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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