"Man is free the moment he wishes to be," Voltaire once wrote. Lucky for you, Taurus, that moment of liberation is upon you, as the Sun blazes through Capricorn and your ninth house of adventure and autonomy until January 19. Get out and explore the wider world, whether through a life-changing trip, a return to the Ivory tower, or immersing yourself in philosophical study. Roll the dice on an entrepreneurial venture, or take some other bold action, like giving a soul-baring presentation for the masses. After all, fortune favors the bold.
In your enthusiasm to live out loud, though, you could end up with a case of foot-in-mouth syndrome, as communicator Mercury is retrograde until January 8. Since December 19, Mercury has been doing backstrokes in Capricorn, which could mean that your brave and honest declarations misfired. During this spell, Mercury might push you to spill your guts—but was it to the wrong audience or delivered without considering the practical implications? On January 4, the messenger planet slips back into Sagittarius which could spell snafus for a real estate deal or a close partnership until this cycle completes on the 8th. Overall, rethinking and reevaluating your long-term, security-building plans is a good thing, Taurus. For more on how to survive and thrive during Mercury retrograde, check out our primer here.
Midmonth, tension reaches a fever pitch, as the January 12 full moon in Cancer and your information-addicted third house forms a potentially stressful Grand Cross with the Sun, Jupiter and Uranus. This full moon forms exact squares to both growth-oriented Jupiter in Libra, your sixth house of micromanaging, and unpredictable Uranus in Aries, your sensitive twelfth house. It's hard to keep a lid on your feelings, especially those you've been brushing under the proverbial Persian rug. Be judicious about what you say—and how you say it. A momentary slip could cause needless drama. Besides, your perspective is colored by your emotions—so thinking clearly isn't exactly your strong suit today. Avoid being manipulated into saying "yes" when you really want to say, "hell no!" Gather information and take your time responding. The information you're receiving (from within and without) is muddled, to say the least.
On January 19, the Sun marches into Aquarius and your tenth house of professional achievement for a month. Now the chaos subsides, gifting you with a more clear-headed approach to life and your long-term plans. Be practical and pragmatic while crafting your goals for the year (or years!) ahead. Career concerns take center stage, and under this solar-powered cycle you're ready to kick your 2017 objectives into high gear. Polish your resume, be strategic about informational meetings, and err on the side of uber-prepared. Meet with your wisest mentors—an experienced perspective gives you a leg up on your most professional ambitions. Arrive early at the office, and follow a structured plan for meeting deadlines and completing projects. This is probably already what your strictly-business sign does anyway, so you got this, Taurus.
On January 27, the Aquarius new moon sends a page-turning dose of career inspiration and action, as a new professional chapter begins. If you've been waiting to make your resolutions for the new year's resolutions, today's the day! You're in goal-setting mode, so name your highest aspirations. Shoot for a prestigious promotion, leadership position or even a new job. This new moon packs an extra-strong punch, as it coincides with the start of the Chinese New Year, kicking off the Year of the Fire Rooster. The Rooster is associated with the organized Western sign of Virgo, so you might want to bust out a spreadsheet and brainstorm ways to increase your efficiency. We love this list of productivity apps, which includes digital solutions to staying on top of daily chores and streamlining your administrative systems. When it comes to reigning supreme in that coveted corner office, you've got to be on top of your game!
The tenth house also rules men and fathers, so an important guy in your life could factor into events near this new moon. Is it time to extend an olive branch after the holidays or make a dedicated effort to spend more quality time with this person? The tenth house is also the domain of experts and mentors, so consider working with a coach or seasoned veteran in your industry to up your game.