Burrow into your cocoon, Gemini. Until January 19, the Sun is in Capricorn and your eighth house of privacy and intensity, beginning your 2017 on an introspective note. Though others may be jumpstarting their New Year's resolutions, don't stretch to keep pace with the Joneses. Get introspective instead, as you sort through emotional complexities or dive into a research-heavy project. Your focus is razor-sharp, so feel free to skip the mind-numbing cocktail talk and loud parties. Just cut straight to the empire-building chase and free yourself from distractions.
Be wary of obstacles that arise along the way, however, as clever Mercury, your ruling planet, finishes off a retrograde cycle that ends on January 8. Since December 19, Mercury is backspinning through Capricorn until January 4, and then in Sagittarius, your seventh house of commitments, until the 8th. Overall, the spotlight is on improving your closest bonds, which could hit a few speed bumps now. Where do you need some refining and reevaluating in your partnerships? Go with the flow, Gemini—you can't force a connection, so you may also have to cut your losses. Or, you could reunite with an old love or business associate. Could the second time around be the charm?
Midmonth, a swell of financial opportunity with a dash of stress could present itself. On January 12, the full moon in Cancer, your second house of work and money, forms an intense Grand Cross—or four-way showdown—with the bold Sun, expansive Jupiter in your drama zone and disruptive Uranus in teamwork sector. A hefty raise, promotion, or other lucrative coup could manifest, thanks to your hard work over the last six months. However, this money mojo could be undermined by chaos, tempting your gambling instincts. Don't go spending that nest egg all in some fly-by-night investment, Gemini. Mitigate risks. Avoid rebellious or arrogant collaborators and don't rush in with a know-it-all-attitude either. Collect the offers that come in, and say "yes" to the right one in your own time. This post about the sacred act of holding out by Danielle LaPorte may resonate.
On January 19, there's a spring in your step once again, as the Sun enters Aquarius and your ninth house of adventure, travel and risk-taking. For the next four weeks, your trademark Gemini joie de vivre is back in full force. After a somewhat somber start to the new year, step on out of your cozy nook and go explore the wider world. Plotting an epic overseas trip to save the rainforest or launching your own game-changer of a start-up? Whatever the case, think big! Can't leave city limits? Sign up for a metaphysical workshop or a mind-expanding class to broaden your horizons.
If you didn't quite get around to writing out your resolutions on January 1, you weren't alone. (Thanks, Mercury retrograde!) Fortunately, a better moment to craft compelling, fiery intentions arrives January 27, when the Aquarius new moon opens up a fresh chapter of freedom and self-discovery as it ignites your broad-minded ninth house. The new moon also coincides with the start of the Chinese New Year, kicking off the Year of the Fire Rooster. Since the Fire Rooster is associated with the Western sign of Virgo, add some organization and meticulous planning to your outlandish plans. And since Virgo is associated with health, get some blood circulating. Being in the great outdoors will spur some brilliant thinking and strategizing, so get moving, preferably out in nature, to help those wide-ranging ideas start flowing.