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Calculating Capricorn, you start 2013 off with a #rare opportunity to turn your dreams into reality. The new moon on January 11 falls in Capricorn, and it gives you a chance to completely refresh your outlook on life! I know practical Capricorn has a hard time believing in new moon magick, but if you spend a couple of hours meditating on your desires — material, meta-physical, love life, work life, whatever — I promise it will pay off! As temperatures drop, your love life heats up with Venus in Capricorn from January 8 to February 1. January 10 will prove to be one of the most romantic, dreamiest nights of the month when Venus and Neptune form a sexy sextile that will be irresistibly cute. You might think about getting serious with someone quickly, because Pluto will join Venus in Capricorn, asking for commitment in love. Make sure s/he’s the one before you commit! This is also an excellent time to rework your finances for a total transformation. Think, and BE rich in 2013.
January 11 — Totally refreshing new moon magick
January 10 — Date night
January 16 — Commitment comes up
January 29 — Hard work at the gym leads to total body transformation
You will start out the new year at 100% battery power, with Mars electrifying Aquarius until February 1. Don’t let high voltage fry your circuit s— chilling hard is an essential balance to working hard. On January 4 Mars and Jupiter give you a free preview of the amazing luck you will have once Jupiter finally moves direct at the end of the month. The good vibrations will be off the richter scale. Your creative impulses will be totally activated by Jupiter ‘s shift on January 29, and all month long you will be on the brink of a creative breakthrough. The new moon on January 11 falls in your 12th house of dreams and visions from beyond. You will want to spend this night in peace, quiet, and meditation. You might see something in a dream that becomes meaningful in the next few months. Venus and Pluto will be asking you to commit on January 16, just make sure you’re not being committed to a mental institution!
January 4 — Totally awesome energy
January 11 — Dreams and visions take you to another dimension
January 16 — Committed (to a mental institution)
January 29 — Creative projects are getting next level cool
Pisces gets a “poke” from the other side this month — Antagonistic angels won’t give you a break, but remember they only want the best for you. Channel your paranormal energy into creative and expressive motion like dance, tai chi, or yoga. Soothe the spirits. The whole month will be filled with psychic dreams and transcendent moments. But reality is not looking so rough, you have two amazing dates to look forward to. You’ll be wearing rose colored glasses on January 10 when Venus and Neptune promise a truly romantic moment. This is the night for the dream date you’ve been planning. Your smart phone will be blowing up around the new moon in Capricorn on January 11 — it falls in your 11th house of friend groups and you will clearly be the most popular of the pack. New connections you make near the new moon could help you climb the corporate ladder, so make sure you’re expanding your network. By the end of the month you will be ready for some rejuvenation, and Jupiter will move direct in your 4th house of close friends and family. Spend a day at the spa with your bestie. If they’re too far away to visit IRL, texts, tweets, and good vibrations are always appreciated!
January 10 — A romantic moment is likely
January 11 — POPULAR! Upgrade your phone to handle all the texts you will receive.
January 30 — Reconnect with old friends and rejuvenate.
Your ruling planet Mars travels through Aquarius this month, seriously amping up your social life. Friday, January 4, Mars trines Jupiter, and this is a planetary placement that party promoters dream of. Make sure you plan for this cosmic night of fun! Jupiter will continue to retrograde through Gemini until January 29, but your luck steadily improves throughout the month. January 4 offers a free preview of the good luck you will gain once Jupiter moves forward, and new acquaintances you make around this time will become fast friends in the months to come. Werk the new moon in Capricorn on January 11, because you will be recognized and rewarded for a job well done. On January 16 Venus and Pluto meet about a new marketing strategy for your personal brand in 2013. You can make it on the Fortune 500 list if you spend time strategizing now.
January 4 — This #luckyday is only a preview of what’s to come
January 11 — Werk the new moon
January 16 — Are you committed to your personal brand?
January 29 — Notifications are clear, your luck is looking up!
I’ll keep things down to earth for you my chill Taurus compadres, the date you’re really looking forward to is January 30 when Jupiter goes direct in your 2nd house providing planetary praise for months to come. The 2nd house is your favorite spot in the zodiac, and Jupiter there brings #real rewards for your multitude of talents (Cash, check, or money order is acceptable). Until January 29, your focus will be on realms beyond the material world. The weekend of the new moon on January 11 is the perfect time to rewrite your mantra for 2013. Connect with your crown chakra using crystal therapy — Celestite, White Topaz, and Angelite will help you get to the next level of consciousness. It’s not certain whether this transit will manifest on the spiritual or the physical plane, but I know you will be traveling this month, and it’s going to be #transcendent. Acquiring new knowledge will undoubtedly be the purpose of your journey, so the first thing you need to do this month is pick up a mind blowing book that takes you beyond.
January 6 — Shop for a new mantra, cult, or philosophy
January 11 — The new moon takes you next level
January 16 — Don’t commit to your new philosophy unless you truly believe
January 29 — You’re winning the talent contest
For those wishy-washy Gemini who had trouble choosing a New Year’s resolution by NYE, January 4 will be the decisive day. Clear out your mental hard drive and make room for the queue of exciting downloads that 2013 holds, you are ready to update your philosophy post cosmic shift. On January 11 the new moon falls in Gemini’s 8th house — the universe feels chaotic, but you do have the power to manifest your mantra on the material plane. Resources could feel limited between the new moon on January 11 and the Venus/Pluto conjunction on January 16 that also falls in Gemini’s 8th house. Make sure all your bills are paid before January 16, and start preparing your taxes now. There is a chance that a debt to you could be repaid mid-month, although it might come in spiritual rather than material form. Jupiter has been retrograde in your sign for (?) months, and it finally moves forward on January 29, welcoming you back to the cosmic fiesta. Stay focused and grounded until January 29, and the planets will celebrate your hard work. Jupiter will take you to the #nextlevel.
January 4 — Clear your mental hard drive for new downloads in 2013
January 11 — Consider financial situations & take control
January 16 — Pay all your bills before this date!
January 29 — Jupiter planned a party in your honor
Okcupid is great, if you want to meet some 24 year old loser “artist” who lives in Bushwick. You really needs to focus on Seekingarrangements.com and Sugarbaby.com, because Cancer deserve a rich and powerful partner. The new moon on January 11 rises in your 7th house of committed relationships — and getting “wifed up” will be your mission all month long — but you simply can’t settle for anyone who nets less than six figures. Carefully consider who you meet around January 6, because they just might be the Mr./Ms. Big you’ve been looking for. January 10 or 11 are the ideal nights to plan a date, because investing time with someone now is sure to pay dividends in months to come. Cautious Cancer likes to consider all the options before making a decision, so if you are pressured into partnership around January 16, take the time you need to make the decision you are most comfortable with. On January 29 Jupiter goes direct in your 12th house of spirituality. Burn some Nag Champa, listen to Sade, take a relaxing bath, and you can easily transcend the stressful reality of dating in the 21st century.
January 4 — Update your profile on Sugarbaby.com
January 6 — You might get a message from your Mr./Ms. Big
January 10/11 — These are the nights for your dream date
January 16 — Resist the pressure to partner, unless you know they’re the one
January 29 — Soothe your soul with a relaxing evening for one
I know you hate to deal with the mundane details, Leo, but it’s important to develop a routine that maximizes your time for fun and adventure while supporting the work that will make you a #success in 2013. Until the new moon on January 11 you will be busy dealing with the all the boring details that keep daily life running smoothly. If you’re thinking of starting a new diet or fitness regimen, the new moon can help you totally improve the way you look and feel. I recommend exploring macrobiotics, raw/gluten free options, the paleo diet, crossfit, or a 30 day yoga challenge. Any new routine you adopt now will become a part of your life in months to come. Tectonic plates are shifting in your career, and the prospect of a new position could upgrade out of date realities and shift daily routines. Venus travels through your eleventh house of social networks all month, so despite the focus on organization this month, you will have plenty of opportunities to spend time with friends. If you’ve been thinking about launching or updating a website, now is the time to increase your internet presence because your followers are waiting to favorite everything you post this month.
January 6 — Investigate a new way to organize your day
January 11 — Go gluten free, start a cleanse, get fit now!
January 16 — Update your online presence
January 29 — Clear your social calendar, February will be a busy month
Don’t be so cynical about that New Year’s Eve kiss that you thought was just a one night thing. Romance is clearly indicated in this month’s forecast. Your heart chakra is 100% open to universal love right now, and there is a chance that you will meet the transcendent being you’ve been waiting to go multi-dimensional with. The new moon on January 11 falls in your 5th “party house,” so, forget your naturally practical, down to earth attitude and do something totally frivolous. This new moon also highlights your creative projects. Use the inspiration and energy you have now to push things to the next level. At the end of the month Jupiter goes direct, and you will get recognition for the hard work you do and the awesome ideas you have.
January 6 — Get in touch with your New Year’s Eve crush, this one could be multi-dimensional!
January 11 — Frivolous is the new look 4 U
January 29 — You’re tired of working in the background, and you finally get recognition!
Your ruling planet, Venus, has its biannual meeting with Pluto on January 16, and this inspires you to make New Year’s resolutions become realities. It’s time to get what you want, NOW! Libra needs constant compliments, support, and emotional input from loved ones to maintain mental and spiritual balance. The new moon in your 4th house on January 11 reconnects you with the most enthusiastic members of your fan club, it’s time to get cozy with your crew and kick-back at home. Enjoy your time at home now because Jupiter goes direct on January 29 in your 9th house of foreign travels and philosophical inquiry, and this will give you a chance to expand your horizon well beyond the scope of home life. If you are planning a trip, wait until the end of the month and you could learn so much from your travels. If you are applying to school it would be ideal to send your application around this date to ensure acceptance.
January 6 — Text, call, or email old friends and make plans to hang out on the new moon
January 11 — Have a meeting with your fan club
January 16 — Intense desire helps you ambitiously pursue New Year’s resolutions
January 29 — Send in your application to grad school
I’m sure you’ve been feeling the pressure that Saturn is putting on you. It’s time to get #real, and identify your true desires. The new moon on January 11 can help you verbalize the deep feelings that have been difficult to explain. This month is all about communicating how you feel, because not everyone has the psychic gifts that Scorpio has! I think you’ll really tell it like it is on January 16 when Venus and Pluto get together in your 3rd house. If you’ve been meaning to ask for a raise or renegotiate the details of your work situation, this would be the ideal time to make demands. Jupiter moves forward on January 29, in a spiritual sense, and this will help you continue to work out your feelings on a Freudian level. Deduct Jupiter’s new direction on your tax return this year, it’s clear that the IRS is astrologically aligned for you this year.
January 11 — Get #real with yourself
January 16 — The day to ask for a raise or negotiate a deal
January 29 — Jupiter will help you file your taxes this year
How Sagittarius got their groove back. You’ve had to put your love life on hold as Jupiter has been retrograde in your 7th house of amorous feelings since October 4. Jupiter is your ruling planet, and since it’s been moving backwards you’ve totally lost your mojo on so many levels. Jupiter finally turns your luck around on January 29 when it moves forward, and you will feel the shift instantly. Excitement will build throughout the month. January 6 and January 10 are great nights to plan a date, or go out to meet potential crushes. If they think you’re charming now, just wait until Jupiter shows them your true appeal towards the end of the month. The new moon on January 11 is #rich and #powerful, use it to set new intentions for the fiscal year and reorganize your finances. Venus and Pluto will support your financial reforms when they have a board meeting on January 16.
January 6 — #datenight
January 10 — Go out to meet new people, you might find a new crush
January 11 — A new moon helps you balance your budget and avoid the fiscal cliff
January 16 — Venus and Pluto buy stock in Sagittarius
January 29 — Sagittarius gets their groove back