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The year begins at a heightened level of conflict. Argument and dispute is everywhere and there seems little possibility for common ground. Fortunately the cycle is largely temporary, although there is the potential for escalation into real problems for the ruling party. The ANC have been trying to avoid a split but this month the rifts begin to widen irrevocably. An opposition party gets a boost when a prominent person declares support.
In the grandstands of sport and entertainment the strength lies in keeping this local. Matches played on home grounds will have the best hope for success. A conservative approach is needed in coaching to build on known strategies that work. Teams need a foundation to build on, a new year demands a new start.
You may be craving some stability and predictability but it's just not the right time for it, and besides, the changes happening in your life this month might be unnerving and unpredictable, but they will bring new opportunities and possibilities. You will be meeting new people, making new friends and discovering new possibilities. Reassess your friendships and acquaintances and be willing to let go of people who no longer play a meaningful role in your life; the more you are willing to remove the old to make way for the new in all areas of life, the better the result will be.
The year starts off rather challenging and you will need to be disciplined, stick to basics and be careful with all the responsibilities you are taking on. A radical rethink is needed. You need to ditch all the stuff that belongs to others and concentrate on setting up things which might not show results right now, but can develop new possibilities as the year unfolds. Don't expect everything to go according to plan, though. You will have to deal with people more powerful than yourself and be forced to make some changes you didn't expect (until you read this!).
When things are too tough at the office your personal life will be the perfect reminder that all is well. There are plenty of opportunities to branch out in new directions and a little willingness to do new and exciting things together is all it will take to make this the most rewarding part of your life right now.
Family relationships are also in the spotlight. The demands of siblings and others in your own generation will demand energy that you can't really afford to give. Be clear where your responsibilities lie and guard your boundaries.
Being behind the scenes and keeping your own counsel could probably be considered a standard feature of your sign if you didn't spend the other half of the time stubbornly getting your own way. This month you need to take a step back and let someone else take charge, even when you think you're right. Listen to the feedback you are getting because nobody will take you seriously unless you bring your plans and ideas down to a more practical level – something that shouldn't be too hard for you.
This is one of those occasions when you need to take a few steps back in order to make progress. This could be as radical as bringing some goals or methods to an end and rethinking entire strategies. It may even be necessary to admit some kind of defeat. Don't lose heart, you are making way for new opportunities to open up, and they will. Pay special attention to those that come from unlikely and far-off places, and shake yourself out of your 'safe' Taurean ways to explore how the internet can help your business.
A shake up is needed in your life and it seems as if your personal relationships are where it is going to come from. The usual benefits are there – security and support – but there are some issues you need to confront to keep things going in the right direction. Don't be shy, stay focused and to the point, avoid feeling sorry for yourself or looking for sympathy and you will find that instead of causing damage you will be clearing obstacles to greater personal growth (and a lot more fun and pleasure).
Worrying about everyone else's happiness comes naturally to you, but what is not such a natural or beneficial response is to make sacrifices because of how you think they are feeling, or worse, because they're twisting your arm. Between all the demands coming from all sides, the best strategy of all is to escape if you can. Whether you manage the full Houdini of getting away completely before anyone realises where you have gone, or even if it's just ensuring you get a good dose of quality time alone, retreat is called for.
Ah, that special edition of Murphy's Law that exists just for you: just as the world is ready to go along with your plans and make it all happen, you are distracted by too much on your plate and your energy being scattered and dissipated. Changing that will be easier said than done, but if you start by taking a few steps back to finish some old business and fix the things that weren't done properly last month, you'll be about ready to get the year going properly in time for February.
There could be some tension in your personal life because you're so insistent on being right or sticking to your guns, but this is a better time to be conceding some defeat – even if it's just a wise strategy for keeping the peace. On the other hand, some Geminis have spread themselves too thin and now your hands are full of the responsibilities you have to your partner and others, which amounts to trying to keep all of the people happy all of the time. We all know how that ends. Make the effort to balance one of your goals with one that belongs to your partner and you'll walk the fine line successfully.
You will need to rely on others for quite a lot this month, from practicalities like money or other physical resources all the way to acknowledgement and opportunity. Your resistance to this position could be a disadvantage – this is a time to concede that help is required, and to accept whatever comes your way. This is not about charity, though, it is about them (and you) investing in you. There are opportunities and pathways that are opening up this month, and a little assistance now means that you will be in a much stronger and independent position by next month.
Even though you'll need a team to ensure that your plans can succeed it will take some effort to get everyone to agree and cooperate. The challenge is to find interesting and persuasive ways to share your vision and to convince others that you know how to get there. Actually, the better strategy is to allow others to give input and ideas and to be willing to think outside of the box and do something radically different. Take a few steps back. Let go of your precious plans and see how creating a collective goal will help you inspire others to their own successes.
When it comes to your emotional side, you know yourself to be so sensitive that you might be assuming that automatically connects you to your partner and lets them know how you feel. Not. Listen to the feedback, this is one of those times that others find it hard to read you emotionally and may even accuse you of being cold or more interested in your friends than your significant other. Allow yourself to be needy, admit when you are feeling overwhelmed. This is the chance to take your relationship to new heights by letting you partner take the upper hand.
Sometimes, being part of the gang can be a welcome break from the usual leadership role you take. Actually, you're not as behind the pack as it might seem, as yours is a teaching role this month. You'll need to challenge the rules and perhaps draw some criticism, but there are all sorts of gains to be made. Think about what your heart desires the most, add a dash of reality, considering how you will need help from others to get it, and it won't take long before a few dreams come true.
Focusing on your heart's desire doesn't always mean that these goals align with what needs to happen at work, and that is precisely the balancing act you're going to have to manage. You can still achieve a lot if you narrow your focus and concentrate on one work goal and one personal goal, but you will need to fight the desire to manage everything yourself. Take advantage of the opportunity to delegate some of the work, and stay open to a woman who seems to want to help.
You can really start the year on a high note if you focus on all your relationships, especially your most significant one. There are great times to be had by making someone else the most important item on your agenda this month, and probably a few collateral benefits. That would be great if it wasn't time to kick off a whole new year, but you can set the tone for a very successful one if you include your partner in your plans from the beginning to keep showing how important your relationship is.
It's going to take your year a little time to get going, so whether they are grand resolutions or just practical plans, you'll need to put them on hold for a while. This will be hard because you need to get cracking on the 'to-do' list and feel that you are being oh so constructive, but remember that paying attention to unfinished business, especially when it comes to domestic life, counts as constructive too. For a while your own needs and goals will take second place, so it's helpful to know that right now pursuing them wouldn't be too successful anyway. Wait for February.
Because you're not able to act strongly in your own interests this month, this is hardly the time to engage in important deals and business plans because you may well come off second best. Confine yourself to working with people you already know and where possible avoid becoming drawn into anything new this month. Look backwards: consolidate, complete unfinished business and deal with something you have avoided for a long time. Take it slowly: wrapping up the past will clear the path to the future.
Keep with the theme of others' needs taking priority and this can turn out to be a really good month in your personal life. You are highly tuned in to your partner and this will not only serve them well, but will make you look really good. Since you're doing all the work, feeling a bit resentful is something you need to remain aware of and deliberately avoid. Unattached Virgos have a good chance at a new relationship starting. All around, this is a great opportunity to sort out what needs to be done to get your house in order, both literally as well as in the relationships at home.
You will be feeling good and ready for the new year as some of your hopes and dreams already show signs of coming true. That's great, but keep a level head and realise that it's mostly the trivial and transitory ones that are looking good, there is more work to be done to make things happen on a larger scale. Take advantage of the opportunity to rope others in to help and remember it works both ways: expect to spend a fair amount of your energy on making their goals happen.
Personal goals will not be that easy to concentrate on in your working life, and you may need to go to some lengths to acquire the help and resources you require to get things done. There will be difficulty dealing with somebody whose help you must rely on, and you will need to be cautious and strategic. Don't hesitate to butter them up shamelessly or to be willing to take a roundabout path that seems to satisfy their goals rather than yours – your chance will come – meanwhile focus your ambitions on your pet projects before your professional ones.
Since your priorities generally revolve around your relationships more than your work, this is going to turn out to be a good month for you. Keeping it real will be a challenge, but if you accept that the romantic part of relationships is often about enjoying an agreed-upon fiction for a little while, then your shared pleasures can really contribute to deeper bonds between you and your partner. Try and match your emotional tone so you don't come across as gushy, especially since you may be dealing with someone who is not showing their feelings very readily. Don't see that as a problem, just seek balance.
Fortunately you aren't the type to be impressed by New Year's resolutions and the dubious 'restart' that January magically implies, because laying low and taking a behind-the-scenes approach this month will help ensure that you don't get drawn into things that offer no benefits and that may actually distract you from more important objectives. People may try to gain the upper hand by appealing to your ego, but don't fall for flattery –in fact, you'd be better off keeping your own counsel and concentrating on your own goals. Not only will you avoid trouble but you'll gain from a month when the smallest efforts produce some big results.
In your professional life, to get going alone is not going to be quite enough. Whether it's a partnership or having to work in a supportive role to someone, combined efforts will pay off handsomely. This does not mean results come easily – those efforts entail a lot of hard work, and the challenge of ensuring that you do not overdo it just because of the high rewards. It is true that you will gain more at this time the more time and resources you invest, but you need to ensure that the rest of your life doesn't suffer neglect.
You're treading a fine line between what you need to do for yourself and what is demanded in your relationships. Although this is not the time to lose sight of your needs, putting energy into your relationship will be well worth it. Following the pattern of rewards being greater than efforts, this month will see your relationship grow and at the bottom line of love, sex and shared pleasure you will have little to complain about. In fact, you're practically radiating romance so don't be surprised if new possibilities and new people make it all so much more interesting.
Being misunderstood is nothing new for you because it's not that you express yourself badly, but rather that half of your ideas go over everybody else's head and you lack the patience to keep them all on your page. Right now, this kind of approach could see you ending up as your own worst enemy. Many things on your plate will need input from others so practising a bit of patience will help ensure that they can provide the kind of help you need.
Some negotiation will be needed to get the show on the road, but there is little standing in your way and you can get an amazing amount done with a little help and a relentless focus on an important goal, which you will probably have to choose out of an array of possibilities. Concentrate on those that benefit your own life and that of your family rather than the ones that are obviously best for business. In fact, domestic projects from spring cleaning to full-scale renovations will lay a solid foundation for the year ahead.
It's all systems go as the month is focused more around what's happening at home than any plans for what's ahead. Making some changes around the home and in your relationship will be like a burst of fresh energy. You can set new goals for your relationships as well as for your family that will let this year steer you in a new direction that looks a lot easier and much more rewarding than what has been happening in recent years. There remain challenges: a careless, throw-away statement can be more hurtful than you realise, and impatience can undermine the progress you make. Take it slowly and listen to your partner.
The year starts with your ruling planet Saturn arriving home, the place where everyone likes to be. This means that everything starts working a little better for you, especially where you need results and outcomes. Which is all very practical and constructive, but you are not going to be able to do it on your own. Even without a good reason that could be a problem for you, and right now the good reason is that you will need money, skills or advice from others to make progress. Be okay with not being the boss of everything for once.
Taking a supporting role can actually be strategic; it is not a disadvantage despite it going against your do-it-myself grain. You're not going to go anywhere right now unless you get input or even investment from someone else, and it may even be a good idea to make some kind of partnership. You will also need the talents of someone who has skills that you don't, but be careful to keep a clear line between professional and personal benefits otherwise it could get a little messy.
Your relationship is beginning to find a better balance between your needs and those of our partner, although there are still warning signs of unnecessary power struggles. It is essential to stop trying to control the relationship because your partner thinks you're trying to control them. There is a real chance for harmony – this is even a great opportunity to take the relationship to a new level of commitment, as long as you remember you're not the boss of this either. New friendships and people from far off places prove to be a special gift this month; be open to accepting something new in your life.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Your Stars"
Copyright © 2017 Rod Suskin.
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What to expect in 2018,