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January starts with Mercury in retrograde motion. This puts a hold on all new ventures. He turns direct on January 8 and then there is a wonderful window of opportunity when all the planets are moving in direct motion. This only happens once a year, so don’t waste this chance to move on with your life. It will last until February 6. The patience you show in the first week of the month will pay off.
The Chinese New Year begins on January 28. It is the year of the Fire Rooster. It will be a year of great creativity and also volatility. This gives you a chance to strut your stuff and rule your barnyard.
It’s a month to stay busy and work hard.
January 1 – Moon in Aquarius. Mars and Neptune come together to usher in the New Year. This combination brings a year of spirituality and/or confusion. Expect blessings or betrayals, maybe both, on many levels. The Aquarius Moon resonates with Uranus and gives more credence to the fact that this will be a year of surprises. Think outside the box when you make your New Year resolutions.
January 2 -Moon in Pisces. Ease into 2017 in a relaxed way. Give yourself time to daydream and putter around. Don’t try to get much done, just enjoy a day off. Escape into dreams, books, movies, or anything that you find to be comforting. Take time to meditate, chant, and do yoga.
January 3 – Moon in Pisces. Venus enters Pisces and she wants you to love everyone and help everyone. Make a donation to a fund that aids those who are homeless and hungry. There are only five more days until Mercury turns direct so slow down and be patient. Count your blessings and be grateful for all the good things in your life.
January 4 – Moon in Pisces, VC from 11:14 am until 11:20 am when it enters Aries. Now you really have to practice patience as you feel ready to charge on forward. Mercury moves back into Sagittarius and urges you to rethink your thoughts and philosophies on life. You may also have to change some of your travel plans. Watch your temper.
January 5 – Moon in Aries. There’s a tug between doing things the usual way and wanting to break out onto a new path. You can be impulsive where it doesn’t count. Don’t rush forward where it’s important, wait until next week. Get some exercise to work off excess energy. Focus your frustrations on beating your personal best.
January 6 – Moon in Aries, VC from 1:41 pm until 3:18 pm when it enters Taurus. Scurry around in the morning getting things finished and in order so that you can start fresh next week. You can take a long lunch with friends and co-workers during the VC period. You’ll want to settle in this evening with some yummy food and a warm bed.
January 7 – Moon in Taurus. Today is a serious one as the Sun and Pluto have their annual meeting. It is time to delete from your life whatever is used up and no longer necessary. It is a day of endings and beginnings with an opportunity for transformation. Things will erupt around you so be cautious. Feed your body and senses with all kinds of delights.
January 8 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 5:06 pm. Mercury turns direct at 4:43 am. It’s best to ride the waves of energy that come when a planet changes direction. Have no plans and go where the days leads you. Give yourself permission to chill out and be lazy. You may have to deal with repercussions of yesterday’s Plutonian event.
January 9 – Moon in Gemini. You’ll feel challenged to start all the things you had on hold for the past three weeks. Start with initiating conversations about new ventures, making reservations and plans, and buying a new phone. Send out proposals and applications. Say the things you haven’t wanted to say. It will feel good to keep busy.
January 10 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 4:38 pm until 5:49 pm when it enters Cancer. The Sun and Uranus square off and make sure that the day won’t go as you planned. Expect the unexpected and don’t risk anything you’d be sorry to lose. You can receive brilliant insights if you get in the right mindset to do so. Check in with family members tonight.
January 11 – Moon in Cancer. It’s another unusual day which gives you an opportunity to feel out the best way to go forward. You can try your luck if you’ve put some previous thought into what you plan to do. Listen to your intuition to find answers to health problems. You need to do tomorrow’s work today but you’ll have the energy to do so.
January 12 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 7:08 pm. Mercury reenters Capricorn and boosts your thoughts and actions concerning your career. Today’s full Moon puts you in tune with time. You can look backwards and forwards from a greater perspective. Venus and Neptune blend their energies and bestow blessings upon you and all whom you love. They ask you to be grateful and generous to those in less fortunate circumstances.
January 13 – Moon in Leo. Finish up what didn’t get done this week. You’ll have plenty of original ideas to add to what you started working on. Let your creative side express itself and put your personal brand on everything you do. Take care of any shopping or ordering you planned to do tomorrow. Check on your winter toys and see what needs to be replaced.
January 14 – Moon in Leo, VC 10:17 am. After you take care of any lingering business, then just have fun today. Get together with friends for a day long party. Go somewhere with your friends and/or the kids where you can enjoy winter sports. It’s a day to be happy and put your worries aside. Try to be optimistic and find hope as you think ahead.
January 15 – Moon in Virgo. It’s an earthy day when you’ll see reality and ignore your wishful thinking. It’s a good day to clean up, organize, get rid of worn out objects, clothes, and ideas. Tackle a messy closet and don’t stop until it looks great. Discard old medicines. Start a crafts project to do during the cold days when you have to stay indoors.
January 16 – Moon in Virgo. Mars comes up to Chiron and he may activate a health issue you’ve been ignoring. He wants you to be proactive about how you take care of yourself. It’s a good day to review and make changes to your diet, your exercise plan, your vitamins and supplements, and your ways to reduce stress. Do the same for your pets.
January 17 – Moon in Libra. You’ll feel a tug between the part of you that wants to work hard and do something meaningful and the part of you that wants to take it easy and hang out with friends. It is a good day to deal with any legal issues, negotiations, or compromises that need to be made. It is also a good time to go out with a special friend and enjoy a meal and a show.
January 18 – Moon in Libra. Today is the last full day of Capricorn so spend as much time as you can to be focused on your career. You also need to get any important work done today. Buy something beautiful to lift your mood. Get yourself that picture or photograph you want to decorate your walls. Have a date tonight with your beloved.
January 19 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 5 pm. The Sun enters Aquarius 4:24 pm. Mars and Saturn have some tension and you want to move slowly and watch your back. You can’t believe everything you hear. You need to ask for credentials or examine documents rather than take anything on face value. It will feel like you are caught in a rip tide and being pulled in a direction you didn’t want to go.
January 20 – Moon in Scorpio. The energy has shifted and you, and others, will be stubborn. It will be hard for you, and others, to accept changes. It is a day of intense feelings and you must curb your temper. Venus acts like Cinderella’s fairy godmother and offers hope for the future. Quiet your mind and listen for her song.
January 21 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 8:24 pm. You might want to take today for yourself and hunker down with a project you want to do alone. Everyone will have their emotions on high alert and so it may be best to avoid confrontations. You’ll be able to see and hear the truth under layers of concealment. You’ll be able to sustain the ideas that you decide are the best way to proceed.
January 22 – Moon in Sagittarius. Your mood lightens and you can look ahead with some optimism. Get outside and enjoy winter. If you can’t play outdoors, then go to a museum, a lecture, or take a workshop. See a foreign movie and eat at an ethnic restaurant. Do something that is a new experience which can open up your mind.
January 23 -Moon in Sagittarius. Remember to take advantage of the fact that all the planets are in direct motion this month. It’s the only time this year when the cosmos gives you a green light for all that you want to do. Mercury and Neptune soften your mind and your ability to appreciate the fine arts. Make them happy by writing a poem or making a sketch.
January 24 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 12:33 pm until 5:43 pm when it enters Capricorn. You know that your freedom is important and it’s a good day to see where you can break down the walls that enclose you, be they physical, emotional, social, or psychic. You need time and space to roam. Use the VC period to take a different way to get where you usually go.
January 25 – Moon in Capricorn. Add some volunteer work to your weekly schedule. Venus and Chiron thank you and tell you that the best way to heal yourself is to help others. You can further your ambitions after you have given them a thorough examination. You’ll be practical and realistic in your thinking and won’t overlook anything.
January 26 – Moon in Capricorn. All systems are go for having a great day at work. You’ll be able to take that important next step. It’s a good day to buy real estate and make investments in minerals. You’ll be serious all day and won’t suffer fools gladly, so try to be nice instead of cold and sharp tongued. If you are upset, find a way to soothe yourself. Tonight is the dark of the moon.
January 27 – Moon in Aquarius. Today’s new Moon is called the Snow Moon. It gives special emphasis to the power of thought and an opportunity to reprogram your mind with positive affirmations. Venus and Saturn ask you to accept the bottom line of your relationship and your finances. They want you to get rid of what is no longer doing you any good.
January 28 -Moon in Aquarius. Today is the Chinese New Year and you have another chance to make a new start. Mars enters Aries, the sign he rules, and he has plenty of energy to give you when you want to begin something. He helps you be brave, bold, and assertive. It’s best to avoid arguments and disputes with people who want to bully you. Find a new exercise regimen to work off your frustration.
January 29 – Moon VC Aquarius, enters Pisces 11:10 am. It will be hard to relax today with Mercury meeting up with Pluto and the two of them showing you the cold hard truth. You will have to put aside your fear of hurting someone and say what is really going on. It’s a good day for using this energy to write serious work. Watch a documentary tonight.
January 30 – Moon in Pisces. Your compassion returns after a few days of harsh thoughts. You will feel more understanding towards other people’s problems. It’s a fertile day if you want to start your seeds growing. Take care of yourself in a special way. Your psyche may need some help and joining a group that does meditation, chanting, or studies spiritual writings will help.
January 31- Moon in Pisces, VC from 12:36 pm until 4:47 pm when it enters Aries. Mercury contacts Uranus and they bring some last-minute surprises to the end of the month. You may have to change your thinking yet again. Find a way to make peace with those people you disagree with. Avoid confrontations tonight.