2017 Year Ahead Horoscope

🎉written originally for Chatelaine.

Aries

March 21-April 19 

Self-care:
This year will test you, lover. You will expecting the door to push open, and it’ll be a pull. How you handle frustration and senseless limitation is the difference between a sad and a happy Aries.When you don’t find flow, look for meaning. If you can’t find that, you’re not looking hard enough. Learn to make friends with your fears so that you can learn from the wise parts of their counsel and throw away the rest.

Work:
You can knock yourself out trying but to what end, Aries? Something’s gonna have to give this year, and it’s you. Be willing to initiate changes that better reflect the work you want to be doing. If you’re not getting the validation you deserve, this is the year to make and execute a plan. Instability is not bad, even if it’s uncomfortable. Take well-planned risks, but be careful what you ask for because you’re likely to get it. 

Love:
You need to be free, Aries. That doesn’t mean that you need to be single per se, but it does mean that you have to be able to be totally yourself. Happiness doesn’t come from security. True emotional stability can only be cultivated with a healthy and fluid exchange of love. Be true to yourself, especially January through March and again in the autumn, or you may find that you abruptly dosomething you regret.

Affirmation:
I’ve got what I need because I’ve worked hard to cultivate it.

 

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

Self-care:

Slowing down and being self-protective in times of stress is a wise strategy for you if you can follow some simpleguidelines. Obsessing over details and picking at proverbial scabs will take a good thing and make it super terrible. Slowing down without taking stock of how you talk to yourself will result in feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. Keep yourself moving — exercise, play, meditation and other life-affirming activities will go a long way in improving your year. 

Work:
If you don’t know where you’re going, the worst thing you can do is rush to get there. You’ve got to be careful about where you put your energy. While this year will bring with it plenty of opportunities for advancement, there’ll be just as many for busy-work. Make intentional choices about where you put your energy so that you get the best returns on it. 

Love:
Love isn’t always lovely, I’m afraid. Whether you’re contending with your insecurities, real problems, or a case of power struggles, your work is the same: in the event of the plane going down, secure the oxygen mask over your own mouth before you take care of anyone else. Don’t try to fix things from a crazy place within yourself. Take care of your insides before you try to deal with your relationships.

Affirmation:
The first step to straightening out my life is to clarify my feelings, even when they’re fearful.

 

 

Gemini

May 21-June 21 

Self-care:
If you let yourself get stuck, you’ll find yourself fighting off the sads this year. You may not know what you for sure want or how to get it, but that doesn’t mean you should languish in indecision. Try new things, challenge yourself to take on new studies or to try line dancing, or whatever is random and weird enough to help you see thingsdifferently. A change in perspective is what you need to be right with yoursweet, sweet self. 

Work:
You can fixate on problems with your work life as much as you want, but it won’t get you anywhere, Twin Star. You need a plan, and you need to commit to following through. Even if you don’t get where you ultimately want to be professionally in 2017, you have all the components to set the stage for it to crystallize in the coming years. Even if your progress is slow, you should trust that you’re on your way. 

Love:
The only way to have true emotional intimacy is to be present and honest, Gemini. If you’ve been holding back parts of yourself because you think loved ones will judge or reject you, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Be yourself, and let the people you love respond as they will. You need to deal with the reality of what exists between you and others and work on your relationships accordingly. Love is a verb, just like work is. 

Affirmation:
I don’t compromise emotionally because my integrity is bound up in how I feel.

Cancer

June 22-July 22 

Self-care:
When you feel out of control it’s easy to expect the worst. This year will bring you on a roller coaster of feels, but what else is new, amirite? You have people who love you and have faith in your ability to rise to the occasion. When you feel hopeless, it’s time to reach out and get a reality check. You can handle what life throws at you, but you have to measure out your energy in sustainable bursts. Only take on what you canhandle, Moonchild.

Work:
If you take on the stress and fear of those around you, it’ll make achieving your goals that much harder. There will be a fair amount of instability in your work sphere this year as you strive to (hopefully!) create forward momentum. You can do it all, but you probably can’t do it all at once; pace yourself through your goals, Moonchild. Motivate yourself with an abundance mentality, and you’ll be happy with what you create by year’s end. 

Love:
You don’t have to have all the answers or even be happy all the time to be in the right place. Don’t be in such a rush to figure out answers that you allow things to look worse than they really are. Your impulses are battling with your needs, and it will take a practice of emotional presence to let your needs win. Let go of your compulsion for stability, and focus on your desire for authenticity instead. Relationships ebb and flow, but self-love should last forever.

Affirmation:
I let love empower my every action and be my guide, especially when I’m weary.

Leo

July 23-Aug. 22 

Self-care:
Too much of a good thing is still too much. If you have faith that good things are coming your way, you won’t feel the need to hoard them. This year is going to test your sense of confidenceabout the quality of life you can have. We don’t all get love, health and a house on a hill — if we did this world would be a very different place. Embrace the abundance that you have, and commit to creating the changes you most want to see.

Work:
We start off 2017 with your outcomes pretty much in sync with your actions, Leo. Make sure that you want what you’re going for because if they aren’t the same, you’ll be successful but feel like crap. Take inspiration and reach out to people who can help you out. While it’s easy to get caught up in the details of your day-to-day life, this year youneed to keep your eyes on the big-picture prize, my love.

Love:
You’re a magical being and can make people love you. What a gift! But it’s a bit of a Midas touch. Curating conditions to make people feel a certain way about you only gets love for the parts you’ve presented of yourself. Dare to show your messy, weird or needy bits, my love. Be honest about how you really feel about your sweetie, even if it means having to deal with unpleasantness. Use your powers of persuasion with care, Leo.

Affirmation:
I am consistently proactive in efforts to protect the things and people I love.

 

Virgo

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Self-care:
If you’re willing to change, this is gonna be a spectacular year for you, Virgo. It’s time to tear down the restrictions that you put in place because they served you at one time. Flexibility is not a sign of weakness, especially when it’s mixed with humility and a sense of adventure. Your undoing will be overthinking things that just need some room to breathe, so let matters air out before you push them into the world.

Work:
How you manage your time is a reflection of your truest values. This year is an excellent time for reshaping your relationship to work and time. Take a good, hard look at where you commit your energy, and if it’s to things that you dislike or don’t mean to be invested in, start spending your time and creativity on what is. Set yourself right, and create conditions for thriving, Virgo.

Love:
No one can make you love yourself. Thereis no magic person who will transform your self-esteem struggles or shyness, Virgo. Instead of looking for your other half to complete you, strive to bewhole as you are. This year will confront you with the choice between distracting yourself with people versus taking care of yourself before you interact with them. There’s no hard and fast right or wrong here, but when in doubt take a step back and focus on self-care, my love.

Affirmation:
Transformation is as generative as it is destructive. I am creating the change I wish to see in the world and in my life.

 

 

Libra

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Self-care:
With expansive Jupiter in your sign for the better part of the year, you can expect growth opportunities and lovely times. The only trouble is that all that glitters in not gold. Opportunity is a test of how well you know yourself, Libra, and if you aren’t clear on what’s good for you versus just good on paper, you run the risk of burning out on your own good fortune. 

Work:
The drives of your ego may scream to you that you need more recognition, more power or a bigger title, and maybe you do. The thing is that satiating your ego is a driving motivation with a disappointing payoff. Be introspective enough to assess what will bring you lasting satisfaction and engagement, and you will actually feel successful with what you achieve. Don’t confuse abundance and survival, for they are two very different things.

Love:
You may have some serious decisions to make in your love life this year, and in the end you’ve gotta do you, Libra. You’ll be totally unsurprised to learn that yours is a sign that governs compromise and accommodation. That said, 2017 is the year of you rising up to take on the truth of your needs and limits. It’s a brave new you! Don’t let upsets throw you off track; find perfection in the imperfections of love.

Affirmation:
Self-awareness is freedom.

 

 

Scorpio

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Self-care:
It’s important to have healthy boundaries with your environment. You’re a sensitive creature, and if you take on the feelings and issues of everyone around you, you’ll be a soupy mess. Self-care is not selfish! Carve out time for the little things that help you enjoy your life — not just tolerate it. Having a positive attitude doesn’t mean ignoring the bad; it’s about investing in the potential of all things.

Work:
Do you still want to do what you’ve been doing? I mean, does the work you’re spending the bulk of your energy on even make you happy anymore? It’s time to face reality and make necessary adjustments, Scorpio. Don’t wait for others to tell you what you can or can’t do. Decide that for yourself, and then have the guts to follow through. This can be a transformative year for your career, so stay on track, my love.

Love:
You are infinitely loveable and so deserving of love. Your relationships are in a state of deepening as you show up with more of your true self. This year, it’s wise for you to break the pattern of protecting yourself preemptively. If you keep on building up walls to keep you safe, you’ll also insulate yourself from the care of others. Whether you’re single and trying to connect with someone new or in a relationship and striving to get closer with someone you love, practice being open.

Affirmation:
Self-care is not selfish. I prioritize being grounded and present before striking out.

 

Sagittarius

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Self-care:
The devil’s in the details, and this year you’re gonna want to act like the deets are going to take care of themselves. The big picture of what you want is of the utmost importance, but you need a plan, ‘Tarius. Know that what you do has consequences, even when you do nothing. You can’t avoid cause and effect, but you can be more intentional so that you like what comes your way. Make it a practice to steady your aim, friend.  

Work:
Don’t let your fears run the show!You’ve got to confront your participation in the things that aren’t working for you. Your regular ways aren’t the only way. Sometimes being conservative is wise; it allows you to go easy on your resources and get things done. Othertimes it’s more about hiding from your own potential. Ask for assistance when you need it, and take chances in the name of what you most want.

Love:
It’s not just you in your relationship, ‘Tarius. No matter how right you are, you still have to work with others and find a way to create a viable middle ground. Instead of trying to convince your lover of your perspective, it’s wise to listen. Believe what others tell you about themselves, even if your instincts are screaming about what their potential might hold. Work within the current reality of your relationships, and you’ll be able to coax them into a happier and healthier place. 

Affirmation:
I show up emotionally in my relationships and let the exchanges enrich me.

 

Capricorn

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Self-care:
Don’t let yourself slip into a slump, Cappy. When in doubt, make an action plan. This year, but especially during the winter and fall of 2017, you’re going to have great opportunities to expand, but it’s going to take constant engagement. Luckily you’re not scared of work! Don’t let your fears shape your choices when your hopes are so much more inspiring, my love.

Work:
You need a solid work/life balance, and this year is not gonna hand it to you on a silver plate. You’re going to have to take pains to identify not only what you want professionally but also what you need for your off-the-clock wellness, and you’ll have to take material strides to make both happen. More than work advice, the stars are telling you to embody what you know to be true about your needs and goals. Work smarter, not harder, Capricorn.

Love:
You may be a master at controlling things, but if you are successful in manipulating your sweetie, they may not feel so sweetly about you, my love. Allow the people you’re close with to have their own flow. Your love may be going through a rough time on their own, and if you’re wise you won’t make it about you. While you may be out of step with your sweetie, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Be open to change, Cappy. 

Affirmation:
When I trust myself, I have access to more of my creative potential. I have everything I need!

 

Aquarius

Jan. 20-Feb. 18 

Self-care:
Life is full of adjustments, but you don’t have to make compromises that compromise you, Aquarius. You may have to contend with choices that you aren’t especially prepared to make. The more clear you are about who you are and where you stand, the easier it’ll be to make appropriate decisions. Don’t allow others or your circumstances to bully you. Act with integrity, especially when it’d be easier not to.

Workspace:
How do you invest in your future when you’re not sure what you really want? It’s wise to reassess your goals, my love. What do you want, and why? This year will bring great change to your career, and what that will look like is a combination of fate and free will. Do your part, and don’t react to your circumstances without first enacting clarity of intent. You’re not in control, but having a road map will absolutely help you get where you want to go. 

Love:
How you relate to your loves is being tested. It’s on you to create the changes that will help you have more love and play. When you hide real parts of yourself away, you create blockages to true intimacy. That may feel right in the moment, but at other times when you want your sweetie to ‘get’ you, they simply can’t because you haven’t shared yourself. If the foundation to your relationship isn’t friendship, you’ll always be missing something essential, Aquarius.

Affirmation:
I share my success with others, and it’s only made sweeter when it positively influences them.

Pisces

Feb. 19-March 20

Self-care:
Avoid living in a rerun of Groundhog Day, Pisces. You can learn your lessons the hard way by living through different versions of the same old/same old, or you can have the emotional come-to-Jesus moment you need before things get intolerable. How you care for your emotional health is on the chopping block this year. Be kind to yourself, even if that means taking risks that scare you in your relationships. 

Work:
If you’re ambiguous about what youwant, it’s easy to get sidetracked in life. The trick is to not get undone by your frustration when you find yourself caught up in things you don’t want to be doing. If you put yourself on a clear course, you’ll achieve what you set out for this year. As a super emotional person, you need to make sure that your own happiness is part of the equation. Being all money-minded or all martyr-motivated is all bad. Find a balance between all of your needs, Pisces.

Love:
You’ve gotta work on your self-esteem, lover, because no one can make you like you other than you. Having a healthy ego means that how others feel or what they think about you doesn’t define what you think and feel about yourself.  If you can let your own sense of self be enough, you’ll not only be happier, but your relationships will be so much better. This year, love and companionship are in the cards if you play ‘em right by loving on your own sweet self.

Affirmation:
I set limits and stand by them. I don’t have to compromise self-care to be loved.

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2016 Year Ahead Horoscope:

It's 2016 and I'm working on tons of new projects (yay!), but it means that I haven't crafted you a 2016 Year Ahead forecast (boo!).

Stay tuned: I've got lots more astrology and vibey vibes coming your way this year! You can read your weekly horoscope on my site, and catch your monthly forecasts on Nasty Gal's blog, at Oyster Mag, and also at StyleCaster. They've all got different 411 to help you help yourself on your way through this crazy life, so check them all out! 

🔮💯💜

XO   Jessica

ARIES

March 21-April 19

The first half of this year is your oyster, and you only need to shuck it to get the pearl. With both Saturn and Jupiter whispering sweet nothings to you through to June, you can make your dreams into plans and your plans into manageable actions to steadily achieve. Don’t waste this energy by being distracted or lazy because if you’re willing to change, your life can be a better fit for who you are.

Love may be another matter altogether, though. Don’t take on other people’s crap, but don’t turn your back on them either. Know the boundaries of what’s your choice versus your responsibility so you can keep your side of the road clean interpersonally. Say what you mean and mean what you say, Aries.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I show up to do what I came here to do.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Know your limits, Taurus. This year will ask you to change many things, and the better you know yourself, the wiser your choices will be. Identify your feelings and needs, make a plan for how to get them addressed, and stay flexible as your circumstances or perspectives change. The crap you were dealing with in 2014 should be lightened up considerably this year (yay!), but don’t get too comfy ‘cause from June to September Saturn will make one last past through Scorpio, bringing back up whatever you’ve left unresolved. Sharpen your tools in 2015 so that you can know yourself better, and be an improved comrade to the people around you. Remember that things don’t need to be easy to be good, or pleasant to be healthy. If you’re gonna strive this year, do it towards things that reflect your values and improve your world.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I don’t need to know what’s coming to show up and do my best.


 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Holy cow, Twin Star, you’ve worked so hard to get here and you can’t even catch your breath! You can accomplish so much this year, but it’ll take determination and focus (two things that at least one of your inner twins has). Make sure that your plans include a healthy balance between your personal needs for intimacy, fun, and the pursuit of happiness, and your professional needs to have security, respect, and growth. There are no right or wrong answers, but as you are the one who will be most deeply effected by your choices, make good ones for you.

Keep your heart wide open because there is so much love available to you in 2015. It’s on you to make sure that you are choosing loves that hold you up and make you happy, so look for quality of connection over quantity, especially from August onwards.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I am only willing to compromise what doesn’t compromise me.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

You are moving through deep emotional terrain, Moonchild, and if you’re open to new ways of seeing yourself and others you will overcome some heavy old blocks this year. The key is not to wait passively for change to come, but instead to create inroads that will invite opportunity, and even pave the way for more meaningful connections. As a super emotional sign you are no stranger to being overcome with feeling, so try to master noticing the difference between your reactions and your essential heartfelt truth. Standing on your own two feet (or wheels or sticks, as you see fit) in the middle of a rainstorm is what will give you the chops to integrate the changes you’re moving through. Embrace revolutions of the heart and soulful transformation in 2015.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: It’s not time to figure things out when I’m emotionally overwhelmed.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

When things don’t go your way it’s important to resist the impulse towards fight or flight, Leo. That isn’t to say that you should never bounce or battle, but that your impulses are a little unsteady. Bring some strategy into your game this year and make sure that you figure out what you want and need before you take your stand. You are growing in ways you didn’t see coming and that’s not bad or good, but it’s hella important. Honor your own development enough to catch up with yourself; honor the needs of your heart and your lifestyle so that you don’t shoot one in the foot in favor of the other.

Your finances may be tight in ‘15, but this is really just so that the Universe can get you to look at what you prioritize, and how your choices can better reflect your needs. The overall lesson for this year is to pour your self into the people, causes, and situations that are a true reflection of who and what you are, even if it’s hard, or not what you expected.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I choose to believe in the limitless potential of life.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

If you’re not afraid of work this year holds so much promise for you, Virgo! The key is to apply yourself to the things you want to achieve instead of every other thing under the sun. You don’t necessarily have a problem with setting your priorities, but sticking to them is another story altogether. Don’t control things; instead strive to mold them with your consistent attentions, pal. You are on the verge of greatness, all you need to do is keep your focus and your perspective.

When it comes to love in 2015, you mustn’t shy away from it, my cerebral friend. Invite in all the happiness you can stand, and let it flow towards you. This year is an excellent one for seeing your own blocks more clearly and sweeping them away. Fall in love with worthy subjects- including your self.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I choose to focus on what I want instead of what I fear.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

You may have to face some heavy stuff, but this year is your time to develop the tools to do it. Your sign is known for indecision and that’s no joke, but 2015 may find you needing to whittle your life down to it’s most important investments so that you can give your all to the things and people that you care about most. You’ll need to make the call about what deserves your attentions, and the best way to do that is to think about what will feed your life both in the short and the long term. The waters of your life are rough, and I’m not seeing a great many certainties, but that’s just a call to be your own anchor, Libra. Whether your relationships change or end is not what you should be too focused on. Make sure that what you’re doing is authentic and that you are choosing to participate in healthy and progressive ways.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I use all the tools at my disposal, including my intuition.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Believe in yourself, Scorpio. With Saturn, taskmaster of the Zodiac, finally out of your sign, 2015 promises to be much lighter than the previous two years have been for you. There may be a bunch of stagnant dynamics and swampy feelings still looming from ’14 like a nasty hangover, so commit to setting some limits that will help you feel better and do better, my friend. When you know and accept yourself it’s way easier to set up expectations for others that will let them know what you’re down to give. Leave room in your heart for others to snuggle up to, because this year can absolutely bring or deepen love in your life. Try not to get in your own way by trying to please everyone, and pleasing no one in the process. Don’t shrink away from confrontation when it’s constructive, or love when it’s true.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: Pain only points me to what needs attention.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

The thing about pacing is that you have to have equal parts vision, patience, and faith to do it right. You are being called upon to adopt a healthy approach to your life this year, and if you can master it the payoff will be fantastic. Opportunity is in the air all around you, Sag, but whatever comes will require hard work. You need to assess what constitutes a good option in theory, versus what works for you IRL, and in the present moment. Don’t hop on a thing because you once wanted it, or because you think others would want it. Choose to invest your energies into things that you truly desire, so that you can create a life that is uniquely yours to thrive in, Sagittarius.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I honor the truth of what I am.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

If you take on the worries of the people you’re close to, you will make yourself crazy, Capricorn. There’s no reason to lug around other people’s feelings for them, even in solidarity. The best you can do to support them is to bear witness and give what you have to share in a healthy way. You have so much work to do to 2.0 your life this year, so don’t let draining personal dynamics be your undoing. Pay attention to your habits so that you can change whichever ones you determine are limiting you. Get into your body and make sure it’s healthy and can support your heart and mind this year. Any successes you achieve will improve your emotional life as much as it supports your professional interests if you play your cards right, so git on it, buddy.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I am emotionally open and available with healthy limits.

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Be careful what you ask for, my electrical friend, ‘cause you just might get it. 2015 is a magical year for you, giving you a bit of a Midas touch. The trouble with this gift is that -if I remember the story of old Midas correctly- his gift of turning everything into gold brought him misery. Getting what you want is only a wonderful thing when you have selected your desires wisely.

Don’t forget that you need other people, Aquarius, and that they need you. When you’re making your plans and building your empire it’s essential that you don’t leave your heart and it’s needs out of the equation. Build bridges and escape hatches, and then hope that you never need to use them.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I am responsible to my choices.

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You are not in control (sorry!) and 2015 is your year to learn how to integrate non-attachment into your self-care regime. This means being centered and grounded in your integrity -whatever that looks like for you- so that your welfare and happiness is not wholly dependant on what others say or do, or even how things end up. This is way easier said than done, but is an excellent goal for you, Pisces. If you can come from a loving and unattached place then the dynamics you have with others that would drag you down will be more like annoyances than life-changing setbacks. Determine your fate by defining what you’re willing to let effect you, my dear.

YOUR 2015 MEDITATION: I’ve got this.

 

XO

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2014 Year Ahead Horoscope for Aritzia

IT’S IN THE STARS

by Caitlin Smith

 Originally Published December 20, 2013

Montreal born, San Francisco-based astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo forecasts the year ahead exclusively for Aritzia and—good news!—it’s going to be a stellar one. 

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into astrology!” Jessica Lanyadoo gushes. “I got my first astrology book from my mother for my twelfth birthday because I was so fascinated by it. I studied that book for years, rereading every chapter until I practically memorized it.” Armed with a stable of self-taught techniques, Lanyadoo went on to attend New School at Dawson College in Quebec. “I ate, drank, and breathed astrology,” she says. When she turned 19, she packed her bags and moved from her native Montreal to San Francisco to pursue a career in astrology, offering low-cost readings to build her client base in between her day jobs in retail, customer service, and working with developmentally disabled adults. All the while, she continued to perfect her intuitive gifts. These days, the Capricorn writes weekly horoscopes for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and has her own office in the Mission district—it’s liberally decorated with vintage globes, plants, life-sized porcelain cats, and gemstones—where she runs her private practice as a psychic medium and astrologer. “I get to help people help themselves—there’s really nothing better,” she enthuses. “I’m in a field without regulations, which can have its drawbacks, but on the plus side it has forced me to be intentional about what I want to do, and on what terms. That’s allowed me to innovate how I want to work and live in a way that a lot of other careers wouldn’t do. I get to be exactly myself as I do what I love,” she says. “Did I mention that I have a dream job?”

To celebrate the coming new year, Lanyadoo offers Aritzia readers a special prediction for 2014. The first half, she warns, will “stir up passions, ambitions, and frustrations” due to a Mars retrograde. “How we approach our goals will require great mindfulness or sparks will fly—which is all good until something catches on fire and there’s no one with a cool enough temperament to put it out!” But, she adds, “2014 will be a good year for all children of the zodiac to get their affairs in order, especially in financial and romantic spheres.” Read on to find out what else is in store during The Year of the Horse.

 

ARIES

MARCH 21 - APRIL 19

For the first half of the year, you will have your ruling planet Mars messing with you as it retrogrades through Libra, your opposing sign. You’ll have to own up to overstepping your rights or coming on too strong, or you may have to contend with others who are mad-dogging you. Treating others with kindness does not mean that you should treat them exactly how you would wish to be treated! Watch out for power struggles biting you in your sweet hiney. Listen to what others are telling you that they need, and decide if you are willing (or able) to give it to them. If you come up with a no, be honest and forthright enough to change their expectations or to take yourself out of the game altogether. If things are bound to change (and they are), then you might as well make it count. Rise to the occasion, Aries.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: I HONOR MY COMMITMENTS, EVEN WHEN IT’S A PAIN IN THE ASS.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE VAMPIRE BAT, WHO HAS STRONG FAMILY BONDS AND WILL REGURGITATE ITS FOOD TO FEED A NEEDY FRIEND.

 

TAURUS

APRIL 20 - MAY 20

This is the last year of a two-and-a-half year opposition from Saturn to your solar energies, which means that you’ve still got a lot of work to do, Taurus. Follow through on your plans, make good on your commitments, and set some much-needed limits. This year is going to test how well you’ve put your life together, and the more well-suited your life is, the easier your work will be. Sometimes conflict can’t be avoided—and perhaps more importantly—should not be avoided. Don’t resist confrontations when they’re necessary. Like the old adage says: In order to make an omelet, you need to break a few eggs. Your relationships will require flexibility from you, and during 2014 you will be confronted with the ways both you and those around you have changed. One cannot grow without outgrowing people and circumstances, my love. Look for the adventure in change instead of lamenting loss.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: THIS IS WHERE I’M AT TODAY; I WONDER WHAT COMES NEXT.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE BUTTERFLY, QUEEN OF METAMORPHOSIS; SHE SEES HER CHANGES AS GROWTH, NOT LOSS.

 

GEMINI

MAY 21 - JUNE 21

The path is the same this year whether you want to advance your love life, your health, your profession, or your finances, Twin Star. Maintain your balance and keep your eyes on the prize without getting distracted by shiny new things! The stars can be real tricksters sometimes, and there’s a lesson to be learned from that: Distractions can test your resolve, but if you stay focused you’ll find getting where you want to go is your reward. In 2014 you don’t need to know the how as much as the what and why. You may be surprised by how things shake down, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be happy with the results! You don’t have to be attached to how things look if you are committed to making sure they feel right. Have a little faith and let your circumstances develop as you work to realise your dreams, whatever they may be.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: BEING CONTROLLING IS NOT THE ONLY WAY TO MAINTAIN CONTROL.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE DOVE OR PIGEON WHO FEEDS FROM THE LAND; ALTHOUGH SHE CAN SOAR, SHE KEEPS HERSELF GROUNDED.

 

CANCER

JUNE 22 - JULY 22

Cancers have the reputation for being super emotional and sensitive, but what many people don’t know is that you are also incredibly tenacious. Your sign craves security, but the only way to maintain true stability is to flow with the changing tides and to maintain your balance when waters become choppy. This year, the stars want you to grow, and they’re not going to take no for an answer! Don’t resist your own transformation, Moonchild. When things go wrong, it’s not because you are wrong. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t let them define you. All things happen for a reason; you just need to be interested enough in the story of your life to find out why, and courageous enough to not always expect the worst. Organise your life so you can experience calm and joyfulness this year. Keep your friends and loved ones close at hand as you advance your ambitions.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: COMPOST MAKES THE BETTER FERTILIZER.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE SURFER BETHANY HAMILTON; SHE GOT BIT BY A SHARK BUT WITHIN A MONTH SHE GOT BACK IN THE WATER.

 

LEO

JULY 23 - AUGUST 22

Saturn is going to remain a thorn in your side all year, and that means that you need to get serious about how you’re shaping your life. Let 2014 be the year of industry, sweat, and elbow grease—just be thankful that grunge is back in style! The more responsibility you take for how your life is constructed, the more successful it will be. Others will take notice of your efforts and there’s potential for success—you’ve just got to work, Leo. As your priorities shift your relationships may change, but any relationship worth keeping won’t be any worse for the wear. There’s no avoiding hard work in the next twelve months, but happily, the planet Jupiter enters Leo in July and will remain there for the rest of the year. This will give you a great boost of luck and energy, and may present you with expansive opportunities. Whether they’re personal or professional, stay focused on your goals because if you play your cards right, this year will be a game changer.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: I GET OUT WHAT I PUT IN.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE GOOSE, A MIGRATORY BIRD WHO’S ALWAYS ON THE GO.

 

VIRGO

AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 22

You are not meant to have all the answers right away, sweet Virgo. You need to give yourself time to develop your ideas and strategies this year, or you will likely create unnecessary struggles both within your always-active head, and the outside world. In order to have the kind of lasting success that you want, you’re going to have to be willing to consider your emotional needs and make provisions for them. Security is yours for the taking, but how much would it suck to work hard and achieve your goals just to realise that you don’t really want or like what you’ve achieved? Let time-steeped reflection strengthen your goals, even if that requires slowing down your natural pace. With Neptune opposing your solar energies all year, this is an especially good time to develop a meditation practice, or some other calming and reflective form of self-care.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: THERE’S TIME ENOUGH FOR ALL OF IT IF I JUST MAKE THE TIME.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE BEAR, WHO FOLLOWS HER NATURAL RHYTHMS AND HIBERNATES WHEN SHE NEEDS TO.

 

LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 22

With Mars in your sign for the first half of the year, you’re going to be dealing with anger and passion in altogether new ways, whether you like it or not. Explore new pleasures and assert your preferences, even if your habit is to let the other person lead. Stand up for yourself when the going gets rough! Explore your sexuality! Become a dancing fool! The first half of ’14 is the time to get to know your body on all counts, so if you start a new fitness or health regime it’s likely to be successful. This will also be a good time to advocate for yourself, ask for a raise, or cut people that aren’t good for you out of your life. The theme here is taking full responsibility for what works for you and what you are willing to do. Don’t hide behind nicey-niceness, Libra, ’cause it’s not the same thing as kindness or integrity. Self-possession plus ambition equals awesomeness that feels as good as it looks.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: IT’S NOT SELFISH; IT’S MY TIME TO DO ME.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE LIONESS, A COLLABORATIVE CAT WHOSE FIERCE STRENGTH CANNOT BE TAMED.

 

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 21

You are not meant to sit pretty on a plateau this year, Scorpio. Be like your 2014 spirit animal the beaver, and build the circumstances that you want to live in. There is so much to be accomplished, and the more active role you play in directing those changes the better. If you keep in mind two potential pitfalls, you’ll be better equipped to achieve success. First off, the stars want you to slow down. That means you’ll have to develop greater tolerance for the discomfort of not knowing how or when things are going to turn out, which sounds much easier than it is. You may also find your year peppered with challenges and shifts in your relationships. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it will require more flexibility than that you come by organically. Don’t follow other people’s lead when they’re acting in anxious or chaotic ways. Trust your instincts, even if you’re trying something outside of your comfort zone.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: MINDFUL RISK-TAKING YIELDS THE BEST RESULTS.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE INDUSTRIOUS AND FAMILY-ORIENTED BEAVER.

 

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 21

This is your year, Sagittarius! You are capable of reaching great heights, and even as Mars is retrograde for the first half of the year, you will be able to creatively manifest what you need in life’s needs. Be on the lookout for opportunities that you can grow into in 2014, and don’t be scared to work hard. You are in a growth period that is too good to waste! Quick fixes and short-term indulgences with long-term crappy consequences are just not worth it. The universe wants you to be able to act on what you need, and to be patient enough to get it. You won’t get stuck if you take your time, but you might feel like you’re treading water if you stick to your old ways of rushing to and fro. Don’t confuse a gestating period with inactivity, and do embrace the kind of stability that is fertile and ever-growing.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: GETTING MY WAY DOESN’T HAVE TO HAPPEN RIGHT AWAY.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE DELIBERATE AND ALWAYS PREPARED TURTLE WHO LIVES BETWEEN LAND AND WATER.

 

CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 19

There is so much abundance for you in 2014 that you may be surprised at what happens, Capricorn! In the wise words of Jeanette Winterson: “You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. It’s the playing that’s irresistible…what you risk reveals what you value.” Don’t let your fear of failure dictate what you’re willing to risk. Yours is not a sign associated with easy flow, but this year the stars want to help you change all that. It’s not enough to succeed in the attainment of goals or power; living well doesn’t just mean having nice things or getting validation from others. Strive to have a rich and thriving emotional life, too. Take heartfelt chances with romance, at work, and with your family to have the intimacy, support, and love that you need to be happy. You can totally have it all, but that requires being able to share and enjoy it with the right people.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: I PRIORITIZE MY HAPPINESS IN TANDEM WITH MY GOALS.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE PLEASURE SEEKING OTTER: OH, HOW SHE LOVES TO LOVE!

 

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 18

If only your plans were well-received by others, we wouldn’t have any problems in the world! Sadly, life is a collaborative journey, and it involves other peoples’ ideas, needs, and often their egos, too. With the planet Saturn still harshing your mellow in 2014, you may have to contend with some delays with the building of your empire, no matter how modest or Kanye-sized it may be. Let things develop in their own time so that you don’t stir up unnecessary opposition. From July onwards, the planet Jupiter will be offering you lots of chances to expand, so spend the first half of ’14 securing your foundations and clarifying your vision. You will want to capitalize on the opportunities this planet of changing fortunes brings; make sure your objectives are clear and the path is reasonably uncluttered by people-sized obstacles. You may need to bring others around to your way of thinking, but you should certainly be open to them changing your mind, too. Change or be changed, Aquarius.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: IF I BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME.

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE HARD-WORKING AND DECIDEDLY ODD WOODPECKER.

 

PISCES

FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20

This year, it would be wise to make improvements before you absolutely have to. You don’t need to stay in a mediocre situation, patiently waiting for it to turn horrible before you get up and leave, Pisces! Let the things that aren’t working for you point you towards what you need to get pro-active about. Truth talk is that you can be quite passive, but stepping up and becoming the authority on your own life is worth the discomfort that doing so might create. Manage the brass tacks of your mental health in ’14 by getting enough rest, eating well, and spending quality time with the folks that fortify you. It’s hard to materialize your goals when they’re vague or half-baked. Get real about what you want and how to go about making it happen; you’re only a series of clear-minded steps away from your goals, so leave off the pipe dreams and do what needs to be done.

YOUR 2014 MEDITATION: MY LIFE IS MINE FOR THE MAKING!

YOUR 2014 SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE LONG-TAILED TIT, A FAMILY-ORIENTED BIRD, WHO BUILDS HER NEST IN THE MOST INDUSTRIOUS WAYS