2011 Monthly Astrology
March 21 – April 19
Hot damn! Your biggest year in over a decade begins this month. Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, enters Aries on January 22nd and stays until June 4th. The next six months kick off a major reinvention tour—one you’re more than ready to embrace. Jupiter dipped into Aries last summer (June through September), giving you a sneak preview. However, there was still unfinished business to handle in the fall before you could dive in all the way. Now, it’s all systems go. One Aries we know put her New York City apartment on the market and is driving across the country, stopping in various cities for a few weeks at a time. 2011 is that kind of year—the time to start your own business, ditch that dead-end relationship, marry in Vegas, or make like Kerouac and go “on the road” for your own Bohemian adventure.
Your career heats up in the first half of January, too. Four planets (including your ruler, ambitious Mars) will visit Capricorn, your tenth house of success and ambition. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse could bring a huge career coup or a major change to the way you earn a living. This is the last in a series of Cancer/Capricorn eclipses that have been restructuring your work and personal life since 2008. On January 19th, the Cancer full moon beams into your domestic sector, bringing closure to a family or home-related situation that’s been brewing for the last six months. Although there may be some sadness as a chapter ends, you’re ready to let go. At last, you really do believe that brighter days are ahead!
When the Sun moves into Aquarius on the 20th, devote time to your friendships and “social network.” It’s all about the people you know. You may need to lean on some of them in the coming months. On January 25th, restrictive Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in Libra, your relationship sector, exposing the flaws in the foundations of your closest ties. You’ll need to work on those issues, and in some cases, take a break. Saturn is retrograde until June 12th, and with Jupiter in Aries for the same amount of time, it may be necessary to stand on your own two feet during this cycle, or focus your energy on a solo project. A window of opportunity like this one hasn’t opened since 1999, and you can’t let anything hold you back. Your job is to grow as an individual this year. For some inspired reading, dig up Ralph Waldo Emerson’s classic essay “Self Reliance.”
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Let freedom ring! This month, romantic Venus moves into Sagittarius on the 7th and sexy Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th. These are two of the zodiac’s most expansive, independent signs. Stale relationships get a gust of fresh air—especially if you travel, study, or collaborate on an entrepreneurial venture. Get out of the house and see the world together. Yes, you will be busy with work—consumed, even—but that’s all the more reason to break from your achievement overdrive and nurture your relationship. You can’t take it with you, Aries.
How to juggle it all? Structure, structure, and more structure. On January 4th, the Capricorn solar eclipse in your career house battles with challenging Saturn in Libra, your relationship sector. A brilliant new work opportunity could be at odds with your love life. Eclipses bring swift and sudden changes. Perhaps you want to leave your job, but your partner would have to bear a staggering financial burden. Or, a new position could demand relocation, keeping you separated by miles. When Saturn goes retrograde (backward) from January 25-June 12, it gets tougher to reconcile those differences, and every compromise will feel like a big sacrifice. You’ll need to choose the lesser of two evils. Or, simply make a difficult choice and know that it’s just for a short window of time. If you remind yourself that it’s only temporary, you’ll get to the other side.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger as a couple, Aries—and as an individual. With expansive Jupiter in your sign for the first half of 2011, you shouldn’t turn down great new opportunities for yourself. In the long run, your partner may be thankful for this. And if you’ve been putting your own greatness on the back burner for someone else, it’s time to switch places…or at least, to renegotiate the terms of your relationship so that everyone’s happy. Saturn rules experts, so the help of a couple’s therapist could make all the difference for some Aries. Don’t walk away from a relationship without doing the hard work first—otherwise, you’ll only repeat the pattern in your next go-round.
MONEY & CAREER:
January is a huge month for your professional life. Don’t stuff those New Year’s resolutions in a drawer, because the first two weeks of the year are powered by rocket fuel. Four planets and a solar eclipse are all in Capricorn, your tenth house of career, fame, and success. Get ready to see your name in bold type. Although you can be competitive and a brilliant solo star, there’s a part of you that feels blinded by the limelight when it shines directly on you. Get over it, Aries. With expansive Jupiter in your sign until June 4th, 2011 is the year to make your mark. Think back to 1999, when Jupiter last cycled through Aries. What did you begin then? You may notice echoes of that era in the coming months.
January 4th and 14th are especially powerful days. On the 4th, a Capricorn new moon eclipse lifts you off one path like Dorothy in a Kansas twister, and drops you into your own personal Oz, where everything feels magical yet unfamiliar. This eclipse will square off with tough Saturn in Libra, your partnership sector. Choose your Tin Men and Scarecrows wisely. Not to beat a movie reference to death here, but if you team up with anyone, make sure they aren’t missing a heart, a brain, or any other essential component. And if you’ve borne more than your share in a business relationship, don’t be scared to march down that yellow brick road alone. Jupiter in Aries will give you the resources to pull it off.
On the 14th, communication planet Mercury moves into Capricorn, joining intense Pluto, the proud Sun, and energizer Mars. A battle of the egos is possible, particularly with an authority figure or someone lower on the totem pole that tries to pull rank. Who’s the boss, Aries? Get clear on that then adjust your attitude accordingly. If you’re not in the alpha-dog position, maybe it’s time you started your own empire. In the meantime, you may have a few authority issues to sort out. Look to your relationship with your father or the patterns in your relationships with powerful men for clues.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
You’re on a serious workaholic roll, so it will take careful planning to not let your well-being fall by the wayside. With your ruler Mars in Capricorn for the first half of the month, you might work with an expert, like a trainer or a nutritional counselor, to set your new year’s fitness goals. Your relationship with your father or an important man comes into focus in the first half of January, too. It’s time to sort through any old dynamics that are still simmering between the two of you. When Mars moves into Aquarius on the 15th, your group activity sector is highlighted. Jump into some fun classes or gather your friends for a snowboarding trip. Mars is here until February 22nd, helping you get by with a little help from your friends.
On January 19th, the Cancer full moon emphasizes your home and family sector. A move or a pregnancy is possible; or, you may simply bring closure to an issue between you and a female relative that’s been brewing for the last six months. This full moon will form a powerful angle to expansive Jupiter and change-maker Uranus in Pisces, your twelfth house of endings and healings. There could be one last big emotional release near this full moon, and you may find yourself with moods that swing from laughter to crying in a single hour. Energetically, a twelve-year chapter of your life is ending, as Jupiter will move into Aries on January 22nd. Take a time out at the full moon to appreciate what you’ve learned since 1998. Surely you can find a few things to be grateful for, even if you’re glad that era is ending. If you’re making a major life transition, you might want to do a small ritual or ceremony at the full moon, expressing your gratitude to the universe and setting your intentions for the exciting new decade ahead!
Love Days: January 21, 25
Money Days: January 4, 14
Luck Days: January 3, 12
Off Days: January 10, 23
April 20 – May 20
Life is taking off at an exciting pace as January begins, and you’re feeling more optimistic than you have in eons. In the first half of January, four planets are in Capricorn, your ninth house of travel, study, and life expansion. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse makes it clear that 2011 is not about playing it safe or small. Eclipses bring new beginnings, often out of nowhere, and with this one activating your adventurous ninth house, you could find yourself flying to a foreign country, applying for an educational program, or starting that entrepreneurial venture with a bang.
Before you pack your bags for Bali or launch an empire rivaling Donald Trump’s (and you’re capable of this, Taurus), remember that the devil is in the details. The eclipse will form a tense square to Saturn in Libra, your sixth house of health and organization. Although you’re thorough, your impatience can also find you cutting corners or neglecting your well-being when you get into “charging Bull” mode. Saturn is the zodiac’s personal trainer, and it will deliver a stern wakeup call if you rush at your own expense. Although opportunities are meant to be seized, this is not the time to hastily ink a deal or quit your day job before everything’s been ironed out.
If you need further encouragement to pace yourself, on January 22nd, expansive Jupiter returns to Aries for six months, your twelfth house of healing and endings. Jupiter was here from June-September 2010, forcing you to slow down and surrender. The twelfth house can bring shady characters out of the woodwork, and anything you try to force during this cycle will maddeningly resist your manipulations. The good news? On June 4th, lucky Jupiter enters Taurus for a full year, kicking off a brand-new twelve-year life cycle for you. So exciting! Until then, you’ll need to put closure on any unfinished personal and professional matters. Pay special attention to your sleep (get at least eight hours) while Jupiter is in Aries, and work on kicking any bad habits. This could be the year that you finally quit smoking or give up an addiction to toxic relationships.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Relationships have been a Taurus focus since the fall. Romantic Venus has been in Scorpio, your partnership sector, since October. Although there may have been a few bumps, you’ve also learned how to be a kinder, gentler mate. Venus is here until January 7th, so single Bulls who didn’t meet anyone over the holidays still have time. With several planets in your worldly ninth house, keep an open mind to people from other cultures or countries. Coupled Tauruses could benefit from traveling or taking a class together.
On January 7th, Venus moves into Sagittarius, your eighth house of intimacy and intense emotions. Things could get serious fast, and between now and February 4th, some Bulls will get engaged, move in together, or possibly part ways if a relationship has run its course. Joint finances are emphasized, too. You and your honey might want to create an entertainment budget, or start putting funds into a retirement or special savings account.
Are you still holding onto some vestige of the past, perhaps a karmic tie with an ex? With Jupiter in your twelfth house of endings from January 22 until June 4th, it’s time to let this go for once and for all. You’re in the home stretch of a cycle that began in 1998, and will end when Jupiter moves into Taurus on June 4th. You may need to mourn a relationship from this past twelve-year era. Do you still have reminders of it in your energetic field? A shirt that reminds you of a special occasion you shared, an band whose album you play, a framed painting from that romantic European trip, furniture you got in the divorce…it’s time to clear your space and make room for something new.
MONEY & CAREER:
Get ready for liftoff! You’ve barely changed out of your party clothes when a January 4th Capricorn solar eclipse hits your ninth house of expansion and entrepreneurship. You’ve got the golden ticket, Taurus, and the Oompa-Loompas are waiting to escort you into that glass elevator into the sky. But before you take candy from strangers, make sure they’re not going to sell you down a chocolate river. The first half of January can bring exciting offers from all corners of the world as four planets visit Capricorn, including the intense combo of the Sun, Mars and Pluto. January 14th would be a great day to play the lotto, but do be careful of your gambling instincts. Because you may feel so invincible, you could be tempted to take a bigger risk than you should.
January 14th is a stellar day to pitch a big idea. With four planets in Capricorn—ambitious Mars, the energizing Sun, articulate Mercury and powerful Pluto—you speak in a way that makes people’s toes tingle. It really doesn’t matter what you’re selling, as long as you believe in it. People want to be moved, and they’ll respond to your heartfelt passion. Another great day is January 19th, when the Cancer full moon gives you the gift of gab, as well as the ability to appeal to people on a deeply personal level. Technology is highlighted by this full moon’s angle to expansive Jupiter and innovative Uranus. It’s a great day to launch a website or have a client meeting via Skype.
Activity slows down after the 20th, when the Sun enters Aquarius, your tenth house of long-term planning. Two days later, Jupiter goes into Aries until June 4th, expanding your twelfth house of closure and hidden agendas. Then, on the 25th, structured Saturn goes retrograde (backward) until June 12th. Jupiter and Saturn are in opposite signs for the first half of 2011, a tense dynamic that calls for careful balance. With expansive Jupiter in your twelfth house of surrender and restrictive Saturn in your sixth house of planning, you need to take small, daily actions toward your greater goal. At the same time, you’ll want to REALLY listen to your intuition. Pay attention to coincidences, serendipities, and divine guidance. If you get the feeling that someone has a hidden agenda, you might be right. Read up on the Buddhist philosophy of non-attachment, because when your best-laid plans suddenly swerve off course, your stubborn Taurus nature can become a real liability. Learn to be flexible in the first half of 2011, a skill that will serve you well when lucky Jupiter enters Taurus in June for a year! Think back to 1999 and 2000, which is when Jupiter last visited your sign. You may find similar patterns in the coming months.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
As your life expands at breakneck speed, one heavyweight planet fires off a warning message: get in shape or you’ll burn out. That would be Saturn, the arbiter of tough lessons, which spends the year in your health and fitness sector. From January 25-June 12, Saturn is in low-power retrograde position, making it extra challenging to stay fit and organized. Your rising stress levels and expanding goals will demand a steady diet of exercise, complex foods, vitamins, and ample sleep.
On January 22, Jupiter enters Aries, your twelfth house of rest, healing and spirituality. Jupiter is here until June 4th, making this the final stretch up a long hill. Plan to get extra sleep, because you’ll probably be burning the candle at both ends. The twelfth house rules the subconscious mind, so this could be a good time for therapy, spiritual practice, or even a recovery program if you’re battling an addictive pattern. A lot of this pain is related to misplaced guilt and even codependence. It’s important to do that inner work and heal yourself—a journey that only you can do, but one that will make you a better partner. An unexpected pregnancy is also possibly during this Jupiter cycle. Chances are, it will feel divinely ordered even if it doesn’t fit neatly into your life plans.
Love Days: January 1, 23
Money Days: January 6, 17
Luck Days: January 4, 15
Off Days: January 12, 25
May 21 – June 21
Let the hibernation begin. The year begins on an intense note, as several planets cruise through Capricorn, your intimate and internal eighth house. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse brings a powerful change to the way you share resources—money, time, your emotions, or anything you hold dear. Although you’re the astrological sign of the Twins, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re comfortable with permanent coupling or splitting things 50/50. Now, the planets push you to stretch beyond the familiar. Marriage, cohabitation, shared bank accounts, children…all of these “’til death do us part” type things take some getting used to, Gemini. The upside? Your finances could flourish through a joint venture, provided you team up with the right players.
The way you deal with other people is undergoing a big overhaul in 2011. You may still be reeling from the Gemini lunar eclipse on December 21st, the first of a two-year series that will impact your houses of self and partnership. On January 22nd, expansive Jupiter enters Aries, your sector of groups, friends, and society, until June 4th. Jupiter was here from June-September 2010, bringing fascinating new collaborators into your life. Now, you’ll get by with a little help from these friends. Romantic relationships may move to the back burner when Saturn goes retrograde (backward) from January 25-July 12. Even if you’re in a solid relationship, your time may be consumed with a team project or career goals that are starting to blossom.
The heavy energy lightens a bit after the 20th, when the Sun moves into Aquarius, your expansive ninth house. Come out of that tunnel-vision mode and look at the bigger picture. A powerful career or money moment could come at the Cancer full moon on January 19th. This moon forms a harmonious angle to lucky Jupiter and Uranus, the planet of unexpected events, which are both in your career sector. You could receive surprise news about a job, a promotion, or other financial matters. Chances are, you’ll like what you hear!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Snuggle in a little closer, Gemini. In January, four planets visit Capricorn, your eighth house of intimate bonding. Lighthearted connections? Not so much. The planets are pushing you toward commitment now, and there’s no turning back. Love planet Venus is in your partnership sector from January 7-February 4. On January 4th, the Capricorn solar eclipse could bring a surprise proposal or a move toward greater closeness. In some cases, a divorce could finalize or there could be a long-overdue breakup (along with a division of assets), as the eighth house rules joint property and legal matters. Real estate is also highlighted; someone could be moving in or out.
The solar eclipse will square off with challenging Saturn, which is in your fifth house of romance, passion, and flirtation. If you equate drama with excitement, you may have some stern lessons in store. Sometimes, the magic is in those little moments that you miss in your quest for fireworks and the Greatest Love Story on Earth. Saturn is teaching you to love like a mere mortal instead of always needing to commune with the gods.
Saturn will be in low-power retrograde position January 25-June 12, reminding you (sometimes harshly) not to cut corners or skip steps in the romantic process. For some Geminis, it’s a wise time to take a break or a trial separation. Others might reconcile with an ex—likely a diamond in the rough that you didn’t appreciate the last go-round. Intense Mars and Pluto together in Capricorn can stir up some powerful emotions in the first half of January, like jealousy and suspicion. It will be hard to tell whether your trust issues are based on actual evidence or old wounds. Sort that out before you make any life-altering decisions, Gemini. This would be a good month to work with a couple’s therapist if you keep getting stuck on the same old gripes and grudges.
MONEY & CAREER:
Cha-ching! January’s planets soar through the most prosperous parts of your chart. On January 4th, the Capricorn solar eclipse beams into your eighth house of wealth and joint ventures. An unexpected offer to team up, invest or buy property could come your way. Are you ready to cede control, though? With stressful Mars and Pluto, the planet of hidden agendas, also in Capricorn, your own inner resistance may bubble forth. Perhaps your intuition is talking, but it’s just as likely that you’re scared…of change, a loss of freedom, or maybe just that feeling of permanence. Something about it makes you feel, well, old. Blame that on curmudgeonly Saturn in your fifth house of fun and play. Saturn goes retrograde (backward) January 25-June 12, putting your inner child in detention. This is not the time to be impulsive with money or to overspend on frivolities. You’re better off earmarking some of your entertainment budget to pay debt or to make a down payment on a house this summer.
If there’s one day to gamble, though, it’s January 19th, when the Cancer full moon illuminates your work and earned income sector. This moon forms a powerful trine angle with expansive Jupiter and radical Uranus in Pisces, your career sector. These forward thinking, free-spirited planets open the gates for a bold move. Ask for that raise or promotion, write that business plan, or enter your big idea in a competition. Jupiter is only here for three more days, so seize this window of opportunity while you can.
On January 22nd, Jupiter moves into Aries until June 4th, your eleventh house of groups and technology. In the next six months, you could find yourself engaged in an exciting creative collaboration. If you’re a business owner, tap into social networking and the web to expand your profits. With energizer Mars in Aquarius, your ninth house of long-distance travel and connections, you could be conducting Skype meetings across time zones, or outsourcing programming work to India and the Philippines.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
What are you holding onto, Gemini? The Sun, active Mars, and regenerative Pluto are together in Capricorn until the 15th, activating your internal eighth house. This would be the perfect time for a new year’s detox or cleanse. Get rid of any clutter, junk or toxins: unhealthy eating, soul-sucking relationships, or possessions you’ve accumulated that you don’t really love. Your emotions may be dark at times this month, so be careful not to get mired in the quicksand. Resist the temptation to list the status of everything as “it’s complicated.” Honestly, Gemini, it doesn’t have to be.
When Mars moves into Aquarius from January 15-February 22, your worldly ninth house is highlighted. Beat the winter blahs by taking a vacation during this cycle, signing up for an inspiring seminar, or exploring new philosophies. Even carrying a little chapbook of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching can shape your day for the better. Meditate on his ancient wisdom, such as “The more you know, the less you understand” or “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
Love Days: January 2, 25
Money Days: January 10, 19
Luck Days: January 7, 17
Off Days: January 4, 28
June 22 – July 22
Make room for two in that cozy crab shell, Cancer—or maybe reclaim the whole shell for yourself. This month, four planets and a solar eclipse fall in Capricorn, which rules your seventh house of long-term relationships. A flurry of Facebook status changes will ripple through the ranks of your sign. It’s time to get off the fence and decide: are you in or are you out? Energizer Mars and intense Pluto are together in Capricorn until the 15th, joined by communication planet Mercury on the 13th. Yes, Cancer, it’s time to have “the talk.” You might discover that a love interest has mutual feelings for you. Or, you could realize that your partner simply doesn’t share your dreams and values. Either way, a firm decision will be made!
As if that wasn’t enough to think about, the other major sectors of your chart—self, home and career—are energized this month, too. The January 4th solar eclipse will square off with tough Saturn in Libra, your domestic sector. Changes or epiphanies about your closest relationships will have an effect on your living situation. From January 25-June 12, Saturn will be retrograde (backward), making it extra challenging to nest, put down roots, or close a real estate deal. Family issues, particularly with a female relative, may demand some serious repair work.
On the bright side, the January 19th Cancer full moon forms an incredible angle to lucky Jupiter and changemaker Uranus, both in your inspiring ninth house. You’re ready to turn your back on any 2010 drama and start fresh. Although you can’t run from responsibility, you can certainly adjust your attitude about it. Embrace any challenge with courage and enthusiasm, and you’ll win. On January 22nd, expansive Jupiter moves into Aries, your tenth house of career, fame, and ambition. Between now and June 4th, you could reap more success than you have in over a decade. When all else fails this year, your professional life will be the bright spot, so focus your attention there.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
As the calendar turns, relationships take center stage. On January 4th, a solar eclipse falls in Capricorn, your partnership sector, bringing bold new beginnings to your closest ties. You’re ready to take the next step, whether that’s relocating, getting married, having kids, parting ways, or simply doing something out of character. Were you hoping to get engaged over the holidays? Someone could surprise you by getting down on bended knee. Any change in your attitude, even if it seems subtle, will have a powerful impact on your love life. It may be that the roles in your partnership shift, or you start asserting your needs more vocally. If you’ve gotten clingy and dependent, you may start to toughen up.
Since 2008, you’ve been going through profound shifts in your love life, thanks to a series of eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn. These eclipses forced you to define yourself as an individual, and also clarified your role and style in partnerships. This is the last Capricorn eclipse for years (and July brings the final Cancer one). Looking back, you’re hardly the same person you were back then, and your closest relationships show that. You’re speaking up for yourself, busting codependent behaviors, and learning a better flow of give-and-take.
This eclipse forms a tense angle to Saturn, which is in your home and family sector. It’s possible that your relatives may clash with your significant other or voice some objections to your romantic choices. For a family-oriented sign like yours, this will be tough to navigate, since you always want everyone to get along. Your living situation may change as a result of your relationship, which could mean giving up a cherished home, relocating, or relinquishing some valuable closet space (and control) when your honey moves in.
With both intense Pluto and Mars in the mix, negotiations could get heated, and simmering tension could erupt into angry words. Suddenly, those crumbs left on the counter are laden with meaning, and those unwashed dishes seem to symbolize a blatant disregard for your rights. Easy, Cancer. If all else fails, hug it out. From January 15-February 22, red-hot Mars is in Aquarius, your sexy eighth house. Intimate relationships are charged with passion, and there’s nothing a steamy kiss or a fireside cocktail can’t make better.
MONEY & CAREER:
Your luckiest career cycle in over a decade begins this month. On January 22nd, abundant Jupiter enters Aries, your tenth house or professional success and public acclaim. Between now and June 4th, you could see your name in lights—or engraved on a fancy brass plaque hammered outside the corner office. Jupiter was last in Aries from June-September 2010, giving you a sneak preview. Then, it backed into Pisces, making the last four months a time of learning and experimentation.
With Jupiter firmly in Aries, your success comes through structure and long-term planning. The key is to work with the system, not against it. You could be offered a position with an established company, or a long-term contract replete with fabulous benefits. Might as well go for it, Cancer. You were starting to enjoy that flexible schedule, but it won’t get you the security your sign ultimately needs. Frankly, you’re a better person when you’re not worrying how you’ll pay for your next buttery croissant or Wedgewood china. With stern Saturn retrograde in your fourth house of home, family, and foundations, it will be a welcome distraction from the personal challenges that will complicate the first half of 2011.
From January 15-February 22, energizer Mars is in Aquarius, your eighth house of wealth, joint property, and long-term financial planning. You could receive a windfall or a chunk of money, such as a small business loan, a legal settlement, or a tax refund. Mars rewards you for being proactive, so if you’re drowning in expenses, see a debt counselor or negotiate for lower interest rates with your credit card company. This could be a favorable time for buying or selling real estate; however, Saturn retrograde in your home sector could bring frustrating red tape after January 25th.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
When you look good, you feel good—and vice-versa. Beautifying Venus is in Sagittarius, your health sector, from January 7-February 4. This is no time for a post-holiday crash diet, Cancer. Deprivation has never worked for your sign, anyway. You love food too much! Treat yourself to some healthy decadence, like rich butternut squash soup or homemade seven-grain bread. Got some gift cards lying around? Upgrade your yoga mat, buy a new skincare set, or pick up Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food for delicious and filling ideas.
Nurturing yourself will require extra effort after the 25th, when Saturn goes retrograde for five months in your self-care sector. It will be hard to settle into your skin comfortably or to create a solid sense of home. Good thing you had a lot of practice during last year’s freewheeling Jupiter cycle, when this expansive planet visited your ninth house of travel. You’ll put those nomadic new skills to good use in the first half of 2011, when you may be living out of a suitcase, couch surfing, or just burning the midnight oil at the office. (Jupiter is now in your career sector, putting your focus on professional and long-term goals.)
Celebrate yourself and all that you’ve learned over the past six months at the Cancer full moon on January 19th. This moon will harmoniously trine Jupiter and Uranus in your philosophical ninth house, bringing a big moment of insight and vision. You’ve gambled a lot since your birthday, and the results are now in—both good and bad. The upside? You took bigger risks than you have in a long time, a sign of growth for your usually conservative sign. For that, you deserve to be acknowledged! Take stock at this full moon of all that you learned, then apply the newfound wisdom to your year ahead.
Love Days: January 4, 28
Money Days: January 12, 21
Luck Days: January 9, 18
Off Days: January 2, 17
July 23 – August 22
The new year pushes you to get healthy, wealthy, and wise. This month, four planets visit Capricorn, your sixth house of fitness and organization. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse fires you up for a massive self-improvement kick. It’s time to rent that office space, hire a personal trainer, or start your day with a carrot-spinach juice instead of the Denny’s “breakfast slam.” You have so many great ideas, Leo, but without a plan and solid structure, they can’t manifest into reality. Prioritize. What are the top three goals you’d like to accomplish in 2011?
On January 20th, the Sun moves into Aquarius, your partnership sector. Start exploring professional and personal synergies with people whose best qualities complement yours. You could be offered a contract or deal in the coming month. Just make sure you’re clear about what you’re getting into, and insist on having everything spelled out in writing. The Cancer full moon on January 19th in your foggy twelfth house could make you overly trusting. Human beings have agendas, Leo, so don’t be too quick to lead with your heart. You may need to “x” out some shady characters or energy vampires at this full moon, too.
Don’t belabor the farewell process, Leo. On January 22nd, Jupiter returns to Aries, your ninth house of travel, study, and inspiring visions, until June 4th. Jupiter was here from June-September 2010, awakening you to your grandest soul purpose. The next six months are all about big dreams and grand plans, which is exactly how your fiery sign likes it. The plot of your life shifts from a small-budget indie film to a blockbuster, Spielberg-sized drama, complete with special effects and huge box-office ratings. To channel Leo Arnold Schwarzenegger, “You’ll be back.” And with a vengeance!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Your love life gets decidedly less complex as January progresses. On the 7th, romantic Venus moves into Sagittarius, your fifth house of romance and passion. Rekindle the part of you that used to flirt and enjoy no-strings-attached chemistry, instead of trying to force every attraction to become a committed relationship. This was a lesson you learned in 2010, thanks to expansive Jupiter’s tour of Pisces, your intimacy sector. For the first time in a while, you focused on quality over quantity, nurturing deeper one-on-one connections.
Jupiter is in Pisces until January 22nd, bringing a final wave of engagements, pregnancies, breakups, and other big events to your sign. Is it time to let go of someone? The January 19th Cancer full moon illuminates your twelfth house of endings and closure. It also forms a powerful angle to Jupiter and changemaker Uranus in Pisces. Open your eyes and see a situation for what it really is—and isn’t. If you want lasting love, you’ll need to clear an available space for it, instead of keeping an ember or two lit in that torch. You’ll be glad you did.
On January 20th, the Sun enters Aquarius, your seventh house of committed relationships. You’ve got a whole month of coupling ahead, which will overlap with Valentine’s Day—one of your romantic sign’s favorite times of the year. If your wardrobe has lapsed into the drab palette, jazz it up again. Venus in Sagittarius brings glamour and sparkle back to your life. Start meeting friends for cocktail hour and finding excuses to pretty up. You never know who you’ll meet while you’re out!
MONEY & CAREER:
Get your life back in order, Leo. On January 4th, the Capricorn solar eclipse in your sixth house of administrative duties makes it clear: organization will be the difference between success and failure in next six months. Although you’re raring to go, anything worth doing will need a solid plan and streamlined systems behind it. Your tendency is to go over-the-top and to bite off more than you can chew, but you’ll benefit from a “keep it simple” approach. While you’re at it, ask for help—the sixth house rules assistants, so delegate duties to an intern, or work with a coach (or a super-organized friend) to help you plan out your year. With Mercury, Mars, and Pluto all visiting Capricorn this month, a 2011 calendar is your new best friend—bonus points if it syncs with your mobile devices.
On January 22nd, expansive Jupiter enters Aries, your ninth house of inspired visions, until June 4th. This is all the more reason to have a good process in place. Try this method (even if it pains you): Write down your big visions, then break them into individual tasks or “action items.” Next, schedule those items in your calendar, so you block out actual chunks of time to complete them. The goal is to have a powerful connection to reality, while at the same time dreaming big!
Pull back a little after January 25th, when Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in your communication sector until June 12th. Lucky Jupiter is in your publishing and entrepreneurship sector, flooding you with ideas. You might pick up an old writing project during this cycle. However, Saturn’s boot camp-instructor vibe reminds you that being a writer (or business owner…or yogi…or whatever you’re all pumped about) requires discipline and consistency, not just the starry-eyed enthusiasm fueled by your morning coffee. Get down to brass tacks while Saturn is retrograde: polish your idea, figure out your core message, study up on branding. A surprise expense is possible near the January 19th full moon. A legal or property matter could also demand your attention. Settle up and finish this obligation for once and for all.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Drop and give us twenty! The Sun, Mars, Mercury and Pluto all visit Capricorn, your sixth house of health and fitness. It’s time to get in shape, inside and out. With intense Pluto here, you may need to bust through deep-seated resistance, especially if you’re kicking a self-destructive habit. Even the biggest Leo gym rat could find herself dreading the smell of locker rooms and rubber exercise mats. If you do, consider that there’s an emotional pattern you’re holding onto. You’ve actually outgrown the need for it, Leo. Release it to the universe and make that change.
The January 19th Cancer full moon could bring a big emotional release, as control is wrenched from your hands. Surrender, Leo. It’s not worth clinging to this situation. Some details that were previously hidden could come to light, prompting you to cut things off rather abruptly. Plans change, so don’t grasp on for the sake of pride. Better to make a quick exit. The universe will reward you karmically, opening a window to bigger opportunities as soon as you shut the door on darkness.
Issues with a sibling or a best friend could get complicated when Saturn goes retrograde from January 25-June 12. This person may be going through hard times, and as much as you’d like to help, it seems life’s lessons can only be learned the hard way. Between now and June, step back and send positive energy from afar. You can’t shield this person from hitting rock bottom, and by trying to do so, you could prevent a full recovery. Hands off, Leo! If you feel the need to help someone, go volunteer—channel your need to give into community service.
Love Days: January 2, 7
Money Days: January 15, 23
Luck Days: January 12, 21
Off Days: January 4, 19
August 23 – September 22
Lights! Camera! Action! 2011 gets off to a dramatic start, with four planets visiting Capricorn, your fifth house of passion, glamour and creativity. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse intensifies the action. Single Virgos who spent the holidays alone should not despair—Cupid could make an early appearance this year. Artistic ventures power forward with this eclipse, too, so if you’re a “creative type,” this is your month to dig deep and channel your inner Andy Warhol. On the 20th, the Sun moves into Aquarius, your health and fitness sector. Until then, keep working your way through those leftover holiday fruitcakes and toffees.
Your main challenge this month: summoning the confidence to play big. Restrictive Saturn is in Libra, your self-worth sector, and it will go retrograde (backward) from January 25-June 12, bringing moments of self-doubt. This part of your chart also rules work and money, and near the January 4th eclipse, you may feel that financial restrictions are cramping your lifestyle and ability to shine. There’s a silver lining, though. From January 22-June 4, lucky Jupiter will be in Aries, your eighth house of wealth, property, and long-term finances. The cosmic message: don’t focus only on day-to-day expenses and living. Plan for the future and find ways to make your money work harder for you.
Get out and network at the Cancer full moon on January 19th, which falls in your eleventh house of groups and society. This moon will favorably angle Jupiter and Uranus (planet of the unexpected), which are both in your partnership sector. It’s another great day for single Virgos to meet “the One” at a charity benefit or a fun event. Potential business partners could be milling about, too, so tap into your schmoozing skills. You’re a master at engaging people and coming across as truly interested. Let this be your secret weapon to success!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Why wait for Valentine’s Day? It’s an incredible month for love, Virgo. The Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Pluto will all visit Capricorn, your romantic fifth house, sparking amorous emotions. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse sets off a bold six-month window for increased passion and pleasure. This would be the perfect day to post an online profile (if you’re single) or to confess your feelings to a special someone. It’s a great month to punch up the glamour in your life, too. Ditch those drab duds for sequins, sparkle, and satin—then get out and flirt! Yet, there’s a part of you resisting. That’s because this eclipse will square off with restrictive Saturn in your self-esteem sector. Turns out you may have some repair work to do here. Cliché but true: if you don’t value yourself, how can anyone else?
The landscape of your closest relationships is evolving, too. Think back to a year ago: the type of people you attract may be radically different now. Expansive Jupiter spent much of 2010 in Pisces, your partnership sector. Many Virgos outgrew their relationships, while others got closer than ever to their significant others. Long-distance and cross-cultural relationships were also highlighted. You may even have reversed roles with your mate. If you’re always the helper, for example, you actually allowed yourself to receive support—a refreshing change that has paid off in greater mutuality.
On January 22nd, Jupiter moves into Aries, your eighth house of intimacy, sex, and joint finances. Virgo, there’s a solitary, standoffish part of you that keeps distance between yourself and other people. Even if it’s small, it’s there. Between now and June 4th, Jupiter inspires you to close that gap. Marriages, pregnancies, cohabitation, and joint investments could be on the horizon. You could have new experiences in the boudoir, as well as some gut-wrenchingly honest talks with your mate about turn-ons and turn-offs. It’s not personal; even the world’s most gifted lover has to learn what makes each partner tick. Keep an open mind—and voice your own desires. By the summer, you could have a whole new erotic skillset, as well as some wild fantasy fodder.
MONEY & CAREER:
Money will be an interesting push-pull dynamic for you in the next six months. Expansive Jupiter and restrictive Saturn are in opposite signs, and both are in the key financial houses of your chart. You’re a worker-bee, Virgo, not the silver spoon type, but it might be time to rethink that. Challenging Saturn is in Libra, your second house of daily income, and it will be in low-power retrograde from January 25-June 12. This could bring unexpected trials on the job, or even a temporary financial shortage.
Before you put your head in your hands, know that this is all by design. It’s time to play a much bigger game, Virgo. Lucky Jupiter is in Aries, your eighth house of wealth, joint finances, and shared property from January 22-June 4. Whereas the second house rules money you earn by the sweat of your brow, the eighth house governs other people’s money: loans, investments, inheritances, tax refunds, royalties. Look into passive income opportunities, even an eBay store or investing in stock. Real estate is also highlighted. If you’re an artist, you might apply for a grant or an artist-in-residence program. This would also be a good time to set up a retirement fund or diversify your accounts.
Jupiter tends to expand everything, both good and bad, so while you’ll find new opportunities to attract money, you may also have more expenses. A payment could come due, which could cut into your budget. Money earmarked for fun may need to go toward debt. Gambling instincts run high under Jupiter’s influence, so be careful about borrowing money. (This wouldn’t be the time to take out a high-interest loan.) Saturn rules experts, so working with a financial advisor could help, but check this person’s references first.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Your home is often the crash pad for guests, and it may be showing wear and tear from the holidays. On January 7th, beautifying Venus enters Sagittarius, your domestic sector. Take advantage of those winter white sales to upgrade towels, throw pillows, and bedding. Ease back into exercise by popping a gentle yoga DVD into your laptop and doing a few poses in your living room. The second half of the month is great for getting into post-holiday shape. On the 15th, energizer Mars enters Aquarius, firing up your sixth house of health and fitness until February 22nd. On January 20th, the Sun joins Mars in Aquarius, making you even more aggressive. Tuck away that yoga mat and take out the boxing gloves. You’re revved up for some adrenaline-fueled activity now.
Sticking to a routine will take extra effort when Saturn goes retrograde from January 25-June 12. Saturn is in Libra, your second house of daily habits. During this cycle, take a hard look at how you spend your days. Try writing down what you do each hour—creating sort of a productivity journal—and also identifying any patterns that take you away from your goals. For example, you might find that you spent hours on the phone helping a friend in “crisis,” when your initial plan was to write another chapter of your memoir or to set up that online dating profile. Get stern with yourself, Virgo. Your life is a result of the way you spend your time and the things you put your energy into. Period. It takes three weeks to make a new habit, so start replacing the counterproductive ones with new routines. By February/March, you could see a real turnaround.
Love Days: January 4, 10
Money Days: January 17, 25
Luck Days: January 15, 23
Off Days: January 7, 21
September 23 – October 22
Domestic matters are high on your list as the calendar turns. This month, four planets are in Capricorn, your home and family sector, bringing change and transformation to the most personal parts of your life. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse begins a powerful six-month chapter. Pregnancies, moves, renovation, or a rekindled relationship with a female relative are all possibilities. Women will play a significant role in the first half of 2011.
Although these changes should be positive, the eclipse will square off with tough Saturn in Libra. Saturn has been in your sign since July, pushing you to redefine yourself, to slow down, and do a gut-renovation of your life. This is no overnight process, as Saturn will be here until October 2012. From January 25-June 12, Saturn will be retrograde (backward), an important time to press “pause” or to hunker down and do the hard inner work. (You might peruse fellow Libra Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous essay “Self Reliance.”) Your self-image could be shaken up a bit, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s Saturn’s way of showing you where there are cracks in the armor or where you need to build a stronger foundation.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you should go it alone. On January 22, expansive Jupiter enters Aries, your relationship sector, until June 4th. It’s an incredible cycle for both personal and professional partnerships. While Saturn keeps you busy polishing up your game, new people come into your life whose skills complement yours. This is a great time to work with an agent, try a long-distance or cross-cultural romance, or to evolve the roles in your relationship. Libras can be overly dependent on other people. While Jupiter and Saturn are in opposite signs for the first six months of the year, your mission is to become “interdependent”—creating more of a mutual give-and-take, and striving for greater equality.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
You’re feeling a bit more internal during the first three weeks of January, not your usual flirty self. That’s because a pile of planets are in Capricorn, your solitary fourth house. The fourth house is the foundation of the chart, and its activation encourages you to focus on self-care and nurturing. Cooking, cleaning, rearranging furniture—your inner Martha Stewart is on a rampage. Enjoy the downtime and refill your tank. Romance returns full swing when the Sun enters Aquarius, your passion sector, on January 20th. You’re ready to trade those bunny slippers for dancing shoes again. However, periodic breaks to reflect and recharge should become a regular habit. In 2011, love will require you to be more available and self-aware than ever before.
From January 22-June 4, horizon-expanding Jupiter will be in Aries, your seventh house of committed relationships. Your sign actually rules this part of the zodiac wheel, and with Jupiter here, you’re ready to take a more expanded role in your closest relationships. As an idealist, you’re not one to rush into love, but this year, you may finally take the leap and commit. Jupiter rules travel and long-distance connections; it’s a great time to try online dating or even cross-cultural romance. Don’t turn someone down who doesn’t live in your zip code, either. If you’re in a solid partnership, Jupiter encourages you to travel and study together, or to forge new emotional frontiers—such as buying property or having a baby.
MONEY & CAREER:
Don’t stop the parties—at least, not the networking ones. Your ruler, magnetic Venus, is in your money sector until January 7th, making the first week of the new year great for early-bird ambitions. After that, Venus moves into Scorpio, your communication house. Book coffee dates, blast off emails, and research a new idea. With go-getter Mars (and a few other planets) in your sector of home, family, and women this month, a relative or dinner guest could figure into your professional plans. Bend this person’s ear about your budding ventures. With penetrating Pluto also here, she could lend keen insight or connect you to some powerful new contacts.
On January 19th, the Cancer full moon beams into your tenth house of professional success and fame. Full moons bring together your achievements and efforts from the past six months. You could be offered a promotion or a plum position. On the other hand, you may decide you’ve gone as far as you can on this path. The tenth house rules awards, so consider entering a competition or finding ways to bring public attention to your work. This full moon will form a harmonious angle to expansive Jupiter and changemaker Uranus, which are both in your sixth house of service and organization. You may decide to leave your job to pursue something more meaningful, or to infuse an element of social responsibility into your work. If you’re a business owner, open a “green” division or donate a portion of proceeds to charity.
Structures and systems are the keys to success. January 19th is a great day for plowing through files and revamping your processes. Invest in pretty storage boxes and hire an intern or professional organizer if you’re overwhelmed by the task. On January 25th, taskmaster Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in Libra for six months. Between now and June 12th, you may need to go back to the drawing board, or scale back plans temporarily. Although you can achieve great success with Saturn in your sign, you must also face your own deep-seated fears and resistance. Do you engage in self-sabotaging behaviors, like chronic lateness, inappropriate dress, or off-color jokes? It’s time to break those habits or pay the price. As Marianne Williamson said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…[but] that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” Remember that!
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Consider this your permission slip from the planets to pamper yourself, Libra. Not that you need much prodding, but with four planets and a solar eclipse in Capricorn, your domestic fourth house, January is all about radical self-care. Intense Mars and Pluto have been together in Capricorn since last month, and for the first half of January, you may still be dealing with leftover holiday stress. A female relative, possibly your mother or daughter, has gotten under your skin once again. It could be that this person was going through a tough transition, and you had to lend emotional support. Or maybe you’ve been overly reliant on each other, veering into codependent turf.
Either way, you can’t help people at your own expense. Libra, you’re the ultimate softie, but with stern Saturn in your sign, it’s time to put up a few boundaries in this relationship. You may need to stop parenting, or searching for “parent energy,” from everyone around you. Yes, we all need nurturing, but when it turns into enabling, that zaps everyone’s power. Invite a healthy version of the “divine feminine” into your life by cooking more, decorating your home, or taking a yoga class. Expansive Jupiter is rounding out a yearlong visit to Pisces, your health and fitness sector. On January 22nd, Jupiter moves on. Take advantage of January’s first three weeks to kick off your post-holiday exercise routine.
Love Days: January 7, 12
Money Days: January 19, 27
Luck Days: January 17, 25
Off Days: January 10, 23
October 23 – November 21
Look who’s talking now! Your reputation as a mysterious person of few words dissolves this month, as four planets circulate through Capricorn, your third house of communication. Writing, teaching, brainstorming, and good old-fashioned conversation…you’ve got a message to convey, no matter what the medium. Could some of those be fighting words? Intense Pluto and aggressive Mars, both rulers of Scorpio, are in Capricorn for the first half of January. You may need to stand up to a bully or make a bottom line crystal-clear.
Overall, this month offers stimulating friendships, business ideas, and social events. That new 2011 day planner is going to fill up fast! Relationships with siblings and parents are also highlighted this month. You could move to a new neighborhood or change your living situation when the Sun enters Aquarius, your domestic sector, on January 20th. A chance to travel, possibly for romance, falls at the January 19th Cancer full moon. The “stork” may invite himself along on your erotic adventures. You’ll be especially fertile until January 22nd.
On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse could bring exciting news by phone, email or post, changing the course of your year unexpectedly. This new moon eclipse will square off with tough Saturn, which is in your twelfth house of endings and hidden agendas. Some of what you hear could be surprising, or even disappointing and upsetting at first. And yet, it will give you the closure your soul has craved. You can no longer swim in the shallow end of the pool, Scorpio—and you haven’t found it satisfying there for a while. Any changes are by divine design, so surrender and go with the flow.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Playful, pleasurable romance has blossomed since last January, when lucky Jupiter entered Pisces, your fifth house of love. You’ve been living up to your sign’s randy reputation ever since then, cranking up the heat in the boudoir. Some Scorpios may have “buns in the oven” to show for all that practice, since the fifth house rules fertility. Others just have a few new notches in the bedpost, or enough fodder to fill an erotic novel.
Jupiter is here until January 22nd, so enjoy the good times while they last. After that, Jupiter moves into Aries, your health-conscious sixth house, until June. You’ll be decidedly more squeamish about swapping spit and bodily fluids (see, you’re getting grossed out already). Until then, work those thigh-high boots, burlesque costumes, and feather ticklers. You naughty thing!
One superhot night could be the Cancer full moon in your adventurous and worldly ninth house on January 19th. This moon will favorably angle Jupiter and Uranus, planet of unexpected events, both in your passionate fifth house. If ever there were a night for a no-strings hookup or a little experimentation with your honey, this is it. You could find yourself suddenly attracted to someone from a different culture or country, too. Uranus rules technology, so it’s also an amazing day for single Scorpios to update that Internet dating profile.
MONEY & CAREER:
You’ve got the gift of gab this month, so work it to your full advantage. A posse of planets rides through your third house of writing, communication and local events. Start a blog, attend a book signing, or find a new favorite café. It’s time to connect with your tribe and share your specialized skills, currently languishing as the best-kept secret in town. Spread the word, Scorpio: embrace all that is Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and anything that can be combined with the buzzword “social.” Consider teaching a free or low-cost seminar to flaunt your expertise and attract new clients. Recommended reading: Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing by Chris Anderson.
In the meantime, you can fill your coffers by being charismatic. From January 7-February 4, magnetic Venus is in Sagittarius, your work and money sector. Hit those early 2011 mixers and industry events. You’re likeliest to make new contacts while enjoying cocktails and passed hors d’ouevres. Being around people will keep the winter blahs away, a bonus since your sign is prone to seasonal depression. January 14th is an especially good day to attend or host a work-related party.
On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse brings fresh energy to your communication and marketing sector. The way you “brand” and present yourself is due for a redesign—or just some attention in general. Creating new systems is key to your success this year. On January 22nd, expansive Jupiter moves into Aries, your sixth house of organization, until June 4th. You need more muscle-bound systems to handle your increased workload. It’s a great time to hire an intern or even a virtual assistant—even if you have to go through a few before you discover a true administrative rockstar. Start delegating and giving away duties that are zapping time from your true talents. Do a cost-benefit analysis and you’ll see: the time you waste doing all those little tasks is not worth the price tag.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Your health is a big factor in the first half of 2011. Expansive Jupiter and restrictive Saturn are both in the health-related parts of your chart. They’re also in opposite signs, which could make you both wired and tired at times. Lucky Jupiter is in Aries, your well-being sector, from January 22-June 4, getting you more pumped than Jane Fonda on endorphins. It’s a great time to try a new exercise routine or radically change your diet (aim for a lifestyle shift, not a weight-loss fad). Jupiter is the international and cross-cultural planet, so explore Eastern and holistic treatments this year, too.
On January 25th, structured Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in Libra, your twelfth house of healing and closure. You may have something to mourn or release, Scorpio. Saturn is retrograde until June 12th, forcing you to take time out from your busy schedule for regular retreat. You may find yourself having psychosomatic symptoms at times—migraines, backaches, sore wrists from typing. This is your body communicating what your soul wants you to know—deal with your emotions before they manifest as physical pain.
Love Days: January 10, 15
Money Days: January 3, 20
Luck Days: January 18, 28
Off Days: January 12, 25
November 22-December 21
Money, money, money—2011 drops you right back into the work zone, and you’ve barely changed out of your party clothes. Four planets visit Capricorn, your finance sector, and on January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse could deliver a major new assignment. While this is certainly exciting, you’ll need to make sure you have the right players in your posse. This eclipse will square off with strict Saturn in your teamwork sector, indicating that someone’s skills or commitment may fall short of the mark. On January 25th, Saturn goes retrograde (backward) until June 12th, making it a little more challenging to find the right teammates. An old friend could return to your life, or you may take a temporary break from a pal whose self-destructive ways are draining your reserves.
Not to worry, Sag, because fun is back on the horizon! You’re the zodiac’s travel sign, but last year was one of the most solitary and homebound you’ve had in over a decade. Your ruler Jupiter visited Pisces in 2010, which governs your foundational fourth house of home and family. Many Sagittarians moved, expanded their families, or awakened new levels of “feminine” energy. In some way, the most personal parts of your life consumed your attention, and your outgoing personality was muted. On January 22nd, Jupiter moves into Aries, a fellow fire sign and ruler of your playful, glamorous fifth house. Jupiter was here from June-September 2010, giving you a sneak preview. Now, Jupiter returns until June 4th, bringing out your passionate and theatrical nature. Your couch potato days are numbered, Sag—and we doubt you’re disappointed!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Your love life has been in semi-hibernation since October, when love-planet Venus took a long spin through Scorpio, your sleepy twelfth house. On top of that, Venus was retrograde (backward) for much of the fall, putting romance on low-priority setting. This changes January 7th, when Venus moves into Sagittarius, staying until February 4th. Santa delivers a belated holiday present—your missing mojo—which, it turns out, still works after a little dusting off.
Passion makes a major comeback from January 22-June 4, when expansive Jupiter visits Aries, your romantic fifth house. The fifth house rules flirtation, seduction, pleasure, and glamour—that tingly-toed high school crush vibe. (Jupiter in Aries can also bring a visit from the stork, as the fifth house increases fertility.) Whether single or coupled, this is your time to bring fun back into your love life. First upgrade: your wardrobe. Ditch the muted colors for sequins and brights, and punch up your look with highlights or a fun new hair color. While you’re at it, commit to a regular mani-pedi or whatever your favorite beauty treatment is. When you feel great, you attract abundance. With several planets visiting your sophisticated second house this month, pick up a few great staples, like well-tailored dark jeans, a chic pair of boots, or a beautiful pair of chandelier earrings that add pizzazz to any outfit.
MONEY & CAREER:
Exciting change is in the air as 2011 begins. On January 4th, a powerful solar eclipse falls in Capricorn, your work and money sector. This is the second-to-the-last in a series of Cancer-Capricorn eclipses, which have reshaped your finances since 2008. Since then, the way you handle money, plan for the future, and perform work has radically changed. Chances are, you have newfound respect for your money—and if you do, the karmic cash gods will reward you at this eclipse. If not, you may have one last wakeup call in store.
This eclipse will square off with challenging Saturn, which is your group and technology sector. In some way, you may not have the appropriate infrastructure in place, which could leave you scrambling. You may need better technical solutions or more skilled players on your team. Fortunately, ambitious Mars and intense Pluto are both in Capricorn, pouring rocket fuel into your tank. An eleventh-hour save is within your abilities, but it could leave you frazzled and in need of a retreat!
Let that be a lesson to you, Sag—an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. On January 25th, Saturn goes into low-power retrograde motion until June 12th. You may need to part ways with some people in your inner circle, or give them more structure and measurable performance goals so that they really earn their keep. Be careful about signing any long-term contracts, especially with “experts” and consultants. If you work with people, do so on a trial or project-by-project basis. Study up on social media, Internet marketing, and the latest tech tricks, especially if you’re a business owner. Polishing your own technical skills won’t lead to overnight success, but it will set you up for long-range stability. With lucky Jupiter in your glamorous and theatrical fifth house, consider starting a video blog, taking an acting class or hiring a media coach to help you present your ideas to the public.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Bust out that 2011 calendar: It’s all about structure and positive habits now. This month, several planets visit Capricorn, your second house of daily routines. There are so many things you could do with your day, but scattering your energy in too many directions doesn’t work. Simplify, and make time for healthy meals, ample rest, and exercise.
Venus in Sagittarius sends you on a life beautification mission. Fresh flowers, padded hangers, Chanel lipstick—it’s all worth it now. The whole “shabby chic” thing is so 2010. It’s time to bring some of that edge and polish back to your life. Your confidence could use a little makeover, too—but it’s fine if your improvements begin on the outside and work their way down to deeper levels.
The January 19th Cancer full moon brings a wave of emotional release, particularly related to a family member or personal situation. You could buy or sell property, or move into a new home, at this full moon. You may need to release some pain and disappointment, possibly related to a family member or past lover. This person’s choices are beyond your control, and you need to release him/her with divine love. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is detach, allowing life to be this person’s teacher. You’re the sign of the optimist, and you hate to quit. Yet, you know that you must abandon hope, at least for now.
Love Days: January 12, 17
Money Days: January 4, 22
Luck Days: January 2, 29
Off Days: January 19, 28
December 22-January 19
January is filled with many defining moments for you. Four planets are in Capricorn, and on January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse marks your personal new year in a major way. This is the last in a two-year series of Cancer/Capricorn eclipses that will fall in your sign. Since 2008, these eclipses have reshaped the way you present and express yourself, as well as your closest relationships. Browse through some photos from a couple years back—you may look radically different now. If not, you may be sporting an assertive new attitude. Confidence looks good on you, Capricorn.
While the eclipse has you raring to make a fresh start or claim the spotlight, there are a few obstacles to maneuver around. Your ruler Saturn, which is in your career and long-term planning sector, will form a tense square to the moon. The paparazzi may be crowding at your doorstep—but are you ready to put your best work out to the public? Saturn may send you back to the drawing board, especially when it goes retrograde (backward) from January 25-June 12.
The bright spot is your personal life. Last year, expansive Jupiter toured Pisces, your house of friendship, communication, and local events. You may have moved to a new neighborhood, gotten involved in your community, or created a vibrant social life. On January 22nd, Jupiter moves into Aries, your home and family sector. Jupiter is here until June 4th, bringing positive change to your domestic affairs. Your relationship with your mother, children, or a female relative could evolve. Some Capricorns could move, buy property, get pregnant, or take more time for self-care. Women will play an important role in the first half of 2011. Since Jupiter rules long-distance travel, you could connect with an important woman from another culture or country.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Slow down and chillax, Cappy. This month, the planetary pileup in Capricorn puts the focus on your solo efforts more than on relationships. It’s so easy to “lose yourself” in a couple, and the January 4th Capricorn eclipse reminds you to put yourself back into the equation. Around this date, you may have a difficult but necessary conversation about your long-term goals and commitments. Do you want the same thing for the future? Do you even know? With sober Saturn going retrograde January 25-June 12, it’s possible that you may not be walking the same path, a necessary disappointment to face. On the other hand, you may just need to work harder to make time together, scheduling actual “date nights.” If you’re in a relationship, pen some joint New Year’s resolutions. With lucky Jupiter in your home and family sector for the first half of 2011, you could buy or sell a home, or even try to get pregnant.
After January 7th, love planet Venus in Sagittarius, your twelfth house of healing and escape. This has the effect of muting your mojo, making you crave a little more space and solitude. Fear not: Venus will move into Capricorn on February 4th, bringing back your sparkle in time for Valentine’s Day. In the meantime, this cycle is good for getting back in touch with your feelings, ending things with a half-committed or shady person, or getting over an ex. Focus on closure so you can make a fresh start next month. Be careful not to be passive-aggressive, or to do things out of guilt then resent your partner later.
The bright spot comes at the January 19th Cancer full moon, which beams into your relationship sector. It’s a great day for renewing or making commitments, or to get some long-overdue together time. Get out and do something fun in your neighborhood. This moon forms a harmonious angle to expansive Jupiter and surprising Uranus in Pisces, your communication house. It’s a great day for important conversations with your sweetie. Someone could suddenly drop the “L”-bomb and profess love, or in rarer cases, there could be an amicable split. A proposal is possible.
MONEY & CAREER:
You’ve barely recovered from the New Year’s Eve festivities when a Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse sweeps into your life on January 4th, putting you in high demand. The spotlight is on you, Capricorn, ready or not. This eclipse will set off a six-month cycle, culminating in a Capricorn full moon on July 15th. Use this cycle to revamp your image and sharpen your competitive edge. The first impression you make lasts the longest, and you can no longer pretend that it doesn’t matter. If you work with the public, consider hiring an image consultant or a media coach to help polish up your game. It’s also a great time to start a fitness routine—one that flows with your lifestyle and allows you to work out at home.
The caveat: this eclipse will form a challenging angle to your ruler Saturn, which is in Libra, your career and ambition house. Are you under-earning? Or, have you gotten overconfident, resting on the laurels of past success? While career has always been a Capricorn sweet spot, Saturn’s presence has thrown you a few obstacles. If you’re a business owner or in an executive role, you may already have felt some of Saturn’s growing pains since the summer. Managing people has been a challenge for many Caps, especially getting them to respect your authority and ideas.
Believe it or not, there’s a method to this madness. Saturn is like the architect, helping you build structures and solid foundations. So before you go picking out wallpaper and paint colors, you need to make sure the baseline integrity is intact. Between now and October 2012, business will be slow but steady, rather than an overnight success. Tap into your Mountain Goat nature and take it one surefooted step at a time. While Saturn is retrograde (backward) from January 25-June 12, put yourself in career or business boot camp. Assess what the missing elements are from your game plan, and do the hard work to correct course. Park your ego firmly in the time-out chair, and remind yourself not to take things personally. A consultant with a “tough love” approach could help whip things into shape. After the 20th, the Sun and ambitious Mars are both in Aquarius, your money and work sector. It’s a good time for budgets and even picking up extra work to pad your paycheck.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Your entire self-concept is shifting, and the planets give you a makeover outside and in. Energizer Mars and psyche-ruling Pluto are both in Capricorn, making you long to express parts of yourself that you’ve kept hidden. Do it…but know that it may require an adjustment period for the people in your life. Folks are used to you being dutifully by their side, and when you’re grabbing the wheel instead of warming the passenger seat, it could throw them for a loop.
Expansive Jupiter will be in Aries, your self-care sector, January 22-June 4, so make pampering yourself a priority. This will be more important than ever, since Saturn retrograde in your career sector could find you burning the candle at both ends. Although you’re often the “rock” in your family, roles could reverse, and you could finally let yourself lean on your loved ones. Let down that wall, Capricorn. This year, you’ll learn to operate from your heart instead of your head. It may feel a little surreal and out of character, but you’ll learn to like it.
Love Days: January 15, 19
Money Days: January 6, 25
Luck Days: January 4, 31
Off Days: January 3, 16
January 20-February 18
What are you holding onto, Aquarius? It’s time to let it go. Four planets sweep through Capricorn, your twelfth house of healing, karma, and endings. It seems you’ve dragged some baggage or emotional heaviness into 2011, and the planets are staging an intervention. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse brings you face-to-face with every vice, addiction, codependent relationship, and toxic emotion begging to be purged from your life. You may have something to grieve, or just some long overdue closure to handle. Whatever it is, the eclipse will make it clear.
On the upside, this could be a day of true miracles, sparking a divine connection to your heart and soul. You haven’t felt that in a long, long time—and without the guidance of this inner compass, you’ve undoubtedly strayed off course. The key to this month: surrender. When you stop trying to control everything, your intuition will tell you exactly what step to take next. On January 20th, the Sun moves into Aquarius, helping you make a fresh start.
The big news this month is Jupiter, planet of expansion, which moves from Pisces into Aries on January 22. Jupiter spent most of 2010 (minus the summer) in Pisces, your second house of work and income. It was a prosperous year for many Aquarians. Others stabilized daily routines and budgets, got new jobs, or found creative new sources of cash flow. Your responsibilities at work may have increased, but it was more rewarding than overwhelming.
From January 22-June 4, Jupiter will visit Aries, your third house of communication. It’s time for new friendships, for marketing and promoting your ideas (two words: social media), and for honing your natural sales skills. Some Aquarians will move this year, or begin exploring new treasures in their own communities. Plan to stay a little closer to home than your nomadic self prefers. While horizon-stretching Jupiter is in your local events sector, restrictive Saturn is in Libra, your long-distance travel house. Saturn will also be retrograde (backward) from January 25-June 12, preventing you from racking up those frequent flier miles. If you do travel, it may be for business rather than pleasure.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
The theme of closure carries into your love life, especially during the first half of the month. Passionate Mars and intensifying Pluto are both in Capricorn, your twelfth house of endings and the subconscious. This would be the time to plumb the depths of your psyche with a therapist, an energy healer, or even a past-life regressionist, someone who can help you heal any buried blocks to intimacy. Your tendency to project is strong now, so look at what you’re accusing others of doing wrong or what irritates you about your mate. Mirror, mirror. These people are your teachers, so don’t shoot the messenger. (Check out Colin Tipping’s book Radical Forgiveness for an enlightening take on this.)
Perhaps there’s an ex you can’t let go of, someone who brings up feelings of rejection and abandonment. Why are you chasing this person and still dwelling on the past? There’s a reason, Aquarius, and it stems from a much deeper source (perhaps even as early as your childhood). Identify the patterns in your own life and work on shifting them. You’ll be dealing with this for the next couple months. However, January is not all heavy emotional lifting. On the 15th, sexy Mars moves into Aquarius until February 22nd, cranking up your mojo and your attractiveness. With all those hotties checking you out, it’s a reminder not to dwell on someone who treats you carelessly. As Mae West said, “The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.” She has a point!
MONEY & CAREER:
Money and work have been a major focus since January 2010, when expansive Jupiter began a yearlong visit to Pisces, your finance sector. For much of last year, Jupiter traveled side-by-side with your ruler Uranus, planet of the unpredictable. So while new opportunities cropped up, they could have come (and gone) in rapid succession, or required you to make radical changes to your lifestyle. Jupiter rules long-distance connections, and Uranus governs technology. You may have picked up an international client or a faraway assignment, conducted conference calls via Skype, or launched an online venture.
Jupiter is here until January 22nd, so be an early bird—ask for that promotion, apply for a new job, or close a deal that got back-burnered over the holidays. Then, it’s on to marketing your big ideas. Jupiter moves into Aries on the 22nd, your third house of communication and local events, staying until June 4th. It’s time to polish your presentation and to think of how you market or brand yourself. What is the core value that you offer the world? What’s your unique niche, something that you can be the best at? Jupiter will help you create ways to express this in dynamic, visually compelling formats. New business cards, a teleseminar, a blog, a YouTube video…there are so many ways to tell the world what you’re great at. Get involved in your community (city council, anyone?) and branch out into the surrounding areas for new business prospects.
Don’t cast too wide of a net in the first half of 2011. Structured Saturn is retrograde (backward) in Libra, your ninth house of travel, study, and long-distance affairs. You’re best off thinking globally, but acting locally. Entrepreneurial efforts downshift for the first half of the year, and you may benefit from returning to school to finish a degree or improve your skill set. Technology may seem hard to keep up with, but you need to try. If the last “tweet” you experienced was from an actual bird, it’s time to give up your Luddite ways and take a computer lesson.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Hibernation is where it’s at—and where it’s been since the holidays. Several planets have been visiting Capricorn, your sleepy and unfocused twelfth house. You need to cut back on activities and prioritize rest until January 20th. The lines between fantasy and reality feel a little blurry, and at times you may feel like you’re in a waking dream. The Capricorn solar eclipse on January 4th makes you feel acutely emotional, and in some cases, spiritual or psychic. Coincidences and “signs” come to you at a rapid rate—like repeating number sequences, déjà vu, or thinking of people moments before they call or email. Record these experiences in a journal if you can. Free-writing about it can uncover a deeper message about yourself.
Your energy picks up in the second half of January. On the 15th, go-getter Mars moves into Aquarius, followed by the revitalizing Sun on the 20th. On January 19th, the Cancer full moon emphasizes your health and fitness. This moon will form a helpful angle to Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, your second house of daily routines. It’s a great day to recommit to your well-being and to kick unhealthy habits for good. The key: simplify. Clichés like “less is more” and “quality over quantity” should be your guiding mantras in all aspects of your life.
Love Days: January 18, 21
Money Days: January 10, 28
Luck Days: January 7, 25
Off Days: January 4, 18
February 19-March 20
What a difference a year makes! This month, expansive Jupiter rounds out its yearlong visit to Pisces (minus a brief summer break), capping off your reinvention tour. Pisces, you’re hardly the same person you were at this time last year. You may have moved, changed jobs or your appearance, found a new romantic partner, or struck out on your own in some way. Even if the circumstances of your life didn’t change, you found your voice—and used it. Jupiter is the luck planet, and having it in your sign is like holding a golden ticket. Think of Pisces such as Justin Bieber (and the contagious outbreak of “Bieber fever”) and Apple CEO Steve Jobs (who released the iPad last summer).
Now, it’s time to monetize the brand-new you. On January 22, Jupiter moves into Aries, your second house of work, money, and self-confidence. The second house brings class and sophistication, so upgrade your hairstyle, wardrobe, and overall image. Jupiter is here until June 4th, a powerful time to manifest your new ideas into tangible form. While last year was a lot of talk, this year is about action and results. In the next six months, you’ll thrive from simplifying your life and focusing on quality over quantity.
Start by gathering a powerful tribe of people around you. January features four planets in Capricorn, your group and teamwork sector. On January 4th, a Capricorn solar eclipse could connect you with incredible new friends or networks. Although you may click instantly, take it slow. This eclipse will square off with restrictive Saturn in your eighth house of joint ventures. From January 25-June 12, Saturn will be retrograde (backward), a time to be especially careful about whom you trust. Your intimate relationships may need some repair work during this cycle, as Saturn retrograde exposes flaws in the foundation. Rest up after the 20th, when the Sun is in Aquarius, your twelfth house of sleep and endings. Spend the month before your birthday putting closure on any lingering projects—you’ll want to make a fresh start when the Sun enters Pisces on February 18th.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
Your confidence is on the rise for the next six months, which could attract a great life partner. Jupiter, planet of expansion, is in your stabilizing second house from January 22-June 4. You finally believe you can “settle down” without being tied down or sacrificing your personal desires. Jupiter in your second house helps you savor the little things and find magic in the mundane. It also helps you pace yourself and create healthy boundaries, something your romantic sign is not prone to do.
Boundaries are definitely something to keep in mind, Pisces, especially as restrictive Saturn enters Libra, your eighth house of intimacy, trust, and joint property. Saturn curbs your tendency to rent a U-Haul on the second date or blab your entire life story to a sexy stranger at the bar. Saturn will be in low-power retrograde motion from January 25-June 12. During this time, you may pull back from a relationship or even do couples therapy. It’s a good time for structural repair work, especially if one of you is harboring feelings of hurt or betrayal. The eighth house rules marriage, shared finance, and pregnancy. This is not the best time to rush to the altar, buy a condo, or combine your bank accounts. You may have trouble conceiving during this cycle, or if you’re pregnant, you could deal with side effects like depression or fatigue.
The bright spot is the January 19th Cancer full moon in your fifth house of passion and romance. This moon will favorably angle Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, making for real fireworks and spontaneous thrills. There could be drama at this moon, since emotions will run high. Dance it off or settle things in the boudoir. The fifth house rules fertility, so a visit from the stork could occur on or near this date.
MONEY & CAREER:
Mark your calendar, Pisces. Your luckiest money year in over a decade begins January 22nd, when expansive Jupiter enters Aries, your second house of work and finance. Between now and June 4th, you could change jobs, earn a promotion, land a pay increase, or find more fulfilling and inspiring work than you have in years. Jupiter rules higher learning and long-distance connections. An exciting position could require you to relocate, travel, or even return to school. If you own a business, expand into new markets across the miles, and pump up your online sales efforts. Tech-savvy Uranus enters Aries on March 10th for several years, so start researching technical solutions now.
The caveat: Jupiter will oppose Saturn, which is in Libra, your eighth house of shared finance and long-term financial planning. While you’ll certainly have luck attracting money, you may need to use some of it to pay off debt, taxes, legal bills. or other large expenses. Be careful about investing your hard-earned funds, as Jupiter tempts you to gamble. Joint business ventures should be taken slow, too. Don’t partner up with someone out of insecurity or fear that you don’t have what it takes to do this on your own. Later on, when the pie gets divided into tiny pieces, you’ll end up resentful—especially if you’ve done the lion’s share of the work.
The eighth house governs real estate, so while Saturn is retrograde January 25-June 12, be cautious about moving or putting a down payment on a house (or any big-ticket purchase). Do ample research and have any property thoroughly researched and inspected. Avoid taking out loans during this cycle, but do consolidate credit cards into a lower-interest or zero-percent balance transfer card if you can.
Overall, January is a great month to get out and mingle at industry events. From January 7-February 4, magnetic Venus is in Sagittarius, your career sector. It doesn’t hurt to exchange business cards with someone you meet at a mixer. (And since Venus rules romance, you never know what kind of chemistry could be there!) Just get to know each other one step at a time. The January 4th eclipse in Capricorn, your teamwork sector, could reshuffle the players in your lineup. With several other planets touring Capricorn, it’s a powerful month for networking and getting everyone in the group focused on a common goal or higher vision.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
You’re energized, but in the second half of January, you need to rest. Go-getter Mars moves into Aquarius, your sleepy twelfth house, on the 15th, and the Sun enters Aquarius on the 20th. Put your energy into closure and be careful not to absorb people’s stress, which could manifest as a winter cold or flu. Don’t allow guilt or codependence to sway your need for personal space—you need to say “no” to a few demanding people now or you’ll burn out. The January 4th solar eclipse in your friendship sector also squares off tensely with Saturn. There could be jealousy or distrust in your inner circle, especially between old friends and new ones.
When Saturn goes retrograde in your private, emotional eighth house from January 25-June 12, take a retreat from the fray. Although 2011 holds some exciting new opportunities, especially with work, you’ll need to take regular pauses to detox and regenerate your systems. It’s a good time to try a cleanse and to make sure your internal health is in top shape. Eastern and holistic treatments are great, but while Saturn is retrograde, they’re best when combined with Western medicine.
Love Days: January 19, 22
Money Days: January 3, 12
Luck Days: January 10, 28
Off Days: January 7, 21
- Horoscopes provided by The AstroTwins