We’re definitely starting the year on new feet, probably pointing in a more purposeful direction after we’ve purged old identities and woken up to the fact that our talents and gifts are needed in this crazy world! This hasn’t been without hard decisions and trade-offs, but we’re realizing this really isn’t a dress rehearsal and the synchronicities were too obvious to ignore.
The Cosmos seems to get right to business, peppering January with some cinching celestial events, not the least of which is shock-and-awe Uranus turning direct and an end-of-an-era lunar eclipse on Jan. 10 as well as a Saturn conjunct with Pluto on Jan. 12. We’re also in ambitious Capricorn season, especially so with lucky Jupiter gracing this industrious sign until December of next year doubling down on the bet we’re making on ourselves and our work.
We’re ready to show up in the way we’ve been guided and it seems to be toward ventures that are game-changers. We’re ready to take into account not only recent personal upheaval, but showing up as the world needs us which can mean huge leaps for some people. Remember, it takes 10 years to become an overnight success. As planets start to shift into Aquarius mid-month we’ll get an extra dose of clarity and be really ready to connect with our tribe and move forward with a knowing glint in our collective eye that we’re the one we’ve been waiting for.
- Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
- Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
- Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
- Aries (March 21–April 19)
- Taurus (April 20–May 20)
- Gemini (May 21–June 20)
- Cancer (June 21–July 22)
- Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
- Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)
- Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)
- Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
- Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
Capricorn, it’s your year—at least your Jupiter year as this lucky behemoth graces your sign until December of next year. While rooting in new professional turf seems to still be the name of the game thanks to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter adds a spark and a certain winning vibe to all of your ambitious pursuits. Not only that, buzzy deal-maker Mercury in Capricorn will be adding electricity to your sign all month ensuring that January may not be as slow for you as you’d usually expect.
It’s a year to become more of you—and Jupiter will help to expand what you’ve largely been working on behind-the-scenes. The emphasis is on your 1st House for Capricorns and especially Capricorn rising, so this is about putting your polished shoe forward even if you have to borrow the money to buy the polish. There’s an increasing gravitas to your persona and it’s time for the outer shell to reflect the inner shift toward your natural greatness. Yes, you can still get cranky and bemoan that you’re not where you’re supposed to be—there’s always another peak, dear Cap! Really though, there will be something to celebrate this year so ground down and keep looking at the next peak.
For the most cerebral, zany sign in the Zodiac, you’re really being challenged to open up to the softer, spiritual side of life. With not just the Sun, but Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto drifting in the ethereal recesses of your 12th House you may feel like you’re in a house of mirrors where the reflections of what you see are perfect metaphors for how you feel inside or things you’ve kept hidden from yourself. You could feel like a lot of cycles are coming to a close. What you may underestimate is the space you’re creating to step into new areas that reflect the person you’ve become.
While you may not be able to connect the dots just yet, you’ve gained an appreciation for the ebb and flow of life and maybe even being grateful that some things didn’t go the way you planned. As the month rolls on—namely when Mercury enters your sign on Jan. 16 and the Sun enters your sign on Jan. 20—the beautiful fog begins to clear and you’ll see that all that clearing and behind-the-scenes strategizing did work. Pay special attention to your thoughts on the new moon in Aquarius on Jan. 20 and keep perked for some good news. If you want to serve the collective good—as philanthropic Aquarians end up doing in one way or another—the mysterious obfuscations of 2019, if any, have just been there to trigger your genius and inform your greatest role.
If the first day of the year sets the tone for what’s to come, a moon Neptune conjunction in your sign and the 1st House of Self-Expression says you’ll be feeling expansively open and every part the shape-shifting artist. January particularly highlights your 11th House of Friends and connecting with like-minded artists to really help get you to the next phase of your professional goals. This was true in December and only intensifies now as busy, connection-hungry Mercury has joined forces with Jupiter to stay in your 11th House all year, the Sun, and of course long-term tenants Pluto and Saturn.
You’ve likely faced some resistance around putting your message or art out there to the unwieldy public. You may have had to hit the ground running with technology platforms that challenge your sensitivities or techie resistance, but now you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and shout from the rafters as long as it’s being taped, recorded, and sent to print or audio for mass distribution and profit. Venus moves into your sign on Jan. 13 amplifying your naturally soft glow and helping you attract the right people for the job. Relationship conversations rise to the surface on Jan. 13 and look to Jan. 27 as especially dreamy when the moon connects with amorous Venus in your sign.
Entrepreneurial Aries have had to learn to temper their fiery, hard-charging natures with a little grounded earth energy as pragmatic and achievement-oriented Capricorn has inundated the 10th House and defined your aspirational career journey. This can be great as you learn that slow-and-steady may build a stronger empire. You may have been denied overnight results, but the universe seems to think you need to move slowly and seriously when it comes to your great work. You may have had a life built on sudden moves but there’s been a shift and you’re looking for long-term career security. Luckily, opportunity-bringing Jupiter is now also in Capricorn through December of next year meaning you’ll likely see more results for your efforts in this area of career and you’ve been cosmically released from your on-avail status.
You’ve been retooling and digging into how you really want to succeed and Jupiter does promise celebration so stay attuned to opportunities to come out in a big way. A big illumination may come with the full moon eclipse on Jan. 10 and you may feel relief in a financial matter as Uranus also turns direct in your 2nd House of Income. You have charming Venus in your 11th House of Friends this month so socializing with a certain eye-for-business can prove fruitful and also just let off some of the steam from your raw ambition. New moon intentions set on Jan. 26 with helpful people and collaborative work projects in your mind’s eye have a way of quickly proving there’s people around you to support your 2020 projects.
You have red-hot, seething, sexualized Mars in Scorpio in your 7th House of Relationship going on a month now and you’ll finally get some relief in January as this little spitfire moves on to your 8th House of Other People’s Money and Transformation. It’s not gone completely out of the relationship zone, but it changes sign into cheery Sagittarius so some steam should definitely be released. Meanwhile, the heft of planetary attention is working in your travel department of the Zodiac (your 9th House) encouraging you to build new horizons through experience, education, and aspirational pursuits. You need the stimulus of new landscapes and people to realize there’s another world beyond what you’re used to. 2020 may offer the impetus to gather up your faith and jump into new endeavors, especially with old saint Jupiter heartily cheering you on. Not only that, Uranus amplifies this theme since the planet of abrupt change and wake-up calls tours your 1st House of Self-Expression. It’s time to walk on the wild side, Taurus. Look out for wake-up calls on Jan. 4, 11, 22, and 31.
Your 8th House of Sex, Death, and Other People’s Money is chock-full of planets this month including Mercury, Jupiter (for the next year), the Sun, Saturn, and Pluto. Getting to the bottom of relationships and unearthing new levels of passion may be par for the course. You’re getting additional relationship support from flirty Venus in the fellow-air sign Aquarius and assertive Mars moving into your 7th House of Relationships on Jan. 3. After the middle of the month, you’ll come out from all that restructuring of your inner life and relationships and be ready to take on the world. You’ll likely be feeling a bit more outgoing too as the planets shift into group-oriented, philanthropic Aquarius. An especially libidinous day may be Jan. 6 as a moon in Gemini opposes feisty Mars. Set 2020 vacation-plan intentions on the New Moon on Jan. 24 when your 9th House of Travel receives a cosmic blessing.
Cancers are inundated with relationship energy, and January amplifies this theme as the Sun and Mercury join the party that is already Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter. You’re pretty used to learning to dance with your soulmate or soulmates and have proven an astute listener even when you’d rather not have to learn about yourself through other people. Mars has also been spurring you on to be more energetic and assertive in the love department of that recreational 5th House.
On Jan. 3, get-it-done Mars finally moves into Sagittarius and your 6th House of Work, and you’re getting a wee more pragmatic about your day-to-day affairs including division of responsibilities and expectations in a relationship. A pretty supportive and revelatory day comes on Jan. 13 when Venus moves into fellow water sign Pisces and energy really turn up in that 7th House of Relationship. You’re ready to experience a deeper, more authentic you and this month offers lots of peak experiences to gauge your heart and press the gas if you find you’re going the right direction. A lunar eclipse and full moon in Cancer on Jan. 10 should really open the spigot.
Work, health, and getting your practical affairs in order so your life works like a well-oiled machine seems to be what the preponderance of planets in earthy, manifesting Capricorn are rooting for! You’ve figured out by now where the energy leaks are and with lucky Jupiter and the Sun lighting up your 6th House, you’re enjoying some relief and most probably getting more work as you’ve regained some focus and built a reliable reputation.
Magnetic Venus has been touring your 7th House of Committed Partnership, and Mercury and the Sun join the second half of the month on Jan. 16 and 20, respectively so this confident pair is certainly putting you in someone else’s orbit and offering some relationship vibes to offset your January duties. Doing the step-by-step work to manifest your clear intent is really your yoga in 2020. Surprises come from Uranus in your 10th House of Career, but it’s nothing you can plan for. Focus on excellence and meeting your daily deadlines, and miracles await in the wings. Career progress may come near on Jan. 10 as Uranus turns direct. Set relationship goals on the new moon of Jan. 24 and celebrate your bold self on Jan. 11 with the moon in Leo squares mischievous Uranus.
You’re loving all this energy in grounded earth sign Capricorn and it’s your 5th House of Love Affairs, Recreation, and Creativity that’s getting the real boost. After the reality checks of 2019, it seems 2020 wants to offer you a fresh start and a lot more fun if you’re willing to follow your bliss and commit to telling your story. The 5th House is really about our willingness to play as a child would without the guilt or “shoulds” or self-imposed restrictions.
Of course, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, and Mercury are in build-it-from-the-ground-up Capricorn infusing a bit of responsibility into your sense of play. It’s time to really love your work and this year sharing something tangible with others is quite good for you. Surprises this year and really for the next six years come in the form of out-of-the-blue educational pursuits or opportunities to pack up and seek adventure. Perhaps you’ll learn to fuse your art with travel or take that show on the road! A great stretch to make some determinations or chart your 2020 course is Jan. 12—14 with all that Cap energy fusing together in your creative 5th House and the moon entering your Virgo.
It appears your inner life—your roots, your family situation, home, and housemates—has been getting a major overhaul with the scourge of Pluto and Saturn tightening any loose bolts in that department and really making you look deeply into yourself. With lucky Jupiter taking up residence here for the next year, you get some real estate luck and levity from all that internal work and maturing. Mars has been going steady in your House of Finances but will be bringing more muscle to your social 3rd House on Jan. 3. You may be out and about making deals and collecting important info for your next move all while enjoying a craft beer.
A financial matter, especially involving others’ finances, may come to the fore or reach a conclusion around Jan. 10 after Uranus goes direct and illuminates relationships and the ties that bind. The second half of the month releases more flow and synchronicity as the Sun moves into fellow air sign Aquarius on Jan. 20 and you’re feeling more your charming self. Make a final determination to release that which doesn’t serve you—old dependencies, reactions, disproportionate power dynamics—on Jan. 12 when a juggernaut of Capricorn energy in that 4th House asks you to step up to the plate and accept what’s truly yours. Set intentions around love, creativity, and all things fun on the new moon in Aquarius on Jan. 24.
You’ve been riding that Mars fire for over a month, undoubtedly getting heated or hot under the collar as the action planet craves a good challenge or obstacle to overcome. As Mars moves into Sagittarius, there’s still fire but it lights up your 2nd House of Earned Income and will dissipate direct confrontation and apply more to fattening your bank account and enjoying the material side of life. With all those planets in pragmatic earth-sign Capricorn in your busy 3rd House of all things communication, you’re experiencing quite an expressive month, if not year since expansive Jupiter is here to stay until next December. It’s no longer OK just to feel it, Scorpio; it’s time to say what you mean and maybe put it in writing. Oddball, off-type albeit exciting soulmate types may reach out from out of the blue as Uranus continues through 2020 through your 7th House of Committed Partnership. Artistic pairings with an idea genius who complements your penetrating wit and wisdom may interview for the part. In any case, you’re ready to be exposed to new ideas and ways of being in partnership so keep open and if attached, expect partners to keep you on your toes!
With that build-up of Capricorn planets in your 2nd House of Earned Income, you are wonderfully positioned for financial growth and stability this year, especially since lucky Jupiter moved in and brightened everything up. Yes, there is work to be done but you’re more about the tried-and-true, independent path toward wealth and you’re serious about self-reliance and taking care of your needs. Routine is no longer anathema to you. You’re being gifted energetic Mars on Jan. 3, promising you’ll step into a more active role in January and expressing that generous, if self-righteous, Sagittarian flair. On or near Jan. 6 and 20 you’ll experience some especially spirited days. Be careful you don’t blurt something out you can’t take back. You’re all about setting yourself up for consistency in 2020, so really looking at expenses and budget aids your goals. You’re feeling even more independent than usual so don’t forget to give some attention to your sweetie or carve out a little time for love. It may feel like you can conquer the world, but remember some things are better shared.
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