Just getting by isn't enough for you, Pisces; you need a more meaningful life. Your sensitive sign is the bridge between the realms of matter and spirit, which sometimes carries you toward the divine and sometimes leaves you disappointed with the crudeness of this world. For the first part of this year, though, the gap between the real and the ideal may shrink as you find ways to infuse your daily routine with faith and imagination that restore your belief in humanity and in your own higher potential.
Wise Jupiter, the traditional ruler of your sign, begins 2012 in earthy Taurus and your 3rd House of Immediate Environment. The giant planet's broad vision reveals significance in the most mundane activities, instilling even the simplest acts with a deeper sense of purpose. You'll discover precious nuggets of truth in everyday conversations as your intuition takes you past the words to pick up deeper messages. Then, on June 11, Jupiter enters adaptable Gemini and your 4th House of Roots to open up new perspectives on family patterns and memories that can free you from the past. Options arise in this liberating environment, allowing you to step beyond old conditioning and habits to play new roles at home and in your career.
Strategic Saturn entered your 8th House of Shared Resources on Oct. 29, 2009, challenging you to negotiate with others to establish goals and boundaries that bring fairness and open communication to your relationships. The taskmaster planet shifts into your 9th House of Higher Thought and Faraway Places on Oct. 5, beginning a two-year period of initiation that requires you to consolidate your big ideas and distill their essence to guide your journey and share what you've learned with others. On Oct. 10, Saturn forms harmonious trines with your modern ruling planet Neptune in a series that completes on July 19, 2013. This favorable alignment between earthbound Saturn and metaphysical Neptune gives shape to your dreams, showing you what it takes to bring your idea of heaven down to earth. Your ability to skillfully navigate the paths between reality and fantasy allows you to patiently build your stairway to the stars. You realize that when you're on the right road, you'll find the inner resources and external means to reach your destination. But this isn't just about satisfying your own desires; your personal success is a contribution to the collective well-being of the universe.
It's helpful to be flexible early in the year, because energetic Mars is retrograde from Jan. 23 until April 13. This reversal occurs in your 7th House of Others, possibly delaying projects due to minor issues with partners. Carefully iron out kinks and attend to pesky details given the action planet's extended stay in conscientious Virgo. Focus on resolving one issue at a time to keep from getting entangled in convoluted situations that take you further from your goals. And of course, make sure that you're working with individuals who are as committed as you are to the task at hand.