January is excellent for career and long-term projects, dear Aries, but brand-new objectives and initiatives are best delayed until after the 8th. Before then, work is still very much effective, but editing and refining current projects is best. A conversation or endeavor that seemed to become stuck during Mercury’s retrograde period since December 29th is likely to advance as blocks clear after the 8th. You’re in a fabulous position for rethinking long-term goals or career and business moves.
As always in January, you are in an important career period. However, this year, there is considerable emphasis on healing, resting, and tying up loose ends. Attention to your health is important now, and you might gather the motivation or energy to handle a matter that has been on your mind for some time. Extra rest can do you very well in the first weeks of January. Certainly, with Mars moving into your sign on the 28th and Venus soon to follow (on February 3rd), you have a lot to prepare for in advance. Learning your heart’s desire is important now so that when you’re ready to pursue it, you know which direction to head!
The Full Moon on the 12th is conflict-ridden yet highly revealing and romantic as well – an interesting combination. It’s a time for discovering your feelings on a matter and then redirecting your life in fundamental ways with this new knowledge in mind. Home life can need extra attention. Jupiter moves closer to a sextile with Saturn but doesn’t quite make it as it slows down and heads to a retrograde, beginning in February, and you may be nearing a goal but not quite reaching it. Delays are possible, but they likely play in your favor. It’s best not to rush a good thing!
Dates to slow down and take in rather than push forward: the 19th and 27th. Particularly on the 19th when Mars, your ruler, challenges Saturn, it’s important to pull back and reassess rather than push something that isn’t ready to happen. In the last week of January, the New Moon and then Mars entering your sign pull you up and out of yourself. You should be feeling re-energized, decisive, and confident as you end the month.
The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness
Until January 19th:
The Sun continues to put a spotlight on your solar tenth house. Satisfaction and fulfillment during this cycle come from doing your professional best, shining as a responsible and capable person, and contributing to the world in practical ways. You might have a chance to receive acknowledgement or praise for your work or good character now. Landing support from authority figures is easier at this time. Avoid the pitfalls of pride or arrogance standing in your way of success.
From January 19th forward:
The Sun lights your solar eleventh house. The Sun illuminates your sector of friends, groups, and dreams coming true this month. It’s a sociable sector of your chart, and that’s exactly how you are feeling–happy, light-hearted, cosmopolitan, and social. Group affiliations capture your attention. Connections can be made now and networking pays off, or at least satisfies. Being part of a community or circle of friends and building your social network is important to you at this time. This is a rather happy, goal-oriented cycle. A lively agenda is promised, you’re attracting quite a bit of interest, and your energy for making contact with others is high. A stronger sense of community is with you during this cycle. Relationships take on a fun, if impersonal, tone now. Activities with children (especially others’ children) may increase. You are more stimulated by all that is unconventional during this cycle, and your ideas are original and progressive now. This is a time to follow your dreams and ideals, and to plant a seed in the form of a wish for the future.
Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort
Until January 3rd:
Venus continues to move through your solar eleventh house. This is a strong time for putting your ego aside and lowering your defenses and simply enjoying people. It’s a good time for networking and settling disputes if there are differences to iron out with friends. Cooperation comes easily, and warm friendships can be made during this cycle. Personal freedom is especially important to you right now, and you won’t enjoy any associations that limit you. It can also be a good time for earnings from business.
From January 3rd forward:
Venus is spending some time in “hibernation” in your privacy sector. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your love life is stagnant, but that your affection is expressed behind closed doors. Attraction to secrets and whispers characterize this period, although for some, it can also be a time of endings, relationship concerns, and wistfulness. Personal and social contacts may be secretive, and there can be secret love affairs, or at least very private love feelings and longings. Shyness can lead to some loneliness or romantic frustration. However, this can also be a deliciously private and intimate time.
Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation
Mercury is retrograde from December 19th to January 8th:
All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of communications in general and job or health-related communications because Mercury rules these areas of your life. There can be delays or rethinking with these matters.
Occurring in your solar ninth and tenth houses this time, extra care should be used when communicating with superiors and co-workers, and regarding travel or education plans. Delays are very possible. You may be re-thinking things regarding your life path, but it’s best to think rather than act for now, as your judgment may be compromised. It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating with co-workers, professors, lawyers, and family members, or take this time to re-examine issues rather than communicating about them prematurely.
From January 12th:
Mercury transits your solar tenth house. You are likely thinking a lot about your career and business matters, or your career requires more communication than usual during this cycle. You speak with authority during this period, and you are more accountable than usual for what (and how) you communicate. Your ideas may come into public view now. Use the power of words to influence authority figures. This is an excellent period for developing career and professional plans or strategies. You may be turned to for advice or for your opinion on important matters. Although approachable and ready to communicate, you are less inclined towards chatting about frivolous matters now. You tend to think about your position or standing on a professional level more frequently during this cycle. You are likely doing some multi-tasking regarding career and business matters. Negative use of this influence would be to worry unnecessarily about your reputation and responsibilities.
Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage
Until January 28th:
Mars continues to energize your solar twelfth house now. While Mars occupies the twelfth house, asserting yourself in a direct and straightforward manner can be difficult. This is largely due to a feeling of not being in touch with what it is you want or desire just for the time being as you reassess your goals and needs. This lack of direction and self-knowledge should prompt you to look within to learn about your desires. It is likely that you will be much clearer when Mars reaches your first house. For the time being, take some time for rest and give your ego a break.
From January 28th forward:
You are able to stand your ground and assert yourself more than usual during this transit of Mars through your solar first house. You have energy at your disposal to move your plans forward, and you are more enterprising. You want to leave your mark on the world in some way–however big or small–and you are more able to make an impression than usual. If circumstances are such, you are able to easily fight back. In fact, you may be somewhat combative under this influence, and you may have a short temper. Avoid being pushy. Take charge of your life, but don’t bulldoze over others in the process! This is an excellent transit for assertiveness and physical vitality. Love affairs may also be stepped up during this period. On the rare occasion when an accident occurs, it is more likely to involve the head or face.