Win­ter horo­scopes

The Simple Things - - HOW WE LIVE - Il­lus­tra­tion: FLORA WAYCOTT

The start of a new year is a nat­u­ral time of tran­si­tion, where we pause to re­flect and plan. As­trologer Donna Tay­lor looks at the win­ter sea­son in your star sign and of­fers her guid­ance on how to find bal­ance and con­tent­ment in the months ahead

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Capri­corn 22 De­cem­ber – 19 Jan­uary

There may be a lot to con­tem­plate as 2019 gets un­der­way; Jan­uary es­pe­cially may feel in­tense, but with that in­ten­sity comes the power to make things hap­pen. This is a good time to con­sider what you want to do next and then to start tak­ing steps to make it a re­al­ity. It may also help to clear out the dead wood. Once that’s done, you’ll be in a much stronger po­si­tion. The ar­rival of March sees the end to do­mes­tic prob­lems, at which point you can take a cre­ative idea and run with it. As film di­rec­tor Frank Capra said: “A hunch is cre­ativ­ity try­ing to tell you some­thing.”

Aquar­ius 20 Jan­uary – 18 Fe­bru­ary

“The most beau­ti­ful things are not as­so­ci­ated with money; they are mem­o­ries and mo­ments. If you don’t cel­e­brate those, they can pass you by.” Fash­ion model Alek Wek re­minds you of the im­por­tance of con­nec­tion, your big theme for 2019. In­deed, your friend­ships, so­cial con­nec­tions and group in­volve­ments are the key to your well­be­ing – so, in­stead of hi­ber­nat­ing, get your­self out and in­volved with life. Or in­vite your friends over. Suc­cumb­ing to your fears and anx­i­eties is all too easy, es­pe­cially in to­day’s high-tech world, so fo­cus on the fu­ture and your friends, for this is where your hap­pi­ness lies.

Pisces 19 Fe­bru­ary – 20 March

“A man is a suc­cess if he gets up in the morn­ing and gets to bed at night, and in be­tween he does what he wants to do,” said Bob Dy­lan. As 2019 gets un­der­way it would seem that a new di­rec­tion is call­ing you, so if a door opens that feels mean­ing­ful, step through it. Try not to let is­sues with friends, groups or or­gan­i­sa­tions that you’re con­nected with de­rail you, but in­stead keep your fo­cus on where you want to be. It will be­come much eas­ier from March, when elec­tri­fy­ing ideas and a stronger sense of per­sonal power will pro­pel you for­wards into a new chap­ter.

Aries 21 March – 20 April

2019 be­gins with the theme of har­vest, in the sense that you are now reap­ing what you have sown. This, then, could ei­ther be a time of suc­cess, ful­fil­ment and greater re­spon­si­bil­ity, or a time of frus­tra­tion and re­gret. Whichever way the cookie has crum­bled, Mars in your sign dur­ing Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary sug­gests that you have the power and en­ergy to change things and start steer­ing your life in the di­rec­tion you’d like it to go. This win­ter, then, is the time to act boldly. As philoso­pher Ralph Waldo Emer­son said: “Once you make a de­ci­sion, the uni­verse con­spires to make it hap­pen.”

Tau­rus 21 April – 20 May

“In the long run the pes­simist may be proved right, but the op­ti­mist has a bet­ter time on the trip.” Daniel L Rear­don’s quote begs the ques­tion: would you rather be right or happy? As the year be­gins, it’s im­por­tant to ask whether your phi­los­o­phy is work­ing for you. 2019 will ask big ques­tions of you – namely, how much you’re will­ing to change, to re­write the rule book of who you are and how you ap­proach life, so that you may do, be and ex­pe­ri­ence more. March brings a dy­namic new be­gin­ning when you’ll have the en­ergy, mo­ti­va­tion and en­thu­si­asm to make em­pow­er­ing changes.

Gem­ini 21 May – 21 June

“There can be no re­birth with­out a dark night of the soul, a to­tal an­ni­hi­la­tion of all that you be­lieved in and thought that you were,” said Sufi mys­tic, Vi­layat Inayat Khan. Let­ting go is never easy but as 2019 gets un­der­way it seems it is the only way for­ward. Try­ing to con­trol a par­tic­u­lar out­come or hold­ing on to a sit­u­a­tion that has out­lived its pur­pose will only pro­long the prob­lem. What will work best for you dur­ing these win­ter months is a flex­i­ble ap­proach. Shed your old skin, al­low things to fade away and trust that a re­gen­er­a­tion is tak­ing place which will re­sult in a new you.

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Can­cer 22 June – 22 July

As 2019 be­gins, it may help to con­sider French es­say­ist, Joseph Joubert’s wise words: “Kind­ness con­sists in lov­ing peo­ple more than they de­serve.” Re­gard­less of whether it’s some­one close or some­one you don’t know well, it seems oth­ers are test­ing you and the best way to meet that test is to cre­ate a level play­ing field and be more for­giv­ing. This doesn’t mean al­low­ing oth­ers to dom­i­nate you or for you to con­trol them; more that you refuse to carry a grudge. Press on with your life in­stead be­cause Jan­uary, and Fe­bru­ary es­pe­cially, bring po­ten­tial for you to take big strides for­ward.

Leo 23 July – 22 Au­gust

“Life is re­ally sim­ple, but we in­sist on mak­ing it com­pli­cated,” said Con­fu­cius. If the pres­sures of daily life seem too much – and they might, es­pe­cially in Jan­uary – the an­ti­dote is straight­for­ward: make time for play. Jupiter in your fun zone re­minds you that the point of life is to en­joy it. So, re­ac­ti­vate an old hobby, or dis­cover a new one. Fall in love with some­thing or some­one. In­vite more colour and spon­tane­ity into your life – it doesn’t al­ways need to be about fast rules and tight sched­ules. Make space in life for things you en­joy, and win­ter will re­ward you with a re­newed zest for life.

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Virgo 23 Au­gust – 22 Septem­ber

“Fol­low your heart and in­tu­ition. They some­how al­ready know what you truly want to be­come. Ev­ery­thing else is sec­ondary,” said Ap­ple co-founder Steve Jobs. So, the big ques­tion as 2019 gets un­der­way is: what is your heart urg­ing you to do? Fo­cus on what you love and let it drive you for­wards. These win­ter months of­fer tremen­dous po­ten­tial for turn­ing a cre­ative idea or hobby into some­thing more sub­stan­tial; all that’s re­quired is pa­tience, dis­ci­pline and self-be­lief. Other peo­ple may be in­stru­men­tal in help­ing you, es­pe­cially in March, when co-op­er­a­tion will il­lu­mi­nate the way ahead.

Libra 23 Septem­ber – 23 Oc­to­ber

Home and do­mes­tic­ity are the key themes as 2019 kicks off, and it’s worth re­mind­ing your­self that your ef­forts will be re­warded in the long term, par­tic­u­larly if you ap­proach your sit­u­a­tion with a joy­ful heart. As Mother Teresa once said: “Love be­gins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that ac­tion.” Aim to cre­ate a solid, sta­ble, or­gan­ised base from which you can flour­ish. A lit­tle tur­bu­lence is likely in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, when oth­ers may not see eye to eye with you but, from March, you move into a pe­riod of greater calm and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Scor­pio 24 Oc­to­ber – 22 Novem­ber

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be,” said Ein­stein. Most of our suf­fer­ing stems from life not mea­sur­ing up to what we think it should be. If life is cur­rently fall­ing short of your ex­pec­ta­tions, or if oth­ers are fail­ing to meet your stan­dards, it will help to take what­ever you have and make the very best of it. Abun­dance, pros­per­ity and an op­por­tu­nity to make a liv­ing in a more mean­ing­ful way are the gifts on of­fer to you right now. March brings dy­namic shifts in your per­sonal life, at which point things be­gin to get a whole lot more in­ter­est­ing!

Sagit­tar­ius 23 Novem­ber – 21 De­cem­ber

2019 is a time for new be­gin­nings as Jupiter re­turns to your sign, promis­ing more fun, en­joy­ment and ad­ven­ture, but also a greater sense of mean­ing and pur­pose. The only fly in the oint­ment is the ma­te­rial side of life – so if work, fi­nances or prac­ti­cal mat­ters aren’t fill­ing you with joy, you may need to con­sider whether you’re giv­ing these things too much or not enough im­por­tance. As the Greek philoso­pher Epicte­tus said: “Wealth con­sists not in hav­ing great pos­ses­sions, but in hav­ing few wants.”

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