Click those ruby slippers, Libra, because, as 2013 begins, there’s no place like home. The Sun is in Capricorn, your domestic fourth house, until January 19. While others are charging ahead, you’re reflecting on your own roots or doing some serious nesting. Only as you take stock of your upbringing and the influences that have shaped who you are, can you begin to map the road for the year ahead. Does your family’s bent toward entrepreneurialism jibe with who you are? Maybe not. Do you give your mother’s excessive worry more credence than it deserves? Perhaps. Now is the time to firm up your personal foundations, paving the way for a banner year ahead. Get to “know thyself,” Libra, over a big bowl of homemade ricotta gnocchi (or a fresh kale salad, if you’re feeling healthy).
The January 11 Capricorn new moon could shed some light on a domestic matter, especially with expressive Mercury, the energizing Sun, harmonious Venus and transformational Pluto all in Capricorn, too. On this date, you could change residences (or decide to move in the next six months); hear news of a long-awaited pregnancy (or decide to get pregnant); or see an issue change within your family for the better, a trend that will unfold between now and the summer. Perhaps the depressed aunt you’ve been worried about suddenly gets addicted to Zumba and takes up with a younger new boyfriend. Perhaps your dream home suddenly materializes, and you decide it’s time to put down deeper roots Whatever the changes, you have an opportunity to widen your perspective on who your family and, by extension, what your role is within that system.
Fortunately, you won’t be hibernating in a velour track suit all month (as if), because spicy Mars is in Aquarius, your playful and passionate fifth house. Your domestic focus is balanced out by an irrepressible need to express yourself, something you may do at your home or out on the town. Romance heats up with this influence, as the suitors line up for your attention. (Single Libras may even have some scheduling snags, rom-com style, as you overbook your dates…oh, these “issues” should be fun). When communicator Mercury and the bold Sun enter Aquarius on January 19, you’re feeling even more amorous and lustful for life.
On January 26, a potent full moon in Leo illuminates your eleventh house of networking and technology. On this day, consider launching a website or social media campaign, or finalize a collaboration for a group project. The mood will be boisterous, but make sure you pause to set clear terms, especially around profits or intellectual property rights, if money will change hands. You may feel a strong kinship with your collaborators, but with structured Saturn in Scorpio, your second house of money, forming a tense square to this full moon, you’ve been warned: it may feel “dirty” or unpleasant to talk about cash, but if you don’t do it upfront, you could take a hit on the backend and wind up in an emotionally draining quagmire. Don’t let your Libra people-pleasing and conflict avoidance tendencies to override common sense. If you’re producing a homegrown art show, one that has potential for wider collaboration, for example, you don’t want one of the artists to start clamoring for a bigger piece of the pie than had been originally agreed upon. With all the terms delineated, you have a better shot at creating a win-win.
And then…broad new horizons await! If the month began in homebody style, it ends with the polar-opposite effect. Pick up some pretty luggage (and maybe a backpack) because on January 30, adventurous Jupiter goes direct (forward) in Gemini, your ninth house of global travel and horizon-expanding study. You could be hitting the road—or the books—in search of fresh perspectives. Jupiter is here until June 25, so prepare for five months of cross-cultural or metaphysical experiences that put your worldview on a wide-angle setting!
LOVE & ROMANCE
Baby, it’s cold outside, but you’ve got no trouble staying warm. Sexy Mars burns through Aquarius all month, your fifth house of passion, lust, and full-throttle romance. While your harmonious sign is known for evenness and balance, consider this your moment to switch from mild to wild as your libido comes out of hibernation. With all this amorous action, you’re boldly claiming your desires. In fact, you may even be extra fertile this month…and not thinking a whole lot about the consequences of increased time between your silk sheets. Consider yourself warned, Libra.
Then again, with so many planets (the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Pluto) in your fourth house of motherhood and nurturing, you might just be jonesing for that sweet bundle of consequences (but not for the 3:00 a.m, diaper change…yikes!). Yep, you could have babies on the brain more than ever. On January 11, you’re primed to do something about it, as the new moon in Capricorn, your fourth house of family, lends some hopeful wind to your sails. This is a super-potent day to try for a pregnancy or an adoption…even if that adoption is of a pet or an “honorary child” (e.g., you help a harried mom out by spending regular play time with her high-energy children). As your maternal instincts are sated, you might also crave that homey closeness with your partner, so if you have some recipes you’ve been aching to test, e.g., South African beef stew or roasted eggplant with ginger, now is the time to set your dinner table with candles and flowers, and serve up your best dish for your sweetheart.
On January 19, the bold Sun and expressive Mercury enter Aquarius, your fifth house of fun and romance. Now, you’re definitely ready to shake your groove thing. Solo and coupled Libras can practice the art of seduction, both in and out of the boudoir. (For a little inspiration, check out “La Seduction” by Elaine Sciolino.) Pay extra attention to your lingerie, pitching that baggy underwear—oh, come on, you know have ‘em—in favor of a sleek body shaper or soft-to-the-touch skivvies. When planning dates, skip the old standbys and open up to the magic of the universe, looking for clues as to just the right venue to experience blissful, flirty fun (perhaps underneath a starlit sky…or at a planetarium). With communicator Mercury here, don’t be shy about spreading the good word if you’re single. Ask friends to set you up, get online (Mercury favors the Internet), strike up a conversation with a cutie at the juice bar or at the monthly conservationist meeting. If you really let yourself go, Libra, you might just be blurting some very original lines out, e.g., expressing your desire to get naked and be photographed in a bed of rose petals…or some such fantasy. Instead of guarding your words, let ‘em out. Your love (or love interests) will swoon at the emergence of your more daring, outspoken side.
MONEY & CAREER
Brick by brick, Libra…that’s how you build your empire. With the energizing Sun in Capricorn, your fourth house of personal foundations, you’re hyper-focused on getting your home and personal life in tiptop shape. Only when you have the firmest (not to mention healthiest) of roots will you be able to catapult yourself into the next exciting stratosphere. Whether you measure success by the number of letters after your name, the square footage of your office or the amount of high profile placements you garner, you are keenly aware this month that the only way to get to where you want to go is by achieving a work-life balance. (Ah, the elusive Libra balancing act…)
All month, you’re reviewing and tweaking your big-picture visions, as this is the last month of the lucky Jupiter’s retrograde (backward) cycle in Gemini, your ninth house of optimism, entrepreneurship and horizon-expansion. Since October, Jupiter has been doing backstrokes, causing you to go deeper within yourself, to review and refine your personal philosophy, your belief systems, your vehicles for learning and understanding. Maybe you had to skip that illustrious business trip you really wanted to go on, or found yourself questioning some of your own deeply held beliefs. An internal values review has been healthy, Libra—even your “fair and balanced” sign can get a little set in your ways.
In preparation for Jupiter’s forward motion on January 30, you may want to research degree programs, workshops, enriching travel and overseas opportunities. If possible, delay travel until next month, after benefic Jupiter is charging firmly ahead. February to July is a great time for expansion, entrepreneurship and study. In fact, the second half of the year could be your most powerhouse career time in over a decade, since win-big Jupiter visits Cancer, your tenth house of career and professional recognition. To best position yourself for a clean sweep, take some calculated risks before then, sowing those so-called wild oats. Since the ninth house also rules publishing and Gemini rules writing, you may want to get that hefty manuscript out the door. No more indecision or thinking you need to tweak just one more chapter. The time is now, Libra. So act accordingly, and with puffed-chest confidence.
In other exciting month-end activity, the January 26 full moon in Leo lights up your eleventh house of teamwork, bringing an electric culmination of a group project or collaboration, possibly even an online venture. (DIY Instagram-like head shots, perhaps?) However, before you start popping the bubbly, know that the full moon is square (a challenging angle) to taskmaster Saturn in Scorpio, your second house of work and money, perhaps revealing all the mega cracks in your budgetary foundation. As you scour through the numbers, you may come to the conclusion that it’s you who needs to be more of a heavy hitter if this group effort is going to succeed.
Beware of nagging self-esteem issues that could easily pop up now. So you’re not the greatest with Excel spreadsheets and watching the bottom line? Instead of shrinking into the corner and letting someone else take the lead, value yourself enough to brush up on whatever skills are needed—and fast! If this reality check leads to a “beta” version or soft launch of your project before the full-scale rollout, so be it. Look at it as a “beta” version of yourself, too, considering this breakdown a blessing. From whatever challenges arise, you can bolster your own self-confidence, as you act swiftly to address deeper issues and possibly bring more experienced people on to manage the team. With boundary-hound Saturn involved, don’t shy away from setting crystal clear agreements around the division of moolah or other profits.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Home is where the heart is, Libra. This month, with a cluster of planets in Capricorn, your fourth house of roots and nurturing, you’re being asked to take extra-good care of your heart health, on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Though your sign is so frequently focused on the other, you’re really primed for some self-care this month. Instead of nights out on the town, soothe your soul by cooking at home—roasted salmon and fennel, perhaps?—and inviting your closest pals over to break (French) bread. Bathe with lavender-oil scented Epsom salts, since they will not only relieve muscular aches but also act as an energy detox, removing the emotional debris of whatever you might have picked up from your environment. (If you work in a service-oriented field, such as hospitality or social work, this is even more critical.) Meditate. Nap. Nestle in with your sweetheart on the sofa and cue up the Netflix.
At the January 11 new moon in Capricorn, your fourth house of relatives, you have the chance to start fresh with the blood members of your tribe. Perhaps you buy a new home or redo the one you’re already settled in. Perhaps you’re thinking more about Father Time, and this causes you to pencil in more Sunday dinners, more regular phone chats, more spontaneous “this cat in a bunny costume picture made me think of you” texts. With shadowy Pluto here, a long-buried family issue may rise up and need to be addressed at the root level, perhaps with a round of family counseling. (Oh, and before you roll your eyes and say, “Okay, fine…I’ll do this for my difficult sister,” be aware that every member, yourself included, is implicated. So move into that healing space with a generous heart.) You may want to feng shui your home, as you pick a tranquil new paint color, especially with beautifying Venus and transformational Pluto, ruler of hidden energies, are both in Capricorn…change the energy as well as the location of your La-Z-Boy.