Monthly Horoscopes for January 2018
Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)
Full Moon at 11.38 Cancer: Jan. 1 at 9:24 PM
Uranus stations direct at 24 Aries: Jan. 2
Mars in Scorpio square the nodes in Leo and Aquarius: Dec. 21, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018
Exact Jan. 4
Mars conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio: Dec. 21, 2017 - Jan. 23, 2018
Exact Jan. 6 - 9
Venus conjunct Sun in Capricorn: Dec. 25, 2017 - Jan. 18, 2018
Exact Jan. 8 - 11
Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Jan. 1 - Jan. 17
Exact Jan. 9
Venus conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Jan. 2 - Jan. 15
Exact Jan. 9
Mercury enters Capricorn: Jan. 11
Mercury conjunct Saturn in Capricorn: Jan. 11 - Jan. 19
Exact Jan. 12
Venus in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries: Jan. 7 - Jan. 17
Exact Jan. 13
Sun in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries: Jan. 7 - Jan. 19
Exact Jan. 14
New Moon at 26.54 Capricorn: Jan. 16 at 9:17 PM
Venus enters Aquarius: Jan. 18
Mars in Scorpio trine Chiron in Pisces: Jan. 8 - Jan. 25
Exact Jan. 18
Sun enters Aquarius: Jan. 19*
Mercury conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Jan. 19 - Jan. 28
Exact Jan. 24
Mars enters Sagittarius: Jan. 26
Mercury in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries: Jan. 22 - Jan. 30
Exact Jan. 27
Venus conjunct South Node in Aquarius: Jan. 24 - Feb. 3
Exact Jan. 29
Mercury enters Aquarius: Jan. 31
Total Lunar Eclipse (full moon) at 11.37 Leo: Jan. 31 at 8:26 AM
* The horoscopes previously stated that the sun moves into Aquarius on Jan. 21st. This has been corrected to the 19th.
Aries, you begin 2018 with a host of planets at the very top of your chart, signifying an emphasis on your public persona. Your energy is focused on your direction in life: perhaps your career, your family, or a literal move. The full moon in Cancer on the first day of January brings something to fruition. You may be able to let go of something from your past, or celebrate an important achievement. This is likely to be an emotional full moon for you. Your New Year celebration will be most enjoyable if you spend it with family and close friends.
On January 2nd, Uranus stations direct in your sign, beginning a three-month streak when all of the planets are direct. From now through March 8th, you have the energy on your side to get things done. On January 4th, your ruling planet Mars makes an exact square to the moon’s nodes from Scorpio. This challenges you to express yourself and your values wholeheartedly, moving away from the control or orders of a group and toward a more personal view. Normally it’s not hard for you to separate yourself from the crowd, but with Pluto (and now Saturn) in Capricorn squaring your sign, you’ve had an intense few years of just keeping your head above water. Use the North Node in Leo to access your passion. Mars and Jupiter are together in Scorpio, exact from January 6th - 9th, amplifying your drive and bringing hidden desires to the surface.
As the sun and Venus move through Capricorn together, they both meet Pluto on January 9th. This is an intense time for your social relationships, particularly at work or home. Something of the theme of Pluto in Capricorn squaring your sign for the past decade is highlighted at this time. Both the Sun and Venus move on to square Uranus in your sign on January 13th and 14th, perhaps prompting you to shake things up. Mercury also enters Capricorn around this time, on January 11th, and meets Saturn exactly on January 12th. Saturn’s new position in the sign of Capricorn signifies a period of hard work in your career for the next three years. You like to rush headfirst into things, but slow and steady wins the race this time. That’s the message of Mercury when he meets Saturn -- whatever came up for you during the recent Mercury retrograde in December 2017, you’ll be reminded of then. Saturn wants you to work on it.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th is brilliant for New Years’ Resolutions having to do with your life direction or career. (The full moon on the 1st makes your resolutions less likely to stick, so it’s worthwhile to wait two weeks.) Make a solid plan to follow through on for the next three years. Saturn responds to discipline and integrity. Some of the pressure on your work and/or home life will be relieved when Venus enters Aquarius on January 18th. Mars makes an exact trine to Chiron in Pisces on the same day, opening you up to healing some long-buried pain.
Mercury, still traveling through Capricorn, makes an exact conjunction to Pluto on January 24th, bringing a message about the challenges that you encountered in relationships at the beginning of the month. The messenger god joins the sun and Venus in Aquarius on January 31st, turning your thoughts and attention towards your long-term goals and the groups who can help you get there. Also on January 31st, we have a total lunar eclipse in Leo. This is part of a cycle that reflects something of what happened in February and August 2017. Whatever it is that you need to generate, your passion and the path of your heart, becomes absolutely necessary now.
Taurus, after all of the fire of 2017, 2018 has more of a grounded, earthy vibe. Just your speed! On the first of January, Saturn is already in a supportive trine to your sign from Capricorn. Your ruler Venus, plus Lilith, the sun, and Pluto, are all in Capricorn as well. You’re at the beginning of a three-year cycle involving education, philosophy and spirituality, travel, or the media. Whatever your specific journey is, Saturn in Capricorn asks you to take it seriously. You’ll be able to move slowly, the way that you like to, traveling this path step by step.
The full moon in Cancer on January 1st opposes Venus in Capricorn and makes a friendly sextile to your sign. Something of the nature of communication comes to fruition. It’s a moon for bonding with siblings and friends, processing emotions through writing, or seeking knowledge through reading. Once Uranus stations direct on January 2nd, we won’t have any retrogrades for three months. Take advantage of this forward energy by gradually getting things done. Mars is conjunct Jupiter in your opposite sign of Scorpio this month, adding some dynamics to your relationships with partners and friends. You may be at odds with a significant person in your life. However, if it’s a romantic relationship you could be working things out and reigniting your passion for each other. This will be intensified when Mars squares the nodes on the 4th.
Venus will be conjunct the sun in Capricorn from January 8th - 11th, and both of them will meet Pluto exactly on January 9th. Your ideas of the world are expanding and transforming in beautiful ways, possibly through relationship with someone else. Your friendships and partnerships at this time are changing you on deep levels, in supportive ways. It’s good for you to be challenged like this; otherwise, you could get into a rut. On the 13th and 14th, when Venus and the Sun square Uranus in Aries consecutively, an unexpected idea may arise from your subconscious. Pay attention to your dreams on these days. Anytime you are on a path of expanding your philosophy, you have to confront your hidden fears. This month you may be able to put some old ideas to rest.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th will be right next to your ruler, Venus, and trine your sign. So you have a fabulous reset for keeping New Year’s Resolutions along the lines of traveling to foreign countries, embarking on spiritual journeys, teaching, publishing, or going back to school. The full moon on the 1st will make resolutions difficult to keep, so you’ll have better luck if you wait until mid-month to declare your resolve. Saturn will help you keep your word. Venus moves into Aquarius on January 18th, charming your sector of career and public life. If you have any public-facing activities or moves to make at work, Venus will give you some added charm. Mars enters Sagittarius on the 26th, charging your realm of hidden desires with some new energy. Any drives to increase your wealth, pay off debt, or try something new in the bedroom will be supported by Mars through March 17th.
On January 29th, Venus meets the moon’s south node in Aquarius at the top of your chart. Be careful of any seductive past relationships or controlling people and organizations at work. Our collective work right now is to let go of rigid ideologies and control, and act from the heart instead. Yours in particular is to find the self-driven creativity and playfulness that you may have left in the past. Let what you love be the foundation of your life. This theme will be highlighted with the total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31st. The full moon on this day is part of the eclipse cycle that reflects something of what happened in February and August 2017. You are creating a home for yourself and trusting your heart to find your direction.
Gemini, you begin the year with your ruler Mercury direct and in your opposite sign of Sagittarius. The Mercury Retrograde in December, 2017 was all about your significant relationships: friendships, romantic, or business partnerships. You were reviewing lessons that you learned while Saturn was in Sagittarius for the past three years. Now that Saturn has moved into Capricorn, the lessons about your intimate relationships may continue, but they will be focused on understanding your deeper desires. You’ll be working on your power dynamics with others, the hidden forces that influence your decisions, the beliefs that form the foundation of your relationship to money and sex. It’s heavy stuff, but you have three years.
Money is likely to be the subject that comes up for you first, with the full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day. It’s a year for getting your finances in order. Saturn responds well to common sense, practical financial strategies, frugality, hard work, and realistic goal-setting. Use this to your advantage by taking a good, hard look at your financial life in the beginning of this year. (If you want to set New Year’s resolutions about money, save them for the new moon in Capricorn on the 16th.)
On January 2nd, Uranus moves direct in your house of hopes, wishes, and networks, making a friendly aspect to your sign. This helps you move forward with your social life, along with Saturn moving out of your relationship sector. There are no planets retrograde until March 8th, so at the beginning of this year you can take action. Use your natural wit and charm to make some new social connections, especially with people who can help you achieve your goals. Mercury enters Capricorn on January 11th and meets Saturn exactly on the 12th. You may see some foreshadowing of your Saturn in Capricorn lessons around this time. Notice outdated patterns that you need to leave behind. At the new moon in Capricorn on January 16th, you have a good opportunity to set some lasting resolutions. Choose something you can break down into smaller goals and work on throughout the year. Saturn will support you in your efforts.
Mars is conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio this month, firing up your work life and daily routine. You could certainly expand your exercise routine. You’ll also have additional energy to get projects done in the office and make moves in your career. Mars’ exact square to the moon’s nodes on January 4th is a chance to align your daily life with your spiritual values. When Mars makes an exact trine to Chiron on January 18th, you’ll have opportunities to heal others through your work. You may also be healing yourself through a change in direction. Later this month, on January 26th, Mars enters Sagittarius. From here he’ll oppose your sign, adding some fire to your relationship sector. The planet of war and desire will stay here until March 17th. A friend or partner may challenge you, or you may find that your attraction intensifies in a romantic relationship.
Venus moves into Aquarius on January 18th, making a lovely aspect to your sign from your sector of expanding horizons. Later this month might be a good time to travel, enroll in a course, or expose yourself to new ideas in another way. Just make sure you’re not adhering too rigidly to the ideas of a wider group when Venus hits the south node of the moon on January 29th. It’s important to think for yourself, even as you learn new things. Your ruler Mercury enters this sector of your chart on January 31st, the same day as the total lunar eclipse in Leo. The full moon on this day is part of the eclipse cycle that reflects something of what happened in February and August 2017. You are finding your authentic message; the story you want to communicate to the world.
Cancer, you begin 2018 with a lineup of planets in your opposite sign of Capricorn. This includes Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, who started his three-year journey through this sign at the very end of 2017 (December 19th). You’re getting serious in your partnerships: romantic relationships, friendships, and business partnerships. Since 2008, Pluto has been burning off any inauthentic ways of relating. Now Saturn can help you build the foundations for truer, more lasting relationships with others. In contrast with the more difficult outer planet aspects you’ve experienced over the past few years, Jupiter and Neptune will support you with a grand trine in most of 2018. Right now the Jupiter-Neptune trine is in effect until January 7th. This could bring more luck in love; it will almost certainly allow you to have more fun and freedom to explore. The full moon on New Year’s Day brings your emotions to the surface, showing you what you really want in a relationship. Let go of the fears that are holding you back.
Uranus stations direct on the 2nd. The planet of surprises is still squaring your sign, so you may feel as though you’ve been hit with a little jolt of electricity on the tail end of the full moon’s overflowing energy. With all of the planets direct through March 8th, you’ll be able to get some things done in the next three months. On January 9th, when both the sun and Venus meet Pluto exactly in Capricorn, that authenticity you’ve developed for yourself will shine through. You’re so storm-weathered from your Pluto and Uranus transits that you don’t always need your shell anymore. Don’t be afraid to tell someone what you want directly. It’s the fastest, easiest way to satisfy your needs in a relationship. Power dynamics with others may become painfully clear during this second week. When Venus and the Sun square Uranus on January 13th and 14th, you’ll be paying attention to how your sense of self and your relationships to others are impacting your direction in life.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th squares Uranus as well, echoing those themes of relationship and direction. This moon is also conjunct Venus, in your house of relationship (sense a theme?), so it’s all about you and one other important person. This is a better time to make any New Year’s Resolutions about your partnerships than December 31st. Saturn will help you maintain your resolve. On January 18th, when Mars makes an exact trine to Chiron, you have an opportunity to heal through creative exploration. Healing always involves looking at your wounds first, so don’t be surprised if it’s emotional. Venus moves into Aquarius on the same day, prompting you to look at your deeper patterns in intimate relationships.
Mercury’s transiting through Capricorn for most of the month, starting January 11th. He meets with Pluto on the 24th, sending a message about your transformation. By the time Mercury enters Aquarius on the 31st, you’ll be digging well beneath the surface of anything that’s going on with you and other people. The total lunar eclipse in Leo on the last day of the month is part of the eclipse cycle that reflects something of what happened in February and August 2017. You are learning to value yourself more highly. You’re mining for your own gold.
Leo, you begin 2018 hard at work. You have a full deck of planets in the Boss sign of Capricorn, in your house of daily routines. Saturn’s move here on December 19, 2017 started you on a three-year cycle of slow, steady progress towards your goals. Think uber chic time management. You have an opportunity to run your empire more efficiently. With Saturn out of your creativity sector, you’ll be having a lot more fun, and you can channel all that talent straight into profit if you so desire.
You don’t need to rush into this. Saturn likes to move methodically. Allow yourself to be more introverted as the year begins. With Mars and Jupiter both squaring your sign from Scorpio, you’re energized to investigate your memories. How has the past influenced your direction? Where can you put down deep roots now? Ceres on the north node of the moon in your sign is helping you to nurture what makes you unique. Keep your fragile new beginnings to yourself before you place them in the spotlight. You’re more vulnerable than most people think. The full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day is a wonderful one for dreaming, doodling, and introspection. Let go of any hidden fears that have been holding you back. If you’ve been working through all of your vacation days, take a rest. You may feel emotional as you remember all that you’ve been through. It’s ok not to be sunny and smiling all the time.
On January 2nd, Uranus stations direct in your house of journeys. After this, there are no planets retrograde until March 8th. You have three months to move forward with your plans. On January 4th, when Mars squares the north and south node of the moon exactly, you’ll feel some tension propelling you towards an achievement of some kind. With the sun traveling through Capricorn in the company of beautiful Venus, it may well be an achievement at work. This is also a wonderful month for getting serious about your health. It’s part of the whole boss babe efficiency thing. Health is the foundation of wealth. Clean eating and muscle-building fitness suit you now. When the sun and Venus meet Pluto on January 9th, you’ll be reminded of how your day-to-day life has transformed in the past decade. Now you’re in charge of guarding that transformation, building strong habits that will serve you in the life you want. Jupiter’s sextile to Pluto this month, exact on January 15th, supports you as you work out the details of your vision.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th is actually a wonderful time to make New Year’s resolutions related to your new routines, health, or work. At the beginning of the month, you’re planning, reflecting, and basically hermiting in preparation for this new lunar cycle. Set any big game-changing goals in the first three days after the new moon, and make sure you break it down into smaller pieces. Saturn in Capricorn can help you accomplish this in a practical way.
Your relationships come to the forefront towards the end of the month. Venus enters your opposite sign of Aquarius on January 18th, the sun follows on the 19th, then Mercury on the 31st. A partner or good friend may be able to help you with your goals. Consider getting a buddy to hold you accountable for your resolution. You’re working hard, so it’s also just good for you to spend time with loved ones in Aquarius season. You could use the support. The total lunar eclipse in your sign on January 31st is going to be major for you. This is part of the eclipse cycle that was in effect in February and August 2017. It reflects something of what happened then. You are determined to shine, no matter what. Light the way for others.
Virgo, the energy of 2018 is going to be a lot easier for you than last year’s. Now that Saturn is in Capricorn, making a soft aspect to your sign instead of a hard one, you can put your feet back on solid ground. For the past three years, Saturn has been squaring your sign, forcing you to stop moving so fast. At the beginning of this year, Mercury is still traveling Saturn’s path in Sagittarius, reminding you of those lessons. If you felt stuck at home or in your career, you have more freedom now. 2018 has more of an earth influence, which allows you to concentrate on straightening out all the details and working carefully towards your goals, Virgo style. You can use this month to plant the seeds of your ideas. Then, spend the rest of the year growing them into a beautiful, healthy garden.
The full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day will ask you what you want to generate. What are your larger-than-life goals? Who do you want to share your creations with? Your associations and connections are a big part of your focus this month. At the beginning of the year, think about the people you spend the most time with. Are you holding on to friendships that are so ill-fitting they may as well belong to a past life? Do you fit in with your network of colleagues? Make a pros and cons list if it helps. Think about who you'd like to hang out with; the people who intimidate you a little bit. These are the people who will value what you have to offer. Imagine what it would feel like to be acknowledged by those you admire.
One of the major outer planet aspects of 2018, Jupiter’s trine to Neptune, is still in effect until January 7th. Meeting new people may come more easily this year, with these two in your houses of friendships and relationships. Communicate some of the thoughts you have been keeping to yourself. Speaking up can bring old wounds to the surface, especially with Mars trine Chiron this month (exact January 18th), but it can also help you heal. Don’t expect everyone to read your mind. Consider acting more like a Capricorn, with Saturn as your guide: ambitious, direct, and undeniably competent. Mercury enters this sign on January 11th, meeting Saturn exactly on January 12th. This will give you a preview of some of your Saturn in Capricorn lessons.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th is wonderful for you to make New Year’s resolutions related to expressing yourself. The full moon on New Year’s day is for feeling and releasing emotions. In contrast, this one is a lunar cycle for setting lasting intentions. Since you’re already a bit of a self-improvement junkie, consider setting a resolution for something fun. After all, what you’re growing in your proverbial garden could be romance, creative projects, or children. It’s possible to get real results from play. When Mercury meets Pluto in Capricorn on January 24th, the message is about how much your self-expression has transformed in the past decade. You can’t go back to who you were. It’s time to nurture your new gifts. Like sculptors slowly chiseling away at a block of stone, Saturn and Pluto are starting to reveal a uniquely beautiful creation.
Mars moves away from Jupiter and into Sagittarius on January 26th. This lights a fire under you. Something could be happening at home, or an active memory may reignite the past. Use the fuel to propel yourself into the future. Mercury’s square to Uranus on January 27th echoes this theme, asking you to generate something new from the unspoken past. Mercury moves into Aquarius on January 31st, on the same day as a total lunar eclipse in Leo. This is the next eclipse in the cycle from February and August 2017. The same themes that came up then will resonate now. You are shining a light on your secret self. You’re preparing to come out of hiding.
Libra, you begin this year with Saturn and Co. at the very base of your chart. For the past decade, Pluto has been digging the new foundations of your life. Are you ready for Saturn to pour the cement? Joining him in Capricorn is your ruler Venus, plus Lilith, the sun, and Pluto. All of your energy is focused on your home and career. The two work together more often than not. You need a strong support system to achieve your goals; you need a good job to support your family (or to buy beautiful things for your home). The full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day is right at the top of your chart, lighting up your public-facing self, so make sure they get your good side. Something may come to fruition at this time. The path is illuminated. All you have to do is follow your intuition. With Mars and Jupiter working together to expand your money sector, career moves wisely made could be lucrative.
On January 2nd, Uranus stations direct in Aries. The planet of surprises is still opposing your sign. As he makes his way back through the later degrees of Aries, you’ll start to see some of the results of all the changes you’ve been going through since 2011. The transformative transits of the Pluto-Uranus square from 2012 - 2015 have made damn sure you’re done bending over backwards to make everyone else happy. You’re stronger now, and more sure of yourself. All of the planets will be direct until March 8th, so you can move forward with less resistance in the first three months of the year.
Venus is with the sun in Capricorn for most of this month. They meet exactly from January 8th through 11th. You’ll be especially supported in your endeavors this week, as the glowing pair light up your axis of homing and direction. On January 9th, when both the sun and Venus meet Pluto, you’ll have an intense reminder of the transformation at hand. Mercury moves into Capricorn on January 11th, meeting Saturn exactly on the 12th and sending a message about the lessons you can expect from this three-year Saturn cycle. Then, on January 13th, Venus and Uranus make a Cardinal T-square with your sign, possibly creating tension in your relationships. This second week of January will be highly active for you, so plan to stay on top of everything. Use your gifts of balance and charm to sway things in your favor.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th extends that Cardinal T-square into the next lunar cycle. This moon will be conjunct Venus and squaring Uranus. Consider making resolutions related to changing your relationships and circumstances for the better. Any resolve made within the first three days of this new moon will stick longer than a resolution made on New Year’s Eve this year. Saturn can help you follow through. Venus enters your fellow air sign of Aquarius on January 18th, aiding your creativity and helping you to express yourself beautifully. Mercury echoes Venus’s aspects to Pluto (January 24th) and Uranus (January 26th), driving home a message of change in your life. On January 29th, when Venus meets the moon’s south node, check to make sure you’re expressing your own views and not those of others. The world needs the ideas that only you can generate.
This is also the message of the total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31st. Just like the eclipses of February and August 2017, this one pushes you to find the right audience for your self-expression. This is the point of all that stripping down to your core that was going on from 2012 - 2015. You have something to share, and not everybody’s going to like it. But some people will. You're shining a flashlight in the dark to look for those people. You're finding the ones who are already pleased with you just the way you are.
Scorpio, as you begin the year, your traditional ruler Mars is at home in your sign. The energy is being expanded by a conjunction with Jupiter. Both are still making a lovely aspect to Neptune in your house of fun through January 7th. This aspect will continue for most of the year, creating a supportive environment for you to birth creative ideas, new romance, and fun plans. Meanwhile, your modern ruler Pluto has been joined by Saturn in Capricorn, along with Lilith, Venus, and the sun. You’re powerful right now! This is setting you up to thrive in 2018.
The full moon in your fellow water sign of Cancer on New Year’s Day makes a beautiful grand trine with Neptune in Pisces and Mars and Jupiter (plus your natal sun!) in Scorpio. What’s holding you back from your personal adventure? This moon invites you to explore beyond the protective boundaries you’ve set for yourself. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Venture out into the world a little more, knowing that you can always come back to your secret lair. Let go of any emotional residue that might be keeping you stuck. The pursuit of knowledge will aid you in your transformation. You have a natural capacity for growth, so long as you don’t let fear get the better of you.
When Mars squares the north and south node exactly on January 4th, your home and career come into play. Who else do you have to make decisions with? You will need to communicate with your other half if you are to move in a direction that will allow you to grow. You feel the energy of change pushing you forward now. On January 9th, Venus and the sun make an exact conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn. The power dynamics or deep bonds of a friendship could become very clear that week. As an alternative, you may be able to communicate with others in a powerful way. Jupiter is in sextile to Pluto all month, an aspect that becomes exact on January 15th. Since Jupiter is in your sign and Pluto is your ruler, this normally tepid aspect is more potent for you. You are transforming your communication style, your neighborhood, or your friendships with the beneficial protection of Jupiter and the steady burn of Pluto.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th is in a nice aspect of your sign. Resolutions related to education, writing, communication, daily routines, health, or work will go farther if you make them within the first three days of this lunar cycle. The full moon on New Year’s Day is great for intuition and reflection, but it’s not one for starting things. Saturn in Capricorn will give your resolve some longevity now. On January 18th, Mars (still in Scorpio) makes an exact trine to Chiron in Pisces. This is an opportunity to heal something around your self-expression. To be more dramatic, you can use your pain for your art. Reveal your vulnerability. Open a vein. Other people will respond to your humanity.
On January 24th, Mercury meets Pluto in Capricorn just as Venus and the sun did earlier in the month. This is a reiteration of that message about the depth of relationships and your own powerful communication. Mars moves into Sagittarius on January 26th, revving up opportunities to use your talents. Explore new ways of making money. On January 31st, the total lunar eclipse in Leo happens at the very top of your chart. This is part of the eclipse cycle of February and August 2017. Themes that came up in those months will come up again now. You’re moving in the direction of your calling. Find the place where you belong.
Sagittarius, you ended 2017 on a high note when Saturn moved out of your sign and into Capricorn, the sign next door. The past three years have been difficult for you. Your normally boundless freedom was restricted. Mercury in your sign at the beginning of January is reviewing those lessons about personal responsibility. But now you can get some of your youthful energy back! At the beginning of 2018, Saturn is joined by a host of other celestial bodies in Capricorn: Lilith, Venus, the sun, and Pluto. This concentrates a lot of energy on finances for the month of January. Your Saturn work now is to become more financially savvy. You’ve matured as a result of Saturn’s transit through your sign. Now it’s time to access your latent talent and wisdom and work toward prosperity the old-fashioned way: one penny at a time. You know a well stocked bank account can buy the adventures you crave.
You’ll begin 2018 with your ruling planet Jupiter conjunct Mars in your house of secrets. You’ve been on a personal underworld journey since Jupiter moved into Scorpio on October 10, 2017. Now Mars has joined in on the fun. With Jupiter’s trine to Neptune still strong until January 7th, you’re dredging up some very old gems. This year, the King of the Gods is giving you the gifts of imagination, memory, interiority, and spiritual insight. This will last through November 8, 2018, when Jupiter moves into your sign and things really get fun. Meditate on the deeper questions in this transition from “stuck inside with that old devil Saturn” to “galloping through the wilderness with Jupiter.” The traditional journey through the underworld in mythology is hardly a party, but it is an important rite of passage that always results in more wisdom.
The full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day brings up some of those old emotions. What patterns have you developed as a result of some unconscious fears or desires? Try to untangle some of your beliefs about money, intimacy, or sharing resources. We all intuitively learn these patterns through watching the adults around us, and because people hardly ever talk about these things, most of us aren’t aware of our own biases. Some of the strategies you learned in the past may not be serving you now. Open up to your emotions about the unspoken three: sex, death, and money. Letting go of old money stories can be especially helpful with this moon, as you’ll be using Saturn in Capricorn to address finances head-on.
Uranus stations direct on January 2nd in your fellow fire sign of Aries, making a nice aspect to your sign. The creative flow gets moving again for some of you, and most importantly, all planets are direct from now through March 8th. This means that for the first three months of the year, it will be easier to move forward without delays. On January 6th, Jupiter begins a long-term trine to Chiron, helping you to heal old wounds from the past. (Mars may speed this along with an exact trine of his own on January 18th.) When Mercury moves into Capricorn on January 11th and meets Saturn exactly on the 12th, you’ll get a message about what Saturn in Cap means for you. Your values should always be the basis of your financial life. Shore up your integrity. A few days later, on the 15th, Jupiter’s sextile to Pluto will be exact, aiding you in your financial transformation a la unconscious beliefs. You can get a lot of useful work done behind the scenes this month.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th is of course about your finances and values as well. This is an excellent moon for making hardcore New Year’s Resolutions regarding the use of your talent or your money. The full moon on January 1st is too emotional for resolve. In the first three days after this mid-month new moon, you’ll be able to see more clearly. Set a rational goal and break it down into manageable parts. It may not be the way you normally do things (where’s the spontaneity?), but Saturn can help you follow through.
Mars enters your sign on January 26th, leaving Jupiter behind, but giving you more energy. You have that archer warrior thing going for you towards the end of the month. Aim your arrows towards your goals. Enjoy the freedom of a little more movement, too -- you’ve earned it. On January 31st, the total lunar eclipse in Leo makes a beautiful aspect to your sign from the house of long journeys. This is part of the eclipse cycle that dates back to February and August of 2017. Themes that came up for you then are echoing again now. You’re communicating what you’ve learned so far and venturing out again to gather knowledge. The intrepid explorer never stops.
Capricorn, you can count on the sun being in your sign during your season, along with a new moon. Often one of the faster moving planets, such as Mercury, Venus, or Mars will move through your sign with the sun. But this is something else. We begin 2018 with your ruler Saturn newly in your sign, along with Lilith, Venus, the sun, and Pluto -- quite the team! Saturn in Capricorn is going to be powerful for you over the next three years. You naturally understand how to work this energy. It’s all about ambition, discipline, responsibility, and maturity. With a host of planets in your sign, you get to start off the year focused on you.
You addressed a lot of your fears in the past three years with Saturn moving through Sagittarius. Mercury is still traveling Saturn’s old path through your neighboring sign at the beginning of this year, finishing up the lessons of the last cycle. 2018 has a much more grounded, earthy vibe. You can bring the internal work you did behind the scenes out in the open now. You’re back and stronger than ever. Remember that at the full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day. This one about you too, but in relation to somebody else. Open up to a friend or partner this New Year’s. It’s important for you to relax and allow other people to take care of you sometimes. Allow your differences to complement each other instead of acting as opposing forces. The Mars-Jupiter conjunction in your house of networks, and Jupiter’s trine to Neptune in your house of communication and friendship (lasting through January 7th) supports you in seeking other people. You don’t have to do this alone.
Uranus stations direct at the very bottom of your chart on January 2nd, squaring your sign for the last few months until he moves into Taurus on May 15th and begins a much softer aspect. You’re still working through some of the surprising changes Uranus has brought to your home, your career, and/or your sense of identity. But from now through March 8th, all of the planets will be direct, so you have the forward-moving energy you love for getting sh*t done. You’ll be especially busy in the middle of this month. Venus and the sun are together in your sign, making an exact conjunction from January 8th through 11th. This gives you some extra grace as you relate to others. When these two meet Pluto exactly on January 9th, you’ll be feeling especially powerful. Your total transformation is still in the works, but one decade after Pluto entered your sign, you have a better handle on it. Now you know you can take anything life throws at you.
Mercury moves into Capricorn on January 11th, making an exact conjunction to Saturn on the 12th. This brings a message from Saturn about your work for this cycle. You’ll be able to communicate more easily, with maturity. On the 13th and 14th, as Venus and the sun square Uranus, you’ll probably be balancing between your relationships and changes at home or work. It’s really nothing new for you. Jupiter’s sextile to Pluto is exact on the 15th. You have an opportunity to access the aid of powerful people. In fact, you’re probably one of them. Remember how you don’t have to do everything alone? Sometimes reaching out is the truly mature thing to do.
The new moon in your sign on January 16th highlights those shifts that are still happening in your work or home life—they’re pretty interchangeable for you, honestly, and one always affects the other. This is an excellent reset for you. How and where do you want to live and work? How will you express your identity now? Set some New Year’s Resolutions with this lunar cycle, about something big: your direction, your personal goals, your foundations. Saturn will help you keep your word. The full moon on January 1st is much too emotional for rational goal-setting. Wait until mid-month.
Mercury meets Pluto in Capricorn on January 24th, echoing that message about your power and transformation that Venus and the sun highlighted earlier this month. Mercury also squares Uranus on the 27th, completing a mini triple-transit about your shifting direction. At the end of this month, on January 31st, the total lunar eclipse in Leo turns your focus to the taboo: sex, death, and money. This is part of the eclipse cycle that dates back to February and August of 2017. The same themes that came up then will resonate now. Your transformation is leading you towards a more playful path. You’re laying old patterns to rest, giving up some control, and figuring out how to enjoy everything that life has to offer.
Aquarius, having your traditional ruler Saturn in a more effective placement is a game-changer for 2018. You’ll start out the year with Saturn in Capricorn, the other sign he rules. This is the ending of a Saturn cycle, the last work to be done before the planet of karma enters your sign in December 2020. This work is happening behind the scenes. You’re reviewing old insecurities and testing your maturity. As we begin January, you have a full team in your house of interiority: not only Saturn, but Lilith, Venus, the sun, and Pluto too. It’s a hidden clean-up crew for all of your secret messes.
Meanwhile, Mars and Jupiter are forming a power couple in the career sector of your chart, and Jupiter is still making a nice trine to Neptune in your house of money until January 7th. You have some nice opportunities to make a good impression at work in the beginning of the year. The full moon in Cancer on New Year’s Day illuminates something about your daily routine or your health. Try to rest and reflect instead of jumping into work right away. You may need to let go of some bad habits, or clear something from your daily schedule to make time for self-care. Dream up the perfect day and feel what it might be like to have that all the time.
On January 2nd, your modern ruler Uranus stations direct in Aries, making a nice aspect to your sign. From now through March 8th, we don’t have any retrogrades, so you can focus your energy on taking action. On January 4th, Mars makes an exact square to the south node of the moon in Aquarius and the north node in Leo. Tension between you and other people about your current direction may be revealed at this time. You’re being challenged to focus more on the give and take of relationships, accepting others’ flaws and living in harmony. Not everyone thinks like you do. You might be asked to take another point of view into account this month.
Mercury is still in Sagittarius at the beginning of this month, reviewing Saturn’s path from the past three years. You’ve learned all about setting realistic goals and carefully choosing the groups you spend time with. On January 11th, Mercury enters Capricorn and makes an exact conjunction to Saturn on the 12th. Then you'll really done with Saturn in Sagittarius for a while. Mercury gives you a little message about this next cycle, perhaps through your dreams, imagination, or intuition. On the 13th and 14th, Venus and the sun square Uranus from Capricorn. You’re being challenged to communicate your most secret thoughts, those which are most difficult to voice. Luckily, you still have Uranus’s genius influence on your communications until May 15th this year. The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th emphasizes this challenge for the next lunar cycle. It’s a good moon for setting intentions to let go of old fears. Relieve yourself of any secret burdens. You can build new thoughts and dreams in their stead. Any work of the imagination will benefit from Saturn’s discipline here.
Venus enters your sign on January 18th. Something interesting happens on the 19th, too: asteroid Ceres will be exactly conjunct the north node in Leo, and Juno will be exactly conjunct the south node in Aquarius. These two emphasize the lessons of the nodes, which for you are about relating to others despite your differences. Nurture your friends and partners. Indulge their idiosyncrasies a bit. Your season begins with the sun’s ingress into Aquarius that day, and after one more quick square to Uranus from Capricorn, Mercury follows on the 31st.
The total eclipse in Leo on January 31st follows the same cycle as the eclipses in February and August 2017. The same themes echo now. This one opposes Venus and the south node in your sign. The lesson about accepting others as they are, and compromising to be in relationship to them, repeats itself again at the end of this month. It’s one thing to uphold the ideal of a diverse society full of individuals. It’s quite another to be in a messy, confusing one-on-one relationship with another person. You’re loving others for who they are, just as you value your own unique light.
Pisces, Mars is with your traditional ruler Jupiter in your house of adventure as we begin 2018, and still in trine to your modern ruler Neptune through January 7th. This is a supportive aspect that will continue all year long. You’re being invited to explore new ideas, new places, new people—anything new that will expand your world. Mars energizes that drive to learn this month. Saturn is also newly in Capricorn, as of December 19, 2017. This new three-year Saturn cycle will help you take what you’ve learned about discipline in your career and apply it to your goals. You can restructure your plans for the future, while you methodically build the team of supporters, helpers, and mentors who can help you get there. A whole crew joins Saturn in Capricorn at the beginning of January: Lilith, Venus, the sun, and Pluto. So you are beginning the year with a big emphasis on goal-setting already.
The full moon on New Year’s Day is in your house of creativity, love, and fun, in a wonderful aspect to your sign. Pay attention to your emotions and intuition on this day. You may be generating new ideas that you will share with the right people. You could have a romantic New Year’s Eve. I hope you enjoy it! This is a good moon for celebrating. Allow yourself to lounge around a little before you get to work this year.
On January 6th, Jupiter begins a long-term trine to Chiron in your sign. This drive toward adventure may be opening up some wounds. You can heal yourself by pursuing knowledge. Stretch yourself; get out of your comfort zone. It may hurt at first but it’s worth it! Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and your ruler, so you were born to go far. From January 8th through 14th, transits from Venus, the sun, and Mercury in your networking sector will keep you busy. Why not get out of your comfort zone by meeting some new people, preferably people in high places? Look for people you admire. Surround yourself with the ones who get you. This month is perfect for making lasting connections with members of your tribe. On January 15th, Jupiter’s sextile to Pluto becomes exact, supporting you as you transform your goals in tandem with your new adventures.
The new moon in Capricorn on January 16th is also in nice aspect to your sign. It’s a great one for making New Year’s resolutions related to living your values, pursuing big goals, and joining the social groups of your dreams. Set an intention within the first three days of this new moon, and then lay out some practical steps to achieve it. The full moon at the beginning of the month is too fun to bother making plans. Saturn will help you focus when you firm up your resolve mid-month.
Mars’ trine to Chiron in your sign is exact on January 18th. Break through barriers despite the pain. They’re only growing pains, after all. You will learn new things this year, and you’ll be glad you did. This is a nice aspect for you, so the events are likely to be healing. On January 26th, Mars leaves Jupiter behind in Scorpio and enters the career sector of your chart. You’re energized to move forward in the direction of your calling. The total lunar eclipse in Leo at the end of the month, on January 31st, turns your attention to the daily routine of your work. This is part of a cycle that started with eclipses in February and August of 2017. Themes from those months are once again up for review. You’re finding ways to make your daily life more fun, to shine through at work with creativity. You’re letting go of old fears so you can live each day with true vitality.