Alt Monthly Horoscope for January 2009


Aries (March 20-April 19)
The time has come for your career to soar, though I wouldn’t be surprised if you get off to a rough start on vitally important plans. Do not, I repeat, do not allow any setback or shock to your reality to discourage you. The stars are leaning so heavily in your favor that failure verges on impossible — if you remember your goals, and remember your soul.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You’re about to discover how rigid your belief systems are, and how flexible they are, in one go. This may sound like a contradiction, but really it’s about resolving a paradox that is the essence of your personality. The crux is how much hinges on this seemingly small factor of what you think is true. What you believe does not change reality, but it will turn the key one way or the other.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Who do you think has power over you? These are the people you need to make friends with, and understand the nature of the relationship. You are probably familiar with the extent to which you stand in the shadow of the expectations your parents had of you, and may still have. The time has come to meet the world on equal terms. This will take enormous courage, but you can’t afford anything less.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
What unfolds in an intimate relationship is a matter of the truth coming out. You may not recognize at this point how your reality will bend to accommodate whatever you learn, and the true role that someone has in your life. Things that seem impossible today will be more a matter of practical reality tomorrow. You need to pay attention only to one thing — how people treat you when you need them most.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You are someone who tends to overwork even during easy times, and you may be called upon to serve in a moment when it seems that everyone else is taking time off. I suggest you take the opportunity to apply some management technique. A large part of the situation you’re facing at the moment could be resolved and avoided in the future through reorganizing. Go for a long-term solution now.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
To some extent, we had our curiosity and sense of adventure shut down as children. Recovering that lost gift is never easy, but for you it’s now an evolutionary necessity. If you want to grow, you need to play, to dare, and to set free some part of yourself that you think your parents took away from you. It’s still there and alive in you, but now you need to feed and nourish this part of yourself.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You need to make your own safety, based on the facts of your life in the present moment rather than your sense of what has happened in the past. By the past, I mean in immediately prior generations, and the very distant past of humanity, which we all drag around. If you value your liberty, remember there is only so invested you can be in ways of life that stopped working fifty or a hundred years ago.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Confronted with experiences that exceed our previous psychological capacity, we usually stretch, grow and transform ourselves. By now you’ve noticed that your mental focus has intensified and is calling on you to take fast action. What you think makes as much of a difference as what you do; the two are intimately related. How you perceive the situation will influence how you respond, so think before you act.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
The whole world is thinking about money these days, revealing an unhealthy obsession that you usually do your best to avoid. There are two reasons for this: you’re an opportunist in the best sense of the word, and a survivor in the best sense of that idea as well. I suggest that you combine the two and design the kind of self-sufficient life you want. Since no man or woman or Sagittarian is an island, cooperation is the key.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
You are figuring out what has been bothering you, and you may be filled with a need to take urgent and immediate action. If you act too soon, you may create a problem for yourself rather than solving one. At the moment, your sense of perspective is distorted, and your need to take command of your life is in overdrive. I strongly suggest you both think and act on behalf of the long run, and avoid doing too much too soon.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
It was an Aquarian who said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” This elegant stroke of intuition could be the meditation for a lifetime, particularly your own. Fear is the most destabilizing force on our fragile planet and in our delicate psyches. We tend to be slaves to it rather than giving it a voice. We tend to push it down rather than listen when it speaks. Now is the time to begin a new approach.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Long ago you felt a calling. Maybe it was five or 10 or 15 years ago; in some significant way, you responded to those cosmic instructions. You may now be wondering whether you succeeded in doing your job, much less in making a place for yourself in the world. These months will provide you with clear evidence that you’ve indeed put your efforts in the right place, though you will have plenty more confirmation beyond that which you’re about to learn.

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