Astrologist Susan Miller gives us a sneak peak for 2012

Susan Miller

We recently spent an afternoon with astrologer Susan Miller, the founder of AstrologyZone.com, at “Under the Stars with Susan Miller and Todd English,” a lecture and dinner series pairing Miller’s zodiac predictions with English’s culinary interpretations of the signs. We asked her what we can expect in 2012 — but first: a message to anyone who thinks astrology is a bunch of hocus-pocus.

“Astrology is a study of mathematical cycles,” Miller says. “There’s no predestination. You can see if the planets are harmonious or fighting each other.”

On the economy and politics:
“[Economic trouble] isn’t really gonna loosen up until Oct 4, when Saturn leaves Libra. We’re gonna see the real estate market get better in the fourth quarter. I think Obama’s gonna do better.”

On Occupy Wall Street:
“It’s gonna grow big. It’s gonna go all the way to March 2015. It’s gonna get more developed. It could even turn into a third party.”

On pop culture:
Kim Kardashian: “[She] did not get married at the right time. It was actually the worst time. She’s a late Libra, and it shows sadness. She’s feeling loss.”

Jessica Simpson: “She’s a Cancer. Actually, her best year of her life is the summer of 2013 to the summer of 2014. I think she may have two [babies] in a row.”

Demi and Ashton: “I never understood what kept them together. She is Scorpio, he is Aquarius — that means she is touchy-feely, warm and very loving. Ashton is very intellectual, cool and distant — brainy. This match was always a mystery to me. She can find someone better for her.”

JLo & Marc: “[JLo, as a Leo, is] very warm-hearted. They need to be free. He’s Virgo, nice and structured — ‘Where you are going, when are you coming back?’ She wanted to be untethered. They just didn’t belong together. Children sometimes add that extra layer of stress.”

Expert tip

Get your most accurate reading
“Most people know their birthday, but it’s so critical to know your rising sign. The rising sign goes by the exact time of birth. Once you know it, for the rest of your life you need to read for that sign too — you’re gonna get 80 percent of your outlook for the month.”

Q&A

What the heck does it mean when Mercury is in retrograde?

“A retrograde planet is a weak one. You need all the planets to be as strong as possible.”

Mercury retrograde periods:
Mar. 12-Apr. 4
Jul. 14-Aug. 8
Nov. 6-25

Who will have the best year?
  
For career: Leo (first half of 2012) and Virgo (second half, after June 12)
   
For love: Capricorn and Aquarius
   
For luck: Taurus and Gemini
   
For finance: Aries (first half) and Taurus (second half)
   
For health and fitness: Sagittarius (first half) and Capricorn (second half)



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