March 21 to April 19
In a Nutshell…
Over the last 6-7 years, you Rams have seen your lives transform radically. You’re limbered up and ready for anything 2018 can throw at you.
To some extent, the life-remodel is still underway, especially in areas where you’ve been keeping too busy to listen to your emotions.
In May, you’ll see things begin to settle (a bit), as your sense of who you are and what you want firms up, integrating your new discoveries with the most alive parts of your past selves.
Renovations continue in your career and public reputation. You’re the natural leader of your own life, Madam Ram, but is your leadership style bold and confident or reactive and unpredictable?
When a change needs to happen, do you bash through walls headfirst or inspire others to pick up sledgehammers and have a deconstruction party?
It’s a key time for asking what goals you’ve chosen and why. It’s easy to be excited about what you’re doing at the moment, but if you can’t sustain an interest, it could point to a lack of empowerment. Despite your strong reputation, you can easily feel messy and childish in the “adulting” parts of your life, especially when it comes to committing to long-term goals.
You actually do hold a ton of power, which comes with — sorry, Madam! — responsibility. In this case, the responsibility is about choosing and pursuing a sense of vocation consciously, with will and commitment.
That might mean leaving a job, moving, fighting the good fight in your chosen career, embracing an income shift that allows for more freedom, and/or asking for more help around the house.
Commit yourself to a challenging and rewarding goal — and then do what you need to in order to achieve it. When others block your way, be your best chill-to-the-maximum self. You’re powerful enough to integrate other perspectives and continue moving forward.
More changes this year in how you express yourself romantically and creatively. Do you make enough time for fun for its own sake, or are you juggling too many flaming bowling pins? So schedule in playtime with the ones who make your heart go pit-a-pat (including kids and besties).
The periods from July to August will be begging for you to break out the spray paint, put some sparkles on it, and dish out the appreciation for others like compliments are complimentary (they are). Sexually speaking, skeletons and old traumas continue to come up for air (see: the Weinstein effect).
You’re not the weepy, tell-all type, but oxygen really does heal those old sources of anger and guilt. Invite conversation with your most trusted people. What have you mutually been neglecting to share? Check how power’s flowing between you — and if you’re in the mood, get naked and play with it.
April 20 to May 20
In a Nutshell…
Houseplants prefer consistency: regular water, the right amount of sun, as little jostling as possible. A rough re-potting leads to withered, curled, sad leaves and even death. You, pretty Bull, are a lot more resilient than a houseplant, but you grow like one — gently, imperceptibly stretching deeper into the soil of friends, family, and familiar places, toward the life-affirming sun of creativity and sensual pleasure.
A plant’s soil needs the right mix of nutrients and to be loose enough to put out new rootlets. When it’s been growing in the same soil for too long, though, a plant becomes root bound. Leaves yellow and wither, and eventually, the plant dies. With Uranus, a planet of radical change, entering your sign in May 2018, you are likely already beginning to feel the vague unrest of a root-bound human. (Taureans with April birthdays will be feeling most unsettled.)
Aspects of your life you’ve taken for granted or clung to so tightly you compacted their metaphorical soil may begin dropping leaves. Or they might just leave. One area of your life that especially needs shaking up is your image. How you clothe yourself says a lot about how you want to be seen, and that needs changing right now.
Consider a wardrobe overhaul or a coming-out party for the side of yourself that’s been in hiding. Change can be a pleasure if you pick out your new pot yourself and go at a comfortable pace. It’s okay to move slowly, so long as you are giving yourself plenty of opportunities for new growth.
You know what you value, but what do you believe? Your firm bedrock is a bullish certainty about which activities and people are worth your time, and which are not. Life is long if you savor the hours with your loyal friends, time with your partner, kissing, holding a perfect seashell, licking jam off a spoon, or love-blinking at your cat.
You know what you value by what you prioritize. The remainder of 2018 will require you to meditate on what those values add up to. How do they connect you to humans beyond your immediate circle? What great truth can you discern from these details?
Putting your beliefs into words will influence how your career plays out over the next several years. It’s vital you take the time to know for certain where your parameters of right and wrong are. Only then will the goals you pursue be correct for you (and therefore a source of pleasure).
Since last May, you’ve been receiving Post-It notes from the universe reminding you that popularity and status can’t make you safe. From 2017 to 2018, stability comes from self-love and mutually nurturing relationships.
Expect gentle reminders to open your heart wider and allow your feelings to show from July to August of this year. If you’re not quite sure how to let your loved ones in, start by simply sitting with your emotions without censoring them.
May 21 to June 20
In a nutshell…
With the emo sectors of your chart activated this year, plan to bust that airhead Gemini stereotype wide open, Double-Fine. Your natural curiosity will either gravitate toward a deep and clear psychological understanding or try to shut it down. (Hell, you’re a Gemini! Why not do both?) The most important lesson this year is that fear can be mastered, if not controlled.
Your flexibility comes in handy here, allowing you the necessary distance to evaluate your fears from all possible perspectives. Once you know what they are, you can walk into them wisely. Facing fears is not easy, but I promise it will be 0% boring.
Where you’re going in a big-picture sense remains in flux this year. You’re in a very long period of questioning what it all means. Your usual mental spin-cycle may be on a turbo, to the point of total confusion.
The best practice here is to give yourself lots of breaks to step outside your busy-ness. Five minutes here and there will do the trick. Take a breath, notice your thoughts without engaging, concentrate on a wordless image. Any of these can open the space for sudden, clear insight.
When you don’t know whether to take a job, how to handle a supervisor, why rumors are circulating about you, or which of the 20 options to pursue, let intuition link up with logic to guide you. One of the best cures for career malaise is centering your career around compassion and imagination.
This period is here to teach you that a life lived too logically quickly grows cold and gets old. Do what you feel, and especially follow those feelings that connect you to others’ pain, and you’ll find a big, interesting future unfolding before you.
To share a bank account or not to share a bank account? There’s a good reason Hamlet didn’t ask that question: Money issues in relationships can set off messy fights.
In your case, a mess is less likely than clear lines drawn in the sand. Money here, astrologically speaking, is just a symbol for the more complicated stuff we share (or don’t) in our most intimate relationships, which may or may not be romantic ones.
This year, there’s a strong push to get clear on what’s shared and what’s not. It’s crucial you feel capable of adulting in this area of your life. That might mean cutting yourself off from your sweetie’s PayPal, consolidating your student loans, or practicing taking care of your own crisis first before leaping in to help with someone else’s.
It’s okay if your $$$ situation isn’t “fixed” — this is about making a long-term commitment to financial health, as best you can, as much as your circumstances allow. Does this sound like the biggest rip-off of a love horoscope ever? Blame the planets! The payoff? Standing as solid as possible on your own two feet will make trust with another much, much easier.
June 21 to July 22
In a nutshell…
The major change cycle you’ve been in since 2011 begins to settle down (finally) in May. Those upheavals have hopefully helped you discover greater personal authenticity, even when it’s meant stepping away from your cozy habits. 2018 is about going deep, Cancer.
You’re gifted at using your emotions as a means of focus; this year that skill will be at the forefront, helping you close in on what’s most important. The mood is a serious one, and you may feel more tired than usual.
This is a temporary pain in the patootie, but the slow vibe is going to make it easier to draw lines and say “no” to what’s dragging you down.
The magical thing about “no” is how it makes room for “yes.” Some dead structure needs to get cleared out this year so that the tender shoots in your life can push to the surface and bloom.
Cancer, the sign of motherhood, is less about making human babies than about creation itself. Cancers need outlets for birthing their interior experiences into something external, ideally something requiring loving attention to grow. Whether that external thing is a novel-in-progress, a harried client, a business idea, an academic paper, or a windowsill of plants, your strongly felt response is your reason for showing up.
Relying on emotion gives you stellar intuition and excellent timing (when you’re not dragging your feet); it can also make you avoid the challenges that produce fruitful mistakes. Little insecurities left unchecked grow into big fears of failure.
Because of the changes of the past seven to eight years, you’re probably more willing to put yourself out there than you used to be, especially on the professional front. As insecurities and fears raise their ugly-cute heads, take heart. Old insecurities increase our empathy and mistakes help us understand what we’re doing.
This is a wonderful year to seek out a professional mentor or become one. Teaching from where you feel messiest will show you how to be whole. What you don’t understand — what you feel your way through in the dark — is the guts of real wisdom.
You’ve accepted too little for too long because it was easier, and because you get what you need most from inside yourself anyway. When you give emotional energy to people with nothing to give back, you end up too frustrated to pursue more loving relationships.
Focus on mothering yourself this year with a balance of treats and healthy boundaries. Instead of lashing out or going hot and cold with friends and sweeties who are bugging you, tell them you need a break.
And then take it. At least one of these relationships likely needs to end to make room for something better. Give yourself time and, when you’re ready, cut the cord.
July 23 to August 22
In a nutshell…
In a perfect world, you would love everyone and they would love you right back. Your best friends from high school would remain big-hearted and truthful, as boldly vocal about right and wrong as they were at 16. You would never be caught between the certainty you feel about your best people and your strongly held beliefs.
Over the past several years, you’ve run up against this dilemma more than once. Likely, you’ve come away changed, readier to speak your own full-throated truth, for all human beings, even at risk of losing a relationship.
The next 9 months are here to say, “Congrats!” You have graduated from the school of radical truth-telling and are ready to put those changes into practice in your life.
It doesn’t all need to happen this year, but you should definitely give yourself opportunities for interesting new places to express your talents and convictions. Sometimes making way for the new means letting go of the old. When you’re torn, ask yourself: “Am I still having fun?” Hang on to what brings you joy. Anything else wants to be free.
Your work ethic is rock-solid this year (so long as you’re fully engaged). Things might take longer than you want on the day-to-day level, but the big picture of your ambitions and reputation is lightning-bright
Any tension that arises — like, if that lightning short-circuits your figurative desk lamp — is a sign you need new roles and goals. Success comes through giving your brilliant brain a bigger spotlight, by working as a team and by choosing projects that align with your most progressive beliefs.
Romance is your jam. You look equally fantastic down on one knee, clutching roses to your bosom, or weeping into the tear-stained pages of a well-creased love letter. Even a shy Leo needs plenty of chances to express their deep devotion to best friends and partners.
The next 9 months want to sweep you up in romantic adventures, both privately and in public. At home, don’t be afraid to leave cute notes stuck to every surface and sandwiches with mustard smiley faces in the fridge.
Throw over-the-top parties to enliven your dwelling and make your family — including your chosen family — feel like stars. Many problems at home can be resolved by bringing them out into the open, especially if you light them up with Leonine optimism.
From July to August, eclipses in your sign challenge you to be both more honest and more flexible in your one-on-one relationships. Lead the way into changes that will bring both you and your beloved joy and delight.
August 23 to September 22
In a nutshell…
Modest, yet hard working. Precise, yet adaptable. Brainy, yet realistic. Prankster-y, yet ethical. Your virtues are understated because that’s how you like it. You prefer attention to go to the projects and people you’ve put so much energy into improving. It gets a little old being taken for granted, though, doesn’t it?
Happy day, Virgo! For the next several years, a little extra effort will get cast in a starring role. It’s a serious, focused year for the human race, which makes it the right opportunity for you to shine. You won’t have to pretend to be a diva to do it, either (though if that’s how you roll, you can get away with it this year).
For ages, you’ve been quietly acquiring skills while worrying if you were good enough to offer them to others. Perfectionism, that dog, has been following you around, barking its head off.
Well, it seems like you finally taught it sit-stay. Your skills are so very needed now. Take advantage of this temporary reprieve from self-doubt and ego by stepping in to fix, figure out, and heal what lies before you.