Your affinity for the Zodiac is a bit embarrassing. It’s cheugy to claim, but you can’t blame yourself for wanting your current situation validated and your future softly outlined.
That you know.
You were born on January 10th, five years before the new millennia, and it was snowing. A mighty mountain goat with bullish emotions and a mask to match. That was fact well before you ever learned about what a birth chart was. Growing up—the oldest of three—you learned that determination, work ethic, and broad-brush-stroke success were what mattered. You didn’t question it. You competed, you followed through, you toughened up, you kept your eye on the prize (whatever it was from week to week).
We entered the new year with a new moon and said new moon just so happens to be “held under” Capricorn. Your sign. The astrologer-poet duo Astropoets wrote that this moon, “will ask us to especially consider what paths we are on and how we might want to make sure that they are the right ones.” Perfect timing—classic Capricorn.
Well. This past year—in and out of isolation, met with massive bouts of change—you’ve started to see your path for what it really is.
You’ve learned to listen to your gut, and that’s been a great compass.
You’ve started to forgive yourself for the wrong turns taken, and that’s given you fuel to keep trucking forward.
But this coming year, the right path might be the slower one. The one that has no defined end. The one that requires some outside guidance. The one that makes you question the rigid definitions you’ve put into place—success, comfort, and happiness.
The “right” path is the one you’re on.
It always has been.
Instead of working so hard to hit the next mile marker, remember that “success” isn’t always seen. It isn’t always material. It’s not the promotion, the new project, another byline. It can simply be that intimate, internal serendipity.
Acceptance, contentment with the present, and a slower pace. With less rushing and more rest, you’ll get to where you need to be.
Bianca is a writer and strategist from Chicago. She helps run a digital community called Distant, spends too much time cuddling her two cats Pearl & Norman, and refuses to acknowledge that pasta sauce can also be called gravy. You can find more of her work at www.biancapsmith.com and you can find her on Instagram at @biancapsmith and @distant.community.