Aries (March 21–April 19)
Start the new year with a clean slate. You are in a highly creative period with no time to spare, and you cannot afford the luxury of changing your mind. Let go of old dreams that haven't manifested and head toward new horizons. While letting go can trigger grief for what might have been, trust in the unfolding story of your life. A solar eclipse on January 5 could activate a mindset shift in your professional life. If you have wanted to make a career change, this influence could help start the necessary chain of events, and it's only the beginning. You have the charisma to attract attention and recognition. However, be careful to avoid situations that could compromise your reputation, as you can't get away with much when all eyes are on you. Mars in your sign all month motivates you, which will prove helpful if exercise is on your list of resolutions. This influence also triggers your competitive drive and helps you excel in any focused endeavor, especially on January 25. With so much focus on your career, reputation, and physical health, your personal life may be on the backburner. Single Aries, embark on an adventure! You could make potential romantic connections through travel after January 7. If you are in a relationship, be gentle with your partner. Mars in your sign and a relatively busy month fuel your inner fire and could fuel your temper. Be intentional about self-care and channel your passion into the achievement of your dreams.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
The holiday season has drawn to a close, but can you still feel a hint of the magic alive inside of you as a new year begins? Maybe you have faith that things are going to work out. Yes, it’s time to get back to work after the lull, and you feel supercharged to meet your resolutions, but magic begs for stillness. It works when you relax and flow with life, so have faith in the big dream and your potential to realize it, especially on January 5. You are pure creative potential and will overcome any challenges with this belief intact. The lunar eclipse on January 20 reminds you of how far you have come in the past two years. You are building upon prior successes. Awaken your sense of adventure early in the month, as it’s a great time to travel for business or pleasure. Travel expands your worldview and perspective. You could also decide to finally finish and publish your book or commit to a new course of study. Relationships may feel a little scattered as you find your grounding in this new year. If you are in a relationship, be intentional about your time to connect during this busy month. Talk through misunderstandings, letting go of preconceived ideas or fixed opinions. Meet in the middle. For those of you who are single, focus on self-nurturing. With so many shifting energies, you need to recharge. Indulge yourself now and then, despite what resolutions you may have to the contrary.
Gemini (May 20–June 20)
As an air sign, your intellect is one of your superpowers. However, some circumstances this month need more of your intuition. Slow your mind and tune in to your heart for guidance. Realize this is an empathic period when you might perceive others’ emotions, thoughts, or attitudes as your own. In fact, with conflictual energy cycling through the collective, you may be hyper-sensitive as your perceptive abilities expand. On January 5 a solar eclipse stirs up past financial matters concerning long-term savings and investments. If you have been considering refinancing or taking out a loan, this would be a favorable time to explore options, but before signing documents, work through any underlying fears. After January 20, your restless spirit could seek a new adventure. A business trip could pull you out of town unexpectedly around January 22. Or family circumstances could necessitate travel. Find ways to satisfy your curious spirit through writing, speaking, or immersing yourself in a new book. You may need to balance your social and professional activities with a few quiet nights at home to kindle passion in your love life. Though the weather may be cold where you live, keep home fires burning. Mars in passionate Aries could help, but it could also spice up your temper. Take a deep breath before you speak your mind, especially January 8-13. If you are single, your calendar may be too full for a new love interest. Enjoy some you time because things could quickly change as Venus enters your partnership sector on January 7.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
When you surrender to the will of the divine, you fall back into the arms of faith, a process which is ultimately freeing, but only after your ego lets go of its need for control. Perhaps you have set 2019 goals. If so, good! They will help you stay focused. Keep in mind, though, the divine could have a different plan. Surrender your need for a fixed outcome, and trust in the process. You are accepting new responsibilities and commitments in your life as you live with more purpose. You have the courage to start something new, like a relationship or business partnership, and the solar eclipse on January 5 could help speed the timeline, helping prepare you to enter a new chapter. You start the year with ambition and drive, which could help you become more of a leader in your field or in the community. This competitive edge could help you set yourself or your business apart, so promote yourself. For extra support, you could hire an agent or representative later in the month, after January 13. As a natural caregiver, you tend to step in when those you love need help. This month, though, give from a place of free will rather than obligation. In your partnership, strive for balance by honoring your needs as sacred and setting boundaries accordingly. If you are single, the eclipses on January 5 and 20 help you release any foundational relationship fears, like intimacy, to help prepare you for big love.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
Congratulations! You made it through 2018 like a star. With a series of eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius axis line, you underwent considerable growth and excelled in the process. As 2019 starts, you might feel tempted to compile a list of resolutions. While high expectations can lead to high achievement, there is something to be said for stillness. Your creative spirit needs an open heart and still mind from time to time. The solar eclipse on January 5 could activate new professional opportunities. Perhaps you could decide to accept new responsibilities at work or pursue a promotion. Go for it! Over the next several months, your day-to-day routine could change as a result of the internal shifts happening right now, so pay careful attention to what life circumstances unfold, maintaining a neutral attitude about them all. If health concerns arise, see a specialist for preventative medicine. If you have diet and exercise on your resolutions list, you can readily focus on optimum health. After January 20, love steals your attention. Even if you try to focus on other matters, your mind wants to return to romantic dreams for the future or questions about the present. On January 20, the lunar eclipse in your sign encourages you to see relationships through a new frame of reference. If you have been critical of your partner, notice which criticisms are your projections. Otherwise, this influence could help you remember how you first fell in love, inspiring commitment. If you are single, the sun shining in your sector of partnership from January 20 through the end of the month illuminates the possibility of meeting your person.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Sing, dance, make art, or anything to feed your creative impulses this month. Even if you have no musical or artistic talent, indulge this part of you with childlike wonder, the part that may get left behind in the frenzy of day-to-day life. Your most innocent and precious inner child needs your love and attention. Otherwise, it could act up through unhealthy behaviors or rouse a case of writer's block. If you are a parent, you are lucky! You can engage in play with your children to entertain your inner child. Around January 1, adult children may reach out in need. Extend generosity, but be careful not to overextend yourself. If you have wanted to start a family, the solar eclipse on January 5 brings illumination to issues of fertility and timing. It could also bring exciting news if you have been trying for some time. Professionally, think about the big picture rather than worrying about details. Attend to practical matters early in the month, and by January 20, you will establish a new routine. Ensure it involves exercise and diet, as your health takes center stage during the lunar eclipse on January 20. Your love life is full of romance up to January 20, but be cautious about unrequited love. If you are single and wanting a relationship, release expectations and remain open to surprises. What you think you want may pale in comparison to what your soul needs. Be open to how the universe might surprise you.
Libra (September 22–October 22)
As you glance toward a new horizon for 2019, you may see a very different landscape. For some of you, this may mean a move or an empty nest. Your sector of family and home steals the show as a solar eclipse on January 5 spotlights changes in your family structure. These will spur other spiritual shifts as you explore what systems support and nourish you. This month root down and from that grounded place, grow. On January 20, the sun moves into air sign Aquarius and your fifth house of children. Shortly after that, a lunar eclipse on January 20 inspires a breakthrough. If you have had challenges with your children or with trying to conceive, you could find the key that unlocks the secret to different outcomes. A simple solution may not work, however, because eclipses manifest changes over time. There is no magic pill for the challenges you are experiencing right now. You must go deep within and access inner guidance, especially January 11. At the end of the month, romance is a definite highlight! Take a romantic adventure. Because Mars, the planet of individuation, is in your opposite sign, you may feel a slight tug of war with your special someone at the beginning of the month, especially if your schedules are hectic. If conflicts arise, you do not always have to be the one to compromise. Mars helps to activate your inner will, so embrace your feisty side.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Attune your ears and start to listen in new ways. This month you can develop and enhance your already acute perceptive sensibilities. You may begin to hear what's not being said as clearly as the words spoken. This fine-tuned ability will help you discern truth from fiction as well as become a better communicator. As an intuitive Scorpio, your inner wisdom can help you navigate life’s challenges, but you need to trust yourself. The solar eclipse on January 5 allows for a breakthrough so you can become your own oracle. You might decide to read a self-help book or sign up for a workshop to improve your understanding. Early in the month, you may have to smooth out issues with siblings, especially January 11, when you may need to take the high road in an emotionally intense situation. You could experience financial wins late in the month, especially around January 22, which could come through a promotion, new clients, freelance work, or even a stroke of luck. At this time, you may even find a way to start a home-based business. After all, a lunar eclipse on January 20 signals a career change that will unfold over the next several months. Though you might feel optimistic, this is a time to save more than spend. Venus, the planet of beauty, is in your sign until January 7, helping you appreciate your goodness and know you are worthy of big love. As you raise confidence in your deservedness, you can attract experiences of love into your life.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
Welcome to the first month of what could be the best year of your life! Jupiter transits through your sign like a bright light shining on all you do. However, you have to lay some groundwork as a foundation for forthcoming opportunities. Try this exercise: Feel your deepest longings at your heart center. What gifts would you like to receive so that your life feels more fulfilling? Write them down and hold them as intentions. Where you focus your attention, you can manifest greatly, so be conscious of thoughts and self-talk. Financial matters could shift with the solar eclipse on January 5. A sudden insight from out of the blue could be the key you need to shift into a more abundance mindset. After January 20, stay focused. Keep only one book at a time on the nightstand, for example. The lunar eclipse on January 20 asks you to revisit significant themes with siblings or neighbors. Eclipses symbolize turning points that awaken truth, which could facilitate change within your sibling relationships. Venus, the planet of beauty, enters your sign January 7, helping spark up your love life. In her light, you could more greatly experience your goodness and worthiness of love. This boost in confidence could help you attract attention from others, especially if you’re single. You could also recognize more beauty and goodness in others. If you are in a relationship, you and your partner could enjoy more connection and intimacy. Despite hectic schedules, make time to be present with your special someone.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
After a sizeable earthquake, aftershocks can occur as the earth's crust adjusts to the big shift. Likewise, significant shake-ups in your life—even exciting ones—may lead to emotional tremors as you ground yourself in a new normal. Last year you likely had a few of these, with both Saturn and Pluto moving through your sign. This month you could revisit some of those events. In light of changing times, you could have a heightened sense of vigilance right now. However, leave fear and doubt behind in 2018 by releasing judgment. Take a deep breath and relax, trusting the universe is ordered and consistent. If you have been working to achieve a goal, success is imminent. The solar eclipse on January 5 could offer an opportunity for recognition. With several planets transiting through your sign, the spotlight shines on you, so live like others are watching. January 11 could be a life-changing day as the Sun and Pluto join forces in your sign. Be bold in speaking your truth and heed your inner wisdom. Keep an open mind and heart; you could receive guidance from unexpected sources. With kinetic energies this month, your love life could undergo a transformation. If you are single, your patience may be tested. Try to shift focus away from disappointments. The eclipse this month triggers the axis line between self and other. Find your balance between the two. Also address any relationship concerns rather than hoping them away. With conscious attention you and your partner could resolve issues and strengthen your bond.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
The sun enters your sign on January 20, kicking off Aquarius season. Up to that point you have soul searching to do to set intentions for your new solar year. On January 5, harness the energy of the solar eclipse to super-charge your intentions. Meditate, journal, relax your mind, and still your body. Be gentle with yourself, too. Your empathic sensibilities are heightened, and you may be sensing others’ emotions in addition to your own. This is a highly creative time, and you might not feel as grounded. Honor this time as sacred and prioritize your inner urges. Uranus, the planet associated with your sign, stations direct on January 6. If you have resisted change, now is the time to release fear and open to possibilities. You may need more mental exercise than usual, and you could benefit from classes, workshops, or trips to the library. This is an excellent month for connecting with new people, especially on January 22, when Venus and Jupiter team up in your house of social networks. Because Jupiter is shining in this sector of your chart this year, you may branch out to meet new friends. In all matters of the heart, you may not see with total clarity this month. The lunar eclipse on January 20 activates the axis line between independence and partnership. You could revisit relationship issues that have been up for you this past year. However, now you will see any challenges from a wiser perspective. By the end of the month, you will be ready to celebrate a new chapter in life.
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
January's transits push you to the limit of your comfort zone. Step beyond it and extend a hand to a stranger, run for office, join a speakers bureau, or register for a matchmaking service. If you have been talking yourself out of doing something seemingly novel or impractical, rethink the idea and give it a try. What do you have to lose? In fact, you may discover a hidden talent. You'll know you're on track if you feel a mixture of fear and excitement. The solar eclipse on January 5 highlights possibilities for meeting new friends, ones with whom you will develop a deeper bond over time. You never know, single Pisces, one of those friendships could even evolve into a romantic relationship. If you have had challenging relationships with friends or shake-ups in your social circle, you could gain insight about core issues around January 13. External conflicts could have triggered a deeper healing process for you. Professional opportunities abound, with Jupiter in your career sector this year. As Venus joins Jupiter on January 22, an interaction with someone special could set into motion a series of life-changing events. Even a simple conversation could have a ripple effect. Keep an open mind and watch for symbols in your life, like dreams, animal messengers, or synchronicities. With all of this potential change, it is important to stay grounded, especially at the lunar eclipse on January 20. Live in the present, while accepting the past and stepping consciously into the future.
© 2018 Rachel Lang. Used with permission.