January 17 Birthday Personality: The Leader

The Leader

Your greatest challenge is…

coping with feeling helpless or reaching boiling point

The way forward is…

to understand that once you discover the power of positive thought you need never feel helpless or furious again.

You’re drawn to people born on…

December 22 to January 20

You share a tough and uncompromising approach to life, and united the two of you are unstoppable.

Luck maker

Mix with people you admire

Success attracts success, just as negativity attracts negativity, so don’t mix with negative, grumpy people; mix with positive, up-beat people who can lift your spirits and your expectations of success.

People born on January 17 prefer to take the lead, not because they are highly ambitious, egotistical or driven to succeed, but because having assessed the situation and weighed up the pros and cons, it is clear to them that they really are the best person for the job. Despite being cautious and respectful of tradition, people born on this day can also hold some progressive ideas with respect to social reform. They like not only to lead but also to help others.

A defining characteristic of people born on this day is their firm self-belief and strong will. Often their tough-minded approach to life has developed as a result of early hardships, and these difficulties may have taught them that the only person upon whom they can really rely at the end of the day is themselves. This gives them an almost superhuman degree of self-control that is simultaneously inspirational and alarming to others. They really do know the meaning of the word “struggle,” and are a model of success achieved through one’s own efforts.

Leading and defending their position as leader come naturally to people born on this day. Their uncompromising attitude to life and to work can alienate others, and they would do well to learn that there are alternative ways to get people on their side, such as cooperation and good will. Perhaps because of the struggles they have been through, or the past hurts they have experienced, they can find it hard to trust others.

Although those born on this day realize how important it is to feel in control of their lives, there is a danger for some of them in focusing their energy on changing their outside circumstances instead of the way they think and feel about themselves. Fortunately, in their early thirties, often earlier, there is a shift toward this inner life. Once they begin to understand that selfcontrol starts from within not without—and that negative thoughts and feelings can be challenged—their originality and directness aren’t just admired by others, they are considered inspirational.

On the dark side

Argumentative, narrow-minded, reckless

At your best

Purposeful, tough, committed

Love The freedom to love

Just as people born on January 17 like to take the lead in their working and social life, the same applies to their intimate relationships. Although loyal, loving and generous, they can also be extremely domineering and controlling; as they are attracted to equally powerful, independent people, such tendencies can create tension. They need to learn that freedom and independence are as valid and important in a relationship as intimacy and trust.

Health Work it out

People born on this day must be careful that they don’t rely too much on stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine to keep their energy levels high. They need to realize that a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of sleep and exercise is the best way to prevent fatigue and boost concentration. Because they have a tendency to repress their emotions, especially their anger, they need to find activities such as competitive or extreme sports in which they can safely express this side of their nature before it erupts in their daily lives. Volunteer work will also help boost their morale. They will benefit from regular reflexology massages and from wearing, meditating on or surrounding themselves with shades of brown, as this color will encourage them to relax.

Career Born disciplinarians

These people value careers in which self-control, organization and discipline are important, such as the armed forces, the police force or the clergy. They are also extremely good at delegating and supervising others, so management roles, politics and the civil service may appeal. They may also have an interest in food, fashion or catering, as well as careers in which they can inspire others, such as teaching and charity work.

Destiny To lead others by their fine example

The life path of people born on this day is to use their self-discipline and selfcontrol to overcome adversity. Once they have learned to get others on their side with cooperation and mutual understanding, and to lead by example, their destiny is to encourage others to work harmoniously together.

Power Thought

“It is my attitude that counts”

January 17

Signs & symbols

Sun sign: Capricorn

Ruling planet: Saturn, the teacher

Symbol: The Horned Goat

Birth date ruler: Saturn, the teacher

Tarot card: The Star (hope)

Favorable numbers: 8, 9

Lucky day: Saturday, especially when it falls on 8 and 9 of the month

Lucky colors: All shades of black, brown and green

Birthstone: Garnet