Your 2018 Horoscope, Revealed!

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Lately, every year seems weirder than the one before. And 2018 is no exception. On December 19, 2017, Saturn, the planet of structure, moved into its own sign (Capricorn), kicking off three years of seriously hard work. Things feel tougher in the short term, but it’s because we’re finally dealing with them head-on. Jupiter, the blabbermouth planet, began spilling Scorpio’s dark secrets last October and will keep it up through November 2018. In regular-people speak? This means sexual harassment and violence will continue to be a major global conversation. Jupiter tends to improve things, so we might see real justice — but we won’t know for sure until the end of the year.
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The other major planet news is Uranus, the rebellious planet, moving into grounded Taurus in May. If you’re not feeling sufficiently shaken up yet, by summer you will be. Financial systems are likely to see major changes, and what we value will make a 90-degree turn. Under Uranus, good and bad come tangled up together, freeing us up to change how we manage money, how we treat nature, and how we build a sense of stability in an uncertain world.
Ahead, find out how the planets will affect your sun sign. If you know your rising sign, you can read for that, too.
Ready to launch into the new year but not sure where to start? Take a cue from the stars and let your horoscope guide you. 'Scope the rest of your year here.
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Aries
March 21 to April 19

In a Nutshell…
Over the last 6-7 years, you Rams have seen your lives transform radically. You’re limbered up and ready for anything 2018 can throw at you. To some extent, the life-remodel is still underway, especially in areas where you’ve been keeping too busy to listen to your emotions. In May, you’ll see things begin to settle (a bit), as your sense of who you are and what you want firms up, integrating your new discoveries with the most alive parts of your past selves.

Career
Renovations continue in your career and public reputation. You’re the natural leader of your own life, Madam Ram, but is your leadership style bold and confident or reactive and unpredictable? When change needs to happen, do you bash through walls headfirst or inspire others to pick up sledgehammers and have a deconstruction party? It’s a key time for asking what goals you’ve chosen and why. It’s easy to be excited about what you’re doing in the moment, but if you can’t sustain an interest, it could point to a lack of empowerment. Despite your strong reputation, you can easily feel messy and childish in the “adulting” parts of your life, especially when it comes to committing to long-term goals. You actually do hold a ton of power, which comes with — sorry, Madam! — responsibility. In this case, the responsibility is about choosing and pursuing a sense of vocation consciously, with will and commitment. That might mean leaving a job, moving, fighting the good fight in your chosen career, embracing an income shift that allows for more freedom, and/or asking for more help around the house. Commit yourself to a challenging and rewarding goal — and then do what you need to in order to achieve it. When others block your way, be your best chill-to-the-maximus self. You’re powerful enough to integrate other perspectives and continue moving forward.

Love
More changes this year in how you express yourself romantically and creatively. Do you make enough time for fun for its own sake, or are you juggling too many flaming bowling pins? 2018 will be a serious one, so schedule in playtime with the ones who make your heart go pit-a-pat (including kids and besties). The periods from January to February and July to August will be begging for you to break out the spray paint, put some sparkles on it, and dish out the appreciation for others like compliments are complimentary (they are). Sexually speaking, skeletons and old traumas continue to come up for air (see: the Weinstein effect). You’re not the weepy, tell-all type, but oxygen really does heal those old sources of anger and guilt. Invite conversation with your most trusted people. What have you mutually been neglecting to share? Check how power’s flowing between you — and if you’re in the mood, get naked and play with it.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20

In a Nutshell…
Houseplants prefer consistency: regular water, the right amount of sun, as little jostling as possible. A rough repotting leads to withered, curled, sad leaves and even death. You, pretty Bull, are a lot more resilient than a houseplant, but you grow like one — gently, imperceptibly stretching deeper into the soil of friends, family, and familiar places, toward the life-affirming sun of creativity and sensual pleasure. A plant’s soil needs the right mix of nutrients and to be loose enough to put out new rootlets. When it’s been growing in the same soil for too long, though, a plant becomes root bound. Leaves yellow and wither, and eventually the plant dies. With Uranus, planet of radical change, entering your sign in May 2018, you are likely already beginning to feel the vague unrest of a root-bound human. (Taureans with April birthdays will be feeling most unsettled.) Aspects of your life you’ve taken for granted, or clung to so tightly you compacted their metaphorical soil, may begin dropping leaves. Or they might just leave. One area of your life that especially needs shaking up is your image. How you clothe yourself says a lot about how you want to be seen, and that needs changing right now. Consider a wardrobe overhaul, or a coming-out party for the side of yourself that’s been in hiding. Change can be a pleasure if you pick out your new pot yourself and go at a comfortable pace. It’s okay to move slowly, so long as you are giving yourself plenty of opportunities for new growth.

Career
You know what you value, but what do you believe? Your firm bedrock is a bullish certainty about which activities and people are worth your time, and which are not. Life is long if you savor the hours with your loyal friends, time with your partner, kissing, holding a perfect seashell, licking jam off a spoon, or love-blinking at your cat. You know what you value by what you prioritize. 2018 will require you to meditate on what those values add up to. How do they connect you to humans beyond your immediate circle? What great truth can you discern from these details? Putting your beliefs into words will influence how your career plays out over the next several years. It’s vital you take the time to know for certain where your parameters of right and wrong are. Only then will the goals you pursue be correct for you (and therefore a source of pleasure).

Love
Since last May, you’ve been receiving Post-It notes from the universe reminding you that popularity and status can’t make you safe. From 2017 to 2018, stability comes from self-love and mutually nurturing relationships. Expect gentle reminders to open your heart wider and allow your feelings to show from January to February and from July to August of this year. If you’re not quite sure how to let your loved ones in, start by simply sitting with your emotions without censoring them.
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20

In a nutshell…
With the emo sectors of your chart activated this year, plan to bust that airhead Gemini stereotype wide open, Double-Fine. Your natural curiosity will either gravitate toward a deep and clear psychological understanding or try to shut it down. (Hell, you’re a Gemini! Why not do both?) The most important lesson this year is that fear can be mastered, if not controlled. Your flexibility comes in handy here, allowing you the necessary distance to evaluate your fears from all possible perspectives. Once you know what they are, you can walk into them wisely. Facing fears is not easy, but I promise it will be 0% boring.

Career
Where you’re going in a big-picture sense remains in flux this year. You’re in a very long period of questioning what it all means. Your usual mental spin-cycle may be on turbo, to the point of total confusion. The best practice here is to give yourself lots of breaks to step outside your busy-ness. Five minutes here and there will do the trick. Take a breath, notice your thoughts without engaging, concentrate on a wordless image. Any of these can open the space for sudden, clear insight. When you don’t know whether to take a job, how to handle a supervisor, why rumors are circulating about you, or which of the 20 options to pursue, let intuition link up with logic to guide you. One of the best cures for career malaise is centering your career around compassion and imagination. This period is here to teach you that a life lived too logically quickly grows cold and gets old. Do what you feel, and especially follow those feelings that connect you to others’ pain, and you’ll find a big, interesting future unfolding before you.

Love
To share a bank account or not to share a bank account? There’s a good reason Hamlet didn’t ask that question: Money issues in relationships can set off messy fights. In your case, a mess is less likely than clear lines drawn in the sand. Money here, astrologically speaking, is just a symbol for the more complicated stuff we share (or don’t) in our most intimate relationships, which may or may not be romantic ones. This year, there’s a strong push to get clear on what’s shared and what’s not. It’s crucial you feel capable of adulting in this area of your life. That might mean cutting yourself off from your sweetie’s PayPal, consolidating your student loans, or practicing taking care of your own crisis first before leaping in to help with someone else’s. It’s okay if your $$$ situation isn’t “fixed” — this is about making a long-term commitment to financial health, as best you can, as much as your circumstances allow. Does this sound like the biggest rip-off of a love horoscope ever? Blame the planets! The payoff? Standing as solid as possible on your own two feet will make trust with another much, much easier.
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22

In a nutshell…
The major change cycle you’ve been in since 2011 begins to settle down (finally) in May. Those upheavals have hopefully helped you discover greater personal authenticity, even when it’s meant stepping away from your cozy habits. 2018 is about going deep, Cancer. You’re gifted at using your emotions as a means of focus; this year that skill will be at the forefront, helping you close in on what’s most important. The mood is a serious one, and you may feel more tired than usual. This is a temporary pain in the patootie, but the slow vibe is going to make it easier to draw lines and say “no” to what’s dragging you down. The magical thing about “no” is how it makes room for “yes.” Some dead structure needs to get cleared out this year so that the tender shoots in your life can push to the surface and bloom.

Career
Cancer, the sign of motherhood, is less about making human babies than about creation itself. Cancers need outlets for birthing their interior experiences into something external, ideally something requiring loving attention to grow. Whether that external thing is a novel-in-progress, a harried client, a business idea, an academic paper, or a windowsill of plants, your strongly felt response is your reason for showing up. Relying on emotion gives you stellar intuition and excellent timing (when you’re not dragging your feet); it can also make you avoid the challenges that produce fruitful mistakes. Little insecurities left unchecked grow into big fears of failure. Because of the changes of the past seven to eight years, you’re probably more willing to put yourself out there than you used to be, especially on the professional front. As insecurities and fears raise their ugly-cute heads, take heart. Old insecurities increase our empathy and mistakes help us understand what we’re doing. This is a wonderful year to seek out a professional mentor or become one. Teaching from where you feel messiest will show you how to be whole. What you don’t understand — what you feel your way through in the dark — is the guts of real wisdom.

Love
You’ve accepted too little for too long because it was easier, and because you get what you need most from inside yourself anyway. When you give emotional energy to people with nothing to give back, you end up too frustrated to pursue more loving relationships. Focus on mothering yourself this year with a balance of treats and healthy boundaries. Instead of lashing out or going hot and cold with friends and sweeties who are bugging you, tell them you need a break. And then take it. At least one of these relationships likely needs to end to make room for something better. Give yourself time and, when you’re ready, cut the cord.
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Leo
July 23 to August 22

In a nutshell…
In a perfect world, Queen, you would love everyone and they would love you right back. Your best friends from high school would remain big-hearted and truthful, as boldly vocal about right and wrong as they were at 16. You would never be caught between the certainty you feel about your best people and your strongly held beliefs. Over the past several years, you’ve run up against this dilemma more than once. Likely, you’ve come away changed, readier to speak your own full-throated truth, for all human beings, even at risk of losing a relationship. 2018 is here to say, “Congrats!” You have graduated from the school of radical truth-telling and are ready to put those changes into practice in your life. It doesn’t all need to happen this year, but you should definitely give yourself opportunities for interesting new places to express your talents and convictions. Sometimes making way for the new means letting go of the old. When you’re torn, ask yourself: “Am I still having fun?” Hang on to what brings you joy. Anything else wants to be free.

Career
Your work ethic is rock-solid this year (so long as you’re fully engaged). Things might take longer than you want on the day-to-day level, but the big picture of your ambitions and reputation is lightning-bright. Any tension that arises — like, if that lightning short-circuits your figurative desk lamp — is a sign you need new roles and goals. Success comes through giving your brilliant brain a bigger spotlight, by working as a team and by choosing projects that align with your most progressive beliefs.

Love
Romance is your jam, Queen. You look equally fantastic down on one knee, clutching roses to your bosom, or weeping into the tear-stained pages of a well-creased love letter. Even a shy Leo needs plenty of chances to express their deep devotion to best friends and partners. 2018 wants to sweep you up in romantic adventures, both privately and in public. At home, don’t be afraid to leave cute notes stuck to every surface and sandwiches with mustard smiley faces in the fridge. Throw over-the-top parties to enliven your dwelling and make your family — including your chosen family — feel like stars. Many problems at home can be resolved by bringing them out into the open, especially if you light them up with Leonine optimism. From January to February and July to August, eclipses in your sign challenge you to be both more honest and more flexible in your one-on-one relationships. Lead the way into changes that will bring both you and your beloved joy and delight.
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22

In a nutshell…
Modest, yet hard working. Precise, yet adaptable. Brainy, yet realistic. Prankster-y, yet ethical. Your virtues are understated because that’s how you like it. You prefer attention to go to the projects and people you’ve put so much energy into improving. It gets a little old being taken for granted, though, doesn’t it? Happy day, Virgo! For the next several years, a little extra effort will get cast in a starring role. It’s a serious, focused year for the human race, which makes it the right opportunity for you to shine. You won’t have to pretend to be a diva to do it, either (though if that’s how you roll, you can get away with it this year). For ages, you’ve been quietly acquiring skills while worrying if you were good enough to offer them to others. Perfectionism, that dog, has been following you around, barking its head off. Well, it seems like you finally taught it sit-stay. Your skills are so very needed now. Take advantage of this temporary reprieve from self-doubt and ego by stepping in to fix, figure out, and heal what lies before you.

Career
While all of the above applies to your career, adjustments are needed. It can be stressful to switch out tried-and-true methods, especially when you spent so much time figuring them out. Still, growth and learning are where it’s at for you and you always prefer to do things right than get your way. Your co-workers really appreciate this quality — it’s a big part of why they depend so heavily on your input. January to February and, especially, July to August 2018 will be periods that test your ability to think on your feet without freaking. What’s in crisis must adapt, even if you’re not 100% sure how to operate differently yet. Slowing down, meditating, tuning into your senses, listening to music, spending time with animals (minus that dog of perfectionism) are healthy, Virgo-friendly ways to chill and reground. You are a problem-solver extraordinaire. Plug that shiny, sparkly brain into the universal energy source (peace) and you’ll understand what to do next.

Love
You take love seriously this year, making it less fun but more real. If you’ve been thinking about having kids (or struggling with ones you already have), that will likely become a dominant theme in your love life. You may also find that professional duties and responsibilities eat up leisure time with friends and lovers. If this feels less than awesome, examine how your choices have led to these circumstances. Virgos tend to load up their schedules because tasks are easier to succeed at than relationships and feelings are. In fact — shocking, I know — you can’t succeed at relationships and feelings. There is no perfect marriage. There is no well-executed grief. They just don’t exist. Even when we know this intellectually, it’s tough to trust that wherever we are, whatever we’re doing is okay. But I promise you, Virgo, all you need to do is show up. Special opportunities to figure out what’s going on in those maddeningly mushy feelings of yours come during the unfairly dreaded Mercury retrogrades, which this year will occur from March to April, July to August, and November to December. In 2018, all of these retrogrades take place in your emotional houses. Again, the key to insight is slowing down.
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Libra
September 23 to October 22

In a nutshell…
“Decisions, decisions, why even make decisions when you just end up with some lackluster consolation prize?” Thus spoke the devil on your left shoulder (or should I say, left scale?). The angel, meanwhile, says you really better make a decision if you want to get anything done in 2018. Or is the angel on your left scale and the devil on your right? Are they even so different? Well, Libra, for the next couple of years, there is a right action and wrong one. You won’t figure out which is which through analysis or a careful weighing of options. Instead, you’ll know a wrong action if it leads you smack into a brick wall. A right action might lead to a tall staircase (ugh, I know: stairs!), but it’ll be obviously climbable. Be the smartie you are: Take the staircase.

Career
Money’s either going to fall in your lap this year or be a pie in the sky. The world will be entering seven years of major financial upheaval starting this May; the spillover effect for you is that, at least until November 2018, it’ll be hard to plan realistically. The same is (sort of) true professionally, where your larger goals and successes may have to take a backseat to issues at home. Boundary-setting is in order. If you’ve let things slide in the interest of harmony, your resentment will rear its head. Likewise, if you’ve deftly manipulated or overly rationalized others into playing nice, that method has hit its expiration date. A simpler tactic presents itself in 2018: State clearly what you want — and what you don’t. It’s important to show up for your responsibilities and fulfill contracts literal and figurative. Be careful, though, about doing emotional labor out of your idea of what’s fair. This has more to do with what you believe will make others like you than fairness. You’re the one whose opinion matters at the end of the day, so focus on earning your own respect.

Love
Physical pleasures is where it’s at this year, Libra. Schedule in plenty of time for a few of your favorite things: relaxed makeouts, massages, bath salts, and aesthetically perfect treats. Spend your traveling budget on a trip or several to a spa, hot spring, or other chill adventure. Rather than breaking your piggy bank, ask around about inexpensive local places that combine the traveler’s thrill of enlarged horizons with the lazy person’s thrill of lying around while people bring you hot towels. On the relationship front, bonds with friends and sweeties might be occasionally sticky. Major improvements come through examining the stories you tell yourself about love, especially ones that bring out your insecurities. You see relationships as being stronger than the sum of their parts. That’s what makes you so gifted at forming bonds. Problems arise when you pit the individual against the relationship, acting as if to be a “we,” we must sacrifice our “I.” You of all people, Libra, should know you really can have it both ways.
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21

In a nutshell…
Human beings are super sketchy. From our juvenile jealousies to our spite to our self-serving manipulations to our power trips, we are not to be trusted. This is true for all signs, and yet you alone, Scorpio, are symbolized by a poisonous, hard-shelled insect! Unfair, yes, like most things in life. The difference between you and other signs, Scorpio, is that you know your own sketchiness. You’ve befriended it; you’ve been to war with it; you’ve had a number of interesting experiences together. At least within yourself, you bravely face who you really are. That’s what makes you so resilient. It’s also the source of your psychological acumen and profound empathy. As Jupiter continues moving through your sign, much depends on how you’ve handled that shadow side. Jupiter, planet of luck and inspiration, entered Scorpio in October 2017 and will remain there through November 2018. During that period, it will pass over your Sun, bringing gifts of confidence, expanding your personal power and outing secrets. (See: the Weinstein effect, which began almost to the day Jupiter entered Scorpio.) Jupiter’s luck rewards truthful intentions and tends to bring comeuppance for sneaky ones. You contain both impulses at maximum dosage, so the question is: Have you used your darkness to bear down on an inner truth or to get your way at all costs? If you’ve done the former, you are probably already standing up as a teacher and truth-teller, helping inspire others to transform. If you’ve favored the latter, you can now use your power to heal broken bonds. An honest apology goes a long way this year.

Career
Expect breakthroughs around your career, long-term goals, and reputation, assuming you take a creative risk or two when pinged by your intuition. January to February and July to August are flash points that ask you to adjust and make vital changes. These don’t need to be bridge-burners — again, a little effort goes a long way. Communication issues might cause slowdowns. Make it a pet project to develop stronger ethics around what you say and what you withhold. Doing so will help earn others’ trust and may have the side benefit of alchemizing a self-defeating inner voice to one that is firm yet helpful.

Love
You’ve mistakenly been dubbed the sign of sex when you are really the queen of deep intimacy. Your truest self is the crazy-good listener who will stay up chatting until dawn for a friend going through a breakup. Sex for you is a means to the ever-compelling merging between two selves. While you’re quite loyal, you cannot tolerate emotional boredom well and a shallow connection can kill your relationships. 2018 will set off exciting, unpredictable, potentially shocking changes in your closest bonds. Lay off the possessiveness, but be up front about what you want. Healthy relationships will improve, so long as both people have space to be their independent selves — and you and boo take on some transformative new experiences together.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21

In a nutshell…
Feel that wind billowing through your mane, Wild One? That’s the hard-earned freedom that comes with fusty Saturn, planet of no fun, finally skedaddling from your sign. Since 2015, you’ve been taking the final exam of a 28-year class and (thanks to astrological grade inflation) no matter what score you got, you passed. Embrace this period of new beginnings by spending plenty of time doing your signature recreations: learning about philosophy, studying law and religion, traveling, teaching, public speaking, publishing, poorly planned adventuring, and climbing to vista points to take in the big-picture view. Expect a few speed bumps in these areas during January and February as well as July and August. Problematic situations will inspire you to reconsider some of your most strongly held beliefs and make changes. Fortunately, you’re usually willing to expand your perspective to embrace new understandings. Until next November, solo retreats, especially those with a stack of books, help you let go of the need to be right in favor of alignment with truth. These rest periods revive your faith in human beings, bringing out your best self. Mercury celebrates your 2018 birthday by going retrograde in your sign (again!), so keep your b-day plans loosey-goosey and do what you’re best at: turning accidents into fun.

Career
Money issues are up for review for the next several years. This might mean tightening your belt and reining in your natural inclination to buy the whole world a Coke and then gift it the shirt off your back. You can be generous without giving your debt collectors extra work — you’re a genius for making rags feel like riches — and for the next little while, maintaining those boundaries will be easier. Give yourself the new year’s treat of a visit to a financial planner. Books that marry $$$ matters to a larger life philosophy can help make budgeting feel meaningful (it is!) and keep you moving through the boring parts. After May, boring might even sound nice, as Uranus, planet of surprises and 180-degree turnarounds, zips into your house of work and routines. Habits will be knocked to the ground as the order of your daily life becomes suddenly unpredictable. Uranus can be a lot of fun at times, especially for up-for-whatever Sags. The trick to enjoying this transit is actively spicing up your work life. Embrace new technology to do your job better and work either on your own changeable schedule or on a team of smarties you get along with well.

Love
Since 2011, your romantic life has been wacky: full of excitement, but full of stress, too. You may have found yourself dating people way outside of your usual type. Newness has been a big part of the draw, and sticking around once relationships settle down may have been tough. In May, things chill out, in a good way. Everything you’ve learned about letting your true self show comes into play. Now that you’ve integrated this awareness, you’ll probably find yourself feeling more comfortable in dating and love. All your relationships should become more stable as a result.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19

In a nutshell…
It’s your year, Mer-Goat — for better or worse? Serious Saturn, planet of getting-‘er-done, moved into your sign on December 19, 2017. Saturn is Capricorn’s planetary ruler, which means you naturally vibe with its methodical-yet-deep modus operandi. Until 2020, the whole world will be doing its best to act like a Cap. While everyone tries to get their sh*t together, depressing themselves in the process, you’ll have your head down, chugging along toward your goals. Your gift is the ability to X-ray vision the meaningful essence within the crap. Others will need to hear what you see — and will likely want some pointers for identifying what matters. Your friends and professional network will be especially receptive to your guidance, which is great for everyone since you give great advice (and love it when others finally listen to you). The danger here is letting your serious side run the show, leaving your super sensitive side in the dust. The human stuff — feelings, vulnerability, creativity, bonding — can make you feel awkward and embarrassed. It’s easy to tell yourself there’s no point in “wallowing” in sadness, or that a midday cuddle session is irresponsible. In reality, though, you’ll find your big, serious Capricorn heart at the center of everything you’ve achieved that actually matters.

Career
The universe is keeping you wicked busy for the next several years. Think of it as cashing in your chips from the last 29 years. Capricorns are late bloomers, so if you’re under 30, don’t sweat a few defeats along the way. Mistakes are your best teacher and the agony that accompanies them is largely self-created. The trick is to master your self-talk — beware of telling yourself anything that begins with “I should” or “I must.” Your life is your own original creation, Mer-Goat, no matter what anyone says. Complete current projects, prioritizing what works over self-defeating perfectionism, and you’ll be ready to start a brand new masterpiece. Over-30 Caps, enjoy watching your delightful plots take shape. Whatever passion you’ve put in the hours for will come together during this period. Adjust as necessary when you come up against obstacles, leave behind the not-workable and celebrate (like, actually celebrate) your successes. For all Caps, “achievable goals” is this year’s key phrase.

Love
Despite your famous gravitas, you are devilishly good at sensual, sexy romance. This May sets off a 7-year lightning storm in your house of courtship and loving. Expect new attractions against your usual type. Older, younger, differently-gendered, a radical departure from what your inner parent approves of are all potential sources of love matchery. If you’ve let a current relationship grow stale, you may be tempted to wander. Trying to ignore the itch will only make it destructive. Instead, befriend the urge for newness. Relight the spark with your sweetie by scheduling in adventure time, signing up for a brain-stimulating experience together, embracing your freaky side in the bedroom (or out of it), pursuing new friendships together, and/or exercising mutual independence.
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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18

In a nutshell…
Aquarius, you embody paradox: rebel/conformist, serious brainiac/playful perma-teenager, consistency-lover/radical-change queen. This inner tension leads to your life periodically taking an unpredictable 90-degree turn. For others, such dramatic changes would be a sign of a total personality makeover; for you, it’s more like changing an outfit. To be fair, clothing decisions stress you out, but once a decision becomes action, you’re generally happy just to be doing something new. Starting May of this year, a major veer to the left is coming. If a move has been brewing, quit fretting and just do it. If a move hasn’t been brewing, it might well happen anyway. Insights and opportunities come fast and furious over the next several years. Expect excitement and stress, making that perfect rut you’ve been pacing intolerable. The longer you spend debating and researching choices, the more of a toll stress will take on your nervous system. Your best bet is to leap feet-first into a new, fun experience. So long as you clue friends, family, and colleagues in about where you’ve gone, you’ll leave your bridges intact behind you in case you want to return. My guess, though, Aquarius, is that you’re just going to keep zig-zagging your way forward.

Career
This past October, Jupiter, planet of luck, entered your house of reputation and career. It remains there until November 2018, providing you with more and better professional opportunities. Your reputation is enlarged, meaning more people will hear about what you’re up to. All the more reason to be your most altruistic self, since negative rumors will spread as far as good ones. You thoroughly embrace the egalitarian ideal, approaching everyone as a potential friend. The problem for you is getting caught up in humanitarian theories, neglecting to back them up with action. This year, people will be especially receptive to what you’re saying, so what you do or don’t can either bring you rewards or bite you in the ass. No one (except your inner perfectionist) expects total consistency from you, Aquarius, but they do assume you’ll finish what you started. As you take on new, stimulating projects, be sure to see through any passion projects you begin. The trick here is seeing beyond the surface sparkle to what makes you feel vividly alive.

Love
No person is an island, nor can they keep their options open forever. 2018 continues 2017’s theme of setting course based on your heart and putting love front and center. How do you choose a person to love? It’s not so complicated, Aquarius, but it does mean listening to those irrational feelings. Your sense of joy will always be spot on. Pick the one who sends you into a giggle fit, who emboldens you, who eggs on your kid side. Once you’ve made your choice, be a good teammate. The more time you spend luxuriating, creating, playing, and making decisions together, the stronger and more loving the relationship will be. P.S. If your relationship makes you feel dead inside, it is kinder to yourself and your partner to let it go.
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20

In a nutshell…
Everything that’s born returns to its source. Feelings, art projects, the human body, the line of music that passed through your dreams, all stand firm and then dissipate. A lot of people act like what they see, own, and are is permanent. You, Pisces, sense that bigger picture of dissolution and return, a wholeness that transcends the human life. Since 2012 (and until 2025), Neptune, your ruling planet, has been moving through your sign, thrusting us underwater. While the rest of us flail and kick, you exercise your gift of floating, listening and being okay with not knowing. You are affected, of course — you’re a human emotion-sponge, and every year has been tougher on the world than the one before — but you glimpse a light that others can’t. From October 2017 through November 2018, the universe is calling on you to share that light with others through speaking, teaching, and publishing (Facebook status updates count). When your own hope flags, travel and study provide the retreat to help you tune back into that flow of inner knowing.

Career
Magic happens when you translate your visions and impressions into concrete goals. The goal might feel impossibly far away, but breaking big goals into small to-dos makes them manageable. Crossing tasks off a list provides a nice satisfaction. More than that, though, it calms your worries about chaos and shows you that you can handle the basic “adulting” stuff when you decide to. The pace of life picks up in May with news, texts, and noisy neighbors shocking you out of your meditative pace. Organizational systems and an enjoyable routine will help absorb the impact. You’re most successful when you stay centered and calm, so it’s important to protect yourself from unwanted energetic invasion. What you need is a psychic sorting hat that assigns new information to Gryffindor (“urgent”), Hufflepuff (“nice stuff”) Ravenclaw (“meh”), or Slytherin (“don’t even bother”) before you can get overwhelmed. Another name for such a sorting hat is boundaries. The idea is to let in what you want when you want it, keeping your inner peace intact.

Love
Friendships will be more a source of responsibility than pleasure, and that’s okay. Over the next couple of years, you’re bringing more of your professional self into your peer group. You’re likely used to playing a supporting role with friends; this year, support them by holding space. You can get a lot of satisfaction from leading groups that meet a tangible social need. In general, you give a lot of emotional energy to all your relationships. You’re always drawn to people in pain and have a wonderful gift for healing through empathy. Right now, though, you’re in a several year phase in which it’s important to weed out those who want to be helped from those who just want to be enabled. True love flows when you pay attention to your boundaries, recognize your part in unhealthy dynamics, and get to work fixing them.
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