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The best New Year’s resolutions, according to your astrological sign


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1/13

Whether you’re writing up traditional resolutionssetting intentions, or just Kondo-ing everything in your life (from your home to your heart to your meal plans), a new year is a fresh start. Time to make 2017 your best yet!

But if you’re struggling with where to start, Sandra Sitron—the astrologer behind Strong Eye Astrology—highly recommends looking to the stars for some direction. Because if you’re an airy Gemini, for instance, who’s written up an oh-so-Virgo to-do list, you may be setting yourself up for failure.

“When you make a resolution you’re saying, ‘I promise that I will do this thing that is great for me. It’s going to meet a need that I have and it’s going to improve the quality of my life,'” Sitron says. “To understand the best resolution for your sign, we need to understand what each sign needs—and how each sign works best.”

To help you make a 2017 plan and stick to it, Sitron has some tips for each sign: What to do and, just as important, how to do it. Her suggestions are based on the transits of Saturn (which relates to challenging lessons) and Jupiter (which is all about expansion) through each chart for the next year. And Sitron recommends you look at the suggestions for both your sun sign and rising sign (if you don’t know those, find out here).

Keep reading for your zodiac guide to New Year’s resolutions—and here’s to a happy, healthy 2017.

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2/13

Happiness tips for Aries

Aries

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 9th house this year, your most challenging resolution will revolve around expanding your mind through higher education and travel. With Jupiter moving through your 7th house, your easiest resolution will revolve around being a good partner—listening, being mindful of boundaries, and noticing your relationship patterns.

How to accomplish it
Start strong. Aries is a cardinal sign, and cardinal energy is initiative. This sign loves to start new projects because it’s exhilarating. For those born under Aries, a whole year is too long for a resolution—they lose steam. Aries should start fresh with a new resolution every three months.

As a passionate fire sign, Aries needs to be able to take action on resolutions. Get into an action-celebration cycle: Take small actions that are aligned with your resolution and then immediately celebrate the success. Jump for joy! Call a friend and share! Make progress fun.

3/13

Happiness tips for Taurus

Taurus

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 8th house this year, your most challenging resolution will be about forgiveness, letting go, and healing. With Jupiter in the 6th house your easiest resolution will have to do with creating healthy habits.

How to accomplish it
Start slow. Taurus is a fixed sign. Fixed energy is enduring. Taurus people love to build upon what they started. Once fixed signs get going, they are hard to stop. Sometimes it can take them awhile to make progress, but once they do, inertia takes over. So, Taurus: Take the month of January to rev up your engines and get acquainted with your resolutions. Then view the year as an arc—start slow in the winter, gain speed in the spring and summer, and then just ride on the momentum you’ve built up.

As a practical earth sign, Taurus needs to have a plan, and it has to be very simple and sensible.. Those born under this sign need to know their goal, and they need to know what five steps they have to do to reach it.

4/13

Happiness tips for Gemini

Gemini

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 7th house this year, your most challenging resolution will revolve around relationship issues: noticing your patterns and being a good partner. With Jupiter in your 5th house, your easiest resolution will have to do with expanding your creative pursuits and sharing your light with the world.

How to accomplish it
Start again. And again. Gemini is a mutable sign, and mutable energy is adaptable. This sign loves to refine, adjust, and improve. Because those born under Gemini are interested in making adjustments, they need to keep coming back to their resolution every month. During the monthly check-in, ask two questions: What do I need to adjust about this resolution to help it meet my current needs? And, what do I need to adjust about my approach to help me better meet my resolution? Most important, as a social air sign, you should have a buddy or a mastermind group who can help hold you accountable to your resolutions.

5/13

Happiness tips for Cancer

Cancer

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 6th house this year, your most challenging resolution will have to do with creating healthy habits. With Jupiter in your 4th house, your easiest resolutions will have to do with creating a pleasing home environment and being in touch with your emotions.

How to accomplish it
Cancer is a cardinal sign, which is all about taking initiative—so you’ll want to start strong. New projects are exhilarating to you, but you may lose steam on yearlong resolutions, so breaking them into three-month plans is a better approach.

Those born under Cancer, an emotional water sign, need to feel as though the resolution meets their needs. When contemplating the resolution, sit quietly and try to imagine the feeling you will have when you complete your commitment.

6/13

Happiness tips for Leo

Leo

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 5th house this year, your most challenging resolutions will have to do with sharing your creativity with the world. With Jupiter in your 3rd house, your easiest resolution will be about learning new things and communication skills.

How to accomplish it
Start slow. Once you get going, you’ll be hard to stop because, as a fixed sign, your energy is enduring. Leos love to build upon what they’ve started. Take the month of January to prepare and begin deliberately, then just keep at it—you’ll build momentum all year long.

As a passionate fire sign, action is important to Leo. Make sure to acknowledge your successes throughout the year and recognize each step toward your goal—celebrate and have fun with it!

7/13

Happiness tips for Virgo

Virgo

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 4th house this year, your most challenging resolution will have to do with creating a pleasing home life and healing your inner child. With Jupiter moving through your 2nd house your easiest resolution will focus on your relationship with money and your self-worth.

How to accomplish it
Virgo is a mutable sign, with adaptable energy that loves to make adjustments, so think of your resolution as an evolving goal that can constantly be improved upon.

The best way to do that? Keep coming back to your resolution every month, to look for areas where you can adjust the goal to meet your ever-changing needs, and to tweak to your approach, if needed.

As a practical Earth sign, Virgo needs to have a plan—preferably a five-point plan on how to get there. You’re happiest when you keep it simple and sensible.

8/13

Illustration: Julia Wu

Libra

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 3rd house this year, your most challenging resolution is about communication and learning something new. With Jupiter in your 1st house, your easiest resolution is about expanding and refining your brand—how people see you, how you want to be seen, your personality.

How to accomplish it
Get going right away in January, since Libra is a cardinal sign, and cardinal energy is all about initiative. While new projects are a thrill, you can lose momentum when it comes to long-term goals, so break your resolutions down into three-month plans. As a social air sign, Libras should have accountability buddies to help them stay on course.

9/13

Scorpio

Scorpio

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 2nd house this year, your most challenging resolutions focus on your relationship with money and your self-worth. With Jupiter in your 12th house your easiest resolutions will be about compassion, spiritual practices, and shifting subconscious patterns.

How to accomplish it
As a fixed sign, Scorpio has steady energy—though it may take a while to get going, once they’re going full-steam, they are hard to stop. So take the month of January to really think about your resolutions and how to tackle them in a deliberate way, then give them consistent focus and energy throughout the year, building momentum month by month.

Scorpio is an emotional water sign, so really connecting the resolution with your needs is important. How to do that? Take a few minutes to sit in silence, imagining the feeling you’ll have when the goal is accomplished.

10/13

Happiness tips for Sagittarius

Sagittarius

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 1st house this year, your most challenging resolution is about how you’re perceived in the world—it’s all about taking a look at your “brand” and whether it needs refining. With Jupiter in your 11th house, your easiest resolution is about aligning your life with your ideal vision for the future and developing a strong community that will be supportive of your vision.

How to accomplish it
As a mutable sign, Sagittarius just needs to keep at it: Start again, and again, and again—adjusting and improving as you go. As a matter of fact, instituting a monthly check-in with your resolutions is a great idea, to check two things: whether you need to refine the resolution, or change up your approach. Sagittarius is a passionate fire sign, and those born under this sign need to be able to take action on their resolution. And don’t forget to celebrate successes—it’ll fuel your motivation to keep going.

11/13

Illustration: Julia Wu

Capricorn

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 12th house this year, your most challenging resolution will be about compassion, spiritual practices, and shifting subconscious patterns. With Jupiter in your 10th house this year, your easiest resolution will revolve around career development.

How to accomplish it
You’ll want to start the year with a flurry of activity to match your enthusiasm for new projects—Capricorn is a cardinal sign, which is all about taking initiative. To keep the good (productive) times rolling throughout the year, though, make sure to break down your goals into bite-sized pieces, ideally making a new resolution every three months. And as a practical earth sign, get out your bullet journal (or whatever your preferred organizational method is), because you Capricorn loves to have a plan, with a clear goal and actionable steps to get there.

12/13

Illustration: Julia Wu

Aquarius

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 11th house this year, your most challenging resolutions will be about aligning your life with your ideal vision for the future and developing a strong community that will be supportive of your vision. With Jupiter in the 9th house, your easiest resolution will revolve around expansion through higher education and travel.

How to accomplish it
Aquarius is a fixed sign, and fixed energy is enduring—so starting slow is your default. But don’t worry, once a fixed sign gets going, it’s hard to stop. So give yourself prep time in January to ramp up, and think of your goal as a yearlong quest: Dedicate yourself month by month, and you’ll see the momentum build and get easier and easier. And as a social air sign, make sure you’ve buddied up to keep yourself accountable and get your loved ones in the loop on your plans.

13/13

Happiness tips for Aries

Pisces

What resolution to make
As Saturn moves through your 10th house this year, your most challenging resolutions will revolve around career development. With Jupiter in your 8th house your easiest resolution will be about forgiveness, letting go, and healing.

How to accomplish it
You have very adaptable energy and love to make changes on the fly, adjusting and improving as you go, because Pisces is a mutable sign, and mutable energy is extremely adaptable. Use this to your advantage with your resolutions by establishing a monthly check-in to keep things on track, re-evaluating your resolutions and the way you’re tackling them, to meet your current needs. And as a water sign, you’ll have more success if you feel that the changes you’re making will truly meet your emotional needs. A visualization exercise will help to connect those dots: By yourself, sit quietly and imagine the feeling you will have when 2017 is done and your goal is reached.

More wisdom from the stars: Here’s the best way to de-stress, according to your sign, and your zodiac-approved workout