MONTH OF January
The holidays might be officially over, but there’s a party going on in Virgoland for a few more weeks, okay? The Sun is in Capricorn and your festive, flirty fifth house until January 20, and you’ll be feeling the celebratory spirit until then. Keep it alive, Virgo!
But keep that boisterousness to a dull roar since your ruling planet, communicator Mercury, will also be in Capricorn—retrograde! It’s a thin line between having fun and being obnoxious or accidentally offending someone right now.
As cheery as Capricorn season could make you, another side of you will be unusually private and insular for the first five months of the year—even for a Virgo! Expansive Jupiter is in Aries and your secretive, intimate eighth house, a time when you’ll experience growth tucked away into your cocoon for a spell. Rather than focus on a lot of people and activities, you’ll have the most luck by giving your best energy to a tight inner circle or one passion project. Quality over quantity! The eighth house rules long-term wealth and joint ventures, and with lucky Jupiter here, you could have a prosperous year of passive income and amplified revenue streams. Cha-ching!
Your career also kicks back up starting January 12, when energizer Mars snaps out of a ten-week retrograde in Gemini and your professional tenth house. The red planet will linger in Gemini until March 25 and rev up your ambitions. Expect long hours and short deadlines that could get stressful—and make sure that you’re pouring this energy into projects that will actually pay off!
You’ll have an easier time settling into your systematic groove after January 20, when Mercury retrograde’s done and over with and the Sun shifts into Aquarius, activating your organized sixth house. The next day brings an Aquarius new moon and the Year of the Water Rabbit, a new 12-month cycle that stimulates your imagination and is said to attract abundance! (Rabbits are known for multiplying, after all.)
On January 22, unpredictable Uranus wraps up a five-month retrograde, and for the next couple months, we’ve got zero retrograde planets overhead! Consider that your cosmic clearance to get started on those #VirgoGoals in earnest. Onward into 2023 you go!
It’s Capricorn season until January 20, but Mercury’s retrograde until January 18
Viva 2023! Until January 20, the Sun is in Capricorn, your fifth house of romance and joie de vivre, putting you in an open-hearted mood. The first three weeks of the month, you’re feeling generous and lively—definitely the life of the cosmic party who’s keeping holiday joy alive into the new year.
Spend time with the people who lighten your spirits and inspire inappropriately loud laughter during this bold, unleashed cycle. You may be more courageous and forthcoming than usual, willing to wear your heart on your sleeve. Spend time on your talents or a creative pursuit. With this brimming passion, you might also indulge your inner Picasso or have a raucous night belting out your favorite power ballads at karaoke.
Just don’t go shouting everything from class=”body-el-link standard-body-el-link” the rooftops just yet, Virgo. Messenger Mercury will be retrograde until January 18, crossing wires with travel, technology and interactions. Since Mercury is your ruling planet, you may be especially affected by its backspin.
During this period, you and a romantic interest could be out of sync or have a missed connection. A creative project could stall or hit a speed bump. If you have children, they could be especially unruly. Instead of pushing your own agenda, use this time to reflect and revise. An ex could resurface for a second go ’round. Is it worth the drama, though? You’ll find out soon enough, so suspend judgment until Mercury goes direct (forward) on January 18.
The final day of Mercury retrograde coincides with the once-a-year meetup of the Sun and karmic Pluto, a date that can deliver a download of divine inspiration. Make space in your life for the muse to enter, even if that means going for a walk or taking a few moments of silence. A pregnancy or soulmate encounter is also possible under these spiritually intensified beams. You could feel a palpable, heart-centered connection with someone today. No point in trying to hide your feelings. Even with secretive Pluto in the mix, your truth will come shining through.
The January 6 Cancer full moon activates teamwork
Nobody will ever do it as well as you can, Virgo, but that doesn’t mean you should go it alone! On January 6, the first full week of 2023 ends with a full moon in Cancer, igniting your eleventh house of teamwork, technology and collaboration. A digital or online project could get a big boost as the new year kicks into gear.
This full moon could bring a joint effort together. It could also mark a turning point—or a breaking point—in a friendship. If you’re simply not aligned in your values and interests, why keep spending so much time together? Don’t mistake the comfort of familiarity and habit for a real connection.
We’re not saying you should ditch a longtime friend, but if you don’t have that much in common anymore, either try to forge new shared interests or scale back the time you spend together. With this full moon in a tight opposition to Mercury retrograde, distancing yourself from dramatic and draining people will be a must. Being a natural giver, it’s easy to attract a lot of takers into your world.
Here’s a better way to spend your time: Dive into an inspiring collaborative project and build relationships with new people who can help take your ideas to the next level. How about starting or joining a mastermind, Virgo? Being around people who “get you” is essential to your motivation—you so often feel misunderstood!
Sun enters Aquarius January 20
You’ll be ready to start your 2023 resolutions in earnest on January 20, when the Sun marches into Aquarius and your efficient sixth house, the zodiac zone ruled by Virgo. For the next four weeks, roll up your sleeves and turn your new year’s resolutions into reality. Lace up your sneakers and start hitting that boot camp or HIIT circuit workout class you’ve been talking about. Go on one of your epic Virgo decluttering missions, too: clean out old files or bring your gently worn clothing to a charity dropoff. Implement a new calendar system to keep your schedule in order. By taking care of the so-called little things, you set yourself up for soaring success—not that we need to tell YOU that, Virgo.
Enter the Water Rabbit! Aquarius new moon and Lunar New Year’s Eve on January 21
On January 21, the Aquarius new moon helps you start a fresh chapter of wellness and organization in your day-to-day life. Turn over a healthy leaf and commit to cutting back on a troublesome habit or food group. Virgo rules the digestive system, and this new moon could help you get your gut health back on track with some dietary changes. (Buh-bye, gluten-induced brain fog?)
This evening will kick off the Lunar Neclass=”body-el-link standard-body-el-link” w Year as we bid adieu to the cagey and unpredictable Water Tiger and usher in the Year of the Water Rabbit until February 9, 2024. After a challenging year of “Tiger pivots” that foiled your best attempts at Virgo planning, we move into a gentler cycle that feels more sensitive and supportive than stressful.
Back into the world! Uranus retrograde ends on January 22
Shout it out to the world! On January 22, trailblazer Uranus wakes up from a five-month retrograde in Taurus and your expansive ninth house, bringing exciting growth opportunities out of the blue. With the planet of radical change powering forward in this worldly sector, you could connect with a long-distance client or collaborator, or act on the sudden urge to travel. An opportunity to teach, publish or broadcast could appear, and you’ll want to make use of every platform that your ideal audience is on.
Love takes a turn for the practical from January 2 to 26 as romantic Venus enters Aquarius and your orderly sixth house. Single Virgos could be more focused on getting work done and doing self-care than actively dating. Or, if you do open yourself up for a mate, they might need to meet rigorous new criteria.
Couples could tackle a winter home reno project together—perhaps not the sexiest thing, but it will solidify your bond. “Acts of service” is your love language while Venus is in this helpful zone. Remember, that’s a two-way street, not just you doing all the giving! A strong person who finds joy in supporting you could sweep you off your Uggs now.
Meanwhile, the other love planet, Mars, is making a long trip through Gemini and your tenth house of long-term goals from August 20, 2022, until March 25, 2023. You could be feeling a bit obsessive about the future, and definitely not patient with someone who’s wishy-washy about your relationship. Serious contenders only—others need not apply! Mars in this responsible zone will act as your heavenly HR department, checking references and conducting due diligence on any so-called soulmates to make sure they’re not players in disguise.
Mars has been retrograde since October 30, a challenging time to get on the same page about the future. One or both of you may have been consumed with work, or maybe you were fighting over the practicalities of your relationship. (You love each other but…there’s no WAY you’re moving to the suburbs or converting to their religion!) As Mars corrects course and shifts into direct (forward) motion, it will be easier to either align around a common mission or amicably part ways for a better match.
On January 9, Venus and Mars meet in a harmonious trine, creating sweet synergy. Although Mars is still retrograde, you can use this opportune moment to come together around mutual goals, values and desires. Who knew making plans for the future could feel so sensual? Tackling one of your #couplegoals dreams as a duo could make you feel all warm and fuzzy about your connection. Having a shared purpose that you work toward together is the glue that cements your bond this month.
In fact, seeing each other come through like that could inspire you to make a commitment more official. On January 26, Venus moves into Pisces and your seventh house of serious relationships, where it will stay until February 20. A Valentine’s month proposal or talk of taking things to the next level could very well be in the stars. If you’ve been together for a long time, you might even renew your vows or do something extra special to celebrate your ongoing connection and ignite a romantic spark. Single Virgos could meet someone with long-term potential during this Venus transit, possibly even through work or at an industry event.
Calling all creatives, makers and artists! During Capricorn season, which lasts until January 20, you’ve got cosmic permission to follow your passionate whims. This might not bode well for staying chained to a desk or poring over spreadsheets, but it does look good to rally your team for bonding activities that ramp up the inspiration. Though the holidays might be over, you’re clinging hard to the festive spirit.
And, truth be told, there are other reasons not to work or push too hard: Until January 18, thoughtful Mercury is retrograde (backward) in Capricorn and your flamboyant fifth house, making egos fragile. You might get embroiled in a scene at the office, something you really didn’t plan on participating in (but are stuck dealing with nevertheless). Your ideas are still developing—and you could have second thoughts about a project. Tune in to what that hesitation is telling you. Are you not into this idea anymore or just not in the mood to do a bunch of hard work? Pull out your notes for back-burnered ventures and half-developed ideas now—you might just uncover a forgotten gem whose time has come.
In the meantime, stay busy tidying up—a favorite Virgo pastime! On January 20, the Sun slips into Aquarius, your sixth house of analysis and organization, putting you back in your micromanaging wheelhouse. Look at your budget with a discerning eye. Have a check-in with Team Virgo. This isn’t a time to assume anything, and you want to be assured that your support squad has your back. (And so, in turn, you need to have theirs.) Your ability to effectively take stock of the entire workplace picture—down to the nitty-gritty details—will serve you well. The best day for this arrives on January 21 with the Aquarius new moon, when you can flex your organizational and master-planner superpowers.
Love Days: 20, 24
Money Days: 3, 13
Luck Days: 28, 11
Off Days: 26, 8, 21
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