Stoke those embers in the fireplace, Pisces. On New Year’s Day, the moon is in Gemini, your cozy fourth house. Embrace 2015 in a sweetly domestic fashion. Hang out with your family, or your closest friends. You could feel especially nurturing or maternal, so you may enjoy cooking for loved ones or just puttering around, eating leftovers and putting your home back into post-holiday order.
On January 4, the Cancer full moon lights up your fifth house of drama, lust and joie de vivre. Looks like someone’s in an amorous mood! No need to keep your angel cards close to your vest. Make your affections known, Pisces. Fame calls under this bright full moon, so don’t be shy about sharing your most sacred works of art and also just going full-throttle with self-expression. Step into the spotlight—fortune favors the bold!
Your social life is abuzz until January 20, while the Sun moves through Capricorn, your free-spirited eleventh house of friends and groups. You may receive invites to link up with like-minded allies; perhaps you join an alliance for a cause close to your heart. A team project could get into full swing at work. Since technology is highlighted, you could find yourself enjoying some online or digital action, maybe the launch of a new blog, or a video/post that goes viral.
Of course, the mere thought of catching up with a zillion friends and being part of a larger mission—no matter how much you believe in it—could be exhausting, thanks to January's pileup of planets in Aquarius, your sleepy twelfth house of solitude, rest and endings. If you must go to a party or council meeting, try to keep things on a spiritual plane, as your twelfth house confers a deeper sense of connectedness and compassion for humanity. Your free-flowing sign is known for dancing to the beat of your own drum anyway—and that’s all the more imperative now.
Since December 4, go-getter Mars has been blazing through this tender zone of your chart. Until January 12, Mars could disrupt your sleep, causing stressful dreams or bringing up repressed anger at night. Try just turning off your phone, or leaving it at home for the day. The reduction of static will help you slow down. Also joining the Aquarian shindig, affectionate Venus enters Aquarius from January 3-27, creating the conditions for fantasy in love…or a desire for alone time, especially near water. Infuse a deeper meaning into all your interactions, especially when communicative Mercury enters Aquarius from January 4-March 12, making this a time for emotional catharsis and processing. On the 20th, the Sun enters Aquarius for four weeks, driving you deeper into your cosmic cocoon. That same day, a powerful new moon in Aquarius launches you to a new spiritual consciousness. The new moon is a supermoon and also the first of two concurrent new moons in Aquarius, the next one being on February 18. Get ready for a spiritual awakening or an artistic renaissance.
Wedged between these stirring, inspirational new moons is a pace-muddling retrograde (backward) spin of communicator Mercury in Aquarius, your twelfth house of the subconscious. From January 21-February 11, you could end up feeling downright confused, as the messenger planet slogs backward through your twelfth house of hidden information. Perhaps an important secret comes to light, or you end up with a front-row seat (and buttered popcorn) to your own unprocessed memories, phobias or hazy thoughts. All the regular Mercury retrograde rules apply: take caution when traveling, making plans or sending emails. Back up your data, and think before speaking! For more on Mercury retrograde, see our post at www.astrostyle.com/mercury-retrograde
While the gods of rationale aren’t doing you any favors, spend some time ruminating on your career trajectory, Pisces. January marks the first full month of disciplined Saturn in Sagittarius, your driven tenth house—kicking off a cycle that will last for three years. (The taskmaster planet entered this achievement-oriented zone on December 23, 2014 and will stay until December 19, 2017.) Reflect on ways that you can use more structure in your work life to get ahead. Tap a trusted mentor or someone whose career trajectory you admire to show you the traditional route toward success. Sure, grabbing the brass ring might take some time…but with your persistence and steady work ethic, it’s worth it. And while you're feeling so confused or adrift this month, you might find that implementing a few regular practices (daily meditation, a cardio class) helps keep you anchored and earthbound. For more on how to make the most of Saturn in Sagittarius, check our post at: http://astrostyle.com/saturn-in-sagittarius
Is it the real thing or just a fantasy?
Fantasy-fueled passion? Watch out, Pisces—you could be playing with fire this month, as a host of planets gather in Aquarius, your twelfth house of illusion and escape. Magnetic Venus is here from January 3-27, while sultry Mars is adding its own heat until January 12. Trouble is: there’s no pinpointing a “right” path with a high deceptive influence. Your wits won’t exactly help you, as you could feel 100 percent sure that something is "meant to be," or that a mysterious suitor has the best intentions, only to find later that your psychic sense was off—way off, a la Aldo Nova’s super 80’s hit
It’s not that you shouldn’t trust your intuition—you absolutely should. But you could misinterpret its wisdom under this potentially deceptive atmosphere. A clandestine affair could feel exciting, only to turn south when your unavailable partner reveals a spouse or serious roadblock to the happiness you’ve been dreaming about. As best as you can, use your dreamy side to either visualize the love you most desire, or to infuse some naughty (yet harmless) role-playing into your current union. Seeing the spiritual side of romantic connections will help you forgive the past (and partners who just couldn’t be who you wanted them to be) and ultimately move forward.
Fireworks! Full moon in your romance sphere.
On January 4, the Cancer full moon shines its light on your fifth house of drama, fertility and lusty action. Around this day, a simmering chemistry could combust into full-blown attraction. Your passion is off the charts today, and you could have a thrilling opportunity to act on it. If you’re not ready to make room for baby, take extra precaution, as Pisces women of childbearing age could be very receptive to pregnancy. While your sensitive sign may sometimes hold back out of respect for the other person’s feelings, now you're ready to wear your heart on your silk sleeve. Sure, you might sound a little theatrical—“I’d lay down my life for you!”—but you need to express yourself all the same. If there was ever a day to be authentic and real, Pisces, it’s now.
Time to clear the air?
On January 8, clever Mercury links up with magnetic Venus in your twelfth house of closure and hidden information. This is a great day to be very honest with your mate or to extend an olive branch if you've been fighting. Still carrying a torch for your ex? Let go with love. The mystical influence of the twelfth house could also create optimal conditions for a fated meeting with your soulmate.
Your mojo returns midmonth.
Hey, head-turner! From January 12-February 19, your fierce and flirty personality comes back, as sultry Mars enters Pisces, snapping you out of a fog. Under this influence, you’re not shy about going for what you want—making the first move and stating your desires plainly. This “va va voom” transit could inspire you to dress in a sexier way, but you'll turn heads without having to try, Pisces.
Of course, you may hit some roadblocks from January 12-19, when spicy Mars in Pisces forms a challenging square to accountable Saturn in Sagittarius, your tenth house of long-term goals. Asserting yourself and your freedom might not go over too well in a committed relationship. You could bump into external resistance, or even start to feel a little trapped by the security of a serious relationship. You need to flex your freedom muscles without toppling the whole structure, and this could be tricky.
If you're single, you could come across as combative or even a little hostile to prospective suitors, who might assume you have a chip on your shoulder. Oops! Maybe you aren’t as confident as you thought, and your brazen words ring a bit hollow. While you can’t rush right into a better (or new) situation, you sure can make sure that you’re establishing a solid foundation for your own future—and so, in that light, there’s no need to press for a long-term commitment or goal.
Watch for self-doubt January 19.
Tread lightly when it comes to playing the blame game. On January 19, fiery Mars in Pisces is conjunct foggy Neptune, all in your first house of self. This could make you cling to a martyr or victim role, when, in reality, you’re just in a more sensitive spot. Insecurities could bubble up, too, causing you to go through the ringer: are you doing the right thing in a relationship? This, too, shall pass. The confusing influence of Neptune, your ruler, could prompt you to think too highly of a partner or suitor. Does the other person make you feel admired and sexy, and so therefore you’re willing to not look too carefully at his/her romantic CV? Well, as much as you might enjoy a rose-colored glasses affair, you probably won’t fare too well if you abandon all sense of reality. Put yourself (and your needs) first. Any worthy soul who is going to sweep you off your Louboutins can do it on your time, not theirs.
Heal a rift, focus on closure during Mercury retrograde.
As the month closes out, your attention could be turned to the past, as communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Aquarius, your twelfth house of healing, from January 21-February 11. During this three-week stretch, you could find yourself going over a past relationship or hurt—every little infraction or transgression you’ve experienced, especially a betrayal, could hurt as acutely as the first time. Use this reflective period to close out any emotional baggage. Address any loose end in your love life (which Pisces notoriously leave dangling)—anything, no matter how minor, that is keeping you from fulfilling your romantic dreams.
Think big, long-term.
With serious Saturn in Sagittarius, your tenth house of professional endeavors—now settled here for three years—there’s no shelf life on your greatness. But there’s one caveat: you’ve got to earn that trophy, raise, or promotion. Until late 2017, you will be motivated to make more money, working just a bit harder in the process. If you put in the extra hours and also implement a strategy for reaching your career heights, you WILL be rewarded, eventually. (It reminds us of a mildly downtrodden pep talk a mentor once gave our friend, “If you work hard enough and keep at it, you’ll eventually find some degree of success.” Years after he said this, he won the Pulitzer…so he knows what he’s talking about!) Finances could be stretched thin, too. But being in short fiscal supply will only make you get smarter about money matters. Remember: necessity is the mother of invention.
Put yourself out there.
As you’re testing your own mettle on the career front, you could also find that the spotlight beckons. After January 12, energetic Mars bursts into Pisces, your first house of self and passion projects. If you’ve been putting your own interests on the back burner, get set to be your own best cheerleader once again. With Mars here, you have a definite “it” factor—so don’t hesitate to put yourself out there more, showing off your magnetic side. If you have opinions, voice them now, because others will naturally want to hear what you have to say. Wield this power wisely. There’s no need to veer into argumentative territory, which can happen with combative Mars here. Your ego is not at stake. At the same time, don’t be coy about what you truly desire on the job—a new position, a leadership opportunity, a brand new laptop? Be bold and ask.
Take a mental rest.
On a psychological note, you’re experiencing a slowdown around January 21, when communicator Mercury turns retrograde (backward) in Aquarius, your twelfth house of hidden agendas and the subconscious. Give your mind a break and tap into more right-brained (and naturally Piscean) creative activities: journaling, meditation, drawing, free-writing, listening to music. You'll unblock yourself much more this way.
During this time, you may become aware of a snake in the grass—a colleague you THOUGHT had your best interests at heart, but really, is out for self above all. Be extra careful with the secrets you share during this time. Someone might not have as much integrity as he/she conveys. All matters of security are highlighted—be careful when purchasing online, guard against identity theft and change your passwords. Better safe than sorry, Pisces.
Snap out of fantasy-land.
Is “denial” a river in Egypt? That might be your wish, Pisces, as a January 1 opposition between motivated Mars in Aquarius, your twelfth house of healing, and abundant Jupiter in Leo, your sixth house of health. As much as you want to call that psychic or tap a friend who will enable your fantasies, you will be better off in the long run just dealing with what IS, in order to move forward. You could be repressing some anger, and that could cause you to become physically sick—so this is no time to sweep matters under the Persian rug. A healthy resolution might be to sacrifice less, only helping and giving when you feel the genuine call to. Otherwise, you could land in the unseemly territory of resentment.
In general, you’re better off taking a break from your “Heal the World” mantra this January. With a cluster of planets in Aquarius, your tender twelfth house, you’re feeling things more deeply anyway. The best course of action? Get thee to a yoga class. Sleep in when you can. Listen to your internal rhythm. Crank up the tunes and dance it out. Get in touch with your primal instincts, so that your own subconscious can help, not hinder, you. For more on cleaning up your self-sabotaging instincts, check out Dr. Joe Dispenza’s useful book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Energy revs up again mid-January.
On January 12, motivator Mars slips into Pisces, your first house of self and identity. With all this extra assertive energy inside of you, you could be craving a dynamic outlet. Until February 19, check out some of the more testosterone-driven activities, such as boxing, Crossfit and TRX. As much as you may want to push through a workout—“no pain, no gain” is your mantra—take care not to become injured because you’re rushing. Under this influence, you could be accident-prone.
With expansive Jupiter retrograde (backward) in Leo, your sixth house of wellness, until April 8, there could be moments when your motivation flags. Don’t force yourself to achieve a goal or push past your limits if it doesn’t come naturally. Overall, you could just be less motivated or slower going with all things health-related, and that's okay. To make the most of this transit, consider returning to an old sport, workout or practice you loved.
Let go to begin anew.
On January 20, the Aquarius new moon (a supermoon, no less!) shines into your twelfth house of spirituality. Have you been praying for a miracle, yet nothing happens? Perhaps that’s because you haven’t cleared the necessary space for it to manifest. On this day, say goodbye to whatever is hindering your progress, tuning into spirituality and "signs" from the divine. In a nod to who's really in control, take your hands off the wheel and ask for evidence of things working out for you. This is a time when your ability to manifest is super-strong; get that Law of Attraction working in action. The first step is to control your vibration. If it’s low, make it higher, perhaps by taking a yoga class, sipping a green juice or just thinking happy thoughts.
Since you could be a bit more tender than usual, take time to soak in an Epsom salt bath, or just curl up with a good book, if that’s what your soul needs. Prioritizing self-care also means prioritizing sleep, Pisces. So get some zzzz’s! If you’ve had a nagging health problem or just need more rest, try a new holistic treatment. Give back through charity, if you’re so inspired. (And since we are all connected, you just might find that “helping” others is your soul salvation, too, as this woman learned
when a stranger asked her for help.) Around this day, find compassion for your fellow humans, Pisces. It will lift you higher than any glam party ever could. A "guardian angel" figure could enter your life, too. The best thing you can do? Expect miracles; they are coming!
Time to move on?
From January 21-February 11, communicator Mercury is retrograde (backward) in your house of healing, which could make you tell yourself that…just move on already! But, as you well know, healing is a process, and so is coming to an honest place of acceptance when things don’t turn out as planned. During this three-week stretch, whatever old pain comes up can be healed. You know this, so don’t stuff it down with cocktails or a box of Mint Milanos. Allow yourself to work through old resentments, especially if you’ve had to recover from a betrayal or deception. Remember: if someone lied to you, that reflects poorly on THEM. Free yourself from useless (and codependent) shame, and cut any victim thinking short. If you cling to blame or anger, how can you ever create the beautiful life you know is possible?