Dream your way into 2017, Aquarius. Your year could get off to an ethereal start, as the Sun winds its way through Capricorn and your hazy twelfth house until January 19. As others are racing their way out of the starting gate, you’ve got cosmic permission to take it nice and slow. Resolutions and ambitious planning can wait. Catch up on lost sleep, process any lingering emotions, and take plenty of time for self-care. This is your annual hibernation period, just before your birthday season, so use this time to reflect on the last 12 months. Catalogue what went right—and what didn't. The twelfth house rules forgiveness and closure, so if holiday tensions flared, make amends and extend olive branches where necessary.
You'll need to guard against early burnout though, since go-getter Mars is blazing through Pisces and your work and money zone until January 28. Job and financial demands will nip at your heels as you attempt to stay Zen. It would be easy to dive in and get overwhelmed right away, so make an extra effort to pace yourself. Don't load your plate up too quickly or worry that you'll be left behind if you say "no" to an offer or two.
As the year begins, you might also be face some confusion and misunderstandings, as communication planet Mercury is retrograde from December 19-January 8. Until January 4, the messenger planet is backspinning through Capricorn and your sensitive twelfth house, causing some emotional distress. Try to refrain from lashing out or making any declarations of unhappiness. There may be an underlying cause to your upset, which could become clearer once Mercury goes direct.
From January 4-8, Mercury backs into Sagittarius and your eleventh house of groups and technology. This period is also fraught with miscommunication, especially among colleagues and friends. Watch what you post on social media and be careful about getting mired in he-said/she-said politics. It could easily turn into a game of telephone, so triple-check your facts and figures before disseminating any important information to the masses.
A lean, mean organized machine? On January 12, the Cancer full moon shines on your efficient sixth house, highlighting the practical matters of your day-to-day life. Get off the couch and start tidying up. Pull out gently-used clothing and make a trip to the charity dropoff center. Use your keen analytical skills to finesse your workflow or tweak an important proposal. Since you always perform better when you're taking care of your body, this is also a good moment to swap the leftover candy canes for leafy greens, sprouted grains and other organic fare.
Caveat: As pumped as you are to take control of every little detail in your life, proceed with caution. The Cancer full moon is also locked into a Grand Cross—a four-way planetary battle—with the Sun, optimistic Jupiter, and rebellious Uranus, your cosmic ruler. It's great that you can picture the pathway toward better productivity and health...but do you have to start training for a marathon, repaint your whole house, and nix carbs all in one day? (Hint: Hell, no!) Pace yourself, Water Bearer.
Your new and improved self makes an official debut on January 19, when the Sun blazes into your independent and fiery first house. Tap your renewed energy and confidence, and put your most personal agenda on the front burner. Maybe this is the year you finally make a film, strike out on your own, or simply learn to put yourself first. These next four weeks are all about YOU!
On January 27, the Aquarius new moon puts the spotlight on your first house of self, helping to clarify the steps you need to take to achieve your solo goals and dreams. If New Year's Eve left you unimpressed, no biggie. This day actually marks your own personal new year, according to the stars. Write down your most passionate intentions, whether you want to start a new hobby, learn to surf, dive into coding, or just go unabashedly #boss. This day also coincides with the start of the Chinese New Year, and we're ushering in the Year of the Fire Rooster, which is associated with the Western sign of Virgo. Your intentions might take on a healthy hue, like vowing to amp up your exercise game or committing to eating clean in 2017. Seeds planted today will blossom over the next six months, so make 'em count!