Happy, healthy New Year, Leo! You're prepped and ready for the calendar's turn, as the Sun is making its annual sojourn through Capricorn and your sixth house of wellness, fitness and organization until January 19. Sync your new fitness tracker. Clear out the Christmas cookies to make way for some hearty whole foods. And move your body—even if it's just a brisk walk through your neighborhood. Or, since Leos love to be on the cutting edge, try some of these trending new wellness techniques. Why yes, you can use DNA sampling to customize an eating plan for yourself…or fight inflammation by munching medicinal mushrooms.
That said, it might take a minute to get back on the well-being wagon. Mercury has been retrograde in Capricorn and your health zone since December 19. You might have picked up a seasonal cold or flu, or just lapsed in your own good habits. When Mercury turns direct (forward) on January 8, you can really get into the swing of this salubrious season.
Some old drama could flare from January 4-8, as Mercury retrograde backs into Sagittarius and your fiery fifth house. An ex could resurface (surprise!) or you might dust off a shelved creative project. But don't get too deep into any of it, as this will be a brief transit.
More fireworks could be on the agenda midmonth, as the January 12 Cancer full moon forms an intense Grand Cross with the Sun, expansive Jupiter and radical changemaker Uranus. The full moon falls in your twelfth house of closure and healing. Perhaps there's a loss you haven't fully mourned, or a struggle from 2016 is still lingering in your life. It's time to let go, Leo—but that's easier said than done. You could get overwhelmed by making a decision today, weighing the pros and cons or endlessly talking it through. Every option looks enticing—or maybe nothing is perfect enough. It doesn't help that this Grand Cross is making you excessively critical as well.
Struggling to unhook or detach from drama? The full moon could reveal where you're locked in a toxic dynamic with someone. Maybe you spend too much time arguing or trying to get them to see the light (Spoiler alert: They won't). Perhaps you've enabled them, created a draining and imbalanced relationship that's only dragging you down. This full moon helps you work on codependence issues. (No shame—we all have 'em.) Start with this affirmations app from Melody Beattie's classic book, The Language of Letting Go. Or maybe book a session with a therapist or coach as part of your 2017 self-care regimen. Remember: The point is not to blame or feel like a victim, but rather to recognize how this pattern has unconsciously controlled you. Awareness is the antidote, because it empowers you to make different choices. That's how you'll set yourself free!
Balanced relationships will really become a central theme starting January 19, when the Sun moves into Aquarius and your seventh house of interpersonal ties. Even out the give-and-take in your circle. Ask for support, or delegate instead of trying to do it all yourself. An exciting business partnership or romantic relationship could turn official, especially when the January 27 Aquarius new moon activates this commitment-focused zone of your chart. Since new moons mark beginnings, you could also do a ritual or set intentions for the kind of love you'd like to attract in 2017. Get a jump-start on Valentine's Day, because Cupid is blessing you with some earlybird vibes now.
January 27 also kicks off the Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster, an abrupt change from the brash, bold Monkey energy of 2016. The Monkey is associated with the Western sign of Leo, but its vibe can be manic and abrasive. If you're feeling overloaded with options, projects or new ideas, the more methodical Rooster energy can help you prioritize and redirect your energy more discerningly.