SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018
DEAR EUGENIA: I have been doing independent consulting for more than 11 years. Since my last project ended in 2017, I have been struggling to get another project or a job. I have had a few nibbles, but nothing closed. I am wondering what I’m doing wrong or where I should focus my efforts.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to retire. Should I continue to look for projects as an independent consultant? Should I try to start a business? Should I try to work for a firm? Should I completely change paths? Should I change cities? Countries?
This past year has had me stressed, and at the moment I am not seeing any glimmer of hope. I was born Aug. 25, 1965, at 10:30 p.m. — Which Way to Turn
DEAR WHICH WAY TO TURN: Your chart indicates you have options. Applying for positions outside your current location is a possibility that can lead to relocating. However, if that is the route you are to take, applying now and moving late this year or early next appears to be the time frame.
Considering working within an institutional environment is also an option. Consulting can expand to medical, legal, financial, governmental or large corporations. If this is your preference, the timing is best between the fall of this year and the end of the summer of 2019. Combining your first and second options is also a possibility. In other words, relocating for the position.
Educational pursuits or turning your attention to teaching is an option and would also put you working within the educational institution. The timing for this is between now and the late fall or late next year until the summer 2020.
Should you choose to start your own business, I don’t see that as becoming your only income, but it could put extra cash in your pocket and become something you continue to pursue when you are ready to retire.
Your projects ended when transiting Saturn moved into a position in your chart that dealt with dead ends, putting stop to the projects or the connection to the projects you were being offered. This will do a turnabout next summer, making it a good time to reconnect with some of the people you have worked with/for the past couple of years.
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DEAR EUGENIA: My husband and I are considering launching an interior design business together (he is a Leo, born Aug. 3, 1952, and I was born Feb. 14, 1953, at 11:02 a.m.). This past year has been particularly challenging with his health, retirement and relocating seeking a simpler lifestyle. We’re excited about the company we’re starting, yet we’re feeling more than a little bruised by the events of this past year.
Will this business prove to be a good prospect? And, since we’re parents to a large blended family (we married Aug. 9, 2000), I’m wondering if our marriage will remain strong enough to take on a new business?
Thankful for any observations you can share. — Aquarius
DEAR AQUARIUS: Without your husband’s birth time, I cannot be specific. However, my concern is that regarding his health, he may not be in the clear quite yet and that could leave the brunt of the work up to you. His chart shows signs of recovery as we head into the last couple of months this year and throughout most of next year. However, to launch before that time may be too much of a strain.
If the business is a labor of love, I think you’ll enjoy it. Don’t, by any means, jeopardize your retirement funds. You have had transiting Saturn moving through an area of your chart that deals with investments for the past 18 months and will continue to until next year. This reinforces that you shouldn’t move too quickly. Take time to settle into your new environment and baby steps toward your future prospects. If you can launch and get a foothold in the industry between November of this year and the fall of next, your business has a fighting chance.
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DEAR EUGENIA: There seems to be a new definition of the overlapping cusp of my Sagittarius status.
Is this valid new information/science or just another throw of the celestial dice?
Many things of typical Sagittarius traits are true for me, but many projections don’t ring true.
Is this valid? What sign am I? I was born Dec. 11, 1959, at 4:15 a.m. — Perplexed
DEAR PERPLEXED: Your sign has not changed. In fact, both astrologers and astronomers know very well that Western (or tropical) astrology is based on the Earth’s rotation around the sun, not the Earth’s precessions.
Ophiuchus is not something new; it dates back to Babylonian times. However, astrologers chose not to use the constellation known as the Serpent Holder because the zodiac is based on 12 zodiac signs, 12 months of the year, four triplicates, four elements and four seasons. Each of the 12 zodiac signs represents 30 degrees of a 360-degree circle, and Ophiuchus is only 17 degrees, therefore not included in the astrological wheel.
Now, if you really want to be broadsided by rights and wrongs in the astrological world, you should be more concerned about being born on the cusp. For years newspapers have asked astrologers to stick to specific dates that the Sun moves from one constellation to another, because readers complain as soon as these dates are changed. So for all of you born on the cusp of a sign, indeed your sign might not be accurate.
The position of the Sun, Moon and planets is calculated and printed in what is referred to as an Ephemeris (a book of planetary positions from day to day). In fact, here’s an example of when the Sun moves from one constellation to the next throughout 2019.Aquarius at 9:01 a.m. ET January 20; Pisces at 11:05 p.m. ET February 18; Aries at 10:00 p.m. ET March 20; Taurus at 8:56 a.m. ET April 20; Gemini at 8:00 a.m. ET May 21; Cancer at 3:55 p.m. ET June 21; Leo at 2:52 a.m. ET July 23; Virgo at 10:03 a.m. ET August 23; Libra at 7:51 a.m. ET September 23rd; Scorpio at 4:21 p.m. ET October 23; Sagittarius at 3:00 p.m. ET November 22; Capricorn at 4:21 a.m. ET December 22.
This date varies from year to year, and the only way to know for sure which sign you fall under if you are born near the cusp of two signs is to have your mathematical calculations cast by an astrologer based on your day, month, year, time and place of birth.
To make matters even more complex, your Sun sign is only a small portion of your natal chart. In your particular case, you have Scorpio rising, giving with three planets in that sign, making it a dominant factor in your chart. The Sagittarius in your chart falls in an area that deals with how you earn your living, how your childhood affected you, etc. You also have planets in Leo, Virgo and Capricorn, and your Moon is in Taurus. So, as you can see, it’s never just about your Sun sign.
I have a service called Daily Timing featured on my website(eugenialast.com) that breaks down your natal chart in order to gain twelve times the information from my column instead of relying on your Sun sign alone.
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