London - Astrologers generally agree that if you really want a cosmic climate conducive to romance, love and affection, nothing is quite so effective as a comet.
Next year brings two such mysterious visitors from afar, capturing our imaginations and firing up our hearts. The first is due in March, the second in October and both should prove bright enough to be seen in broad daylight.
Even if they fail to live up to astronomers’ expectations, we’ll be under the influence of a set of rare cosmic right angles from Pluto to Uranus all year long (astrologers see alignments from the viewpoint of Earth. Therefore, if you’re looking in the direction of the planet Uranus, Pluto will be at 90 degrees).
These ‘squares’ are due to occur seven times between 2012 and 2015, but it will be another 70 years or so before our lives are touched in quite this way again.
They have one message for the whole of humanity - that it’s time to wake up and move beyond the shadowy world of fearful compromise that many of us have been trapped in, and to start reaching our true emotional and creative potential.
This makes 2013 a most wonderful time for all who seek truly meaningful, fulfilling love lives. Read on to see the way in which your life could change for the better this year!
December 22 – January 20
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine Elizabeth ‘Kate’, née Middleton, born January 9, 1982)
This year will be an inspiring voyage of discovery about who you can become and how your love life can keep pace with the future you. You will move ever closer to a person you truly want to be with and, in this relationship, there will be respect, integrity, honour, compassion, caring and most of all, friendship. If you feel you already have a happy relationship, the way to sustain it is by being pals, too. Remember, friendships don’t have to be fought for very often, although occasionally a true friend may have to tell you something they don’t want you to hear. But never through a desire for power. At the essence of all your heart celebrates will be the importance of being close to someone because you truly like them - as they like you. Don’t worry about who you think this may be, think only about who you like. Through the liking, the loving will take care of itself.
January 21 – February 19
Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969)
Some astrologers say that to be an Aquarian is to be cold and aloof. This year, such a statement is even more inaccurate than usual. So much magic can make its way into your life. To keep it alive, simply keep opening your heart. You know perfectly well how to do this. You have done it many times. That’s precisely where the myth about the robotic Aquarian has emerged from. You know all too well how intense your feelings can be, hence your wariness. But you are entering a situation now where it is going to be safe to acknowledge deep feelings, even if these make you a little vulnerable. I’m not necessarily predicting that all this will occur within the confines of an ‘ordinary relationship’ but there is a truly extraordinary relationship unfolding and the more you participate in this wholeheartedly, the more delightfully it will blossom. Take a risk!
February 20 – March 20
Rachel Hannah Weisz (born March 7, 1970)
There will be moments in 2013 where it seems as if everything your heart could ever want is actually happening. But you may need to weigh your ability to see the best in people against the need to recognise reality. Might you, over time, have become too willing to make allowances for someone who needs to learn better behaviour? Has a past relationship provided a kind of unsatisfactory shelter that seemingly keeps loneliness at bay, yet lets in the rain of unsatisfactory compromise? Next year alllows you to release more of your creative potential. This, in turn, may require you to think carefully about where you give your heart. You’ll have no shortage of admirers or opportunities to heal relationships which have been stressful. But most importantly, you’ll grow able to enjoy a romance that produces constructive, creative, confidence in every area of your life.
March 21 to April 20
Victoria Caroline Beckham (nee Adams; born April 17, 1974)
Books and films often imply that, in love, everything hangs on having the perfect partner. Rarely do they focus on the arguments, stresses and strains. This is the year you find freedom from artificial expectations.In 2013, the right angle I mentioned between Pluto and Uranus, exacerbated by the intense opposition to Jupiter, speaks of you leading an unconventional love life. Unconventional is good. There is nothing great about being normal. But there is something wonderful about embracing a life that’s a little bit different, as long as it works for you.Many things already work better for you than you give them credit for, but because you can’t see that , you are not getting the best out of the situation. In 2013, you don’t have to convince yourself that something is OK, but instead simply realise how blessed you are.What you need is there for you, although it doesn’t quite take the shape that some people might think it ought to. But that won’t stop if from filling you with contentment.
April 21 – May 21
Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970)
Power struggles often take place within relationships. So do ‘swaps’ where one moment, one person feels unhappy while the other is fine, then suddenly it’s the other way round. This year, you’ll overcome inhibitions that have contributed to this see-saw effect in times gone by. Just be aware that whenever we find ourselves going through a phase of growth, we usually begin to experiment with new interests. These can make it hard for us to deal with the expectations of loved ones. In 2013, you may free yourself from many of the things that normally help make relationships successful - like your willingness to give way. There will, of course, be compromises to make. But there won’t be that feeling of being obliged to make them. Either a relationship which inhibits you will evolve to the point where it no longer does that, or a more important relationship will blossom between you and somebody who really can help you bring out the very best of yourself.
May 22 – June 22
Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975)
This year you are becoming a stronger, more confident version of your true self. That is what you deserve to be loved for. Too often people love one another for the roles they play, the shapes they make or the suggestions of who they could be. We want someone who acts like this, or seems like that. If we’re not careful, we want that so much that we don’t care what the person is actually like as long as they appear to tick those boxes. You are growing out of role playing but you are not growing out of being able to love and be loved. However this new love has to be based on a real exchange between two people who understand and care about each other, not a set of convenient pretences.That means being brave enough to believe in yourself, and recognise that you don’t have to fear somebody who somehow stops you from being yourself. The best way to be big, in 2013, is to be big-hearted. Then life will bring you all the love you need.
June 23 – July 23
Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy; born June 30, 1983)
We all dream of being so close to somebody that every moment spent with them is a joy. But then comes the inevitable discovery that the person for whom we have developed such profound appreciation is also, sometimes, a difficult individual.For you, this year is about learning to deal with that. A great adventurer dwells in your heart, but so does a person who craves safety. Often, the safety seeker prevails but in letting them lead, another part of you gets held back. This year, Jupiter speaks of you being released from a kind of cage. As you find inner freedom, you will develop a sense of benign tolerance - not just towards those you are currently close to, but even towards those with whom previous relations have been rocky. You will find the future simply envelops you in a bubble of glorious protection. Thus you will have more fun, experience more adventure and become so attractive that 2013 cannot fail to be one of the best years ever for your heart.
July 24 – August 23
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969)
When we are afraid of anything, even subtly, this creeps into every decision we make. It makes us watch for trouble at every turn. Then we react to whoever represents the possible cause of that trouble, causing them to feel defensive too. It is always hard to make due allowance for this. If you are hoping that someone will make that allowance for you, you may be hoping for too much, just as they may be unwise to expect you to do the same. This year brings a reminder of how valuable, special and important you are. If you take this to heart and encourage the person you want to be with to feel better about themselves too, you can achieve something far more meaningful than a relationship that simply looks good. You can get one that really involves two hearts meeting, two minds understanding and two people growing - as individuals but together - towards the true fulfilment of your emotional and psychological potential.
August 24 – September 23
Philippa Charlotte ‘Pippa’ Middleton (born September 6, 1983)You have a deeply giving, kind and generous nature. But when we keep giving somebody else what they want, we eventually forget what we want. You don’t have to encounter that in 2013. You need not become selfish, but if you are going to help someone else, it needs to be done in a way that works for both them and you. Don’t imagine that there isn’t someone out there who’ll love you for who you really are. Of course there is. But first you’ve got to become a little bit clearer about who you really are and what you really want. That way, you’ll end up being the person who is pleased, instead of doing all the pleasing. This year, you have the potential to discover within yourself a way of being still, strong, giving and loving?.?.?.?and being very lovable, too.
September 24 – October 23
Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969)
In 2013, your romantic outlook is really encouraging but it will require you to stay buoyant on an ocean of change, regardless of whether the sea is calm or storms are coming.Someone you care for will face problems. They may undergo an apparent change of character, commitment and level of emotional openness. That could trigger insecurity within you. Don’t let it. Find your own stability and strength. You will soon discover you are worth so much that nothing can undermine your value. As confidence rises you will exude a stabilising influence on all you are - or wish to be - close to. You’ll gain power not by fighting for it, but by being so kind and understanding that others grow addicted to the experience. Ultimately, this year you will pull towards you all the love, support and comfort you need. Bouts of turbulence need be only a passing chapter in a far bigger and happier story.
October 24 – November 22
Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945)
The planet of structure and stability continues to pass through Scorpio in 2013. This is also the planet of all the rules and regulations that you will soon need to define and uphold. Be aware that often, the person who is most conscious of the need to enforce restrictions tends to be the focus of most resentment.To maintain vital boundaries with an air of calm authority requires quiet confidence. You don’t have to lay down laws, you just have to set examples. You are the right companion for anyone who seeks security, comfort and guidance. Indeed, you are so attractive to a person who needs that, there is no question of them looking anywhere else. But you have to be happy with supplying this. If you’re not, you must consider pursuing what you truly need without becoming overly apologetic. Be clear, and this year will bring truly delightful moments of deep, tender sharing.
November 23 – December 21
Jane Fonda (born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda; December 21, 1937)
A good relationship can help us discover more about who we truly are and what we are capable of. A difficult relationship can make us overly conscious of all that might be lacking within us. Poor relationships say more about the other person’s tendency to find fault or seek conflict than they reflect on you. This is why sometimes we don’t so much need to ask who is going to come into our life bringing what flowers, but who is already in our life waving what weapons? Wherever there are tensions, you need to let an inner confidence naturally neutralise every possible or perceived attack. Your outlook in 2013 promises you that ability. Don’t ask: ‘What will happen to me this year?’ Ask: ‘What can I do to make things happen?’ If you really understand what your heart is telling you, you can naturally ensure such magic unfolds.