as­trol­ogy with Lilith Rocha

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - with LILITH ROCHA


DEC 22-JAN 20 January ca­pers off to a rol­lick­ing start with the sun and new moon in Capricorn on January 6, light­ing up the start of your per­sonal as­tro­log­i­cal new year. Heav­enly heavy­weights

Saturn and Pluto also hang­ing out in your sign can tend to ac­cen­tu­ate your se­ri­ous side, which might need the oc­ca­sional re­minder that get­ting things done and hav­ing fun aren’t mu­tu­ally exclusive. With Mer­cury on board as well for two weeks mid-month, a sense of hu­mour’s ab­so­lutely key to ne­go­ti­a­tions – as is time for kick­ing up those goaty high heels with friends and ac­tiv­i­ties that put a smile on the Capricorn dial.


As game-chang­ing Uranus, your wild-card plan­e­tary ruler, hits January’s high­way for its fi­nal hur­rah in the let’s-do-it, pioneer­ing sign of fresh starts and new be­gin­nings, your cutting edge, fu­ture-fo­cused think­ing dives into over­drive. From the 21st on­wards, when the sun and Mer­cury light up your tech-savvy, re­source­ful, com­mu­nity-minded sign, take ad­van­tage of this peak pe­riod for com­mu­ni­cat­ing in groups, to or­gan­i­sa­tions, on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. And nat­u­rally, such full-on ac­tiv­ity will need the bal­ance of soul-re­viv­ing time out to kick back and coast, love and laugh, relax and play.


pow­er­ful heal­ing in your per­sonal and sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment that won’t hap­pen again for an­other half cen­tury. While truth-telling Jupiter and the full moon eclipse on the 21st could rip the Band-Aid off frus­tra­tions, com­pli­ca­tions, temp­ta­tions and other touchy sub­jects, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, for­give­ness and clo­sure are also all read­ily avail­able. And if this year’s most achieve­ment-ori­ented month starts feel­ing a bit dry and driven, there’s a spe­cial sauce avail­able to make January more nour­ish­ing and sat­is­fy­ing. Its se­cret in­gre­di­ents? Good­will, grat­i­tude and gen­eros­ity.


You couldn’t wish for a more en­er­getic jump-start to 2019 than mighty mo­ti­vat­ing Mars fir­ing up your sign for the next six weeks – es­pe­cially when it’s rocket-boosted by lib­er­at­ing Uranus, whose wake-up call you’ve been hear­ing loud and clear in your in­ner ear for quite some time. Now the as­tral wind’s be­neath your wings for do­ing what Aries do best: in­vent­ing cre­ative ways of be­ing and do­ing, liv­ing and loving. With Mars and Venus both lit up in fire signs, January’s crack­ling love ac­tion ig­nites plenty of spon­ta­neous sparks – just watch you don’t leave scorch marks.


January’s earthy en­er­gies are ab­so­lutely your Tau­rean cup of ma­te­rial-world plea­sures. De­light­ful Venus, your guid­ing planet, in ex­trav­a­gantly out­go­ing mode is fun-loving and easy­go­ing, though not eas­ily swayed, so aim at keep­ing your flex­i­bil­ity lev­els up, es­pe­cially on hol­i­days. With am­bi­tious (and

some­times au­thor­i­tar­ian) Capricorn vibes on the front burner for most of this month, ex­pect a spike in com­pet­ing egos and power plays, best han­dled by giv­ing dic­ta­to­rial di­vas a wide berth. And if doggedly de­ter­mined people start veer­ing to­wards heavy and hu­mour­less boot camp-style in pur­su­ing pur­pose­ful plans, lighten the vibe by tick­ling their fun­ny­bone.


Gem­i­nis are the zo­diac’s net­work­ers, said to talk twice as much as any­one else. (What do they ex­pect? You’re twins.) But with Venus flit­ting into the sign of chatty ban­ter this month, less is more where ro­mance is con­cerned, so re­mind your­self to hit pause oc­ca­sion­ally and lis­ten – ad­mit­tedly not easy with com­mu­ni­ca­tor Mer­cury zoom­ing through the signs of light­ning repar­tee, am­bi­tious pro­mo­tion and wild ideas. All up, your January op­er­at­ing strat­egy could look some­thing like this: First week, ask ques­tions, gather in­tel. For the next fort­night, talk shop, do on­line pro­mo­tion. Last week, brain­storm, mind-map and stay open to all pos­si­bil­i­ties, how­ever as­ton­ish­ing.


Of all zo­diac signs, Cancer’s the most af­fected by lu­nar move­ments, and the January 6 new moon in your opposite, com­ple­men­tary sign on the as­tro­man­dala car­ries a strong mo­men­tum of ex­ec­u­tive en­ergy – which if you’re on hol­i­days will mean mulling over op­tions and mak­ing plans. The dra­matic full moon eclipse on the

21st in flam­boy­ant Leo of­fers a zesty cock­tail of busi­ness and pleasure, so don’t be back­ward in com­ing for­ward. This date also ush­ers in the brainiac month of Aquarius, which can in­cline people to speak their minds in some­what tact­less fash­ion: your cue to slip an ex­tra pro­tec­tive layer on the crab shell.

LEO • JUL 24-AUG 23

Sin­gle or part­nered, January’s flirty Mer­cury in your fun zone, plus love plan­ets Mars and Venus in fire signs like your own, couldn’t be a bet­ter recipe for ro­man­tic fireworks. Or dra­ma­rama: your choice. Some­one else be­ing a bossy boots when that’s ac­tu­ally your job? This month’s tasti­est take­away is ac­cept­ing that a) you can’t con­trol oth­ers, and b) how much more re­ward­ing it is to man­age what you can, namely your own re­ac­tions. En­joy the pay-off when this year’s only Leo full moon on the 21st lav­ishes you with out­ra­geous swag­ger and ce­les­tial siz­zle – but do stay cool, Majesties.

VIRGO • AU G 2 4 - S E P 2 3

Happy new year, down-to-earthy Vir­gos. Mer­cury, your plan­e­tary guide, moves through a trio of com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles this month, which you could make best use of by first check­ing out Gemini’s op­er­at­ing strat­egy, whose Mer­cu­rial rules also ap­ply to your sign. Preparation, plan­ning and per­se­ver­ance are pow­er­fully am­pli­fied by January’s plan­e­tary con­glom­er­a­tion in fel­low earth sign Capricorn, and your ef­forts in these ar­eas should be am­ply re­paid. Prof­itable pair­ings of both the busi­ness and in­ti­mate kind are highly likely, and if your mojo’s been (heav­ens for­bid) a touch lack­lus­tre lately, pre­pare to be shaken and stirred.


Venus in peri­patetic Sagittarius is friendly, breezy, free and easy, out and about on the move, bring­ing new people, help­ful con­nec­tions and de­li­cious syn­chronic­i­ties into your or­bit. While con­ver­sa­tions are stim­u­lat­ing and dis­cus­sions fruit­ful, this month, people are less likely to be im­pressed by what you know than who you know: the pre­cise de­gree of sup­port and influence you can call on. Want to ask for a raise or a favour? The force is with you. If this in­volves ne­go­ti­at­ing with overassertive oth­ers, no­body plays the charm card with more art­ful­ness than you, Venu­sians.

SCORPIO • O C T 2 4 - N OV 2 2

Venus is in a very ad­ven­tur­ous mood for ro­man­tic in­ter­ac­tions this January, which also means not par­tic­u­larly de­pend­able where af­fec­tions and prom­ises are con­cerned – though this could be use­ful prep for when next month’s in­ter­per­sonal an­tics get even more vari­able. What can be re­lied on is the ad­vice and guid­ance of older or more experienced men­tors, and the down-to-earth prac­ti­cal­ity of break­ing a gi­ant job that ini­tially seems daunt­ing into small, man­age­able steps. With this month’s dom­i­nant tone, it’s worth­while find­ing the fine line be­tween per­sua­sion and pres­sure so you know when it’s be­ing over­stepped.


With the sea­son of un­rea­son done and dusted, now you can re­ally get down to the re­al­ity of big-news Jupiter in your sign for the next 11 months, be­cause this is your year, Archers, and it’s got legs. When frisky Venus joins the great striped planet in Sagittarius mid-month, you could sell any­one anything and you’ll have them at hello. But so much propul­sive en­ergy needs dis­ci­pline and di­rec­tion – and while you might fight it, rein­ing in. Win­ners need this, cham­pi­ons ben­e­fit from it, and January’s race is all yours, if you can power down and pace your­self.

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