JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18
Your mental health is important and you have a sensitive nervous system, so eat foods that support it. Foods that are rich in magnesium and B vitamins include nuts and seeds, legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and beans, and fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna. Avocado, bananas, spinach and kale are also good.
Remember, a healthy body means a heathy mind. Avoid fast foods, alcohol and caffeine. Saturn, your ruling planet, is in its happy place, so practise self-discipline and healthy routines. Your lower legs are vulnerable to injury, so be careful of sprained or swollen ankles and cramping calf muscles. You may also experience problems with your circulation. Balancing your needs for isolation and social interaction is essential.
FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20
Dreamy Pisces is a sensitive soul, so you don’t enjoy competitive jostling. Yours is the most fluid of the Water signs, so take long walks on the beach, swim or do water aerobics. No hard-and-fast rules for you. Your imagination is your only limitation. Try a foot spa where little fish nibble at your feet, wear comfortable footgear, have a pedicure, bury your toes in the sand. Spending time near water is soothing and relaxing – a must for your mental and physical wellbeing. Be careful of eating disorders and don’t get caught in the substance-abuse trap. You don’t have to be a martyr. Allergies and emotionally generated illnesses could arise due to your sensitive nature. Don’t judge yourself too harshly if you can’t stick rigidly to a routine. Try cultivating a couple of healthy habits, such as meditation and regular exercise. Take time out from always doing for others. Eat a lot of leafy greens, citrus fruits and grapes. You have a need for spirituality and creativity, so experiment with various forms of artistic expression. You might be pleasantly surprised. Physical activity is important to keep you grounded. Take good care of your lungs, and breathe easy.
MARCH 21 – APRIL 19
You’re an action hero – on the go and looking to win. Competitive sports are your thing. You enjoy activities where you can shine as an individual. Just don’t burn yourself out. Avoid injury by pacing yourself rather than flying in headlong. Temper enthusiasm with self-control. With Mars in the area of friends, hopes and dreams, you could set higher fitness targets or join a new club. You might even be able to turn your sport into a career this year. Don’t be too impatient with yourself and others. Don’t let your blood pressure shoot up too high. Acidic or spicy foods and alcohol are not good for you. You may suffer from headaches, and are at risk for head and face injuries, so don’t be too quick to anger. Eat brown rice, eggs, olives, lean meat, leafy greens, salads, figs, bananas and nuts. Take time to chew properly and enjoy your food. Avoid fast foods, even though you may have a weakness for them. Exercise is for you the best way to relax and get rid of your pent-up energies. You have a pioneering spirit, so plan some adventures. It’s in your nature to try new things, so go for it.
APRIL 20 – MAY 20
You can be a bit of a foodie and a sensualist. If you’re not careful, your sweet tooth could be your undoing. Remember the old adage: a second on the lips is forever on the hips. Avoid comfort foods. Eat plenty of green vegetables, strawberries, olives, nuts, asparagus, pomegranates, pumpkin and melon. Eat organic where possible. Stay away from those fizzy cold drinks you love and try to avoid refined sugar. Remember that fatty and heavy foods are not your friend.
You may have to overcome some initial laziness when starting physical activities. But you’re strong and determined when you eventually get going, and your stubborn streak can serve you well in endurance exercise. You may be prone to sore throats, coughs, tonsillitis, earache and infected glands. If you don’t watch your diet and exercise regularly, diabetes or gout could be on the horizon. With Venus as your ruler in an Earth sign, you are a nature-lover and will enjoy outdoor activities such as boot camp, hiking, golfing, gardening, landscaping and mountain-biking. Fill your home and garden with scented plants and flowers. Take some time to listen to beautiful music – it’s good for your soul.
MAY 21 – JUNE 20
There’s a total lunar eclipse on 26 January, which signifies endings and new beginnings. You may experience some significant psychological or emotional changes. Use this opportunity to revise your approach to health and wellness. You have a preference for the unusual, so fly a power kite, go hot-air-ballooning or hang-gliding. Engage in social activities that involve exercise or meditation. You are a humanitarian, so do a fun run for an animal shelter or an old-age home.
You’re a thinker whose mind is a butterfly that flits from one bright bloom to another. Get out of your head for a while and try physical activities that are interesting and varied. Gymnastics, pilates, yoga, aerobics or dancing will appeal.
Gemini is an Air sign, so you could try pranayama (yoga breathing), a formal practice of controlling the breath. Moving meditation could be of benefit, because it improves concentration and focus, and does not require you to sit still for too long. Try tai chi or qigong. They are as much mental as physical disciplines. You can do them in short sessions, so you don’t get bored. Keep your mind actively engaged by learning a new language or writing fiction. You can be quite the raconteur at social gatherings. You are susceptible to health problems in your lungs, arms, shoulders or hands. You may suffer from allergies and nervous tension. A soothing massage can help a lot. Don’t smoke. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and rich foods. Try herbal teas – such as chamomile, peppermint or lemon balm – that support your nervous system. Salad greens, basmati rice, quinoa, peaches, bananas, plums, citrus fruits, baked fish and other seafoods are good for you.
JUNE 21 – JULY 22
Home and family are everything to you, but don’t let your need for emotional security override self-care. You tend to nurture others at your own expense. Don’t be a doormat. You need to be nurtured too. Strike a balance between your needs and those of family, and be sure to take regular “me time”. Cancer rules the stomach, armpits and breasts. Check your breasts regularly for lumps – guys too!
You are prone to stomach upsets, ulcers, gastritis or indigestion that could arise from stress. Eateggs, wheat, beetroot, yogurt and seafood. Cottage cheese is good for you. Avoid hot, spicy foods that irritate the stomach, and don’t overdo the alcohol. Physical activities involving water, such as canoeing, sailing or swimming, are good for the body and mind. Your energy levels may fluctuate just as the Moon, your ruling planet, waxes and wanes. Your weight can also fluctuate, so don’t get despondent when you are in a waxing phase. Various forms of yoga, for example goat yoga and tai chi can also be beneficial for you, because they promote mental and physical relaxation. Install a fishpond or fountain in your garden or home, and sit next to it when you are feeling the need for calm.
JULY 23 – AUGUST 22
You have a generous, loving heart, even though you might be a little too fond of the limelight. Leo is a Fire sign ruled by the Sun. You need the admiration of others to feel good about yourself. Sports and games are your forte. You could experience problems with your heart and spine, so eat a healthy diet and don’t overexert yourself. Eat lean meat, fish and cheese, whole-foods, tomatoes, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, wholegrain foods, berries, grapes, beetroot, olives, nuts, especially walnuts, and figs. Citrus fruits, apples, plums and pears are also on the menu. Spices such as garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper provide stimulation. You may enjoy rugby, athletics, bodybuilding and gymnastics, or even dancing. Theatre may be a good outlet for you. Try not to overthink things too much. The lunar eclipse on 21 January takes place in Leo, presenting some challenges and life changes. Too much stress is bad for the heart, so include flexibility training and relaxation techniques in your daily routine. Don’t smoke, and make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation affects your heart health.
Goat Yoga is good for the spine and omega-3 is essential for heart health.
AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22
You can be overly analytical and critical. Worrying taxes your nervous system. This affects your gut. The vagus nerve that runs from the brain stem to the colon has been described as the second brain. People with healthy, diverse gut biomes are less likely to be depressed or anxious. So keep your gut healthy and your second brain happy. Avoid junk food. Include prebiotic and probiotic foods in your diet. Raw garlic, dandelion greens, parsley, endive, asparagus, artichoke, shallots, flax seeds and radishes are all prebiotic. You may suffer from food sensitivities. Identify the offending foods by a process of elimination. Don’t try to fix people and things all the time. You may suffer from inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas, leafy greens and whole-grains. Yoghurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, cheeses, nuts, red lentils, leeks and a variety of rice can help your intestines too. High-fibre fruits, such as mangoes, pears and apples, are also recommended. Steam baths and saunas can be very relaxing for you. Sweating out the toxins is such a wonderfully cleansing experience. Sugar is not your friend. Try herbal teas such as dandelion, chamomile, liquorice root or peppermint.
SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22
Libra is an Air sign. It rules the kidneys, the lower back and buttocks. Your ruling planet Venus means you hate unpleasantness. Art, music or interior decorating are therapeutic for you. Just remember that your need for harmony and fairness can interfere with your own happiness, so don’t take all the responsibility for keeping the peace.When you overdo physical activity, you may experience lowerback pain. Do specific exercises to strengthen your lower back, or take up goat yoga, dancing or cycling. Acupuncture and pilates will also help. Venus also gives a love of sweet things, but do be careful of diabetes. You are vulnerable to kidney disease. Monitor your blood pressure and keep it within healthy limits. Follow a low-salt, low-fat diet. Get regular exercise and don’t use tobacco. Lose weight if you are packing a few extra kilograms. Being overweight increases your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. This means an increased risk of kidney disease. Drink plenty of water and avoid soft drinks that are high in sugar. Avoid alcohol. Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Eat artichokes, berries, grains, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot and seafood. Make sure you get enough sleep, and avoid fast foods.
OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21
Mars is your ruling planet, so you like to be in control. You have a passionate, sexual nature hiding below your calm exterior. You are intense, mysterious and secretive. Being physically active is essential for your health and wellbeing. You can be stubborn and highly focused. You have a strong need to engage in physical activity, be it lovemaking or gym. Diseases of the sexual organs are a possibility, so maintaining health in this area is essential. Avoid unprotected sex. You could suffer from thrush, genital warts, venereal diseases, cystitis or prostatitis.
Haemorrhoids may also be a problem. Generally speaking, you have a strong constitution and recover quickly from illness. Include cauliflower, watercress, parsnips, asparagus, avocado, parsley, tomatoes and onions in your diet. Olives, cranberries, blackberries, grapes and cheeses are also important. Drink plenty of water, and snack on cherries, figs and nuts. Don’t overindulge in rich food, and avoid alcohol. Sex can be a spiritual experience for you, so don’t be shy to experiment. Celebrate pleasure and the beauty of the body. Erotic massage with your partner can be highly beneficial. You can be a workaholic, so it is important to keep a healthy balance between work and play.
NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 21
You are an adventurer and love to travel, but take care not to pick up infections. Regular exercise is essential to stay healthy and energetic. If you don’t exercise, you may experience fatigue and lethargy. Hips and thighs may be the site of chronic pain. You are vulnerable to sciatica and hip disease. Your upper legs are the first part of your body to tire when you are taking strain. Diseases of the liver as a result of overindulgence in rich foods and alcohol are a possibility. Guard against liver cirrhosis and hepatitis. Although you may love horse-riding, it could lead to hip or thigh injuries and pain. Choose organic foods to avoid chemicals and pesticides. Turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties, so include them in your diet if you suffer from arthritis or stiff joints. Bone health is important, so eat foods rich in vitamin D, vitamin K and calcium. Do exercises such as pilates. Eat lots of fresh fruit and berries. Prepare healthy snacks for when you go out. Quinoa, hazelnuts, leafy greens, sardines and salmon are good for bone health. Dairy foods, nuts and pumpkin seeds are also beneficial. Drink plenty of clean water.
DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19
Saturn is your ruling planet and is associated with the entire skeletal system. Avoid alcohol and eat regular healthy meals. Include spinach, carrots, chicken, leafy greens and cheese in your diet. Grapes, citrus fruits, nuts, corn and broccoli are also good for you. Eat fish, eggs, cereals, figs and brown rice. Try out different foods and don’t become monotonous in your diet. You may suffer from joint pain and are susceptible to knee injuries. Take good care of your skin by moisturising and using sunscreen. You may suffer from eczema or skin allergies. Do exercises to strengthen the knees, floss and have regular dental checkups. Choose tea rather than coffee, especially green tea. Eat cheese made from goat’s milk.
Incorporate stretching exercises in your daily routine to maintain flexibility. Goat Yoga, pilates and tai chi are recommended. You may enjoy climbing, whether it’s rock walls or mountains. Try not to take yourself so seriously and don’t let others get under your skin. You could easily become a workaholic, which is not healthy for body or mind. Take time to stop and enjoy the scenery. Make sure you have a healthy balance of exercise, work, rest, sleep and recreation. Routine massage is beneficial.