Astrologer Rebecca Gordon offers monthly readings--and recipes for results
(December 22-January 19)
A grand lineup of stars in Capricorn suggests it's time to reevaluate the old M.O.'s in favor of new and more purposeful routines. The theme now is restructuring, and your sun sign, Capricorn, rules the bones and teeth (body structure). Indulge in calcium-rich foods such as fish, bok choy, and turnip greens to strengthen your body as well as reinforce your inner purpose as you rebuild from a place of integrity. As your planetary ruler, Saturn sends a helping hand near January 17. Dinner with an old pal or mentor will bring sound insight to your ears, so take time to reconnect and listen.
Recipe to try: Salmon Bulgogi with Bok Choy and Mushrooms
(January 20-February 18)
A full moon on January 27 will shine a bright light on your most intimate relationships as clarity and conviction replace any past uncertainties. Lucidity can be yours with a clean diet rich in manganese, a mineral that supports the brain and nervous system. Hazelnuts, pecans, and pine nuts are great sources. If your relationship seems to break down on this full moon, parting ways will ultimately be the best step for moving forward. An already-strong partnership will step through this threshold and become that much more. Single? Conversation will quickly turn to flirtation, so get out and mingle!
Recipe to try: Toasted Hazelnut Salad with Dried Cranberries and Hazelnut Vinaigrette
(February 19-March 20)
You are known for your deep compassion and selfless giving, but you sometimes find yourself running on empty. Keep your body's immune system functioning smoothly with zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and salmon. As a new moon enlivens the social sector of your chart, you may consider connecting more with like-minded people--maybe through a humanitarian organization or a meet-up that will enrich and inspire you. New and dear friends will emerge from such a genuine experience. While Jupiter warms up the home sector of your chart, take advantage of these good vibes with cheer, candles, and good company.
Recipe to try: Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Pesto
(March 21-April 19)
A mighty lineup of stars will crown your chart this month as all eyes turn to you and your bustling career. Out of work? Not for long, though you must refine your direction as well as your nutritional regimen. This kind of focus will be vital as you are on the precipice of a more expansive future, and foods high in folic acid such as asparagus and nuts are especially important. A new Moon on January 11 will swing open the doors to your professional dreams, although first you must crystallize your intentions. Business talks will go exceptionally well on January 4 as lucky Jupiter expands your scope of vision and action Mars propels you forward like a rocket.
Recipe to try: Roasted Asparagus with Brazil Nuts
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(April 20-May 20)
Being ruled by Venus, you are a natural-born connoisseur of gourmet delicacies, wine, music, and perfume. Mid-month, Venus will cozy up to an intense Pluto and Saturn, setting the stage for a serious wintery romance or even an exotic vacation. If staying local, dinner parties will be divine the weekend of January 18 while the moon passes through sensuous Taurus. Stimulate your sensual side (and digestive tract) with foods such as ginger and cayenne that are arousing as well as healthy.
Recipe to try: Vietnamese Chicken Salad
(May 21-June 20)
Thanks to lucky Jupiter brightening up Gemini, you can strike gold with your mere optimism and intentionality. Since you're an air sign, it will be essential to stay down-to-earth, and root vegetables--especially those high in vitamins A and C, like carrots and parsnips--will help you stay grounded in reality and maintain perspective. The world is beginning to take you more seriously because you have begun to see yourself that way. Whether it's meeting a potential investor, going for a job, or applying for a grant, resources are nearby, so inquire with poise. The new moon of January 11 will swing open the doors of opportunity and by January 27, you will seal the deal. January 22 will be a prime day for meetings and innovations.
Recipe to try: Caramelized Spiced Carrots
(June 21-July 22)
Life will sweeten as the planetary holding pattern that tied up home, relationship, and career will finally begin to dissolve. Although you have been through a lot, you have also become much wiser and stronger over the past few years. Cleansing, diuretic foods like parsley and celery will be a good complement to your current life station as you move forward, namely in the relationship sector. A new moon on January 11 heralds a new era of love for you. You have done much self-reflection and are more emotionally prepared than ever before. Sparks will fly January 19, a stellar date night. Already committed? Renew your vows with splendor.
Recipe to try: Apple and Celery Salad with Peanuts
(July 23-August 22)
Health and body will come first this month as the planets seem to be gathering restlessly in the daily routine sector of your chart. They are ready to move, so leap onto the mat, bicycle, or dance floor and enjoy it wholeheartedly. Begin a new nutritional regimen with healthy servings of seeds and citrus fruits to provide a fresh burst of energy. Wait until the new moon of January 11 to initiate your health resolutions, and witness your new healthy routine transform not only your body but your entire life.
Recipe to try: Clementine Jicama Salad
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(August 23-September 22)
You are by nature diligent and hardworking--you have no qualms about putting in the extra hours to ensure excellence. January, though, shouldn't be business as usual. In fact, there is an area of your chart that is blossoming: the love sector. Romance--even just the possibility of it--makes grownups giddy, so play up your youthfulness with foods high in monounsaturated fats and iron, such as Marcona almonds and avocados. Allow the heart to lead the way with the new moon on January 11. Attached? A romantic weekend getaway mid-month looks divine. Conversations will flow seamlessly and deeper connections can be made on January 6, 16, 17, and 25.
Recipe to try: Spiced Marcona Almonds
(September 23-October 22)
The foundations of your life--namely, your home and work space--may be in need of a little TLC or even a total 180. Luckily, Venus will sweep through the home sector of your chart to help you with all the right finishing touches and new additions. Whether you have outgrown your current place or are in need of a renovation that reflects the new and improved you, know that environmental upgrades bring professional growth. Incorporating root vegetables--sunchoke, turnip, and particularly burdock with its purifying and healing properties--into your diet will help you consider your foundations more thoughtfully. If you're on the lookout for a new home or addition, lucky days will be January 16 and 17.
Recipe to try: Sunchoke Soup with Pumpkin Seeds
(October 23-November 21)
You've garnered a few vital lessons on organization and authority--namely, how to yield power wisely--as your planetary ruler Pluto has picked up a few tricks from structured Saturn. The transition probably hasn't been easy and it's likely that you've taken on challenging responsibilities and are working many late nights. Eating fibrous foods such as kale, lentils, and sweet potatoes, drinking plenty of fresh water, and taking long walks will help you process all of life's monumental changes. All of your hard work will pay off with the promise of future rewards--a handshake, a contract, important meeting--by the full moon on January 27. You've certainly earned it!
Recipe to try: Red Lentils and Kale with Miso
(November 22-December 21)
Your big ideas have been brewing for quite a while now and the time has come to give them wings to fly. Strengthening minerals found in sea veggies--kombu, kelp, wakame, arame--will help you power up for take-off this month. With a new moon illuminating your house of income and manifestation, you will now hold the power to transform a hobby into a small business or step up to a more lofty position at work. The stars indicate increased earnings along with a greater sense of fulfillment at the end of the day. Ask yourself what you really want, and define your true vision with clear intention the week of January 11. Recipe to try: Seaweed Salad
Rebecca Gordon is a Manhattan-based astrologer, columnist, and national presenter. As founder of the My Path Astrology School, she has practiced astrology for the past 15 years after an ongoing mentorship with world-renowned astrologist Susan Miller. Gordon is an active member and columnist for ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research). Her astrological services have been retained for events by Condé Nast Traveler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Sonia Rykiel, Laura Mercier, Benefit Cosmetics, Elle magazine, and ABC Television Network. Her practice in sharing astrology is mainly to connect people with their true essence of character and provide multi-dimensional life path guidance. For a list of upcoming events, visit Facebook.
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