Horoscopes Jan. 18 – Jan. 25, 2012

This week ushers in the Chinese Year of the Water Dragon, which means we have another chance to make resolutions.

  • Jan. 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.

All Signs: This week ushers in the Chinese Year of the Water Dragon, which means we have another chance to make resolutions. And lo! On the New Moon on Feb 21, we will have yet another chance when the Tibetan New Year begins. (I like this. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Three kicks at the can – Jan. 1, Jan. 23 and Feb. 21.) Naturally, I created an ambitious list including walking on a treadmill, working with weights, adding fruit to my diet plus regular meditation and daily pole dancing. After three days, I failed spectacularly. But each time I re-visit the list I become more forgiving and more realistic about what I’m willing to do and how much I’m willing to change. (Read: Hardly any.) I’ve decided it’s easier to stop something than to start it. (And for sure the thong has got to go!)

Aries March 21-April 19

It is very obvious where Aries people can most successfully make resolutions this year. Without question, you can resolve to do something to improve your health! Obviously, the approach might be two fold: eliminating or reducing habits that are harmful, as well as introducing new habits that improve your diet and improve your exercise regime. (At least, you could jog to the fridge.)  In addition, you will find it very easy to get better organized and develop little systems that help you to stay better organized at home and at work for the rest of your year. Hey – why not the rest of your life?

Taurus April 20-May 20

If you want to set resolutions as this Year of the Dragon begins, definitely focus on fun stuff: vacations, romance, children, socializing, exploring the arts and expressing your creativity. Make sure you have a vacation this year. (You love vacations because you can let your hair down and go crazy, yet, you know everything at home is just as you left it.) Plan to regularly enjoy playful times with children. Plan to catch more theatre, watch movies or sports. Be receptive to new romance in your life. Do find ways to do something that expresses your creativity. It doesn’t matter if you have talent – it’s the doing that counts. After all, you’re not a noun – you’re a verb!

Gemini May

21-June 20

When it comes to making resolutions, you’ll be most successful if you use an existing energy that is already happening. All Geminis aggressively want to improve their home base. You’ve got plans to change things, fix what is broken, repair something or completely renovate. (I’m sure you’ve already been surprised at the energy you’re putting out at home.) Get as much done as you can this year because you’re super motivated to do this. Unfortunately, if your efforts are thwarted or frustrated by others, domestic tension will break out! Grrr. Then you’ll have to be patient. Ubi mel ibi apes. (Honey attracts bees.)

Cancer June 21-July 22

The best area for you to focus on for new resolutions for this Year of the Dragon is related to communications to others, especially, with siblings, relatives and neighbours. (Did I hear a groan?) This year, you are much more assertive in all your communications with everyone. (Surely, you have noticed.) You can use this in a positive way if you need to market, sell, teach, act or persuade others to do something. But do rein it in a bit if you’re socializing. Conflict with siblings, relatives and neighbours is a strong possibility. So what are you going to do about it? This is not a fun situation. Instead, it needs to be resolved – somehow.

Leo July 23-Aug 22

To make resolutions, it’s easiest to follow whatever energy is naturally taking place for your sign. For Leos – it’s all about money, cash flow and earning money. It’s also about your possessions and how you use them to run your life more efficiently. This is where you have to focus. What can you do to get a better job or boost your earnings? What can you do to save some of what you already earn to feel richer? And what can you do to be more in control of everything you own so that you’re not victimized by all your stuff. Hey – you own it. You’re in charge! If what you own is more trouble than it’s worth – get rid of it. Sell it, recycle it or trash it. “Freedom!”

Virgo Aug 23-Sept 22

More than any other sign, you’re gung ho! When this year began, you hit the ground running. You feel the invigorating effects of fiery Mars because it is in your sign. It’s like you’re riding a rocket! It would be crazy not to figure out how to use this increased energy that’s at your disposal. For starters, any kind of physical sports or exercise is an obvious choice because you’ve got energy to burn! But you can also channel this energy in another way. If you need to defend yourself or to come on strong in a certain situation – be reassured – you can do it! You have never had this much sustained energy and endurance before in your life. This is a blessing and an opportunity. Use it

Libra Sept 23-Oct 22

Because the resources of others are available to you this year, people can help you. You have many opportunities at your fingertips! Rather than doing something externally, your Dragon Year resolution will be about acquiring a new headspace. It’s time to battle with your demons! Ignore the voices that tell you you can’t do something. Do not fall prey to their threats. (Hey – they’re your thoughts!) It’s important to believe. Jackie Gleason said, “If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it. If you have it and don’t know you have it, you don’t have it. If you don’t have it but you think you have it, then you have it.” Your beliefs are powerful!

Scorpio Oct 3-Nov 21

This year, you can join forces with others to make great changes to achieve what you want. Make sure your resolutions involve working with others. Join groups, clubs and associations to make your energy snowball in the direction you want. Or you can direct the efforts, talents and energies of others to make something happen. Whatever the case, it will entail becoming involved with others. This is your path this year. Also, this will nicely balance a different kind of energy that forces you to let go of people, places and possessions in the next two years.

Sagittarius

Nov 22-Dec 21

The area where you need to set intentions is simple: Never before have you been so willing to work so hard to succeed! Therefore, focus your energy on your career, your profession and your status in the world plus your public reputation. Do whatever you can to advance in these areas. This Dragon Year is a time of “getting ahead” for you. Caution: If you’re too ruthless, you will alienate authority figures, especially your boss. You have to be cool! You also have to be positive. Expect a promotion. Expect public recognition. Expect kudos and acknowledgment because this is totally possible in 2012.

Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 19

Ideally, you will make a resolution to do something to expand your mind. Look for experiences to open up new dimensions in your life. Look for ways to get further training or education. Grab every opportunity to travel because that will expand your world and your experience of life. Explore other religions, philosophies and belief systems. Don’t browbeat others into agreeing with you. These exciting, intellectual explorations are yours. (Not everyone is that interested – but you are.) Guard against strongly identifying with your beliefs. Stay grounded and real. (Once the game is over the king and the pawn go back in the same box.).

Aquarius Jan 20-Feb 18

This is an unusually passionate year for your sign! (Your gonads are in overdrive.) Embrace this passion, own it and enjoy it! (Never resist temptation because it might not come your way again.) However, many of you will have to deal with disputes with others about shared property or about a difference in values. Resolve to do this as gracefully as possible. Try to appreciate that not everyone shares your values. Also try to appreciate that your values might not necessarily be the only way of looking at things. When you get handle on this, you will see that you are actually transforming the way you assert yourself in the world.

Pisces Feb 19-March 20

Patience is a wonderful thing because it is the antidote to anger. And anger, of course, serves no purpose other than to make everyone miserable. Therefore, patience is very useful because it can help you avoid a lot of bad scenes and nasty moments. (An understatement!) Make a resolution to be patient with partners and close friends this year because if you aren’t patient – you’ll have mucho conflicts, and your relationships will suffer. Of course, it’s good to be able to assert yourself and stand up for your own best interests. This is a good thing. There’s nothing noble in being a doormat. But being angry at loved ones is such a bummer. Make your resolutions simple: Resolve to cultivate more patience. You’ll be a better person for it.

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