Will you find the love you’ve been waiting for, or move to the country you aspire to? As the New Year 2017 dawns, Anisha Banerji looks for answers to these questions
Ask yourself an important question
March 20 – April 19
I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright
I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
Cos I don’t care too much for money, and money can’t buy me love
So sang the Beatles in Can’t Buy Me Love. Maybe, they had plenty of money so it didn’t matter, but then again, maybe there is truth to what they said. The tone of the year is quieter and gentler. Which in itself could be a tall ask since Mars, your ruling planet, will be playing tug of war for most of the year. Look at 2017 as a year of asking yourself some pertinent questions: Do I enjoy my work? Does my relationship bring me happiness? What do I need to change in my life to make things better? Keep your ears and eyes open mid-year onwards for new opportunities and explore them. For the first half of the year, take it easy when trying new exercise regimes and diets.
October will be the month of business negotiations and bonuses. Jupiter carries on being in your house of relationships till this month. This is the period that’s conducive to partnering and/or winning public approval. Some of you may tie the knot. There are benefits to be enjoyed through business partnerships, marriage and contractual agreements.
Guidance for the year: Focus on cooperation and collaboration, both, in business and personal dealings.
Tempted to detach? Instead, connect
April 19 – May 20
The focus this year is on new work opportunities and projects. Be careful of power struggles in financial and personal engagements. Lessons in intimacy and shared resources could present themselves. Look at these as opportunities to transform yourself. Post November, things will ease at work. The realisation that there’s no point having a great personal life if your professional life is a mess and vice versa could emerge mid-year. You may feel the need to detach and spend some time alone, but it’s a better use of energy if you open yourself to others and connect. Taking a break from home and getting out for a while could be useful.
Jupiter indicates that from October, you are more likely to establish or solidify a significant partnership. A partner from a different cultural background could expand your world view. Relationships entered into at this time will tend to be successful and happy. Financial benefits could come through these partnerships. Legal matters or a challenging relationship from the past can be resolved, and more casual disputes settled. You may find yourself taking on the role of consultant or advisor. You can expect good publicity this year, especially if your work takes you before the public.
Guidance for the year: Relationships and partnerships can benefit if you infuse them with warm energy.
Try new health goals, you’ll achieve them
May 20 – June 20
The focus this year is on communication and work. It will not be about what you say, but how you say it. Being articulate, specific and transparent with others will help create new opportunities and win you favours at work. Avoid office gossip and stay neutral. It’s a time to network, make amends and let bygones be bygones. Focus on creating a positive work environment. Sign up for online seminars and courses that can help your work. You may feel overwhelmed so don’t try to do everything on your own. Reach out, collaborate and don’t hesitate to ask for favours. It’s a year for hiring and getting hired, too. You will find more enjoyment in the work you do, and it will be easier than usual to find employment.
It’s a year of making new health resolutions, adopting a novel diet and fitness plan. If all along, you have struggled with a certain health problem, this is the time to successfully achieve new goals. Significant relationships with others are the focus as well. You are encouraged to ‘spring clean’ areas of your life that concern one-to-one relationships.
Mid year work picks up, especially so for creative ventures. Stay focused on your skill set and passion, and watch opportunities appear.
Guidance for the year: Take an initiative when it doesn’t seem like you can. And doors will open for you.
Slip off those rose-tinted glasses
June 20 – July 22
It’s a year of major movement. Some of you may move cities/countries or change homes. Opportunities to buy or sell real estate for financial gain may present itself. Focus is on stability, inner contentment and balance. At the beginning of the year, even though you are tempted to wear your heart on your sleeve and rush into a whirlwind romance, know that it may be over quickly. You can’t change everything in an instant. Processes take time. Sure, do what you can to hurry it all, but if you push too hard, you’ll work against your own interest. This year, see people and work situations for what they are without glossing over the facts. You may be ignoring facts right under your nose.
Investments in stocks and other speculative instruments could earn good profit. Healthy risks are likely to pay off, but be careful of overconfidence. At work, you are required to be more structured and organised than usual. Make lists, double check them and make sure you aren’t missing something. God is in the details. This year, take frequent breaks in the midst of nature to collect your thoughts and calm your nerves.
Guidance for the year: Remember the old saying: ‘the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Have faith, in yourself, your dreams and don’t give up.
You may want to swallow your pride for peace
July 22 – August 22
It’s a laying-the-financial-foundation year. Your focus is on long-term security and wellness for yourself and your family. Take a good look at what you hold dear. You may find yourself asking the question, is it really worth it? Travel could also be a part of your job, possibly to a new city or country, or at the very least you should receive new assignments that will be well worth the effort. Working hard could see you caught in a power struggle. Be prepared to let your ego rest. The returns will be worth it. Try and stay away from public drama or people who are prone to emotional outbursts. You have all the confidence this year, so brush small irritants aside and go after what you want. While making a commitment or seeking love, ensure you have dealt with past issues lest you find the same pattern repeating. Deal with the regrets that could possibly concern a relationship which had the potential of being more. While you don’t have to apologize for being stubborn, especially while defending a deeply held conviction, but be accountable for the consequences. If what you value is a kinder, more harmonious world, then swallowing your pride for the sake of peace maybe the best way.
Guidance for the year: Put theory into practice. You will demonstrate the power of what you have learned.
It’s a year of gathering accolades
August 22 – September 22
This is the time to take a good, hard look at your expectations. Remember to focus on your real desires; let the small stuff fade away. What makes you unique? How do you handle pride? What are your talents? Have you worked hard enough to feel good about ‘playing hard’? Ask these questions and work towards a purpose. Focus, specify your goal. When you know what to ask for, others become the resources you want them to be.
An increase in income may be accompanied by a rise in expenditure as well. It’s a year of gaining respect in society, although happiness at the family level may be average. Your work will be recognised and your generosity, appreciated. Property related decisions will prove beneficial. Start a new health regime or learn a new skill.
This year, you reach a turning point in relationships. Some of you will get married or break-up. Avoid March and April to start a new romance. Someone from your past may surface around this time. This is the year when you will have a definite sense of what makes you different, and concrete belief in your own talent.
Guidance for the year: If you can shift focus from what you’re doing to how you’re feeling, you’ll see opportunities coming your way.
Time to study, learn and develop a talent
Sept 22 – Oct 23
It’s the year to trade some of the new for the old, to revisit what worked before because it may indicate a wave of the future. Be willing to nurture your relationships with a lot of focus on family attachment. Mid-year, try to avoid the I’m-not-getting-my-due feeling. Practice asking for what you truly want rather than expect people to assume what you need. You may feel that someone else is more powerful than you. Are they calling the shots, leaving you to accept what they choose? Are things really that simple? Learning new and more satisfying ways to address your personal needs and those of others will help. This can mean taking better care of yourself, eating right, and turning the necessities of the daily grind into opportunities of ever-evolving accomplishment. The year holds promise of increase in earning power and value system. Create a work ritual for yourself, especially if you work independently. Try meditation, listening to music before you begin your work and then stick to the ritual. Try not to confuse your self worth your ability to earn or what you materially possess. It’s a year to study, learn and develop your talent, which will boost your earning power. End of 2017 will see you strengthen your identity, and explore your roots.
Guidance for the year: If progress feels slow, or if the going gets rough, remind yourself of where you are travelling to.
You’ll welcome life with a can-do attitude
Oct 23 – Nov 21
It’s a year of fun, creativity and love, especially for those who work to ‘create’ anything, and not just in the field of the arts. Promoting yourself and your work will hold you in good stead, so go ahead and put yourself out there and let others know of your accomplishments. You could decide to go in a new direction, sometimes quite suddenly, or be offered something that makes you rethink the path you are on. Evaluating your commitment to your long-term goals and whether or not your goals are aligned with what you want, will give you the success you desire. From October onwards, you welcome life with a fresh, can-do attitude. There will be a sense of faith that the Universe has your back.
Health will stay stable. It can be a great period for improving your ability to express ideas and communicate clearly. This year can be full of new opportunities, experiences’ be open to everything you have in front of you. You may be more optimistic and look for the silver lining in every cloud.
Guidance for the year: You’ve been in a chrysalis of your own making and, though it has served you well, it’s now time to grow. Become the beautiful butterfly you were always meant to be.
Remember that love is about give-and-take
Nov 21 – Dec 21
You are moving into a period when you may spend some time rethinking what you want to get out of the way. You have the opportunity to tweak, trim, or even redesign the way you appear both, physically and personality-wise. Mid-year, the focus will shift to relationships and travel. This will be a year where you may have to deal with a lot of emotional intensity, which could throw you off gear. Just keep in mind, love is give-and-take, and you will be fine. As much as you prize your freedom and carefreeness, love in 2017 might throw up some puzzles that leave you scratching your head. There will be a need to form a deeper bond with the people in your life. Anything superficial won’t work. Benefits in areas of joint finances, shared resources, loans, taxes, sexuality, intimacy, healing, personal transformation are indicated. Towards the end of 2017, you will find yourself coming to terms with power struggles. It’s a time of working within your limitations and finding creative solutions. You have an understanding that there’s little to be gained by staking your claim or wanting credit. It’s a year conducive for in-depth study or
research. You seem determined to take stock of your health. There are going to be habits that you might consciously
Guidance for the year: Re-set your life. Adopt an opportunity to restart, review and redo. Be your most authentic self.
If you’re the boss or manager, stay flexible
Dec 21 – Jan 19
This is a time of implementation and execution of ideas and plans that you thought of last year. Whether it concerns love or work, be brave, bold and embrace a fresh perspective to things, not tried earlier. You will have more control over areas of your life where you may have experienced a power tussle earlier. Money carries on being the focus in 2017 as well. As long as you remember that cooperation and collaboration are the key to your success, you will sail through. Keep hypersensitivity at bay and don’t worry about being sidelined. On the flip side, you could become overly demanding, and if you’re a boss/manager, you need to take it easy. July is excellent for proposing to a loved one and committing. If you need to travel with your partner, now would be a great time to do it. Health matters could surface for some. Love issues mid-year could see you preoccupied and knowing your dislike for drama, you won’t be pleased with close partners behaving erratically. Stay focused and remember compassion goes a long way. Don’t take things at face value and be accountable for the direction your life takes this year.
Guidance for the year: Find common ground and you will be able to re-energise your relationships.
Mid-year is time for beginnings and ends
Jan 19 – Feb 18
It’s a year of accumulating information and developing your mental prowess to help you prepare yourself for the future. Keep your expectations in check, dear Aquarians. As much as you want to go out and change the world, it will require considerable effort on your part to see your plans come through. Don’t get bogged down if you meet initial resistance. Remind yourself how badly you want it and the results will be worth the effort. June indicates the blossoming of an unconventional love relationship, so if you’re single, this is definitely something to look forward to. You would be drawn to people who may be radically different from you. Welcome them with open arms, it’s the time to shake off some dust and experience the new. Even though, this may not be an ever-lasting love, the experience will be potent. Mid-year is also a time for beginnings and endings, so maybe a project ends and a new one may start; change is in order for sure. Stay flexible.
You will find success with anything to do with technology. At work, you will find colleagues seeking you out for advice to launch/begin a business. For those of you looking for work, target the technology/software industry.
Guidance for the year: Put yourself on a schedule and practice, practice, practice. This is a time for ambition and discipline.
Don’t feel sorry for someone from the past
Feb 18 – March 20
As much as I love John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s solo efforts, magic was created when they collaborated. And this is the theme for you in 2017, which is applicable both to work and love. As much as you love to dream and live in a parallel world, this year is about opening your eyes. Mid-year, there could be some confusion around your a romantic relationship and cause some drama. Have patience and avoid haste. Your intense sensitivity may be a trial but it’s your greatest asset. If you trust it and nurture your sincere desire to do the best in every situation, things will turn out fine. Remember, no one is perfect, not even you — rather than feel dejected, be the love you desire.
Work picks up from October. You will be collecting accolades and upping your credibility. Help others, but this year, watch your own back first. A tendency to feel sorry for someone from the past could see the person playing with your emotions. For those of you looking for a change of job or move countries, this is a great time. Opportunity to create wealth could see some of you taking on multiple jobs/freelancing with sundry business partners. Money will come through partnership. For a lot of Pisceans, travel will bring creative ideas besides working as a stress buster. It’s also a year to renew your health vows.
Guidance for the year: Persevere. There’s a cosmic plan at work for you and, despite the stops and starts, your destination is sweet.
The writer is a tarot reader, astrologer and blogger. Reach TarotbyAnisha on her YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/tarotbyanisha