The time has come once again to reflect on the year that is passing and look forward to the one ahead. The practice of making resolutions for the New Year has its roots in ancient Babylon and Rome, where people made promises to their gods and reaffirmed their commitment to their chosen paths. Just as it did thousands of years ago, the approach of January 1 stirs an urge within us to make this a better, happier, more fulfilling year than the last one. It’s the promise of a fresh start, a blank slate.
The only question is, what should your New Year’s resolutions be — and how can you make them stick this time? If you’re uncertain about what to set as your intention for the New Year, or tired of making resolutions that just don’t pan out, look no further than your Sun sign for guidance. This wealth of information can steer you in the right direction when it comes to making an internal commitment to progress. Read on to find out all about your own, best New Year’s resolutions.
This year, Cancer, resolve to lighten up — not by taking everything, even serious matters, as a joke, but by letting go of emotional burdens from the past so you can move forward into the future. If you’re like most Cancers, your deeply feeling nature, along with your close connection to family and loved ones, means you carry old hurts and responsibilities that you may not even be aware of. It’s time to relieve yourself of those burdens that have no bearing on your current life. This might include releasing guilt or regrets you carry regarding choices you’ve made, forgiving someone who hurt you, or giving up a misplaced sense of responsibility you may have toward others. To make this transformation, you might start by attending therapy sessions with a counselor, reading self-help books about codependency or the power of forgiveness, or beginning a yoga or meditation practice. Any of these activities will help you gradually let go of the past in order to live more freely in the here and now.