If you're still feeling all kinds of fired up about your New Year's resolutions, that's no coincidence. All of the planets are still moving direct this month, which is huge for your motivation, making you ready to dive into all areas of your life and get sh*t done.
The vibe of the full moon on January 31 still resonates into February, giving you a serious urge to follow your heart. You’ll be all about doing what brings you joy and love as a result. The new moon on the 15th is also a solar eclipse—and a solid reminder to be true to yourself.
Several planets head into water signs around the middle and end of the month, giving you all kinds of great new ideas in the process. Maybe you should put a statement wall in your bedroom or start a side business with your BFF.
You’ve been all about work lately, but you’re itching to have fun, too. Still, you’ll be tempted to try to get your career in order ASAP. Do you still like what you’re doing? And would you be more fulfilled somewhere else? Only you know the answers. Between all that hard thinking, you’ll want to get out and have fun. Hit up a wine bar with friends, try out new restaurants, and sample different coffees at your local shop. Mars, the planet of exploration, is in the sector of your chart about learning, so you’ll want to get out and do new things—it’ll make you feel amazing.
Ruled by Mars, the fiery red planet of energy and drive. In mythology, Mars was the god of war and aggression. Highly impatient and competitive, many Aries have the fighting spirit of your mythological ruler. You love to be a hero–or to be swept away by one. As the zodiac’s first sign, you were born to be number one. You’re a solo star who steals the spotlight and inspires everyone with your confidence. Yeah, you can be impatient, even a little bossy, especially when you don’t get your way. As the “baby” of the zodiac, you need lots of attention, and can throw quite the tantrum when you don’t get it. Fortunately, you rarely have a problem turning heads. Your friends love to follow as you lead them on the latest adventure. Make sure to let other people be the boss every now and then, too, or you could alienate potential allies. Focus your competitive streak into a diva-worthy goal, delegate to your troops, and you’ll rise to the top!
You’ll find yourself feeling a little restless on the job lately. Is there anything else you need to know to help you land that new opening you’ve been eyeing? If an opportunity pops up to learn new work skills, grab it. You’ll also find yourself struggling to find a good balance between your work life and friendships. If you’ve been stuck at the office after-hours lately, make plans to bring takeout to a buddy’s house when you get off. It’ll feel great to catch up. You may notice yourself giving some friendships the side-eye lately, and that’s okay. If you find that certain friends aren’t adding to your life, maybe they’re not worth your time anymore.
Ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty. Your sign loves great food, romance and beautiful things. Venus kicks your five senses into high gear, so you are are happiest when surrounded by the best of everything. Satin sheets, gourmet dinners, a glass of red wine, and boom…you’re relaxing into one of your famous, 14-hour naps. Not that you don’t work hard, too. Like a bull, Taurus operates at two speeds: either totally relaxed, or charging headfirst towards a target. You prefer to keep the peace, but when you’re pushed past your limit, watch out! Underneath it all, you just want to be comfortable, and surrounded by life’s finest offerings. Taurus knows what s/he likes, and that’s that. You stick with your opinions, and you don’t change unless there’s a really good reason. You can be stubborn…but on the upside, you’re also loyal and dependable. Just be careful not to get stuck in a safety zone or your life could become stagnant. Take a chance and try something new.
Mars, the planet of inspiration and motivation, is opposite your sign this month—creating a little opposition between you and the people around you. Why does everyone suddenly want to go that movie you’re not interested in, or insist on having dinner at that restaurant you know you won’t like? Instead of getting ticked off, go with it. Different ideas can bring new possibilities into your life, and you may find that you like something more than you thought you would. You’ll find you have a bunch of new ideas this month that are all connected to learning more. Maybe you should read that classic book you missed in high school, or take a cooking course at your local culinary school. Branching out from your usual will feel amazing.
A busy machine, always moving at warp speed. That’s because your sign is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. Mercury also rules technology and the mind, making Gemini one of the most curious and cutting-edge signs of the zodiac. If two is double the fun, then as the sign of the twins, you know it’s true! There are at least two personalities inside of you at all times. Adventurous Geminis change faster than the weather, and constantly flip between moods and interests. One day, you’re into frilly, girl stuff. The next day, you’re over that and skydiving out of an airplane. If possible, try to stick with a couple key passions for the long haul, and get really good at them. You love to chatter and you have a million great ideas. Keep your fast-moving mind and hands busy with email, instant messages, mobile gadgets, and great conversations. Watch a temptation to gossip. Keep a notebook handy to jot down your thoughts at all times
Sensitive Cancer Zodiac is ruled by the ever-changing Moon, and your moods go through many cycles. You’re intuitive and nurturing, even psychic. Pay attention to your dreams, especially near a Full Moon. You are sensitive and loyal, with a ready shoulder to cry on. Cancer loves to get domestic, serving your friends and family home-baked goodies and tea. When you get moody, you need to be comforted, or else just left alone. Like a crab, you can cling — or pinch — when you feel threatened or vulnerable. And thrifty Cancers can pinch pennies just as tightly. (Of course, you also love to spend! It’s a mood thing.) To make life easier, surround yourself with comfort: a cozy sweater, a favorite book, trusted friends, and a stash of your favorite goodies. Cancers are close to their moms, so keep yours on speed-dial and call her when you’re down. You may be an unofficial mom to everyone in your life, too. Taking care of kids, friends, and pets can keep your spirits high.
LEO (JULY 23–AUGUST 22)
Get ready for a cosmic coming-out party! January marks a major turning point as you round out a two-year chapter that's helped you reinvent your personal identity and relationships. Since February 2017, a series of eclipses in Leo and Aquarius have been dramatically reshaping your life. You've found your voice AND your tribe. Hopefully you've stepped into a powerful role that suits your fierce sign—or just unapologetically started being yourself.
Who says the party has to end, Virgo? January promises to be one of your most passionate and playful months because the Sun is making its annual rounds through Capricorn and your bold, romantic fifth house. Until January 20, you're as far from being a stereotypical Virgo as it gets, preferring spontaneity to tightly edited New Year's resolution lists. Immerse yourself in creativity and use the first three weeks of the month as a "discovery phase." Keep a sprig of mistletoe up and some unburned Yule logs by the fire. And don't fret if you're behind on your 2019 planning: After January 20, you'll go straight back to typical-Virgo mode and be ready for all manner of self-improvement missions.
Don't take the Christmas cards down yet! Your sentimental side will linger well into January, as the first three weeks of the month are peak domestic season for you every year, Libra. The Sun is making its annual sojourn through Capricorn and your fourth house of home and family until January 20. Even if you're not one to keep the tree and lights up until your floor is a carpet of brittle brown needles, your emotions are still a little fragile and in need of TLC.
Gentle Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of beauty and love. Perhaps that explains your smooth talk and pretty face. Like Taurus, which is also Venus-ruled, Libras love to be surrounded by art, culture and beauty in a soft, harmonious environment. You love good food and expensive things. Lovely Libra knows how to charm but behind your dimples and sweet personality, you’re a fighter. Libra is the sign of the scales, and you can’t stand anything that’s unfair or unbalanced. You love a designer outfit as much as you adore a good debate. You’ll stand up for justice, and you’ll do it with style. Libra hates to be rushed–you prefer that everything happen your way, on your time. If that means you’re ten hours late, so be it. You’re a social butterfly who loves to be surrounded by people in a beautiful setting, talking and hanging out for hours. Just remember to save some time for yourself. Libras can get so caught up in the moment, they forget to handle their own responsibilities. Learn the beauty of being organized, and you’ll have all the time in the world to enjoy your beautiful life.
Don't let the party end! Your social spirits continue well into the third week of January—and you won't be ready for full-on winter hibernation until after January 20. The Sun is spinning through Capricorn and your chatty third house, spurred on by a January 5 solar (new moon) eclipse here. This is the first of this month's two transformational eclipses, which will sweep in and radically change up the energy right as the year begins.
Intense Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, planet of power and control. Pluto is a tiny powerhouse, and a bit of a mystery; in mythology Pluto was the god of the underworld. Many Scorpios are also drawn to “dark” things, and often wear the color black, or a shocking tone like red or hot pink. Like Pluto, Scorpio’s power often emanates from a hidden source, even when you don’t say a word. Mysterious Scorpio is the zodiac’s most misunderstood sign. You’re so powerful that people feel your presence, even before you’ve said a word! Sensitive Scorpio picks up vibes. You see every little detail, and you can read people like an open book. Once your friends get used to your high-intensity style, they know that you’re fiercely loyal. Anyone who betrays you had better watch out! Like a Scorpion, you’ll deliver a painful sting of revenge. Since your sign is naturally secretive, work on being more open with people. This will develop trust, and improve your relationships. Scorpio’s concentration powers are amazing, but be careful not to get obsessed. Curb any jealous or possessive feelings by pouring your energy into a creative project or passion.
Ease your way into 2019, as gently as you can. The calendar's turn is always a little weird for you, because the Sun is in Capricorn and your sleepy twelfth house until the third week of January. Going straight from celebration to hibernation is what your system naturally wants to do. But this go-round, that might not be so easy. With two eclipses jolting you into action on January 5 and 21, there are important moves to make…and you don't want to snooze through those!
Avant-garde Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the only planet in the solar system that spins on its side! Just like your celestial overlord, you’ve been known to do things your own way, moving on a path different from everyone else’s. Some call you eccentric, others appreciate your cutting-edge originality and authentic style. One of the many ways that Aquarius is a paradox? You’re highly individualistic, but also an amazing team player. Aquarius rules the zodiac’s eleventh house of teamwork, technology and friendship. You might look like the fresh-faced guy or girl next door on the outside, but inside you march to your own beat. Many Aquarians are also naturally popular, as your vibrantly social sign loves to be among your people, telling jokes and introducing thought-provoking conversation topics. People truly do make your world go round, and you can become insta-BFFs with the most random strangers. As the sign of the future, you can be a bit of an alien—a little “out there” in your approach. Not that you care about offending anyone! Aquarius rules casual connections, and you can disengage as quickly as you connect. In fact, your platonic pals may get better treatment than your romantic partners. While you can be a bit unsentimental on a one-on-one level, you can be moved to tears by the plight of animals, the environment or other social justice issues. Yes, you’re a bohemian at heart in some ways, but you also get the job done. As a tenacious fixed sign, you can be quite hardworking when you devote yourself to a goal. A competitive (and lesser-known) Type A streak can emerge when you really want something. Nothing turns you on like progress, especially in the name of your grander ideals!
Symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions. A part of you is always trying to “swim away” or escape reality. The other part is so intuitive that you get swept up in everything going on. Your imagination is the perfect hideout when you want to escape, since Pisces is so creative. You love dancing (Pisces rules the feet), movies, poetry, and music. Your moods are mysterious and your dreams are intense. Every Pisces should have a journal by your bed, since some your best ideas will come in your sleep. Although you can feel helpless, you’re much stronger than you think. The best way for Pisces to experience your own strength is to help people in need. You have great compassion and incredible healing powers. Because it’s easy for people to make you feel guilty, Pisces should watch out for friends who use you, or make you doubt yourself. Surround yourself with good-hearted friends who have their acts together. Many people born under your sign have a “tortured soul” quality. Finding a tranquil spiritual outlet, or spending time alone, can help you get re-centered in your own power.