Dive into the new year with your goals at the top of your agenda! The Sun is blazing through Capricorn and your ambitious tenth house for the first three weeks of January—which is why most Rams prefer to charge in horns-first when the calendar turns. You're the zodiac's first sign and you love a fresh start. So make it happen! The Sun is here until January 19, so there’s plenty of time to get settled back into a groove and make some power moves before the month is over.
You may experience a couple delays during the first week of the month, however, as communicator Mercury wraps up a retrograde backspin that began on December 19. Mercury has been reversing through Capricorn and your tenth house of career, which may have caused a few work interruptions over your holiday, even with the best-laid out plans. Mercury retrograde is notorious for foiling technology, communication and travel. Since the tenth house also rules men, things could have gotten tense with your father or an important guy over Christmas and New Year’s as well.
Let it cool down for now, as Mercury will remain in its dicey retrograde until January 8. Mercury backs into Sagittarius and your outspoken ninth house on January 4, which could turn any attempts to clear the air into a hot mess. If you're spending your holiday bounty on a trip, wait to book those reservations until Mercury turns direct (forward) on the 8th if you can. If your business or job launched a big holiday special, there may have been some chaos with that too.
While work IS the headline event this month, the January 12 Cancer full moon touches down at your home base. The year's first full lunation will light up your fourth house of family, roots and emotions, putting you deeply in touch with your sensitive side. And, um, maybe a little TOO deeply…because this full moon will also form a Grand Cross—a four-way conflict with the ego-driven Sun, impulsive Jupiter and changemaker Uranus. You could feel pulled between dueling demands of your career, a relationship, your personal needs AND your home life—hello, overwhelming! Maybe your 2017 resolutions were a little TOO sweeping, and you're trying to change too many things all at once. (This wouldn't be the first time you've done that now would it, Aries?) The chaotic circumstances could also be beyond your control—for example: your company announces a massive restructure or a partner gets a long-distance job offer.
When your well-crafted plans get turned on their head, how will you react? With a fired-up full moon in your security-seeking fourth house, this could be the recipe for a full-blown freakout if you don't put some support structures in place. Remind yourself of what really matters here, Aries. (Hint: It's not how much money you have in the bank or how many retweets you've gotten today.) Who's really there for you when the chips are down...and have you been treating each other right? A woman in your life, possibly your mother, could play a pivotal role now. This full moon could also bring a pregnancy, a change of address or some shift in your living situation.
And hey, knowing in advance that this could be a crazy day, get proactive now: schedule a massage, a salon appointment, acupuncture or some other form of self-care. Start a yoga practice or cook something nourishing. The more your nurture yourself, the less chance you'll have of being thrown off-kilter by life's ever-shifting fluctuations.
How about a little fun while you're at it? On January 19, the Sun starts a monthlong visit to Aquarius and your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. Step away from the grind and connect with like-minded people around a common cause or interest. Connect with friends you didn't get to see during the hectic schedule of last month and plan a gathering to bring everyone together.
With the holidays officially in the rearview, we all need a reason to commune and keep spirits up during the dark of winter. How about co-hosting a Chinese New Year party? On January 27, the Aquarius new moon kicks off the Year of the Fire Rooster. It also sparks up a fresh six-month cycle for your social life, planting the seeds for a fruitful new friendship or a promising collaboration. Since the Rooster is associated with the health-conscious Western sign of Virgo, you can even err on the side of clean eating with a Saturday afternoon brunch the next day, serving up some raw or vegan-inspired goodies like these. Or, meet your crew for some group fitness instead of the usual boozy brunch that you've had more than enough of anyway.