OutSmart astrologer Lilly Roddy shares hints for a more manageable new year.
By Lilly Roddy
Leo (July 23–August 22)
Cleaning up your health and work routines starts off your menu this year. There could be a lot of cleaning going on at your house, and there could be a lot of tossing out to go with that cleaning. There will be an internal cleaning going on as well, with you looking to improve your diet and exercise programs. Health issues could come up if you are not ready to address this and make the necessary improvements. But don’t let that happen. Move on this idea before you have to. Hang on as your work environment gets the cosmic makeover. Some of you may be moving work locations, while others of you are just doing a major remodel of your work locale or office equipment. For some of you there could be some downsizing going on with the company that you work for. This will have the most impact on those of you born July 22 through 26 or those of you with planets at these early degrees.
Relationships are a big deal for you this year. First, Jupiter, planet of opportunity and good luck, enters the area that rules alliances in your horoscope. So those of you with existing relationships will have a breath of fresh air blown into your partnership. You will feel more positive about your partner than you have in the past. Those of you without a partnership will be interested in making contacts with potential partners. And at the very least, you will be having a more active social life. For those of you born August 15 through 20, or those of you who have planets in those degrees, you are more confused about your relationship direction. In fact, you may want to spend more time alone rather than be in any social situation. You could be conflicted near the end of the year, feeling a pull in both directions of needing time alone and wanting to be around more people. At the core of this, you are questioning all aspects of your reality and your purpose on the planet.
This year you are supposed to become more innovative with your talents and come up with better ways to create a more diverse economic base. There could be new people coming into your life with some opportunities that you have never considered before. And along with this topic, you are also supposed to be spicing up the activity in the bedroom. You and your partner are stuck in a routine, and it may cause your relationship some problems, maybe even one of you to wander. Another aspect of this is that you are working on freeing yourself from fears that have limited your taking chances and risks on yourself in the past. You are going to be more outspoken and direct. This is going to be strongest for those of you born August 14 through 20 or those of you with planets in those degrees.
Finally, Saturn is bearing down on the financial sector of your horoscope. This means that you are supposed to be getting your money, credit cards, and all debts in order. You could feel very oppressed by your financial situation, even to the point of being depressed and losing sleep. You are caught up in the idea that your credit score has some reflection on your self-worth. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are just afraid to admit that you need help. Leos always want to appear to be strong and self-reliant, and when they have to ask for help, they are ashamed. Instead, think that your loyal subjects are just offering their gifts to you as a sign of love and appreciation for you being you. Although this may sound comical, it is not. Open up and make your life easier.
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Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Your creative juices are flowing this year, along with the overall theme of finding a useful outlet for that creativity. You can use this in a couple of ways. One could be starting a new business and marketing some specific talent or creation that has been waiting in the wings, or you can take up a leadership position or expect some promotion or advancement. This is not a year you should be wasting. If you have children, they could show a lot of leadership or maturity this year. Try not to get into a power struggle with them. Rather, be a guide or mentor. For you, this could be a time when a latent talent makes its way to the surface. You will certainly want to express more of your imaginative capacity as a way to access your inner child and essentially allow your own child to be his/her own person.
New work routines are on the horizon for you. Some of you will be getting new working conditions or work equipment and others might even be changing work locations. You will be busier than usual. There will be new people around you to work with. The work environment will be more pleasant than usual, and you should get along with most everyone this year. Health routines will be enhanced this year if you focus on improving them. The more social the health routine, the more successful you will be. For some of you a more spiritual or meditative path of health and work will be more to your liking. You need a more peaceful and quiet environment to work in. Yoga or tai chi would be the perfect exercise for you. Some of you may even choose to work at home this year, avoiding the crowds and drama altogether. This will be strongest for those of you born September 15 through 20 or those of you with planets in these locations.
Relationships are in for a big makeover this year. This may be the major theme for the year. Let’s break this down. First, there is big need for absolute renewal in your current relationship patterns. This is the work that is about you. You may be currently feeling trapped or that your relationship lacks passion. This cycle can be a time when some relationships come to an end. Think of this as a renewal time and get to work. If you avoid facing this issue, you will find that your partner will bring it up in a less understanding way. This is especially tense in early February and mid September for all you Virgin Wheat Carriers, and particularly for those of you born September 14 through 20 or with planets in those degrees.
With Saturn, the get-a-life-get-a-job planet, moving through your sign, you are more pragmatic than ever. Your friends may ask if that is truly possible; don’t disappoint them. You are in a major time of life review, and everything that is you or represents you is on the list. This will have a major impact on your relationships, where you will need a renewal as well. Saturn wants to know where we are headed for the future, and she works only with a clear plan that both people are participating in. If there isn’t more equitability, she will encourage you to move on. The same thing is happening in your career sector. This is the time you should be getting some recognition, a promotion, and more responsibility. If you aren’t, you will be taking your talents elsewhere. You will be rather testy and short-tempered during February and September. Keep the doors and windows open so you can escape if you need to. Be responsible to yourself and let others make their own choices and do their own work.
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Libra (September 23–October 23)
Clearing out and cleaning out the home, family, and emotional foundations is one of your major topics for this year. Some of you are moving, some are remodeling, and some are just in a state of flux. This is your time to cut your umbilical cord. You are questioning just who you are and where you are supposed to be. The first stage is the big cleanout. So expect to go through your closets, store rooms, files, etc. You may not have much left when you are done. This includes family, friends, romantic partners, clients, and anything else I forgot. You are at a point where you are clearer about how your unconscious controls your actions and decisions. And with this, you are reconsidering decisions that you have made over your lifetime. This is how deep the cleansing will be. Expect some changes with your parents, as well, as you are taking over the parenting role for them. This is strongest for those of you born September 22 through 26 or those of you with planets in this location.
Creative pursuits are certainly part of your agenda this year. And with the seriousness of what is going on, you will need some diversions to help maintain a good sense of perspective. Your people skills will be excellent this year, and you will be able to manage even the worst curmudgeon. If you can do more of this in your area of work or business, you can be very successful this year—especially if your work is entertaining others. Some of you will be a bit more selective about who you will choose to be around. This is strongest for those of you born October 16 through 20, or those who have planets at these degrees. Your creativity is based on fulfilling a deeper sense of your connection to Mother Nature or your inner spiritual self. You may be drawn to activities that are about making the world more ecologically safe and helping others clean up their inner selves. Part of what you are doing is reparative work on your own child-raising experiences.
Breaking through old health and work habits are also on the menu this year. Look for innovative ways to get yourself into exercise programs. This will also tie into the cleansing that you are doing. Try some new ways to get yourself involved in exercise. Usually, this is not something you ever consider as an activity. It will help you a great deal this year. Clearly, your tolerance of drama at work will be low or nonexistent. If you can, look for the person who is in charge to clear up the mess so you don’t take it on as your job. You will not be very patient, and you may end up telling them the truth… and we can’t have that. Look also for some improvement in any of your high-tech equipment. If they consult you, that will be best. You have many good ideas of how to make the workplace more efficient.
Testing your spiritual beliefs is the last topic we are going to cover. You are looking for a belief that is practical, useful, and has an earthly reward instead of waiting to die to get your just desserts. You are also questioning lots of beliefs and ideas that you grew up with as a child. You have better vision about things like this than you have had in quite a while. So don’t be down on yourself if you see things and wonder what could have made you decide to do that. Just take it in stride and be grateful that you have better vision so you can make better choices. You may also be visiting some friends in the hospital this year. Your visit will do them wonders. Don’t miss this chance.
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Scorpio (October 24–November 21)
Your communication skills are improving this year, and you are able to say more in fewer words. Even though the ideas that you are communicating are simple to you, they will have profound effect on those who listen to you. Your words can be more piercing than usual, even for a Scorpio. If you have siblings, this is an important year, as your relationship with them will be changing. You will certainly have to let go of the relationship you had with them as children. Your expectation is that they have to grow up; better that they follow that path. Otherwise, you will be having a heart to heart with them.
For those of you wondering if you need a new car, the answer is yes. This is strongest for those of you born October 23 through 26. Be sure and keep an open mind this year. Take some classes, renew some skills that you have let go, and keep your brain active.
A possible move is also on your agenda. You need more space, more windows, and definitely more light in your life. Of course, this could be remodeling and not moving, but your house will look different. This is a healing time with your family. They are more open to you as an adult and an individual than they have been in a very long time. You will be feeling much less trapped. If your parents are elderly, you should make an effort to visit, as they may not be with you much longer. And certainly some travel would do wonders for you.
For those of you born November 14 through 19, or those of you with planets at these degrees, you are just looking for some place you can call home. You are not sure about what you want or where you want to be or what others expect of you. You may want to make sure that you are not purchasing a house. Renting would be much better for you. And don’t worry about your need for isolation. It is natural now and you have to have time to connect with your inner spiritual self. Only allow people into your life whom you can really trust.
This year you are drawing people into your life that you have a like-mind connection with, people who have a passion for life and are doing things that really interest you. You could do a big housecleaning with your friends if they need too much caretaking or nursing. You don’t have any patience with them. This will be very strong during February and September. You want them to be more mature and take responsibility for their actions. You will have less tolerance for their drama, which will also drive a wedge between you. Look for some new play outlets that you have not allowed yourself to indulge in previously. This is strongest for those of you born November 13 through 19 or if you have planets at these locations.
Groups and associations are going through a major overhaul this year. First, they must have a place and a purpose in your life. You are not interested in spending your time and money with an organization or people who aren’t functional and responsibly motivated. One way this could manifest would be for you to take on a leadership role in some organization. Many of the people there could really benefit from your organizational skills and your direct, to-the-point way of interacting. Don’t be afraid to step up. Don’t worry, not everyone is going to like you anyway. But you sure could be an effective leader this year if you take on the job. Look for support and information from trusted friends. They will be able to tell you the truth and help in this endeavor.
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