January 2024 Horoscope: Kicking Off The Year of Transcendent Leadership

Your January 2024 horoscope has all the cosmic details to navigate the month.

The first month of 2024 has arrived! Though the month might be off to a little bit of a laggy start, it won’t be for long. Mercury is wrapping up its nearly three-week retrograde on January 1 at 10:08pm EST. As the planet of communication and technology regains its full signal, we’ll start downloading all those ideas that have been stuck on the cosmic cloud. 

While Christmas was an emotional and frustrating time for those who didn’t keep their plans simple (and even for some who did), you’ll soon make up for lost time. On January 4, go-getter Mars blazes into structured Capricorn until February 13, setting off The Year of Transcendent Leadership (as we’ve named 2024) on the perfect note. 

Not far behind is the January 11 Capricorn new moon, followed by Mercury on January 13 and magnetic Venus on January 23. We’ll be getting clear on our priorities, ready or not, by the later part of the month—which will be brimming with ambition. This period is ideal for taking the lead, initiating projects and connecting with influential figures.

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The pivotal day of your January 2024 horoscope

On January 20, both the Sun and Pluto have their last EVER shared moment in Capricorn in our lifetimes. On this day, both transition into Aquarius, turning our collective attention to the greater society, community and teamwork. 

Pluto’s return to Aquarius, a cycle starting again for the first time since its stint from March 23 to June 11, 2023, signifies a period of transformation that continues until September 1, before briefly revisiting Capricorn. From November 19, 2024, Pluto begins its extensive journey through Aquarius, lasting until 2044, heralding long-term global changes. 

This new cycle will encourage collaborative efforts and the use of technological advancements in everyday life. We already got a startling sneak peek with the unleashing of generative AI and ChatGPT’s mass adoption. 

Pluto in Aquarius won’t calm the political turmoil but it may give it direction. Many revolutions, from the American to the French to the Haitian, took place during Pluto’s move through Capricorn and Aquarius. In the best case scenarios, some true leaders could rise to the surface. We can expect to see people continue rising up to demand a redistribution of power.

January’s full moon in Leo ends the month heartfelt

A heartfelt moment will end the month when the Leo full moon arrives on January 25. Two days later, on January 27,  radical Uranus ends a five-month retrograde, a time to start sharing your innovative ideas again. Do be careful in the last days of January, as when Uranus “stations” direct, pent-up anger can get unleashed as erratic behavior. Avoid any crowds or scenes where the vibe feels off, especially when Uranus and Mars combine their firepower on January 29.

Your January 2024 horoscope ends with no retrograde planets!

The good news? January ends with NO retrograde planets, meaning all of our celestial sky pilots are operating at full speed. With all of our cosmic resources intact, we’ll all be ready to powerfully move into 2024—and the Age of Aquarius.

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Astrology highlights shaping your January 2024 horoscope

Below is a dive into the astrology events making up your January 2024 horoscope. Never miss a detail with the 2024 Horoscope planner!

Goal-getter Mars is in Capricorn beginning January 4

How strong is your need to succeed? You’re about to find out as goal-getter Mars leaps into ambitious Capricorn and brings out your desire to do, be and have the best (from January 4 to February 13). Mars is exalted in Capricorn, meaning it’s one of its most powerful positions on the zodiac wheel. Harness the red planet’s might and rise through the ranks. Already a VIP? Support others who are just starting out. What goes around, comes around!

New Year’s resolutions begin in earnest at the Capricorn New Moon

The first new moon of 2024 plants its flag in achievement-minded Capricorn on January 11 (at 6:57 AM EST). As resolutions take root, make sure you’re playing a big enough game. This new moon will form an energizing trine to disruptor Uranus and will also be conjunct with potent Pluto. Translation? Step into your power as an innovator and find the solution that’s hiding in plain sight—the one that nobody else has noticed. This inaugural 2024 new moon is also like a second New Year’s Day!

Aquarius season begins January 20, and so does the magic!

Assemble your allies and start making magic! For four weeks beginning January 20, the Sun in communal Aquarius helps you find a team that aligns with your vision and amplifies your strengths. With El Sol in this tech-savvy sign, use digital channels to support your search. Idealistic Aquarius loves originality, so this is a great time to put all your future-focused ideas out there and evaluate them.

Pluto in Aquarius ushers more “new normal” starting January 20

Life feels stranger than sci-fi as seismic Pluto enters Aquarius for the second time since 1798 (it was briefly here from May 23 to June 11, 2023). Artificial intelligence, chatbots and communal living? From January 20 to September 1, it’s time to see things like these as the “new normal.” Since the icy dwarf makes lengthy stays in each zodiac sign, these periods indelibly shape history. Pluto will dart between Capricorn and Aquarius again this year, but come November, it will settle into Aquarius for a 20-year run, staying until January 19, 2044!

Love planet Venus enters Capricorn on January 23 #relationshipgoals

What’s next for your love life? Sharpen the focus of your relationship goals as amorous Venus shifts into structured Capricorn from January 23 to February 16. Couples can align around your shared future. If you’re single and looking, search for someone who is ready for meaningful co-creation.

January’s Full Moon in Leo unleashes pride

The annual Leo full moon, on January 25, emboldens you to take a walk on the wild side. Where could you be more courageous with your self-expression? This romantic full moon could spark an early Valentine’s celebration, or it could bring an opportunity to put your creative talents on display.

Chaotic Uranus retrograde ends in Taurus

Fasten your seatbelt and guard against whiplash. Chaotic Uranus stations into forward motion after a retrograde backspin that began last August 28 in Taurus. When Uranus shifts directions, it can be highly disruptive for a few days, so avoid any public scenes where people are acting erratically. Embracing uncertainty has become a requirement these days, though not an easy mindset to adopt. While you may be headed for an exciting change, it’s not something to embark on impulsively. To stay balanced, try reducing your screen time and connecting with nature.

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