TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 18). Soul nourishment is coming to you, and you will become spiritually healthier than ever this year. It’s right to be a little commitment-phobic in the early part of the year because you need to be free to investigate and experiment. Your options are exciting! By May, you’ll be ready to sign a stellar deal that will hold for years to come. Aries and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 27, 1 and 40.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). When your truest desire is to assist, the first step is to get to know the person and understand what needs, wants, fears and beliefs are in play. Only then can you figure out the best way to serve and support.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re in no mood to be told what to do, however well-meaning the other person may be. Even if they are just trying to protect you, show you love or share a skill, they’d better have total respect and manners or it won’t go well.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your pet project is like a friend. You love to spend time with it, speak up for it, go through the ups and downs with it, and do what it takes to loyally see it through. It’s not just business or recreation. It’s a representation of you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have no problem delivering on your promises to others. When it comes to fulfilling your own orders, you’re not as vigilant. Make your wishes for yourself a top priority. Let your actions reflect this.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ve had enough experience with certain types of social situations to know what you’re likely to enjoy. You need a little enjoyment now so you may as well steer clear of anything that’s not that.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Subtle, discomforting forces at play make you feel as though you’re sitting too close to the air conditioning vent — a cool wind, and too direct. You’ll feel better after you pick up and move somewhere warmer and quieter.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you feel the sandwich needs a dill pickle, a sweet pickle won’t do. Sure, they are both pickles, but the flavor profile is entirely different. Bottom line: You want what you want. Apply it across the board.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The fact that humankind needs entertainment and beauty in order to thrive is nothing new. Even the cave dwellers painted pictures and played instruments. Let yourself relax and have fun. It’s part of what makes you human.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There’s a certain urgency to matters, as you’re starting to realize that if the job is done right and quickly you just might pull off the feat you’ve been working on for weeks.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The feeling behind a deal matters. People spend money emotionally. They react to the situation, go with what feels easy given the circumstance, taking on a “when in Rome” sort of attitude.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In police work, resisting arrest is a serious crime. There’s an authoritative voice in your head that’s a little like an officer upholding your own personal laws. It doesn’t like to be resisted either.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As your signmate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “All things must change, to something new, to something strange.” You agree and look forward to the new day, though it may feel like it’s not coming quite quickly enough.