Change that ringtone from “silent” or “vibrate” to something peppier, Scorpio, because this month, as the heartwarming Sun transits Capricorn, your third house of communication, you’re not going to want to miss a single call or text. 2013 kicks off on a bustling, busy note, with networking, meetings and social events galore. Your intellect is razor-sharp, too, so be prepared to charm (and impress) the J Brands off anyone who crosses your path. The first three weeks of January, you’re adept at sharing your most witty and ingenious ideas, whether at the local bar, your office, or in important project meetings. This is not a time for peace and quiet, but you will conquer those stacks of papers and process incoming information with ease. Answer those hundreds of piled-up emails, and don’t miss out on a chance to connect with pals and colleagues over stimulating dialogues.
Headline news could arrive on January 11, when a Capricorn new moon illuminates your third house of messages, ideas and expression. Perhaps an important email, phone call or conversation turns a fresh page. With the new moon being joined by the energizing Sun, chatty Mercury, magnetic Venus and intense Pluto, these exchanges are not going to be light (which is fine for your depth-loving sign). If you’re looking to improve your own communication style, this is the day to adopt a new approach. Maybe you vow to stop complaining, or you decide you’ll no longer listen indiscriminately to your pal’s negative rants about her sister’s romantic choices. Perhaps you consciously quit engaging in your own unconscious dumping on a loved one—or insisting that you’re “fine” when you’re obviously seething. This new moon, when you say “basta!” the stars hear you, loud and clear.
Keeping the peace with loved ones is more imperative than ever, since energetic Mars is in Aquarius, your domestic fourth house, all month long. Mars renders your personal life hectic and possibly stressful, with lots of action on the home front. Picture it: contractors coming, kids going, the cable repair person troubleshooting your remote, all while your phone pings and bleeps with tweets, texts and voicemails. If you’ve been toying with the idea of a move, you may now be motivated to relocate, for an exciting (and possibly short-term) offer. With Mars in this family-friendly area of your chart, there may be some Scorpio pregnancy news in the next few weeks, too.
The buzz heightens even more after January 19, when the Sun and Mercury also move into Aquarius. If you have children, your home could become the designated crash pad or play space—so you might as well stock up on those extra snacks now. Perhaps your great-aunt Maude will stop by unannounced, or some other relative—cousin Greg?—will decide your home is just the place for him to ride out his 102-degree fever (blisters and all). If this dominating family energy starts to invade your personal space, put some clear limits on their stay. As a powerful Scorpio, your backbone is too firm to put up with these intrusions on your domain.
On January 26, a full moon in Leo shines on your tenth house of career. Scorpio, this is your red carpet moment, as a long-awaited triumph arrives. The excitement might just involve a decision you’re finally able to make, possibly to depart from your current line of work or to reconfigure the way you approach your career from now forward. Were you really meant to spend the rest of your days behind a desk, listening to other people complain about X, Y, and Z? Hmmmm…just because you can handle something doesn’t mean it’s your destiny. Now, you might branch out into something new, a better fit for you. This turn won’t be without some serious soul-searching (and difficult, but necessary adjustments), so you might want to just take a small step before you break away entirely. At the very least, you’ll have some eye-opening epiphanies about what’s got to change, so that you can achieve your highest, most cherished dreams.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Hey, hot mama! With sexy Mars in Aquarius, your fourth house of domesticity, family and motherhood, there may be a baby in the works—or news of one in your immediate circle. If you’re a parent whose wardrobe is creeping into (gasp) “mom jean” terrain—it’s time to bring back your sexy Scorpio edge. (And no, those super-stretchy Not Your Daughter’s Jeans probably don’t count…unless, of course, you feel as sleek as an otter and seductress-hot in ‘em.) Perhaps, you’ll turn your home into a “den of love,” modeled after a long-ago trip to Morocco that still makes you swoon. You’ll spare no detail…perhaps you’ll winterize your place with faux fur throws, sexy candelabras, or pendant lamps. Book a night at a luxe bed and breakfast, where you and your love can lounge in bed, snacking on pomegranates and sipping mimosas. If you can’t beat the winter blahs by dialing up 75-degree sunshine, you can certainly turn up the heat indoors.
With magnetic Venus in status-driven Capricorn, your third house of local action, you might want to schedule fun date nights at a posh hotel bar nearby. You’ll enjoy scintillating conversations, so much that you better have a nice pitcher of lemon water on hand, to soothe your dry throat. If you’re coupled, you could have some memorable nights trying out new local spots, chatting up your neighbors at the bar. If you’ve been putting off a conversation about the big stuff, the Capricorn new moon will help you plumb new depths, especially since communicator Mercury and leave-no-stone-unturned Pluto are also in Capricorn. Under the glow of this moon, you’re more than ready to speak. Say what you gotta say, Scorpio.
Single Scorpios might find love locally. Look your best, even when you’re just racing to your morning yoga class or to pick up a chai at your favorite café. Cupid has his GPS on your immediate environs, and you don’t want to get caught in those worn out gym pants. (Or, who knows? Maybe you do, since we all know your sex appeal is unstoppable and not going to be the least bit thwarted by some stretched-out laundry room leftovers.) In addition to getting out in the ‘hood, ask friends to set you up. Perhaps a cousin or sibling knows someone you need to meet. Try blind dates, and flirt with wild abandon. Your chances of meeting someone when you’re reveling in your own sensuality are sky-high.
MONEY & CAREER
Put your money where your mouth is, Scorpio. This month, a small army of planets—the life-giving Sun, clever Mercury, diplomatic Venus, and resourceful Pluto—all gather in Capricorn, your third house of communication and ideas. There’s no shortage of activity, as you are able to synthesize conversation into marketable products, and practically break into new fields of thought. Colleagues will be knocking on your door, asking for your brilliant guidance, either to sort out issues or to take a look at their most recent proposal. Since helping them helps you (solidifying your rep as brilliant and indispensible to the company) you’re more than happy to oblige.
On January 11, the Capricorn new moon marks a five-star day for a high-stakes pitch or meeting. Your mind is on fire, and so we don’t really see you sitting at your desk, tapping your fingers in silence. You’re on and you know it, so make hay while the expressive new moon glows. With harmonious Venus, communicator Mercury and transformational Pluto (your ruler) also in Capricorn, this could be an utterly profound day to rock your powers of persuasion, perhaps in a strategic social media campaign (perfectly timed, of course…). If you need to start fresh with a colleague, now is the day to clear the air. Or, if you’ve been waiting to meet a powerful new contact for coffee, today just might be the day you have that life-changing espresso meeting. When it comes to work, you want to take more than a New York minute to mindfully set your best intention for the year ahead.
By month’s end, you’ll receive stellar news on the career front, as a January 26 full moon in Leo lights up your tenth house of professional acclaim. For the last six months, you’ve been slugging it out, climbing that steep, rocky hill, and now you start to see the fruits of your labors. Only…once you get to the top, maybe you realize that this isn’t exactly what you’d been hoping for. Maybe your smart, perceptive self is ready for a new challenge, something soul-stirring and not a gig that merely looks great on paper and impresses people at cocktail parties. Sure, being a nuclear physicist, funeral director or erotica scribe sounds “fun” and all…but come on, at the end of the day, job gripes are job gripes.
This full moon might mark a potent career turning point, since it will form a tense “square” angle to sober Saturn in Scorpio, your first house of personal goals. Is your current gig or path even a fit for your true self, anymore? Get set for a day of reckoning. Here’s the million-dollar question: does what you value about yourself match up with what you do for a living? Perhaps you have a realization that it’s time to move on or shift your role in some capacity, i.e. if you’re used to running the show, perhaps you need to hire a manager or right-hand person to take care of the nitty-gritty details so you can turn your attention to bigger picture matters, such as creating a spotlight-worthy training program or hiring more passionate, qualified people. Perhaps you’re feeling the call to take greater command and leadership. Well, what’s the hesitation, Scorpio? Step into those haute couture shoes. How else, but in Louboutins, to take that all-important first step toward a longtime dream?
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Dial-a-masseuse, anyone? This month, as stressful Mars transits Aquarius, your fourth house of nurturing, the intensity in your personal life goes up a notch (or ten). Some of the stress is a result of good things—more contact with your loved ones, especially family members—but at the end of the day, if your personal resources are stretched thin, you’re going to need a little replenishment. Since December 25, motivator Mars has been gunning through the sector of your chart that rules your sanctuary. Your home is so sacred to you; yet, it feels like your temple has been trampled. You might suddenly hate that once-perfect shade of Benjamin Moore “Raspberry Truffle” that looked so chic on your walls. Now it feels tacky and downright irritating. Where the hell is that elusive peace you’ll be striving for? Ah, well maybe that’s the issue. There’s no such thing as “striving” for peace. You’ve either got it or you don’t. First step? Take a deep breath. (Next step: call the house painters.)
If there’s some residual stress from a family feud that erupted over the holidays, remind yourself that this, too, shall pass. It’s not your job to make sure everyone is okay, Scorpio. Just because you can see exactly what the nature of the problem is, i.e. your high-strung sister is an exact replica of your high-strung mother, doesn’t mean it’s your responsibility to solve the problem. To diffuse potential tension, you may decide to team up with a female relative for a get-in-shape, stress-busting plan. Perhaps you want to splurge on some home workout equipment—just make sure you start forming the habit of using it this month while motivator Mars is in your domestic fourth house. Use the stores of energy you have now to get the whole family moving, instead of turning sedentary all winter. Maybe no one thinks it’s a good idea to get bundled up and go for a walk in the Audubon Sanctuary, but once you’re there, watching the snowfall and breathing in fresh air, everyone is happy. Especially you. So rally the troops to go ice skating, or, for those frost-bitten days, maybe you should get a game system, like a Wii, that you can all jump around on.
On January 19, the essence-offering Sun and communicator Mercury move into Aquarius, your fourth house of home and family, making this a perfect time to gather your brood and have everyone over for a big meal. What you serve on the menu doesn’t matter. The point is to create a loving space to reconnect with your clan, to experience the pleasures and joys of family. Consider it a peace offering after the stress has died down, and all you’re left with is a strong appreciation for Cousin Cathy, whose jokes are so funny she can still make noodles fly out of your nose.