Sun Signs—January 2018

Free and clear of retrograde planets, the new year’s wide open for moving forward. This month boasts two full moons—one on the 1st and a blue moon (a second full moon) on the 31st; both are supermoons (when the moon is closest to the earth and looms larger), and the full moon on the 31st is also a total lunar eclipse. All this moon energy supercharges the new year with emotions, and it’s a ripe time for turning the page to a new chapter. Home, family, and roots are highlighted. Saturn has come home, to its own sign, Capricorn, where it will be through 2020. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, take life seriously, and start framing your visions. 

By Lisa Lisa and the Star Jam* 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) You’ve leveled the ground, now you’re ready to carve your initials into a freshly laid foundation. This month puts focus on relationships; you may be upgrading to new and/or sorting out the old. As you tune up your intuition and redefine what you want, you’ll find your most important relationships deepening as well as your bank account. It’s a slow process; that’s ok. Your new mantra: steady as she goes. You don’t want to rush the best-laid plans.  

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) While the cultural norm is to ring in the New Year with an excessive amount of bubbly, water bearers will be on the cutting edge of creating a new, healthier norm. How about taking the first few days of the year to go on a yoga retreat, sleep, or simply take the time to meditate in nature. As you tune in deeply to your emotional body, you sync up your inner and outer selves. Uranus, the genius bar planet (and your ruler), turns forward at the beginning of the month and you’re ready to move into the future. The rest of us signs will be following your lead, to the benefit of all. 

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) You’re figuring out that there’s a new school of fish you want to swim with long term. It’s not about going with any old flow that comes your way as much as deciding which streams are flowing in the direction of your dreams (and dropping those that are draining you.) You’ve got the most finely tuned antennae of the Zodiac, so trust your instincts and step into the current. That creative project you’ve been nurturing is ready for an audience. Shaking up your routines so that you can lay new routes for your daily regimen gets you to where you want to go.

ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) The new year brings up deep feelings around all issues involving home and family. The lyrics to Auld Lang Syne may be particularly poignant as you consider what home means to you. You’re ready to apply all you’ve learned the last two-plus years and plant your flag where people can see it from far away. As you get in touch with your priorities around your personal life, you secure a solid foundation for your next career adventure. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) This month brings you bulls a rare opportunity to tune in to all your senses for the purpose of finding that place you can call home. It better have a good café nearby where you and your friends can gather and you can speak your mind. At the same time, you’re embarking on a learning train which includes building new skills and acquiring new beliefs, all to support changes you’ll be making in the coming decade. You may even meet your soul mate or deepen an existing partnership with someone you wish to bring along on this journey. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Twins, the new year asks you to get a jump on your taxes, balance the books, and pay off any debt. Taking responsibility for your finances will keep you sailing with an even keel and set you up for the total lunar eclipse at the end of the month in your house of communications. You are encouraged to tune in to the details of how you communicate. Perhaps the poets among you will make handmade books of your writings? Please do. The world needs that sort of beauty now. After all, you are the messenger of the zodiac, and amping up your wattage will only pay off. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22) It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance, Cancer. With a full moon in your house of selfhood, bathing in the moon’s bright light is a perfect way to charge your batteries; so book those tickets to your favorite beach, head out to the sand as the moon rises, and slow dance with your sweetheart. You’ll be feeding your already uncanny intuition and infusing your wisdom. Indeed, it’s a fantabulous night to make romance. 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) The year starts with a glow from under the covers of your unconscious, where the glimmer of all dreams begin. Those visions are no mere ephemera. The stars align to help you embody your deepest creativity and construct a container for your dreams. Get serious about discarding the not-so-healthy habits, pop a multivitamin, and pace your body to a more energized Lion for the long haul. The full moon lunar eclipse at the end of the month puts a new spin on the way you show up. For once in a blue moon, Leo, you may be blinded by your own light.  

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) The start of the year coaxes you to set clear intentions, particularly around the tribe you run with (or perhaps wish to run with). We know you like to do it all yourself, and while you’re great going solo, the old adage: many hands make light work, does make sense. All the while, the cosmos is clamoring for you to take your creativity seriously. The next two years bring new meaning to the saying, 1-percent inspiration 99-percent perspiration. It’s time to get your hands dirty. On the last day of the month, slip off, unplug, and recharge. 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) A reorg around your priorities tops your New Year’s resolutions. A renewed focus on home and family not only brings you a better work/life balance, your castle really starts to shine and reflect the beauty lover that you are. All this polishing of the family silver gets you thinking about your future and your place in it. Who is your posse, Libra? As you pick the right crew, you find you can go farther. This month, you’re also motivated to dig deep and mine the gold, whether that turns up a latent year-end bonus or fresh vein of income, financially speaking, it’s a bull market. 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) Your ideas are in the spotlight, which may have an impact on the reorienting of your moral compass. With the solid work in all things financial under your belt, your focus shifts to how you communicate. You’re learning that words have weight. Practice slowing down your mind and speak with care as you hone this potential for transmitting powerful ideas. “Less is more” is your new motto. This is also prime time to learn a whole new language. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Congrats Archers! You’ve been polishing your persona for the past few years and you’re feeling solid about who you are. There’s no better time to invest in your future than now as your finances come into focus. Stay the course this year, and you’ll likely have your ship in good shape for years to come. Whatever you do, don’t bust open the piggy bank for an exotic vacation, it’s time to buckle down and ensure that monthly paycheck keeps showing up in the mailbox. 

If you know your rising sign, read that, too; it’s often relevant. 

*by Lisa Awrey and Lisa Carroll

Illustration by @boccaccinimeadows