Look, New Year’s Eve is jam packed with so many expectations, it can make your head spin. The only good part of the holiday is, it offers us the chance to start over. Truthfully, we can start over any day, but New Year’s Day just has a special ring to it. It just feels new. (Maybe it has something to do with the name.) Astrologers flock to the internet to give their predictions about what the new year has in store for every sign, but I believe astrology is better used as a tool for understanding ourselves. That way, our future is in our hands rather than in the stars. Every zodiac sign has qualities that are beneficial and qualities that are challenging. Based on those qualities, here are some possible New Year’s resolutions for each and every zodiac sign:
Aries: Slow down
I know better than to tell an Aries what to do, not because you’re stubborn, but because you’ve probably already chosen what your resolution will be. You love a challenge so much that you waste all your energy at the beginning of the race, and six months from now, you’ll forget what your New Year’s resolution was. My advice in 2017 for Aries is to just slow down. Set an intention, and rather than racing to the finish line, face every challenge along the way with patience and persistence. Don’t give up the moment you encounter any frustrations.
Taurus: Just do it
It’s one of the best marketing slogans ever written, and the reason I chose it for you, Taurus, is because you’re so damn set in your ways that you tend to wait for the motivation to kick in before taking a step in the right direction. The truth is, if you move a muscle, you can change your thoughts. So, instead of waiting until you feel like doing something, this will be the year that you do something regardless of whether or not you feel like it, as long as it’s something that makes sense for you.
Gemini: Stop seeking justice on social media
Gemini, the internet is a mental illness. It’s a mental illness you can catch, if you try to cure it. You cannot change the minds of others by shaming them into seeing things your way, by lecturing or by flat-out name-calling (cough Trump cough). So, just stop. I know communication is your thing, being ruled by the planet of communication and technology, so I wouldn’t dare suggest an outright removal of yourself from these outlets. But, I would suggest transferring your more private thoughts onto a more private platform, like a journal. By the end of the year, you might just have the makings of a book.
Cancer: Learn to be your own parent
Cancer, you’re a sensitive sign, ruled by the moon, and moody AF. When things go wrong, you drop to your knees and yell, “WHY ME?” as though the universe is your mother, and she’s cut you off from breastfeeding. (Pardon the comparison, but Cancers are known for having mom issues.) I would suggest that you stop seeking comfort outside yourself in 2017, Cancer. You should try to do this with compassion for all that you’ve been through and all you have to look forward to, now that you’re no longer depending on anyone but yourself for support.
Leo: Chase after what you want
Leo, whatever thing you are thinking about doing, but are scared of — either to protect your pride or because of your fear of the consequence — go after it. Don’t let your pride get in the way. Whether it’s making that move back home or letting go of that relationship even after you’ve bought the wedding dress, chase after what you really want. Giphy There’s a voice inside that is screaming at you to listen, and if you’ve been upset this past year, that’s natural because it feels horrible to ignore yourself. Screw your pride, and go for the thing that voice is telling you to go for.
Virgo: Let go of resolutions
Virgos are always so busy refining and fine-tuning themselves that my best suggestion would be to put down your toolbox and see what happens if you just stop with the constant critiquing. At a certain point, it can sabotage your own sanity. I was about to suggest that you try to stop offering criticism to others so much, but since you spend so much time criticizing yourself, Virgo, you honestly think you’re being helpful. It would be interesting to see what happens to your interpersonal relationships when you really let go of this habit. You might find they go a lot more smoothly.
Libra: Practice saying no
Libra, 2016 was a year for you of personal and professional expansion, with Jupiter (the planet of luck) in your sign. You’ve probably learned a thing or two about what you’re capable of, and going into 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to continue reaping what you sow. The important thing to know is what does and doesn’t work for you. So, don’t worry about hurting the feelings of those around you by speaking up when you find yourself in a position you don’t like. Speak up, and say no. It will be the beginning of your continual liberation.
Scorpio: Practice saying yes
Scorpio, when I say practice saying yes, I don’t mean doing things you don’t want. What I mean is, taking all that energy you put into worrying about the future, the people around you and outside circumstances beyond the reach of your control, and putting that energy toward accepting people, places and things exactly the way they are. You are ruled by the planets Mars (action) and Pluto (power), and their pull on you is extremely powerful. They also make it much easier to do whatever it is you set your mind to. What it takes most people three years to do, you can do in one. So, use that power to soften yourself, and see if you gather any wisdom from it that you previously haven’t made yourself available to receive.
Sagittarius: Practice some restraint
Sagittarians are known for trying to do it all. They have so much to say, so much to do and so many places, ideas and things to explore that they could benefit from delegating some tasks this year. You may have been establishing yourself independently, with most of your focus on your career, but by allowing — even asking — others to help, you will learn more than you possibly could by doing it all on your own.
Capricorn: Change your attitude about abundance
Capricorn, you are a sign that is so concerned with money that you often fail to see how abundance reveals itself in so many other ways. In truth, money is just one way that abundance shows up in your life. It also shows itself in small kindnesses extended to you, in the talents you’ve been given and in the experiences you grab ahold of. Giphy My advice to Capricorns is to acknowledge that abundance and to see how much richer you feel, regardless of what’s in your bank account. If anything, this will release some of the power your beliefs about money have over you.
Aquarius: Get in touch with your fear
Fear can be a wonderful thing for Aquarians, who can be overly cautious and even a little paranoid. This is because of your planetary ruler Uranus, the planet of sudden change and instability. The reason I’d suggest getting in touch with your fear is because it’s a great indicator that you’re choosing to believe in a reality you don’t prefer. By recognizing what you’re truly afraid of and the motivations behind your fear, you can then change your beliefs through the actions you take. You’re an Aquarius, so change should be very exciting for you.
Pisces: Choose what you want without invalidating everything else
Pisces, you’re a very spiritual sign, and you have a greater than average ability to change your reality using the power of your mind because you understand the power that beliefs have in creating reality. So, I would use that power to attract whatever it is you prefer this year without judging the alternative. In other words, when something happens that you don’t like, instead of saying, “That’s awful!” you can choose to remain neutral about it. That will keep your positivity going all year long. Remember, failure only happens when you’ve given up on a certain intention. As long as you maintain your intentions, you haven’t failed. You’re just enjoying the ride.
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