Christine Lyons wrote the following article for the NY Daily News when she interviewed Terence Guardino:
Get ready, travelholics, we’re in for a treat - astrologically speaking. The travel stars will be shining on us this year (1996), opening up a whole new era. That’s the scoop, according to stargazer Terence Guardino. “We’re heading into a powerful new phase of international travel not experienced since Columbus discovered America,” says Guardino who does a travel astrology column and hosts a TV show in L.A. “Global markets will boom; trade barriers will come down; even stay-at-home Capricorns will be more on the move.”
All this is because the planets are lined up in a unique configuration especially conducive to travel, says Guardino.
Pluto, he explains, after being under the influence of Scorpio for 11 dark and troubled years, is moving into the sign of Sagittarius. It’s a golden time, travel wise, that has not happened in 248 years.
At the same time, Uranus will be moving into Aquarius, bringing a sense of excitement, adventure and lust for the unknown. Add that to the fact that Neptune will soon be joining Uranus in Aquarius and you’ve got a three planet configuration that has not occurred since Columbus laid eyes on America. So you can imagine Guardino’s excitement as he checks out the star charts for 1996.
“This Pluto/Sagittarius combination will spark a tremendous awakening in travel that will affect the whole world,” Guardino exclaims. “That’s because Pluto, the god of control, who brings sweeping changes and makes things happen, will be hooked up into Sagittarius, the sign of the curious globe-trotter, who is always searching and hungry to learn.” The result: the age of Sagittarius.
We’re actually in for a dozen dynamite travel years, says Guardino, because that’s how long Pluto will be linked up with Sagittarius. He expects to see more people traveling at faster speeds and lower costs to places that we never expected to go before, like Cuba.
In the 1996 travel horoscopes, the big winner will be Sagittarius. Pluto will awaken in them intense nomadic passions that may have been buried for years. “They’ll be spreading their wings mentally and physically, browsing through books on Borneo and trekking through Nepal,” says Guardino. “They’ll be setting up international business operations, relocating abroad.”
But Sagittarius won’t be the only ones affected by the Pluto-Sag combination.
Aries will be on the move almost as much as globe-trotting Sagittarius. Guardino reasons that’s because Sag will rule Aries’ ninth house, covering international affairs, imports and exports and the like. So be extra-watchful if you find you Aries sweetie studying a new language; he just might fall in love with a foreigner and take off for parts unknown.
Even homebody Capricorns will kick up their heels this year. But before you pack your bags for Phuket, better check some other planetary action and see what the planet Mercury is up to.
Mercury, the messenger god, rules the third house of short-distance travel. Problem is, three times a year in three week stints, Mercury acts up a bit by going retrograde. That’s an astrological phenomenon in which the planet looks as though it’s moving backward rather than forward through the solar system.
When this happens, your meetings, schedules and best laid plans could be up for grabs, warns Guardino. “Just look on it as a time where Murphy’s Law is in force - if anything can go wrong, it will.” he advises. “Plans may go amok, but the results don’t have to be horrendous. Just spend the time on vacation, where you might enjoy some surprises.”
Be cautious, though, about business travel. “Try not to lock yourself into inflexible schedules,” counsels Guardino. “And don’t travel to countries where you might expect trouble.” Mercury will be retrograde Jan. 9-30, May 3-27, and Sept. 4-26.
Guardino is based in New York and Los Angeles, has 1996 forecast tapes for each sign. $12/tape (Lyons is a freelance writer.)