Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
December 22–January 19
With half the planets transiting Capricorn this week, you’re on your game. And when the new moon lands in your sign on the morning of New Year’s Day, a planetary fresh start coincides nicely with the traditional calendar change and resolutions for beginning anew. Still, militant Mars in your authority angle is harassing four of the planets in Cap, making you feel bossed around by someone or unnerved by not being the only one in the driver’s seat despite having the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto on your side. Focus on the gift of this week’s lunation, a symbol of renewal. An empowered mentality; a positive attitude about learning from people; the humility to accept that you need others’ help to build your future; a willingness to let go of hurts and perceive everything through a more spiritual lens, will all aid your efforts to turn over a new leaf. Unsteadiness in your family, your home life, or your emotions persists, but it can galvanize you to transmute stress into personal strength.
January 20–February 18
Aggressive Mars is giving four planets in your subliminal sector a hard time this week, and it’s difficult to grasp the underlying cause of the friction or what role you’re playing in it. Be as self-aware as possible, and don’t get into a battle over opinions, personal philosophies, or religious beliefs. Because of the part of your chart that Mars is camped out in, travel may also be problematic. But a new moon on New Year’s Day encourages us to start 2014 off on a positive note. The moon is in your imagination-and-spirituality zone, so now is an ideal time to resolve to tend to the needs of the soul, be mindful of your dreams, give your creative side its due, seek healthy altered states, and release what is trying to end in your life. You’re on a quest to bring more meaning to your daily life and to make a success of yourself in the world, and your priorities are shifting – but your thinking may be all over the place. Find a center of nurture, vitality, knowledge, stability, and empowerment within yourself this year.
February 19–March 20
Combative Mars in your sharing house lashes out at four planets in your group zone this week, making relationships, trust, money, and intimacy a bit dicey. But as with last week’s contentious planetary configurations, you’re better off not taking any of the resulting tension personally. If you’re torn between one-on-one closeness and the more general stimulation of a large gathering, aim for a bit of both instead of trying to find a peaceful middle ground within a particular relationship. The new moon on New Year’s Day lands in your hopes-and-humanity sector, injecting fresh-start energy into your friendships, professional networking, philanthropy and evolving goals. Difficulties in partnership or joint resources and uneven confidence or finances can spur you to put some muscle behind this fresh start rather than waiting for it to unfold. Taking your future seriously and having faith in your dreams will keep you inspired. Your growing expectation of happiness and fulfillment may have gotten lulled to sleep by hopeful Jupiter’s retrograde in November, but it’s still there and can push you to make changes in 2014.
March 21–April 19
With firebrand Mars in your relationship angle challenging four planets at the top of your chart this week, it would be all too easy to project your frustrations onto someone and exchange sharp words when your buttons get pushed. But a highly dynamic new moon on New Year’s Day invites us all to start 2014 off right. The moon is interacting with nearly every other planet, pulling multiple areas of life into its fresh-start energy. It falls in your goals angle, urging you to make resolutions that reflect the rumblings of change affecting your career and life direction. Pluto – the planet of death and rebirth – has been at the top of your chart since 2008, slowly killing off old goals that are no longer relevant to who you are today, and making room for new ones. But the lag time between death and rebirth has made you somewhat anxious, especially with fast-change Uranus in your sign. Set your intentions for professional success, using worries, disappointments, and challenges as motivation to chart a new course for the year.
April 20–May 20
A difference of opinion over how to do things is possible this week, as doer Mars in your efficiency house clashes with four planets in your beliefs sector. Try not to obsess over what’s best. The new moon on New Year’s Day is aligned with mental Mercury and passionate Pluto in your journeys zone, prompting you to look ahead and make resolutions that will expand your horizons. Opportunities for travel, education, and other mind-opening experiences could start to come your way, fueled by optimism, hard work, and a sense of urgency about changing your life. Take your ties to others into account, because you won’t be learning and growing all on your own. Committing to relationships and finding your place in the world have both been issues for you lately and factor into your mindset about the future. You’re plugging away at a job or daily routine that doesn’t satisfy your ripening outlook or your secret desire for freedom and newness. Think about what will get you over the hump and lead to deep, lasting change this year.
May 21–June 20
Bold Mars is helping you to express yourself with force, but his skirmishes with four planets in your sharing sector hint that putting your personal stamp on things could have a negative effect on a close relationship. Being yourself may translate to coming on too strong – in part because Pluto makes this about control. Make sure not to get caught up in a power struggle. The intense energy between you and others can serve as a catalyst for you to move forward. A new moon the morning of January 1 connects with eight other planets, involving almost every area of your life in its initiatory fervor. Think hard about your emotional and financial needs; what you want out of partnership; the work you’re willing to put in to reach goals; your changing group affiliations; and your longing to make your mark in the world. Deep Pluto and your ruler Mercury are aligned with the new moon, so let your strongest emotions and thoughts point you to key resolutions that will transform your year.
June 21–July 22
A new moon on New Year’s Day clicks and clashes with eight other planets, drawing many aspects of life into its starting-over vibe. It’s in your relationship angle, nudging you to make resolutions that pertain to your connections with people. Simmering anger or family friction could throw you off, with aggressive Mars hassling four other planets, but the growth that you’ve experienced since summer – thanks to expansive Jupiter in your sign – can encourage you to focus on setting intentions for 2014. Taking personal fulfillment seriously and nourishing your faith in the future have brought you this far. Breaking a past pattern; deciding that the twists and turns in your life direction are not only scary but exciting; welcoming powerful partners and mentors; and balancing your need for meaningful bonds against the lure of personal aspirations: All of these will launch you into a new year. There’s a lot of heat in your relationships now, so be careful not to project your own emotions onto others. Instead, try to distinguish between what’s coming from you and what’s coming from them.
July 23–August 22
Almost all of the planets are involved in tense but potentially constructive dialogues this week, with the sun joining in several of them. He’s in your self-improvement zone, pairing with the moon to form a new moon on New Year’s Day – perfect timing for those resolutions. Your job, daily routine, health, skills, habits, diet, fitness, and work ethic have been undergoing a process of transformation for quite some time, and this is a good week to evaluate these changes. Intense emotions such as obsession, anxiety, and passion will direct you to areas in a state of metamorphosis. You can build on what’s already happening, especially if you motivate yourself with the following: your powerful emotions; can-do attitude; personal faith; determination to construct a secure foundation for yourself; urge to break free from the past; desire to understand yourself; and ability to turn things around. Let whatever is not going well push you to do everything you can to improve matters this year, and let the areas where you’re thriving give you vitality and inspiration to move in the right direction.
August 23–September 22
Your ruler Mercury joins the new moon and Pluto in your self-expression sector this week, starting off the year with a push to get more fun, romance, creativity, and happiness in your life. At the moment, your finances, group expectations, or an unpredictable friend or partner could keep you from fully enjoying yourself. But creative thinking, following your passion, a mature mindset, and forgiving people may all help you figure out how to increase pleasure. Your excitement over new objectives has probably waned a little since optimistic Jupiter retrograded in November, and you may be less hopeful about the support you can expect from others, but all of that is temporary. New opportunities for love, play, and artistry could reveal themselves in the ensuing weeks, whether this week has a positive feel or a negative one. Notice the good and bad now, and let the former propel you and the latter teach you. Your resolutions need to spring from an intention to become more of who you were meant to be this year.
September 23–October 22
Feisty Mars is in your sign and sparring with four planets in your feelings-and-family sector, making for another interesting week. You may run up against old issues, buried resentments, or painful memories, and Mars will probably tempt you to force things, even though you’re a peace-loving sign. It’s okay to dig for insights, with healing as the goal, but be mindful not to push others. With mental Mercury and profound Pluto coming together at the bottom of your chart, you’re capable of penetrating to the heart of the matter. The new moon in your roots angle on New Year’s Day similarly signals an emphasis on emotions and fundamental security. A change in your living situation, your family, or your relationship to the past is apt to ensue. Include something in your resolutions about ensuring your comfort and financial security, taking care of your own needs, enhancing your home environment, and grounding yourself emotionally with some form of daily spiritual practice or work that serves a higher purpose beyond mere ambition.
October 23–November 21
Your co-rulers Mars and Pluto are in your subliminal and communication houses and doing battle with each other this week. The fact that Mars also gets into it with three other planets who are hanging with Pluto in your talk zone makes it more than a little likely that unconscious aggression will come out in your speech or at least in your thoughts. To skirt conflict, examine your actions, and listen to what you’re saying. With half the planets in your cognition sector, your brain is on overload, and a new moon there on New Year’s Day rouses you to think and speak with intelligence, power, passion, and emotional truth this year. You’re yearning for love and happiness, working hard to redefine yourself, and growing your faith in future possibilities – and all of this can feed into a new mindset. The intensity in your head should give you a taste of what’s in the pipeline for you. Although your current work or your day-to-day reality doesn’t mesh with the potency of your ideas yet, continue to take private steps to change your life this year.
November 22–December 21
Teamwork could prove to be a challenge this week, with doer Mars in your group sector quarreling with four planets in your worth zone. Finances, confidence, values, stuff, and stubbornness are likely causes for not being able to get everyone on the same page. Money, self-esteem, priorities, and possessions are areas of potential change in the coming weeks, with a new moon also landing in your worth zone on New Year’s Day and potentially ushering in new opportunities. Let this week’s challenges spark you to make necessary changes that will shore up your security and self-assurance. You may feel like the past is catching up with you and a bill is now due – metaphorically or literally speaking – when all you want to do is break free and enjoy yourself. But the firm foundation you’re privately yearning for will take some doing. Think hard now about your priorities, and try to align them with a self-identity that you can be proud of. A new source of income may even open up as a result.
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