Ready, set….go! With the Sun spending the first three weeks of the new year in Capricorn, your tenth house of ambition, your New Year begins with a confetti-filled bang. While your friends are lazing about on January 1, mimosas in hand as they relive antics from the last night of 2012, your brain is already on overdrive. No foggy headed resolutions for you—you gave your list a final proofread days before that ball dropped. You begin 2013 goal-oriented and with your eyes on the prize. So which mountain will you be scaling this year? Whether your personal Kilimanjaro is rising through the ranks at your current company or aligning your work life with your soul’s deepest desires, you’re primed to reach the highest peaks.
On January 11, the Capricorn new moon helps to further gel your long-term goals—or clarify them if you’re not as early to the go-getter party as your fellow Rams. If you’ve been skirting the edges of commitment, now is the time to dive in all the way. Perhaps you’ve been gunning for success in your head, but not 100 percent in your actions. Now is the time to further refine your resolutions and set for a road map for making them a reality. With transformative Pluto, communicative Mercury and magnetic Venus in Capricorn, too, this new moon is a divine invitation to align your earthly goals with your soul.
With the heavy practical emphasis of the first three weeks of January, a little soulful nudge wouldn’t hurt you. On January 19, the Sun enters Aquarius, electrifying your eleventh house of group activity and networking and reviving the spirit of fun. For the next four weeks, your social calendar is abuzz, with fruitful happy hours and other promising invitations to connect with like-minded souls. Now that your professional objectives are set, all this moving-and-shaking has a clear agenda: to meet-and-greet with people whose own objectives may dovetail perfectly with your own. You now have the chance to assemble a star team (or just to mingle in a crowd that suits your currents trajectory/state-of-being), easing up the burden of duty and reminding you that even work can be fun.
Speaking of fun, on January 26, a full moon in boisterous Leo lights up your fifth house of passion, creativity and fertility. The reasons to swoon are many—new love, a passion project or overall joie de vivre. Since full moons bring illumination, you may see the culmination of a situation or project that’s been in development, such as baby news or the opportunity to wear your heart on your sleeve and finally tell the object of your affection just how you feel. One caveat: with the moon squaring Saturn in Scorpio, your eighth house of intimacy, you may find yourself torn between a playful, light-hearted mood and some old reservations around trust or intimacy. If pessimism starts to creep in, take a deep breath, thrown on some appropriate affirmations and remind yourself that out of this tension, a new truth is born.
As the month ends, expansive Jupiter turns direct (forward) in Gemini, your third house of communication, on January 30. For the last four months, as this benefic planet was retrograde, you may have experienced stalled plans and an overall difficulty getting your thoughts together. Come February, any simmering ideas and intellectual insights you’ve had since October can be translated into real-time action. To make the best of this shift, use the month to review your plans or writing projects, possibly even taking a course, as you prepare to move full steam ahead. Just the way you like it, Aries.
LOVE & ROMANCE
With love planet Venus roaming your ninth house of global travel and cross cultural connections until January 8, you’re apt to find romance (or pump up the passion with your sweetie) while exploring new terrain. Sparks could fly with a fellow passenger as you fly back home from holiday travel—or, you may strike up a long-distance romance that’s worth exploring. Leaving city limits is definitely good for your love life during the first week of January! If you can’t hop a plane and go shark diving in South Africa, perhaps you can infuse some of that traveler mindset into your daily activities: pick up a mind-expanding book or take a workshop that shifts your perspective on love, partnership or life.
On January 8, Venus moves into Capricorn, your tenth house of long-term planning, bringing an air of sweetness to conversations about relationship goals and commitments. Under this influence, you’re realist in love, angling for security and a solid future with that special someone. Your normally impulsive sign might forego fireworks for a 401(k) this month. Since the tenth house also rules career, single Aries could meet potential prospects at an industry event or through work. Forget the kumamoto oysters—for the rest of January, your biggest aphrodisiac is ambition.
On January 11, a Capricorn new moon helps you plant seeds for your strongest relationship wishes. Since plumb-the-depths Pluto, clever Mercury and sweet Venus are also in Capricorn on this date, perhaps you’ll initiate a soul-baring talk about your future together. Choose a posh setting for that serious conversation about the long haul, perhaps at a tony bar or restaurant over rosewater cocktails by the roaring fireplace. Leave the spreadsheet of your ten-year plan for another day, and let your grounded, sensual side take the lead. Vulnerability will produce vast dividends down the line. Bonus: rather than feel like you strong-armed someone into doing your bidding, a little seductive “staging” will make it all seem like THEIR idea. (Him/her: “Hey sweetie, I’ve got a great idea: let’s renew our vows in St. John’s.” You: “Hmmm…yeah. That sounds like a plan to me!”)
Still looking for love in all the wrong places? Check your inner circle. All month, spicy Mars is in Aquarius, your eleventh house of friendships, possibly dialing up the heat on a connection that was formerly platonic. One friend experienced this, when a guy she’d known forever asked her out of the blue, “So why didn’t we ever hook up?” Despite her reply (“Hmmm. Maybe because you were married…”), his comment introduced an unexpected current of electricity into their interactions. Cue a rom-com in the making. Since the eleventh house also rules technology, ramp up your online dating profile if you’re single. Just don’t miss the finer points of how the dating site of your choice actually works: e.g., JDate shows the other singles who view your profile. We can’t even begin to share the horror stories we’ve heard as a result of this feature, but let’s just say, you never want to see a blood relative scoping you and your single wares out….or get caught ogling your new date too many times. Okay, fine…we’ll share just one story: a woman we know wanted to show her closest friends how hot her new date was, so she sent around her user ID and password so that people could log in and check him out. He later called her and said, “Why did you look at my profile 167 times today?” They eventually got married (and somehow she got away without explaining herself, even) but let this be a cautionary tale.
The month ends on an amorous note, with the January 26 full moon in Leo, your fifth house of unbridled passion. Before you start stripping down to your skivvies, know that the full moon squares serious Saturn in Scorpio, your eighth house of soul-merging. While you may feel completely swept away (or so your hormones have you feeling), pause and think of the consequences: are you truly prepared to get attached to the current object of your affections? Or perhaps you feel like spilling every dirty secret, thinking that it can only bring you closer to your honey. But think twice: confessing that you had a momentary make-out session in the supply closet with the bartender at your local hangout ten years ago (when you weren’t even officially dating yet) might not be the best course of action. Are you prepared to give up cosmos and camaraderie with the other regulars, when your partner is suddenly—and needlessly—jealous? If you’re motivated to get everything off your chest (as opposed to being motivated by the well-being of your relationship) be careful. Your breathless admission might just undermine your intention to create closeness.
MONEY & CAREER
Stock up on those business cards, Aries! All month, go-getter Mars is in Aquarius, firing up your eleventh house of networking and group activity. Though the holidays are in your rearview, party mode rages on. Since Mars is your ruling planet, you’re even more motivated to get out and connect with colleagues and potential supporters. Though part of you craves an evening in on the couch, now is the time to get out and circulate—who’s better at meeting and greeting than you?--while your personal star is sparkling so brightly. FYI, this amplifies after January 19, when the energizing Sun moves into Aquarius, too. You can catch up on zzzz’s next month, when motivator Mars heads into Pisces, your peaceful, sleepy twelfth house. For now, your presence is required at the latest industry soiree.
January 11 features a new moon in Capricorn, your tenth house of professional coups, a red-letter day for big opportunities and decisive career moves. If you’ve been waiting to submit an important proposal, email your resume, or contact a promising connection, there’s no better moment. If you’ve been seeking broader support for a long-term project, you’ll find it now. New moons set off six-month cycles, so the seeds you plant now could show serious result come summer. This is a perfect day to map out your master plan, especially with a powerful cluster of planets—Pluto, Venus and Mercury—also in Capricorn. If you’ve been yearning for a little guidance—a career guardian angel, of sorts—that person may just appear now. Though it could feel like “magic,” you’ve attracted this powerful or even wealthy well-connected mentor, perhaps through friends or a romantic partner. This new relationship connects you to your own sense of authority, which, through this partnership, is set to grow exponentially.
Consider this new moon a springboard to career rock stardom, especially with the bold Sun in Capricorn, your tenth house of professional honors, until January 19. The first three weeks of the month, you’re a planning machine, structured in all your work. Routine and parameters bring you an even greater measure of success, so this is not a month to cut corners or abandon a project mid-stream.
On January 26, a full moon in expressive Leo, your fifth house of creativity, has you eager to share your more artistic side—unveiling a painting or storytelling skills, perhaps? However, as this charged full moon squares sober Saturn in Scorpio, your eighth house of joint resources, you also need to consider issues of legal, financial and intellectual property. For example, you’re so psyched to launch a new program whose genesis dates back to a four-martini lunch you had with a one-time coworker. Consider checking in to see if she’s cool with you having taken the ball and run with it. Or, your own childlike creativity could be hindered by either pessimistic thinking or the overwhelming depths inspired by Saturn in Scorpio. To work your way out of this quagmire, you need structure and a clear-cut process. For inspiration and know-how, check out this fascinating interview from Derek Halpern of SocialTriggers.com, with Tim Ferriss, most recently the author of the 4 Hour Chef. Whether or not you’re a gourmand, Ferriss’ content will inspire you to tackle your “one-day-I’ll-learn-X” list with efficiency and joy.
The month ends on a highly communicative note, as expansive Jupiter finally moves direct (forward) in Gemini, your third house of writing, ideas and brainstorming, on January 30. For the last four months that Jupiter has been retrograde (backward), you’ve been in a revising and reevaluating phase. All month, take advantage of the last of Jupiter’s retrograde motion, by polishing up your marketing materials and putting the finishing touches on the site you’ve been aching to launch. The internal work you’ve done on the communication front will suddenly have application in your external world after the 30th, when you’ll want to take full advantage or writing, speaking and teaching opportunities that come your way. You’re ready. After these four months, your thoughts will be worth a lot more than a pretty penny.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
With your brain and body kicked into achievement overdrive, you’ll do well to implement structure around your health and wellness goals—or hey, just to set some! Instead of letting your impulses dictate your workout routine, commit to hitting the gym (or some other comparable, sweat-breaking activity) at least three times a week. If you’ve been struggling with your health or just wanted to feel a little more fit, set your biggest and baddest intentions at the January 11 new moon in Capricorn. Once your sign gets rolling with the workouts, watch out. (One Aries we know got so swept up in his newfound love of fitness that he was overheard at the gym, counting his sit-ups loudly and shouting, “It’s gonna be a damn good summer! Yeah!!”) Well, Aries, that could so easily be you this month. Claim your goals and then revel in their fulfillment—other gym-goers be damned.
Juicing up your motivation, energizer Mars spends all month in Aquarius, your eleventh house of group activity. Blow off some steam with fitness classes—Zumba, anyone? Spearhead a betting pool with pals, a New Year’s challenge, to see who can go the longest with working out every day (or whatever parameters feel most doable, while inciting your tribe’s competitive spirit). Join a charity team and train for a forthcoming marathon, or get involved with your town’s local volleyball group. This month, tap into the power of team spirit.