Key Words: Assertive, competitive, dynamic
Ruling Planet: Mars
Colours: All shades of red
Guardian Angel: Camael, Angel of Strength & Courage
Karmic purpose: TO DO
Aries is all about action for its own sake. Your raw energy adds spark and charisma wherever you go. Impossible to ignore, you're ready to try anything once. Very little daunts Aries - although you dread not being able to do whatever, whenever. You need to be in control, and are always ready to fight for what you believe in. If under attack, your first instinct is to fire first and ask questions later. Emotions are impulsive. When you're happy, it's a jump-up-and-down kind of happy; when angered or upset, your aggression can be overpowering. Fortunately, you're quick to forgive - but not necessarily forget. You're always busy, though it can be hard for you to take direction or advice when needed - possibly because many Ariens learn early in life that if their needs are going to be met, they have to do it themselves. This is the sign of a true survivor.
For a while now, Saturn has been challenging ideals that have previously acted as a safe anchor. Effectively, you've been cast adrift. It's little wonder, then, that you've so often felt lost at sea. Thankfully, the cosmos retakes the helm and navigates you to safety. This marks the end of your solo voyage. Your most important areas of life this year will be friendships, career and health. Jupiter declares a stint of social triumph as early as January. You might have to keep an eye on expenditure for a while longer, but only until your birthday season. May could bring the odd power struggle at work or at home, particularly regarding financial or legal matters. June improves communications. Soon after, the Sun lends ambition to the greater professional dream. So by year's end, you should have a far better idea of where - and just how far - you really want to go.
Your moods have been wavering for a while now - some months last year you felt emotionally abandoned, while others found you snuggling back into the fold. January suggests that you still have more unfinished business to complete and, perhaps, the occasional inner demon to wrestle with. But in order to move on, you really must stop blaming others. Keep in mind that, sometimes, the fault can be yours. Remember too, Aries, that you're warmly loved and this is never more the case than after March, when the Moon turns her warmth and caring towards family and friends. In October, Saturn steps in and sets a more romantic scene at work - although it's not until early December that you get to truly mix business with pleasure. Apparently, it will be worth the wait.
Thanks to Pluto's positive input and your tireless effort, success beckons. Further growth comes via work-related travel but possibly at the expense of domestic commitment. For some this is a problem, while for others it's an enviable surge of power as you no long feel reliant on the whims of others. If you're already in the public eye, prepare for an even grander leap of fame. Sometimes, though, when faced with the prospect of success, there's a sense of dread rather than anticipation. Push ahead and overcome such fears. You're ready and able to cope with the most daunting pressures. But life's not all relentless slog. Late 2009 grants permission for some serious fun. And it would have to be a very diligent Aries who ignores this cosmic invite to play.
With today's hectic pace, we all tend to neglect our wellbeing more than we should. And we all have our various little addictions. You are prone to worrying about others, and have recently had a habit of putting their needs first. If you must obsess about anyone's health this year, make it your own.
Being positive. Imagine yourself with your goals already accomplished and actually "feel" what it's like to be there. The rest will follow.
Key Words: Stubborn, determined, down to earth, sensual
Ruling Planet: Venus
Colours: Deep greens and blues
Guardian Angel: Hagiel, Angel of Beauty and Grace
Karmic purpose: TO BUILD
Few would deny your need for control. Once you get a fixed idea in your mind, you stubbornly adhere to what you believe in and always finish what you've started. This determination enables you to achieve levels of success that others only dream of. Taureans are the builders of the zodiac - you need to put down solid foundations. There's not much that can daunt a Bull, except for a lack of money. You know the peace of mind financial security brings, and you aim to get it. Friends and partners are often in awe of such firm resolution. When making commitments, you don't like to be rushed, but when you do finally agree to a project, idea or relationship, you tenaciously hang on to it. Carried to extremes, this can lead to getting stuck in an all-too-familiar rut. The Bull can also have a quick temper, and will instinctively charge when under attack.
Work threatens to monopolise the year, but you won't mind. Running through your veins is a combination of tenacity and ambition that can't help but lead to success. Submitting to a behind-the-scenes role no longer suits your style. Others may find this feisty resolve a tad intimidating and will stand back, well out of harm's way. But remember, life isn't all work. With carnal desires running free, you'll find that business contacts can just as willingly become romantic ties. Singles play the field most of the year. Established duos also enjoy revived lust and experimental play. But regardless of your romantic status, you could meet a gifted individual who becomes instrumental in pushing you into the public eye. Others, however, could resent your moment of glory. If placed on the defence, then bring on your greatest weapon - tenacity. We're all blessed with our special gifts for a reason.
While work and money contribute to our lifestyle, love is essential to our feeling of wholeness. But to give relationships a chance, first you must be prepared to trust. Sure, you've been hurt in the past, but that's part of life's learning curve. Now, give someone else the opportunity to get to know and love the real you. But this time, play by your rules. If you're hoping for commitment, look to May, when Saturn once again moves forward in your sector of love. Expect a few surprises in September, too, when someone unusual enters the scene. Others could find a potential soul mate while travelling. Sentimental ties may also be revived. Couples can expect changes, with little held back - although some private time to yourselves would help.
Jupiter's climb to the top of your solar chart finally brings some of the rewards you deserve. The old adage about "being in the right place at the right time" rings true - your time is now. With winning stamina, you pursue goals with a power and intensity that defies opposition. You're no longer prepared to settle for second best, and tired old situations are discarded. And now that you're focused, you'll increasingly resent anyone meddling with your self-directed fate. Others are about to learn just how single-minded and demanding you can be. Good for you. February offers you a glimpse through the cosmic peephole. What you may see is another path, leading you towards your true vocation and, suddenly, years of hard work all make sense. A new era of prosperity awaits.
Taureans are as susceptible to burnout as anyone else, as some have already discovered. Your biggest risk lies in trying to do too much too quickly. Realise, also, that stress comes in many disguises. This year calls for you to balance work with activities that warm your heart. If that means time lazing in the sun, so be it.
Discarding bad habits, and all else that's negative. For every ending, there's a new beginning. It's a universal law - one that can't be broken.
Key Words: Thought, communication, adaptability, active
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Colours: Yellow, orange
Guardian Angel: Raphael, Angel of Communication
Karmic purpose: TO COMMUNICATE
Geminis rarely keep to one thing at a time. Your mercurial mind needs to learn, read, study and dissect. And you enjoy pleasing others. The downside is that you don't always know how to please yourself. What most see rarely reflects your true feelings and, at times, the deep loneliness inside. Yours is a highly sensitive body - especially your nervous system. There's also an inclination to change your mind without warning. Although you enjoy friendships, on a more on-to-one basis - you need a relationship that won't tie you down. Nonetheless, when truly committed, you can be generous, loving and loyal. And even after a romance ends, you mostly manage (or hope) to stay friends. Geminis are the most likely to be a win or have twins. You could also possibly have two mothers, or mother-figures, in your life. The best news? You're blessed with a youthfulness that lasts through the years.
For many years now you've been coping with transformation on many different levels but, most importantly - your psyche. Pluto continues to question your motives and behaviour; as well as the motives of those who have had or still have influence over you. There's no better way to gain a deeper understanding of yourself than to learn from past and present. Any tunnel vision you may have is replaced by a wider, larger perspective. Pluto represents a raw force of nature that creates and preserves but also destroys. To transform, things are torn down or pruned, which then allows regeneration - just like new shoots of a tree. 2009 is also a year for travel and study. Health improves, as do family relationships. After September, you want to soak in as much life experience as you can. Should fresh romantic prospects soar in on the early summer breeze, don't waste a minute.
Last year's focus on financial matters doused many a flame of passion but 2009 brings a dramatic change of mood. You feel the need to indulge your desires. Established relationships are injected with renewed spontaneity, while singles find love in unexpected places. Love at first sight isn't unusual for Geminis, though connections are often short and sweet. Not so next summer, when you meet a powerful individual who has a lasting influence in your life. This special someone opens your mind and sexuality to previously untapped desires. At the same time, friendships deepen. Couples can also expect easier and happier days during the next twelve months. Sexuality soars, with a build-up of passion that begs to be satiated. You may also find that comfortable balance between commitment and independence.
After a testing stretch, 2009 sees your career moving in the right direction. Your potential is limitless. All lines of communication suddenly open, and you can look forward to a frenetic period of discussions. But beware: prolonged intensity can place high demands on even the sharpest of minds. Try not to overdo it with punishing regimes. Plan responsibly to be certain that you're working at something that satisfies mind and soul. The only thing likely to distract you is inconsiderate colleagues. More fool them. What they make you lose in one circumstance, you gain in another; in particular, a new career path. Once, your inexperience would have let you down. Now, a fresh surge of mental agility allows you to capitalise and expand. It's your year to be truly assertive.
Geminis thrive on constant motion. The downside of that: refusal to ease up. This year offers a change in attitude that urges you to go easy on yourself. Rather than driving yourself to exhaustion, opt for a lifestyle that's fun, yet still responsible. Once, too much may not have seemed enough. Now, a little could be plenty.
Telling it as it is. Who'd blame you for grabbing the professional helm, while you're at it? You're capable of weathering all storms.
Key Words: Protective, caring, sensitive, moody, loving.
Ruling Planet: The Moon
Colours: White, Silver, pearl
Guardian Angel: Gabriel, Angel of Mercy and Devotion
Karmic purpose: TO LOVE
You feel with every sense of your being. Driven by powerful emotions, you're either ecstatic or sad - rarely anything in between. And even though you try to keep emotions under control, tears come easily - sometimes embarrassingly so in public. Suppressed emotions, in particular, can erupt in a sudden, intense outpouring. Heartfelt tears also flow from true compassion. You can't bear to see anyone or anything in pain. But if you're betrayed or taken for granted, the pain can linger for years. Silence is usually your weapon of choice. Cancer worships loved ones and the home with devotion and almost unconditional sacrifice. You're always there for family and friends. Not only do you want to love and be loved, you need the support and approval from those around you, especially your mother or a close mother-figure. You were born with a helping hand and a sympathetic heart. Little wonder you're so loved.
Why fight fate, Cancer? There are four lunar eclipses this year, and since the Moon is your ruling planet - change is inevitable. Rather than resist what's happening - rethink your image, priorities and overall sense of direction. Chances are, you have a sad old collection of artefacts and half-finished projects that are ready for the trash. Expect a range of exciting new acquaintances, but don't write off reconciliation with someone special from the past. If you were hoping for some breathing space during the late summer months, forget it. An increased appetite for nasty-yet-nice sex just adds extra sizzle to already fiery passion. Only around October will the hedonism slow down for more serious pursuits. In terms of career, too many conflicts and broken promises eroded some of that famous Cancerian courage, but the Sun now restores confidence and throws in extra cash for good measure. You're made an offer that's too good to refuse.
For too long you've felt unsettled, unsure and unfulfilled. Some have loved and lost, and sworn never to love again. It's time to dismantle those protective barriers, or you could miss out on this year's promise of romance. Right from early January, Jupiter lambadas into your sector of sex with an invitation to dance to a wilder beat. If you're feeling lost for moves let someone else take your hand and show you how. New steps open new frontiers. Should the latter part of the year find you cosied in a love nest, thoughts may turn to proposals. If already coupled: learn to balance your professional responsibilities with an active love life, you'll find that you can enjoy both - perhaps with room for a new-born as well.
There were moments in 2008 that were harsh and, sometimes, quite traumatic. But you stayed calm and did your best. No one could possibly have asked for more. In 2009, Jupiter's persuasive force will help you to make up for lost ground. Once any initial obstacles are overcome, there should be surprisingly little resistance to your plans. New technology isn't as intimidating as it once seemed, and this change in attitude is enough to set you on a profitable path. Just one hint: work on your presentation. It's all in the way you tell it and sell it. April offers the unexpected, so make sure you're on the ball. Travel is likely, although most trips look like being short dashes. But, no matter how brief, there's much to be said for exploring unmapped territory.
Health is always important to you, but when you feel unwell, you can sometimes imagine yourself worse off than you actually are. Ironically, excessive worry and overwork could eventually cause he ill health you dread. This year urges you to make more than just the occasional break, or nerves really could be worn to a frazzle.
Overcoming obstacles. When one way is blocked, find another. When one method fails, devise a new one. The highest reward? Self satisfaction, and freedom.
Key Words: Dramatic, powerful, majestic, passionate
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Colours: Gold, orange
Guardian Angel: Michael, Prince of Light
Karmic purpose: TO LEAD
Leos are born proud and passionate. Majestic in every way, the lion is your zodiac symbol. And, of course, others' hearts can skip a beat when they first meet royalty. You can be commanding, sometimes overly so. There's a strong need to be loved and to protect - not only yourself, but everyone within your kingdom and more. You are constantly on the move, often refusing to slow down and take it easy. But rest you must. The best remedy for exhaustion is meditation and long breaks taking in the healing warmth of the sun. Good advice - if you take it. Trouble is, pride can be a downfall. Once your mind's made up on an issue, you cling to that position, no matter what. While this can be a positive force when you're fighting for what's right, if it's taken to extremes, arrogance can follow. Less imperiousness will gain more cooperation.
2009 finds you taking a chisel to long-held beliefs that no longer serve a purpose. Saturn encourages new studies; Jupiter shakes up your love life, while Pluto pushes for material and professional gain. Last year a lack of conviction may have been your downfall. But with three major planets spurring an all-or-nothing approach, you now demand carte blanche to show off your capabilities. And don't worry if you make a mistake or two - the soul actually benefits from the odd red-faced moment. Every move, whether it's upward to wayward, gives you that personal stamp that makes you a more complete person. And should emotional issues attempt to invade your relationships, some new ground rules will have to be applied. Unfortunately, this may mean that some ties are broken. Either way, it's a year when you feel more empowered by whatever decisions you make. After all, they'll be your own.
If you're wondering where to direct the blessings that Jupiter promises to bring, the choice is yours. One word of advice: with Neptune also on side, why not take a chance on love? After all, here's a year where your natural charisma and playfulness are all but irresistible. So go ahead and flaunt your assets. And if the planets have their way, others will stand up and take notice. Most of 2009 hints at a fulfilling love life. November, however, may require a change of attitude. You do have a strong and dramatic character. If the whip is wielded by mutual consent, all well and good. But abuse of personal power can alienate loved ones. Their likely response? To tell you to let up, or leave. Perhaps, though, it's freedom that you want.
Money doesn't grow on trees, and even it it did, you still have some serious sowing to do. It's not that you won't do well this year - you'll just have to continue to work hard for it. Your driving force? Saturn's promise of financial independence. Demanding responsibilities keep testing you, but it's good practice for November's public debut. Whether you're trotting the globe or buried in paperwork, 2009 promises achievement and a renewed sense of purpose. April sees you taking the spotlight, while June throws a bit more money your way. This leaves you free to wow the professional and party circuits. Either that or you can mix business with pleasure. This year, there are so many ways to impress. Just remember to occasionally step off the treadmill. Take the occasional breather.
Leos are active and vibrant, with bodies that thrive on constant motion. Such a powerful life-force is a huge plus in maintaining good health, but even you can occasionally overtax your strength. There's little to suggest a slide in your well being this year, though a balanced diet is a must. Consider it another challenge to be met.
Being seen. You've been hidden in the backwoods long enough. Your attention now shifts away from the inner world and towards the outer.
Key Words: Hardworking, determined, analytical, patient, health conscious
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Colours: Browns and dark blues
Guardian Angel: Raphael, Divine Physician
Karmic purpose: TO ADVISE
Virgos are helpful by nature, not just because you enjoy being of assistance to others, but because of your need to substitute order for chaos wherever you find it. You arrange, analyse and organise, often juggling more than one project at the same time. You also have a knack for saying exactly what you want to say when it needs to be said. Just beware the tendency to worry excessively or to become overly critical. Very few people can live up to your exceptionally high standards. At times, too, your need for perfection conflicts with the less-than-perfect world that we live in. When you nerves become frazzled, try to relax, otherwise stress will take its toll. Even though love runs deep, innermost feelings are closely guarded and kept under tight control. A secret hope? That others will recognise these emotional barriers for what they really are - a challenge to get to know you better.
Jupiter settles in your work sector this year, promising almost unlimited potential for professional growth. Of course, we rarely get something for nothing, so you will need to put in some hard work as well. Your best teacher and role model will always be your higher self - the quiet inner voice that whispers truth and wisdom. Each of us enters this world with our own unique talents and our our own special tasks to perform. When you come to understand the message, you will not only unique be able to better yourself but also encourage others to achieve their full potential. In turn, your insight will be admired and your generosity rewarded. Even the odd moment of adversity can be turned to your advantage, with each difficulty leading to greater self-understanding and success - as well as peace of mind. Looks like you have a very special year ahead, Virgo. Use it well.
The coming year offers the chance of lasting fulfilment as a lover, child, parent or friend. Now the most basic issue in all your relationships is a greater desire to discover what truly makes you happy. If emotional barriers have grown higher than intended, carefully dismantle them. Be open and honest with those you love - happiness rests with the ability to trust yourself as well as others. We invariably discover that each of us is different in our own way. In all, most Virgos now take a far more serious attitude to love. Singles may decide to wed, while secure partnerships build on stronger foundations. Stressed relationships could come to an end but for those seeking new love, Neptune's influence hints at romance with a foreign flavour.
Virgo minds are on the move and the shift looks positive. Basically, it all comes down to trusting your instincts, though both Jupiter and Venus step in with some extra cash. If you're wondering where best to invest, try property or home-related industries. Travel's not off the list of possibilities either. And should the occasional obstacle need a determined nudge, you have plenty of planetary power behind you. Ditto for friends and family. Alongside your own ambition, this year their love can also play a big part in your success. Some may give support without you even being aware of it, simply because the fulfilment of your dreams is their priority. Another plus: you're feeling much less coy in the company of opposition. Suddenly, being more authoritative doesn't seem so daunting.
Virgo is one of the hardest working zodiac signs, but behind that there's a real fear of appearing weak or dependent. Illness is considered an inconvenience; taking time out is a rarity. The inevitable outcome? Exhaustion. But routines don't always have to be so strictly regimented, and 2009 encourages you to play more.
Embracing team effort. If this means a greater appreciation of others and letting bygones be bygones, then so be it. You give, they give - everybody gets.
Key Words: Diplomatic, sympathetic, charming, balanced.
Ruling Planet: Venus
Colours: Pastel greens, pinks and blues
Guardian Angel: Hagiel, Angel of Peace
Karmic purpose: TO BRING PEACE
Libra loves life and its pleasures. You have a finally balanced intellect and can generally see both sides of any issue. Small talk is a speciality. Mostly, too, your mind is open to new ideas and you won't dismiss any possibility without at least considering it. With your zodiac symbol being the scales, you need to find symmetry in all that you do. Beauty, order and perfection are a must. The slightest deviation in life's balance can leave you feeling frustrated, fearful or upset. You have a strong need to be loved and can be a devoted, understanding partner. But emotions blow hot and cold, attention shifts. If hurt, you can withdraw deeply and uncommunicatively. At work and at home, you excel at teamwork. Indeed, many of your best accomplishments are a direct result of the support and encouragement you receive from others. Money is spent freely - perhaps too much so.
If you find yourself standing at a crossroads and wondering why you've never taken that deviation to the left, now's your chance. Jupiter pushes forward, encouraging you to let instinct be your prime source of guidance. Gambles can be transformed into triumphs. February and March, in particular, will draw out your spirit of adventure. Any keenness to step off along the yellow brick road is probably justifiable. But you shouldn't trust others so readily, or so often. Remember, there's plenty of wolves out there just waiting to prey on your profits. Through March, Mars feels raunchy and Jupiter knows it. The good news is that all this cosmic shenanigans takes place in your love sector. New relationships run hot and dying embers may be reignited. After November, though, make sure you don't walk into anyone else's psychological cesspool. If necessary, plan an escape. Somewhere hot, and secluded.
Over the next year, Jupiter settles in your house of romance and play - bringing confidence and unexpected blessings in these areas. You find the courage to be yourself and let your thoughts and feelings be known, without apology. This fun-loving influence also stimulates a plethora of pleasurable appetites. Your capacity for personal enjoyment expands, as could your waistline. So don't overdoing a good thing. Sexually, you don't feel you need to hold back - and what you may learn is that honesty is a great asset in any relationship. With the bedroom a prime outlet for releasing tension, most erotic wishes should be granted. You may partner up with an individual from a completely different background or country. For those who are closely involved with children, their achievements make you particularly proud.
Jupiter kick starts the year with a surge of energy and creativity, and Mars is on hand to add determination. Suddenly, going that extra mile won't seem so unsettling. The Sun throws in some luck for good measure so, until November, some real progress can be made. However, it won't all be smooth sailing. If resources are looking stretched to the limit around July, don't immediately assume the worst. Challenges often work to your advantage. Use this time to values and abandon luckless quests. Perhaps you should consider taking up a different line of work or restarting a project that you've been stalling for ages. But the real upside to the year? Although there's no guarantee of a lottery win, a little extra money is a strong possibly.
For Librans, emotions and health are inextricably linked. When happy, you're healthy, whereas pressure and stress can trigger anxiety and depression. Mostly, there's no cause for concern in 2009, though a bit of caution is need in February. In times of stress, try some yoga or meditation - you have a gift for both.
Dusting off those old hiking boots, and travel. Anyone who doubts your return should know better. The world is a circle, after all. You'll be back.
Key Words: Intense, passionate, dramatic, proud, jealous.
Ruling Planet: Pluto
Colours: Dark reds, black
Guardian Angel: Azrael, Angel of Transformation
Karmic purpose: TO TRANSFORM
Scorpios are born with an innate sense that life is a struggle for survival. You have a strong and persevering nature, feeling everything deeply or not at all. You have the courage to endure the most difficult conditions, and you won't be told what to do - it's your way or no way. But once you've decided on a project, idea or relationship, it's tenaciously pursued and applied. You are perceptive and have a highly developed sixth sense, with your inbuilt understanding of human behaviour also giving you a natural advantage over the other zodiac signs. Scorpios have a special magnetism and a larger-than-life presence. On a deeper level, though lies a well of emotional insecurity. It may be that childhood experiences have left you feeling hurt or distrustful. If betrayed, you more than most can harbour the desire for revenge. Your life lesson should be to sincerely forgive and forget.
Scorpios step into a year that's loaded with equal measures of certitude and confusion. Saturn throws troubles you way in the form of disruption and control freaks, but at the same time, Jupiter ups your popularity ratings and creativity levels. You're presented with an array of dazzling choices that encompass new career possibilities, higher education, travel or publishing. And with March encouraging both work and play, why not mix a little business with pleasure? All year, family concerns petition your time, and it's a fair bet that someone close will need a helping hand. Domesticity rules in love as well. If you're single, the lure towards coupledom may be hard to resist, while established duos consider increasing family numbers. Should an important project needs bankrolling, relatives look to become the most helpful. It's also the ideal year for long-term investment, tying in real estate deals or sprucing up the home.
This past year has been dramatic, so security and a sense of belonging become increasingly important. Singles feel the urge to settle, though it pays to be choosy. Late January is instantly keen to drop you in the sexual playpen and, just in case you're unimpressed, Mars introduces an experienced, well-travelled lover. You might think you're in for a quick fling, but there's more than meets the eye here. Learn to trust, and this intense attraction could become very serious very quickly. Sensational trends continue until late October. As the summer arrives, however, love and anger become disturbingly entangled. Your main issue is having the freedom to think and act as you please. Basically, if you're feeling claustrophobic, you'll realise that unhappiness has no place in our life - now or ever.
2009 offers a double-edged sword. On the one hand you have Uranus urging you to take risks, while at the same time Saturn creates confusion. This may take the form of a scandal, That's because there are so many out there who'll gun down anything vaguely heartfelt and imaginative. But being granted the opportunity to let your true character shine can be rare, so you become increasingly determined not to let anyone outdraw you. This year, you aim to survive. There'll be changes of direction - some of which may temporarily catch you off guard. But one of the remarkable things about you is your amazing tenacity. So if anyone stands a chance of succeeding in what could be a difficult year, it's you. Just do your magic.
While your strong constitution doesn't easily surrender to illness, rich food, good wine and a limited amount of exercise can increase the risk of potential ailments. Your determined character does let you rehabilitate as required, but why not make moderation your goal this year.
Self-promotion. It's not the year for shyness, nor inhibitions. If you want something, or think you deserve it - just put your case forward.
Key Words: Optimistic, philosophical, independent, restless
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Colours: Dark blues, purple
Guardian Angel: Zadkiel, Angel of Prosperity
Karmic purpose: TO SEEK
Sagittarians crave independence and freedom. Your dream is to follow your spirit, unhampered by restrictions - constraint is your natural enemy. You try to live your life by what you believe is best, regardless of what others think. You don't take kindly to authority and resent any overt display of power. Routine holds no charm, though your refusal to be pinned down to take on responsibilities can be frustrating for others. You're not one for power games. Your interests are varied and you learn quickly, and you prefer to keep all options open. A talent for writing and lecturing is often linked with long-distance travel, and you have a gift for delivering one-line observations with shattering accuracy. When you want to make a good impression, however, you may occasionally be guilty of stretching the truth or embellishing achievements - a talent most Sagittarians prefer to call "poetic licence".
This past twelve months were probably not at all what you'd hoped for. During this time, you encountered uncertainty and disruption and, but by bit, they chipped away at your sense of belonging. For a while there, you felt fragmented and out of control. At times, though, it takes such drastic action to force the Sagittarian hand. When you fall into a rut and refuse to instigate change, the cosmos will do it for you. This next year continues to encourage physical, mental and spiritual renewal - but this time with you as an active contributor. Many outworn attitudes are traded for ideals more relevant to the present. Though work may demand much more commitment, you're rewarded with unprecedented success. You also have enough planetary diversions of offer to promise an unusual romantic adventure. And with your confidence on the rise, you voluntarily return to the social scene. Welcome back, Sagittarius. You've been missed.
You're hard-loving this year, no question. If provoked, you'll take no prisoners, and lovers soon learn to avoid your wrath. Expect a dynamite summer, which promises more than the occasional flirtation. Someone could even be special to the point of keeping. Late 2009 slows up the production line. You've had your flings and thoroughly enjoyed them, but now you want a chance to settle down. Should work pressures increase, passions may decline. If some relationships start to slip through your fingers, you must ask yourself why. Despite your allure, you can be equally self-absorbed - perhaps not deliberately, but the result is just as destructive. When the Sagittarian mind and soul wanders, they have a habit of straying well out of reach - leaving loved ones feeling lost and abandoned.
This year brings golden opportunities. Relationships, career and finances have all suffered a severe reality check of late. Looking back, though, you recognise that each challenge has been a valuable lesson learnt. As a means of reward, Jupiter sets about restoring considerably more than was forfeited. As soon as January, you start to be showered with good fortune. With the courage of your convictions also onside, others' opinions won't matter. You'll be more yourself, making few apologies for your actions or beliefs. Extract yourself from everyone's beck and call in July and give them some quick lessons in self-management. You have better things to plan - possibly a step up the career ladder. As your birthday approaches, make a wish - you just may get it. An old friend or love returns to surprise you.
Restless Sagittarians usually have eccentric diet and health habits to match. And when you're besieged with a set of less than happy circumstances, the signs quickly show. Fatigue is common, as is insomnia or nervous tension. You can self-remedy, but prevention is better than cure. This year calls for minimal stress.
Believing in yourself. The more you affirm your personal power and strength, the more likely you are to achieve your very best. And that's enough.
Key Words: Structure, sensual, aspiring, calculating, determined.
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Colours: Black and greys
Guardian Angel: Cassiel, Angel of Learning
Karmic purpose: TO OVERSEE
If a job needs doing, ask a Capricorn. Highly principled and ambitious, you achieve more than most. Financially, you need status, but it's not just riches and power you crave - respect and recognition are equally important. Your sign is also best known for following the path of the tried and true. Capricorn is cautious and self-demanding - often too much so. Despite your tremendous perseverance, you can worry to the point of exhaustion. Ease off the pressure and venture beyond the familiar, or you may occasionally miss life's rarer moments. In relationships, you're generous and faithful - as long as the feelings are reciprocated. Even then, you find that expressing your innermost emotions can be difficult. And once your mind's made up, it can be difficult - if not impossible, for others to change it. Though some find this single-mindedness frustrating, others are seduced by such strength of character and determination. Therein lies your secret.
Gather in resources, Capricorn: it's a year for disciplined work. Though January may feel sluggish, soon after your unique talents come to the fore. Thinking processes fall into a more logical pattern, and projects finally get the attention they deserve. Travel is also likely this year. As is good fortune. Still it's said that, more often than not, luck is opportunity meeting initiative. So gain the upper hand before someone beats you to it. And imagine the almost unlimited opportunities that arise when you meet someone on exactly the same wavelength - a definite possibility right now. And you needn't travel too far to find this potential soul mate. After October, however, it wouldn't hurt to be more aware of your motivations, especially before taking on extra work. An enthusiastic Sun has a cute way of making you over commit, so think twice before making promises you can't keep.
For a sign that prefers composure to chaos, you've been truly unnerved by the intensity of your emotions lately. You've struggled with suspicion, incertitude and anger. Let's face it, you've struggled. Difficult times, for someone who is used to being in control. Of course, you've grown as a person, but that's little consolation when feeling lonely. The good news is that you will love again - next time with more passion, and less inhibitions. More importantly, you won't settle for anything less than the best. Surviving partnerships will benefit from a growing strength and stability. Singles: the cosmos notes your preference for adventure and tries not to disappoint. But there's an element of unpredictability that comes with such a deal. While spontaneity adds excitement, it can rob you of the security you need.
Shake off all self-doubt, Capricorn. You're entering a new professional phase, and a busy one at that. You're urged to take a gamble, which could mean a new job or a change of occupation. If this sounds unnerving, that's understandable. Take comfort in the knowledge that this is the planets' way of encouraging success. Remember, too, that the universe never gives out more than you can handle. What's more, no one copes with a challenge better than you - particularly when you're so motivated. With thinking processes clear and precise, use 2009 ahead to embark on new business ventures. And don't be afraid to put your money where your mouth is. Sure, you may spend a little extra, but you're on a winning streak. This should be remembered as a year of great accomplishment.
Few can match your capacity for hard work, though you can be equally prone to stress. And when you feel low, food is a favourite refuge. Capricorns are known to be the chocoholics of the zodiac. The problem? The diet fads that follow, which play havoc with an already sensitive system. Keep this year's pleasures safe and simple.
Realising ambitions. There's no better time for working towards and achieving goals. Don't let the fear of failing stop you from trying.
Key Words: Inventive, unconventional, rebellious, stubborn, erratic.
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Colours: Metallics, turquoise, violet
Guardian Angel: Hermes, the Messenger of God
Karmic purpose: TO KNOW
You're a clever and original thinker, blessed with penetrating vision and an insatiable urge to discover. It's your mission in life to break the mould, be it personal or professional. Sure, there's a respect for tradition, but you're also able to express tried and tested ideas in an avant-garde way. You're a true humanitarian who champions the underdog. Fairness and freedom are your watchwords. What's more, you can initiate ideas and projects that help to solve problems, rather than just relieve them. The emotionally mature Aquarian can be an excellent judge of human nature. You so often hit upon the truth. But you don't like to be contradicted or challenged - once you've made up your mind, it's almost impossible for others to change it. In your attempts to be all things to all people, you're susceptible to overload. No one is perfect, Aquarius. Go easy on yourself and take the occasional break.
This year promises to be an illustrious one, thanks to Jupiter. It's a time of change and activity - particularly regarding the way you look, or being in the public eye. With charm and charisma peaking by October, you're likely to find acceptance in areas previously inaccessible to you. If single, prepare for a veritable parade of admirers. If attached, expect to be especially close to your partner. This is also likely to be a period of travel, learning and gaining new experiences. Under this influence, many benefit from a pay rise, promotion or bonus. Sometimes, though, it can be easy to fritter away the opportunities Jupiter brings, simply because overoptimism can make you take thing for granted. By all means, enjoy the fun and fortune - but be equally determined to plant seeds of success, so that they may grow taller and stronger when your money sector is activated a year from now.
Expect a crash course in what you need from relationships, the main lesson being a realistic view of others. While you could be lucky and meet someone as idealistic as yourself, such individuals are sparse. By May, all relationships promise a new intensity. Singles still searching for that special person, take heart - and look in the least likely places. If already happily involved, May to July is one of those rare times of merged souls and mutual sympathies. It's also a fine time for wedding plans. Established duos move towards deeper commitment. You now know what works best for you as a couple, and are ready to put theory into practice. As a result, next summer offers some of the finest carnal pleasures this year - and the best is yet to come.
It's been said that a small number of individuals can make big changes, and you'll do just that this year. Nothing less than prestige and worthy recompense will cut it now. As early as January, Jupiter delivers a professional pace that's fast and furious. Even if presented with the occasional hurdle, you can relax in the knowledge that you're a stayer who's in for the win. When you believe in yourself, others do too, so hold on to your dreams. Not everything offers immediate rewards, but plans put in motion through 2009 promise plenty of gain by year's end. In the meantime, love features strongly in the workplace, and luxuries aren't exactly off the agenda either. Ditto for business trips - first class, of course. Live life to the full, Aquarius.
By now, you should realise that your body is meant to be a temple and not some den of iniquity. If minor ailments are on the rampage, this this unsubtle hint as a warning to clean up your act. This year asks you to do your body a favour - combine a sensible, balanced diet and moderate exercise with relaxing meditation.
Volunteering. No matter how small or large your kindness, it will be received with true gratitude. Give, unconditionally.
Key Words: Mysterious, gentle, sensitive, psychic, ethereal.
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Colours: Sea green, silver
Guardian Angel: Asariel, Angel of Mystery
Karmic purpose: TO INSPIRE
Compassionate, gentle and mysterious, you are generally guided by your feelings. Emotion often replaces reason, ad you're blessed with uncannily accurate instincts. But to argue or even debate with you can be frustrating. Your intellect tends to skate over contradictions, and you can be infuriatingly vague or indecisive. Moods are equally changeable. Ardent one minute, ambivalent the next. You love to fantasise and can easily drift into another world: a favourite "escape hatch" when times get too tough. Ideas, however, can be brilliant. Language has a special meaning for you, particularly when expressed through poetry, song or story. Many Pisceans find it difficult to let go of the past, and can suffer from low self-esteem - probably because you worry about your own worth or the validity of what you do. Once you stop seeing everything through an ultra-sensitive veil, yours is a true potential for genius.
2009 encourages you to be as ambitious as you like, but keep those dreamy Piscean feet firmly planted on solid ground. You should also watch your spending and allow plenty of time to reach your goals. Let common sense rule your wallet and your pace. Most of you have been in debt for a while now. The cosmos says "enough". So put any good advice or sudden influxes of cash to good use. While you're busy clearing financial burdens, also discard any remnants of self doubt. A big ask, perhaps, after last year's traumas. But you have survived and emerged stronger and wiser. Send this message loud and clear to all those who would steer you away from your true path. You may also be more inclined towards the esoteric dimensions of life. Meditation, yoga or any form of counselling should work to your advantage. You may even feel more spiritually protected - and you are.
Always the romantic, you enjoy love. Lust too. Just as well, as for even the shyest Pisceans, May seems particularly keen to play sexual broker. It's around this time that your mystery and natural charisma are at their most appealing. In August, the past gets back in closer touch. Mercury sees this intimate theme continue into September. But if you're given a chance to begin a promising new chapter, guard your secrets. Not everyone is as forgiving as you. November promises passion, with the odd clash of egos thrown in for good measure. Rapture or wreckage, you're in for a raunchy time. Perhaps it's a good thing when late summer calls for a review of your antics. A possible change in relationships could be the fitting end to an unpredictable year.
This year is your chance to do something very different. From here on in, you're on a new trajectory that's bound to alter many of your present values. If you want a culprit, look no further than Jupiter. Luckily, you're in good hands as the push is positive. Around April you'll find yourself striking a turning point, with the cosmos keen to throw you optimistic challenges. Although this may mean having to shed some of your resentments, in their place arrives a surge of opportunities that could trail blaze a path towards unequalled success. There's promise of new roles, travel or even promotion. After October, it becomes easier to take a well-earned break, perhaps with a contact made through work. Saturn suggests that you choose somewhere private, far from prying eyes.
A healthier regime is advised for 2009, especially if work commitments increase. Understandably, the busier you are, the less hours there seem to be for exercise and proper food preparation. But these are the factors you can't afford to neglect. Don't let your vitality drip, as full recovery can take longer than you'd like.
Knowing that you can do anything you set your mind to. Let go of restraints; imagine new possibilities. Life has a way of delivering.