What the Zodiac Has in Store For You This Month: Your January 2016 Horoscope

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What the Zodiac Has in Store For You This Month: Your January 2016 Horoscope
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Start 2016 off right with this guide to living, one star at a time. This month’s big news is that Mercury will be Retrograde from the 5th to the 25th, and this can make for all kinds of technical difficulties and mishaps with your plans. Be patient if things go wrong because it’s happening to all of us!

From the 8th to the 10th, stick-in-the-mud Saturn will be sitting on fun-loving Venus, making them bad days to try on clothes but great ones to thin out your closet.

We’re gonna have some really intense energies running around on the 5th through 7th, and then again from the 20th ‘till the 2nd of February. During those hot-button dates, you should avoid needless drama by not obsessing on what everyone else is doing and just being the best that you can be. These are great dates for having a heart-to-heart with your Dear Diary, or for anything that requires deep focus.

The world is going through some tough times, so show compassion and love to yourself and the people you share this big blue marble with.

To find out exactly what’s in store for your sign this month, click through the gallery above.

Astrologer and psychic medium Jessica Lanyadoo loves cats, matte lipsticks, and kindness. When she’s not helping people help themselves, you can find her singing way too loudly in convertible cars. Find out more about her work and schedule a private reading at lovelanyadoo.com.

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Capricorn: December 22–January 19

This year starts off with so much going on in your sign that you may need to strap yourself in ‘cause it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. The big themes at play here have to do with identity and relating. How you experience your individuality—and how it works out in your innermost circle, your community, and the world at large—is demanding your attention. There are likely to be some confrontations boiling between you and others, but be careful what you say because you can’t take it back. Stand your ground instead of emotionally defending your positions, or you may find yourself in a war for points instead of an exchange of perspectives. If you don’t believe that things can be resolved by talking them out, then you’d better come up with a strategy because repressing your emotions is unrealistic, especially from the 20th through February 2nd. Meditation or exercise will help you to work through what you want to get off your chest versus what needs to be said. Follow through with your work commitments, and be very thoughtful before you take on anything new.

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Aquarius: January 20–February 18

The pursuit of serenity is a noble one, but it can be easy to confuse escapism with peace sometimes. There is a lot of activity in your astrological house of the subconscious, and it can lead you to deep and transformative inspiration or, alternatively, to evade unpleasant things. It might seem counterintuitive, but this month the road to lasting happiness may be paved by grief. In order to grow into the next phase of your life, you need to truly let go of the past. The emotions that come up as you outgrow people, places, and commitments are bound to be complicated and give you the sads, but that doesn’t mean that they’re bad. Let yourself feel whatever you do, as long as you don’t stay too long in the phase of feeling sorry for yourself. The truth is that you’re going through some deep shifts. It might not look like much from the outside, but this phase of development is deep on the inside. Release the old before you embrace the new, Aquarius.

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Pisces: February 19–March 20

It’s a new year and a great time to make resolutions, Pisces. Start off with a commitment to honor your feels before things get drastic. You don’t need to put your own needs behind those of the people you love, and you don’t need to wait for things to get dramatic before you stand up for yourself. What you choose to participate in says a lot about you, so make sure it’s telling the truth about who you want to be. Your relationships are poised to grow with you, but you may have to be the one to lead the charge for change. On the work front, it’s important that you work hard and show up for opportunities because the improvements that you make to your resume this month will be hella useful in moving you forward. Mercury retrograde from the 5th through the 25th will make communication trickier, so make sure you double check on important stuff and read the fine print on contracts. Don’t underestimate the power of a personal connection when expanding your empire this month, babe.

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Aries: March 21–April 19

This month kicks off with super-intense energies that will have you needing to make big changes, and it’s on you to decide how that’ll shake down. When it comes to love, things are more likely to be intense than easy, but that’s not a bad thing if you can stay present for it. Be especially on the lookout for intense dynamics from the 20th onwards, and choose your battles wisely, lover. Let your actions speak for themselves and don’t mess with power struggles if you can help it. January is your time to organize your plans and set foundations for the coming year. The Mercury retrograde from the 5th through 25th can make it easy for misunderstandings to happen, so don’t take it personally if they do. Create the change you want to see in your world instead of waiting for others to do it for you. Be the boss of your own life.

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Taurus: April 20–May 20

Happy 2016, Taurus! This year kicks of with a Mercury Retrograde in your 9th house, making it an excellent time to review, respond, and reinvigorate your life. Make plans for your future that are informed by your own past—the good, bad and ugly of it all. If your vision for the long term isn’t clear, try focusing on small, achievable goals until your big picture clarifies itself. When it comes to love, wait until after the 10th before you make new moves or try to take things to the next level. Until then, Saturn will be sitting on Venus in your house of hotness, making it hella chilly on the fun front. From the 20th until February 2nd, you’ll find intense energies playing themselves out, making people weird and easy to jump to the defensive. Don’t take it personally if others are having a hard day; bring your best self to the table when your squad needs you most.

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Gemini: May 21–June 21

No matter how much you love and respect a person, it’s self-sabotage to give others full power over your self-esteem. The faith you have in yourself shouldn’t be situation-dependent or easily knocked out of whack by what others think, Twin Star. Whether they love or hate you, other people’s opinions often say more about them than they do about you. Be weary of your ruling planet Mercury creating all kinds of miscommunications between the 4th and the 25th. Take the challenge to become a more clear and patient communicator, or you’ll just end up annoyed all month. Find boos to love on, but be careful not to get all clingy and attached. Neediness will point you away from happiness, babe. Don’t put people on pedestals when they belong here on the dirt with the rest of us. Grow with the reality of your relationships instead of trying to turn them into your fantasy this month.

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Cancer: June 22–July 22

There’s so much Capricorn in the air that it’s bound to trigger a lot of feelings for you, Cancer. From the 5th through the 7th, and then again on the 20th through February 2nd, you can expect intense relationship dynamics to emerge, bringing up all the feels for you. Be true to yourself, even when it seems wicked hard to figure out what that means. The trick is to not work off of your feelings alone; pay attention to evidence, too. Notice what’s happening IRL between you and others by taking in their actions and what those say about them. Your emotions are super important, but they can also make you defensive when things get ramped up. It’s in everybody’s best interest if you take the time to compile the data before you react. Showing yourself and others compassion doesn’t require you to sacrifice discernment, so whenever things get deep, dole it out in big doses, lover.

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Leo: July 23–August 22

Change it up, Leo! This month you’re on call to shake up your personal life so that it better resembles who and how you want to be. Your relationships need to change, and it’s in your best interests to confront the truth of what is and isn’t working for you. If you don’t, the full Moon on the 24th in your relationship house may sneak up on you and make you feel wicked reactive and dramatic. Pull the plug if you need to, and let go of whatever dynamics are holding you back. If that isn’t possible, you might be better off to just bounce altogether, lover. Relationships are hard work, but they aren’t supposed to compromise your self care and don’t require you to abandon yourself. Work may be on the backburner this month, and that’s fine as long as you don’t ignore the important stuff. Be extra careful when signing contracts or making agreements in general; when in doubt, talk it out.

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Virgo: August 23–September 22

So many times the things that at first seem like major fails end up being catalysts for change instead. Don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions, Virgo. Sometimes a thing feels awful, but is actually very good for you—or conversely, some of the stuff that feels awesome can backfire on you quickly. Difficulties are meant to test your willingness to take care of yourself, not to punish you. Rise up to challenges with an open mind this month because what looks like a fail, may turn out to be a shortcut. Your ruling planet, Mercury, will be retrograde from the 5th through the 25th, making this an excellent time to review your life and connect to your insides. Be a good friend to yourself by listening to your innermost needs instead of pushing through your days. This is a great time to get closer to the people in your life by sharing what’s real, so be open to connections deepening. Be on the lookout for something delightful starting with the new Moon on the 10th, but be patient and avoid making proclamations of love between the 4th and 10th.

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Libra: September 23–October 22

It’s easy to fake it through relationships, but it takes strength of character to deal with people both directly and with tact. It’s time to step it up and confront issues that have been brewing in your relationships, especially with the people that you consider to be your home. Your fam needs attention so that those relationships mature with you as you develop and change. Even if there are growing pains in your most stable relationships, it’s totally worth it, Libra. Don’t be scared off by a little bit of upset, especially from the 5th through 7th, and then again from the 20th 'till February 2nd, when there’s likely to be cause for a reckoning and really intense energies to deal with. Work on getting your ego to a healthy place by cultivating a balance between self-reflection and creative action. It will not only help you feel better, but it will also support you in taking your career to the heights you want it to reach. Believe in yourself, and pair that confidence with concrete steps in the right direction this month.

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Scorpio: October 23–November 21

Your sign gets a bad rep, but it’s really because you’re misunderstood, as many fierce and fabulous folks are. Set boundaries this month without being so self-protective that people take offense to it. The style in which you assert yourself is just as important as the content of your message, Scorpio. You don’t have to defend your message or drop it in others’ laps like a sack of rocks, either. Stay present for the impact of your words so that you know what you’re dealing with. This will be especially helpful at work, where you need your relationships to be as functional as they can be without a lot of fuss. At the end of the day, you ain’t worth much if your word ain’t golden. Say what you mean and mean what you say to solidify your reputation as a person who can be trusted. This month is a great time to realign your actions with your goals at both work and play, so you build foundations you’ll be happy to grow into.

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Sagittarius: November 22–December 21

If you don’t create inner change, how is your love life supposed to be different, bae? As they say, “wherever you go, there you are.” Do work on your relationship to intimacy this month so that you can be different enough to attract new circumstances or take your love relationships to happier, healthier places. When things get real, you can act like everything is OK and wait for it to pass, or you can have a deep exchange about it. Listen without trying to change a person, and share your perspective without trying to convince them of anything. If you’re stuck in a rut, there’s a serious risk that you’ll end up feeling agro—and not much productivity happens from that frame of mind. When you can’t have it all, you can at least have a good attitude. It can be really hard to tell the difference between intuition and anxiety, but don’t lose hope when your fears grab the wheel. Confront issues with the power of faith and love, Sag.

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