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By Lilly Roddy
The most important event in January occurs on the 18th as Mars, planet of action and initiation, goes retrograde. Mars goes retrograde about every two years, and that means issues from your past that need resolution will be coming back up for you to address. There could also be some national conflicts during January. This will be a time when people speak their minds. Mars doesn’t go direct until mid-April. • We are in a busy, work-oriented, get-things-done mood as the month begins. Get all of your projects started before the 18th, and expect your pace to slow down considerably after that.
The sun begins the month in Capricorn and enters Aquarius on the 20th. Mercury starts the month in Sagittarius but soon enters Capricorn on the 8th and then Aquarius on the 27th. Venus is in Aquarius as the month begins, and soon wades into Pisces on the 13th. Mars is retrograde from January 18 through April 15, and it’s also in Virgo until July 5. Jupiter is sliding through Taurus, Saturn is feeling balanced in Libra, Uranus is rebellious in Aries, Neptune is just about done with Aquarius, and Pluto is digging in to Capricorn.
Good days this month are the 7th, most of the 8th, the 12th, some of the 13th, and very nice on the 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 28th. Days to stay in bed are the 1st, the latter part of the 8th, the 19th, 23rd, and 27th.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). This is a very active month with the planets focused in your career sector. It’s certainly the month to have a new project or look for something else to do at work. New projects can also be an indication that you want to start your own business. You may also be unhappy or impatient with co-workers. You may have a hard time sleeping on the 1st and the 8th. This is also a very good month to pay attention to your diet and exercise. Toward the end of the month you become a social animal.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This is generally a good time of the year for you, and you’re feeling more laid-back than usual. Although this continues to be a busy and active time, you may have some hesitancy to act. This is a great month to travel, expand your work situation, go back to school, or get involved in your community. By mid-month, your focus shifts to work and career. You could be very busy in January, so make sure you don’t over-commit.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). The New Year has you focused on your financial condition. This is a good time for you to invest. You are looking very closely at your money and what is going on with it. You will also want more closeness and intimacy with your partner, and money could also become a relationship issue. By mid-month, you are flowing along better. Home issues are still volatile if you don’t address them. Some of you born in the earliest days of the sign are wanting to retreat and possibly retire. Give in to that urge.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). The planets are really making you look at relationships this month. As an overall long-term theme, the Crabs will be doing some major overhauling of their relationships. This is a time when you will want to be clear about what you and your partner’s long-term goals are. Cancers may feel their partners are criticizing rather than offering helpful suggestions. Keep an open mind—that will help you to respond and make your relationship better. This is a big time of reinvention for your career. You had better be doing what you like, or you’ll be looking elsewhere.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Mars is in your money sector from now until July 5. This can be a good time to turn one of your talents into a business. It can also be a time when you are impulsive in your spending. Mars wants to have things right now. You’ve been getting your life organized since the holiday season, and you may be feeling the remnants of holiday tension. You are trying to get too much done in too little time, and it’s creating some resentment. Remember who you’re doing these things for. By the end of the month, you shift your focus toward relationships.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Mars, planet of action and survival, is still in your sign until July. This should be an energetic and sometimes too wound-up time. You will be very body-conscious, and you may be working on a new eating program. You are more reactive, and your anger may be showing. This is a good time to confront things—which may either invigorate your relationship or create some new tension. You get back into your routine by mid-month and focus more on the things at hand.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). With the planets in your home and family area this month, you are certainly feeling nostalgic. You’re ready to have a lot more freedom in your life and your schedule. This can be a very contemplative time. By mid-month, you are back into your social groove. You are still pushing for some new directions in your career, and will make some decisions about that toward the end of the month. You will be sticking to the New Year’s resolutions you’ve made—but be sure you can still have some fun at the end of the month.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This can be a good social month for you. Mars, planet of action and risk, is spending lots of time in the social and community area of your chart. You have been feeling more open and ready to meet new people. This continues for awhile. You are very clear with your communications, and relationship energy really opens up for you. If you are in a romantic or business partnership, things should be improving. If you are single, this energy can draw new people into your life. By mid-month, you are ready to get back into your routines.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). As the New Year begins, your thoughts turn to money and getting finances in order. You may be diving into some stuff that you haven’t looked at in years. Career energies are dynamic and possibly volatile over the next several months. You will certainly be feeling some frustration and resistance at work after mid-January. It can be a time when you need to go off to do your own plan. By mid-month, you are much better at planning and seeing the long-term view.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This is your birthday or solar return month, as we say in Astrologese. It represents the end and the beginning of your personal yearly cycle. You’ll be having an especially deep time of introspection during January. You want to take your life in a direction that is more intrinsically fulfilling. There are big changes in your family, and you are looking at your life differently. By the latter part of the month, you shift your focus to security and money.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). This is your annual time of retreat, and you are ready to rest after the holidays. You will be working on making your home a safer and prettier place. Some of you will consider moving. Intimacy will be an important topic for you. You and your partner will be having much more honest discussions over the next few months. You begin to pull out of your retreat by mid-month, and you’re fully engaged by the end of the month. New ideas are just over the horizon.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). This is normally an upbeat and social time of the year for the mermaids and mermen. You may be seeing some people you haven’t seen in quite awhile. This is a good time for any groups or community organizations. With Mars spending the next several months in your relationship arena, you can expect your partners to be active, busy, grouchy, self-centered, or spontaneous. If you are having problems in your relationship, they are being addressed. If you are single, this is a great time to put yourself out there. Toward the end of the month you move into your retreat mode.