Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Jane Sherron de Hart
The Peacock Emporium
If They Come for Us
Four Dead Queens
An Audience of One
The Gifted School
Black Is the Body
Capricorn, your hard work last year may put you in a position of power this year: you’re becoming a force to reckon with. Read Jane Sherron De Hart’s moving biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg to inspire you as we ring in the new year. A solar eclipse in your sign is part of a yearlong cycle of focus on you and your relationships with significant others. As your hard work pays off, it affects your close friends and partner(s), too. Read Jojo Moyes’ novel The Peacock Emporium at the beginning of the year to remind you that success is always best when shared.
This is a year to have faith, because Jupiter in Sagittarius is working behind the scenes to protect you while you do some inner work. If They Come For Us by poet Fatimah Asghar might put you in the quiet mindset you need. With the themes of Sagittarius in the background, this means you’re on a spiritual journey through foreign territory. In mythology, heroes journey through adventures to learn about themselves; read Astrid Scholte’s adventurous mystery Four Dead Queens to explore this type of story. Contemplation, journaling, and reading will help you figure out some important things for yourself.
This March, Uranus moves into Taurus for a seven-year cycle of inspiring your creativity. This is a sign to do something fun! You’ve been working hard enough. Sign up for a dance class, take piano lessons, or break out your paintbrush, because you’re about to do some innovative things. Srinivas Rao’s An Audience of One may inspire you this spring. Plus, The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger is worth reading for the pure pleasure of it. In July, another series of eclipses and a Mercury retrograde will have you focused on a significant friend or partner. You’re working out some major things about your style of relating to each other. Lot, Bryan Washington’s story of love and trust in a Houston community, is a great summer read to fit this theme. By September, you’ll feel like things are steadily moving along.
When winter comes back around, try reading Emily Bernard’s collection of personal essays about race, Black is the Body. You might even want to form a book club and talk about it with some friends. On December 2, when Jupiter moves into your sign, you’ll be starting a very lucky year. 2019 could set you up for major success in 2020.
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Illustration by Kelsey Oseid from What We See in the Stars