So many of us look forward to January as a fresh start. And this year, thanks to some exciting astrological events in early 2020, the New Year has added potency to help you actually break out of that rut or reach new heights in an area of your life you’d like to give more attention.
On January 10 there’s a full moon and lunar eclipse in Cancer that can push you to make some changes to how you care for yourself—especially if you have a tendency to take on too much. This is part of an eclipse cycle that started in 2018 between Cancer and Capricorn.
This eclipse series is teaching all of us that career goals are not the be-all-end-all: The relationship you have with yourself deserves just as much attention as what goes on your resume. Setting intentions to have more time for yourself, or prioritize friendships and family can get you off to a strong start in 2020.
Just two days after that lunar eclipse, Saturn and Pluto form a conjunction in Capricorn on January 12. These two planets only meet up like this every few decades, so it’s something to pay attention to. The last time Saturn and Pluto were conjunct was in 1982 in the sign of Libra. This is kicking off a new cycle for us collectively and individually. When we look back to what was happening in the early ’80s, the first millennials were coming into the world. January’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction mark an important generational turning point—a changing of the guard, if you will, between Gen X and millennials.
This Saturn-Pluto conjunction will also bring a strong focus on industry and economy, thanks to Capricorn’s influence. Corporations may be held more accountable for their actions and impacts on workers, the environment and the economy. It’s a time where we can expect better standards, and stronger integrity—but there may be some growing pains in getting there, such as an economic correction or long-drawn out policy changes.
When we talk about change in astrology, it’s easy to worry whether the change will be good or bad, or somewhere in between. Keep in mind that astrology isn’t so black and white. A necessary change isn’t always easy; a difficult change can end with a positive result. Remember, too, that the changes Saturn and Pluto can create are part of a longer cycle, and so how this story plays out may not be immediately obvious.
And finally, a lot of it depends on what you decide to bring to the table. Your presence, your power and your intentions can make a difference. Here’s what’s in store for your sign in January 2020—and what you can do to make the most of your month.
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Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
Close your eyes, Aquarius. Think about one of your biggest, wildest dreams.
Maybe you have always wanted to write a novel. Or make a documentary. Or adopt a dog. Or work overseas.
Whatever your most cherished dream is at this moment in time, imagine that you are taking a step closer to it.
You may have a lot of hopes on your wish list, or maybe just one or two. But whatever you want to focus on this year, the skies are encouraging you to nurture something that you’ve wanted for a long time.
A special dream can become closer to being a reality than you might think. What do you want to make happen in the New Year?
If you do one thing this month: Write down the steps you would have to take to make a dream come true. Is there anything you can do this month to get closer to your goal?
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
Are you tired, Pisces? The skies are suggesting you take a time out to rest, reflect and revitalize your mind, body and spirit.
While everyone else is rushing around with New Year’s resolutions and post-holiday stress, it’s time for you to take a minute for yourself.
Don’t feel guilty about turning down invitations, or turning off your phone altogether to go off the grid for a little while.
For you, New Year’s resolutions might include more time to create, explore your spirituality and to connect to your true desires. That means figuring out how you want to feel rather than what you want to accomplish.
Take your time easing into 2020. Keep your options open, your schedule light and the pressure off.
If you do one thing this month: Clarify how you want to feel. Hone in on which emotions you want to experience most this year, such as more happiness or excitement.
Aries (March 21–April 19)
January gives you permission to dive deep into your psyche and heal some of your deepest, oldest insecurities. You’re not typically seen as the sensitive sign of the zodiac, but the truth is you wear your heart on your sleeve and that means you’re bound to get hurt now and then. But it’s time to stop letting past experiences hold you back.
Ask yourself: What beliefs no longer serve you? Where are you holding yourself back out of fear of being seen?
January encourages you to think about where you want to take up more space and blow past your limitations. Take time for your inner work at the start of the year, whether that’s journaling, meditating or taking contemplative walks, and you’ll be well-rewarded for the effort as 2020 unfolds.
If you do one thing this month: Identify one characteristic that you would like to develop within yourself this year.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
It’s time to re-set your priorities for a more prosperous 2020. The New Year is bringing some big reality checks around what’s important to you, especially when it comes to money.
If you’re dreading the thought of opening your holiday bills once January rolls around, the stars are giving you an opportunity to get your finances straightened out like never before.
Sit down and work through what you really want to have in your life—not just materially, but emotionally and spiritually, too. Does your relationship with money reflect your priorities? Are your spending habits bringing you closer to a major financial goal, or further away from it?
If you do one thing this month: Get real about whether your social life is helping or hindering your bank account. Suggest some new ways to socialize that won’t break your budget. For example: Instead of splurging on dinner and drinks at that new restaurant down the street, why not plan to catch up over tea on a quiet Sunday afternoon?
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Don’t let indecision, doubt or distraction cause you to put off a major career move this year, Gemini.
Work is front and centre for you once the New Year arrives. You have a feeling about 2020 and want to make the most of it by taking your work to a new level.
Go for it. The skies are primed to help you take a transformative step in your path. But what direction should you take? Here’s a hint: Reach for something that will help you feel challenged. It’s time for you to dig deeper into your talents and show what you’re made of. Stay focused and commit to the path you really want to be on.
If you do one thing this month: Catch up on podcasts, blogs and Ted Talks by people who are doing work you admire. Take notes.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Joy is the theme for you in January, Cancer. The skies just want you to be happy and there’s a big push for you to really define what fulfillment means for you.
The full moon and lunar eclipse in Cancer on the 10th will reveal another important chapter in your story. This one can help you get closer to a special dream that is deeply personal to you.
These days are ones of personal revelations, private breakthroughs and courageous steps. A new confidence is stirring within you and you can finally see that you’re capable of something you never thought you’d be able to pull off.
If you do one thing this month: Take time for yourself on January 10. That will be a powerful day to journal, meditate and listen to your heart.
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Leo (July 23–August 22)
Creative inspiration is running high for you in January. Think: Side hustles, passion projects, new artistic goals or marathon brainstorming sessions.
Whatever is lighting you up, one thing is clear, Leo: It’s more important than ever to validate your own ideas, invest in your visions and show that you are capable of following through on your plans.
A book proposal, freelance pitch or other brilliant idea is waiting to come to life for you in 2020. Get yourself organized and figure out what it will take to get your concepts in front of the right people.
If you do one thing this month: Carve out a whole evening or afternoon, distraction-free, where you map out a passion project for the year. Not feeling inspired yet? Sign up for a creative writing class, vision board workshop or motivational seminar to get started.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
It may sound cliché to focus on your health for a New Year’s resolution, but it’s exactly what the stars are urging you to do, Virgo.
January starts off as a massive reset button for your mental and physical health, giving you an opportunity to create new routines and unravel yourself from any habits that are keeping you from feeling at your peak.
Where do you catch yourself sabotaging your best intentions?
Look at whether your sleep schedule, meal times or fitness plans are helping you feel the way you want—or whether it’s time to make some tweaks.
If you do one thing this month: Prioritize your health the same way you prioritize your work, friends or family. Carve out time in your schedule to plan out some meals for the week ahead. Set a bed time for yourself and stick to it. Decide on a fitness routine and put it in your calendar and protect that time the way you would a date with your BFF.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
Impressions are a major theme for you in 2020, Libra. Like a snake shedding its skin, you are due for a transformation that will help you make a bigger impact with all you do.
You are ready to take on more responsibility this year. You’re getting clearer about how you want to be of service in this world, the difference you want to make and the work you want to align yourself with.
Some of the directions you’re taking in 2020 might require that you admit you’ve grown out of a certain phase. You can’t grow if you’re holding onto old dreams and ideas that no longer suit the person you are today, Libra.
If you do one thing this month: Comb through your online presence. Delete any old posts that no longer reflect the way you want to be seen and heard.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Reconnect to yourself, Scorpio. January calls for radical self-love, indulgence and passionate solo dates.
Be careful about who you let into your inner circle right now. Some people around you may seem fun at first but will end up causing more drama than they’re worth, and you’ll be left drained from the experience.
You’re not out to waste time in 2020. In fact, this year is action-packed for you, with plenty of opportunity to make headway personally and professionally.
Start the year off by getting reacquainted with your deepest desires so that you feel rested and recharged to take on the world as the year unfolds.
If you do one thing this month: Make time for yourself every week. Think: long hot baths, quiet afternoons at a café or binge-reading your favourite fiction series.
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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
Take a break, Sagittarius: 2019 was a big year of opportunity, activity and personal growth.
Now it’s time for you to sit down and meditate on all that transpired in the last 12 months. Where were you at the start of 2019? What has changed since then?
You’ve been given the lessons, tools and knowledge you need to put an important plan into action— though there will be a learning curve to navigate the path ahead.
Responsibility, discipline and stability are major themes for you in 2020. Get focused, organized and productive. It’s now time to turn an idea into reality and put your wisdom to use.
If you do one thing this month: Make meditation part of your regular routine to keep your mind clear and focused.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Are you ready for re-invention, Capricorn?
The past couple years have been priming you for a big change. You’ve been working on yourself personally and professionally, building a foundation that you can stand on for years to come.
You’re not the type to look for overnight success or chase after the next trend; no, you’re here to cultivate something long-term. As January kicks off, you will get a glimpse of where all of your hard work is taking you so far.
But with commitment comes compromise. Be careful not to cling too hard to your past. Now is a time to move into your next chapter.
The only way to grow is to let yourself try something new. Work on your flexibility and stay open to change. Notice where you tend to resist new ways of working, or where you tend to shoot down other people’s suggestions before giving them a try.
If you do one thing this month: Challenge yourself to let someone else lead the way this month. Or say yes to an opportunity that takes you out of your comfort zone. Acknowledge that there’s still more for you to learn.