Preamble to First New Moon

By Holiday Mathis

January 14, 2018 6 min read

Tuesday's new moon is different from the others that will happen in 2018 and worthy of some forethought. It's not just because it's the first new moon of the year; it's also because the energy of Capricorn is so powerfully organized, ambitious and practical that it would be a shame to waste. Today, brainstorm about what you'll create in 2018.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People don't "have" time or "find" time; we all get the same amount per day. People prioritize events in time, and our lives represent these priorities. Except lately, it doesn't feel as if yours does, so reprioritize.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you assume you know the answer, it will ruin you for asking new and interesting questions. Ignorance leads to wonder, which leads to finding the new gleaming facets of the situation that go missed when one assumes familiarity.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It might be argued that one person cannot provide for all of the needs of another, however amazing that one person may be. Anyway, diversifying your time among friends will help you appreciate those nearest to you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). People say "we should get together sometime" when they are interested in each other but can't quite figure out how to continue or when they have no intention of seeing each other ever again.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Maybe it's too much for you to take it on faith, but it really is getting better, so relax! Focus on one way in which it's improving. Relax more. Focus on another improvement. This is how to get there in comfort.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You deserve the best support you can get. Fickle and judgmental support isn't support at all. Bottom line, if they aren't rooting for you, then they aren't on your team.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Friends and family have influence over your roles in life. They see you a certain way, and you behave accordingly. People who don't know you may provide a bit of enlightenment for you that others who are close to you cannot.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You want to live fully, not virtually. Screen time changes people. It's an excellent day to keep yourself in check in regard to how often you involve yourself with powerful glowing objects.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). While winning someone over, you'll make the effort to please and entertain — a kindness that shouldn't have to end once you earn favor. Continued efforts are the mark of class, i.e., valuing the right things in life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will only discuss others in the way you would want yourself discussed. By following this one rule, you will avoid trouble and create a more charming presence all at once.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You will attract helpful people. You don't even have to look for them. What you're up to is so interesting that it will draw the curiosity of people who absolutely won't be able to resist helping you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The ones who have experienced acute loss will go to great lengths to avoid it going forward. This is why they may take too much, consume too much and need too much. Give them time to heal. When they do, they'll need less.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 14). The way you recognize, understand and handle feelings (yours and others') is the strength you will ride to the top ranks of the arena you most want to rule. You'll wind up in unexpected and awesome places in the name of love and friendship. Moves and sales come with a mental shift about ownership. Libra and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 7, 20, 25 and 18.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: This week's cosmic excitement centers around the first new moon of the year. The Capricorn new moon is unique in its powerful practicality. It's like the personal assistant who can help you make your wildest dreams come true by making a few phone calls. It's the reality show makeover that skips through the demolition process to wind up neatly at the glorious "after" shots as though all the work were magically accomplished in the span of a commercial break. Of course, work is always work, and magic is largely illusion, but also falling into that "illusion" category is memory — history, any kind of story, really. Why not yours? You won't even remember the work; this week will be such a blur. Much will happen at the intersection of will, strength and a smart plan.

The second transit of interest is the grand entrance Venus makes in Aquarius. You thought you loved your devices before? It's a passionate affair in the weeks to come, as Aquarius will show you how technology can rock your world and improve your life in ways you never would have thought possible. Just be sure to look up every once in a while.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to Jason Bateman, whose Hollywood stock is rising by the hour these days. The producer and star of the highly acclaimed "Ozark" series will appear next month in the comedy "Game Night," about a group of friends who meet regularly for game night and find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Having one's sun, Venus and Pluto in Capricorn is the mark of a mogul.

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