January Monthly Horoscopes by Kelli Fox, The Astrologer

January opens with Mercury moving into visionary Aquarius on the 1st, lending an optimistic quality about the future to the New Year. On the 3rd, dynamic Mars goes into passionate Scorpio, adding an ardent and passionate intensity to close relationships. Mercury turns retrograde from the 5th until the 25th, warning against buying electronic equipment, signing contracts and making travel plans. Generous Jupiter goes retrograde on the 7th, slowing the flow of abundance to our lives. This trend will continue until May 9th so prepare to work a little harder for the things that have come easily during the past few months.

A conjunction between gracious Venus and serious Saturn on the 8th is perfect for developing long-term financial arrangements and making career plans. The New Moon on the 9th could bring about a changing of the guard at work. This transition will be stressful at first, so prepare for some bumps and jolts in the opening stages. On the 12th, a trine between affectionate Venus and spontaneous Uranus could result in sudden romantic attractions, unexpected gifts and surprising job offers. The expressive Sun forms a trine to benevolent Jupiter on the 13th, facilitating writing projects, educational pursuits and travel.

A self-improvement project may be inspired by a conjunction between the individualistic Sun and perfectionist Mercury on the 14th. On the same day, intelligent Mercury forms a trine to knowledgeable Jupiter, making it a good time to undertake a course of study. A square between indulgent Venus and excessive Jupiter on the 17th warns against overdoing it with food and drink; practicing moderation is critical at this time of temptation. The next day, outgoing Mars makes a trine to idealistic Neptune, making it a wonderful time to pursue a heartfelt desire.

On the 20th, the determined Sun moves into sociable Aquarius, generating a friendly energy that’s hard to resist. Avoid gossip at this time, since communicative Mercury will square exaggerated Uranus. A conjunction between detail-oriented Mercury and secretive Pluto could bring hidden information to light on the 22nd. The Full Moon on the 23rd tempts people to hog the spotlight or take credit where it’s not due. The same day, gracious Venus will move into career-oriented Capricorn, emphasizing the importance of professionalism. Mercury moves direct on the 25th, making it easier to conduct business and forge long-term career strategies. Take this opportunity to revisit a professional matter that fell through earlier in the month.

Another conjunction between Mercury and Pluto on the 29th is an ideal time to find solutions to difficult problems. Take this opportunity to have a heart-to-heart discussion with a powerful person who can improve a flawed system. The next day, alluring Venus makes a sextile to enchanting Neptune, favoring romance and creative pursuits. Mercury makes a square to Uranus on the 31st, warning against binding agreements. What seems like a great deal now could be cause for regret later.


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

Aries

Mars, your ruling planet, changes signs on the 3rd. This will be a wonderful opportunity to pursue your heart’s desire. On the 5th, mental Mercury will go retrograde, causing cancelled appointments and broken social engagements. Beware of issuing ultimatums to authority figures on the 7th; it’s better to follow the rules on this stressful day. You could be offered a tempting job on the 9th, thanks to the New Moon. Think twice about accepting this offer, since it may be too corporate for your independent work style.

The romantic energy of the 12th could cause you to fall in love at first sight. Professional matters become more promising on the 13th, making it a great time to look for work or apply for a raise. A romantic outing is favored for the 18th; this is a great time to go on a date or give your partner a beautiful gift.

Miscommunications with authority figures could abound on 20th, making this a bad time to broach delicate subjects with your boss. You’ll make much more progress on the 22nd, when your powers of persuasion are strengthened. The Full Moon on the 23rd may tempt you to spend lots of money on a luxury item, but beware; you probably won’t be satisfied with this purchase. Mercury will go direct on the 25th, making it easier to carry out plans with friends.
 

Taurus

Communicative Mercury changes signs on the 1st, paving the way for rewarding career talks. Pursue your heart’s desire on the 3rd, when determined Mars strengthens your resolve. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, causing you to reconsider your professional plans. You should also guard against impractical thinking on this day, which will send plenty of confusing signals. Resist the temptation to pour all your energy into a romantic relationship on the 7th, as more practical concerns demand your attention.

A productive talk about finances could occur on the 8th, when you’ll be both tactful and resourceful. The New Moon on the 9th could cause delays with a trip or course of study; try not to be too disappointed by a last minute change of plans. A passionate gesture could be inspired on the 12th; give in to impulses on this exciting day. Be sure to display your creative work on the 13th, when your imagination could be firing on all cylinders.

Don’t engage in excess on the 17th, when temptation could meet you at every turn. Practice moderation with food, drink and shopping at this time. Venus changes signs on the 23rd, encouraging you to take up a course of study that you enjoy. On the same day, the Full Moon will tempt you into spending lots of cash on a gadget. Keep your money safe in the bank, since you’ll probably be disappointed with this purchase. The 30th is perfect for a romantic outing, when you’ll be filled with sentiment and optimism.
 

Gemini

On the 1st, Mercury, your ruling planet, changes signs, prompting you to spend more time on spiritual pursuits. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th making it a bad time to book hotel rooms, sign contracts and buy electronic equipment. It may be difficult to get help at home on the 7th; rely on yourself on this uncooperative day. The 8th is wonderful for working with a partner, especially if dealing with money matters.

The New Moon on the 9th could bring about an unexpected expense; it’s probably best to opt out of a pricey social outing at this time. Don’t be surprised if your best friend or romantic partner gives you a beautiful gift on the 12th, thanks to some wonderful spontaneous energy. You might be prompted to stay home and enjoy quiet domestic pursuits on the 13th. Home life will be equally enjoyable on the 14th, thanks to loving exchanges.

Your work could attract the admiration of your employer on the 18th, when you’re able to devise imaginative solutions to problems. Don’t engage in gossip on the 20th, especially among friends. Pay careful attention to financial statements on the 22nd, when fraudulent activity could be revealed. The Full Moon on the 23rd may prompt a neighbor or relative to make unkind remarks; demand an apology. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, allowing you to resume delayed plans.
 

Cancer

Dynamic Mars changes signs on the 3rd, making it a good time to launch a creative project that is close to your heart. Mental Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, prompting you to rearrange your finances. On the same day, your powers of persuasion will be very strong, making it a great time to promote your agenda. Don’t push your luck with an authority figure on the 7th; it’s best to keep a low profile on this stressful day.

On the 9th, the New Moon may trigger an argument with someone who is close to you. It could be difficult to strike a healthy balance between your personal and professional lives at this time. A powerful person may sit up and take notice of your work on the 12th, due to your creative contributions. A partner’s unconditional support could arrive on the 14th, when you’re able to clearly articulate your needs in a compelling way.

Love is in the air on the 18th; this is a great time to obey passionate impulses. Beware of criticizing an authority figure on the 20th, when tempers could flare quite suddenly. The Full Moon on the 23rd might cause a power struggle over money; you may not be awarded a raise that you deserve. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, making it easier to communicate with your partner.
 

Leo

Communicative Mercury changes signs on the 1st; it’s a great time to discuss sensitive subjects with those who are close to you. On the 3rd, dynamic Mars changes sign, inspiring you to apply for a high-powered position. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, making it difficult to see eye-to-eye with your nearest and dearest. Work could be especially demanding at this time, so maintain a slow and steady pace on this intense day. Business could slow down on the 7th, forcing you to work harder for your money. On the same day, tense energy may make it difficult to resolve cultural or political differences. Avoid sensitive subjects.

The New Moon on the 9th warns against accepting a job assignment; there will be hidden aspects to this work that prove very unpleasant. The 13th is wonderful for finding a moneymaking opportunity; it’s a great time to apply for work. On the 14th, collaborating with an intelligent colleague will be very productive. A relative may come to your rescue on the 18th, when family ties will be emphasized.

Your career prospects will improve on the 20th; it’s better to try for a promotion than make a lateral job move. The Full Moon on the 23rd may prompt a manipulative relative to push your buttons; stand up for your beliefs. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, greatly improving your productivity at work.
 

Virgo

On the 1st, Mercury, your ruling planet, will change signs, making it easier to set priorities. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, so it’s wise to be as flexible as possible on the job. The spotlight will shift away from you on the 7th, allowing you to relax and attend background tasks you neglected while being the center of attention. A kind relative may come forward to help you on the 8th; don’t look a gift horse in the mouth on this generous day. The New Moon on the 9th will put a crimp in romantic plans. You might have to cancel a date to attend an unforeseen problem at work.

An inheritance, refund or financial windfall may be granted to you on the 12th, when abundant surprises can occur. You might be sent on a glamorous business trip on the 13th, thanks to adventurous energy. The 14th is perfect for developing a writing project; ideas should flow freely on this magical day. Be realistic about a relative’s strengths and weaknesses on the 17th, when it’s tempting to overestimate others.

The passionate energy of the 18th is perfect for confessing a crush. Nervous tension may abound on the 20th; practice relaxation techniques on this anxious day. The Full Moon on the 23rd could bring an embarrassing secret to light. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, making it easier to express your creative talent.
 

Libra

Assertive Mars changes sign on the 3rd; you may have to fight to get paid what you are worth on this confrontational day. Mental Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, prompting you to revise a creative project. Take a neighbor’s promises with a grain of salt on this day, when people could exaggerate claims. A power struggle could be triggered between you and a loved one on the 7th, when egos will be running high. A helpful exchange of goods and services may occur on the 8th, when neighbors will be attentive and kind.

On the 9th, the New Moon may cause problems on the domestic front. Try being as flexible as possible to accommodate all the people in your household. A short pleasure trip is favored on the 12th; be ready to leave on a moment’s notice at this spontaneous time. Repeating gossip could prove disastrous on the 17th, when small scandals get blown out of proportion. Negotiating a raise or landing a lucrative job could occur on the 18th, when your ambition could be strengthened.

Venus changes sign on the 23rd, giving your domestic life a comforting quality. On the same day, the Full Moon will mark a boisterous party; you may prefer to stay home with your nearest and dearest. Mercury turns direct on the 25th, making it easier to cope with a difficult relative. The 30th is perfect for buying beautiful furniture and artwork; give yourself permission to spend a little more than usual.
 

Scorpio

Thoughtful Mercury changes sign on the 1st, prompting you to make imaginative changes to your home life. On the 3rd, outgoing Mars enters your sign, making you more determined than ever to reach your goals. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, possibly causing problems with appliances, plumbing or the electrical system. On the same day, it may be necessary to issue an ultimatum to a pushy relative or neighbor, when people have a tendency to overstep their boundaries.

It’s a good idea to be resourceful with money on the 8th, when financial caution could be rewarded. The New Moon on the 9th might bring disappointing news about work; it may be best to look for another job. The generous energy of the 13th makes it good time to submit an application, write a blog post or apply for a grant. Obey romantic impulses on the 18th, when the chemistry between you and a love interest could be very strong.

The Sun changes sign on the 20th, facilitating difficult family decisions. Your determination to resolve a financial matter will be strong on the 22nd; take this opportunity to consolidate loans or file a claim. The Full Moon on the 23rd could cause some embarrassment on the professional front. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, making it easier to clear up a misunderstanding at work. Talking to your boss on the 30th will smooth things over, thanks to the compassionate energy of this day.
 

Sagittarius

Communicative Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th; beware of hitting the “send” button on e-mails before checking the address. A relative could lull you into a false sense of security on this day; beware of the deceptive energy swirling around you. Jupiter, your ruling planet, goes retrograde on the 7th, causing you to revise professional plans for the sake of family. Run a dreaded chore for a loved one who is overwhelmed on the 8th; your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

The New Moon on the 9th could attract a moneymaking opportunity, but beware. This job won’t leave much time for fun. It will be easy to fall in love at first sight on the 12th, which will be filled with impulsive energy. You’ll be able to make a great impression on your boss on the 13th, thanks to your powerful charisma. The 14th is good for salary negotiations, when you’ll get a good reception for your proposals.

Don’t press your luck with an authority figure on the 17th, when it will be easy to overestimate your importance. Spending time with the family is favored for the 18th, thanks to warm domestic ties. On the 23rd, the Full Moon could cause a political argument to erupt; don’t fool yourself into thinking you can change somebody’s mind. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, making it easier to forge financial agreements. The 29th is good for signing a contract designed to improve your economic circumstances; propose changes to any clauses that seem too constraining.
 

Capricorn

Mental Mercury changes sign on the 1st, making it a good time for financial negotiations. Passionate Mars also changes sign on the 3rd, bringing an urgent feel to a social occasion. On the 5th, Mercury will go retrograde, making it necessary to revise the budget. Your powers of persuasion will be very strong this day, making it a good time to press an important agenda. Practicing patience with a relative will be difficult on the 7th, when generational differences will be strained. The 8th presents a marvelous opportunity to catch up on beauty sleep; take this opportunity to recharge your batteries.

An opportunity to step into the spotlight could occur on the 9th, thanks to the New Moon. Unfortunately, a family emergency might interfere; be as flexible as possible on this frenetic day. A golden opportunity to travel, study or write may arrive on the 13th; it’s a great time to expand your horizons. Your communication skills will be strong on the 14th, favoring a public presentation or job interview.

Beware of jumping to conclusions on the 20th, when it will be difficult to know the truth. It will be easier discern the facts on the 22nd, when perceptions will be sharpened. Venus moves into your sign on the 23rd, enhancing your allure and heightening your charisma. On the same day, the Full Moon brings a sudden expense. Mercury moves direct on the 25th, facilitating communications.
 

Aquarius

Communicative Mercury moves into your sign on the 1st, making it easier to get your ideas across. On the 3rd, outgoing Mars will also change sign; take this opportunity to pursue an elusive professional goal. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, warning against getting into a war of words with an authority figure. It could be difficult to exercise your independence on the 7th, when authority figures will enforce tight rules.

It could be hard to find peace and quiet on the 9th, due to a challenging New Moon. People may have a tendency to invade your privacy on this disruptive day. The 12th is ideal for attending a party; be prepared to attract lots of romantic attention on this exciting day. The 13th is ideal for a romantic rendezvous; sneak off to a private hideaway with the object of your affection.

Entering a creative or professional competition is advised on the 18th, when your drive and determination will be very strong. The Sun enters your sign on the 20th, prompting you to step into the spotlight. It may be necessary to shout down someone who is threatened by your authority on this electrifying day. The Full Moon on the 23rd moves an intimate relationship forward; it’s time to make up or break up. Mercury moves direct on the 25th, making it easier to speak freely. An embarrassing secret could come to light on the 31st; prepare to set the record straight.
 

Pisces

Intellectual Mercury changes sign on the 1st, prompting spiritual explorations. On the 3rd, dynamic Mars also changes sign, making it a good time to take an advanced class with great personal meaning. Mercury goes retrograde on the 5th, slowing progress and forcing revisions. An authority figure could be quite demanding on this day, stretching your patience to the breaking point. Don’t fall victim to a pushy salesperson on the 7th, when people might overstep their bounds. Generous Jupiter goes retrograde, making it harder to get demands met in a close relationship.

Job interviews and salary negotiations are strongly favored on the 8th, when you’ll project grace, sophistication and professionalism. A party invitation could be extended on the 9th, thanks to the New Moon. This gathering may be more expensive than it is worth; it’s probably best to decline. An exciting moneymaking opportunity may arrive on the 12th; be ready to move like lightning. On the 13th, you could form a business partnership with a seasoned professional. Two heads are better than one on the 14th; lean on your associate for career advice.

Beware of mixing business with pleasure on the 17th, when work should demand your full attention. Taking a vacation on the 18th could put you on the path to love, luck and creative fulfillment. Beware of overindulging with food and drink on the 23rd, when the Full Moon will strain your system. Mercury goes direct on the 25th, improving focus and precision. Your allure will be at an all-time high on the 30th; use it to win the affection of someone special.

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