This Is The Hardest Lesson That Each Zodiac Sign Is Going To Learn This Year

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Aries

(March 21st to April 19th)

You can’t plan for, or anticipate, every single thing in your life. The more that you keep trying to plan every element of the foreseeable future, set super specific goals, and decide exactly what you think you want, the more you are actually setting yourself up to be disappointed and “fail.” The thing is: you have to learn to be comfortable in the present moment, and you have to understand that just because something doesn’t turn out exactly as you thought doesn’t mean it’s bad or wrong. You have to let go of control to welcome in some magical possibility this year.

Taurus

(April 20th to May 21st)

You can’t fake how you really feel. You can edit your photos, you can write funny posts and send light hearted texts to every friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, you can make your professional website so streamlined that altogether, it seems to create the image that you’re happy and fulfilled. This year, you’re going to learn that you can fool the eyes, you can trick the mind, but you cannot deceive the heart. No amount of beauty, wealth or popularity will make you happy… the longer you believe it will, the more precious time you waste.

Gemini

(May 22nd to June 21st)

As an inherently social creature, your life revolves around your relationships. The one that you haven’t focused enough on, though, is the relationship you have with yourself. This year is going to be about pressing boundaries, speaking your mind, taking risks, and not sitting around waiting for someone else to make the important moves that you’ve been dreaming of. You’re going to learn to love yourself again this year, but first, you’re going to have to realize you’re the only one who can save yourself.

Cancer

(June 22nd to July 22nd)

Big changes are on the horizon of your life, and that means you have to ask yourself a question: Is this the person you wanted to be? Are you proud of the person who might show up on the biggest days of your life? If the answer is in any way no, it means it’s time to get to work. You’ve delayed maturity for far too long. No more “sniffing at every distraction,” as they say. It’s time to get serious, and make big, lasting change. This time next year, you’ll be floored and thrilled with how much you’ve been able to heal and achieve.

Leo

(July 23rd to August 22nd)

Just because you loved someone doesn’t mean that you were meant to be with them. The same is true of every job, friendship and piece of clothing that you thought you liked but ultimately didn’t work out. Your feelings can deceive you at times, and this year, it’s going to be about learning to use your head a little more. What’s right for you will be obvious to you logically, you won’t have to justify it, beg for it, or chase it forever.

Virgo

(August 23rd to September 22nd)

You may have had a dream that you were trying to make manifest over the past few years, and learned that the virtue of wanting something badly enough does not necessarily qualify you to have it. You’ve had to get more realistic about what you can and cannot do. You’ve had to take a big old slice of humble pie. That’s okay, though, because the revelations you have from recognizing your limitations will ultimately free you, and set you on a path that feels even better than you could imagine right now.

Libra

(September 23rd to October 22nd)

This is going to be an amazing year for you, not only because your life is going to radically change in some of the best ways possible (you’ll finally be reaping all of the benefits of that year-long Jupiter transit you’re coming off of) but because it is a time for deep healing. No longer will you be accepting surface-level solutions. Life can’t just look good. It needs to feel right. You’re going to work all year to finally resolve issues that you’ve been carrying since you were a teen. The bad news is that there will be a lot of time you have to spend feeling the feelings you have been drinking, eating, shopping and distracting yourself from for years. The good news is once you do, you’ll be free.

Scorpio

(October 23rd to November 22nd)

The name of the game this year is trust. You’ve built so much of your habits and your personality around trying to be hyper in control of everything that happens in your life, which is ultimately just a way to try to control what you do and don’t feel. Of course, this isn’t sustainable, so, it’s failed. This year, it’s going to be about letting go a bit. Trusting that the right partner, the right work, the right path will reveal itself to you when it is time.

Sagittarius

(November 23rd to December 21st)

You’re going to have to be honest with yourself this year about whether or not you’re really achieving that which you know you are capable of. Most likely, the answer is no. You have much more that you need to do, but you are the one standing in your own way right now. You need to sober up (perhaps literally) and get real about what your goals are, and how you want to live. The clock is ticking, and you don’t have forever. May that motivate you to do what you came here to do while you still have the opportunity to do it.

Capricorn

(December 22nd to January 20th)

This year is going to be about unexpected change, which you are going to be very resistant to for as long as you possibly can be. Because the thing about “unexpected” change is that you’ve known it was coming for a long time, eventually, you just come to terms with it. You know if your job isn’t working, if your relationship status is making you miserable, if you aren’t connecting with friends enough. You know what the problem is. You just have to admit it so that you can start changing it. Now is the time.

Aquarius

(January 21st to February 18th)

Things are changing outside of you this year. The challenge that will be presented is that though you finally feel like you’ve hit your personal stride, your business, family or workplace as you know it is in for a serious transformation. What you will have to learn this year is adaptation. Rather than fearing the worst, respond with creativity and ambition. The question is not: “Are we done for?” The question is: “Then what will we do next?”

Pisces

(February 19th to March 20th)

This is the year for you to return to your roots. You’ve spent so long on the run (whether literally or maybe just emotionally). A lot of the “adventure” you’ve sought has really been about disconnection. You weren’t comfortable enough to address the issues that plagued you back home. You’ve gotten enough time away, and it’s time to start coming back. The life that you really want, the existence that you’ve always dreamt of, is waiting for you if you have enough courage to choose it. TC mark

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