The first of the year wasn’t always in January. Much of recorded history followed a lunisolar calendar — the start of the year was the first new moon after the spring equinox. Instead of starting on a new moon, 2018 flips the ancient script and floats in the new year with a swollen, luminous, supermoon like a party balloon indicating a wild New Year’s Eve and cozy home-bound start to 2018. Happy New Year!

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In order to take on this week’s challenges, you’ll need two things: training and a willingness to learn. The responsibility for learning rests with you. But the responsibility for training rests with others. If they are not doing their job, then find better teachers. You will excel beyond your dreams with the right guidance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll be meeting people with whom you really vibe well. Exchange information so you can stay in touch. Even if it seems like there’s not a lot of reason for the relationship right now, later you’ll understand how these kind of easy, feel-good ties are important to your personal and professional progress.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The packaging of a thing shows the thought that went into it, the idea behind it and the intention of those presenting it. Packaging is important not just in physical packages, but in the way you put forth your ideas and general energy. This week, the packaging you’ll create around your offerings will be joyfully received.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). While the conventional wisdom is to focus on one thing until it’s finished and then move on, your mind is so active this week that a singular focus will have negative effects. Branch out; include more influences; embrace a variety of options. A buoyant mood will sustain you, and you’ll accomplish much.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have loved ones who are supposed to know you well, but actually don’t have the first clue about what’s good for you. So the direction or outcome that’s right for you might not be what others are rooting for. It’s not their journey. As nice as it would be to be able to please everyone, you can’t.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Life isn’t a math textbook. The lessons aren’t grouped by type. Living involves problems and opportunities that come at you unpredictably and out of sequence. Luckily, you’re extremely adept at discerning what type of problem you’re facing and applying the right solution.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Most people aren’t particularly comfortable with the sharing of raw emotions. The discomfort leads them to veer into safer conversational territory. For instance, talking about themselves. Avoid this tendency, and instead be brave enough to let people include you in their true feelings and you’ll be richly rewarded.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Oddly enough, noticing the weaknesses of others is a strength of yours. There’s nothing mean-spirited in this. Your aim isn’t to diminish anyone, but instead to build them up by seeing what needs work and focusing your energy on the fix. Diplomacy and loads of positive energy are necessary in this regard.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Most things can be simplified in a positive way this week, but there is a point at which the trend will take a turn toward the negative. Oversimplification of any process can render it ineffective. So go gingerly into your improvements, changing one small thing at a time.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The easiest time to alter your destiny is before you embark on it. Be aware of what you’re beginning. Ask questions. And before you open a door, pause to imagine what’s on the other side. Then open and look in, but don’t take a step until you’re sure this isn’t the type of door that locks behind you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Plato suggested that there are three types of men: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor and lovers of gain. Even if this is overly simple (and assuming by “men” he meant both sexes) you’ll find some truth in it this week. For successful dealings, figure out what the primary love is for each person involved.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When you know what you’re giving to people you can make a clean exchange that you feel really good about. So get clear on what you have to offer and its value to the other person. Note that value is contextual. In other words, nothing has inherent value beyond the value it’s given by those involved.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: If you had known all you were getting into, you might not have made the same choices. And yet you wouldn’t trade the experiences. That some of them were much more difficult than anticipated has only made you stronger than you thought you could be. So here you are with the empowered stance of one who is up for adventure. February features fresh faces. The money trickles in through March, and then it starts to pour. July trains you anew. Your family grows in September.

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