Ready to take on the world? The Sun is making its annual rounds through Capricorn until January 19. Hello, birthday season! As the zodiac's most goal-oriented sign, the turning of the calendar is tailor-made for you to set your sights on a lofty mission. Weed out the time-wasting and uninspiring parts of your life, and prioritize what really inspires you. A solo goal or project could move to the front burner now as the Sun puts its emphasis on YOU.
But as fired up as you may be for resolution-making, there could be a slight time lapse. Communication planet Mercury is retrograde from December 19-January 8, which can cause delays and scrambled signals, especially related to communication, technology and travel. On top of that, messenger Mercury is backing through Capricorn until January 4, which could leave you feeling wildly misunderstood or uncertain about next moves.
Retrogrades, while inconvenient, are perfect for reflection. Use this time to weigh the pros and cons of different scenarios. Finish up any lingering loose ends so you're all clear to start a new venture. Make amends if you had tension over the holidays. This is especially helpful from January 4-8, when Mercury retrograde backs into Sagittarius and your twelfth house of closure. Use these days for forgiveness work or to pick up an old creative project. Caution: You're likely to feel foggy and confused during this four-day period, so avoid making major decisions or signing on any dotted lines.
A better time to start making things official? The January 12 Cancer full moon, which will beam into your seventh house of committed partnerships. A business or romantic alliance could reach a crucial turning point, or you could get clear about which moves to make next. A budding connection could move to a more permanent place, or you might decide to part ways. This energy has been brewing for the past six months, since the corresponding Cancer new moon on July 4, 2016.
Although you could be eager to form a dynamic duo, don't rush in. The full moon will form a Grand Cross—a four-way conflict—with the Sun in Capricorn, expansive Jupiter in your career zone and disruptive Uranus in your home and family sector. You could feel pulled in every direction at once, with all the major areas of your life competing for your attention. Pause and assess, Capricorn. Make sure your personal goals, home and career won't be thrown into chaos by any big changes—even ones that are positive. Your methodical sign knows better than to bite off more than you can chew, so take your time.
The stability you're seeking could finally arrive on January 19, when the Sun shifts into Aquarius and your second house of work, money and security. If you haven't gotten into a consistent post-holiday routine yet, this is a great time to begin new habits.
You'll get a special push at the Aquarius new moon on January 27, a great time to streamline your schedule, join a fitness club or begin a practice in earnest. New career or money-making opportunities could arise. But get those shiny dollar signs out of your eyes, Cap—this is the kind of prosperity that comes from good old-fashioned hard work and hustle. Start now and you could see the results in your bank account by the Capricorn full moon on July 9.
January 27 also kicks of the Chinese New Year, bringing an orderly new energy along with it. While 2016 was colored by the manic Monkey and its unsettling mischief, 2017's roost is ruled by the fastidious Fire Rooster. The Rooster brings an orderly and detail-driven touch to everything it does, which could be much more your speed now.