Your Horoscope For This Week — Jan 17 2016

Illustrated by John Lisle.
Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Group hugs, cuddle puddles, and squad goals — oh my! The sun bursts into communal Aquarius for a month this Wednesday, reviving the team spirit in us all. Banding together is the name of the game between now and February 19, especially around a worthwhile cause. Aquarius is the activist sign of the zodiac, making this a great time to clean up our corners of the world — together. Under these sunbeams, we're encouraged to be inclusive and open-minded when casting the dream team. Aquarius governs technology. Start pricing out motherboards and hoverboards. Just wait one more week before making the final selection, because Mercury is retrograde until next Monday, the 25th.

Saturday's full moon in Leo turns the world into a giant talent show. Everyone's out to be discovered, recognized, and seen, which will definitely make the weekend entertaining. But heed the Mercury retrograde warning label here, too. The line between fame and notoriety practically dissolves under this full moon. Does the world need another Amy Schumer? Well yes, sure...but turning every conversation into Amateur Night is not a recipe for racking up fans. For best results, make sure to share the spotlight this weekend, too.

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Capricorn
Take that last sip of Champagne and indulge in your final buttercream-frosted cupcake. On Wednesday, the sun bids Capricorn farewell, drawing your birthday season to a close. Next up for el sol: a monthlong tour through Aquarius and your grounded, pragmatic second house — truthfully more of a wheelhouse for your productivity-obsessed sign. Slip on the project manager's hat and start wrestling all your big ideas into actual plans. What budget, people power, and time will be required to pull these off? With the facts in front of you, the mission becomes more real...and doable. A job offer could come in or you could start circulating your résumé. With Mercury lingering in retrograde for one final week, an old client or colleague could hold the keys to a profitable opportunity. Keep a tight reign over your spending, though. An austerity plan may be necessary to get your bank account back up to snuff.

Saturday's full moon in Leo and your erotically charged eighth house kicks your mojo into high gear. No, you're not imagining it: Your powers of attraction are bringing swift returns from ardent admirers. And yes, the attention will be flattering, but you're not looking for something merely physical. Hold out for level: I Can't Feel My Face — you could meet someone who transports you like that over the next two weeks. Sparks could fly with someone you’ve been feeling for a while — at last! Ready, set, consummate. If you’re in a relationship, talks could turn to more permanent ways of bonding. Do we hear bells? This is a “mad money” moon, too. Over the coming two weeks, a check could come in from a sale (hello eBay!), commission, or inheritance.
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Aquarius
Happy New Year to you! 2016 has been off to a sluggish and complicated start for many Water Bearers. But this Wednesday, life trends in your favor again as the sun zips into Aquarius for a month, officially beginning your birthday season. Turn to a blank page in your autobiography and start writing a fresh chapter. What made you cry last week could actually bring a few FML laughs (material for your future stand-up routine, maybe). Your independent spirit is activated, so don’t wait for others to green-light your projects and plans. You may be a party of one on many between now and February 19, but that's just fine. People won't slow you down or interfere with your creative process while your dreams are in the incubation phase.

Your Valentine’s Day prequel starts Saturday, thanks to the full moon in Aquarius and your seventh house of relationships. You'll be in Cupid’s direct line of fire all weekend, so give the guy a clear shot, okay? Amorous situations that have been developing over the past six months could erupt into a passion-fueled declaration of love. If you’re craving a more exclusive status, don’t be shy about asking for it. Leo energy is uber-romantic, so be sure to set a scintillating backdrop for your heart-to-hearts. With Mercury retrograde, you might even reprise a romance with an ex this weekend. Has a partnership been heading for Point Break? This full moon could push it over the edge, liberating you from the clutches of this oh-so-wrong union. Better to be with no one than the wrong one, right?
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Pisces
The fog descends this week, Pisces, and there’s only one thing to do — surrender! On Wednesday, the sun decamps to Aquarius and your dreamy, sleepy 12th house for an entire month. This doesn’t mean you have to bring life to a screeching halt. Instead, “work smarter, not harder” for the next four weeks. Taking regular breaks to do yoga, meditate, get a pedicure, or even nap can actually fuel your productivity. As the zodiac’s most imaginative sign, you are as much a dreamer as you are a doer. Going through the motions or trying to push yourself into action when you’re uninspired only amounts to time wasted. When you relax your mind, you can open the door for the muse — and prepare you for February 19, when the sun blazes into Pisces and begins your astrological New Year.

Saturday's full moon in Leo and your systematic sixth house shines a light on your daily habits. Wrangle the chaotic parts of your life — especially your schedule — into a savvier flow. Look for lifehacks, even if they cost a little money but spare you some time. For example, would be worth it to spend an extra $20 per month to have a permanent locker at your fitness studio? If it spares you from a shoulder-aching gym-bag haul on the subway and means that you'll actually USE the membership you pay so much for, the answer is obvious. Dive into a decluttering mission, too — especially this weekend, while Mercury rounds out its retrograde. This is an ideal window for sorting through old papers, photos, and clothes you want to donate to charity. This full moon could bring big developments at work, too. Over the coming two weeks, you could be tasked with an independent project or even get word of a new position opening up. Polish up your résumé over the weekend so you're ready to answer when opportunity knocks.
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Aries
Your rebel heart is beating strong this week, Ram. This Wednesday, the sun swings by Aquarius for a month, awakening your desire to shake up the world — and maybe make it a better place for the 99% while you're at it. You've always been a renegade, but between now and February 19, you'll get farther, faster when you work collaboratively. If you don’t meet your kindred spirits in real time, you could find them online. Double tap and ye shall find. Virtual ventures are also blessed by this solar-powered phase. Over the next four weeks, you might even dream up an app, e-commerce site, or invention that puts money in the bank in 2016. Just wait a week before downloading Wordpress themes or calling a developer, since Mercury is hovering in retrograde mode until the 25th. Just capture those brilliant gems on a mindmap or Pinboard so you can get moving next week.

On Saturday, the full moon in Leo lights up your fifth house of amour, taking simmering situations to full boil. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your move — especially when the iron you're striking is so scorching hot. This fertile full moon could bring a pregnancy, so plan and protect accordingly. Are you ready for your moment, Aries? The two weeks following this full moon could bring it. Step into the limelight and revel in the recognition. You've been working hard for this! Self-promote...strategically. With Mercury is retrograde until next Monday, you might just do all the backstage prepping this week, then raise the curtain (or tweet it from the rooftops) on the 25th.
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Taurus
Up the ladder you go! Your career forecast brightens big time as the sun heads into Aquarius and your ambitious 10th house from Wednesday until February 19. As a somewhat risk-averse sign, you can be a tentative trailblazer. Forget approval ratings. Venture on out of the safety zone and take charge of a mission that needs your skill set. That said, don’t ignore EVERY rule of the game. Mercury hovers in retrograde for one final week, which could bring some miscommunications around your career until the 25th. Before you go into a meeting or hit the send button on a “finished” assignment, give it an eagle-eyed edit. You’d be wiser to postpone a pitch for a week than to fly by the seat of your wide-legged jeans. And do pay attention to the pyramid of power before you go in for the kill. Allying yourself with the second-in-command could be a wiser move than going straight to the top. The dudes in your life become the star players until February 19. Make time for dad, brothers, bros, and other important fellas. A guy from your past could pop up for a happy reunion this week.

Saturday's full moon in Leo lands in your ultra-private fourth house. It’s official, Taurus. You. Need. Space. If you don't have enough of it, you'll be seriously snappy with roomies. Call a house meeting to discuss room reconfiguration and a more equitable sharing of dishwashing and mail-checking duties. Do you live alone? This full moon could shine a light on some home improvements — which might even include shopping for a new apartment over the coming two weeks. Peruse decor porn, visit new neighborhoods, go to a showing. But if possible, wait until Mercury turns direct on the 25th to swing any hammers or sign any leases.
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Gemini
And the Independent Spirit Award goes to...you, Gemini! The sun blazes into Aquarius this Wednesday, activating your wanderlust and your need to be free. Start surfing travel blogs and pricing out airfares. When Mercury snaps out of retrograde next Monday the 25th, you will be ready to hit that Book Now button. (Then, the only question to ask is: Tulum, Tanzania, or the Taj Mahal?) Even if you can't travel, long-distance opportunities percolate with promise. Cast a wider net in all that you do. If you've thought of going back to school or starting Gemini, LLC, these sunbeams have your back. In some epic way, you are going to expand by February 19, but this will require you to take a risk. Good thing you're always up for a nail-biting adventure!

Saturday's full moon in Leo and your third house of friendships will be illuminating. Like it or not, you’ll see clearly how to categorize the people around you this weekend. It's never fun to discover disconcerting information about someone you THOUGHT was in your corner. The silver lining? You’ll finally know who is worthy of your precious time. A percolating partnership could materialize under these moonbeams, so stay open. You’ve been feeling the synergy for a while. Now, this full moon compels you to make it official. Say hello to your new bandmate, business partner, or workout buddy. One caveat: If you’re going to draft any official agreements, wait until Mercury turns direct on the 25th. Then, lawyer up and hash out the terms until they feel great to you.
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Cancer
Check that privacy policy, Cancer. This Wednesday, the sun slips into Aquarius and your cosmic chamber of secrets until February 19. More time tucked away in your shell? Yes, please. And instead of galas and trivia nights, you'll prefer "me time" and a few intimate one-on-ones with your innermost circle. Just don’t pull a total disappearing act, Cancer. This is also the “sexytime” of your annual zodiac cycle. A legendary love affair could be born. With Mercury retrograde for one more week, wait before you bestow the official soulmate title on anyone — or post that mysterious Instagram to announce your couple status. Already taken? Plan for more nights in now...music to your homebody soul. But autopiloting to the Netflix-and-chill mode is a no-go. Set up the boudoir as your main entertainment center. Stoking the embers keeps the fire burning bright.

Saturday's full moon in Leo and your money-earning second house could make it rain, Cancer. Your hard work of the past six months could really pay off now. Within two weeks of this full moon, you could get a job offer — or screw up the courage to ask for a long-overdue raise or promotion. If you’re happily employed, turn your focus to budget. Be honest: You could do better managing your incoming cash. Sure, you need your dirty-martini-and-handbag fund, but it's never too early to start saving for the future — especially for a security-minded sign like yourself. Who knows? With a few basic adjustments, you could make like this writer and triple your savings in three months.
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Leo
Who has time to wait around for February 14? The season of love begins for Leos this Wednesday as the sun drifts into Aquarius and your relationship house until February 19. Priorities shift, making you eager to fill that blank space with someone who can go the distance. With Mercury in retrograde for one more week ('til the 25th), keep on running the background checks. An ex could pop up on your Snapchat with a cute and clever message. If ill-fated timing turned your love life into a Shakespearean tragedy, Mercury retrograde COULD work in your favor. Check the status of your Romeo or Juliet. That balcony might just be free and clear for a reunion dance. But if you know that this can only roll into a tragedy, make a firm commitment to yourself: We are never, ever ever getting back together! Coupled Leos could get a lot more serious, too, as in trying on rings or shopping around for decent-sized one-bedrooms to share. Don't be shy about suggesting such things if it's you who is craving closeness.

Saturday will be one for the history books! The only full moon in Leo of 2016 lights up the skies — and shines its beams directly on you. The public will eagerly lap up anything you give them. Borrow a little swag from signmate Kylie Jenner and promote your latest projects, talents, and offerings. Feeling stuck in a winter rut? This full moon helps you embrace a new way of life and even present a different face to the world. Although you might wait until Mercury ends its retrograde on January 25 to dye, pierce, or ink anything, you can still start an inspiration board of hairstyles, logos, and looks that represent Leo 2016.
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Virgo
Newsflash, Virgo: the holiday season ended, ohhhh, three weeks ago. But with the sun in your festive fifth house since December 21, you’ve remained unapologetically in "please don't stop the music" mode. Alas, all good things must come to a pause. On Wednesday, the sun heads into Aquarius and your sixth house of healthy routines for a month, shuttling you back onto the wellness wagon. Trade the backstage pass for a ClassPass — some vigorous cardio is what's needed after partying like a rockstar since December. Getting grounded and organized just feels good now, so keep it clean and green. The pace picks up with work again, too, and you'll want to stay on top of your game. Give your Inbox a serious pruning, organizing messages into folders and getting as close to email zero as you can manage. The Aquarius sun highlights technology so look for lifehacking software and apps and apply these savvy tips for managing all your messages. After all, the sooner you tick off those daily tasks, the sooner you can rush off to happy hour SoulCycle!

Saturday's full moon in your 12th house of transitions could put the final nail in a coffin. You've known for a while that this situation was done. But for whatever reasons — guilt, misplaced obligation, not wanting to deal — you have let it drag on. And on. Wave the white flag and surrender, Virgo. This is not an admission of defeat, but an act of self-preservation. And, you never know: When you give a situation room to breathe, miraculous developments can occur. As you let go, make way for the muse, who will be a far better companion than, say, a bottle of Jack. Creativity is catharsis under these moonbeams. Over the coming two weeks, you could write a few inspiring chapters of your future novel, compose a performance-worthy song, or add an amazing new painting to your portfolio. Get started Saturday.
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Libra
Are you ready for your close-up, Libra? Get thee to the step-and-repeat. The sun blazes into Aquarius and your fifth house of fame from Wednesday until February 19. Performing, presenting, pitching — you'll captivate the crowds when standing at the front of the room. This solar-powered phase reactivates your glamour card, too. Most Libras could make a paper bag look fashionable. But the time has come to trade in your slouchy sweaters for silhouette-skimming skirts and lacy black '90s-inspired numbers. A word to the wise: wait until Mercury retrograde is over next Monday the 25th before booking any radical salon makeover or inking sessions. Cupid flutters in ahead of schedule, too. The next four weeks could be a romantic renaissance for you — and there's no need to wait until February 14 to make your move.

Saturday's full moon in Leo and your 11th house notches up your popularity even more. This weekend, you could finally find your tribe — a savvy, sparkly crew that lives life by their own design. Come on out of hibernation and stock your calendar with events worth braving the cold for. If you’re happily ensconced in a group, the full moon could bring cause for celebration. Put a bottle of bubbly on ice. You could be raising the roof over a team victory within two weeks of Saturday. The 11th house is the “tech sector” of your chart. Want to break the internet like sign-mate Kim K.? Cue up the blog posts and ‘grams, but wait until Mercury ends its retrograde NEXT Monday (the 25th) to make them live. The potency of this full moon will linger for two weeks, so fuss with the filters and add the flowery metaphors so you can launch like a pro.
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Scorpio
Give your ruby slippers three clicks and repeat after us, Scorpio: There’s no place like home. This Wednesday, the sun decamps to Aquarius and your domestic fourth house, putting you in hardcore nester mode until February 19. Slide on the Uggs and make a date with your overflowing Netflix queue. Get practical, too: You can save big bucks by preparing meals at home, like these healthy spins on your favorite comfort food. If you’re in the market for a move, flip on your searchlight and go explore new blocks and neighborhoods. You could be renting a U-Haul within a month. One note: Mercury is retrograde until next Monday the 25th, so prospect now but wait a week before booking appointments with brokers and realtors. The fourth house rules family and female friends. Call your mother and take the initiative with a cool woman in your midst. A girl crush could turn into a bonafide bestie situation over the next month.

Have you been stalling on your 2016 career resolutions? Saturday's full moon in Leo and your ambitious 10th house puts you on the fast track for success. Ready to make a leap up the ladder? Then scuttle on out of the safety zone, Scorpio. It’s hard for the control freak in you to try things unless you’re 100% sure they’ll work out. But to capture that brass ring, you’ll have to leap. Even if you don't land steadily on your feet, it won't be a fail. Stretching yourself always brings valuable lessons and unexpected gains. This full moon could bring a moment of truth with an important guy in your life. Tell him how you REALLY feel, but heed the Mercury retrograde warning label and use tact!
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Sagittarius
Cabin fever alert! With the sun zipping into Aquarius and your garrulous third house from Wednesday until February 19, you are 100% over the winter hibernation scene. Bundle up in that down-filled parka and feed the culture vulture within. Town halls, concerts, book clubs, group meditations at the yoga studio — intellectual fodder with a side of soul food is what the stars have on tap. Action heats up close to home and you could become a bit of a local celebrity. Why not use your sign’s “edu-tainer” skills to get a regular, edifying event going at a neighborhood venue? Take it back to the analog days with a salon-style discussion group (paired with a documentary film, perhaps) or an open-mic poetry night. If you're in the market for a new ride, let the test drives begin. Just wait until Mercury turns direct next Monday the 25th before taking anything on wheels home with you.

Saturday's full moon in Leo lights up your indie-spirited ninth house, making you feel like yourself again: wild, worldly, and free. Let your hair down this weekend — and have fun for fun's sake. Wanderlust may be activated. You could drop a pin somewhere totally unexplored within two weeks of the full moon. Just wait until Mercury turns direct next week to make official reservations. Entrepreneurial Archers — or those of you who were born with your sign’s gift for mediamaking — could have a victory to celebrate over the coming two weeks, like an awesome new client or work being published on your all-time favorite site.
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