You cross a significant threshold this year when structuring Saturn leaves your secretive 12th House and enters your sign on October 5. This marks a new stage in your life when discipline, self-respect, and a deep sense of purpose can empower you with greater authority and more control over your environment. Saturn’s almost three-year occupation of your 1 st House of Personality gives you plenty of opportunities to transform your image by updating your appearance and upgrading your lifestyle. You might want to immediately follow these changes by redefining your relationships—but there is plenty of unfinished business to attend to before this happens, because Saturn moves through your 12th House of Endings until October 5. Coming to terms with old partnerships by letting go of any remaining anger and resentment can clear the way to smoother sailing ahead. Identifying yourself as a victim may seem justified based on your prior experiences, yet this view of yourself is dead weight that will only hold you back. If you haven’t forgiven those who have wounded or disappointed you by October 5, Saturn’s harmonious trines with compassionate Neptune on October 10, and June 11 and July 19, 2014 provide additional chances to let bygones be bygones.
Even if you spend much of 2013 rattling around in the closet of your psyche, unlocking the secrets of your past and preparing for your October takeoff, you still have plenty of opportunities to build alliances that make your life less stressful. For the first half of the year, Jupiter is in your 7th House of Partnerships where its presence in Taurus attracts reliable individuals and shows you that simplicity and directness can work wonders in relationships. Jupiter flips into inconsistent Gemini and your 8th House of Deep Sharing on June 11 for a yearlong stay. The variety of people, ideas, and experiences you encounter can reinvigorate your interest in a current alliance or excite curiosity about a new person or venture, while simultaneously driving you crazy with distraction. Optimistic Jupiter’s squishy square with dreamy Neptune on June 25, though, elevates hopes beyond reason, so temper inspiration with cool analysis.
Energetic Mars, the traditional ruler of your sign, is retrograde from January 23 until April 13, serving as another reminder to tie up loose ends before you take on any major new challenges. The backward motion of this planet in your 11th House of Groups can stir up enmity among friends or colleagues. But this i1.n’t about settling old scores; Mars is in Virgo, a sign more concerned with productivity than stewing in unresolved emotional juices. The gift of Mars’s nxtended stay in your 11th House until July 3 is to provide you with additional chances to smooth things out with comrades and co-workers so that you’re •ible to work together more harmoniously. Still, the process of untangling knots of mistrust and confusion requires patience and a willingness to focus on specific tasks instead of personality differences. Your flexibility goes a long way toward solving complex problems, especially since the dynamic Scorpio ‘ »olar Eclipse on November 13 is anxiously semisquare unyielding Pluto.