2016 starts with our old friend, Mercury, the planet of communication, going all wonky on us again! If you can put off major purchases, elective surgeries, and important decisions until after January, you might want to do that. Things can be accomplished this month, but extra patience and discrimination will be required. Mercury turns retrograde on January 5, 2016, but the vibrations will be felt at least a week prior to that. Mercury goes “direct” on the 25th of January, 2016, but won’t really “straighten out” until after the first week of February. Things may get particularly testy the week of January 17, as Mercury retro in Capricorn will aggravate already grumpy Uranus and Pluto. Communication will be challenging and tempers may flare! So, back up all important data, make sure your car is in good working order, and watch what you say and you’ll be way ahead of the game.
There’s an energy buildup around January 5, as the Sun lines up with Pluto. This will surely bring up issues of power and control, both personally and globally. Some of this energy can certainly be used to do good…but not everyone will be in the mood to do that. Events continue to morph and change as Jupiter in Virgo goes retrograde January 7th, followed by a Capricorn New Moon on January 9th. This earthy energy might actually be quite helpful for resolving old problems, Mercury retrograde or not! There is some tension in the stars as the month unfolds, so taking a chill pill is advisable.
There’s a nice “energy oasis” January 17th and 18th with the Moon in Taurus. These will be great days to get some things accomplished. And there is a Full Moon in Leo on January 23, which should bring a bit of drama and creativity into the picture.
Saturn continues clipping along in Sagittarius, which can be quite motivational. Sagittarius energy is related to law, justice, and foreign affairs, but the Saturn part of the equations brings up problems to be solved in these areas. Another downside to this combo is linked to what can only be described as “zealotry” as people continue to clash over religion and philosophy in all too real ways. Help set an example. Be the voice of reason and wage “Peace” whenever possible now.
2016, the Year of the Fire Monkey, will be fast-paced and surprising. Fire Monkey energy is never dull, and will have a stimulating effect on many industries, including medicine and technology. Monkey years are usually prosperous. Chinese New Year is falls on February 8, 2016.
Femastrology Horoscopes for January 2016
For all the Sun Signs: Starting the New Year with Mercury Retrograde coming in for a landing might seem a bit weird, but remember, it is good for some things! You may have some interesting and significant encounters with people from the past. I always tell people, if an “ex” shows up during retrograde, it isn’t always a sign you should get back together! More often than not, it is some kind of cosmic review session, to take stock of previous relationship lessons. Sometimes, during Mercury Retrograde, we get insight about past issues and are able to get “closure” or tie up loose ends. It’s also a good time to research, plan, and refine future plans.
Astro-Opportunity Days: January 4, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 22, and 27
Horoscopes for January 2016
Aries (March 21-April 19) Patience may be hard to come by now, but is needed. It is important that you know where you are going. Don’t worry that you aren’t already there. Free yourself from unwanted obligations if possible.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) This is a good time to be a Taurus! Earthy energies will help you stabilize your affairs and bring harmony into your world. Put out any fires in the relationship department by being flexible and confident. Travel and legal issues will be favorable, Mercury retro or not.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) Relationship energy is confusing. Others may not see your point of view. Best not to fight it now, there will be more clarity next month. Take care with finances. If certain connections need to end, end them. Don’t leave things dangling.
Cancer (June 21-July 21) Important relationships are highlighted now and people want to connect with you. Career may be a bit uncertain or chaotic. Take your own health and well-being very seriously. You could be running on empty. Time to fuel up!
Leo (July 23-August 22) This could be a very profitable and productive time, but only if you can focus! Too many obligations will weigh you down. Expect some tension with loved ones.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) This is a great time to focus on long range plans and goals. Your creativity is high. For single Virgos, love could be in the air! But make sure any offers in love or business are legit before you commit.
Libra (September 23-October 22) Problem solving required on the home front. This could be literal. Put some energy into harmonizing your environment. Relationship changes are occurring. Single Libras may be swept off their feet. In money matters use logic and don’t over spend.
Scorpio (October 23-Novemeber 21) With Mars in your sign your passion and determination are strong. You might be pissed off easier, too. You have lots of ideas, but will you harness your energy to bring them into reality? Take some things off your plate if possible. Don’t let “business” interrupt your creative flow.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You might feel a bit gloomy and disenchanted. It will pass. Your main focus should be finance and career where much can be accomplished now. Possible surprises in love for single Sag’s.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Happy Birthday Capricorn! Let go of old emotional baggage. Take time to build your physical strength. You have a lot to do, so pace yourself. This should be a productive period. Don’t over-obligate yourself. Key opportunities will surface, so you’ll want to be ready.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Things are active in your business and social arena. Maybe a bit too active. You may need to slow down and tune in. Take care of any health issues that might arise. Be particularly aware regarding important communications. Things could get murky. Don’t risk being misunderstood. Be careful with money.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) You have some pressure on you now, but things should level out. Productivity may have to supersede pleasure for a while. Forge bonds with helpful people. And try really hard not to get in your own way! Things are looking up.