SUNDAY, JAN. 17
By HOLIDAY MATHIS
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 17). Happiness isn’t found so much as created. This will be a year of making things. Some of those “things” are relationships. You used to think bonds grew naturally, but now you’ll take a more active role, seeing relationships as opportunities for delight, fun, mystery, drama and meaningful belonging. Virgo and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 30, 36, 16 and 25
ARIES (March 21-April 19). As you swing toward bliss, you’re well aware of the nature of pendulums. Don’t worry, there’s no fire in heaven’s opposite, only stagnation, which you’ve already proven you can handle.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Of all the assets you could leverage, the ones most worth dealing in are the assets that others lack. Note what’s being exchanged, and pay even more attention to what’s missing that you could readily offer.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You didn’t set out to imbue a detail with significance, but it’s happened. The meaningless symbol is now meaningful, despite all intentions, and should be treated as such to avoid communicating the wrong message.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The venture itself matters far less than the way it feels to be in an environment and engage with the group. The thrills and connections that come with an activity are what will keep you coming back for more.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The formerly agreed-upon deal has fallen prey to what project managers call “scope creep.” Adjustments made now will avoid resentments formed later.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You enjoy embellishments as much as the next person, but the truth really matters to you today. You prefer to tell it, seek it and accept it. As a result, you’ll get about as much truth as you want.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The game changes. What used to be a key element will take a supporting role, and then gradually fade back until it’s a relic. Someday, it will become cool again. But for now, forge ahead.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You can contain your feelings however you choose to, but it will be a lot easier to do it after you’ve already gotten to know their shape, size and intensity. This is best done by feeling them.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Should you hop on the bus or stay on the curb? If you hop on the bus, then you’ll learn new tools, get frustrated, feel out of place and, ultimately, go places.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The focus is on compensation, remuneration, justice, payback or possibly revenge. In the case of that last one, a stylish and in-your-face version of success will be most effective.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). While you can definitely appreciate subtle, poetic value, there’s something to be said for a good, old-fashioned, easily measured indicator that you’re getting more of what you want. Today’s numbers will please you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your senses take in much more than your mind will let into your consciousness, and appropriately so. The overwhelmed are not effective. Ask your mind to let in more, and you’ll eliminate a blind spot.
MONDAY, JAN. 18
By HOLIDAY MATHIS
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 18). Among your birthday wishes are beautiful goals. Still, you embrace the spirit of development, which always happens in the present moment. Your habit of bringing yourself back to the center of the action and the crux of control only gets stronger. You incrementally rise in power. Month after month you do as you command yourself to. Aries and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 44, 2, 28 and 10.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Combine the previously uncombined for magical results. You’ll create a fit that wouldn’t occur to others. Actually, the match won’t occur to you either. You’ll just keep moving and trying things until it clicks in.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Do not be afraid to cause discomfort to yourself or anyone else. To make a person aware of a problem does this, but the problems would never be known or solved without that rub.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Build a system. This is the only way you’ll be able to take on more. It’s not going to be as hard as you think. In fact, the hardest part is deciding to stop doing it the old way.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s as though you’re able to concentrate the goodwill you’re putting into the world and give just the right thing to the right person. The way you share yourself will change people.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). In a way, you are focusing on your reputation. It won’t feel like that. It will feel like you’re just doing the correct thing, the best work you can for your reputation and the flow of business.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Like an employee at a tech company that prizes innovation, you are being assessed by not only the metrics of your job description but also by the side projects you take on, which will now earn you fans.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You admit what you don’t know, and then watch all the people who were pretending to know breathe a sigh of relief. This just might be the start of the conversation that gets everyone up to speed.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). One scenario is that you trust in a process and do the work. Alternately, you act as though you trust in a process, and you do the work. Either will produce brilliant outcomes.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You can’t help it — an expectation has already formed in your head. It will turn out that this story about things coming together and you feeling fabulous about it is not so far off.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You read the meaning inside small gestures. You’ll like some of what you learn. What do you do with the rest of it? Mentally file the information and save it for later.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’re a traveler along life’s highway. Driving on low, both literally and figuratively, is dangerous and not worth the risk. Pull over to the rest stop to fuel up.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). For a different outcome, you need different thoughts, and for different thoughts, you need a changed mind. The easiest and most effective way to change your mind is to change your actions.