January 2018 contains all of the magic and energy we all hope for out of a New Year and more. It starts off with a Full Moon in Cancer on the first, a New Moon in Capricorn on the 16th and then ends with the first Eclipse of the year on the 31st. But that's not all. The first month of 2018 grants us explosive energy for love, work and all things that showcase and affirm our own unique gifts. Use the horoscopes below to guide you through making the most fruitful decisions and investments possible to make 2018 the year you've been praying for.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The enchanting Winter Solstice marked the beginning of your Solar Return, Capricorn, and what a special one this is. The beginning of this month contains magic, once-in-a-lifetime type of energy. One of the biggest moments is on the 8th. At this time, the Capricorn Sun will conjoin Venus in Capricorn which will then form a loving trine to a Jupiter-Mars pair in Scorpio. This potent energy can be utilized as a super-manifestation period. Take care of your body and create a physical space that can support and encourage whatever you want to birth. This whole month, focus in on trusting yourself, your talents and your capacity to thrive. Know that you've got all you need to get yourself exactly where you want to be.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.18)
The boisterous and enlivening energy of this month has much to offer you and the way that you show up in the world. You often plan your public appearances according to what is pragmatic. This month, try settling in to your own form of flair. The way that you dress, walk, talk and think are all a part of full embodiment. This year is all about authenticity for you and this means becoming comfortable with and settling into all of your edges, and figuring out where you organically begin and end. This month, seek out experiences that put you out of your comfort zone, as a they will reflect back to you who you truly are. These experiences will help you begin to grow more comfortable in your skin and expand your horizons. The magic this month lies just beyond where you usually go. Don't be afraid to step out.
Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)
As the year begins, your Solar Return lingers on the horizon. The energy of a New Calendar year and your own new solar year may feel very overwhelming and push you to rush and prepare. Refrain from allowing any hectic energy to affect you. This month revolves around how you relate to and commune with your human and non-human surroundings, as well as how these interactions mimic or collide with your internal landscape. It's about finding your place by noticing where you fit in, not by forcing it, and if anyone knows how to go with the flow, it is you Pisces. Utilizing this skill will be very important this month. Because of the toll this may take, you must create strong boundaries to live by. Sink into your skin. Follow your body and heart's inclinations and lean in to whatever embodiment begins to reveal itself to you.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You may not like this too much, Aries, but January is the perfect time for nesting as Capricorn energy beckons that you venture inwards. Use this month (especially the New Moon on the 16th) to hone in on where all of the success you can muster is birthed from and comes home to roost: your body and the places you call home. Spend this month mending, building and enlivening your self-love practices. The time to jump will come, and you will surely know it. For now, replenish yourself by reducing your output and maximizing your input and reception. Clean out your body, your space, your desk and your mind in preparation for what is on its way. Find your stamina in the stillness and trust that you are forever in the process of blooming.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
The buzz of the New year is accompanied by a lot of action from your ruling planet, this month. With so much energy to work with it is easy to become overwhelmed or become anxious over the outcome. Remember that is okay to take everything at your own pace. Find ways to become passionate about your work again. Release the idea that you have any control over the product and just focus on your process. See anything that does come to fruition as an affirmation and encourage yourself to indulge in celebrating it as such. This month, revel in the feeling that comes from relinquishing control and succumbing to where curiosity, passion and play take you. Whatever you find there will further enrich your work and may even give a big boost to your ability to stick to what you've committed to for the long haul.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
It's time to reassess your boundaries from last month, Gemini. This month may seem to offer a lot of outward energy but this time will really be best utilized to expand your inward journey. Every year provides renewal and magnetism to your strive. This year, make sure to think about the ways that what you want to create and achieve fold into your larger vision for your legacy, and take it slow. Prioritize fresh perspective and defined direction. Work on your confidence and stay focused on what you are doing rather than what other people do or how they feel about you and your process. Your strength lies in your unique vision and the innovative way that you approach all situations. Stay rooted in what makes you different and continue to remain true to your desires and magic will always follow.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
This month presents the type of energy you just cannot ignore. The Full Moon in your sign on the 1st is nothing short of extraordinary and the way it plays out will give you a better understanding of where you stand and how far you have to go. Any projects started on this Full Moon, emotional, financial, relational or otherwise, are sure to pack a punch but this will all depend on your willingness to hold yourself and your own success. Commit to working through self-limiting fear and try to not hermit away and block your own blessings. Believe in yourself and what you have to offer. The only person you need to convince that you're worthy of what you want is you. Once you do that, your successes will be infinite and so much sweeter to savor.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The first eclipse of 2018 culminates in your sign on the 31st. Use this month to reflect back to the eclipses in August. Take note of what changed, what remained the same and how you acclimated to both. The energy of this event will electrify the same spaces as it did last year, but this time you have a choice. When you look back, try to pinpoint the larger themes in your life illuminated by the eclipses last round. Once you can identify the areas the Eclipse points are speaking to, you can better direct the energy they will bring. Find ways to embrace the possibility of oncoming change, this month. Know that where you are now is because of what you have been able to push through. Trust that whatever the universe brings will offer you deeper wisdom into yourself and will help you to make the best of this year and all beyond it.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
It's a brand new year, Virgo! If you aren't currently celebrating or resting, now is the time to do so. As planets file into your 5th house and on into your 6th, it's all about joy and regeneration. Don't use the oncoming of a New Year as an excuse to work through your point of exhaustion. This year, let newness mean refreshment and renewal. Use this time to set a new pace. Factor time for rest, celebration and relief into your work schedule. Your biggest hurdle will always be your inability to say "no" to those who ask things of you. Realize that you are who you need to say "yes" to first and cease from making any moves of martyrdom. This minute, the next and every minute after that are yours to utilize for your highest good. Figure out what that "good" is and commit to nothing less for the rest of 2018 and beyond.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Welcome to a new year, Libra. The start of this year should be equal parts respite and rest and diligent, intentional work. This month, Mars fires up your second house of materiality and may bring you some new and exciting responsibilities. Allow these offers to be lessons in discernment. Remember that every time you say "yes" you say no to something else. Be aware of the weight of what you commit to before jumping in and take plenty of time and space to yourself to reflect. Your biggest roadblock will be your own eager nature so slowness and pause will be most useful to you now. Once you master the process, the ball will start rolling without any intention of coming to a halt. Nail down what you need to do to help your body, mind and spirit stay afloat while you roll and this year may turn out to be a stunning success.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
As Jupiter continues to transit your sign, it offers you an overflow of abundance and luck. As a sign with much more connection to the spiritual and emotional than the material, use this month to create a new connection to resource. Pay any debts you have, calculate money made v. money spent in 2017 and set your financial goals for this fresh new year. But do it a little differently. Maybe make some money mantras to say to yourself every time you look at your bank account or practice saying "yes" to gifts that are offered to you. In whatever way feels best to you, figure out ways to celebrate your successes, honor and cut your losses and make a new nest for the spiritual and financial earnings that await you this year. It is your time, Scorpio. Allow yourself to act accordingly and embrace all that you deserve.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The beginning of this new year is all about identifying what patterns and behaviors make and break your stability. Sometimes aimlessness and/or intuitive navigation is what comes most naturally to you, but oftentimes these ways just allow you more space to make decisions out of fear or scarcity. Make sure you're running towards the things you love rather than just away from what you fear, Sagittarius. Your arrows are sharp and powerful and their trajectory should be, too. Once you fortify your direction with purpose and intention, you will find all of the radical potential contained in this month and beyond. The Full Moon on the 1st will be a particularly good day to begin the process of assessment and the New Moon on the 16th is your day to commit. Take both of these days to write, reflect and then act in accordance with both what you think you need and what you want in mind.
Jaliessa Sipress is a life-path Astrologer, writer and artist dedicated to making Astrology an accessible tool for navigation and healing. You can find out more about her work or book a private session at obsidianmoonastrology.com.