I've always wondered what it would be like to be able to predict the future of my love life: if I knew exactly how things would play out, would I make different romantic choices? Obviously, it's not really possible for each of us to know exactly what's headed our way, but that doesn't stop us from being curious about what the future holds for our love lives — and looking to the ~stars~ for romantic guidance is one way to curb that curiosity. Even though we still have a decent chunk of 2017 left, it's not too early to look ahead at your love horoscope for 2018, and use that as inspiration to make the most of this year's end while prepping yourself for all the great things to come next year.
"2018 promises to be an intense and transformative year for many of us," Linda Furiate, an Astrologer who specializes in relationships, tells Bustle. "Individually and collectively we may be offered moments to dig deep within self, heal our emotional wounds, build affluence and prosperity, and surrender to the mysteries of our being that may yield a year full or hope, promise and joy. Control and manipulation may rear its head only to be severed at the jugular."
So if you're ready for a big change, 2018 could be the perfect time to start fresh: by letting go of bad dating habits and getting in touch with what you really want from a relationship, you could see better romantic results next year than ever before.
"Intimacy may now be experienced to transcend the soul and to merge in a union of spiritual bliss allowing our relationships to feel mutually fulfilling," Furiate says. "If anger, control or jealously appear to dominate our suspicions, we must learn to take a step back and reflect upon our desire and need for relationship. By doing so, 2018 may promise to be the perfect year to let go of behavior that no longer serves us."
Ultimately, what happens in your love life next year (and every other year) is in your hands — if you want to see a change in that department, you have to make changes. Still, it can't hurt to sneak a peek at the year ahead and see what you can expect for your love life in 2018, based on your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The most rewarding, fulfilling things in life are the ones we work hard for... and that applies to relationships, too. If Aries wants to see a big payoff in their love life next year, they need to start laying the groundwork for that change ASAP.
"Aries may experience a nice shift in their love life if they are willing to put in the work," Furiate says. "After much give and take over the last year, 2018 appears to be a year that if emotional adjustments are made, and they surrender to the flow of co-existing, this could be a year where they find intimate love, [are] offered a marriage proposal and/or gain greatly financially."
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
For Taurus, 2018 could be a big year for romance: marriage might be on the table, but if your relationship isn't quite there yet, you'll still experience tons of intimacy and lovey-dovey vibes next year.
"Taurus could easily see committed love or marriage in 2018," Furiate says. "A wealthy partner may come their way who may offer emotional and financial support. There may be a high intensity of intimacy and closeness. It is best for Taurus to learn to say ‘yes’ to more opportunities that are presented to them. Getting out of the house or office is the best way to attract love and money."
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
It's great that you know the value of hard work, Gemini, but that doesn't mean you should push all the fun parts of life to the side. Find an outlet for your stress — you just might meet someone new and exciting in the process.
"Gemini may be all work and little play in 2018," Furiate says. "Intense work projects may fill their plate. Since they are great at multitasking and socializing it is possible that a new love appears through someone on the job. All that high energy may find an outlet at the gym as well as this is a great year to better serve their health. At little chatting at the water cooler between reps may offer a great opportunity to meet a new love."
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
If you've been feeling like your love life is a whirlwind (or even a dumpster fire) lately, good news: 2018 might be the time when things finally settle down for you in the romance department.
"Cancer — this year is made for love and lasting commitment for this nurturing soul," Furiate says. "Cancer will want to feel the security of a strong committed relationship this year. They seem to have a high impact on the people they meet this year creating an intense bond with those around them. This is a year for children and pregnancy."
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
In the upcoming year, Leos will be focused on improving themselves, whether that's by taking the next big step in their career or by making health more of a priority. But while you're busy bettering yourself, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any potential love connections you might meet along the way.
"Leo is all about work and health in 2018," Furiate says. "This is a great year to team up with a partner to help build your business. That partnership may turn into a love relationship. Family plays a strong role this year so maybe an introduction to someone new is made through a parent or sibling."
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Is there anything hotter than a vacation romance? In 2018, Virgo will be on-the-go... meaning plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with sexy strangers who just might turn into a real, lasting connection.
"Virgo may find themselves traveling more in 2018," Furiate says. "They may meet someone from a foreign culture or who lives out of town. If they are visiting their childhood home area or attending a high school reunion it may be possible to fall in love with a childhood crush."
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Sometimes, you gotta shake things up in order to see different results. If you've been feeling stuck in a rut, Libra, consider taking drastic action, like moving to a new area in 2018 — it could be just what you need to reinvigorate your love life.
"Libra may feel a strong desire [to] replant their roots this year," Furiate says. "A move to a new area or long extended stay out of town may provide an opportunity to meet a soul mate. A deep sense of intimacy and shared emotional values may dominate the theme of this new union."
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Ugh, Scorpio, as if you didn't already have enough sex appeal: next year, your style will get a sultry makeover that makes you even more irresistible.
"Scorpio may have multiple opportunities in 2018 to share their love and passion," Furiate says. "Lucky them to be so selective. This could be a year where they will want to spice up their wardrobe or to create a new style in order to attract the right partner. Intimacy is felt all around them so no matter where they go love may follow."
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Good news, Sagittarius: the key to unlocking your love life's potential next year is to pamper yourself first. Take some time to explore faraway places and do things that bring you joy and peace — and maybe you'll bump into a like-minded someone.
"Sagittarius may want to slow down a bit," Furiate says. "2018 is an excellent year to seek romantic retreats and to visit faraway resorts to heal and nurture the soul. Love may be found in those far out of the way places while exploring hidden treasures, visiting an ashram or lavishing in the delight of a 4-star resort. The goal of any romantic union may be to connect more spiritually with a like-minded soul that allows Sag to share their vast wisdom and knowledge."
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
BFF-turned-romantic partner might sound like nothing more than a cheesy rom-com trope, but that could actually be your 2018 reality, Capricorn. If you're already taken, you'll be focused on deepening your existing relationship and your friendships next year.
"Capricorn may be quite busy building their growing or existing business to focus on new love," Furiate says. "This is an excellent year for those already in committed partnerships to deepen their union — a new commitment ceremony may further solidify the bond. Creating and defining a friendship may become an important theme this year. A great friendship has the potential of transforming into romantic passion and love."
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
It's awesome to be ambitious, but in order to be truly happy, you need to figure out when to set work aside and focus on nurturing other aspects of your life, like your relationships. Even still, keep your eyes open for romantic connections in the workplace — after all, you spend a ton of time there.
"Aquarius has a strong desire to put themselves out in the world to be seen by all in 2018," Furiate says. "Work success may overshadow the desire for a relationship. A problem may arise in becoming a bit too pushy or aggressive. This may be a turn off to the person receiving their advances. There could be an opportunity to meet a new love through a business colleague or work related event."
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces, you have plenty of love to go around, and 2018 will be a year when you spread that love far and wide. You don't need to settle down with a partner to experience love: you give love to yourself and others, and that's a beautiful thing.
"Pisces may find love, joy and romance all around them," Furiate says. "Theirs is a more of a ‘we are one’ mindset where love is found in the far corners of their mind, the touch of a child in their presence or the strong bond of decade old friendships. There may be no need to seek love outside of themselves because love permeates their being from within. Lucky [for] the partner who does hook up with this Pisces, the height of this love union may expand beyond the heavens."
As 2017 draws to a close, it's a good idea to reflect on your love life: what do you want to change in 2018? Who do you want in your life? What would make you the happiest and most romantically fulfilled? If you answer those questions honestly and start taking steps toward what you really want, it doesn't matter what the stars say: you're going to have an amazing, love-filled 2018.