Your January Horoscope, Revealed

Illustrated by John Lisle.
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!