Call it a goal, an intention or (the more traditional term) a resolution, the beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and to think about big-picture changes or accomplishments you want to aim for. Of course, there are a variety of factors you'll want to consider when setting your resolution — from your previous wins to your work ethic. At the same time, it could be helpful to think about what potential successes or setbacks could lie ahead — and that's where astrology comes in.
Your zodiac sign, as well as the astrological aspects that are coming up for you in 2018, can offer helpful insights into the best goal for you to set come January 1. Here are the ideal resolutions for each of the 12 signs.
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
You'll do well to set a resolution that will allow you to forge more emotionally satisfying relationships and deepen your connections with the VIPs in your life. Maybe you'll decide to give that dating app another shot or end a toxic bond that has been preventing you from moving forward. Jupiter, the planet of abundance and luck, will be in your transformative relationships zone until November 8, putting wind in your sails when it comes to taking a romantic or business partnership to the next level. No matter what your resolution, tapping into your innately passionate go-getter nature can help ensure a satisfying upshot.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Because you tend to be stubborn and fixed in your ways, figuring out how to best go with the flow has always been a challenge for you. But there's no time like the present to work on being more adaptable, especially when it comes to your connections with relatives. Around January 31, a full moon eclipse lands in your home life sector, shaking up your closest relationships. And Uranus, which deals with sudden change, moves into your sign on May 15. The bottom line: It's in your best interest to commit to a routine (like meditation or talk therapy) that helps you feel centered while these shifts are occurring.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
If there ever was a year for you to zero in on a major wellness goal, it's this one. Maybe that means you'll want to start training for a race or triathlon, hire a personal trainer, go vegan, or commit to a more regular yoga practice. Whatever you want to achieve in this realm should feel more effortless now, thanks to Jupiter, the planet of abundance and luck, in your health and daily routine sector until November 8. At the same time, because you tend to struggle to maintain your focus and get bored easily, making sure you build variety into your new routine (maybe by switching it up from time to time, making it social or setting mini goals along the way) can actually be what gets you to the finish line and beyond.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
Consider resolving to pinpoint promising new career opportunities that can elevate your earning potential. It's your wisest option this year, thanks to a powerful full moon eclipse in your income zone on January 31. If you steer toward jobs that truly resonate with your personal goals and feel more like passion projects than work that you're only doing for the paycheck, it can end up feeling like a win-win and be more fruitful as well. If you're diligent and follow your intuition, you could get a helpful nudge in the right direction around July 12 when the new moon eclipse is in your sign. As long as you're willing to put that sensitive heart of yours into the project, you're sure to feel successful.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
You may want to think about a resolution that sets the stage for positive changes to your relationships. If you've been maintaining friendships or romantic connections that feel toxic, you might find it's time to set boundaries around February 15 when the new moon eclipse is in your partnership zone. Or you could be laying the foundation for a bond that feels healthier than those from your past. Either way, this is a brilliant time to pinpoint and express your own needs with loved ones, committing only to relationships that don't quash your self-esteem or curtail personal goals. Keying into your relentlessly sunny, optimistic side makes it easier to keep your eye on the prize, which should really be your own personal fulfillment and mind-body balance now.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
You'll want to commit to a more regular mind-body routine this year. Whether you're gravitating toward meditation, deep breathing, stretching, acupuncture or something else entirely, tackling wellness concerns in a holistic way can make for fairly exciting results. You might even have an epiphany about how you can take your practice to a whole new level around August 11 when the new moon eclipse is in your spirituality zone. Though you tend to want to make a detailed plan and work toward achieving specific goals, you may find that trying to go with the flow and working on trusting your intuition serves you even better now.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
Consider a resolution related to spending more time with your best friends or forging new relationships that will offer you even more emotional support. Around January 31, the full moon eclipse is in your friendship and networking zone, making room for shifts in your social life. This is also when you could see the culmination of a team project or pinpoint a successful new venture that involves collaborating with others. Even when it comes to your wellness routine, you'll do well to want to try group fitness classes or making plans with a couple of workout buddies. If you want to change course along the way, don't hesitate to speak up. Your well-being comes first (yes, even before other people's comfort).
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
You have the power to set a truly transformative personal-wellness goal, thanks to Jupiter, the planet of abundance and luck, being in your sign until November 8. You'll do well to be even more ambitious than usual (perhaps by taking barre or weight-training classes, signing up for a wellness retreat or committing to a membership at a new gym). As long as you feel excited about the work and the process that will be required to hit your target, you'll know it's the right one to go after now. Setbacks might occur, but being flexible serves you well — especially from March 22 to April 15 while Mercury, the planet of information, is retrograde in your health zone. Because you tend to struggle with adaptability, you'll be growing in that way now too.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
If you've been wanting to work on your mind-body wellness, you have a green light this year to prioritize that aim, given that Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, is in your spirituality zone until November 8. Whether you're drawn to meditation, yoga, acupuncture, Ayurveda or simply journaling, you could benefit from a practice that allows for quiet solo time and self-reflection. What you learn could lead to rewards in other areas of your life, such as your physical health and career. You often struggle with moderation and may take on too much too quickly, so creating a step-by-step plan and pacing yourself serves you best.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
You'll do well to think about setting a resolution that would require you to work as part of a team, given that the planet of luck and abundance is in your friendship and networking zone until November 8. Maybe this means participating with colleagues in a health or fitness challenge, taking more group fitness classes or training for a race with a group of friends. And carve out some one-on-one time with your significant other or a potential partner, particularly around January 31 when a full moon eclipse lights up your intimacy zone. Allowing yourself to be more emotionally vulnerable can lead to even more satisfying connections.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Consider a resolution that will allow for better work-life balance, such as working from home more or taking short breaks for walks or deep breathing. Because Jupiter, the planet of abundance and expansion, is in your career zone until November 8, you could be flooded with a bevy of new professional opportunities and recognition. At the same time, working so hard that you risk burnout could take a toll on your well-being. Be open to an epiphany or opportunity that could have you feeling more centered around February 15 when the new moon eclipse is in your sign. Trust you'll be able to pull yourself out of old ruts as long as you believe in yourself this year.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
A resolution that allows you to learn about a new culture, language or wellness strategy could be the key to improving your overall well-being this year. If you're thinking about incorporating travel into the plan, even better! The planet of expansion and luck, Jupiter, will be in your adventure and higher-learning sector until November 8, making this the perfect year to get out of your comfort zone and broaden your horizons. If you're not quite sure what that looks like for you just yet, meditate on it around January 31. That's when the full moon eclipse in your sector of health sets the stage for an exciting realization about your best action plan.
Read more: 8 Ways Traveling Abroad Makes You Healthier
What Do YOU Think?
Do you make New Year's resolutions? What are you aiming to accomplish this year? Do you take your zodiac sign into consideration when setting your intentions for the year? Tell us!