New Moon of Quiet Ambition

By Holiday Mathis

January 14, 2018 6 min read

This week welcomes the first new moon of the year, a lunar influence of electrifying, if quiet, ambition. Life unfolds like a swift kick wherever it's most needed to get some forward momentum. Inspiration may come from surprising places. The one who will catalyze your dormant potential may be someone you love, someone you want to impress, someone you fear or someone you want a victory over.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Relaxation is not the same for every person. Some love to relax with others, having casual conversation. Some like a massage, others music, still others silence and solitude. Knowing and honoring your own way of settling down will ultimately help you put forth your best effort when it's time to get to work.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are those who find most social settings the opposite of relaxing, so much so that they have to coax themselves into even the most ordinary exchanges. Your most useful talent this week will be in sensing the comfort level of others and doing your best to help people out wherever they are.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Silver spoons come with their own metallic taste, whereas the far less expensive stainless steel option is widely preferred for its noninterference with flavor. There are many other instances when the cheaper option is actually the best one this week. You'll make good on such things several times over.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). An ambitious part of you feels like if you're not attempting the impossible, then you're not doing enough. Relatedly, as you learn to do what many others are already doing well, you get the sneaking suspicion that there's something better out there for you. Go on and stretch into the realm of the extraordinary.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Because of the usual conditioning, most assume their animal desires are somehow the basest part of being human. Many desires are indeed low, though some animal impulses are sacred drives inspired by better angels. This week will bring inclinations both low and high, plus the wisdom to tell the difference.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Feelings of trepidation can be interpreted many ways. The fear might be compared to a fire alarm, which is, for most people, a signal to run from the building. For firemen, the alarm is a signal to run into the building. This week's scenario isn't nearly as dire. React according to your equipment, skill set and role.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There's a slow-motion dance occurring between you and a subject of great potential. It's starting to require an unsustainable amount of restraint. Decisions will be made as to the direction and speed this trajectory should take, if it continues at all. Whether you decide or it's decided for you, it will turn out well for you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Trust is not one blanket thing to all people. It speaks to specific and individualized expectations. No one is completely trustworthy or untrustworthy. Rather, people learn exactly what they can and can't trust one another to consistently do. This week you will come to a better understanding of what to expect.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will find beauty wherever you are. Whether you're under the cathedral arches or in the service elevator. There's comfort in the sound of people calling out, also in the buzz of electric heaters. There is poetry in the ordinary tension of a grocery store line. There are songs in the blur of a passenger window.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). How many friends do you want? How close? How frequently do you connect? These answers are different for everyone. The logistics of a good match can be just as important as deeper factors. This week you'll understand more about your criteria and you'll find friends who fit the bill.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Animals don't steal. They do not recognize ownership of things. Rather, they recognize who is in possession of things and will then assess the risk of possessing what they want when opportunity arises. This week you will think of what you want from many points of view including moral, ethical and animal.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The obstruction in the path of peace usually falls under the category of "ego." Remove or reduce ego to create a two-lane road. Then, even those traveling in opposite directions can get places without incident. Peace is a simple accomplishment, yet many are unable to accomplish it. What about you?

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: It's not that you're more serious about life; it's just that you trust it more. Your new trust is fed by the compassion you feel and give freely in relationships. This love will grow a deep root, keeping you connected to and energized by your experiences. Start intriguing work this month and it will develop quickly and by sheer serendipity. State your financial and materialistic desires in March and sort out your reasons. There are many who will benefit from the fruition of your wishes.

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