The new year is upon us — and with it the call to be born back better.
2024 begins with Mercury ending its retrograde in Sagittarius, a real boon for making lofty resolutions that serve a higher purpose.
In terms of collective advice for the month ahead and the year to come, I bring you the words and the imperative of Mercury in Sagittarius native Nicki Minaj: “You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.”
In terms of numerology, the power number of 2024 is 8, a hallowed symbol of achievement, abundance, fortune and balancing the scales of karmic debt, the New York Post.
In Chinese numerology, the number is considered so lucky that it is sought out for inclusion in wedding dates, business deals, and home addresses.
An upright infinity sign, the number 8 speaks to the ever flowing cycles of life, death and retribution. In perfect balance it receives and releases in equal measure.
In correspondence, the eighth card in the Major Arcana of the tarot is Strength.
Associated with the zodiac sign of Leo, this is the Universal Tarot Card for 2024. In terms of yearly outlook, the Strength card, formerly known as Fortitude, pertains to emotional resilience, personal power and joy as the most triumphant mode of resistance.
This fortitude is depicted in the iconography of the card itself; a lion keeps company with a serene woman, a marriage of physical ferocity and gentle faculty.
The lion represents passion, the ego, joie de vivre and the search for human connection. The big cat is also a stand-in for the shadow side of Leo energy, which manifests as surface level self-serving when needs go unmet, deeds go unnoticed and the deeper aspects of the self unexplored.
In contrast and compliment, the woman in white symbolises the self-love required to cure, or tame if you will, destructive impulses and topical pursuits.
Relative to the number 8, the maiden is crowned with the infinity symbol, suggesting the limitless capacity of the human heart.
This card, and this year, offer an invitation to explore the frontier of our own wildness. How and why do we feel most alive? Operating from this place of vital fulfilment allows us to live freely, give fully and love fearlessly.
Happy New Year one and all — long may you roar and art may you become.
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Chiron, the wounded healer, is finally going direct in your sign after a five month retrograde, Aries. Pain can be clarifying, sharpening the lens on what matters, what triggers and what eases. When we are activated, we can, if we choose, also be illuminated by our own power to integrate and evolve. Armed with new-found tenderness towards yourself and others, you are poised now — more than ever — to be a warrior of alleviation.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
The sun in Capricorn highlights your ninth house of expansion and exploration, Taurus. Jupiter, planet of getting lucky and letting the dice roll, going direct in your sign this month means there has never been a finer time to go big, bet large and stay away from home. Leave the pasture with an open mind and an unbuttoned shirt.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Venus is in the good time and glad rags sign of Sagittarius this month, Gemini, encouraging you to seek the strange and shake loose the known. The sun in Capricorn activates your eighth house of sex, death and transformation, suggesting that aforementioned strange could and should take the form of a one-night stand or a long night of shadow work. Ideally for the dual-leaning twins, it’s both at once.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
With the sun and Mars in your opposite sign of Capricorn, this month feels especially relationship-oriented for you, Cancer. You’re a sacrificial care bear, baby, a martyr for love and a sucker for a broken wing. But guess what? You can change that script at any point. Who would you be if you didn’t have to rescue anyone? Might this be the year that you choose reciprocity over exhaustion? I’ve got my crab claws crossed for you to write a new contract for commitment.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Strength, your governing slice of the divining deck is The Tarot Card of the Year for 2024. You know how to be strong Leo, but where could you stand to be soft? Whether it’s lowering your voice or sweetening your approach, you can lead by example and lead the rest of us onward and upward, towards new levels of emotional resilience and cup-filling love. A full moon in your sign on January 25 is a (cat) call to tread lightly and try mightily.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
The sun and Mars in Capricorn are playing hopscotch in your fifth house of pleasure, play, creativity and the inner child, Virgo. During this season I urge you to consider that creativity does not resign itself to artistic expression, nor is pleasure solely synonymous with indulgence. In the spirit of a new year, a clean slate and for purposes of growth, remember the words of productivity expert David Allen, “You can do anything but you can’t do everything.” Abundance and aim are the name of the game.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
The sun and Mars in Capricorn form a cardinal square (and function as a capital buzzkill) for you, Libra. Feeling the friction between duty and desire, obligation and personal objective, family ties and flights of fancy, you may be tempted to lean into self-indulgence. But you would be better served by locking it up and using the lessons of the sea goat to streamline and strategise, so you can let loose with grounded gratification when the sun moves into fellow air sign Aquarius on the 20th. Trust me when I tell you, pleasure earned is a whole new kind of kink.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Mars, the god of war — and your ancient planetary ruler — is setting up shop in the bootstrapping sign of Capricorn for a six week stint. Mars is known for his association with warfare, but he is also, and equally, an agricultural guardian, charged with protecting saplings and seeds from fledgling to fruition. This duality between brutality and beauty is a metaphor for you this month, Scorpio. How will you protect what is starting to stir in your soil?
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Capricorn season is high time to find your footing, Sagittarius. You often prioritise living in the moment (a beautiful quality) to such a degree that you fail to focus on any possibility that lives in the future. Chill your t – s to ensure that your prodigious energies are moving the proverbial cart rather than spinning the wheel.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Happy return of the sun to you, Capricorn! With Mars, the planet of getting it on and getting it done setting up shop in your sign for most of the month, and transformation-through-trauma Pluto rounding the bases of its two-decade residency in your cardinal company, a lot of power is at play. With a new moon in your sign on January 11 there has never been a better time to unshackle yourself from the past and the belief that you can only get ahead by going it alone. Do not be afraid to accept counsel and support, as the African proverb maintains, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Here’s to a future of further.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
The first weeks of this new year are or could be a time of quiet contemplation for you, Aquarius. Your twelfth house of endings and the unconscious mind is activated by the sun and Mars in Capricorn but you would do well to remember that time apart need not be time spent alone. The word privacy derives from earlier roots that translate to “secret mysteries,” and/or “for the use of privileged persons.” May I suggest you pick your privileged few and commence to investigate together the kind of mysteries that draw you in and turn you on.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
The sun and Mars in Capricorn shine a light — and light a fire — in your eleventh house of high hopes, extended networks and social structures, Pisces. Cap energy is divisive and industrious — with Mercury going direct on the 1st, the time is nigh for you to cultivate and cull the kind of community that not only supports who you are, but the work you have yet to do. Fast-talking 19th-century preacher Henry Melvill espoused, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men.” May the fibre of your friendships become the kind of rope you can climb.
Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post and reproduced with permission