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January begins with encouragement to set our goals for the New Year, asking us to plan, organize and persevere in 2017. Early in the month, the Mars-Neptune conjunction can bring action and drive to help realize our dreams. However, our New Year’s resolutions remain stalled until mid-January against our best intentions. When Mercury moves out of its shadow period in late January, events are set in motion.
Until then, a build-up of energy in Pisces favors activities like meditation, movement and journaling to help connect vision to reality and keep us grounded. The Full Moon in Cancer on January 12th reinforces the need to further nurture our inner selves. The New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th beckons us to examine our experiences and identities by getting a new perspective. It is helpful at this time to participate in group activities because sharing experience with others allows us to take notice of our own unique qualities.
ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early in the month, take time to organize your thoughts and create an action plan for achieving professional goals. When Mercury goes direct on January 8th, you will enjoy greater clarity surrounding your philosophical North star, which will benefit the professional path you are paving. During the Cancer Full Moon on the 12th, you may experience strong emotions tied to home and family matters. Focus back on your work after the 13th as research and brainstorming sessions will pay off at this time. When Mars enters Aries at the end of the month you will feel motivated to take action and charge forward with the plans you have put in place.
TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
Toward the beginning of January, Mercury, planet of communication, can help you express your needs around sexuality, intimacy and taboo subjects. Expect some philosophical transformation to result from your communication about these topics at the end of the month. The Cancer Full Moon on January 12th may bring new information to light and afford you reprieve from a fact-finding mission. At the end of the month, the New Moon in Aquarius sets the stage for innovation in your field of work. Think about how to pivot from the norm and you will succeed in disrupting the current paradigm to build new and more effective systems.
GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN
There will be focus on your relationships this month, setting the stage for deep and potentially disruptive intimacy towards the end of January. When Mercury goes direct on the 8th, you will benefit from both clearer perspective and communication about your subconscious values. The full moon on the 12th will also help you express your needs with grace and charisma. At the same time, your imagination may be overactive when it comes to a workplace relationship, so wait a few days before making any moves. The Aquarius New Moon at the end of the month promises to stir up your spiritual belief system. Stay open to different philosophies and viewpoints moving into February.
CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early in the month you’ll feel focused on daily tasks and activities, and may feel your health and vitality strengthen at this time. Mercury goes direct on the 8th, further strengthening your ability to think, act and respond to daily tasks with quick wit and intellect. On the 12th, the Cancer Full Moon brings focus to your identity and is bound to stir up some deep emotions. Grounding rituals like meditation, a hot bath or even comfort food may help to center you at this time. Mid-month you’ll be more focused on the relationships in your life, and will want to practice strong and clear communication skills. The New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th invites you to manifest an unorthodox approach to sharing resources with another.
LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN
The Cancer Full Moon on the 12th may stir up emotions and create opportunity for closure regarding a recent spiritual journey. You will be working with strong maternal energy at this time, so take care to nurture yourself and create space for your feelings. Mid-month, Mercury will help you articulate creative ideas, as well as formulate a practical execution plan. On the 27th, the New Moon in Aquarius opens potential for developing an unconventional relationship. At the end of the month you may receive information related to your health, work or care of others that transforms your day-to-day experience.
VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN
The beginning of January brings lots of energy for creative projects as well as an increased capacity for learning, collaboration and relationship building mid-month. On the 12th, the Full Moon in Cancer will provide nurturing energy to restore comfort in your community. You will also benefit from loving Venus and spiritual Neptune who will be visiting your house of relationships at this time. The New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th encourages you to shake up your routine by incorporating new activities into your daily schedule. At the end of the month, you may be driven to establish deeper bonding and intimacy in an important relationship.
LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN
When Mercury goes direct on the 8th, you will likely have worked out some ideological issues with the help of siblings, neighbors and those close to you in proximity. Soon after, you’ll be encouraged to communicate with your family about how to better organize the tribe and set the team up for success. The Full Moon in Cancer on the 12th will reflect back the success you’ve been building in your career. You will also feel called to creative and visionary work at this time. Practicing diplomacy in your collaboration with others will serve your creative process. Harness the insights you access for the Aquarius New Moon on the 27th, in which you may set intentions for taking your ideas and innovation to the next level.
SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN
In the beginning of the month, you will be encouraged to socialize and communicate with siblings and neighbors with the goal of expanding your horizons. When Mercury goes direct on the 8th, you may find yourself attending to some financial matters that had stalled during retrograde. Mid-month, the Cancer Full Moon will offer an opportunity to set out on a vision quest or short trip into nature, generating spiritual movement in your life. At the end of the month, the Aquarius New Moon inspires you to breathe new energy into your home life, while vigorous Mars pushes you to create daily habits that will improve your health.
SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
Until January 8th, Mercury will continue to encourage reflection about who you are and show up in the world. After the first week of January you will feel more secure communicating about yourself, your needs and your values. The Cancer Full Moon on the 12th may bring heightened intimacy to a personal relationship, in which you may choose to merge together physically or emotionally. Around the same time, you will also be thinking about how to make your home more beautiful and inspiring. The end of January will be a good time to go see a historical movie or start reading a biography when the Aquarius New Moon inspires you to learn about a new topic.
CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN
The Sun continues shining on Capricorn through the 20th, with each day providing more and more light following last month’s Winter Solstice. By the 13th, when Mercury moves back into your sign, you will feel more secure in your understanding of self, and better able to communicate your intentions. This is beneficial as the Full Moon in Cancer is also shining light on how best to nurture your relationships. At the end of the month, the Aquarius New Moon provides opportunities to consider your financial goals and the many possibilities to achieve them, perhaps even unconventional ones.
AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
In the beginning of January, loving Venus will help you feel more steadfast and bonded with your personal value system. This may come into play when Mercury goes direct on the 8th, and your community is encouraged to unite around a common viewpoint. Soon after this, you may be looking at opportunities to develop your spirituality by joining an organization or establishing your own rituals as a regular practice. The Cancer Full Moon on the 12th will provide comfort to you regarding a matter of your health or work life. This is a good time to connect with the “mothers” in your life, whether familial or chosen. At the end of the month, the Aquarius New Moon encourages you to look closely at your own identity in order to refine the assets that are working for you and shed the shadows that are not. It will be helpful to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses based on your own unconventional standards instead of societal metrics.
PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN
When Venus moves into Pisces on the 4th, you are inspired to love and accept yourself as you are, and in doing so will radiate physical beauty. Mid-month, this energy heightens and strengthens your spirituality, dream-life and relationship building. The Full Moon in Cancer on the 12th helps channel the Piscean energy further, encouraging your creativity and self expression through the arts. You will find that your ability to communicate and organize community events is strengthened once Mercury is out of retrograde mid-month. The Aquarius New Moon on the 27th asks you to explore some more radical spiritual practices that will have the potential to expand your consciousness.
Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016