Ready, set, #goals! January gusts in with a blast of ambition, right from the get-go. The year begins with a January 1 full supermoon—the first of two full moons bookending this month. Because it’s in Cancer, this lunar lift will cast its incandescent beams in your tenth house of career, goals and recognition. The energy can position you for a public role or a leadership position as the calendar turns. Your relationship with an important man, possibly your dad, could be a focal point of this emotional full moon. Expressing your feelings, either directly to him or by venting to a supportive friend, would be cathartic. No need to carry any anger or frustration into the new year, Libra!
No big plans for 2018 yet? This full moon might provide a crystal-clear download about your next direction. Since Libras are communal creatures, why not gather a few focused friends for a cozy New Year's Day meal to set intentions? Make it a mini-mastermind and write everyone's top resolution on one page, then distribute copies. Something magical happens when we become the guardians of one another's dreams. And here's a little extra nudge: The July 12 Cancer solar eclipse will catalyze these intentions even more. (Make loose plans to meet again for a midyear check-in!)
After this burst of purposeful and powerful energy, you need to rest. With the Sun visiting Capricorn and your fourth house of home, family and self-care until January 19, leave space to hibernate and recover from the hectic holiday season. This will take dedicated effort. With battery-booster Mars in Scorpio and your productive second house almost all month, you’ll feel like there's so much to DO all the time. And you'll be excited about doing it—you'll just wish you had more time! Tight deadlines and budgets could ratchet up tension this month. With expansive Jupiter also in Scorpio until mid-November, you're prone to overextending yourself. Be vigilant about boundaries this month so that work demands don't steal your much-needed downtime or cause you to unleash stress on your loved ones. If you're too busy to cook, find another way to get some square meals in. When your eyelids droop, go to bed instead of soldiering through, and just wake up earlier instead.
Home and family matters reach a moment of intensity on January 9, when the Sun has its annual meetup with transformational, deep-diving Pluto. Your relationship with an important girl or woman (possibly your mom) is in need of your focused attention. Put away the devices and other distractions so you can bond without interruption. With spiritual Pluto involved, you could have a vivid dream about a departed female relative that feels like a visitation (and might just be!). Your subconscious is also processing a complex brew of feelings around this relationship, from anger to sadness to grief. Pay special attention to your intuition today. Give your home a space clearing if things feel unbalanced. You can do it the “shamanic” way by burning sage and doing a semi-formal ritual, or you could simply declutter and move furniture and objects around to create more fluid energy flow.
Is a person in your space adding a prickly energy? With a January 14 square between the homey Sun and disruptive Uranus in your relationship house, you've been ignoring a fuchsia elephant in the living room. All the interior design flair in the world won't make those tense dynamics go away. Address them; don't window-dress them. The bold Sun-Uranus square pushes you to have a courageous conversation, even if it drives up uncomfortable emotions or anger. (Note: It probably will.) Sometimes there's no avoiding a direct confrontation, Libra, as much as you hate them! And since Uranus will end a five-month retrograde this January 2, suppressed feelings may surge up "out of nowhere." You could feel caught in the middle of a battle of warring relatives. Well-meaning (if nosy) loved ones might weigh in on your romantic choices, annoying you to no end. But unless someone is actually being self-destructive or unsafe, unsolicited advice (either given or received) won't be helpful. Resign from the role of diplomat and live your own life, even if others "disapprove." You can never please everyone, Libra!
Once you've cleared the air, the January 16 Capricorn new moon arrives to help you turn to a clean page involving family, your living situation and emotional security. This new moon is accompanied by FIVE other planets: the energizing Sun, communicator Mercury, affectionate Venus (your ruler), structured Saturn and powermonger Pluto. Wow! Over the next six months, you could make an important change to your living situation, like a renovation, move or home purchase. The cast of characters living under your roof is definitely subject to change. Is it time for a roommate to move in (or out) or for you to help find more appropriate living arrangements for an aging parent? You'll crave good company to get through the winter. Make your home a gathering place for movies, impromptu dinners and meaningful conversations. (This might involve treating yourself to some comfy new couches or seating options—hello, after-Christmas sales!) Women in particular are your champions for the next few weeks. Reach out and make plans with a potential ally or mentor.
Hibernation halts on January 19, when the Sun moves on to Aquarius and your festive, flamboyant fifth house. It's time to shake off any lingering winter blahs and grab life by the shearling collar. The next four weeks are all about passion, play and romance (translation: off with the flannel pajama pants and on with the lace-up boots!). After you hit the white sales for new bedding, check out the winter coats and body-con sweaters so you can wrap up in style for outings, fun dates and other creative adventures.
The month closes with a grand headliner. The January 31 Leo full supermoon is a rare blue moon (as the second full moon in a month)—AND it’s a total lunar eclipse! This is the culmination of the August 21 total solar eclipse in Leo—remember the one that left the U.S. with a trail of paper eclipse glasses and cool terms like "path of totality"? This game changer will sweep through your eleventh house of technology and teamwork. Does your tribe need a makeover (or makeunder)? You can dramatically shift your role in a group or be invited into a groundbreaking collaboration. A friendship that's been toxic or draining could suddenly be "eclipsed" away. Same goes for any affiliation that no longer feels like a fit—sometimes we outgrow people and communities, and that's okay. This eclipse reminds you not to stay past your prime. A project involving technology or social media may go viral, and since eclipses can bring unexpected events, this could happen to your great surprise. Be mindful of the messages you put out today, and keep it original! Your quirky uniqueness is a superpower under these moonbeams. What do you geek out about in your spare time? Share that with the world and you could inspire a new following.