Uh-oh, where did all your money go? No single horoscope sign has the market cornered on financial success -- each has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to managing money. Here are some tips on how every sign can best build and sustain wealth in the new year. No matter what your horoscope sign, when you capitalize on your unique gifts, your spiritual and financial benefits can be enormous.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
When it comes to managing money, Aries, you must follow one simple rule: Pay yourself first. That means whenever you get a paycheck, you need to put a set percentage of it into a savings or retirement plan. If the deposit is automatic, you won't feel as if it's cramping your style. It's also a good idea to reserve a small percentage of your income for risky investments, just to satisfy your need to live on the edge.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're a born money manager, Taurus. It gives you great pleasure to cultivate a fortune, much like you would a garden. In fact, sometimes you enjoy saving money more than spending it. Because you're ruled by luxury-loving Venus, though, it's important for you to make an occasional splurge. Get into the habit of buying yourself a small gift each month, whether it's a box of gourmet chocolates or a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Gemini, you're a whiz at making money ... but saving money is entirely another issue. You're eternally young, so putting money aside for your old age is a challenging concept for you. Try having two savings accounts -- one a short-term savings account for things like classes and trips -- and the other a retirement plan. The best way for you to stay true to your savings goals is to have money automatically deposited into these accounts each and every week.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Ever security conscious, you take great pleasure in saving money, Cancer. Your blessings can become burdens, however, if you spend too much time worrying about squandering those resources. You'll get much more pleasure from your money when you use it to nurture yourself. Don't hesitate to splurge on domestic delights that afford long-term pleasure, like expensive cookware, fluffy towels and designer sheets.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
There's no doubt about it, Leo -- you love living in style. This requires careful money management skills. Fortunately, your desire to have only the best things in life prevents you from wasting money on cheap, tawdry items that don't stand the test of time. Still, it's important for you to find a way to finance your expensive tastes. Try offering your services as a professional shopper or writing consumer reports or product reviews.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
You probably know exactly how much you have in your bank account, Virgo, right down to the last penny. You get the most pleasure from your wealth when you follow it closely and stick to a budget. You also like to get the most for your money -- in fact it's something of an obsession for you -- so you do price comparisons before buying anything lavish. You've got a secret weakness for natural fibers, handcrafted items and organic food. Don't deprive yourself of these pleasures.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
You love the things that money can buy, Libra, but sometimes have difficulty prioritizing your spending. After all, there's no point in having a beautiful set of china if you have no food to serve on it! A professional financial adviser can be enormously helpful to you. Of course, a balance-oriented person like you will want a portfolio that is comprised equally of stocks and bonds. For purchases, you'll find art, antiques and entertainment most satisfying.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Before making a purchase or investment, you like to do lots of research, Scorpio. There is one exception to this rule, however. When you feel strongly about an item, even if it seems illogical, you go for it. Fortunately, your instincts are usually right on target, so these splurges end up attracting even more wealth. It's rarely a good idea for you to lend or borrow money, as this practice can create resentments for you.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
There's a good chance that you treat money like a necessary evil, Sagittarius. Apart from paying your bills, you see financial matters as a drag on your valuable time and energy. Until you learn how to manage your resources, though, it may be difficult for you to fulfill some of your more dearly held dreams. Try treating money management like a learning opportunity -- you'll be more open to the experience. You can especially benefit from financial advisers like Suze Orman who treat money management as a spiritual pursuit.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Money management is just one of your many strengths, Capricorn. The secret to your financial success is your ability to find necessities at bargain rates. You can then put your extra money into savings accounts and investment portfolios. Waiting for interest to accumulate is no problem for you -- actually, you enjoy the process. Just resist the temptation to confuse your financial wealth with your personal value -- the two are totally unrelated.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
It's no surprise that your money management techniques are utterly unique, Aquarius. When you're down to your last dollar, you're likely to buy something seemingly impractical, like a pack of the latest neon-colored gum. Then you turn that gum into a remarkable adhesive that has all sorts of profitable applications. If you'd like to build your wealth, consider investing in a portfolio that suits your ethics -- it's bound to pay off handsomely for you.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
As a general rule, you don't concern yourself much with money matters, Pisces. To change this, consider how much good you can do by managing your finances well -- because when you have extra money in your pocket, you never fail to spend it on worthy causes. You have especially good luck with investments related to health care, beverages and shipping. Since day-to-day money management doesn't interest you, it may be in your interest to sign up for as many automatic bill-paying services as possible.