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Back To Business: How Your Zodiac Sign Can Give You A Head Start This January


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018.

It's time to get down to business. This is welcome news for the Earth signs Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus. Not so much for the fire signs Leo, Sagittarius and Aries who are still hungover from their 31-day-long party this past December. The good news in general is that Mercury is out of retrograde and moving into Capricorn, which can be a productive time for everyone if you take advantage of it. Uranus is direct now in Aries so look out for inspiration and also surprise outbursts of aggression. Everyone take a chill pill this month and remember your anger management techniques!


(December 22- January 19)

"I'll huff and I'll puff..."

Happy Birthday to the climbers of the zodiac!

Congrats! You made it through a crazy end to 2017. It's your season now; take advantage of it. If you were smart, you stayed in last month and made your plans for the new year. Oh silly me, of course, you were smart and planned ahead, you are a Capricorn! You built your house with brick. Now it's time to take over more real estate on the monopoly board, while the wolf is blowing down other people's houses. I'm serious...buy, renovate or sell real estate. Make your move for the promotion. You are coming into your power on all fronts. Don't gloat, just count your money and achievements quietly.


(January 20- February 18)

“Talk to the hand."

Take a deep breath and lean into your fixed sign resolve. You need to do what is practical this month. You can't reinvent the rules of reality right now. I know that's a downer for personal freedom loving Aquarians but it's what is good for you and your business or family. You live within a societal structure and need to remember that everyone has to tow a line at some point. Take care of business. There will be a season for your dreaming soon. Love and beauty dawn in your life starting January 18, so put your lipstick on and get out your paint set, crayon box or whatever inspires you to create. Jan 27-28: fun and travel.


(February 19- March 20)

“A dream is a wish your heart makes."

I love this month for you. Many of the things or circumstances that you've dreamed about are beginning to manifest physically. Just sit in gratitude and apply discipline to your routine. Don't try to control everything or let yourself be overwhelmed, but rather take things one day at a time. You are building the foundation that will support your new job, relationship or lifestyle. These things will appear gradually. Go within and remember the emotional reasons that you asked for these things. Sorry to be so serious, but this is a profound time for you. Jan 27th: watch your temper.


(March 21- April 19)

“Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go."

Structure, routine, duty...yuck! Aries folks don't like to be bored with monotony. But it's time to get it done. Don't try to fight the system...just do what you have to do. It will pay off! Let off steam by working out and beginning new creative endeavors. Start that art hobby, sign up for the triathlon. Don't start a big new work project or business yet. Just dream about it. Action will come later. Watch your temper at home...especially after January 12. Jan 13-14: good energy.


(April 20- May 20)

“Calm after the storm."

It's time to take the boards off your windows...the storm has passed! Get out of your bunker and get back to work! You love routine and after a drought of confidence you finally realize some traction towards your goals. Feel that inner power surge? That's Pluto in Capricorn. This is also a great month to attract a lasting love or reinforce the love you have. Also, it's a good time to buy, sell or renovate your real estate. January 6-9: reorganize your closets, drawers or garage. Jan 15-17: family duty calls.


(May 21- June 20)

“Running through molasses."

You are going to feel held back or like you are in slow motion until January 27. Don't fight this feeling...renovate! Use this time to renovate your home, relationship or body. You could have lots of new ideas or inventions coming through. Write them down but don't worry about implementing them. It's not time yet. Watch what you say...political correctness is important this month. Bored to tears? It's a good month to plan trips for the year, just don't go on any. Jan 18-19: good friendship energy.


(June 21- July 22)


Wow…you are winning the game this month but people may not even notice. Your gifts of strategy, intuition and stealth are favored right now. That's why we call you the chess master. Just like your spirit animal the crab, people may not hear you or see you until you have taken your seat on the throne. Then once you get there you dazzle them with your diplomacy and political savvy. Time to make your move to win the match. Jan 25-26: good love.


(July 23- August 22)

“The harder you work, the luckier you get."

You may feel that the year gets off to a slow start but never fear, by January 27 you will be getting that fiery Leo energy back. This month is about choosing your battles and doing what superiors suggest even if it's frustrating. Keep that Leo stubbornness at bay if you can this January. It's not about the principle of the thing it's about the strategy that is best for your career or family in the long run. Stop bucking the system. Keep your head down and plan your revolution. Your time will come. Best days: Jan 23-24.


(August 23- September 22)

“All clear and ready for take-off."

Finally. The world is right again. Right under your thumb and under your control, that is. A Virgo's happy place is in the cockpit of the plane running everything out of sight from everyone's view. You've been covering your head to avoid the crazy over the last few months. Now it seems everyone understands their place and their duty. You can work with that. Things are so buttoned up that you may even find some spare time to go on a date or give your partner some extra attention, especially during the Taurus moon on Jan 25-26. It's a good month for love!


(September 23- October 22)

“Hangover helper."

Whoa. The party is over. It's the next morning and the light hurts your eyes. All of the optics in your life have changed from magical pink fog to stark black and white. This isn't a bad thing, it's just that Librans like everything in a soft flattering light. It's time to face the music and deal with the realities of the good, the bad and the ugly. Many people mistake a Libra's love for illusion and beauty as a sign of weakness. They're wrong. Librans are willing to plan and work for their dreams. It's time to hit the gym, change jobs or get out of the relationship if it's a mess. Librans can do all of these things with grace if they need to. But please answer one question for the rest of us dear Libra: do you ever perspire? Jan 27-28: bubbly energy.


(October 23- November 21)

“Let them eat cake."

I see you, dear Scorpio. I'm letting the secret out. You are the one who is really running things. You have the ultimate power. You could care less about the attention - you just want the control. Remember that every action has a karmic consequence. It's your choice to serve the dark or the light side of your human nature. Tyranny and revenge hurt you too in the long run. You have so much to give. If you share your abundance with your subordinates, the joy spreads over everyone, especially you. Jan 2-3: mother energy.


(November 22- December 21)

“You got to know when to hold 'em."

You've been winning so many hands lately that your chips have stacked up. What does a gambling Sagittarius do when that happens? She bets it all for the big win! Don't. Please don't. You are still in the game, it's just time to hold back. Watch everyone carefully and take notes (see Scorpio and Cancer above). Strategy is the key right now and you are good at that when you make yourself still. Don't change anything or confront anything until the end of the month. After January 27... strike. January 31st- you're back on top.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.


Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.

I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!

- The Armchair Psychologist

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