Get 'er done, Archer. Your 2017 begins on a productive note, as the Sun marches through Capricorn and your second house of work, money and security. While everyone else lingers in holiday mode, you're back in business! First things first: Pare down your schedule and obligations to the essentials, leaving yourself enough room to meet an important deadline. Your confidence gets a big boost when you take care of the basics. Strengthen your coworker relationships, get your work done on time, and come up with a rock-solid plan for spending and saving. Build that nest egg, Sag.
Just take things slowly the first week of the month, because communication planet Mercury is retrograde until January 8, foiling interpersonal matters, technology and travel. From December 19-January 4, Mercury is retrograde in Capricorn, creating some speed bumps around work, money and daily routines. You might need to revise your budget, or even realize that a once-reliable income stream is on shaky ground. Hold off on starting those lofty personal resolutions, too. From January 4-8, Mercury retrograde dips back into Sagittarius and your first house of self, potentially causing some crossed wires. Filters, please! Your blunt and sarcastic comments are likely to be misinterpreted now. Since the first house rules appearance, this four-day cycle is NOT the time to experiment with a new hairstyle or color, or to get that spontaneous tattoo either.
On January 12, a financial or romantic matter intensifies as the Cancer full moon lights up your eighth house of joint ventures and permanent mergers. A close relationship, business or personal, comes to an all-important turning point. Do you stay or do you go? If you've been pondering an engagement, moving in together or signing on for a collaboration, this is an important day to get everything into the open. Real estate, a legal matter or investments could also be in the spotlight.
Proceed with caution before making it all official. This full moon gets tangled up in a Grand Cross—a four-way battle—with the Sun, rebellious Uranus, and outspoken Jupiter. There's a lot of errant and volatile energy muddying the decision-making process. For example, your independent sign might have a knee-jerk reaction to going the distance with this one person—even if you're mostly sure that this is the right move. Give yourself some space to weigh the pros and cons…and for relevant information to surface. Is there some more research you need to do? A key piece of the equation might be hidden from view. Be careful about opinion-polling too many friends, too—you're liable to get a lot of contrasting viewpoints that will leave you confused and overwhelmed.
On January 19, the Sun flits into Aquarius and your social third house, lightening the mood. Get out there and mingle! Your load eases up, giving you a chance to network with colleagues and kindred spirits. At the office, corral coworkers into epic brainstorming sessions. Schedule important pitch meetings during this period—your powers of persuasion are especially sharp now.
On January 27, the Aquarius new moon gifts you with a fresh start around all matters of communication. You could embark on a media, teaching or collaborative project. Or you might begin a literary venture, perhaps a book or a blog post that goes viral. Important news could come in unexpectedly, too…so watch out for messages of all sorts. The third house rules siblings, neighbors and local activity, so you could turn over a new leaf in a relationship or get involved in a community-based project. Is it time to open that pop-up shop or start promoting your services?
The new moon also coincides with the start of the Chinese New Year. So, goodbye Year of the Fire Monkey, which may have been frenetic and exhausting, but also filled with lively debate and dialogue. Now, the Year of the Fire Rooster, which is associated with the Western sign of Virgo, brings in a fastidious and hardworking vibe. Your new mantra? Less talk…more action!