Fate reigns supreme in film noir, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love us some zodiac fun. Hope your January is full of cozy fires, clean slates and copious joy. And happy birthday, Capricorn and Aquarius! A special shout-out to Caps Nicolas Cage (Jan. 7), Faye Dunaway and Larry Kasdan (both Jan. 14), Kate Moss (Jan. 16), Tippi Hedren (Jan. 19), Diane Lane (Jan. 22), Heather Graham (Jan. 29) and, sharing Jan. 30, Christian Bale and Gene Hackman.
Capricorn (December 23-January 20): Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, born Jan. 12, seems the quintessential Cap – strong, sexy, grounded and funny. Not only is she the face of Chanel, she also endorses Rimmel London and Hudson Jeans. As she told Harper’s Bazaar recently: “I model jeans. You need a bum for those.” Rock on, GMJ, though somehow I don’t see pudgy in your gene pool. And check out the January Harper’s to catch up with drop-dead gorgeous Jerry. “I gave [my daughters, Lizzy and Georgia] all these films to watch,” she says. “Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Mae West. Actually, they both shot with Karl Lagerfeld, and he was saying to them, ‘Okay, be Bette Davis in “The Letter.” ’ And they knew what to do!”
Speaking of Bette Davis, she once remarked that, “If everyone likes you, you’re doing your job wrong.” Bear this mind if any people-pleasing tendencies get in the way of your ambition. Enjoy being showered with attention and affection this month. You will have much to juggle so plan ahead and make the extra effort to attain balance. Ain’t nothing wrong with some downtime, don’t forget. What first appears to be a casual get-together may in fact be a date with destiny.
Aquarius (January 21-February 19): A new year and new decade mean new trends for you to set. The world awaits your whims! Fashionistas should survey closets and pare them down. For most people, this is a chore, but in your hands it’s inspired editing that results in a slew of signature looks. You may experience friction at work and find yourself butting heads with a new resident of your realm. He/she likely finds your unique vision and high energy intimidating. Don’t rush a flirtation, better to let it slowly simmer than boil over too quickly. Stand your ground on the 18th.
Pisces (February 20-March 20): “Bracelets may be worn over long gloves (except, of course, at the dinner table) but rings should never be worn outside a glove,” says Vogue’s Book of Etiquette, 1948. Not life-changing info perhaps, but there may be another more important rule you need to consider breaking this month. Just remember to pick your battles. Meanwhile, you will be asked to make a creative contribution to a venture. Though you balk, even complain, about the work involved, your efforts may well win you attention. On the romance front, prepare to be wined, dined and wooed.
Aries (March 21-April 20): You may be waiting for a decision or a green light on a major project. And waiting isn’t your strong suit. Don’t bother with patience, it may be a virtue but it’s vastly overrated. Instead, take the time to focus on something significant such as what color looks best on your toe nails. Treat yourself to some beauty indulgences or a few new clothes and make sure you look good. When the decision finally comes through, you’ll be swept up in new activity or may need to brainstorm some fresh ways forward. Be mysterious with your men and dole out clues sparingly.
Taurus (April 21-May 21): Honor your inner gold-digger this month, especially when an acquaintance asks to “pick your brain” – tossing some ideas around is fine but don’t take on a load of work for free. If you are befuddled by technology and long for the days when you could call the telephone company and speak to an operator, resolve that you can learn anything you set your mind to, a little at a time. Don’t worry about asking a “dumb” question and realize that a lot of tech stuff is counter-intuitive, despite what marketing execs want you to think. Passion will find you the week of the 12th.
Gemini (May 22-June 21): Ah Gemini, imaginative, intellectual and quite the charming conversationalist. A conflict may arise that calls for full use of your communication skills. Surprise a friend with a big bouquet of beautiful flowers and buy some for yourself too (or does that go without saying?). Make a card for someone special or invent a new recipe. In other words, find little ways to be creative every single day. This will yield a major payoff in renewed energy. If single, make a plan to talk to three new people a week; for example, you could strike up a scintillating convo on celery with a handsome fellow shopper in the grocery store. If attached, make a fuss over your mate for no particular reason. Adoration never gets old.
Cancer: (June 22-July 23) Your New Year’s resolution: Spoil yourself rotten. Been there, done that? Well, then you should resolve to take more naps. So often you play against noir type and let your kind, caring, sensitive side come to the fore. Hmmm, how’s that working for you? Just make sure you get what you need. By month’s end, you may want to issue an ultimatum; be sure you are comfortable with various outcomes before putting your cards on the table. Flirt like there’s no tomorrow the weekend of the 15th.
Leo: (July 24-August 23) My Dad was fond of saying, “If not now, when?” before springing for dinner at a pricey restaurant. Then he would add: “Besides, we’re spending your inheritance.” Yes, appreciating the present moment is easier said than done but don’t let that stop you from trying. Timing truly counts this month, but accept that you cannot dictate a schedule. You will take a significant step forward when the moment is exactly right. You’ve spent a long time crafting an elaborate fantasy; now you must decide whether you’d like your happyland to meet your reality. If so, know that you have everything you need to make it a most enchanting introduction. Your sly sense of humor saves the day on the 31st.
Virgo (August 24-September 23): For your New Year’s resolution, take a leaf out of Sir Winston Churchill’s book. At the end of the day, take a long hot bath (not sure if Winston favored bubbles but why not make it luxurious and lovely, as befits a femme fatale?), close your eyes and say, “Bugger everyone.” Alas, you have a little habit of overthinking things – not a good use of that eager and restless brain of yours – so learn to switch off and shut down. If you feel stuck at work, reach out to people in your network and set up some lunches or coffees. See what’s new with them; gathering info will empower you.
Libra (September 24-October 23): Demanding divas are the stuff dreams are made of. In reality, however, declaring what you want can be a tad more challenging. Asking for someone’s help does not compromise your independence or tarnish your flawless image. If you meet with repeated resistance or outright refusal, figure out your timeline for moving on to a more rewarding situation; you deserve the best. Meanwhile, a frenemy faces a minor humiliation. As supremely satisfying as this is, try not to gloat too much – someone may notice. A cold winter weekend is a super time for you and your current love interest to curl up and create your own at-home film fest. Popcorn anyone?
Scorpio (October 24- November 22): They say living well is the best revenge but then maybe “they” weren’t very good at cooking up clever plots. You may have to choose this month whether to activate a just-desserts plan or take the high ground. Be wary though – you are sometimes prone to a tinge of jealousy so make sure this is not coloring your decision. A conversation midmonth baffles you; suspend judgment on the matter discussed until you have all the facts. Don’t take life too seriously on the 24th.
Sagittarius (November 23-December 22): A bit blue after the excitement of the holidays? Happens to the best of us. Why not mix it up and – are you sitting down? – think about extending yourself, maybe even helping someone. It’s actually more than a little marvelous. Meanwhile, a big change – a move to a new city or a surprise offer perhaps – might be around the corner. If you are having trouble making a decision, let yourself dither as you hash out pros and cons, but set a deadline for making up your mind and stick to it. Then have a little fun – slap on scarlet lipstick or get out your hot rollers and give yourself some ’40s-style loose waves. Darlin,’ you sure look swell!
Georgia May Jagger image from virginmedia.com