2012 the Year of the Dragon: In with a mighty roar
January 01, 2012 00:00 By Eugenia Last
Other years might seem to drag on, but the Year of the Dragon has the potential to breathe life-shaping fire, to be magical, even mythical. Keep one eye on the calendar and the other on the stars.
ARIES March 21-April 19
Prepare to make interesting and life-altering changes. The limitations of the past are lifting, and it’s vital that you position yourself strategically to take advantage of opportunities that arise. It’s what you do during the first half of the year that will determine the end results. A new job, a higher earning potential and love are all highlighted during the second half of the year.
Love: Your romantic diversity brings long-lasting love.
Money: Market what you have to offer and reboot.
Health: Minor health issues and injuries can be expected.
TAURUS April 20-May 20
As the year progresses, you will find it increasingly easier to fix any mistakes or situations that were problematic. The effective use of your networking skills during the first half of the year will pay off in terms of experience and knowledge you accumulate. Don’t be afraid to use a little muscle to get what you want. Accept the inevitable and you can make it work to your advantage.
Love: Rely on experience to help you choose wisely.
Money: What you learn can be turned into a prosperous pastime.
Health: Physical and mental headaches can be expected.
GEMINI May 21-June 20
Don’t be slowed down by the little aggravations that challenge you. Discipline and hard work will bring greater rewards, peace of mind and sweet revenge. Love is highlighted, along with expanding your plans for the future. Nothing is impossible if you express your goals knowledgeably and implement them with moderation. Success will be the result if you allow your imagination to be the conduit for your willpower.
Love: Free-spirited, no boundaries and plenty of action.
Money: A serious budget and conservative investing.
You will have to exert your will if you want to get things accomplished. Put a little extra muscle behind your every move and you will make a convincing argument that will help raise the support you need to achieve your goals. Change will be inevitable, and the sooner you accept and move on, the easier it will be to get your own plans up and running. Live life and be a participant, not a spectator.
Love: Use your imagination. Routine will not suffice.
Money: Invest in you, your surroundings and your future.
Health: Discipline will help you stay in shape.
LEO July 23-Aug. 22
Your thirst for knowledge and lifestyle change will lead you in a new direction. Reinventing who you are and what you do will bring you up to date and put you where the action is. Helping others will expand your interests as well as your friendships. Greater stability will come from chaos, followed by transformation. Expect the unexpected and accept the inevitable. You will master moderate extremism.
Love: Flighty, flirty and fun-filled. No boundaries, no promises.
Money: Easy come and easy go. Empty promises and disillusionment.
Health: Poor diagnosis warrants a second opinion.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22
Consider what you have to accomplish and stick to your game plan. As the year progresses, you will be tempted to take on unrealistic ventures that could end up costing you emotionally, financially or physically. Use your creativity wisely and keep what you do simple, moderate and perfectly balanced. Focus your energy on work and family to ensure that both are protected from outside influences.
Love: An imaginative approach will keep your lover engaged.
Money: Moderation and a strict budget will be key.
Health: Simple pleasures. Overindulgence is the enemy.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Your insight and hard work will start to pay off. What you have learned from experience will pave the way to your success. The tables are turning, and you will finally get your chance to explore the benefits of being the flavour of choice. Prepare to pursue those long-awaited changes with fervour. Fear of failure is the enemy; bravery is your friend.
Love: You make the rules and set the stage.
Money: Your intuition will lead to riches.
Health: Confidence, enthusiasm and participation equal good health.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Don’t be fooled by what others do or say. Your intuition is kicking in, and you must follow your gut when it comes to personal decisions that can affect your lifestyle and financial investments. It’s your turn to call the shots and to put pressure on those you feel owe you. A strong alliance with an old friend or partner will make your goals easier to obtain.
Love: Passion will follow if you show your strengths and your weaknesses.
Money: Think outside the box, offer something unique and you will prosper.
Health: Listen to your body. Immediate attention will deter problems.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Be careful what you wish for. Change can be a two-way street. Confusion is likely to lead you down the wrong path. Talk to a trusted friend before you make a move you cannot reverse. Excessive behaviour and financial, physical or emotional temptation will be your downfall. Bide your time, observe, listen to good advice and make the smart choice. Patience will be your saving grace.
Love: Hot, inviting and intense. Volatile and unconventional.
Money: Less is more. Saving and budgeting are a must.
Health: Minor setbacks due to overindulgence and injury.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Take stock of your assets and liabilities so you can add the finishing touches that will bring your situation greater stability. Being responsible and using unique methods will grab attention and make an impression that leads to success. Do your due diligence during the first half of the year, and once everything is in place, you will be able to coast along and enjoy the ride.
Love: Aggressive action will bring passionate results.
Money: Know your limits, calculate strategically and play to win.
Health: A fast pace will keep you fit and out of harm’s way.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Prepare to reassess, review and redo. A serious look at your past, present and future will help you put your life in perspective and set realistic goals. You will advance quickly once your direction is clear. New beginnings and projects will confirm that you are on the right track. Greater success will unfold as you take advantage of the opportunities that are offered to you.
Love: An abundance of opportunities and choices may lead to confusion.
Money: Knowledge will lead to greater wealth.
Health: Discipline and strength of character will equal good health.
PISCES Feb. 19-March 20)
Work and personal partnerships must be looked at carefully. Consider what you give and what you get back from the people you deal with daily. Cut your emotional, physical and financial losses in order to move on to more rewarding times. Too much of anything will work against you. Find ways to get the most for the least. You must put your own needs first.
Love: Verify what’s offered and what you’ll give back.
Money: Settlements, hard work and good negotiations pay off.
Health: Do what you are told and avoid repercussions.