ARIES (March 21–April 19): "I need more smart allies, compassionate supporters, ethical role models, loyal friends, and wise teachers, and I need them right now!" writes Joanna K., an Aries reader from Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the other hand, there's Jacques T., an Aries reader from Montreal. "To my amazement, I actually have much of the support and assistance I need," he declares. "What I seem to need more of are constructive critics, fair-minded competitors with integrity, colleagues and loved ones who don't assume that every little thing I do is perfect, and adversaries who galvanize me to get better." I'm happy to announce, dear Aries, that in 2018 you will benefit more than usual from the influences that both Joanna and Jacques seek.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): In the Scots language spoken in Lowland Scotland, a watergaw is a fragmented rainbow that appears between clouds. A skafer is a faint rainbow that arises faintly behind a mist, presaging the imminent dissipation of the mist. A silk napkin is an imperfect rainbow that heralds the arrival of brisk wind and rain. In accordance with the astrological omens, I propose we use these mysterious phenomena as symbols of power for you in 2018. The good fortune that comes your way will sometimes be partially veiled and seemingly incomplete—but nonetheless beautiful and striking.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): In 2018, half-buried residues from the past will be resurfacing as influences in your life. Old dreams that you abandoned prematurely are ripe to be reevaluated in light of what has happened since you last took them seriously. Are these good or bad developments? It will probably depend on your ability to be lighthearted and expansive as you deal with them. One thing is certain: To move forward into the future, you will have to update your relationships with these residues and dreams.

CANCER (June 21–July 22): Poet Diane Ackerman tells us that human tongues, lips, and genitals possess neural receptors that are ultra-responsive. Anatomists have given unsexy names to these blissful parts of our bodies: Krause end bulbs, also known as bulboid corpuscles. (Couldn't they have called them "glimmering rapture hubs" or "magic buttons"?) In any case, these sweet spots enable us to experience surpassing pleasure. According to my understanding of the astrological omens for 2018, Cancerian, your personal complement of bulboid corpuscles will be even more sensitive than usual. Here's further good news: Your soul will also have a heightened capacity to receive and register delight.

LEO (July 23–Aug 22): Mise en place is a French term whose literal translation is "putting in place." When used by professional chefs in a restaurant kitchen, it refers to the task of gathering and organizing all the ingredients and tools before beginning to cook. I think this is an excellent metaphor for you to emphasize throughout 2018. In every area of your life, thorough preparation will be the key to your success and fulfillment. Make sure you have everything you need before launching any new adventure or creative effort.

VIRGO (Aug 23–Sept 22): Experimental composer Harry Partch played one-of-a-kind musical instruments that he made from objects like car hubcaps, gourds, aluminum ketchup bottles, and nose cones from airplanes. Collage artist Jason Mecier fashions portraits of celebrities using materials like beans, pasta, pills, candy, bacon, and lipstick tubes. Given the astrological configurations for 2018, you could flourish by adopting a similar strategy in your own chosen field. You will have the potential to make multifaceted advances and/or kaleidoscopic creations by mixing and matching resources in unique ways.

LIBRA (Sept 23–Oct 22): I wish I could make it nice and easy for you. I wish I could proclaim that the forces of darkness are lined up against the forces of light. I'd like to be able to advise you that the opening months of 2018 will bring you a showdown between wrong and right, between ugliness and beauty. But it just ain't that simple. It's more like the forces of plaid will be arrayed against the forces of paisley. The showdown will feature two equally flawed and equally appealing sources of intrigue. And so you may inquire, Libra, what is the most honorable role you can play in this affair? Should you lend your support to one side or the other? I advise you to create a third side.

SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): In 2018, your tribe will be extra skilled at opening things that have been tightly closed or locked for a long time: heavy doors, treasure boxes, rich possibilities, buried secrets, shy eyes, mum mouths, guarded hearts, and insular minds. You'll have a knack for opening up new markets and clearing blocked passageways and staging grand openings. You'll be more inclined to speak openly and freely than any other generation of Scorpios in history. Making yourself available for fun and games will be your specialty. Getting stuck things unstuck will come naturally. Given these wonders, maybe you should adopt a new nickname, like Apertura (the Italian word for "opening"), Ouverture (French), šiši (Yoruban), Otevírací (Czech), Öffnung (German), or Kufungua (Swahili).

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): I predict that the coming months won't bring you the kinds of opportunities you were imagining and expecting, but will bring you opportunities you haven't imagined and didn't expect. Will you be alert and receptive to these surprising departures from your master plan? If so, by September of 2018 you will have become as smart a gambler as you have ever been. You will be more flexible and adaptable, too, which means you'll be better able to get what you want without breaking stuff and wreaking chaos. Congratulations in advance, my daring darling. May your experiments be both visionary and practical. May your fiery intentions be both steady and fluidic.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22–Jan 19): Hungarian psychiatrist Thomas Szasz dismissed the idea that a person should be on a quest to "find himself" or "find herself." "The self is not something that one finds," he said. Rather, "it is something one creates." I think that's great advice for you in 2018, Capricorn. There will be little value in wandering around in search of clues about who you were born to be. Instead, you should simply be gung-ho as you shape and craft yourself into the person you want to be.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): Is there anything about your attitude or your approach that is a bit immature or unripe? Have you in some way remained an amateur or apprentice when you should have become fully professional by now? Are you still a dabbler in a field where you could be a connoisseur or master? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, the coming months will be an excellent time to grow up, climb higher, and try harder. I invite you to make 2018 the Year of Kicking Your Own Ass.

PISCES (Feb 19–March 20): In accordance with the astrological omens, I suggest you start compiling a list entitled "People, Places, Ideas, and Things I Didn't Realize Until Now That I Could Fall in Love With." And then keep adding more and more items to this tally during the next 10 months. To get the project under way in the proper spirit, you should wander freely and explore jauntily, giving yourself permission to instigate interesting mischief and brush up against deluxe temptations. For best results, open your heart and your eyes as wide as you can. One further clue: Act on the assumption that in 2018 you will be receptive to inspirational influences and life-transforming teachings that you have never before been aware of.

Homework: Name 10 items you would put in a time capsule to be dug up by your descendants in 500 years. Testify at freewillastrology.com.