This month's horoscopes were written in collaboration with Andi Astre (aka Mystic Sandwich)
2018 starts off big with a potent Full Moon/Supermoon in Cancer on the eve of New Year’s Day. Cancer brings us home to ourselves and our closest peeps, blessing us with cozy, nurturing vibes and reminding us that self-care, rest, and retreat are essential; especially in January, as all of 2018 sees a real emphasis in Capricorn—Cancer’s polarity. Capricorn fosters ambition, dedication, discipline, and commitment, especially in the realms of career, public presence, and contributions to society. In 2018, the astrology offers us opportunities to get organized, refine our long-term plans, and truly become the authorities of our own lives, as we manifest our purpose and contribute our unique gifts to the world. Many lessons will be learned along the way.
Zodiac illustrations by Katie Maasik
(March 21-April 19)
My unique gifts continue to reveal themselves to me. I honour my originality. There is reason to my natural inclinations, a divinity in that which offers passion and flow. I occupy a place that no one else is qualified for. I am unique, and it is my very uniqueness that is my gift to the world. In my soul I know I am here for a reason, that I have a purpose. I can make a difference—simply by being me by engaging in my passions and cultivating my unique gifts. Sometimes it seems insignificant to simply do what I love, but I see now that if we all contributed in these small ways, the world would be more beautiful. Humanity would heal, and we might find freedom and peace through following the path of joy.
(April 20-May 20)
Much of my thinking, beliefs and assumptions I have inherited from my family, my community, my culture. Like water to a fish, it hasn’t always been possible for me to see my beliefs, as I am immersed in them. But I’m gaining insight. I see more clearly what I believe and why. I used to take my worldview for granted, as obvious, as given. Now I see how it structures my perceptions, my life. And with this awareness, I may now CHOOSE. I may choose to release those beliefs and views I was holding only out of habit. Beliefs that keep me closed off, blocking love, flow and happiness from my life. I may choose to maintain or adopt those beliefs that serve me, that foster love, life and lead to openness, connections and whatever qualities and experiences I desire.
(May 21-June 21)
Because I know my own boundaries, I am able to get close to others. Because I know my limits, I can let others in. Because I respect myself, I can find intimacy. I observe the interplay between self and other and come to a deeper understanding of how they contribute to each other, even how they form each other; there is no self without the other and no other without the self. I am open to healthy interdependence and foster relationships built on mutual respect and care – not on manipulation and deceit. I seek to become aware of even the most subtle tendencies toward control within others and myself so I can grow toward an even healthier and stronger connectedness.
(June 21-July 22)
I value both time alone, and time with friends, lovers and partners. I recognize how much my close relationships nourish me and foster joy, companionship and connectedness. I also recognize that the more I connect with my own self, the more I know who I am and what I need –the more my relationships flourish. When there is tension or conflict within my relationships, I step back and consider the reasons. I see that simply blaming others isn’t helpful and ask, what I can learn? From these reflections, my relationships grow stronger. I clarify the commitments I
desire that feel nourishing, and I hold to those. I see how being true to my word and being present for others is healing and bonding. I watch my relationships grow stronger and ever more loving.
(July 23-August 22)
When I feel the natural inclination to make positive change, I jump on that train. I recognize that there are ebbs and flows in energies and drives. I see that sometimes it is easier to adopt new habits and release old ones. This month when the energies incline toward taking care of my health, adjusting my daily routine, organizing my schedule, I take advantage of those waves. Effortlessly, I change. With ease, I evolve. When I experience health problems or even minor pains or irritations, I see them as loving messages from my body, communicating to me there is something to attend to. I love and respect my physical body, and more and more feel good about taking care of this divine vessel, seeing how self-care nourishes all aspects of me: mind, body and soul.
(August 23-September 22)
When I feel blockages to my creative flow, to my natural self-expression, I step back and reflect. I examine the structures of my mind, my assumptions, my expectations, and consider how I may be getting in my own way. I value myself and the unique gifts I have to offer. I seek to express myself through my desire to create; I wish to contribute to the world in this way. I value pleasure, play and romance. I see that it is just as important to take time for pleasure, as it is to work and be productive. In fact, I see how they contribute to each other, that when I take time to enjoy myself, then when it’s time to work, I’m more effective. This year, I wish to laugh, to play – to experience true joy. And through following this path of joy, my creative self-expression will unfold more fully, naturally, and spontaneously.
(September 23-October 22)
I honour myself by taking time to retreat and reflect. I have more energy when I take time to rest. I’m more effective when I give myself what I need, when I take care of myself, and nurture myself. I understand myself by examining my roots, ancestry and childhood. I gain self- knowledge and wisdom through gaining insight into the connections between my early life and relationships with my parents or caregivers, and my current patterns, mindset, and relationships. I see that as I attend to my depths, I reach greater heights. When I offer myself a grounding foundation of home and family, I’m more prepared to encounter the world, to fulfill my purpose, to contribute to society.
(October 23-November 21)
More and more I become aware of the ways in which my assumptions, expectations, and projections affect my perceptions and experience. I’ve learned that at times when I think someone is judging me or is angry with me, it may be my own self-judgements or anger at myself. I’m learning to communicate rather than make assumptions, to clearly state my needs and feelings. I refine my communication, my perception, my thoughts and see more clearly. I am less bogged down by worries and insecurities. As I clarify my mind and messages, I have more energy and enthusiasm. My relationships grow stronger and more honest, and I experience more joy and happiness.
(November 22-December 21)
I am beginning to see more clearly the connections between my self-worth, my values and sense of abundance. I see that as I value myself, others value me as well. I see that when I affirm that I am deserving, I allow more abundance into my life. I know now that I deserve wealth – as does everyone. That we all deserve to live in richness and that there is plenty enough for everyone. Depriving myself of abundance does not help anyone else to achieve it. I work to heal the wounds of low self-worth. I take a mental inventory and forgive myself for what I perceive as my failings. I love and honour myself. I know I know I am worthwhile. I am a unique, brilliant and divine creation of the universe.
(December 22-January 19)
I am me. I’m done with trying to be anyone else, to be what others want me to be. Done with trying to please others. I am the best I can be when I am myself. I refine my understanding of who I am. I let go of the tired old stories I’ve been telling for so long about who I am, what I’ve done, what I like and think, what my tendencies are; stories that hold me to who I thought I was and keep me from being who I truly am. I invite not knowing. I welcome uncertainty because in the face of the unknown, possibilities multiply. And I am open to the gift of who I truly am, allowing my soul, my higher Self to enter my physical body, to take hold of and move me. I surrender to my own divinity.
(January 19-February 18)
Sometimes I see the vague outlines, like a structure through the mist, of some pattern, some element of who I am that is normally hidden from view. Sometimes I glimpse how I hold myself back, how I get in my own way, how I undermine or even sabotage myself. These hints in the fog are everything. I hold to them, to discover more of their contours, to understand the structure more fully. Sometimes I glimpse one more brick, a corner, a wall. Sometimes, the entire structure reveals itself; I see my patterns, my tendencies. I see how I react, based on assumptions or past traumas. Memories flood forth and I envision myself in a completely new way, a way that enables me to change, to release burdens I’ve been carrying for so long, even lifetimes.
(February 19-March 20)
There are moments when I feel lonely or excluded. Sometimes I feel like an outsider. At times, others just don’t get me. It stings, but I know it’s a necessary experience for one who goes their own way, who lives true to their self rather than following the crowd. There are also moments when I feel welcomed, loved, included – when I feel I belong. When I connect with those who really see me, I see that the more I express my true nature, some people won’t get it, and others will. And these different reactions enable me to find my people, my tribe, my community. I see that even the exclusion is necessary so that I may find inclusion. I come to see even the pain of not belonging as a blessing on the path toward wholeness and belonging.