic can become a source of strength. It won’t be an instantaneous transformation; it will take time to explore this new environment. But it will be a richly rewarding experience too.

Oscar Cainer is Poet and an author, and a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University

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