Karma is the spiritual idea that the benevolence of your actions can influence your future. But if you make decisions of your own free will, how can it be that one Gemini has the same horoscope as another Gemini?
Astrologer Marguerite Manning, author of Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract with the Universe, says karmic astrology doesn’t mean your horoscope “is all about predestiny.”
“Your horoscope is about specific planetary positions that were provided at birth to outline the chosen boundaries of your own personal plan of development,” Manning writes in her book. “These powerful energies simply function as your astrological compass, guiding you to certain experiences, situations, and relationships by generating the best circumstances to acknowledge and develop them.”
Based on astrological patterns as well as the 12 Laws of Karma, here’s how karma will affect your Zodiac sign in 2019. (And for more on the laws of karma, you can see our explanation here.)
Sagittarius (November 22nd-December 21st)
Bountiful Jupiter stays in your sign until early December 2019, and as your ruling planet, you should expect even more abundance than last year. Be sure to pay it forward throughout the year by donating your time or resources to those in need to respect “The Great Law.”
Capricorn (December 22nd-January 19th)
A solar eclipse near your birthday in early January will prompt you to look at yourself with a new perspective. Here’s a chance to practice the Law of Humility, where you will accept the true reality of something. Maybe you’ve been selling yourself short –– you do have more of an impact in a loved one’s life than you realize.
Aquarius (January 20th-February 18th)
In January, June and September, problematic squares between Jupiter and Neptune could mean your community will misinterpret your intentions because of your habit to be insular. But don’t worry; as long as you continue to reach out to your connections, those bonds will fortify you and strengthen your karmic energy.
Pisces (February 19th-March 20th)
You’ve been eagerly looking ahead to your future, but a new moon near your birthday in 2019 will direct you back to the present. In Buddhist karma, this is called the Law of Here and Now. Practice mindfulness and appreciate the gifts you have by next March.
Aries (March 21st-April 19th)
Your ruling planet, Mars, enters your Aries on New Year’s Eve, ringing in the new year with passion and spirit. And when Mars conjuncts with chaotic Uranus in your sign in February, you’ll be craving a new adventure. Just as karma dictates, we need to be agents of change in our own lives. Follow your instincts and refashion the parts of your life that have gone stale.
Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)
Generous Jupiter and Neptune, the planet of inspiration, will square in January, June, and September 2019. These squares will invigorate the hard-working Taurus toward her goals. With your patience and tenacity, this perseverance will pay off by the third planetary square in September.
Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)
Gemini faces her biggest karmic test when Mercury goes into retrograde early in 2019. You may be tempted to think about the selfish rewards that come from your current projects and lose focus of your mission. If you survive this momentary lapse in judgment, you’ll be even stronger for it.
Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd)
Fervent Mars nestles into your sign in mid-May 2019, sparking your excitement to engage with your community. Follow this lead! This is the karmic universe urging you to give back. Your generosity to friends, family, and strangers will be a reward in itself.
Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)
Saturn, the planet of structure and commitment, will continue to move through your 7th House of Partnership all year. This will help you recognize the toxic relationships that are influencing you. You can politely distance yourself from people who act without thinking of you; the space will benefit both of you and help you refocus on your individual positive energies.
Virgo (August 23rd-September 22nd)
Saturn’s 2019 link with Neptune will highlight your discipline sector, exposing your connection between “belief” and “practice.” Especially during January, June, and November, Saturn’s movement will highlight your willingness to practice what you preach.
Libra (September 23rd-October 22nd)
In 2019, Uranus finally leaves your sector after seven years –– which has been especially rocky with Jupiter in its trine. But as chaotic as that feels, karmic law suggests the universe is not for us to alter or reshape; rather, the self is the vehicle through which we impact the world around us. And as the sign of balance, Libra is especially equipped to prioritize what’s important this year.
Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)
Scorpios have great personal magnetism, and as a consequence, you may have felt some secondhand negative karmic energy in 2018. Anxiety might have clouded your vision, despite your diligence and good intentions. This will change in 2019, especially after the Jupiter-Neptune trine passes in January. Your charisma will naturally deter toxic energy once again, allowing positive karma to find you once again.