January 2021 Horoscopes for Actors

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We finally made it to a new year. 2020 was jam-packed with unrelenting and defining astrology, punctuated by an era-defining transit: The Great Conjunction. Ancient Persian astrologers used the 200-year cycles of Great Conjunctions to predict the rise and fall of religions and dynasties. Our collective shift from the element of earth to the element of air marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of anothera fittingly dramatic finale to a year that pulled out all the stops. At the same time, just because it’s 2021 now doesn’t mean the changes happen all at once. We will be beta-testing global vaccine distribution, rebuilding businesses, and emotionally adjusting to the new “new normal” brick by brick.  

Saturn and Jupiter may have moved into Aquarius, but Mercury, Venus, and the sun are all moving through Capricorn this month. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the tough love planet who laughs at the idea of “new year, new me.” This lingering energy from 2020 might make January feel like a teacher handing out a pop quiz after the final exam–just to make sure you really know the material. Mars joins the earthy party when he finally moves into mellow Taurus (after an interminable six-month-long stay in Aries) on Jan. 6. Then Mercury enters Aquarius on Jan. 8, bringing both optimism and structure to our goals for the new year. Set your intentions on Jan. 12, when the new moon in Capricorn will give your resolutions legs. We end the month with a full moon in Leo on Jan. 28, followed by our first Mercury retrograde of the year on Jan. 30.

2020 left us forever changedour work now is integrating everything we’ve learned.

Remember to read your rising sign and your sun sign.


Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

Happy Capricorn season! It’s the first time in three years that Saturn hasn’t been cramping your stylehow does it feel? With Venus shining in your house of identity and Mars edging into your area of creative expression, this is your time to be seen. Get out, stretch your legs, and show the world what you’ve been working on. This month you have a direct channel to divine inspiration, but make sure your ideas have somewhere productive to goif you don’t put out a bucket you won’t catch any rainwater. Write down your dreams and strokes of insight. The more you liberate your creativity, the more readily it will come to you. And like the bolt of lightning that burns down the house, dismissing your intuition could backfire.

Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)

This is a potent era for you, Aquarius. With Jupiter and Saturn aligning in your sign, you’re undergoing a radical transformation that will play out over the next 20 years. But right now you’re like the active volcano that everyone thinks is a mountain. A lot is roiling under the surface that you have to tend to before letting the lava flow. You might be getting the itch to renovate or rearrange your living situation. Before you pack your bags and sign a new lease, ask yourself: what unresolved pain makes me feel impulsive? Just because you’re nostalgic for a person, place, or time doesn’t mean you have to pick at the wound, especially if you know it will make you feel worse.

Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)

Making decisions from a place of fear is the fastest way to give away your power. You might not think of yourself as an impulsive person, but there are more ways than one to get an adrenaline rush. Bad feelings are just as addictive as good ones. What dry wells do you keep returning to, even though you know you’ll come up empty-handed? What appsor phone numbersdo you need to delete for the sake of your mental health? Use your friends as a grounding force when you’re too in your head. Run that angry email you want to send by them first. Allow the people who know you best to penetrate your whirlwind of self-criticism. They have a more nuanced perspective than your anxiety brain.

Aries (March 21–April 19)

The last six months brought lessons about your career that were hard to swallow. This month, the pressure eases up and Venus swoops in like a balm for your old wounds. Take pleasure in being seen. No matter what stage of climbing the mountain you’re at, you’re allowed to enjoy the view. But make sure your newfound optimism about your career aligns with your values. You might feel the pull to justify big purchases as an investment in your workor you might be riding such a high that you’re giving away too many resources for free. Make sure you’re getting back as much as you’re putting in. You can love what you do and get paid what you deserve.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Time to hit the books, Taurus! Your creative blocks are clearing up and Venus is paving the way for your next adventure. At the same time, warrior Mars is entering your sign and stirring things up with troublemaker Uranus. You might find yourself with a sudden rush of energy and a million thoughts happening at once. Ride the wave, but find healthy outlets for your jangly nervous system. Loosen your grip on your old ways of doing thingsif you’re willing to bend, you’ll be harder to break. This is a great month to find a mentor or learn a new technique to level up your practice. Saturn will be asking a lot from you for the next three yearsput in the work now and you will be rewarded.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

January wants you to do the internal work. You can’t move forward until you’ve processed your pain, but it doesn’t have to be as much of a bummer as it sounds. You can burn a letter, dance, yell obscenitieswhatever it takes to honor and release the rage that’s been building up. Midway through the month, notice where your impulse toward distraction comes from. When do you feel compelled to check your phone or play a podcast? When is it intentional (for example, “I need to self soothe,”) and when are you running away from your thoughts? When you try to drown out your subconscious, it will make itself known in roundabout ways. Have a conversation with your body. Ask it what it needs.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Your relationship with your creative or romantic partner is extra sweet this month. 2020 might have brought the kinds of tests that put your relationship through hell but made you stronger for it. Unfortunately, everyone else around you seems to be acting toxic, irresponsible, or just plain weird. You’re used to being the one who has to hold everything together, but your efforts might not be appreciated mid-month. Sometimes you have to accept that if people don’t ask for advice, they probably aren’t ready to hear it. Focus instead on the people who inspire you to be exactly who you are. What innovative offerings do you want to bring to your network in 2021? What radical actions do you need to take to get there?

Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)

Your body doesn’t intuitively know the difference between positive and negative stress. When you channel all your energy into your work eventually one of two things happens: you flame out or internalize it. Even when everything goes perfectly, your hard work pays off, and you get the recognition you deserveyour body doesn’t always get the message. Help yourself move through the stress cycle by having a conversation with your body. Thank her for her hard work. Tell him that it’s safe to rest. Just like every high-intensity exercise should end with a cooldown, you need a ritual signaling the end of your work sprint. Intentional self-care isn’t lazy; it’s protective. Listening to your internal cues instead of plowing ahead makes you more resilient in the long run.

Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)

Making art is both pleasure and pain. The distance between your vision and the execution can be exhausting at first. It’s the reason why so many people don’t finishor don’t start at all. This month, Venus is moving through your house of creative expression, asking you to set aside your edits and revel in what you’ve made. Turn off the part of your brain that is endlessly refiningthere’s a time and place for constructive criticism, but this month ain’t it. Whatever you try to improve on will be a fruitless exercise, like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Try treating your creation like you would a lover: light a candle, take her on a date, and whisper sweet nothings in her ear. And most importantly, ask her what she wants to do.

Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)

The last three years might have stirred up some pain around your home or family of origin, but Venus is here to offer reliefand a little luxury. Spruce up your living space with some flowers or new art. January wants you to invest in your foundations so that you have solid ground for your shared resources. Is everyone in your home working toward a common goal? Are you all holding up your end of the bargain? Go deep and ask the hard questions. Explore what lies just beyond your comfort zone. Write a letter to your inner child. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you made when you didn’t know better. Let go of perfection and live in the messiness for a while.  

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

2020 completely overhauled your work-life balance, and you’re entering the new year with a deeper understanding of your priorities. When you stand up for yourself, it creates an alchemical process of alignment. But transformation doesn’t happen all at onceit’s a path that circles back on itself over and over to make sure you really understood the lessons. Bring your new understanding of yourself into the real world. Commit to writing or saying one thing that feels true every day. Start by noticing all the little things that add up to a life: the kind words, the gestures, the poetry of what you see on your daily walk. January will revolutionize the way you approach relationships, but only if you’re living according to your values.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

January wants you to create structure around the way you spend your time. You’ve learned that energy is a resourcelike any other resource, it’s possible to run out. When your values shift, your time and energy must shift accordingly. Spreading yourself too thin is rooted in insecurity. You can’t be everything to everyone and trying only leads to self-abandonment. Put systems in place that will help you focus your optimism and motivation on the one thing that really matters. Shake up your approach to getting things done by starting a morning routine, going to bed earlier, or trying a new productivity app. Commitment can be delicious if you reframe it as devotion. Practicing restraint makes the reward that much sweeter. 

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Allie Gallerani
Designer and content creator based in San Francisco. Creator of the sci-fi pilot “Daedalus” about a biotech company in Silicon Valley. Dog lover and natural wine enthusiast.
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