This month is a power month for strategy, research, development, and career, dear Aries, and a lot of it is going on under the hood or behind the scenes. While you are more accountable than usual with the Sun at the top of your solar chart until the 20th, you are dividing your time, quite successfully at that, between meeting your responsibilities and/or critics, and between dealing with your plans, research, and development in the background. This is a strong month for accounting work and taking charge of your intimate or financial life. Unhealthy dependencies need to go!
From the 7-8, you have the chance to review and reassess different work endeavors. Most immediately (until the 25th), you can benefit from editing work in career and life path projects. Until May, Jupiter retrograde in your work and health sector can tame your enthusiasm just enough that you’re seeing these things more realistically. Try not to take on more projects now, and instead focus on what you’ve already begun.
Conversations can be intense and passionate this month when they relate to your ambitions, finances, and career matters. This is a time for eliminating waste and excess so that you can become more effective and efficient. Do NOT ignore a hunch or the beginnings of an idea related to career, work, or health on the 13-14. This is an excellent time to come up with an idea that can impact your life in the long term. Days to watch for misunderstandings or impulsive moves and speech are the 4-5 and the 21-22. Avoid revealing too much, too soon, and be sure you’re fully behind any ideas presented now, if you must present them.
From the 5-8, some of you could reconnect with an old friend. The 8-25 is an important time for research, editing work, and review of business or career-related plans. The New Moon on the 9th brings take-charge energy for your reputation, responsibilities, and career. However, take some more time to review matters before pushing a project forward. The 29-30 is strong for these matters.
Enjoy Venus in harmony with your sign until the 23rd. This points to relative ease in your social life. Considering that January can demand a lot of your more serious side in order to focus and concentrate, it’s a good thing that love and friendship matters are generally status quo or quietly thriving. Certainly, you have a need to live and love more freely rather than spending too much time worrying about problems. Publishing can be profitable. Travel or connections made with people from vastly different cultures than your own can be enjoyable and beneficial.
Reputation and career-related matters improve considerably from the 25th forward. In fact, you’re seen in a wonderful light. This is a great time to publish a creative work, connect with people who are in the position to support or help your cause/career, and smooth over relationships with parents, bosses, and co-workers, if necessary.
The month ahead is an important one for learning and relating, dear Taurus. A partnership can become quite heated and animated. You could find that you’re doing some people-pleasing now, as others seem to be a little more demanding of your energy and time, but it’s important to avoid going overboard to the point that you’re resentful. Relationship imbalances can become very obvious now, and resolutions to problems are demanded.
With Jupiter turning retrograde in your solar fifth house, this is a time for realigning your thinking towards a creative project, pleasure, or romance. You don’t need to put things on hold until May, but you can benefit from slowing things down a little so that you can catch your breath. Romantic prospects are still very good, although in the coming weeks, you might be refining your approach to getting what (and who) you want in love.
There can be the need for entirely new activities in order to bring emotional refreshment to your life this month. You may be demanding a conversation to get to the bottom of things around the 22nd and 29th. Avoid jumping to conclusions or locking into a deal on the first of these dates. You’re more likely to see things clearly on the second date.
On the 4-5, watch what you say and how you say it, and avoid pushy people or impatient words and moves. Important thinking about matters related to education, publishing, or travel is in focus in January, particularly around the 13-14. This can also be a time of romantic or creative success or ideas that have legs to stand on.
Mars moves into opposition with your sign on the 3rd, and this can serve to stir up passions, not always comfortably. While some of you could be experiencing real conflicts with a partner or best friend, others may be actively working to improve partnerships. Relationships that have been too restrictive, tense, dull, or negative need to improve. A partner could be aggressive or cranky, or possibly simply taking the lead. Try to muster up patience, but stand up for yourself if necessary. Oftentimes partners have something to teach us, as they can mirror parts of ourselves that we haven’t identified with or clearly seen before. At this time, a relationship or partner could be reflecting your own desire for action.
Until the 23rd, you’re in a great position to smooth over conflicts over money, debts, or other imbalances. It can be a good time to get a loan if needed. On the 22-24, family matters demand your attention. It’s a good time to pay more attention to family, to have a reunion, to buy something special for the home (although big purchases are best saved for after the 25th), or to enjoy a bonding family activity. From the 20th forward, more and more thought may be given to your career, responsibilities, reputation, and long-term goals.
The month ahead is strong for building health, improving daily routines, and taking care of business, dear Gemini. You’re generally in good shape in January when it comes to your close relationships as well. Jupiter has been bringing strong and enthusiastic energy to your domestic projects and home life in recent months, but from the 7th of this month until May, Jupiter is retrograde. This signals a time for reassessing matters – for making tweaks to your plans. It might be experienced as some waning of enthusiasm, but any slowdowns encountered now actually offer you the chance to look at your plans from a different perspective so that you can move forward with more confidence at a later date. Family is very supportive this month, in fact, particularly around the 13-14. This can be a good time for financial and home matters as well. New ideas can be golden, although acting upon them is best attempted at a later date. It may be too soon now.
The 7-8 is an important time for getting serious about a relationship matter. It’s best to face realities than to carry on believing something that is not true. A commitment made to or with a partner can be in focus for some of you. It may be time to take a relationship to a new level of responsibility, or to re-evaluate your romantic needs altogether. Two dates to watch for in particular this month are the 4-5 and 22nd, when holding on to your observations is probably the wisest thing to do. There can be problems with speaking or acting too soon at these times.
Careful review of your financials, commitments, and shared resources is appropriate from the 8-25. For some, a past intimate relationship can come up for “review” or consideration. It may be better to wait on making big decisions, both financially and emotionally, until you are seeing things more clearly. The Full Moon on the 23rd is strong for learning, publishing, and announcements, although you may want to wait a few days before acting on new information that emerges now.
From the 3rd forward is excellent for motivation to get work done. This is a time for pushing yourself to improve your health and fitness, without overdoing it, of course. You can be feeling quite pumped about getting organized as well. Problems with co-workers can be aired and tackled this month and next. Difficulties with work load or excessive demands on you can now be acknowledged, but avoid being too impulsive or brusque with others. Get rid of clutter, eliminate waste that interferes with health and fitness pursuits, and take the initiative to get health check-ups or to launch new programs. Avoid overstrain so that you can enjoy yourself as you get your life back into shape.
The month ahead can bring a strong focus on relationships, dear Cancer. There can be ups and downs in a partnership or close friendship, but ultimately a good time for sorting out problems. Mars is traveling in harmony with your sign, animating romantic relationships, firing up feelings towards someone, and inspiring you to create, share, and connect. There is more fire, passion, and motivation to express yourself in unique, special ways, and more courage to chase your heart’s desire. Channel excess energy into exercise, dance, music, and art that involves movement. For some of you, a romance could heat up. The trick to following your heart is to first know your heart. The 17-18 is strong for making that connection.
You have been pursuing new interests and learning about many new things lately with Jupiter in your communications sector, and this continues until October. Generally speaking, this is a powerful time for learning and connecting. However, with Jupiter retrograde from January 8-May 9, it may be time to draw rein or focus on projects already underway rather than expanding or taking on more projects just for now. You’ll be able to see more clearly what needs your attention most. Ultimately, of course, this does you a service. Benefits are strong in communications, but if you do too much, you’ll overload yourself. Now is a good time to see where you should prioritize.
On the 7-8, circumstances are clearing the way towards more capability in work, health, chores, and routines, although there may be some sobering moments to deal with in the process. Good energy for showing your solid, responsible, and valuable side is with you now, and can benefit you.
You might find that you prefer working and making decisions with a partner or someone special much of January, but this can be complicated at times. Mercury’s retrograde while it moves through your partnership sector from the 8-25 can require some backing off or turning to the past for answers. On the 4-5, watch carefully for impulsive words, particularly in a relationship. On the other hand, the 12-14 is a strong time for listening to a partner, advisor, or counsellor, and for listening to your own instincts. It’s a time for clearing the slate and starting fresh when it comes to your close relationships and attitudes towards partnering.
Until the 23rd, smoothing over problem areas at work or with your daily routines comes naturally and easily. There may be social or love opportunities emerging as you pursue your work or health goals. From the 23rd and especially the 25th forward is an excellent period for relationships, whether these are love or business-based. Negotiation skills skyrocket. The Full Moon on the 23rd illuminates a financial or ownership matter.
The desire and motivation to start fresh with attention to your health and work is with you this month, dear Leo, in spades. After the New Moon on the 9th, you’re especially ready to take charge. Self-improvement is in strong focus. With Mercury retrograde in this area of your chart from the 8-25, looking at past projects, discovering inconsistencies in current endeavors and plans, and doing editing work are all in focus now. Get a project right before moving forward or releasing it. This is a strong time for doing so. Jupiter also turns retrograde this month, on the 7th. While you may be experiencing some seeming turnarounds, delays, or waning enthusiasm with business, love, or finances, this is also a good time to draw rein on certain projects and focus on priorities and perfecting current projects instead of taking on new ones. You’ll be happy you took this time.
There can be a real drive to improve your efficiency this month, and some serious thought or conversations can result. Take the time to work hard at something you love or something you believe in, as you can make great progress now. The 12-14 is powerful for seeing details you may have missed in the past. Ideas birthed now can be significant ones, particularly related to health and well-being and your vocation. Some of you can come into money or discover a resource that was previously hidden this month. Practical matters can thrive, particularly if you do a little research, editing, and analyzing.
Much of this month and all of next, Mars is in stressful relation to your Sun, and this can sometimes feel weighty. You may need to jump over some hurdles to get to a positive headspace. You may feel caged in. You are energized to deal with any problems or stagnation in your domestic life. You might be on edge more readily than usual, and should fight a tendency to be defensive or even paranoid with others. Use excess energy for constructive pursuits, particularly related to home and family. If you’re feeling competitive, use this energy to your advantage by focusing on improvements.
Venus is traveling in harmony with your sign until the 23rd, and this boosts your personal appeal. When Venus meets up with Saturn on the 8th, a serious discussion or revelation can occur that renews your focus, although it can also bring dissatisfaction to light, particularly related to a creative or romantic pursuit. Even so, this is about moving forward – coming to a conclusion and going with it. If you allow yourself to be realistic about what a person can or cannot do, feels or does not feel, then you can ultimately put more faith and trust in that person. Keep this in mind and aim for self-honesty. The Full Moon in Leo on the 23rd is revelatory. You are likely to come to a personal epiphany as you recognize feelings that you may have buried. The last week of the month is good for moving work and health projects forward with more confidence and relations with a partner or significant other.
This is a month for finding ways to more fully enjoy and express yourself, dear Virgo. There can be times when you feel mentally wired, but overall, there is greater passion and motivation to get things done, to learn, to connect, and to share. You may not often sit still, and you’re inclined to want to initiate independent work and projects. You learn best when you are teaching yourself or engaged in self-study this month and next.
Watch carefully for alienating others through harsh words, or speaking prematurely of matters that are better left alone for the time being on the 4-5 and 22nd. Both of these dates are close to Mercury’s stations. Misunderstandings are likely, and more weight may be given to words you might wish to take back later.
January is also a month for some introspection and slowing down in order to catch your breath and review recent projects. For one, Jupiter in your sign turns retrograde on the 7th, and for another, Mercury, your ruler, is retrograde from the 5-25. Jupiter continues to boost your optimism and confidence, but while retrograde from January 7-May 9, you are likely to see areas of excess and begin to work on projects that you’ve already taken on rather than adding new ones to your life. If you’ve been overdoing pleasures or the seeking of freedom, this is the time to rethink and make adjustments that bring you down to earth, just a little! This can also be a time for repairs and refinements in the home and with family. During Mercury’s retrograde, aim to edit, review, and refine creative projects. A romantic partner from the past may reappear, either in thought or person. You might discover new ways to recycle or rework old hobbies.
Your ideas are genuinely creative right now, and there can be a dramatic and competitive touch to pretty much everything you do this month. Pay special attention to creative impulses and ideas around the 12-14, when the Sun and Mercury align and harmonize with Jupiter in your sign. Look to projects you’ve already started and perhaps to the past for things you may have missed.
Venus moving through your home and family sector until the 23rd softens any rough edges around the home. The 8th is strong for committing to a home or family project, and the ability to see things more realistically is empowering. Meeting your responsibilities is important now. You may feel aligned with or supported by a significant person in your life. If you’ve been overworking or forgetting to attend to your emotional health, the Full Moon on the 23rd will remind you of the need to slow down. The 25th forward is excellent for romantic and business relationships. You’re resolving problems and connecting well with others now.
The month ahead is a relatively quiet one for you, dear Libra. Two retrogrades this month occur mostly in sectors of emotion and soul and point to a need or desire to look to the past before moving forward. Mercury’s retrograde begins in your romance and creativity sector on the 5th, but by the 8th, moves into your home and family house, where it stays until the 25th. There may be repairs to attend to around the home, or you could be reviving or reworking old projects. While you shouldn’t get stuck in the past, review is absolutely appropriate, and possibly even profitable and beneficial, particularly around the 12-14. Jupiter’s retrograde in your privacy sector is bound to draw you inward to some degree, and over the coming weeks, you can be especially contemplative at times. Your faith in your own instincts or in life itself may not be as strong as it has been. This is a temporary and in fact necessary process that allows you to reassess where it is you want to be, where you’re headed, and whether your connection to your spiritual side is in need of some nurturing.
Mars energizes your resources sector from the 3rd forward, and this can increase your courage or desire to take a few risks in your business or with finances. While you should certainly be careful with spending impulsively, this can be a good time in general for seeing your ability to earn or your own talents in a more confident way. Breathe new life into old projects or consider ways to break out of a rut.
Intensity can very easily come across in your communications around the 22nd and 29th, so you might want to tone it down or double check what you’re writing, for example, to make sure it’s appropriate. Another time to watch for impulsive speech and actions is the 4-5. Generally speaking though, you are coming across well in your communications and getting along well with classmates, siblings, and acquaintances with Venus in your communications sector until the 23rd.
You are likely to feel strongly protective of your loved ones this month. Your goal is to find solutions to long-standing problems. Around the 8th, you might be asked to speak as an authority on a matter, or you could receive news of an important learning endeavor. Circumstances may be such that you need to become more organized and efficient with your work and daily life. Transportation issues might change and equipment, such as cars, computers, and phones, may need repairs.
The 25th forward is powerful for finding a better balance between attention to emotional and family concerns and attention to amusement and recreation.
The month ahead of you can be an especially busy and animated one, dear Scorpio, largely due to Mars moving into your sign on the 3rd, and an emphasis on your busy, communicative solar third house. There is a lot to deal with in the short term, but you can also find time for long-term vision and planning. Mars in your sign can lend a brusque or impulsive manner to your presentation at times, but you might choose to embrace its positive qualities and take charge of your life with brave confidence. Whether or not you’re totally onboard with the plans you’re making now, at the very least you feel good about having a plan in place and thankful for the clarity. This can be a good time for attracting work, and also for getting the attention you need on a health level. Watch for overstrain on physical, emotional, and mental levels, but do gently push some of your usual limits. Mars can help you assert yourself and help you to draw upon your natural courage, but self-control should always be exercised for best results.
You may have recently come up with all sorts of ideas for future endeavors, but if you’ve put too much on your plate, you’ll start to feel it with Jupiter’s retrograde from the 8th forward. Your enthusiasm may wane if you have too much before you, so aim to pare things down and to focus on a few of the more practical goals. Some of you could be reassessing your involvement with a friend or group or simply toning down your social life a little.
While Mercury is retrograde in your communications sector from the 8-25, be attentive and proactive with communications and transportation equipment, identifying potential problem areas and dealing with them promptly. Be a little more conscious of how and what you communicate, particularly on the 4-5 and 22nd. On the 4-5, you should also watch for mistakes made in haste. Provocative words can be a problem around the 22nd. However, you may be able to put everything together and make a persuasive argument by the 29th.
A big purchase or commitment might be considered around the 8th, but while it’s a good day for taking a hard look at your finances, including any larger purchase you are considering making, with realism, it’s also important to recognize that commitments made now can be quite permanent. Invest in the long term.
The 12-14 is a good time for reviving old projects and for new ideas. Acting on these ideas is not recommended just yet, but don’t ignore your intuition and news coming in now. From the 23rd, and even more so from the 25th forward, you’re in great shape when it comes to sharing your ideas, learning important skills, and connecting with people who help and encourage you. Some of you could make a romantic connection around the 29-30 or boost a current one.
There can be serious moments this month, dear Sagittarius, particularly related to money and resources, but all in all, a good month for finding a balance between work and play. This may not be the best time generally speaking for relying on others, but you can enjoy a comfortable level of independence and self-reliance.
Mars moves into your privacy zone for an extended, complicated stay beginning on the 3rd, and your inner world is animated, often pulling you inward. You may be reviewing different elements of your life and wondering where things are going, particularly love and creative matters. This is a time when you are more inclined to look for help or guidance, likely of a more anonymous nature, such as through online groups, as the usual sources for sharing may not be as straightforward or available. As well, your desires are more complex than usual, and when you do know what you want, you may not see an easy way to go after it. This can lead to creative solutions and detours, particularly around the 17-18, however.
You may need to curb your enthusiasm a little on the professional front beginning on the 8th – just enough to gain new perspective and to focus on projects that are doable. Even so, there can be a pleasant feeling of letting things unfold naturally, and faith that they will work out in the end. You are seeing your capabilities for what they are, rather than over or under-estimating them. You might decide to review, edit, and perfect current projects rather than taking on new ones just for the time being. The 12-14 is strong for income, practical, career, and image matters.
Money matters can also be important and in focus, but complicated at times this month. Look to the past when you were most successful with your talents and finances for important clues. Venus moves through your sign until the 23rd. This is a wonderful cycle that occurs approximately once a year for 3-4 weeks, and favors personal attraction and positive attention. You look good, are framed in a wonderful light, and people appreciate your natural style. Let positive people and circumstances come to you now. Venus rules over friends, groups, and causes in your solar chart, and these things tend to be beneficial at this time. Money matters improve and even thrive from the 25th forward. Don’t hide yourself away in the last week of January especially, as there are important connections to make with people who can help you to move your plans forward.
This is a power month, dear Capricorn, although you will be doing some reassessing of projects and plans before pushing forward. There is a big emphasis on personal plans as well as friendships, groups, teams, and new long-term goals.
Your affectionate nature is a little withdrawn, pensive, and more private than usual until the 23rd, after which Venus in your sign brings attention your way. For the first three weeks of the year, particularly also with Mercury retrograde in your sign from the 8-25, you have personal presence and power, but you can be rather hard to get in touch with on many planes. Whether this translates as being a little hard to get, withdrawn, or aloof, it’s a time for looking behind you in order that you can better see your next step forward.
Jupiter turns retrograde on the 7th in your adventure sector, and while you continue to experience a desire to venture out and discover new things while Jupiter transits this solar house (until October), the retrograde period from now and until early May can point to some natural waning of enthusiasm or questioning of faith in what you’re pursuing. You may need to do some de-emphasizing of adventurous, pleasure-seeking activities.
Mercury officially turns retrograde on the 5th, but does so at one degree of Aquarius, moving back into your sign on the 8th. Mercury turns direct on the 25th, and then continues to transit your sign until February 13th. There can be a revisiting of decisions related to friendships and long-term goals, and some of the conclusions you drew in December. Projects may need a second look.
Look more closely to what’s on the inside and align your outer goals to better reflect what you feel and what you’ve become in the last year. The New Moon on the 9th is all about you and presenting a new look, image, or more authentic version of “you” to others. Yes, you’re still reflecting and considering your next step, but you have more power than usual to take charge and to make an impact in the days after this lunation. This is a time for a new beginning of sorts. It’s likely to cause a few ripples on the home front or with family, but it’s also a good time for making decisions to leave a bad situation behind you, particularly related to money matters and relationships.
The 13-14 is powerful for the very beginning of new ideas, particularly related to personality, image, and education or travel. This is a generally fabulous time for educational matters, even if there can be some backtracking now. In fact, you’re absorbing a lot of important information that you can truly use in the future.
This is a strong month for feeling motivated to make important connections, for researching a new goal, and for having extra courage to make a new friend or join a group.
On and in the days surrounding the Full Moon in Leo on the 23rd, there can be new information about finances or a reveal of intimate feelings that rocks your world a little, nudging you in a new direction. The last week of the month is considerably more outgoing. This is a great time for turning a few heads and one of the better times of the year (continuing into February) for personal attraction.
While you have a lot going on behind the scenes and you are in need of some “down time” in the first three weeks of January, dear Aquarius, your ambitions are certainly stimulated and you can be in the position of being in charge and in the lead. This seemingly contradictory trend is an independent one with Mars at the top of your chart, and it’s about career, life path matters, and your relationship with people in authority. Ambition and the desire for recognition of your performance can be stimulated for many of you, and for others, there can be a sudden surge of motivation and energy for coming up with a workable, results-oriented life plan. You may want to go it alone on some level – to take the initiative and the lead. Follow your ambitions, but be as considerate as possible to those around you, particularly around the 4-5, when Mercury in your sign turns retrograde and clashes with Mars, and avoid pushing yourself so hard that you burn out. Be innovative but patient as well.
Until the 23rd, you’re in an especially good position related to friends. It’s a great time for smoothing over differences, doing some networking, and for improving your social life in general, which is best taken in small, happy doses these days. Going overboard in these areas will not fly well right now. There can be the need to get serious about a connection or project around the 7-8. Dreams and ideas can take on real substance. It’s a good time for coming to agreements, and simply agreeing and feeling stronger for it. Practical aspects of your connections are in stronger focus, and reliable friends are appreciated more than ever.
The 23rd itself can bring important insight into a relationship matter, and into your own feelings about someone. Something is released or revealed now. From the 23rd forward is a time for taking stock of your emotional and social life. Love might require some personal sacrifices or simply some deeper thought. Aim to come to an understanding with someone, or a matter, from the past. This gets easier after the 25th. By the time of a New Moon in your sign on February 8th, you’ll be in great shape to see what attitudes and situations need to be left behind you in order to go forward brightly and powerfully.
This month, at times there can be important and intense examination of, and thoughts or conversations about, the past and private matters. It’s an excellent time for cutting through appearances and uncovering something previously unknown or hidden. The Sun in your sign from the 20th forward certainly nudges you into a personal spotlight and fills you with a sense that you can begin anew – stronger, more in charge of your life, and more confident.
This is an excellent month for pursuing your interests without too much in the way of interference, dear Pisces, and is particularly strong for doing new things, learning, and sharing or publishing your ideas. Several planets are harmonizing with your sign in January.
Watch on the 4-5 not to push your ideas and beliefs too hard – the chances of being misunderstood run high. A retrograde Mercury cycle from the 5-25 points to the need to review recent attachments, relationships, and projects. Get plans right before going forward. Some of the enthusiasm you’ve been feeling about a relationship may begin to wane a little from the 7th, as you begin to see it from a more realistic perspective. However, this is not a negative thing by all means. In fact, some introspection is in order, and a more mature look at others and your own relationship needs is empowering. The 8th is important for getting along with associates and those in a position of authority. You may feel the need to make a personal sacrifice in order to secure a professional benefit now. The 9th brings a burst of new energy for your social life.
While work needs some special attention, most of the month, Mars is encouraging you to broaden your horizons. Restlessness can sometimes pull you away and distract you, but overall you’re in a good position to balance your attention to routine and responsibility with your attention to discovery and exploration.
Listen to your intuition on the 13-14, when ideas for the future can be golden. You may not know all the details just yet, but that’s just fine. It’s about the vision now. It’s important that you recognize the importance of your relationship with the team or group. Collaboration can move your plans forward. Be selective and watch associates a little more closely now.
The 22-24 can bring a work or health matter to light. It’s an excellent time to recognize the desire or need to begin a new self-improvement program.
From the 25th forward, a spirit of true friendship can be brought to your love relationships, dear Pisces, and/or a loving, warm quality to your friendships. Friends are drawn to you, and relationship bumps and bruises can be repaired. There is strong energy for mending broken fences and forgiveness in the last few days of January. The more you open your heart and the more you accept, the better life gets.
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