The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often because it's nearest to us, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
The shadow of this Mercury retrograde begins February 8th and ends April 6th, lasting eight weeks. The first storm period will be from February 19th - 28th, and the second will be from March 12th - 26th. The exact retrograde begins February 23rd at 4:41AM ET and ends March 17th at 4:03PM ET.
The water signs are taking their turn with the Mercury retrogrades, and this retrograde will occur entirely in the sign of Pisces. What does Pisces rule? Well, let's start with the general fact that this is a water sign, so our emotions are all askew. We too closely identify with things and become emotional in situations where it's not warranted, and it's harder to calm us down. This is especially true in Pisces, which rules the emotional train wreck (as a Pisces Moon, I know that well). Since it's a Mercury retrograde and Mercury rules communications, we're too sensitive with the words spoken to us, and too insensitive with the words we speak to others.
Pisces rules karma and emotional baggage, and that could be coming back to bite us as a whole. Countries/societies may see things from the past come back to haunt them. The things we thought were dead are suddenly dancing in our faces and delighting in the torment. Secrets could come out, dirty little secrets that we're ashamed of. We try to hide as much as possible, but don't succeed at all.
Pisces also rules fantasy and imagination, where the dark side is illusions and delusions. We may have a difficult time seeing the reality of situations, not wanting to face the truth and believing only the lies we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better. If you find yourself muttering about how delusional everyone seems to be, you'll know why.
Pisces rules water (so we could see a prevalent water issue), feet, music (a music scandal?), as well as addictions and escapism (maybe someone high profile enters rehab, falls off of the wagon, or we're all drinking like fishes to deal with this retrograde!).
The turn retrograde begins at 19 degrees Pisces, so those of you Pisces born March 7th - 11th may feel the turn retrograde most. The turn direct occurs at 5 degrees Pisces, so those of you Pisces born February 22nd - 26th may feel the turn direct most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
February 2013 Full & New Moons: New Moon in Aquarius & Full Moon in Virgo
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are exactly opposing one another in the zodiac. It tends to signal a time of endings, culminations, and things coming to fruition. A new moon occurs when when the transit Sun and Moon are in the exact same spot in the zodiac. It tends to signal a time of new opportunities, growth, and optimism.
For information on how the new/full moons may impact your sign, read the monthly horoscope.
February 10th 2013 New Moon in Aquarius
A new moon occurs at 2:20AM ET at 21 degrees 43 minutes of Aquarius. In Aquarius, we want to be different. The way things have always been is not the way we want them to be right now. We're drawn to new ideas, new solutions, and try to look at things in ways that we'd normally never think of. It's a time to push boundaries and go against social norms. We may see unusual people or unusual things gain popularity. Look at your own life and see where you can break out of the box. The world needs to be shaken up every so often, including your own. We're more prone to rebellion, especially if we feel we're being held back or forced to be something that we're not. We take a more intellectual approach to situations, wanting to think things through thoroughly, perhaps to the point of not actually getting much done. We're more concerned with the future, and we want to forge a better future for ourselves and future generations. If you're an Aquarius Sun, Moon, or late Aquarius rising, you may feels the effects of this moon most.
February 25th 2013 Full Moon in Virgo
A full moon occurs at 3:26PM ET at 7 degrees 24 minutes of Virgo. In Virgo, those perfectionist tendencies get kicked up a notch. If we don't live up to the standards we've placed upon ourselves, we become too hard on ourselves. We're more analytical in our approach to situations, trying to be detached emotionally so we can be as practical as possible. Imagination or fantasy is not the name of the game, rather, practicality or realism is. We may be more restrictive, restrained, disciplined, and focused on the little details instead of the bigger picture. Since Virgo is an Earth sign, we may become focused on the Earth for some reason (hopefully not a bad one, but this is a full moon after all, and anyone who hasn't been treating the Earth well runs the risk of being punished now). This full moon squares transit (moving) Jupiter in Gemini, so we may have issues with being too lazy, indulgent, not wanting to be responsible, and could get in trouble with the things we say. If you're a Virgo Sun, Moon, or rising, you may feel the effects of this moon most.
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
ARIES JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters earth sign Capricorn, and you should have an easier time dealing with your career. Decisions that must be made come easier to you, and advancements you’re trying to make come with less effort. Conversely, you may be lazier with your career, and not want to do any work at all but expect things to happen for you anyway. If you work in a creative/artistic field, or in beauty/fashion, this is a good placement for you. It’s also good for making a good impression in public, if you need to. You’ll likely get along better with bosses, mentors, parents, or other authority figures in your life, and they could be more helpful to you than usual.
On January 19th, Mercury enters air sign Aquarius, you’ll likely find you want to talk over things with your friends more, or vice versa. You think best in a group, and come up with ideas that are different from what you’d normally come up with. You’re drawn to ideas that are original, innovative, and unconventional. On the same day, the Sun also enters Aquarius, and you’ll likely want to break out of the box. You want to do something different, and be different from how you normally are. You may seem more intellectually-focused, emotionally distant, and open to people from all walks of life.
Jupiter ends its retrograde in air sign Gemini on January 30th. A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth, and Jupiter has been retrograde since October. You’ve likely experienced issues with your communications, having a harder time conveying what you wanted to. You may have also felt more negative or come across as more negative in your communications with people. Now, you can see what they were saying, and you get back to thinking more positively, convey your thoughts more clearly, and have an easier time with mental tasks.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn. You could see a positive development occur in your career. An opportunity could come for a boss, mentor, or parent, or could come for you through one of them. You could embark on a new project that would get you closer to a life goal, or make a new goal for yourself. You could find yourself in the public eye somehow, or being recognized for something you did. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fellow fire sign Leo. You may end a creative project that you’ve been working on. If you have children, you could see an issue come to an end with them, and they may seem more emotional with you than usual. If you’re dating someone, you could make the decision now whether you should continue dating and bring the relationship to another level, or call it quits. If single, you could meet someone that you feel a karmic link to. The arts can stir up emotions within you during this full moon, so don’t be surprised if you start tearing up while listening to a song or watching a movie.
TAURUS JANUARY 2013
Your ruler, Venus, enters fellow earth sign Capricorn on January 8th. If you have to travel, especially anywhere far away or to a foreign country, it should go smoothly and you enjoy yourself. You may plan a trip during this time, and it‘s easier for you to make the arrangements. You’re more attracted to foreign cultures, and want to spend time with people from backgrounds that are different from your own. This is a good time to learn something new, so if you feel compelled to go back to school or take a course, let yourself.
Mercury enters air sign Aquarius on January 19th, and you could have many more communications in your career and about your career. You might have an important conversation with someone about the direction you want your career or life to go in. This is a good time to make plans for your future, your goals, and your career. Think about how you want your life to progress and what you need to do to get where you want to go. If you work in communications, as a writer, or with technology or electronics, this is a good placement for you. The Sun enters the same sign on the same day as Mercury, and you’re far more focused on your career and the direction your life is taking. You want to make sure that you’re planning ahead and have all of your ducks in a row. You may seem more hard-working, focused, detached, and ambitious. You could be recognized for your work and find yourself thrust into the spotlight.
On January 30th, Jupiter will end its retrograde in air sign Gemini, the sign after yours. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our viewpoint here on Earth. He’s been retrograde since October, and you may have had problems getting your hands on enough money for everything that you’ve needed, or haven’t felt like you have enough, even if you do. You may have felt more insecure and full of self-doubt that was subtle, but always present. Now, you can feel more secure, financially and in other areas of your life, and regain your confidence.
A new moon occurs in Capricorn on January 11th, and you could go on a trip, start learning something new, or begin a new writing project. If you’re a writer, this is a good time to come up with a new idea or get published. Overall, you may feel more optimistic during this new moon than usual, and want to go out and see the world, experience something new, and broaden your horizons with a little adventure. A full moon occurs in fire sign Leo on January 26th, and an issue with a relative could come to a head. You can try to fix things or you can cut ties with them. You could finish a home improvement project. Overall, you may be more in touch with your emotions during this full moon, feeling things on a deeper level, and may be more emotional when you’re with your family than with anyone else.
GEMINI JANUARY 2013
Venus enters earth sign Capricorn on January 8th, and if you need to make a big change in your life, you may find it easier to do so now. Change can be a difficult thing to do, but you may do some internal reflection and find that you need to make some changes. Addressing issues that you hold deep inside of you is usually something that you avoid, but you may have an easier time facing them now. The serious aspects of your life that you don’t like to deal with, you can now, but you could also be lazier with those serious matters and let them fall by the wayside.
Your ruler, Mercury, enters fellow air sign Aquarius on January 19th, and you may have more conversations with people about their spiritual beliefs or their backgrounds. You find other cultures interesting, and want to learn more about them. It’s a good time to begin learning a new language, or start taking a course, especially an online one. If you’re a writer, this is an excellent time for you, and you can come up with new ideas more easily and get writing done more quickly. If you’re working on a writing project, it should go smoother. You may sign a contract or deal with some sort of legal agreement during this time. The Sun joins Mercury in Aquarius on the same day, and you may seem more positive, looking on the bright side of matters. You’re more daring and adventurous, wanting to try things that will lead to new life experiences that’ll open your mind. You may seem more freedom-loving, gregarious, and optimistic.
On January 30th, Jupiter ends its retrograde in your sign, Gemini. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth. Jupiter has been retrograde since October, and you’ve likely felt like your life isn’t expanding as much as you’d hope. The opportunities you’ve been looking for have been hard to find, and you’ve been less positive about your life. Now, you can make things happen more easily, find opportunities, and branch out.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn, and you may see the results of a change that you’ve been trying to make in your life, or begin a new change. You may take something old and make it new again. A positive development could occur with your joint finances. Someone could give back money owed to you, or vice versa. You may need to address a serious matter, but don’t find it as daunting as usual. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fire sign Leo, and you could finish a project that you’ve been working on, especially if it has to do with writing, learning, or your daily life. You could get rid of an electronic or have an issue with technology. You could have a misunderstanding with someone. The words that people speak to you impact you more emotionally, and the words you speak to others are laced with emotion. This is a good moon to put your emotions into words.
CANCER JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters Capricorn, the sign opposing yours, Cancer. This makes it easier for you to deal with your loved ones, partners, and even enemies. You can smooth over fights quicker, bring compromise easier, are more concerned with being fair and just, and feel good when you’re with other people. If single, you may have a stronger desire to be in a relationship, and will do more to find someone. If attached, you may want to bring more romance into the relationship and reconnect. This is a good time for forming a new partnership or trying to eliminate an enemy.
On January 19th, both Mercury and the Sun enter air sign Aquarius. You may find that you’re more serious than usual, focused on serious subjects, and take everything seriously, perhaps too seriously. Anything that piques your interest, you’ll become nearly obsessed with, and dive into research with enthusiasm. It’s a good period for dealing with any joint finances, forming a financial partnership with someone, and working out the terms of a loan or debt. You may also want to make a big change in your life, something that will transform you, an area of your life, or a particular thing in your life. You may feel less satisfied with leaving things the way that they are. You could have a stronger desire for intimacy, needing to feel close to people, and may try to strengthen the bonds you have with people. You come across more intense, brooding, and magnetic.
Jupiter ends it’s retrograde on the 30th after being retrograde since October. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our viewpoint here on Earth. In Gemini, the sign before yours, you’ve likely seen things stalled that you’ve been trying to eliminate from your life, have had problems with old issues, or felt bogged down by emotional dead weight. Now, you can eliminate much of what you don’t need and it allows you to not feel like you’re carrying such a heavy load.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn, and you could see an opportunity come up for a partner, or for you through a partner. If single, you could begin a new relationship; if attached, you could bring more commitment to your relationship. You find balance in your life more easily, and you see people as equals. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fire sign Leo, the sign after yours, and you could settle a financial issue, agree to a financial arrangement, or acquire something of value. You feel more emotionally tied to your values and beliefs, and if anyone questions them, you feel threatened. If you find out someone has said something negative about you, it stings you more. Your self-esteem ebbs and flows, depending on your mood, and you may be prone to impulse shopping to make yourself feel better, as well as anything that indulges the senses (binge drinking, overeating, casual sex, etc.) so make sure to think before you make any decisions if you’re feeling emotional, otherwise you may do things you regret later.
LEO JANUARY 2013
Venus will enter earth sign Capricorn on January 8th, and you could find it easier to get the work done that must be done. You’re not usually up for grunt work, Leo, but you may enjoy it now, and want to get through your long to-do list. If you have a creative project to work on, this is a good time for it. If you work in beauty, fashion, or the arts, this is a good placement for you. You can experience laziness with your work though, so try to keep yourself from falling behind on the job. This is also good for your health, and you can tackle issues that need to be addressed and have a better chance of getting things to work.
On January 19th, Mercury enters Aquarius, the sign opposing yours, and you find you can’t stop talking to your loved ones, and they can’t stop talking to you. You dole out advice and get information easily, and they do the same. You may have a harder time talking to people in a group, and do better in a one-on-one setting, so if you have to come up with some big ideas, try to do so with a partner. On the same day, the Sun also enters Aquarius, and you want to spend time with people one-on-one. You feel less like being alone or in a group and want more alone time with other people. If attached, your partner could be in the spotlight. If single, you may want to be in a relationship even more and be prone to loneliness. You may come across more charming, fair, graceful, and indecisive.
On January 30th, Jupiter ends its retrograde in air sign Gemini, where it has been retrograde since October. A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth. You may have experienced issues with your friendships, having trouble making new friends, and feeling like your existing friends are suffocating you. With your dreams, you may have tried to achieve one of them, but have felt like it’s even further away than before. Now, you can make things right with your friends, and have an easier time trying to reach your dream.
A new moon occurs in Capricorn on January 11th, and you could begin a new work project, be offered a new job, or spruce up your work environment. You could see a positive development with your health, start a new diet or exercise regimen, or plan a new healthy lifestyle change. You could also get a new pet. A full moon occurs in your sign, Leo, on January 26th, and you’re rewarded for the hard work you’ve put in, or punished for the bad decisions you’ve made. However good or bad, smart or dumb you’ve been with your life lately will dictate whether this is a positive or negative full moon for you. Overall, you may be more emotional, in tune with your emotions, and let people know exactly how you feel.
VIRGO JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters fellow earth sign Capricorn, and you may want to bring some more fun into your life. You’re usually all about work and your responsibilities, but you need to let yourself play every so often. Set some time aside to go on vacation, deal with a hobby, or just goof off. If you’re a creative person, you may feel more inspired, so this is a good placement if you work in the arts. If you have children, you may find it easier to deal with them, though they may be more dramatic. If single, you want to be in love, and if attached, you want to bring romance into your relationship.
Mercury enters air sign Aquarius on January 19th, and the Sun also enters Aquarius on that same day. You become focused on your work, work projects, work relationships, and want to be as productive as possible. Any little things that have to be done, you’ll get them done quickly and efficiently. You may have more communications at work or about your work, and if you work with technology, electronics, or communications, this is a good time for you. You may be recognized for the work you do, and actually want the recognition. You could become more focused on your health, and deal with a health issue, or try to improve your lifestyle. If you have a pet, they could need your attention, or you could get a new one. You may seem more analytical, discerning, and attentive.
Jupiter has been retrograde in air sign Gemini since October, and that retrograde ends on January 30th. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our viewpoint here on Earth. You may have tried to expand things in your career, but have instead felt more constricted. You may have been more lazy with your goals, not feeling inspired to go after them. Now, you can begin to expand your career and feel inspired to get the work done you need to do.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn, and you feel like letting your inner child out, so let it out. Play, have fun, laugh. You could take up a new hobby, throw a party, or become more interested in the arts or sports. If you have children, an opportunity could come up for them, or for you through them. If single, you could meet someone who grabs your interest, and if attached, you could take some time to make it feel like it did when you first met. This is a good time to start a creative project, and generally, you feel more generous and open-hearted. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fire sign Leo, the sign before yours, and you might need to get rid of something from your life, but it’s an emotional parting. You don’t want to let go, but you know you have to. You may be more emotional than usual but keep it to yourself. Your intuition should be higher too.
LIBRA JANUARY 2013
Your ruler, Venus, enters earth sign Capricorn on January 8th, and you have an easier time dealing with your family. You can smooth things over more easily, settle disputes, make compromises, and are a good mediator with them. They like spending time with you and may want to more. You feel best at home or with your family. This is a good time to spruce up your home and do some redecorating, buying new furniture, painting walls, or doing any aesthetic upgrade you want. Just don’t spend too much.
On January 19th, Mercury enters fellow air sign Aquarius, and you feel more creative than usual, and are more drawn to the arts. You can work on creative projects now and find inspiration easily. This is a good time if you work in the arts. You may have a hard time getting your mind to focus on anything because you don’t want to get any work done and just want to have fun. The Sun also enters Aquarius on the 19th, and this reinforces you wanting to let loose and have a good time. You feel like your work and responsibilities will be there later, so you’ll deal with it then. Right now, you’re too busy having a good time. If you have children, they could be in the spotlight. If attached, you want to bring more romance into your relationship, and if single, you may have more opportunities to date different people. You come across more warm and generous but also selfish.
On January 30th. Jupiter ends its retrograde in fellow air sign Gemini, where it’s been retrograde since October. A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our viewpoint here on Earth. You’ve likely felt like your life isn’t expanding the way that you want it to, and you’re stuck where you are with no opportunities to get out. Now, you can see opportunities coming to you, and you don’t feel as stuck.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn, and you could be presented with an opportunity through a relative, or something positive happens for one of your family members. You could plan a family get-together. You may start a new project for your home. If you’re looking to buy, sell, or move, this can be the moon to do it under. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fire sign Leo, and you could part ways with a group that you belong to or with a friend. Your friends may seem more emotional to you than usual, and you have an easier time expressing yourself emotionally with your friends or in a group. You could realize a dream that you’ve been working towards, or give up on one. You’re more emotionally attached to your dreams, and feel less confident about them if anyone questions you.
SCORPIO JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters earth sign Capricorn, and you have an easier time telling people your thoughts and ideas. You usually keep them to yourself, but now, you want to share them, and feel better when you do. You come up with ideas more easily, and anything that you have to learn, you take in more quickly. This is a good time to work on a creative project, or if you’re a writer. Dealings with neighbors or siblings go more smoothly, and you can work out issues with them. This is a good time to buy a new car or electronic, though you’ll want to set a budget for yourself if you don’t want to spend too much.
Mercury enters air sign Aquarius on January 19th, and you communicate more with your family. They have a lot to say to you, and you have a lot to say to them. Whenever they need advice or information, they come to you, and vice versa. You may have more communications at home than anywhere else. You could hear news about a relative. You could plan out a home improvement project or negotiate a mortgage. On January 19th, the Sun also enters Aquarius, and you feel most comfortable when you’re at home or with your family members. You give them a lot of attention, and demand more attention from them. You also give more attention to your home. You come across as more nurturing, supportive, and cranky.
Jupiter has been retrograde since October in air sign Gemini, but that ends on January 30th. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth. You may have felt like you weren’t able to make the changes that you’ve wanted to make in your life that would give you more freedom and improve your life, feeling stifled. Now, you should have less hurdles to be able to make the changes you want.
A new moon occurs in Capricorn on January 11th. You could begin a new writing project, get through many projects that you’ve been putting off, and have an easier time with day-to-day affairs. An opportunity could come up for a sibling or neighbor, or for you through a sibling or neighbor. With this moon, you could buy a car or new gadget, or take a short trip somewhere. A full moon occurs on January 26th in fire sign Leo. You could finally reach a goal that you’ve been working hard towards, or give up on one of your goals. Something could end for a boss, mentor, or parent. You could be recognized publicly for your work. You may make changes with the direction your life is going in. You may feel more emotionally attached to your accomplishments, and how you feel about yourself is dictated by how much success or failure you’ve endured.
SAGITTARIUS JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters earth sign Capricorn, the sign after yours, and you may feel a lot better about yourself, even more than you usually do. You’re more confident, have higher self-esteem, and think you’re a person who’s worth a lot. You could have an easier time making money, especially if you do something that’s creative/artistic, but you also have an easier time blowing money on things you don’t need but want. You’re more indulgent and sensual, and you want to eat the richest foods, taste the sweetest wines, and wear the most luxurious clothes.
Mercury and the Sun both enter air sign Aquarius on the same day, January 19th. You should see a surge in the amount of communications you have, with everyone and their mother needing to talk to you about something, and you being unable to keep your mouth shut about anything. Information flies, news comes in faster than the speed of light, and if your mind wasn’t going just as fast, you’d be lost. You’re better with the small picture at this time, which is good for you because you usually struggle with that. Any mental task that needs to get done, do now. A sibling or neighbor could be in the spotlight, and you feel more comfortable in your community. If you want to get involved with a community project, go for it. You come across more chatty, scatterbrained, and intellectual.
Jupiter, your ruler, has been retrograde since October in air sign Gemini, the sign opposite yours. A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth, and when your ruler retrogrades, you have a general, overall feeling that things are off. It tends to be subconscious and something you’re not fully aware of until it passes. In your opposing sign, you’ve likely experienced issues within your relationships, and have felt like you’re being smothered and not getting the freedom you need. Now, you can move freely in your relationships, and start to feel the uneasiness lift.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn, and you could be presented with a new money-making opportunity, get a second job, start a side gig, or deal with your finances somehow. Your self-esteem is high, and you want to acquire something of value. Food and music make you feel fantastic, and you feel more grounded as well. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fellow fire sign Leo, and you could finish a writing project, end a course, come home from a long trip, or settle a legal dispute. You’re more emotionally connected to your beliefs, and if anyone questions them, you’ll fight them passionately. Remember that it’s not an assault against you personally if someone doesn’t agree with everything you believe in, and that you’re not always the one who is right.
CAPRICORN JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters your sign, Capricorn. You’ll feel better about yourself, come across as more attractive, and be more charming. People will probably want to be around you more, and you won’t have much time alone. If you’re in a relationship, you’ll want more romance, and if you’re single, you’ll work harder at having a relationship. This is a good time to do a makeover, try losing weight, or make any physical improvements. You’re also more indulgent, and want to be surrounded by the richest and finest things, so watch your spending because you’ll be prone to buying things that you can’t afford.
On January 19th, both the Sun and Mercury will leave your sign and enter air sign Aquarius. You’ll focus more on your finances, and try to do what you can to improve them. You may need to spend on something major, or tweak your budget. You could begin a new money-making venture, especially one that deals with the internet or technology, communications, or the public eye. You may seem even more grounded than usual, and your moods are centered and even, but you can have streaks of jealousy or bouts of anger that you might get stuck in, so watch yourself. Your confidence is high or low depending on what’s going on in your life, and is easily swayed by the highs and lows of life. You can’t base how you feel about yourself on every little moment of your life. You come across as more sensual, attractive, and indulgent.
On January 30th, Jupiter ends its retrograde in air sign Gemini, where it’s been retrograde since October. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our viewpoint here on Earth. You may have been feeling stifled at work or by your everyday responsibilities, wanting to try and expand this area of your life but unable to. Now, you can begin to change that, and feel like you have more room to grow.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in your sign. This is a great time to begin a new project, come up with a new idea, or begin anew in some part of your life. It’s all about doing something new with a new moon in your sign, so don’t hold yourself back. You’ll feel more enthusiastic, positive, and pioneering, and want to go down a new path. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fire sign Leo. This full moon could be quite the opposite of the new moon. You feel heavier, weighed down by life, more serious, and are deeply affected by the things that happen to you, whether it’s warranted or not. You may feel like there’s a dark cloud hanging over your head and get stuck in a nasty mood. Try dealing with an old issue because that should help you feel better.
AQUARIUS JANUARY 2013
Venus enters earth sign Capricorn, the sign before yours, on January 8th, and you may hide the feminine part of yourself, as well as any romantic feelings you may have for someone. You could start a secret affair, begin seeing someone who works in a confined place (like a hospital or prison), or feel a karmic link to someone. You want to help people who are in need, but need to watch out for being taken advantage of or falling for someone who needs to be fixed. This is a good time if you’re a creative/artistic person, and you’ll be more inspired.
Both the Sun and Mercury will enter your sign, Aquarius, on January 19th, and you get a surge of astrological energy. You want to be in the spotlight and get attention, you feel more generous and warm and friendly, you have plenty of conversations with people, you tell everyone what’s on your mind, and you’re even more sociable than usual. Take this time to make something happen in your life. People will be more willing to help you, and you can begin something great in your life.
Jupiter ends its retrograde in fellow air sign Gemini on January 30th. A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth, and Jupiter has been retrograde since October. You’ve likely felt like you were being stifled with your loved ones, have been unable to be as creative as you’d like, and couldn’t have the fun that you’ve wanted to have, having to focus on more serious aspects of your life. Now, you can breathe again with loved ones, feel inspired again, and take some time off to have some fun.
A new moon occurs in Capricorn on January 11th, and this is a great new moon for you to clear the clutter out of your life. Take a look at your physical dwelling and office and do some cleaning. Assess your mental and emotional self and see what baggage you can eliminate. The more you can get rid of, the better, because you need to make room for when the next new moon occurs in your sign. You want plenty of space for all of the new things that can come into your life then. A full moon occurs in fire sign Leo, the sign opposing yours, on January 26th, and you need to take a good, hard look at your relationships. You may decide to cut ties with someone, and it’s emotional, but necessary. You could take another relationship to the next level, bringing more of a commitment to it. You may have an easier time expressing your emotions when you’re with someone one-on-one, and the people that you’re closest to may seem more emotional to you. Try to connect with your loved ones on a more emotional level.
PISCES JANUARY 2013
On January 8th, Venus enters earth sign Capricorn, and you should have an easier time dealing with your friends. You enjoy being around them more, and they want to spend more time with you. You enjoy yourself more in a group, and may spend more time with a group that you belong to, or decide to join a new group. The causes that you’re passionate about could be easier to deal with, and you contribute more to society, helping people. You also feel good about your hopes, dreams, and wishes for the future, and don’t feel as frightened by the future or your dreams.
The Sun enters air sign Aquarius, the sign before yours, on January 19th, and you feel like remaining in the background and don’t want any attention paid to you. You’d rather work behind-the-scenes or alone. You feel more comfortable alone and find other people drain your energy at times, and need the alone time to recharge. You also feel more spiritual, intuitive, and emotional. Mercury enters the same sign on the same day, and you keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself. You don’t want to share any of your ideas, afraid of what people will think of them. You do your best thinking alone, and shy away from people who are too demanding.
On January 30th, Jupiter ends it’s retrograde in air sign Gemini. A planet is retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards from our view here on Earth. Jupiter has been retrograde since October, and you may have felt like you weren’t able to have the kind of freedom you need in your relationships with your relatives. Maybe they’ve been trying to take too much from you, and you’ve had too many family obligations. You may have wanted to expand your home or move but have been unable to. Now, you can feel more free with your family, let go of some of those obligations, and deal with your home.
On January 11th, a new moon occurs in Capricorn. You could form a new friendship, join a new group, or have the opportunity to pursue a dream. You’re more hopeful about the future, and you could come up with an unconventional idea or do something out of the ordinary. Something unexpected could happen, or you do something that you weren’t planning on doing. An opportunity could come up for a friend, or for you through a friend. On January 26th, a full moon occurs in fire sign Leo. You could end a work project that’s taken some time to finish. You could lose your job or decide to walk away from your job. Something in your work environment may change, like coworkers or your boss leaving, or moving to a new office or building. You could resolve a health issue, have something end with a pet, or eliminate a bad habit.
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