Your January Horoscope Is Here
See what the first month of the new decade holds for your sign.
Today we kick off a new month, a new year, and a whole new decade. That said, we’re still under the influence of celestial events that took place last month (or, depending on how you look at it, last year). The planet of luck and wisdom, Jupiter, is still settling into Capricorn, its home for the next year, and the sun is still enjoying its annual stay in Capricorn, as well. Luckily, these transits are extremely well-suited to the “clean slate” feeling of the moment: Capricorn energy is disciplined, ambitious, and focused. Once our New Year’s celebrations are wrapped up, that hardworking attitude will help us snap back to reality.
If forging ahead into 2020 feels like a monumental task, look to the penumbral lunar eclipse on the 10th, which will coincide with January’s full moon. This will be your chance to honor old feelings and habits before deciding whether you need to hold onto them in the new year. After that, you’ll likely feel different, but moving forward may come a little more easily. Read on to see what else January 2020 holds in store for your sign.
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
For you, dear Ram, the new year begins in earnest on the 3rd, when your ruling planet, Mars, moves into fellow fire sign Sagittarius and reminds you that it’s okay — nay, good — to experiment. Break free from your comfort zone, try out new hobbies, and reassess the values that guide you. Doing so will get you out on the right foot for the rest of the year.
It’ll be quiet on the love front this month, but that doesn’t mean you’ll hit a dry spell. Rather, this is your chance to plant some seeds that will later grow to serious fruition. When Venus moves into Pisces on the 13th, you’ll feel compelled to squash any PDA and save moments of tenderness between you and your S.O. for later, in stolen moments when the two of you are alone. And, if you’re single, this newfound desire for privacy could compel you to arrange clandestine meet-ups, rather than casual movie dates, with your potential lovers. The time to go public with your romantic life will come next month.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
You aren’t exactly the most spontaneous sign, Taurus — you tend to be at your happiest when you’re settled into a steady routine, particularly one where you feel like your work and personal life are in balance. Unfortunately, the full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse on the 10th could throw your life’s regular rhythm out of whack, perhaps with a post-holiday pileup of work or interpersonal drama that doesn’t even involve you directly. To put a fortunate spin on this celestial event, lunar eclipses have a way of highlighting the forces that drag us down — then giving us a chance to cut ties with them for good.
The second half of the month will bring work matters to the forefront, as Mercury and the sun move into your career sector on the 16th and 20th, respectively. The frenzy you felt during the full moon will be ousted in favor of confidence and a clear vision for advancement. This is an advantageous time to ask for a bonus, email a powerful connection for advice, or pitch your big idea. Practice your lines and fine-tune your writing — with a little extra effort, this period will make your communication skills crackle and possibly get you closer to that corner office.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
Your month will begin with a bang (and we don’t mean NYE fireworks) when Mars moves into your relationships sector on the 3rd. The red planet spurs decisive actions for better or worse, meaning it’s just as likely to prompt some delightfully steamy run-ins with your lover as it is to stoke the flames of conflict between the two of you. Tread lightly, Gemini — and think before you act.
Pencil in a quiet night at home on the 10th, when the full moon and penumbral eclipse in Cancer ask to do nothing more than rest, recharge, and reset for the new lunar cycle. If you set any New Year’s resolutions last month, this is a great time to revisit them and make any adjustments so that they better fit your life — maybe you aimed too high or too low. Maybe your priorities have changed altogether. Maybe you’re confident you’re on the right course. Don’t ignore your instincts, Gemini. They’ll help you plan for the month to come.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
With the sun camped out in Capricorn, your opposite sign, for most of the month, you’ve got partnerships on the brain, Cancer. Whether you’re more focused on your friendships or romantic relationship at the moment, you’ll feel inspired to address any perceived imbalances in these bonds: Are you giving as good as you get? How can you more clearly demonstrate your commitment to your closest loved ones?
As your ruling celestial body, the moon holds a particularly strong power over your emotional state, Cancer. Watch your feelings closely on the 10th, when the full moon arrives in your sign and brings a penumbral lunar eclipse with it: You could be quick to anger and may lash out if you feel ignored. When your temper flares, pause and try to determine what triggered that response. Lunar eclipses call our attention to the darker, hidden parts of our psyches, so that we may root out the fears and memories that direct our behavior toward unproductive patterns. It’s time to do some digging, dear Crab — and if you unearth something you don’t like, feel free to throw it away.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
The 16th could see you in an uncharacteristically flaky state when it comes to handling conflicts and tensions in your relationships. Rather than attack them head-on, you may freeze up and fall silent, most likely out of fear that you’ll hurt someone by choosing a side. Your partnerships feel especially precious this month — and as the month progresses and the sun lights up your relationship sector on the 20th, your desire to show extra care will only intensify. That said, it’s one thing to be conscientious, Leo, but your friends come to you with their problems for your (sometimes brutal) honesty. Give them what they want.
Concerns around the role you play in your relationships will come to a head on the 24th with the new moon in Aquarius. At this point in January, you’ll probably be sick of hearing about resolutions, but this is nevertheless an excellent time to recommit yourself to your friendships — you can even ask your pals what else they might need from you. You’ll put yourself in an undoubtedly vulnerable place by raising this question, but in doing so you’ll likely emerge a more supportive and dependable friend.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
January brings a lot of Virgo-friendly tasks along with it, from tackling lofty New Year’s resolutions to getting reorganized after the holiday season to hitting the ground running with your plans for 2020. Of course, not every Virgo relishes these projects and would rather simply see them done. Luckily, you’ll get a can-do boost from Mars on the 3rd, particularly when it comes to fixing up the house. Repair, replace, and clean out anything you shoved to the side in the frenzy of December. Now, it just won’t do to leave your home in disarray.
Later this month, you’ll direct that same fix-it attitude toward your health and personal routines. Did you resolve to drink more water, get more sleep, or finally commit to a single skincare regimen? It’s time to make those pledges stick, even if it means disrupting another part of your life. It’s easy to forget that self-improvement may come at the price of convenience or comfort, but the benefits that even the smallest positive change to your wellness routine can be immense (just ask anyone who’s gotten an extra hour of sleep).
LIBRA (September 22 - October 23)
You’ll have an opportunity to adjust (or completely redirect) your career path during the full moon on the 10th. Ask yourself: Are you happy with your role in the office or do you feel like you’ve been pigeonholed? Workplace politics have a way of undermining our confidence, and that goes double when you feel like your reputation as a nice person is on the line. Shed your fear of judgment and act on your desire to move up the corporate ladder — a bold demonstration of your skills will be rewarded.
Luckily, January won’t be all work and no play. When the sun beams into Aquarius, your fellow air sign, on the 20th, you’ll be inspired to speak your mind, express your creative vision, and be playful with your pals. In the midst of the cold, dark winter, this will be a welcome return to your regular Libran form, in which you freely flirt and chat with whom you please. Even if it’s bleak outside, you can tap into the warmth within.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
The NYE confetti has settled and you have every right to take refuge in your fortress of solitude, Scorp. But, you’ll have to wait until the 20th, when Aquarius season rolls around, to retreat in earnest. Until then, the sun will remain in Capricorn and keep both your personal and professional calendars full. Your ability to multitask will be put to the test, as will your small talk skills. When the conversation takes a turn toward neighborhood or water cooler gossip, however, try to seal up your mouth and ears — getting involved in petty drama now will make it much harder to go into hibernation mode later.
Enjoy some well-deserved R&R as the month comes to a close, but be prepared to think critically about your definitions of “home” and “comfort” when the new moon comes around on the 24th. Doing so will not only highlight how you can improve your current living space, but possibly even remind you where (or who) else makes you feel comfortable and safe, too.
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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Did the final weeks of 2019 see you throwing your cash around, Sag? Whether you treated yourself or splurged on gifts for all your friends, you’ll be well-served to hit pause on your spending for a bit. Even if you’re well within your budget, concerns around money (and how much of it is flowing in and out of your checking account) could nevertheless bubble to the surface as the month unfolds. Luckily, sometimes stress can inspire moments of brilliance. Maybe you have a budding side hustle or a wild idea that could mean a serious bonus in your future. Your creativity could prove to be a major source of revenue if you tap into it now, Sag.
You’ll be able to take your attention off your bank account on the 16th, when Mercury moves into Aquarius. From then on, your attention will be demanded in nearly every direction — a neighbor might need help moving, your long-distance friend may call for a long catch-up. As tiring as this period may be, it’ll be rewarding nonetheless — and remind you that you’re an important part of a larger community. And not to worry, when the sun joins Mercury in Aquarius on the 20th you’ll get a boost of energy.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorn season is still in full effect and you should take advantage of these hard-won good vibes, dear Goat. Last month, Jupiter moved into your sign for a year-long stay and opened your eyes to all that you stand to gain if you keep your eyes open and stay at least a little optimistic along the way. As you set out on a brand new year, try to maintain a Jupiterian attitude and keep your cynicism to a minimum. An opportunity or helping hand could come along this month that you ought to take up — and while it’s wise to make sure this offer will actually pay off, you don’t have to treat every act of kindness with total suspicion.
The full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse on the 10th will occur in your opposite sign, Cancer — referred to as such because it’s directly across from you on the Wheel of the Zodiac. With Cancer being your astrological other half, it’s only natural that this lunar phase will illuminate something about your closest relationships that, until now, had gone unnoticed. A need may be aching to be met; a compromise could be on the horizon.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
While everyone else hurries ahead to get 2020 underway, you might find yourself lagging behind, Aquarius. Maybe you aren’t completely done with 2019 — or it might not be done with you. The past has a way of staying with us, long after we’ve turned our focus toward the future. If there are any old projects, relationships, or commitments that are still on your mind, you’ll have time to get them squared away. By the time the sun rolls into your sign on the 20th, you’ll feel more than ready to shake off the cobwebs and join your peers in the present.
Four days before Aquarius season begins, Mercury, the messenger planet, moves into your sign and gives you the gift of mental clarity. Your ideas just seem to click into place and your requests no longer feel silly or burdensome. How you express yourself is of the utmost importance now — go about it with sensitivity and remember to share the floor with others. When the pensive new moon arrives in your sign on the 24th, your self-presentation will require some reflection. Does your first impression align with your true self, Aquarius?
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Venus, the planet of love and beauty, drifts into your sign on the 13th and kick starts what should be a period of self-love. Show yourself a little extra patience and kindness, Pisces, and ignore Venus’ tendency toward superficiality — you may catch yourself judging your appearance and style far too harshly. Hosting Venus in your sign means feeling at ease with yourself just as you are and attracting a little extra attention from those around you. Don’t feel like you have to pick yourself apart in order to deserve this cushy treatment.
Speaking of drawing attention, you’ll have a busy social life for the remainder of Capricorn season, which comes to an end on the 20th. Where you usually tend to prefer smaller, more intimate gatherings, you could end up in the thick of large, rollicking get-togethers now — and you may actually enjoy yourself. And even if you skip any networking events or happy hours that land on your calendar, new people will nevertheless find their way into your life this month. Your sign is closely associated with past feelings of nostalgia, but you have a lot to gain by letting new people into your life, Pisces. What new energies do you want to end your astrological year with, before Pisces season arrives next month?
Was your December horoscope on point? Have a look back, here.