Your January Horoscope, Revealed

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It's a brand-new year — and while we're not saying everything will magically improve, 2017's stars are a lot less complicated than 2016's. January is a month that will be both motivating and meditative, so no need to rush head-first into resolution-making. While the sun spends time in ambitious, career-focused Capricorn until the 19th, Mercury will be retrograde through the 8th. The messenger planet's backspin is not a great time for sealing deals or even making fixed plans. Instead, use the first week of the month to organize and complete all those outstanding tasks from 2016.

From January 3 to 29, planetary playmates Venus and Mars will flow together through poetic, romantic Pisces. This soulful cycle will set the stage for some serious creativity. Get that yoga practice going or set up your bedroom for better dreamtime — and other things! Pisces is the sign that rules fantasy and the Mars-Venus merger could bring some fairy-tale highs for us all. Just be careful when rocking the rose-colored glasses. This sweet escape could also mean overlooking some unsavory traits — or even checking out when we need to be paying attention to things, like, say, the current political climate.

On the 12th, the first full moon of the year falls in sentimental Cancer. Home and family matters — and even issues of homeland security — will be on everyone's mind. This full moon will arrive at a tricky formation (called a Cardinal Cross by astrologers). Emotional issues could arise that need to be dealt with. Cancer is the sign that rules women's issues and this full moon could sound the call for feminist activism around the globe. #HearUsRoar

The sun flows into "one love" Aquarius for a month on the 19th. And on the 27th, there will also be a new moon in this sign. Unity in the community is the name of the game once again. Drop the competitive vibes and come together to collaborate.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19
New year, new you? Sure, Capricorn, but don't downplay all the progress you made in 2016 — or ditch it just because the calendar turned over. With the sun beaming through your sign until January 19, you're eager for fresh starts. But Mercury is rounding out a retrograde from December 19, 2016, to January 8, 2017, which primarily took place in the Capricorn zone of the sky. Consider this a planetary PSA to ease into your resolutions and to also avoid the whole "extreme makeover" trap. Before writing out your wishes for 2017, make a gratitude list: What do you appreciate about your life right now? Who are the star players — and what existing relationships would you like to nurture more in the year ahead? Phew! We know you love a challenge, but it's kind of awesome that you don't have to start from scratch to "make life great again," right? Socially, January will be abuzz with activity. From the 3rd through the 28th, cosmic co-captains Venus and Mars are flowing through Pisces and your outgoing third house. Action will heat up on the local scene and you could be a part of creating the atmosphere yourself. Chat up the neighborhood business owners, because you could be hosting a weekly meet up, trivia, or karaoke night with perks for all your guests.

Romantically, you'll have a short attention span under this Mars-Venus merger. Flirt shamelessly and work those dating apps. You don't have to settle on a favorite flavor before you've tasted the rainbow of options this month. Attached? Bring more variety to your date-planning. Detour away from "the usual places" and even plan a road trip or weekend(s) away with friends after Mercury turns direct on the 8th. The full moon on the 12th lands in Cancer and your seventh house of commitments. This could be a milestone day for love — but you may also need to serve up an ultimatum to anyone who is sending out mixed messages. This full moon could stir the pot for coupled Caps. Do you need "more" from your mate — or vice versa? Don't sweep problems under the rug. Dealing directly can restore the balance and bring back the love. On the 19th, Capricorn Season comes to an end as the sun forges on to Aquarius and your pragmatic second house. Now, you can really get that goal sheet into gear. Start by reviewing your budget and setting some intentions for your career. A job offer or plum assignment could land in your lap near the new moon on the 27th. Score!
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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18
Go gently into the New Year, Aquarius. Until January 19, the sun is floating through Capricorn and your dreamy, transitional 12th house. This is the final chapter of your annual zodiac cycle — a time best used for tying up loose ends so you can launch with a clean slate when Aquarius Season begins on the 19th. Hibernate unapologetically: You'll need more rest and rejuvenation in the first half of January — and some divine creative downloads could come to you while you're (day)dreaming. Instead of writing out resolutions, start with a vision board. A picture says a thousand words when the sun is in activating your subconscious 12th house! Romantically, January will also be slow and sensual. From the 3rd until the 28th, cosmic couple Venus and Mars are lounging in your decadent — and kind of old-fashioned — second house. You want to be wooed, Aquarius, or at least take your time to really get to know people before getting super-physical. But you'll still crave tons of affection. Bring on the epic cuddling, but set your own pace. Even coupled Water Bearers can benefit from this groove. Make time for more "analog moments," like device-free dinners and long talks that are not punctuated by emergency Pokéstops or Snapchat selfies. Pillow talk could even turn to practical matters like how you manage shared finances or when a good time might be to move in together in 2017.

Work-wise, the Mars-Venus merger can make you a bit of a money magnet this month. Socializing is part of the gig, Aquarius, so head to those coworker happy hours and industry events with your pockets full of business cards. The full moon the 12th lands in Cancer and your zone of daily work. A plum assignment or promotion could come in near that date. Score! But this full moon locks into a tricky Cardinal Cross formation with four other planets and the offers that come in that day may be accompanied by a difficult choice, like letting go of a part-time gig that you love or even leaving a team that gives you life. But you've gotta keep growing, Aquarius, social fixes aside. And when your birthday season begins for a month on the 19th, you'll be so glad you chose the more challenging opportunities in the name of self-development. Circle the 27th for your actual New Year. That day, the annual new moon in Aquarius will activate a six-month window for powerful manifestation. Go forth and accomplish those dreams!
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20
So many people, so little time! Your popularity is breaking records this January, Pisces, thanks to the sun's tour of your 11th house of community. You'll probably have to turn down some invites or at least corral friends into group hangs, since you'll be too busy for all those one-on-ones. Your charitable spirit could even lead you towards activism this month. (Is that January 20 Women's March on D.C. calling your name yet?) Get involved locally or on a global level. Making a positive difference in the world is what Pisces love best. But you also have permission to indulge yourself: From January 3 to 28, cosmic copilots Venus and Mars are sharing a flight path through your sign — a rare occurrence that can transform your entire universe. Venus brings the pleasure principle while Mars gives you momentum to tackle a daunting challenge. In January, you may joyfully change everything from your love life to your living quarters — or simply banish any limiting beliefs and insecurities that are stopping you from taking the next steps towards your happiness.

Romantically, hosting Venus and Mars in your sign can be sublime. You'll be utterly magnetic this month — and you might have more options than you quite know what to do with. Take the lead in love, no matter your relationship status. Be charming, yet bold, about making your desires known. And if one person isn't game to play along, keep it moving! Find someone who is ready now, not feeding you lines about some elusive "someday." Cupid will pay you a powerful visit during the Cancer full moon the 12th. Your love goals could come to life and might even include a proposal or pregnancy if you're ready for such big steps. On the 19th, the sun slips into Aquarius and your soulful, rejuvenating 12th house. This month-long cycle is a key time for wrapping up any loose ends in your life and even saying goodbye to things that are standing in the way of your progress. Don't be afraid to let go, Pisces, because when one door closes, another one opens. Need to recharge? Take your first 2017 vacation near the new moon on the 27th.
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Aries
March 21 to April 19
January is like a moving meditation for you, Aries: You're in the flow of progress, but you don't have to force anything to come to life. With the sun in Capricorn and your career zone until the 19th, you'll be plenty productive. But until the 8th, Mercury will be retrograde, which is a better time for wrapping up any loose ends lingering from 2016. Take the first week of the month for reviewing, refining, and revamping all your resolutions, too. It's great to have ambitious goals, Aries, but not at the expense of other areas of life. The full moon on January 12 will land in Cancer and your personal fourth house. Home and family matters will demand your attention. You could even decide to move or swap roommates. This full moon forms a challenging Cardinal Cross (four-way tug of war) with a few intense planets reminding you of the importance of having a healthy balance across the board. Take time to redistribute your energy so that you're ticking all the important boxes: professional goals, a happy home life, plus time for yourself and the pursuit of romantic relationships. You can have it all in 2017, Aries. But this is your wake-up call to adjust the dials so that you're not neglecting a key area of life.

Another reason to ease into the year? From January 3 to 28, cosmic couple Venus and Mars will float through Pisces and your fantasy-fueled 12th house. Leave space in your schedule for spontaneity. Going with the flow could bring surprising developments, miracles, even — ones you'd never have discovered if you were directing and controlling everything. Pamper yourself in-between all your projects — a mid-month beach getaway could be crazy restorative...and romantic! Your relationship status might feel a bit nebulous in January, even if you're having fun between the sheets. But don't worry, on January 28, your ruler Mars heads into Aries, followed by Venus on February 3. Next month, you'll get clear directions from Cupid again. Your social life kicks into high gear after the 19th, when the sun moves on to Aquarius and your teamwork zone. The new moon on the 27th could unite you with an inspiring new "soul squad" of friends who help vanquish those winter blues with a million fun invitations.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20
While everyone else is buzzing in back-to-work mode, you're getting hit with a serious dose of wanderlust. Let the vacation vibes take hold, Taurus! Until January 19, the sun sails through Capricorn and your worldly ninth house. Go explore a new corner of the planet, avec passport or revisit a favorite far-flung destination while Mercury is retrograde until the 9th. (Also your planetary PSA to book all reservations with reputable and well-reviewed places!) Your getaway might even include a sporty or soulful component — or both, like a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, say. Socially, January is abuzz with activity. From January 3 to 28, your ruler, Venus, meets her mate, Mars, in Pisces and your 11th house of teamwork and technology. Friends come out of the woodwork — both online and in real time. Pick up the entertainment director's baton and rally your squad into activities. From ski weekends to trivia nights to potluck dinner parties, bringing everyone together will banish any blues the cold weather might bring.

Romantically, this Mars-Venus merger keeps everything pretty laid-back in January. You could start hooking up with someone who was formerly "just a friend" or have better than average odds on the dating apps. Group hangs will be the perfect setting for romance, too, and a mutual friend could unknowingly play matchmaker. (Thanks, bud!) On the 12th, the full moon in Cancer could cement partnerships of a more platonic variety. Pair up with a kindred spirit on a professional project or start a band together. Warning: This full moon forms a stressful Grand Cardinal Cross pattern (four-way tussle) so communication with existing partners (or coworkers, neighbors and siblings) could get stressful. You might have to leave one alliance to form a new one. Do what's best for the Bull, but try to make a graceful transition. Career goals get off the ground on the 19th, when the sun sweeps into Aquarius and your ambitious 10th house. Learning a new piece of software or adopting a more collaborative model (or both) will be the way to win during this month-long solar cycle. Looking for more gainful opportunity? The new moon on the 27th could deliver a profitable lead or offer letter!
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20
Privacy, please! With the sun simmering in Capricorn and your eighth house — a.k.a. the cosmic chamber of secrets — until the 19th, there will be some interesting developments going down behind the scenes. For one thing, do you have enough space for yourself? If not, you could get pretty grumpy, Gemini. Set better boundaries with roommates or think about moving into your own little studio. Whatever the case, put a lock on that bedroom door! The eighth house is the erotic zone and things could get pretty steamy in your hibernation station. With Mercury retrograde until the 8th, you might even entertain an old flame. But don't even think about revisiting that chapter if this person has been a source of ongoing obsession and distress. Hold out, Gem: That blank space will fill with someone new — and quite possibly before the 19th. Already attached? The urge to merge at a deeper level could lead to cohabitation plans or even an engagement! Power couple Venus and Mars will co-pilot through your 10th house of goals from January 3 to 28, opening up a stellar window for planning your shared future. You could even meet your match through a work function or a coworker's introduction.

Speaking of your professional life, January could bring some career-defining moments! This is one area of life that will be a lot more public for you. With charming Venus and motivator Mars fueling your ambitions, you will easily attract the VIPs and influencers in your industry. Socializing is as essential to your success as delivering outstanding results. Make it your mission to do both. The full moon on the 12th could bring word of a job offer, promotion, or huge money opportunity. Score! The only catch? This full moon lands in a complicated Cardinal Cross with four other planets. You may have to compete with someone you care about or leave a current post (one you kind of love) in order to capitalize on this opportunity. While you don't want to be shady, don't dim your lights to help others shine, Gemini. You owe it to yourself to go after your dreams. Winter-vacation goals become clearer after the 19th, when the Aquarius sun activates your wanderlust for a month. Book your tickets — or jet off to a tropical paradise — during the new moon on the 27th. You might even travel for work before February 19.
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22
Is there room for two in that crab shell, Cancer? All month long, the sun is shining in the most relationship-friendly zones of your chart. Powerful partnerships can emerge this month with minimal effort. (Read: your willingness to be open to fate.) Meet people for coffee dates and let friends play matchmaker. With the sun in career-focused Capricorn until the 19th, you could even find love through a work function — or because you decided to say hi to the hottie waiting next to you by the elevator one morning. Cross-cultural connections will be favored by the stars, so keep your ears perked for delicious dialects. Already spoken for? Create more room in your busy schedule for your S.O. Collaborate on a project or plan a vacation for your mutual friends. Traveling could be highly romantic this month, as Venus and Mars unite in your worldly ninth house. You could decide to move in together or make your merger more permanent (ring shopping!) before the month is through. The only catch? Mercury will hover in a signal-scrambling retrograde until January 8. Lovers quarrels could blow way out of proportion — and all based on a silly misunderstanding. Take cool-down breaks when your emotions get the best of you or you could truly do something you regret. A disruptive ex could even make a reappearance in the first week of the month. If you already know how this will turn out, ignore, delete, and block!

Are those style bloggers chasing you down the street? Circle the 12th for your first big reveal of the year — and make sure you're "camera-ready" when you leave the house. The annual full moon in Cancer lights up the skies that day, putting all your achievements into the spotlight. Have you been putting other people's needs above your own? Dial down the caretaker vibes, Cancer, or you could wind up resenting the people you adore. Instead, challenge yourself to actually ask for a helping hand near this full moon. Supportive people are all around you, but they are simply awaiting your requests. One of your passion projects could even get funded or you could be vaulted to a higher leadership position at work. The new moon on the 27th could bring some financial flow your way — perhaps through the sale of property, a bonus, or commission or even an inheritance.
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Leo
July 23 to August 22
Is that you fogging up the windows of the Pilates studio, Leo? As January launches, the sun is sailing through Capricorn and your wellness zone, getting your self-care missions into gear. Movement helps you beat the winter blues, so splurge a little on a gym or yoga studio that you don't just like — you love. Make this a body-positive mission: With Mercury retrograde until January 8, you could get hooked by the hype about diet and weight goals if you aren't careful. Unless you actually want to know, flex your right to refuse any weigh-ins and BMI tests when applying for your membership. This healthy-living mission should be about feeling energized and radiant, not trying to fit into your eighth grade jeans. (WHY?!) Work will also be busy in January, which is all the more reason to burn off stress with exercise. An old client could return during the retrograde — and if you're looking for work, connect to a colleague from your past. A successful sequel could be in the stars in 2017. And make it your mission to clear all those outstanding tasks off your plate by the full moon on January 12 — or at least set up deadlines and delegate the duties that you can't handle alone.

Cupid will be an ever-present force this month, too! From January 3 to 28, cosmic lovebirds Mars and Venus are floating together through Pisces and your erotic eighth house. Spend more time in, Leo, because the magic happens behind closed doors. Coupled Leos could merge in more permanent ways like opening a joint bank account, moving in together, and putting a ring on it. When the sun heads into Aquarius for a month on the 19th, work demands should slow down a bit, opening up more room in your schedule for date nights and breakfasts in bed. Single? The quiet ones will surprise you this month — and you'll love unraveling the mystery. The new moon on the 27th could deliver a dreamy option who is actually quite different than you. Stay open, Leo: You need a complementary force, not a clone.
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22
Wait...doesn't Valentine's Day go down in February? Cupid's got it confused in 2017, but that's fine by you. January could very well be one of the most romantic months you've had in a while. For starters, the sun will blaze in Capricorn and your passionate, show-stopping fifth house until the 19th. Hello, head-turner — you're giving 'em whiplash just by walking in the room. But that's not the half of it. From January 3 to 28, heavenly heartthrobs Venus and Mars are riding through Pisces and your seventh house of relationships. There's so much momentum for love this month, Virgo, so don't waste time on those half-in, half-out types. One of them (an ex, even) could take you a wild goose chase while Mercury is retrograde until the 8th. What a waste of time that would be! Don't miss out on a good catch, because you're busy focusing on the one who really should get away...permanently. Coupled Virgos could level up by the 28th. What's next for you two: a spare key to each other's front doors, a co-signed lease, babies, even? This fertile month could call in the stork. You heard it here, Virgo, so plan, prepare, or protect as needed.

Work gets busier after the 19th, when the sun heads into Aquarius and your industrious sixth house for a month. You'll probably want to dial back some of the hedonism, too, because it's hard to be productive and hung over at the same time. The new moon on the 27th will spark a health kick, in fact. Renew your membership to your favorite fitness studio and organize your socializing around more physical activities. Try snowshoeing — or a snowboarding lesson. Make a few standing yoga-and-dinner dates with your squad at the same time(s) each week. If you're hoping to climb the ladder or lock in a new gig, this new moon could also bring word. Have your résumé and LinkedIn profile polished and ready to circulate!
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Libra
September 23 to October 22
Tuck into that cozy nest of blankets just a little bit longer, Libra. Until January 19, the sun is nesting in Capricorn and your home-and-family zone. Revel in domestic bliss and reconnect with relatives and old friends you didn't get to see over the holidays. Mercury will be retrograde until January 8, promising some heartwarming reunions as the year starts. If a family feud blew up due to seasonal pressures, make amends at the beginning of the month. If you're ready to go apartment hunting or feel like redoing your décor scheme, wait until after the 8th, when Mercury is back on track. Keep your gym bag at the ready! From January 3 to 28, your ruler, radiant Venus, pairs up with energizer Mars in your wellness zone, helping you launch 2017 in a healthy manner. Remember this: Deprivation is not motivation, Libra. Instead of swearing off sugar and carbs just add more greens and brain-power boosting foods to your repertoire. Prep a pumped up playlist and even splurge a little on a fitness studio you love. Money too tight? Explore the possibility of a work-study exchange: Handing out yoga mats and towels for a couple hours a week could be an easy way to fund your power vinyasa fix. Since Mars and Venus are the love planets, romance could spark with someone in your indoor cycling class. Attached? Bring on the buddy workouts — which are bound to have fringe benefits in the bedroom.

Don't worry if January gets off to a sluggish start in the love department. On the 19th, the sun sweeps into Aquarius for a month, lighting a bonfire in your passionate and playfully romantic fifth house. You'll draw plenty of admiration then — both romantically and professionally. Dial back the Netflix binging in favor of dress-up dates, live shows, and dancing until dawn. Braving the winter chill (and the Uber bill) will be worth the memories. A new love interest or a fresh chapter with your S.O. will be sparked by the new moon on the 27th. An engagement or pregnancy are also possibilities, if you're ready to take such big steps. Get ready for your close-up! This lunation could also bring a dose of fame. Promote your offerings, start a buzz on social media, or nominate yourself for a leadership role. Another great day for your career will be January 12, when the full moon in Cancer activates your ambitious 10th house. Your hard work of 2016 could be recognized in a major way. Make sure the office decision makers are aware of all your contributions. Perhaps it's time for a performance review, Libra, to discuss a raise and promotion.
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21
We're sorry to report that there's little chance you'll have time for that long winter's nap this January, Scorpio. The year is off to a busy, buzzy start — and if you aren't careful, you might even overbook yourself. Until January 19, the sun is swinging through your ultra-social third house, making you the monarch of all butterflies. With Mercury retrograde until the 8th, you could reconnect with a few precious old pals while your popularity swells. Dabble in new activities, ClassPass your way through all the local studios — but wait until after the 19th to think about a formal membership. This "try before you buy" approach could work for your love life too. From January 3 to 28, cosmic couple Venus and Mars are tandem two-stepping through your fifth house of glamour, romance, and public attention. You may have your hands full of admirers in January. Why not enjoy the sampler platter for a minute? You could fall head over go-go boots for a totally new type — or just get confirmation of the must-have qualities you need in a mate. Already attached? Take the lead in your relationship, steering it in the direction that you desire. Instead of being mysterious, seductively suggest ideas that turn you on. The key to being pleased, Scorpio, lies in being clear about your needs; not playing guessing games.

Vacation goals could be achieved near the 12th, when the full moon in Cancer activates your wanderlust. Cancer rules your ninth house of travel, but it's also a cozy and intimate water sign (like Scorpio). A beach vacation with a couple best friends could be the perfect antidote to the winter blues. One catch: This full moon gets locked into a tricky formation (called a Cardinal Cross) with four other heavenly bodies. Don't get guilted into inviting a high-maintenance friend or sibling to join you on your journey. This could potentially ruin the whole trip for you, Scorpio — and you deserve a drama-free getaway. On the 19th, the sun decamps to your domestic zone for a month, luring you back to home, sweet home. Brighten things up with some rainbow-hued accents like these quirky Oh Joy! numbers — it's like an early start to spring. The new moon on the 27th could be the perfect date for hosting a soiree. If you need to move or find a new roomie, these moonbeams will guide you to the right solution. Trust your intuition, Scorpio, and don't settle.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21
Bring on the practical magic! January's starmap puts you in the perfect headspace to tackle all those 2017 resolutions. Through the 19th, the sun is flowing through Capricorn and your grounded second house. Run those lofty resolutions through the reality filter, Archer. What time, money, and people power will it take to pull them off? This doesn't have to be a pin in your balloon — quite the contrary! Spelling it all out will show you just how doable your dreams really are, even if you have to dial 'em down a touch for your phase one launch. With Mercury retrograde until the 8th, see where you can streamline your spending, too. Think of it this way: A savvier savings plan means money in the bank for that international summer vacation, plus the bonus sense of security. Make a budget for a couple household upgrades though. From January 3 to 28, design-star Venus joins motivator Mars in your domestic zone. Finally! You'll have the momentum to declutter and organize your closets or find a happier place to hang your fedora.

In love, you're decidedly less wild in January. Give the "mom approved" types a chance to win your heart — and even think about introducing them to the familia. The cozy alignment of Venus and Mars will bring more than your fair share of Netflix-and-chill moments. The full moon in Cancer on the 12th will intensify your urge to merge. If you're thinking about moving in with your S.O. or even buying a house together, this could be the prompt you need. A strong connection that's been simmering in the background could erupt into a full-on love-fest near the 12th. But make sure there's more than just sexual chemistry here, especially if you met during Mercury's retrograde from December 19 to January 8! This full moon locks into a tricky formation with four other planets, which cautions against making assumptions. Steer clear of overly possessive people near this moon, too — or put that domineering coworker, bossy sibling, or demanding friend on notice! Your social life picks up at a fast clip on the 19th, when the Aquarius sun sweeps into your extroverted third house for a month. Power down that laptop and join friends for after-work drinks, local bands, and weekend getaways. You could meet a BFF-grade kindred spirit near the new moon on the 27th. Hello, future festival buddy or creative collaborator!
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