Love Lanyadoo Astrology 12.26.2018 - 01.01.2019
Let’s talk about the New Year!
In the Western World, we count the years off with the Gregorian calendar, and so we say that on January 1st it’s 2019, but that is of course not the only way to measure time. Time is a powerful thing, but it’s not experienced the same by everyone, even if we have tidy ways of relating to it. No matter how you mark it, time passes, dragging you along with it.
There are so many ways to live, so many choices to make. You can’t do it all (at least not all at once), but you can do what you’ve come here to do. Revisit your plans, and question everything. This isn’t a time for wringing your hands any more than for maintaining the status quo. We are at a powerful turning point on an individual, a societal, and even a global level. What you do counts. As much as who you choose to be and the way you live are of your own free will, they're also matters of civic responsibility. Be a part of the change you wish to see in the world around you this year by starting with your own choices, small and big. Do what you can; just don’t do nothing, my loves.
On the 31st, Mars enters Aries, where it will stay until Valentine's Days. This is a perfectly timed shift for starting off a new year; it's energizing, exciting, and motivating. Ambitions, tempers, and passions are likely to flare, and with this you can end up feeling frustrated or ready to giddy-up and get ‘er done. How you experience it will depend on how it activates your chart specifically.
On January 1st we enter into a new year, but it comes with more of a thud than a bang. On this day the Sun will be conjunct to depressive Saturn in pragmatic Capricorn (you will feel it’s effects on 12/31 through the 2nd of January, but on the West Coast, it’s exact at about 9:50pm on the 1st). This transit tends to inspire heavy feelings, a sense of foreboding, and a feeling of fatedness. While this is not a lighthearted energy, it is useful for tending to matters that require focus, effort, and control. If you’ve got work to do, this is the time to do it. Pair down your closet, reflect on the year behind you, or address your finances. Saturn wants us to prune away the weeds and focus on what will yield the most abundant crops. Find your place in the problems, and then you can find your way to learn from them, sweet loves. This transit at the start of 2019 is a little sneak peak of what’s to come for the world at large; the changes that we’re seeing in the financial sectors, the infrastructure of governments, institutions, and corporations are all a long time in coming. The planet Saturn and the sign of Capricorn are all about action and consequence; we are likely to see a clear trail behind us, even if we didn’t expect it to lead us to where we are. What each individual person does to make an impact will count, but beware: we run the risk of becoming embittered and protecting our individual interests at the expense of the collective. This year will bring about very real challenges, but with them, the opportunity for new voices to emerge with innovative solutions. What doesn’t bend breaks; I’m wishing you flexibility, empathy, courage, and compassion for this New Year, however you mark the passage of time, my sweet loves.
March 21-April 19
You can worry as much as you like, but it won’t get you very far. This week is likely to kick up some concerns about your future, but it’s wise to first manage your present, sweet Aries. Deal directly with your situation, even if it’s scary. You have more control over events than it feels like you do, but it’s important that you don’t hold all your cards close to your chest. Say what needs to be said, so you can figure out what needs to get done, Aries.
April 20-May 20
After a period of overextending yourself, it’s inevitable that you feel exhausted. This week is an excellent time for a reset, but you’re likely to have to set some limits in order to get there. Don’t worry so much about what everyone is thinking because you can’t please everyone, Taurus. Determine what you need, and consider a part of that to be the love and support of close people. It’s time for you to set boundaries that reflect the big-picture of your needs.
May 21-June 21
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “comparison is the thief of joy.” Take some time to enjoy the excellence of your life, Twin Star! You’re in a beautiful place, and it would be a mistake to not stop and smell the roses. Instead of obsessing on what you don’t yet have, or worse, what others have, take time to see your own progress. You have so much to feel happy about, and the more invested you are in seeing it, the easier it’ll be.
June 22-July 22
You can’t control how others feel, nor should you try. Beware of your impulse to manage other people as a way to take care of yourself – not to actually make them feel better. It’s okay to sit in discomfort, Moonchild, and it’s okay for others to be uncomfortable too. Without bringing your agenda, confront the very real problems that exist between you and others this week. That means looking for the whole truth, not just the part that will help you get along.
July 23-Aug. 22
When you don’t get what you want, it’s an opportunity – even if it’s not a super fun one. Look for ways in which you can learn about yourself (and the people and situations you’re involved with), especially when things don’t go your way. You have the opportunity to better understand and ultimately engage with your life (both inner and outer). You don’t need things to be chill in order for them to be good; leverage this moment, my love.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
It’s not always wise to open yourself to others; make sure that you’re not participating in a self-fulfilling prophecy, Virgo. If you have evidence that a person is unreliable, it’s wise to adjust your expectations and your heart. Self-protection doesn’t mean throwing the baby out with the bathwater though. Moderate your availability, your investment, and your expectations to better match your situation, and let things unveil themselves from there.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
It’s time for parties and tons of social expectations, but you may not be feeling it this week. When you assert your boundaries, people may not like it, but that’s not necessarily a reason to back down. Prioritize self-care, even if it means being a little less available to others. It’s important that you show up how you can, when you can; anything more will end up getting you into messy dynamics. Be honest about what you’ve got to give, dear Libra.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
It’s wise to protect yourself, but there’s a vast difference between self-protection and hiding. This week will bring an issue to the surface that deserves your care and attention, but it’s not likely to be terribly easy. Improving your conditions is uncomfortable work, but don't confuse that discomfort with being on the wrong path. Bring realness to the relationships or parts of your life that are struggling, especially if it would be easier to ignore them. What you feed will grow, Scorpio.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
The role that fear plays in your life is a good one to consider as we end 2018. You have so much to be grateful for, Sagittarius. You have worked so hard to cultivate a better sense of self this year, and whether or not you’ve achieved your goals, you’ve absolutely grown and are better for your efforts. Try to appreciate what you have in this moment instead of comparing it to where you think you should be or getting overwhelmed by where you want to go next, my love.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Part of personal power is being able to manage yourself in uncertain conditions. Instead of asserting your will, strive to simply embody it, this week. You don’t need to get validation in order to be right, and you don’t always need to be plucking fruit from the vine. Sometimes it’s simply the season to cultivate future growth. Be here for the process, dear Capricorn, even when it’s uncomfortable or uncertain. Just because you feel off, doesn’t mean that you are.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
You need to slow down, even if your life doesn’t want you to. Take some time to get present and take stock of what you’re doing and whether or not it’s in alignment with what you intended to do. What’s right for you may be in conflict with what others want from you, and it’s important that you consider what to do about that. Finding balance between your needs, the needs of others, and how you express and care for that gap is in everyone’s best interest this week.
Feb. 19-March 20
You don’t need to be anyone but yourself, and you don’t need to be anywhere but here. This week may unnerve you, and the only way to deal with it is directly. You can’t change the unknowable future any more than you can change what’s in the past. Show up, look openly at your situation, and then give yourself the space to identify what you need to do about it. All you've got is this moment to manage; don’t overwhelm yourself with anything else, my love.