Aries (March 21st to April 19th)
2018 should be the year of self-awareness. This, for starters, means learning to pick and choose your battles. Though you love to stir the pot and get a little feisty, it sometimes is best to just let things be, Aries. Becoming more aware of what is worth fighting for (or about) will help your energy, your relationships, and also help you learn more about what’s important to you, ensuring that you’re living in your truth.
As well, in 2018, be sure to take time to self reflect and get to know yourself better. As silly as this sounds, make lists of whatever it is that interests you and then pursue that with the unbridled passion you were born with as an Aries. Dive headfirst into what makes you heart flutter and what makes you glad to be alive. And don’t give a shit what anyone else says about it either. Although, let’s be real, Aries; not caring what others think is kind of your thing, no?
Finally, self-awareness also means acknowledgement of your limitations and weaknesses, too. As the first sign of the Zodiac, you tend to think of yourself first, always and forever. You have a lot of confidence in your capability to get things done. But none of us are perfect, Aries. Let yourself know when to quit, when to try something different, and be okay with not being able to do it all.
Taurus (April 20th to May 21st)
2018 is all about getting out of your comfort zone. I know you love comfort, Taurus, but it’s time to get out there and really see what life is all about. This means exploring the walls outside of the little box you’ve created for yourself that is warm and safe and risk free. Leave it behind.
Go to the movies alone, try a new dish at your favorite restaurant instead of what you usually order, finally have that difficult conversation you’ve been putting off. Challenge yourself to walk through new cities and read new books you wouldn’t normally gravitate towards. Expose yourself to new ideas and people and languages and art. It will be scary, it won’t feel natural at first, but these experiences will only improve your life for the better and will expand your horizons to show you how much life truly has to offer. Put yourself out there in 2018, Taurus. You’ll be glad you did.
Gemini (May 22nd to June 21st)
2018 should be all about building your relationship with yourself. As a Gemini, you’re the twin sign of the Zodiac. As such, you’re are all about building your relationships. You adore the company of others, you enjoy a good intellectual debate, and you truly love the intimacy that comes with getting to know and love someone deeply. However, sometimes a relationship with another important person in your life gets put on the back burner. Hint? It’s with yourself.
Gemini, in 2018 I challenge you to spend time alone. Lots of time alone. I’m talking staying in on a Saturday night with just yourself, a glass of wine, and a book you’ve been meaning to read, or a new movie on Netflix you’ve been wanting to watch. And I’m not going to sugarcoat this. It’s going to feel weird and lonely at first, that’s guaranteed. However, if you never spend time with just yourself, if you never allow yourself to be alone with that great mind of yours, you can never really learn about you. 2018 is your year to just do you. Get on it.
Cancer (June 22nd to July 22nd)
2018 should be the year of opening up, both emotionally and intellectually. Cancer is the Crab, and as such you tend to put yourself into a shell by sheltering yourself from ideas that scare you, protecting your heart from potential rejection, and hiding your feelings from those who have hurt you. While keeping certain things private is totally okay and actually healthy, you tend to overdo it, Cancer.
You avoid letting people know when they’ve hurt you, which ultimately doesn’t do your relationship any favors (nor your self respect). You never make the first move in romantic encounters, which leaves you in a permanent state of “what if” and almost loves. You never challenge your ideas about the world, and instead stick with what you know from when you were growing up and what you learned at home. Stop.
In 2018, speak up when someone crosses a boundary or says something hurtful. Walk up to that girl or guy at the bar first. Be okay if they shut you down or are already in a relationship. Then do it again with someone else. Write down your beliefs about the world, be that spiritually or politically, and then research the shit out of it. Be well informed. Know why you feel the way you do. Opening yourself up is vulnerable, sure. But it will always be worth it, Cancer. It’s the only way to live life fully.
Leo (July 23rd to August 22nd)
2018 should be the year of listening more than speaking. Leo, I know you love being the center of attention. It’s where you thrive and it’s understandable as to why you do. You are outgoing and dignified and passionate. You’re incredibly self-assured and your confidence acts like a magnet, capturing the attention of any room you find yourself in. But in 2018, try and listen more than you speak (at least sometimes).
Open your ears and get to know the stories of the people around you. Ask more questions than you answer. Talk to strangers and learn about ways of life that are different than your own. If anything, these bits of information will be damn good stories the next time you are holding all the eyes of a room.
Virgo (August 23rd to September 22nd)
2018 should be the year of self-care. You can’t save everyone, Virgo, and it’s not your job to do so. Although it’s part of your nature to want to help everyone else, especially those you hold close, you can’t forget to take care of yourself in the process. And besides, if you’re drowning, how do you expect to keep someone else above water, too? After a rough 2017, you need to rejuvenate and recharge and the best way to do this is taking complete and utter care of yourself.
So what does self-care mean exactly? It can be as simple as making sure you go to bed on time to get all the rest you need. It means stepping away from technology to detox. It means saying “No” when you just need to say no, no apologies necessary. Self-care can literally mean doing the basics, like showering, brushing your teeth, or making sure your space is clean. It also means being self-aware enough to know what isn’t working and finding out how to fix those personal problems. Speak up if a relationship is becoming toxic, talk about how you can balance work better with life with your boss, rearrange your space into such a way that you can easily keep it clean. Find out what works for you, and then go with it and stick with it (no excuses).
Libra (September 23rd to October 22nd)
2018 should be the year of learning to not care as much about what other people think. Libras are harmonious and love being with others; in fact, they hate nothing more than being alone. Almost as a way to ensure they are never lonely on a Saturday night, Libras tend to get caught up in what others think about them and are always trying to people please. They want others’ approval and will do anything to get it, even at the sacrifice of their own wants and needs. This year, Libra, try and do things just for you. Not because your mom would be proud of you, not because your best friend thought it would be a good idea, not because your boss would love it if you took on 17 more projects. Just. For. You. No one else.
Disclaimer: You’re going to piss people off in the process. I want you to be prepared for that, Libra. People will be used to having you do things for them and they may not particularly enjoy the shift in how you are doing things. But honestly, if people are only hanging out with you because of what you can do for them, not for who you are, then it might be time to rethink those relationships anyway. But remember, you’ll be living more authentically and that’s worth more than approval any day.
Scorpio (October 23rd to November 22nd)
2018 should be the year of learning to see the gray in life. Scorpio, you tend to see things in very black and white terms, don’t you? People are either good or bad. The day was either amazing or totally shit. Work is either awesome or it totally sucks. There is no in between in your eyes. There is no such thing as good people who make mistakes. There is no such thing as a stressful week at work in an otherwise good job. There are good parts to a bad day. Black and white. Good and bad. You get the idea.
In 2018, I challenge you to learn to seek out the gray in life, Scorpio. That means showing more compassion if a friend screws up. It means acknowledging the good parts of a good job on a bad day. And it also means allowing yourself to make mistakes and still be a worthy human being. You’ll feel a lot more at peace in 2018 if you work on this, Scorpio. I guarantee it.
Sagittarius (November 23rd to December 21st)
2018 should be the year of commitment. I know you love to explore, Sagittarius. You love adventure and you were definitely born with the wanderlust gene. But besides literally traveling around from place to place, you tend to jump around from thing, to person, to project, too. You tend to have trouble with actually committing to anything at all. While your go with the flow attitude is definitely to be admired, there also comes a time when you just need to stay put.
Commitment can apply to a lot of areas of life. It can be a relationship, a home, a job. It can be something as simple as signing up for a class or committing to some kind of goal, such as achieving a certain level of fitness or saving a certain amount of money. In 2018, I challenge you to commit to one thing a month. It can be as small as attending a yoga class each week, keeping your plans with friends on a Saturday, or turning your fling who you actually really like into an actual relationship. Commitment is tough, but it will be worth it. It will improve your discipline, your relationships, and your life.
Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
2018 should be the year of actually having some goddamn fun. Capricorn, your work hard attitude is endearing and great, but you also need to stop and actually enjoy life every now and then. Let yourself go on a vacation, turn off your work email notifications, and soak in your surroundings. Or if that’s a little too hardcore for you, even just take a half day on a Friday to do whatever the hell you want. The office won’t burn down. Your career won’t be ruined. In fact, your work might actually benefit from a break.
In 2018, put your ambition in the backseat and let your need for fun take the driver’s seat. Go out dancing on a Saturday night, read a book for fun, see a funny movie, and go see your friends. Remember them? They miss you! Put away the phone, close your laptop, stop checking your email, and learn to live a life that is balanced in both work and play. Your sanity will thank you.
Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)
2018 should be the year of fighting the good fight. As an Aquarius, you are incredibly socially conscious. You want to be involved in social and political issues. You are as humanitarian as they come and it is one of your life missions to make the world a better place. And you know what? Now is the time to do so (especially now, let’s be honest).
So making 2018 the year doing just that. Volunteer at least once a month, be as informed as possible politically, sign up for email newsletters from your favorite nonprofits, and get to work making this world a better place for everyone. Education will be your strongest ally, remember that, Aquarius. Knowing what is happening and what needs to be done about those issues will help you know how to help fix it. As well, this will help you get others on board, too. Don’t be afraid to speak some truth if you hear someone saying something that isn’t aligned with your values. As well, definitely speak up if you hear hate speech of any kind. Words matter. Language is crucial. Let them know what they are saying is wrong and then hit them with some hard facts and statistics. Even if they continue to be shitty, there’s at least one person who will listen. And that’s all you need to make a difference.
Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)
2018 should be the year of not taking yourself so freaking seriously. As a Pisces, you take what you are feeling very, very, very seriously. Every emotion that enters your atmosphere is treated with the utmost importance. You study it, assess it, and try to come to terms with why it is you’re sad, happy, gleeful, angry, nostalgic, hungry…you name the feeling, you will analyze it.
But sometimes, Pisces, a feeling is just a feeling. That’s it. Not everything needs to be deeply analyzed or assessed. It’s fleeting. Temporary. Sometimes, you just need to observe and let it go. No attachments, no hanging on.
Of course, this is not to say to ignore all emotions. They are there for a reason, Pisces, and you know that better than anyone. But learning what feelings to act on and what ones to just let be will be incredibly beneficial to you. And that’s exactly what 2018 is for.