Your love horoscope for the week is here, commencing January 9th 2021

Astrologer Oscar Cainer lays out your weekly love horoscope for the week of Saturday, January 9th to Friday, January 15th. 

Big ideas don’t just happen… and they don’t often start out big. The inspiring philosophies that shape our lives usually start with a glimmer. As we deepen into the New Year, this week brings the opportunity to plant a seed. In order for it to grow, it will need to be tended. To see real transformation take place, we’ll have to come back to what we’ve planted, and shape its growth. Sometimes that will involve tactical pruning. But for now, we can just encourage and nourish the new direction life takes.

When we start a new project or face a tricky difficulty, often the right thing to do is to call on the advice of an expert. But, as Alec Issigonis said in a wry moment: ‘An expert is someone who tells you why you can’t do something’. The innovative car designer knew what he was talking about; he defied convention and designed the ground-breaking Mini in 1959. Your current problem only appears insoluble. You don’t need expert help. A closer look will enable you to easily unravel a misunderstanding.

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So much of our communication happens subconsciously through micro-expressions; involuntary ’emotional leakages’ that occur in a fraction of a second, which reveal our true attitude. But in this new ‘age of masks,’ it’s not so easy to signal our inner feelings when words are hard to find. Try ‘smizing’. ‘America’s Top Model’ creator, Tyra Banks, coined this term for ‘smiling with your eyes’; and as Uranus turns direct, it’s your secret weapon in the battle to catch the attention of a certain someone.

Only a very few brave, bold or foolhardy people have the nerve to approach an attractive stranger and tell them outright, ‘I like how you look; I’d like to get to know you more’. We’re usually more circumspect. Complimenting someone on their dress-sense or hairstyle is perhaps the nearest we ever get. You’ve been starved of social action for a while, and it’s time to break a few taboos and knock down a barrier or two. Others feel exactly the same as you. Try reaching out; they’re reaching out too.

‘Because you’ve been blessed with the gift of life here on planet Earth, it’s your duty to help others. We’re all responsible for one another’. Poet Kamand Kojouri touches on a universal truth which, in these materialistic times, many of us are guilty of forgetting. Duty can feel like an imposition, when really, it’s a privilege. Recently, you’ve felt overwhelmed by dutiful demands on your time. But your efforts have been noticed. You’ve made an impression that’s about to attract attention you’ll enjoy.

Sometimes it’s right to challenge rules. And sometimes it’s sheer madness. No one in their right mind would challenge the need to stop at red traffic lights on a busy road junction. The reasons are obvious. But other regulations can become outmoded as situations change. Do you feel trapped in a role by rules established when circumstances were significantly different? It’s time to start looking at ways to change outmoded thinking. A conversation you fear will be easier than you think.

It might be a while since you went to the cinema, but I’m sure you know what kind of ending to expect in a rom-com. Yet, if someone told you in advance of the highs and lows that the plot was going to take, you wouldn’t thank them. Not knowing, and sharing the journey, is part of the entertainment. How’s your own personal ‘rom-com’ going? I could tell you how the story unfolds… but I’m not a plot spoiler. It’s enough to know that this reviewer gives your upcoming emotional life a five-star write-up!

‘There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth’. Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou gets to the heart of what has been preoccupying you. Some of the ‘facts’ you’ve been given simply don’t add up. There might not be malice behind this, but you can sense that something isn’t right – and that you don’t know the whole picture. Your gut is telling you a different story – and that’s what you must listen to. Something dear to you is worth another try.

‘Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears’. The hallmark of Rudyard Kipling, especially in his autobiographical work, was fearless honesty. His admission above is typical; that we deceive ourselves if we let fear rule us. Don’t let anxiety talk you out of taking a chance that could transform your prospects in so many ways: financial, emotional and spiritual. As Uranus turns direct, it’s time to make a new commitment – despite any of the concerns you have.

We’ve all seen those TV detective shows where all the characters are gathered together at the end and the sleuth slowly unpicks their various stories before revealing the culprit. What the suspects say is important. But it’s often what they don’t say that the investigator seizes upon. You think you know the whole picture on a key issue. But it’s what’s not being said (or done) that will help you find the solution you need. Your ability to think intuitively holds the key this week. The truth will set you free.

It might not be the season for a spring clean. You might not be in the mood for a clear out of unwanted bits and pieces; that’s a job for another time. But it would be folly to try decorating a room without first removing old paint and smoothing down the walls and woodwork. You want change, but you can’t just jump into it; an honest, cleansing reappraisal of emotional baggage comes first. There’s no better time for that than when a New Moon takes place in your sign. You’ll be amazed by what you find.

Are you ready for a boost? You only have a few days to gird yourself before your ruling planet, Uranus, changes direction, and stays in direct motion until mid-August. It’s time to prepare yourself. Since you’re about to set off on a metaphorical journey, make sure you’ve got a psychological suitcase packed with everything you’re going to need. Here comes a reboot, as the energy you’ve been lacking surges back. At last! Progress; both of an emotional and intellectual nature awaits.

One of the problems created by social distancing is that many of us have become more indecisive. Without immediate feedback, or encouragement from friends or workmates, the fear of making a bad choice has stultified some of us. As a sensitive Piscean, you’re feeling the loss of one-to-one interactions particularly strongly. But it’s not too late to make a resolution. The New Moon brings a decisive attitude. You can use it to find a new interest, which leads to exciting new connections.

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