Aries (March 21st - April 19th)
Aries love fresh starts. A new calendar year is a great way to wipe the slate clean from the past and begin again. January sees you setting some new life goals. While others may focus on personal objectives you are aiming for professional and public success. You have plenty of energy as the positive planet Jupiter combines with your ruling planet Mars. You need only invest your extra verve wisely. Always a risk-taker you need to listen judicious Jupiter rather than sometimes foolhardy Mars. Investments could be financial, or perhaps you are ready for another change in your life direction. If you have meaning and purpose in your current job, or chosen life path then you forge ahead and receive the recognition and satisfaction that you desire. If you are dissatisfied then you are likely to take a different track. You have until May to implement your plans as this is when the erratic planet Uranus moves away from your Zodiac Sign. More surprises or opportunities for change arise around November 7 when Uranus sojourns back into Aries. Meanwhile many changes are likely to have occurred in the last few years. If you have burnt bridges along the way then the time has come in April to heal your own hurt feelings, seek forgiveness if necessary from others or forgive and forget the wrongdoings of loved ones.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
What is your vision for 2018? Perhaps you are not thinking that far ahead? On the other hand it seems that the planets are encouraging you to see the big picture and make plans accordingly. The world is your oyster as long as you have the co-operation of your nearest and dearest. The planets Jupiter and Mars are in the relationship sector of your Solar Chart indicating that you need to communicate clearly with your partner, and this means listening rather than talking. Emotional truths are the key. So listen to what is really being said and make your decisions accordingly. If you are single then January may be the time to honour your feelings about your status. Are you truly happy? Once you have your partnerships sorted to your satisfaction then you may make bigger plans. Celebrations, commemorations, travel plans and even a sabbatical may demand your attention. Life certainly takes an unexpected turn in May when the erratic planet Uranus enters your Zodiac Sign. You need to go with the flow as much as possible as stubborn Taurus like traits are challenged. Security needs to be replaced with a sense of adventure. Remind yourself that words like serendipity, synchronicity and providence come when change is accepted as a positive occurrence. Your kismet moments start on May 16.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
Geminis are adept jugglers. You can multi-task with the best of them. Of course sometimes it is all gets too much because you are easily distracted by new and wondrous interests. You can have too many balls in the air and then they drop. The alignment of planets in January requires you to set some priorities. How do you invest your time and money? Are you making the most of your skills and resources? If not then now is the time to alter your habits and behaviour. Choices need to be made to ensure that you make the most of 2018. You may seek the advice from a personal or business partner, or an expert in your field of interest. Listening to the advice of others can help you become clear about the best choices. You need to look beneath the surface. Psychology, metaphysical matters, economic cycles and other such studies may appeal. This sets your course for a cruisy 2018. April sees money matters and love interests flourish and the first two weeks of June are beneficial for contracts, sales and decisions. Your planetary ruler is Mercury so you are more sensitive than most to Mercury Retrograde periods. Delay any major decisions, if you can, during the following periods: March 22 – April 15, July 25 - August 18 and November 16 - December 06, 2018.
Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)
Once again your nurturing nature is called to the fore at the start of 2018. Other people demand your attention. Other people’s upsets might call for your best negotiating skills, or someone might demand a commitment of some kind. You may take all of this in your stride. After all caring for other people is your forte. If you are feeling restless and frustrated then it is best to remind yourself that it is nice to be needed. If you can sort out any issues in your own relationships, or in the lives of people who are close to you then you are likely to enjoy the rest of 2018 more easily. The more that you can tune in to the cycles of the Moon the more that you are likely to feel comfortable with your own feelings. Perhaps you could invest in a Moon Calendar or an app if you are so inclined. Cancerians are also extra sensitive to Eclipses. A partial Solar Eclipse in your Zodiac Sign on July 13 heralds a change in the way that you see yourself. You may be out of your comfort zone but remember that destiny can bring good fortune. Eclipses can be positive, at first hiding the gift that ultimately is revealed.
Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)
Many people have New Year resolutions, usually associated with health and well-being. How many actually maintain the promises made? Of all of the Signs of the Zodiac Leos are under the pump to undertake and continue with lifestyle changes in 2018. So if you make resolutions then you need to stick to them. Your health and wellbeing are the focus in January as the planets align in this sector of your Solar Chart. It is time to give up any bad habits and focus on new and more positive ways of living your life. This may include changing your working environment, having a health check-up, starting a yoga class or getting yourself a dog which you need to walk every day. This does not need to be hard work. Ask yourself, “What gives me joy on a daily basis?” Once you have the answer then you can go for it and have some fun. A Solar Eclipse in your Sign on August 11 is likely to give you a wake-up call. If you have implemented positive changes then all will be well. You are in for a lovely surprise. An event or another person may also surprise you during the Solar Eclipse season on February 16.
Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)
The start of 2018 sees Virgos considering uncharacteristic ideas and actions. You are usually practical, organised and meticulous. January sees you considering a more messy and imaginative pursuit. Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is refreshingly different to other years. The planets are aligned in the somewhat dreamy 5th House of your Solar Chart heralding creative ideas. The planets Jupiter and Mars are also urging you to express these ideas. You could do this through working on a new project, starting an art class, writing or publishing an article or any other form of expression that takes your fancy. You need to put your critical mind to one side and take a step into the unknown. You may also be more romantic, or drawn to romantic liaisons, than usual. Once again the idea is to remain open-minded, ready to try something new. If you are in a committed relationship then perhaps you could plan a few dates such as an outing to the Gold Class Cinema, not your usual frugal modus-operandi. If you are single then perhaps you are ready to go on a date or two with someone new? The choice is yours, as long as you embrace positivity. Self-nurturing, perhaps through a spot of gardening or cooking, is likely to be rewarding as the dwarf-planet Ceres moves into your Zodiac Sign on June 28. Ceres will bring abundance into your life mid-year.
Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)
January sees you reassess your financial situation, perhaps after a spending spree or a large maintenance bill. You may also be considering spending a large amount of money on a home-maintenance, house-hold decorating or a renovation project. Money is likely to flow in. You just need to ensure that more is flowing in than out. In the meantime you can enjoy making your private abode beautiful and tranquil. Your home and family are the focus at the start of 2018. Family politics may require your diplomatic skills and you will appreciate your own peaceful haven. A shift in the family changes who is in charge of what. Most families have a pecking order. Yours likely to change in January. You may be happy with the results, or perhaps you feel uncomfortable. This is your chance to transform how you view your family, and to concentrate on your own private affairs. Hopefully all calms down and other people stop irritating you as the erratic planet Uranus moves away from your Opposing Sign Aries on May 16. As the year progresses you are likely to experience a sense of abundance as the dwarf-planet Ceres moves into your Zodiac Sign on and around September 6. Ceres is the Goddess of Plenty and so she heralds times of plenty when she moves through your Sign.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
It is a great start to the New Year for Scorpios with two planets in your Zodiac Sign. Both the good-luck planet Jupiter and the planet of drive and energy Mars are moving through Scorpio in January bringing plenty of energy for you to work towards your goals. Success is imminent in any area that personally appeals. You are ready to take risks, start new ventures and perhaps even travel far afield. You need only be wary of being foolhardy. You don’t need to take unnecessary risks as opportunities come your way. You need only choose where you want to go. If you want to make changes then you need only communicate your wishes. For instance if you seek new employment then you need to send applications in January. If you work for yourself then social media, sales and marketing courses or plans need to be implemented at the start of the year. Word of mouth recommendations are a powerful force in your life right now. In some cases you may have some matters that need to be cleared up with siblings. As the year progresses you may also have to settle an upset or two with Taurean associates around May 16. Nevertheless you are a powerful force and can easily resolve conflict in a positive manner. Abundance comes your way as the dwarf-planet Ceres moves into your Zodiac Sign on November 12.
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)
Much is happening behind the scenes in January for the Archers of the Zodiac. Your ruling planet Jupiter is in the 12th House of your Solar Chart indicating private matters. However Jupiter combines with Mars, the planet of drive and energy, implying that your life is not quiet – just not public. What are you hatching? What do you want to hatch? You may benefit from meditation, prayer or other such pursuits that help you to align with a more spiritual rather than material purpose in your life. You may discover help from surprising quarters. Likewise you may want to avoid anyone who is stirring up trouble. This is a good month for you to listen to your intuition. If you sense trouble then walk away. If you feel good then take several steps forward. This is particularly true when it comes to money matters. It is time to reassess your personal income, how you earn your income and spending habits. You have plenty to contemplate at the start of 2018. Your time in the background is preparing you for a new phase of your life as Jupiter moves into Sagittarius in November. Imagine that you are planning to climb Mt Everest, a dream of a lifetime. You wouldn’t just book a ticket and take off. You need to plan, prepare yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. What is your Mt Everest equivalent?
Capricorn (December 22nd - January 19th)
As a Capricorn you are a dutiful, responsible and practical individual. In trying to be a rock for everyone else you can encase your own feelings in a hard shell. This outer casing is difficult for others to break through, and it may be equally as tough for you to emerge. As the transformative dwarf planet Pluto continues to traverse your Zodiac Sign you are encourage to search for the truth in your heart, break down any barriers and move forward on a heartfelt path. This is a powerful experience. The start of a new calendar year is often in sync with your Birthday year heralding a time of self-analysis. January 2018 sees this emphasised with the Sun and three planets - Venus, Saturn and Pluto - in your Zodiac Sign. It is time to be truthful with yourself first about what makes you happy and healthy. If you need to change outmoded structures in your life then you need to do so slowly and surely as the serious planet Saturn moves through Capricorn. January sets the tone for the rest of 2018. This is your opportunity to break free in your own particular way. This could mean communing with nature, becoming a mountain goat on a climbing trip, or any other way that temporarily shelves your responsibilities. It is time to wash away your inhibitions and cleanse your soul.
Aquarius (January 20th - February 18th)
Aquarians need to dig deep, let go of past inhibitions and hurts and set forth on achieving life goals. The start of 2018 sees you working behind the scenes, retreating from the mundane world or immersed in service-oriented activities. This is your chance to ascertain what motivates you from a spiritual and philanthropic point of view. The Water Bearer is your symbol because you are aware of the need for humanity to live in sync with Mother Nature. Many Aquarians become environmentalists. The Esoteric Astrology mantra is all about service to humanity – “Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men.” These are things that you can ponder in the first month of the calendar year. As a result you clarify your own contribution to humanity either through your career, public service work or other activities that thrust you into the limelight. By February planets are moving into your Zodiac Sign indicating that you have made some decisions and are ready to implement them. A Solar Eclipse in your Sign on February 16 is a turning point. May is also a month in which you experience heightened energy for your goals. Further personal insights are likely to come to light when a Lunar Eclipse triggers your Zodiac Sign.
Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)
January sees Pisces assess their social network. This means your friendships, any groups that you belong to or social media networks. Sensitive Pisces need loving and supportive associates. This month you spend more time with seeking connections with other people. You may fill your social calendar with personal outings, or you might join a new group or club. It is time to pursue your hopes, dreams and wishes. Friendships and groups which support your positive dreams can be maintained and nourished. Others may need to be discarded. You also benefit from making some plans to escape everyday responsibilities. An overseas trip could be a welcome change. If this is not possible then perhaps you can organise trips to cultural events, artistic venues, spiritual classes or the seaside. It is time to see the bigger picture rather than everyday duties. You have been on a healing journey for the past few years as Chiron traverses Pisces. This continues on and off this year, as you gain clarity about your own needs and how to best support yourself and your loved ones. Share your story, find a creative outlet for your own emotions and fill your daily life with loving connections with the community around you. As US businessman Henry Ford once said: “My best friend brings out the best in me.”