Updated: April 9, 2013 9:28PM
Predictions for the week of January 6
All Signs: This is the first weekly horoscope of the New Year, so how appropriate that we have a New Moon and an opportunity to set intentions and make resolutions. Believe it or not, the New Moon on Friday the 11th is a better time to make resolutions than January 1. (A second chance!) The New Moon is real and the Moon affects us. Use this time to think about where you want to make changes or introduce improvements. Read on to see where this particular New Moon affects you. (The New Moon occurs in a different part of your chart each month.) Why not try to be the best you can be? And remember, you will never again be as young as you are right now.
Aries (March 21-April 19) This week is the best time all year to think about your life direction. Where do you want to be 10 years from now, five years from now, and even next year? If you know these answers you will know how to make the decisions you’re making today, this week and this month. All these little decisions add up to “your life.” Very rarely, we make a single decision that takes us in a new direction. (“I’m moving to Istanbul.”) More often, our lives are the sum total of many small decisions that carry us along. Take control of your life. Write down what you want to be doing 10 years from now. What do you have to start doing now to make this happen?
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
The New Moon this week is your best chance all year to think about how to expand your world and your experience of life. Traditionally, we expand our experiences through knowledge. Ask yourself what courses or further education or training you could get to improve your job or enrich your life. What can you learn that will be exciting and fulfilling? Although we learn much through studying and reading, you can also learn from your experience of travel to new places, new countries and different cities. Where would you like to travel in the coming year? Think about what you can do to enrich your experience of life, either by learning new things or seeing new places.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Your life is intertwined with others, especially financially and in practical terms. You might have credit card debt or a mortgage; you might share property with someone; you might be involved in an inheritance; you have to pay taxes; you even have to deal with the values of others that don’t necessarily reflect your values. These are some examples of the financial and practical areas that the New Moon this week is highlighting. How can you reduce your debt? How can you better define the boundaries of what you own and owe, and make your life easier by figuring out what your financial responsibilities are? Yeah, yeah, this stuff sounds, boring but it ain’t going to go away.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) This week is the only time all year when the New Moon will be opposite your sign. This is a clue that this is your best opportunity in the entire year to think about how you can improve your closest relationships with others. Relationships are important because whether you are extroverted or introverted, you’re still a very social being. You might start by thinking what kind of a person you are in the relationship. Would you want to be your friend? Would you want to be your partner? Are you emotionally demanding? How well do you listen and care about the concerns of those who are close to you? For a relationship to be successful, you must be as good for your partner is he or she is for you.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
This New Moon urges you to focus on your health. These decisions can affect you for the rest of your life. What can you do to reduce or eliminate whatever is unhealthy? And what can you do that will improve your health? For example, getting more exercise and eating more vegetables. (Classic resolutions.) Similarly, this planetary focus also highlights your work and the service you offer to others. How can you get a better job, improve your job, or improve the way you do your work? This New Moon wants you to clean up your act before you take it on the road. Most Leos have great self-discipline, contrary to what their flamboyance suggests. You can do it!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The New Moon this week (the first opportunity to make resolutions for the year) wants you to contemplate how much fun and play you allow yourself. Pleasure, play, vacations, romantic diversions and chances to express your creative impulses are necessary for a balanced, happy life. (All work and no play makes Jack’s widow rich.) Do you give yourself enough guilt-free play time? Do you enjoy sports and fun activities with children? When was your last real vacation? How often do you express your creative energy — dancing, singing, drawing, painting or whatever you like to do? After all, a balanced lifestyle is more than a chocolate-chip cookie in each hand.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) This is the only time of the year when the New Moon highlights everything to do with home, family and your private life. On Friday and Saturday this week (especially Friday), write down your “perfect world” regarding your relationships to family and your experience of home. What can you do to improve family relationships this year? What can you do to make changes at home so that you feel more comfortable and thrilled with your living space? More than any other sign, your immediate environment affects you. The “feeling” and “look” of your home is extremely important. Furthermore, you love to entertain! You want a home that welcomes your friends. Any ideas?
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This year is a major turning point, which means you want to know what others are saying and what they expect of you, just as much as you want to be confident they understand what you’re saying to them. No wonder this New Moon draws your attention to how you communicate to siblings, relatives and neighbors. (Your everyday contacts.) This is also the time to scrutinize daily habits. How can you improve your daily habits and style of communicating with others? It’s that simple. Now, test your observation skills: Turn around. No peeking. How many times did I mention the word “titillation”? (Verrrry good. I’m impressed but then, all Scorpios have the mind of a sleuth.)
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You adore travel, discovering the answers to the big questions in the universe, and protecting and loving animals. But this takes money. (Especially travel and education.) That’s why this week your New Moon task is to write down some money-making ideas on Friday. What can you do to boost your income or get a different and better job? Can you make money on the side? Can you reduce your costs and save money? And what about what you already own? Do you take care of what you have? Do your things own you or do you own them? (Sometimes we are at the mercy of our possessions!) When you think about these topics, what resolutions come to mind to improve your life?
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Pluto and the New Moon are all in Capricorn. You’re out there flying your colors! This is all the more reason for you to be aware of the impression you create on your world. Take a realistic look in the mirror. What can you do to improve your appearance? What impression do you create? People make their minds up in about three seconds when they meet someone; this is a fact. What you wear, your hairstyle and how you act hugely affects the success and ease you encounter in your life when dealing with others — everyone, even Mom. Your appearance is like a gift to others. People feel happier and more pleased if you’re looking good.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
It’s all subtext. You’re not sure what’s happening or what you can expect, and why you feel like you’re sitting on the sidelines observing your life. (“As an outsider, what do you think of the human race?”) Basically, many important things are going on right now but they are secret or private. You’re not broadcasting. (This doesn’t mean they are sneaky or illicit.) Many of you sense that you are coming into a time of harvest in the next two years. This means you have to be performance ready. And getting ready is often a private thing — like practicing when no one else is looking. What little plans are you hoping to hatch? At least, you should be aware of what your secret hopes are.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
As this year unfolds, your appreciation of your home and family will be enriched. And soon, either this year or next, you will take a fabulous vacation. This emphasis on your happy family life and your romantic and social life will totally affect your dealings with friends and groups. Friday’s New Moon is the perfect time to think about how to enjoy your popularity, or how to find better friends and certainly how to identify what your hopes and dreams for the future are. That’s because this New Moon highlights friendships and goal-setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a few resolutions.