Make the best of what new year brings you
Beth Cooper Howell
March 21 - April 19
Sure as fate, just when you think things couldn't get any worse - they get better. Life does that sometimes. You're weighed down by troubles, only to find them vanishing in a puff of smoke when you least expect it.
Welcome the relief from major stress. You still have stuff to deal with, but you have the strength to face it now.
April 20 - May 20
You can be forgiven for wanting a holiday from the festive season this week! Things are quite hectic, with lots of people and projects popping up unexpectedly - and everything and everyone wanting your attention.
Take each hour as it comes, promise only what you can deliver and learn to diplomatically say 'no' if you need to.
May 21 - June 20
OK, sometimes it's boring being you - but that's not because you're a boring person, is it? Getting through the 'icky' stuff, such as filling in forms and tidying your room, can feel like dragging through mud right now.
But take heart: these are things that need to be done, and once you've done them, you'll feel as light as a feather. Patience.
June 21 - July 22
Find a shoulder to lean on. Yes, support is vital as you spread your wings and learn to fly this week. Going it alone won't work: there's someone or possibly a group of friendly folks who want to see you succeed.
They don't have evil motives. Trust them and know that you don't have to do this on your own.
July 23 - August 22
It feels as though you have hardly had a holiday - with all systems go, go, go in your world right now. No time to spare, mope or moan; there's work to be done and you're the best little chicken for the job.
Chin up, lovely Leo. Whatever you do now is going to pay off later - promise!
August 23 - September 22
Like a seed waiting anxiously for spring, you've been trying to bloom for a while now - and finally, your hard work is paying off. A special event, project or issue close to your heart should take off in a positive direction now.
Cling to self-belief and a healthy dose of self-confidence as you watch things unfold.
September 23 - October 22
As much as you'd like to zip off on a colourful adventure, there's stuff to take care of at home - and people who need your input. Try to stay put for a few days. Offer to help around the house, do some simple renovations or reorganise.
No matter how boring you think it will be, you'll love the sense of contentment that comes with feathering your own nest.
October 23 - November 21
It's never too late to say I'm sorry, I love you or I'm getting out of here! Being truthful is more important than ever, with lots of gossip and silly nonsense in the air. People may not be what they seem - though you are very astute and can spot a shady type from miles away.
Stick to your principles, don't tell lies and keep your conscience clear. Easier said than done.
November 22 - December 21
The spotlight is on you. Funny how that happens just when you're thinking of taking a break from being everybody's favourite person of the moment!
Putting your best foot forward, rather than hiding under a blanket, is probably the wisest option now. Things you do and say are going to reap benefits in a couple of months.
December 22 - January 19
Never mind, clever Capricorn - even though you have enough on your plate to feed an army of busy bees, you're strong and clever enough to handle it! Life is funny that way: just when we think we simply don't have the energy to take one more step, we find the reserves we need.
Be willing to go the extra mile and reach beyond your grasp. You can do it.
January 20 - February 18
Private time is called for after the recent flurry of social activity. Even if you weren't kicking up a storm in your dancing shoes and accepting party invites left, right and centre, people still took up a lot of your time - which equals energy lost.
Centre yourself by doing simple things like baking biscuits and concentrating on deep breathing. Yes, really.
February 19 - March 20
Ever get the feeling that you're a bit of an Agony Aunt? Someone whom people turn to in their hour of need? Chances are you're full of helpful, healthy advice right now - and there are plenty of loved ones looking for life tips.
Be careful about how much energy you pour into helping others. Being kind shouldn't mean being exhausted.