Your zodiac sign describes you to a T, but that’s not always a good thing. Use what you know about yourself and your vibes in order to make the start of 2018 the best year yet, breaking free from the mold of your sign and becoming the best version of you. Here’s how to do it:
January 20 – February 18
Your sign is notorious for being guarded, Aquarius, so walk into 2018 with a more open heart and mind. It’s very possible for someone who’s closed-off to fall in love, of course, but if you want a real relationship in the books this year, you might have to break down a few barriers on your own.
February 19 – March 20
For Pisces, 2018 will be the year of finding career success and fulfillment — just know it’ll take a few months to find. You could do your part to expedite the process by taking a career aptitude test, brushing up your resume or enlisting in an online class. If you’re ready to find new work, your active steps will make things fall into place more quickly.
March 21 – April 19
As an Aries, a strong work ethic is engrained, and that’s a great thing. But don’t be afraid to take things down a notch — which is hard for a traditionally stubborn sign — and relish in your down time at the start of the year and beyond. Rather than overdoing it and stressing yourself out, this is the year for you to find a manageable balance.
April 20 – May 20
The start of a new year is the perfect time to let bygones be bygones, and this is truest for you, Taurus. Any resentment you hold onto now will be the demise of your relationship(s), so take time to talk it out or simply let it go.
May 21 – June 20
As a Gemini, you’re known for having two sides to your personality. After the social, fun, and exciting parts of the holidays subside, it’s important to keep your reserved, less-than-confident side at bay. Instead, take advantage of every opportunity sent your way at the start of the year — and beyond.
June 21 – July 22
The oh-so-loving Cancer is happiest when surrounded by friends and family. But that doesn’t mean you should stay home 24/7/365. Make 2018 the year you leave the nest, so to speak, and meet new people. Expanding your social circle will be so rewarding for someone with so much love to give.
July 23 – August 22
A lion represents your sign, and there’s no better animal to represent you. Not only are you proud and brave, but you can also be a little arrogant at times. Rather than letting your pride get the best of you, take advice and opinions to heart in 2018. You never know: your great idea could be made even better with a bit of collaboration.
August 23 – September 22
It’s in your nature to take care of everyone and take on a lot professionally — at the same time. But that also means that a Virgo is also overwhelmed on the regular. Don’t be afraid to say “no” this year — taking care of yourself should take center stage in order for you to be a better family member, friend and employee.
September 23 – October 22
The symbol of your sign is the scales of justice, but try and put your gavel away this year. It’s not up to you to settle other peoples’ disputes; instead, make your own opinions, concerns and needs the most important and you’ll flourish in 2018.
October 23 – November 21
Scorpios are known for their passion, a trait that can be both a blessing and a burden. If grudges leftover from 2017 start to flare up, do your best to let them go: you’ll be the bigger person if you simply let go and leave the offender(s) behind, and your year will be off to a much better start.
November 22 – December 21
You love your freedom, but freedom doesn’t mean that you have to fly solo forever. Let 2018 be the year that you start letting new people into your life: you may find lifelong friendships or even love if you seek similar-minded, fun- and freedom-seekers.
December 22 – January 19
For Capricorns, 2018 will be the year of the open mind. You remember everything: you know who has let you down before, and you assume they’ll do it again. Instead, try to let go of your expectations of people, places and things so that you’re not always ready for the worst — that’s no way to live, ever.
Happiest New Year!
With each month, your outlook and emotions will certainly change. But the above advice will guide you through the start of your year and all of the feelings that are sure to come with it. And, if you are clued into your feelings, your sign’s path and how you can take control, you’re sure to have the happiest new year you’ve ever had.