MONTH OF January

Monthly Snapshot

Let’s DO this, Leo! The last six months of your life may have felt like a whole lot of movement but no specific destination. Life has been filled with adventures and unexpected plot twists, to be sure. But are you ready to come in for a landing?

As 2021 begins, you’ll finally start heading in a clear direction, and it’s a relief. Leo is one of the zodiac’s four “fixed” signs, meaning you like to plant your flag and take tangible action steps toward concrete goals. If you’ve scattered your energy in too many directions, you can now prioritize, plan and focus. With Mars and Uranus firing up your career zone, you can turn those lofty but unfocused concepts into concrete goals. Just get things underway before Mercury turns retrograde on January 30, which could disrupt or delay your mission.

While the Sun is in Capricorn and your systematic, healthy sixth house until January 19, you’re still wearing your project manager hat (paired with athleisure). It’s a great time to set any of your ambitious news ideas to a timeline and budget—and to make sure you’re breaking up your busy work schedule lots of nutritious meals, satisfying sleep and movement.

You’ll get by with a little bit (or a lot) of help from your friends, too. As structured Saturn and expansive Jupiter start their first full month in Aquarius, your seventh house of partnerships becomes a focal area. The message? Just because you CAN do something alone doesn’t mean you should. Lean on the most important people from Team Leo and give your best energy to the ones who always come through for you.

Week 1: January 1-10

Make dreams reality

Coming through: Leo on a mission! After spending the last half-year in “blue sky” visionary mode, you can FINALLY craft a master plan for rolling out all your big ideas. On Wednesday, January 6, go-getter Mars wraps an extended six-month visit to Aries—four times longer than its usual spin through any sign—and departs your ninth house of expansion, learning and travel. While you may not have gotten to take any epic vacations, you’ve certainly broadened your mental and metaphysical horizons since Mars first began this transit on June 27, 2020.

In some ways, it’s been good to have such an open-hearted and wide perspective on life during the pandemic. But anxious Mars in this globetrotting sector also gave you itchy feet. Many Leos struggled mightily with all the pandemic restrictions, particularly the lack of human contact. Your sign loves to play social director and superconnector and to explore limitless possibilities. And at a time when the stars were aligned for you to grow, you simply weren’t able to “go big” and express your Leo nature to the fullest.

Nonetheless, you’ve probably had a ton of great ideas brewing. As Mars marches into Taurus and your ambitious, success-driven tenth house from January 6 until March 3, you’ll move into a more “high-powered” phase and mindset. You may ascend into a leadership role, possibly with a new title or promotion but also great responsibility. (You’re up for the task, but you’ll still feel the pressure!) If your job has had Covid cutbacks, you may have to carry more of the burden for a while, picking up the slack with a smaller staff.

Calling all entrepreneurs: Not only does Mars in this disciplined sector help you craft a structure for those lofty visions, but he also supplies you with the stamina to see your ideas through. You’ve had a bumper crop of brainstorms, but which ones can actually go the distance?

Start by whittling down the most viable contenders, then putting a budget, timeline and agenda behind them. Prioritizing is key. You’ll have to say no to a few halfhearted plans and projects in order to say yes to the one or two goals that matter most.

The tenth house rules fathers and men, and a guy in your life could play a pivotal role, either as a fierce ally and champion for your ideas or as a source of stress that you’ll need to confront directly. Assert yourself, but try not to get dragged into any intense fighting.

Week 2: January 11-17

So much to do, so little time

You’ve got places to go AND people to see—and doing that all at once isn’t easy. This week, speedy Mars and Uranus are active in Taurus and your tenth house of career. While you’re ready to make some power moves, you could run into resistance from Jupiter and Saturn, which are both in Aquarius and your seventh house of partnerships.

On Wednesday, January 13, speedy Mars could bring a peak professional moment, when your time and talents are in high demand. But good luck turning around that short-deadline assignment today. Mars will lock horns in a tense square with heavyweight Saturn in your partnership house, throwing obstacles in your path. Demands from your personal life (and a certain someone in particular) could distract or even derail your ambitious plans.

Be careful how much you take on, both at work and with loved ones, because too many obligations will lead you to crash. From dropped balls to an explosive fight, it won’t end well. Your best bet this week is to underpromise and overdeliver, not to say yes to everything.

Besides, some exciting new professional projects could be on their way—and you’ll want to keep your calendar open! On Thursday, January 14, changemaker Uranus ends a five-month retrograde backspin that disrupted your ambitious plans. As Uranus corrects course and turns direct (forward), a chance to rise into a leadership or prominent role could come, perhaps unexpectedly. If you haven’t been able to express your pioneering ideas or to get others to buy into them, that could all change. (Fun fact: There will be zero retrograde planets for two weeks now, a great time to make bold moves.)

Is Team Leo as tight as it could be? Because also on Thursday, the Sun and powerhouse Pluto make their once-a-year meetup. As they unite in Capricorn, your sixth house of helpful people, organization and well-being gets a charge. Are you surrounding yourself with savvy strategists…or suck-ups who just tell you what you want to hear? Stock your squad with people who can become trusted supporters for your mission, even if they’re a little bit green right now.

As the life-giving Sun and shadowy Pluto unite, pay special attention to your stress levels and overall health. A nagging ache or pain shouldn’t just be written off. There’s no need to be paranoid, but don’t dismiss it. Whether the answer is booking an overdue doctor’s visit or an evening of self-care, prioritize your wellness and self-care now.

You’ll be pulled between relationships and professional goals once again on Sunday, January 17, when expansive Jupiter in your partnership house squares off against disruptive Uranus in your career zone. Jupiter-Uranus squares only happen every seven years, and as these two liberated planets fight for freedom, you could feel the urge to break free of anything confining, from jobs to roles to relationships.

You might also be experiencing major growth in both areas simultaneously—a case of “too much of a good thing” all at once. If you feel overloaded, don’t force yourself to make a binding decision or choose a set path. Explore every option but wait to commit to anything until you do.

Week 3: January 18-24

Are you getting the help you deserve?

Two is your magic number from this week forward! On Tuesday, January 19, your ruler, the radiant Sun, enters Aquarius until February 18, heating up your seventh house of partnerships. As El Sol joins Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn in the Water Bearer’s domain, your partnerships take on even more importance. For the next month, focus on nurturing your closest ties and creating alliances that feel synergistic and supportive.

You may need to turn to some of these people because hotheaded Mars stages two planetary putsches this week that could turn up the intensity, especially around your career. On Wednesday, January 20, Mars and Uranus, two of the most kinetic but volatile planets, will conjoin in Taurus and your tenth house of career and long-term goals.

As Mars and Uranus electrify your mission, you’re able to cut through the fluff and clearly see each step you should take to reach your destination. The problem? Your “long view” could also turn you into an accidental bulldozer. Make sure you don’t run anyone over on your quest, Leo!

On Saturday, January 23, Mars will square off against expansive Jupiter in your partnership zone, making it hard to juggle the ballooning demands of your career and your closest ties. Your frustration levels could go through the roof if you try to be “all things to all people.” But as a Leonine force of nature, you’ll probably attempt it anyhow.

Our advice: Slow down and ask for what you need! Also on Saturday, sobering Saturn will make its once-a-year alignment with your ruler, the Sun. This annual “audit” can deliver a harsh reminder of your human limitations, revealing where your boundaries aren’t clear enough and your foundations need fortifying.

As the Sun and Saturn unite in your partnership zone, you might realize that a person you’re leaning on can’t hold the weight. That doesn’t mean you have to cut them off. But you should definitely consider getting certain needs met elsewhere rather than trying to extract “blood from a stone.” Is it time to commit to a more permanent status? This mature meetup could have you pondering the merits of signing on the dotted line, whether in business or love.

Perhaps you need to ask more of the people in your circle as one Leo friend just did after he found himself confronting an unexpected medical issue. Is Team Leo pulling its weight as much as you are—or are you holding up the world on your shoulders? Redistribute the load, Leo, and the energetic balance that comes as a result will be better for everyone.

Week 4: January 25-31

A full moon and miracles, just for you

Get ready: The year’s only full moon in Leo is coming this week! But first, partnerships are the focal point as a flock of planets flits through Aquarius and your seventh house of committed relationships. The Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn are all in this loyal sign, infusing your closest ties with an intellectual spark, vibrant fellowship and staying power. Is it time to make things official? If so, consider the terms of engagement that will make you feel comfortable going “all in” with someone.

Warning: Not all duos will be dynamic under this week’s starmap. On Tuesday, January 26, the Sun in Aquarius will square off against disruptor Uranus in Taurus, echoing the tension of the January 17 Jupiter-Uranus square. You could be torn between demands of a key relationship and a career curveball. Is caring for other people blocking your ascent? Or are you holding yourself back by NOT partnering up with a fellow power player? You may need to shift some expectations and roles with your closest ties so you can truly shine. P.S. You don’t have to say yes to every demand—least of all the last-minute ones!

The brightest spot of the year so far could arrive on Thursday, January 28, when the full moon in your sign puts the thousand-watt spotlight on YOU and your accomplishments. You’re not one to wait in the wings, Leo. Today’s your curtain call—so step boldly on stage and bask in well-deserved applause. And if the clapping doesn’t come? Get out there anyway. This full moon is a big nudge to claim your visibility.

Even better? The same day as the Leo full moon, the Sun (your celestial ruler) will conjunct expansive Jupiter in its once-a-year meetup, known as the Day of Miracles and considered by astrologers to be one of the luckiest days of the year. As these two power players unite in your partnerships zone, your duos become extra dynamic.

Keep the energy light, though, and prepare for a month-ending curveball on Saturday, January 30, when communicator Mercury goes retrograde in erratic Aquarius and your partnership zone until February 20. Are second thoughts popping up all of a sudden? Were sweet words shared that now require a bit of walking back for clarification?

Now’s not the time to make big purchases, get spontaneously hitched or sign on any dotted lines. Put those big moves on hold until next month—and watch out for a few crossed wires until then. Since Aquarius and Mercury both play big roles in technology, make sure your passwords are up to date and your devices are in good working order. Hold off on buying that new phone, laptop or set of wheels until Mercury turns direct next month. If you can’t wait, spring for the extra insurance!

LOVE & ROMANCE:

At last: A new energy is coming in this month, and you’re more than ready for it! Since June 27, passionate Mars has been in Aries and your adventurous ninth house. While that’s infused your love life with some much-needed positivity (or a sense of independence), you may feel a bit untethered after six months of this expansive energy. Maybe you developed romantic FOMO, where the grass seemed greener elsewhere. If a long-distance connection began last year, restrictions on seeing each other could have strained or snuffed the spark.

From January 6 to March 3, Mars will move through Taurus and your tenth house of long-term plans and structure. The “will they or won’t they?” vacillation gives way to a decisive energy, perhaps even a serious commitment for the future. Single Leos could meet someone through work-related endeavors (we see you flirting in that Zoom breakout room!).

The first week of the month could be super-romantic as amorous Venus hangs out in Sagittarius and your passionate, playful fifth house, where she’s been warming up since December 15. Enjoy a little belated virtual mistletoe-ing.

On January 8, the vixen planet moves into Capricorn and your practical, health-oriented sixth house. You’ll become more focused on where things are going or just taking better care of yourself. The rest of the month is all about self-care, loving your body and lavishing the nurturing on yourself for a change!

Key Dates:

January 9: Venus-Mars trine

Bring on the lasting love! As affectionate Venus and passionate Mars harmonize in stable earth signs, you could have true romance with all the trimmings—sensuality and stability. Skip the “come here now go away” players and their mixed messages. A partner who makes you feel secure is suddenly the most attractive catch in town. Coupled? Mark a long-term relationship with a thoughtful gift to let your mate know how much you cherish them.

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Love Days: 10, 13

Money Days: 21, 3

Luck Days: 19, 28

Off Days: 26, 11, 16

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