What the First Half of January Has In Store For Your Zodiac Sign

A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.

Sagittarius: November 23-December 21

January is an important period for you because you will be focused on getting your affairs on a more stable track but you're best off working behind the scenes in order to have the most impact. Be a diplomat and you'll win the day.

January 1-15: If you follow your intuition on the 6th, it will guide you true. And aspects occurring on the 9th suggest that new financial arrangements will work out very much in your favor. A difficult situation that confronts you on the 13th, though, is telling you to face facts and act accordingly, which is likely to mean that you also march to the beat of your own drum.


Above: Bruce Lee

Capricorn: December 22-January 20

By January you will be able to tie up loose ends and achieve your aims. With Venus in your sign until the 18th, you're exuding just the right amount of charm and you'll have little difficulty getting others to go along with your plans.


January 1-15: With the full Moon of the 2nd falling in your relationship angle, close relationships are calling out for more attention. And aspects occurring on the 7th urge you to get out and about and open your mind to new possibilities. Your popularity is on the rise and the opportunities that are coming your way hold genuine promise, and new friendships appear to be in the making.

Above: Muhammad Ali

Aquarius: January 21-February 19


As January rolls in, you do seem to be making a powerful impression, but it's important for you to strike a balance between taking charge and being receptive. Your personal life brightens after the 18th.

January 1-15: The full moon of the 2nd sheds light on your accomplishments and powerful aspects on the 7th urge you to be proactive and make your presence felt. Near the 8th and 9th, though, it will be your ability to play a behind-the-scenes role that points you towards new success. Be cautious near the 13th and be ready to take a risk on the 14th.

Above: Virginia Woolf

Pisces: February 20-March 20


January ushers in a horizon expanding period and you seem to have more options that you imagined. The changes you embrace are going to set you on an inspiring new track especially on the 17th.

January 1-15: Because the full Moon of the 2nd falls in a highly social angle of your solar chart you really should embrace all opportunities to mix and mingle. And with Venus well aspected in Capricorn near the 8th, associates will be seeing you in a particularly favorable light and eager to lure you into new arrangements. Step back near the 13th, though, and wait out an impediment.

Above: Nina Simone

Aries: March 21 - April 20


January is going to be an important month for you professionally so be prepared to step into the spotlight and make your presence felt. As for your personal life, it's time to clear the air and leave the past behind.

January 1-15: Changes at home are inevitable when the moon is at its full point on the second. And with Venus at the top of your chart expecting expansive Jupiter on the 8th, you're winning favor all around so feel free to show off a bit. Don't lose any sleep over whatever slumps you on the 12th---a decision, unwelcome news; all will be quickly resolved.

Above: Maya Angelou

Taurus: April 21-May 21


Aspects in early January indicate that you will benefit by graciously acknowledging others efforts to support your plans. Your travel angle is full of magic in January and legal developments also look promising.

January 1-15: If you express what you feel on the 2nd, you will open new doors of communication. Jupiter in your relationship angle urges you to explore new connections and possibilities at a distance near the 9th and whatever resistance you may encounter when Mercury conjoins Saturn on the 13th, it's all about thinking matters through and finding solutions.

Above: Audrey Hepburn

Gemini: May 22-June 20


Events in January couldn't appear more promising as far as joint ventures and collaborations are concerned. And by the 17th, you can turn over a new leaf and embark on a path that leads to greater success.

January 1-15: Focus on what you value and what truly matters on the 2nd, and you will make the right decisions. Agreements reached near the 6th will have a liberating effect on your affairs and whatever occurs near the 8th urges you to focus on mutuality and shared interests. Don't worry unduly about a distressing issue that arises on the 13th. It won't be as dire as it seems.

Above: Josephine Baker

Cancer: June 21-July 22


With the Sun and Venus in your relationship angle for much of January, whatever's going on in your closest relationships is worth your full attention. Decisions reached this month will have more impact that you imagined.

January 1-15: The full Moon of the 2nd brings your emotions to the fore and puts you in touch with your own self. Get out or entertain in style near the 7th and draw closer to those who matter on the 9th. Whatever occurs near the 12th urges you to not take difficult news or ill-spoken words at face value and instead to make an effort to move past differences towards new solutions.

Above: Princess Diana

Leo: July 23-August 23


As January unfolds, your ideas appear to be taking hold and propelling you forward, so be ready to speak up and toot your horn. What you begin during this period promises to work out even more favorably than you had hoped.

January 1-15: Step back near the 2nd when the full Moon sheds light on private issues and concerns. Work is going to be a glorious obsession, with brilliant aspects occurring in the sign of Capricorn near the 8th and 9th, and your efforts also promise to take you far. Be ready to do some speedy problem-solving near the 12th and come to the rescue of those who are floundering.

Above: James Baldwin

Virgo: August 24-September 23


Once January is underway, you appear to be riding a tide of rising inspiration, especially around creative and entrepreneurial plans. If you can remain flexible and adapt to what works, you'll not fail at anything you attempt to do.

January 1-15: The full Moon of the 2nd accents the most outgoing and future-oriented part of your solar chart, so spread your net far and wide and open up your world. What's more, your social life is going to be highlighted in quite a wonderful way near the 8th and 9th, and so are your innate talents. Delay a difficult decision, though, until Mercury springs free of Saturn after the 14th.

Above: Freddie Mercury

Libra: September 24-October 23


January appears to be a significant period for you where home and close connections are concerned, and beneficial aspects encourage you to make choices that upgrade your lifestyle. Changes you now embark on promise rewarding returns.

January 1-15: Your visibility is heightened with the full Moon of the 2nd at the zenith of your chart—so get out there and make your presence felt. The ways in which you're surging forward with your plans between the 7th and 9th will have brilliant long-term effects, so go for it, even if you find yourself harboring doubts when a nasty aspect peaks on the 13th.

Above: Alfred Nobel

Scorpio: October 24-November 22


As January unfolds, take advantage of those conditions that will enable you to express your ideas and engage with those who can further your aims. As for love, it's time to say what you mean and clear up misunderstandings. 

January 1-15: Travel is in the stellar spotlight near the 2nd, so get away if you can. With Mars conjoining Jupiter on the 7th, you may be behaving a bit impulsively, but your enthusiasm is bound to have positive effects and you do appear to have some brilliant plans. If you zero in on a stymying issue near the 13th, you will be able to break through a daunting obstacle.

Above: Indira Gandhi

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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