Your January Horoscope, Revealed

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Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Two steps forward, one step back? While January always kicks off with an extra shot of motivation, there are a couple of yellow lights flashing. Two planets — messenger Mercury and enterprising Jupiter — plunge into retrograde mode, insisting that we run our epic goals through a no-bullshit reality filter. Retrogrades can stall things, but they aren’t the Darth Vader of astrology. Use their force for all “re” activities: Reviewing, refreshing, refining, reconnecting. Jupiter’s backspin takes place in health-minded Virgo until May 9, making January a good month to try different fitness studios and detox from all the holiday indulgences. Mercury snaps back on track come January 25, so all that behind-the-scenes work will really pay off for our careers. And when the sun beams into team-spirited Aquarius on the 20th, rallying support will be a snap.

2016 is off to a seriously sexy start, too! Horndog Mars slips into seductive Scorpio from January 3 to March 5, ensuring that we’ll all stay warm this winter. Meow! Innerwear (and fetishwear, even) could become 2016’s surprise outerwear trend. And with a full moon in passionate Leo on the 23rd, the PDA could get OOC. Get a (red) room, people!
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Capricorn
Hello, halo effect! With the radiant sun in your sign until the 20th, you can do no wrong this January. You’re one of the shiny people, Capricorn — and with white-hot Mars moving into your popularity zone from the 3rd to March 5, you’re basically magnetic. But here’s the rub: While it’s great to feel all that love, how many people actually know the REAL you? True friends are the ones who adore you on a PMS-bitchy-with-busted-hair-day, too. With Mercury retrograde from January 5 to 25 — and retreating through Capricorn from the 8th on — having unconditionally loving friends isn’t just a wish...it’s a need. Developing these bonds takes an investment of time. Power down the laptop at six (okay, seven) so you can enjoy dinner dates and evening activities with your personal DopeSquad. Nothing wrong with having a smaller, more intimate birthday celebration this year! Warning: people are likely to misread your signals while Mercury’s retreating through your sign. Until the 25th, spell things out to the letter; even put them in an email to avoid confusion. Work behind the scenes on a passion project. It could even turn into a moneymaker when the sun heads into Aquarius for a month on the 20th.

In love, you’ll need a longer leash — or at least more blocks of “me time.” Absence makes the heart grow fonder! And with ardent Venus making her annual visit to Capricorn from January 23 to February 16, Valentine’s Day could start early. There’s a full moon in your erotic eighth house on the 23rd, too, which could turn some bubbling chemistry into an exothermic reaction. Close the partition! Taking a couples vacation can also stoke the embers. But jet-setting Jupiter will be retrograde from January 7 to May 9, so keep the itinerary stress-free, or better yet, return to a place that holds sentimental value. Did you meet someone on your summer travels who you can’t get off your mind? Start mulling over a reunion visit — and watch The Affair for some erotic catharsis.
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Aquarius
Hit the snooze button, Aquarius. You’re in #longwintersnap mode until January 20 as the Capricorn sun chills out in your dreamy, restorative 12th house. While other people are frenetically pursuing their resolutions, take an extra few weeks to think yours through. This could involve deep googling, meditation, journaling, even working with a mentor or wise guide. Mercury is retrograde from January 5 to 25, anyway, a better time for detective work than starting anything new. Heads up! From the 5th to the 8th, Mercury’s backspin takes place in your sign and anything you type, tweet, or Snapchat CAN get lost in translation. Avoid a Trump-sized gaffe and keep that away message on until the 9th. The 12th house rules fantasy. Going on that social media diet will open up time for a creative project — not to mention some sultry romps in the sheets. But these may fall more into the hook-up category, even if they last through the winter. That’s because expansive Jupiter is turning retrograde in your erotic eighth house from January 7 to May 9. You may be more in the mood for exploration than a hardcore commitment. On the flip side, some Aquarians could get hit by a bolt of lightning, realizing how much you really DO care about a certain someone. Stoking those embers will require you to be vulnerable and open. A few couples therapy sessions might be necessary in certain cases. Don’t worry: Cupid has your back during the Leo full moon on the 23rd.

Just don’t sleep on your career! High octane Mars moves into Scorpio and your ambitious 10th house from January 3 to March 5 (and will do a repeat performance there from May 29 to August 3). In 2016, you could finally figure out what you want to be when you grow up. A good deal of attention goes to your professional goals this year. Fortune favors the bold! It’s not enough to just talk about your dream job. What will it take to get you there? When the sun zips into Aquarius for a month on January 20, you’ll be in action-hero mode again. Check out all your options: grad school, teacher training, an apprenticeship. Having an expert to show you the ropes is the quickest way to reach the top.
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Pisces
From #SquadGoals to #SoulGoals — that’s your January, Pisces. Until the 20th, the sun is waving spirit fingers in Capricorn and your 11th house of teamwork. Collaborating is the name of the game, both online and in real time. Still searching for your tribe? You could find them with the new moon on the 9th — or maybe reconnect to them. With Mercury retrograde from January 5 to 25, reuniting with old friends and colleagues could bring a hit sequel. But keep the red velvet rope raised and the criteria for entry strict. No bad apples spoiling YOUR barrel. Since the 11th house is the tech sector, Mercury retrograde could be doubly challenging. Add more cloud storage and back up all of your playlists and devices. Be wary of buying anything online before the 25th — make sure the seller is verified and verifiable.

Cabin fever strikes, too, making January perfect for a reunion getaway or a girls’ trip. From January 3 to March 5, motivator Mars is cruising through Scorpio and your worldly, adventurous ninth house. Sate your wanderlust with monthly trips (book carefully during Mercury’s backspin). Mingle multiculturally, too, as passionate Mars could set off sparks with someone from a different background than your own. One hitch: Jupiter also turns retrograde, retreating through your relationship house from January 7 to May 9. A love affair could hit a speed bump; you might even live in different cities for a while or find that your schedules are at odds. An old flame — like that cutie you met at Coachella last year — could pop up on your radar again. Just be careful about taking risks if you’re otherwise involved. Certain people are just too attractive to fall into the “just friends” category. When the sun slips into Aquarius on the 20th, those #SoulGoals take precedence. Start a meditation practice, make time for your art, or even go on a yoga retreat.
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Aries
Talk about starting strong! In January, you could give the Lyons a run for their empire! First off, the Capricorn sun is making your career zone damn near radioactive until the 20th. Plant yourself among the influencers and you’ll sail right into their VIP circle. A colleague from your past could hold the key to your success when Mercury turns retrograde from January 5 to 25. But go easy with the power plays and renegade moves. Your can-do spirit could be mistaken for competition and you don’t want to threaten people who could be allies. An epic opportunity could land in your lap with the new moon on the 9th. Make sure to narrow your focus on a couple key goals. Expansive Jupiter will be retrograde in your work house from January 7 until May 9, insisting that you streamline. Put savvy systems in place, too. Messy books or an unruly schedule could seriously backfire. You’ll also need to make more time for self-care: No skimping on the stress-busting workouts now! And while you’re heading for the executive suites, you’ll have to pay a few dues, too. To paraphrase that Zen saying: Before success, chop wood, carry water. After success, chop wood, carry water.

Your sex drive is headed skyward, too! On January 3, your ruling planet, white-hot Mars, shimmies into Scorpio and your erotic eighth house for two whole months. Bonus: Mars will return here for a second scintillating visit from May 29 until August 3. If your mojo’s been in slow-mo, it’s about to do a 180. Maybe you’ll do a live re-enactment of Fifty Shades Of Grey...the one Dakota and Jamie SHOULD have pulled off. But lust and trust are not mutually exclusive. Mars in Scorpio demands fidelity and also discretion. Keep that privacy policy in place! Another epic day for amour is the 23rd, when the full moon in Leo electrifies your romance house. You could meet The One, put an engagement ring on it, or get a pink line on a pregnancy test (double protect in January if you’re not ready for that).
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Taurus
Wow...did you really just say that? Yep. Zero fucks given could be your January theme, Taurus. With the sun beaming through your liberated, outspoken ninth house until the 20th, you are playing by your own rules. Like fellow Taurus Lena Dunham, your game-changing moves could rocket you to new heights of popularity. Just one thing to bear in mind: From January 5 to 25, communication planet Mercury plunges into a signal-scrambling retrograde. With all the truth serum flowing this January, you could fall into the TMI trap...or maybe even (Taurus) Teresa Giudice table-flipping terrain. So use AND choose your words carefully! Despite Mercury’s backspin, this IS a good month for traveling, especially if you return to a sentimental destination or even your family’s ancestral homeland. Book with reputable places and read those online reviews. The new moon on the 9th could reveal the perfect itinerary. And hey, if you can wait until the 25th to board the plane, all the better. With the sun in your career zone after the 20th you might also be traveling for business.

Romantically, Cupid is on overdrive! Sexed-up Mars lands in Scorpio and your relationship zone from January 3 until March 5. While you’re an irreformable flirt, most Taureans are also traditional, preferring to settle down with one special soul. You could find your “winter warmer” quickly in 2016 — or see an existing relationship take off at a galloping pace. Careful not to pressure people though, as Mars here can make you a little too excitable. Also, make sure you don’t sink into “old married couple” mode (ring or no ring) because on the 7th, supersizer Jupiter takes his annual retrograde until May 9. This year, it’s taking place in your romantic fifth house, which could make you favor cozy nights in over decadent nights on the town. But just because you CAN wear the (same) ratty fleece pajamas around your bae doesn’t mean you should. Try a little harder: You could seal your bond by taking classes together or planning a big vacation together. Single Bulls could meet someone exciting in a workshop or on foreign soil.
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Gemini
Lust! Passion! Intrigue! Yes, please. With the sun slinking through your erotic eighth house until January 20, your 2016 could be off to the sultriest start. But forget posting those cute couple shots on Insta. You’ll want to keep a firm privacy policy in place and keep things between “just the two of us.” Single Gems could meet a seductive prospect near the new moon on the 9th. But think twice before responding to that old, familiar hotline bling. From January 5 to 25, messenger Mercury — your cosmic overlord — hits the retrograde button in your erotic eighth house. Exes could come slithering out of the woodwork; you could also confuse a purely sexual relationship for true love. The jury will be out until the 25th, so protect yourself with more than just that Double Ecstasy Trojan in your purse. Run the background checks and wait to label anything. Coupled? Your relationship could get intense this month and you’ll want more certainty. Discuss the exclusivity clause, engagements, etcetera, but don’t box yourself in with TOO many rules, because when the sun swings into Aquarius on the 20th, your free-spirited nature will return. The full moon on the 23rd could also bring a new BFF, bandmate, or future festival buddy.

With all the emotions swirling around, exercise will be your salvation. Instead of sending the borderline-psycho text, grab your yoga mat or race to the spin studio. Motivator Mars zips through Scorpio and your sixth house of healthy routines from January 3 to March 5. Taking great care of your body makes you feel your sexiest — turns out, down dogs and cobras might be a better way to get on all fours when you’re feeling a little insecure. This Mars phase will make things busy at the office, too. Take more initiative to bring in clients or drum up projects that will help you build your career cred. And try to spend at least ONE night per week at home. Globetrotting Jupiter turns retrograde in your domestic zone from January 7 to March 5 and staying put will help you feel more grounded. A family member could get demanding and you’ll need to assert your boundaries — gently, but honestly.
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Cancer
Who is the Peta to your Katniss...the Chewie to your Han Solo? With the sun blazing through your partnership zones all month, you’ve got your mind on your mates — for love, business and creative collaborations. Working the buddy system isn’t always easy for an alpha like you. Let’s be honest: You like to be in charge and you want creative control. So how about casting an attractive opposite; someone whose skills complement yours instead of competing with them? The new moon on the 9th illuminates promising candidates — or can help you seal the deal with an existing prospect. Heads up! This person could even be someone from your past. From January 5 to 25, Mercury will be retrograde, which could bring some old figures back onto the main stage — wanted or not. Keep your guard up, though. This is not the time to invite drama back into your life, especially if it could rip open a wound that has FINALLY started healing. Passionate Mars will tour Scorpio and your fifth house of romance, self-expression, and fame from January 3 to March 5. Down the cup of courage! You’ll be surprisingly assertive when it comes to chasing new interests. A lover who wines and dines you could swoop in before spring — all the more reason to keep your dance card open. Involved? Mars could motivate you to propose or to try for a pregnancy. Are those bells we hear?

The spotlight is searching for you, Cancer, and this Mars cycle can do wonders for your career. You’ll be shuttled into a leadership position or as the spokesperson and representative for a project. Fortunately, you’re not shy in situations like these. Entertaining the clients (Hello, dinners on corporate!) is one of your favorite things. The Leo full moon on the 23rd could bring the first feather for your cap of 2016. Apply for a promotion or a new job — or schedule a performance review for right after Mercury turns direct on the 25th. Certain people may fade into the background while Jupiter is retrograde from January 7 to May 9. Although it’s upsetting when a friend goes MIA, don’t chase! Let her know you love her and you’re here when she wants to reach out. Utilize the time that opens up to reconnect to other people, even a sibling or your college roommate.
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Leo
Plant your paws on solid ground. In January, you’re happy to let someone else (your Virgo friend, actually) be the life of the party and entertainment director. Getting those career and fitness resolutions in motion should be your first priority as the sun tours your systematic sixth house until the 20th. Slap on the Fitbit, download some life-hacking apps, and get your space organized — both IRL and virtually, since a cluttered inbox can be as stressful as a messy desk. With Mercury turning retrograde from the 5th to the 25th, make it a DEEP clean. You have a habit of overloading your schedule, Leo, which leads to stress. Use this three-week cycle to bow out of activities that aren’t bringing really rewarding returns. The new moon on the 9th could bring word of a job offer or a promising client. With Mercury retro bringing back people from the past, this opportunity could come via an old colleague. Spend more time at home in January, too — you won’t be bored! Passionate Mars nestles into Scorpio and your domestic sphere for two months the 3rd. Banish the winter blues by hosting a weekly potluck or trivia night. Since Mars brings career momentum, you could even start a kitchen-table business or set up a home office. Work with women will be lively and successful between now and March 5. Just be frugal with any upfront investments. Supersizer Jupiter turns retrograde in your finance house from the 7th until May 9 insisting that you respect.

Romantically, you’ll be in nesting mode, thanks to Mars in Scorpio from the 3rd on. Coupled Leos could do a key exchange or start looking for a cohabitation station. Single? Give the “kid tested, mother approved” types a chance. Nice doesn’t have to equal boring. Relationships DO get more exciting again after the 20th, when the sun heads into Aquarius and your commitment zone for a month. And with the annual full moon in Leo lighting up the skies on the 23rd, you won’t be shy about asking for what you want and need! Shameless self-promotion is sanctioned under this full moon, so prep for your big reveal, editing carefully to ensure Mercury retrograde won’t cause a single snafu.
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Virgo
Please don’t stop the music! For Virgos, 2016 is off to a stylish and social start. On the 3rd, energetic Mars zips into Scorpio, lighting up your friendship house for two months. You’ll have the Gigi Hadid effect: People will want to be you AND be friends with you. Use this power responsibly, as Mars can create tension and jealousy from people who aren’t comfortable watching you shine. Deflect that by using your popularity to beam the spotlight on them, too. Adding to your glow? The radiant sun beams through Capricorn and your glamorous amorous fifth house until the 20th. Cupid is in your corner and could even expose a new love interest — or a fresh chapter for coupled Virgos — with the new moon on the 9th. One hitch: The cosmos throw you a curveball when Mercury turns retrograde from January 5 to 25. This “blast from the past” impact could heat things up with an old flame. Was this actually the one that got away — or a regrettable chapter of unrequited obsession? Be careful not to invite drama back into your life. Coupled Virgos could hit a few speed bumps, too: If you swept a conflict under the rug, there’s no avoiding it now. Watch your words — what you say in anger could come back to haunt you. Playing with your style will be fun, but stick to temporary updates during the retrograde. Then, book your salon appointment after the 25th to try out something like this, maybe.

When it comes to your career and ambitions, you’ll do more work behind the scenes this month. That’s because expansive Jupiter is also turning retrograde from January 7 to May 9 — and in Virgo, no less. You’re hosting the planet of good fortune from August 11, 2015 until September 9, 2016, which has been pointing you down an epic new path since the fall. But in your rush to embrace these new developments, did you toss out some important pieces of your past? Create a hybrid remix over the coming five months, mashing up the retro with the new. Your killer work ethic returns on the 20th, when the sun settles down in Aquarius and your sixth house of healthy routines. Climb down from the DJ booth and clean up your apartment, workspace, and your schedule. Making room for those ritual workouts is a must!
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Libra
Oh, the feels! Your sentimental side is at the wheel in January as the sun nestles into your cozy, intimate fourth house. Until the 20th, you’ll prefer the company of your innermost circle — relatives and BFFs who you don’t have to be “on” for. With Mercury retrograde from January 5 to 25, you might just reunite with one of your girls from high school or get some quality bonding time in with your mom. If you’re in the market for a move, start sniffing around. The new moon on the 9th could reveal a great neighborhood or a listing of interest. The only trouble is Mercury — if you MUST sign a lease before January 23, inspect every inch of the place and make sure the neighborhood feels good to you after dark. Love where you live? Collect some decor porn for organizing ideas. Stay within a budget, though! Frenetic Mars will be in Scorpio and your money house from January 3 to March 5. While this will bring exciting developments at work, it can give you an itchy double-tapping finger. Before you “add to cart,” put it on a wishlist. With jumpy Jupiter also turning retrograde for five months on the 7th, you might just want to downsize or adopt a more minimalist scheme. Clear your space, clear your mind.

Romantically, everything starts to heat up on the 20th, when the sun bursts into fellow air sign Aquarius and sets your romantic fifth house ablaze. Kick off the fleece slippers and slide into the heels. Your glamour card is officially restored, Libra. Book the salon appointments for right after Mercury’s course correction on the 23rd and treat yourself to a little something from Sephora. Whether single or spoken for, you’ll be in the moon to dress up and be seen once again. Bring on those Snapchats! Looking for love? The Leo full moon on the 23rd could bring a surprise candidate via the introduction of mutual friends or a propitious right swipe. Involved? Socializing as a couple will reinvigorate your bond near the month’s end — especially if dressing up is involved.
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Scorpio
Forget about pulling a Sherlock, Scorpio. This year, you’ll be a high-visibility figure — and your renegade moves will leave jaws on the ground. That’s because high-octane Mars makes his biennial visit to Scorpio — first from January 3 until March 5 then with a sequel from from May 29 until August 3. Go for the applause. Shamelessly self-promote. Pursue new dreams with a vengeance. Things could get a little messy in moments, but without risk, there can be no reward. You could celebrate your first big victory when the Leo full moon lights up your career zone on the 23rd. Should your revolution be televised, tweeted, and Snapchatted? Take a cue from signmates Kris, Kendall, and Caitlyn Jenner and adopt that “live out loud” mantra. One hitch: Mercury will be retrograde from January 5 to 25, so you’ll want to cut a few scenes from the broadcast. And maybe a few frenemies: As you shine your light, certain people might feel jealous and even try to take you down (subtly or overtly). Fire a warning shot, but don’t be afraid to block. Once you feel betrayed, it will be a cold day in hell before you offer a second chance. Sorry! If you clear the decks of dead weight, don’t worry, you’re not going to fall into a social slump. Expansive Jupiter will also turn retrograde from January 7 to May 9 in your house of community. This offers a golden window to reconnect to people from your past. You could even reactivate your membership in an activist organization, rejoin a winter sports team (or group class you love) or get involved in the 2016 election campaign.

When it comes to love, you’re like a fierce jungle cat — insatiable, magnetic, and obsessed with the chase. Uh, thanks Mars in Scorpio. Anyone too easy to pin down will bore you in January. At the very least, they MUST have a life of their own. Some Scorpios could prefer single status, so you can enjoy the sampler platter and feel the force of your own sexual powers. If you’re in a relationship, put some adrenaline-boosting activities on the calendar right away. Playing sports together can be a surprising aphrodisiac with active, competitive Mars in your sign. You could even add a “benefits package” to a friendship now, or reignite sparks with a Tinder date that never quite got off the ground. When the sun heads into Aquarius your cozy fourth house for a month the 20th, you could be handing someone a spare key or moving some of your stuff to their apartment more permanently.
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Sagittarius
Looks like Sagittarius Nicki Minaj isn’t the only boss bitch in town. Success is in your crosshairs this January, Archer, so roll up your faux-fur sleeves. With the sun in your financially savvy second house until the 20th, the midnight oil you burn will show results rapidly — as long as you don’t blow through your cash the minute you earn it. Having a solid budget is a must, since Mercury will be retrograde from the 5th to the 25th, dangling decadent lures at every turn. Map out your financial goals near the new moon on the 9th or apply for a new gig! Knowing that you’re saving up for something big, like a trip to Peru, grad school, or a hybrid SUV can keep your retail therapy impulses in check. Do make a “treat yo’self” budget for January, too — a Sagittarius cannot survive on ramen and Netflix alone. You could also think of Q1 as a planning quarter. Your ruler Jupiter turns retrograde in your ambitious 10th house from January 7 to May 9. This is kind of a relief, if you’re really being honest. After a year of spreading yourself WAY too thin, you can streamline your goalsheet and pick a few key projects that deserve your energy. Think: quality of work over quantity of work.

When it comes to love, you’ll be rocking the rose-colored glasses — and having some memorable adventures, to boot. Amorous Venus hangs in Sagittarius until the 23rd, upping your irresistibility and your courage. You’ll have them before hello, Archer. But the question is: Do you really want them? On the 3rd, Venus’ co-pilot, Mars, dips into Scorpio and your shadowy 12th house for two months. Seeing people’s true colors won’t be easy, but romanticizing won’t make the red flags disappear. A clandestine affair could tempt you, too. Don’t kid yourself: the highs will be accompanied by crashing lows and even someone with your swagger could get caught in the obsessive net. Attached Archers will need to deal with buried resentment and issues you’ve swept under the rug. Two words: Couples therapy. Dealing is healing.
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