We have said goodbye to 2016, which was a 9 year, signifying completion or endings. In numerology, the study of the occult meanings of numbers, number 1 signifies a new beginning, and can represent traits of the individualist, willful and courageous, as well as inventiveness and independence, a pioneer spirit and action-oriented. These are all qualities that we’ll need as we head into this new year. We will have to watch out for tendencies toward aggression, dominance or egoism.
This week is Mercury-heavy, with the Trickster moving into Sagittarius on Wednesday. Mercury’s last days in his underworld are this week, and then early Sunday morning the communication planet stations direct. Although the novices on Facebook will start celebrating on Sunday, my readership should know better; station days (the days the planet changes direction) are the trickiest days of the cycle. Avoid making big decisions or having important, sensitive conversations, purchasing technology, or traveling on Sunday. Next week we will be in what’s called Mercury’s shadow, as he “gets used to” being direct and gets momentum going.
Venus is also changing signs this week, moving to Pisces on Monday at almost midnight. Venus governs our love natures and our finances, so there could be some shifts to take note of.
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Aries & Aries Rising: This is the first full week of our new year, and we’re under several astrological influences. On Monday the planet of love enters Pisces, bringing you an opportunity to get closure and healing if you’ve had any romances or loves that ended this year. With Venus visiting your house of sorrows and self-undoing, you’ll be more inclined to process and prepare rather than jump into a new relationship right now.
Mercury, the planet of communication, moves into Sagittarius on Wednesday, to your house of mental pursuits. Travel plans could go awry, or maybe there’s an issue with school or with a course you’re enrolled in. On Sunday Mercury finally turns direct, and you can plan for smoothing over any misunderstandings or mental chaos as he gains forward momentum in the coming weeks.
Taurus & Taurus Rising: This first full week of the new year has several aspects to note. On Monday the planet of love, Venus, moves into Pisces and your eleventh house of friends. You could make a love connection while involved in a group or organization of some kind. Or one of your friendships could turn romantic under this influence. It’s also possible that not only your love life but also your finances will be affected. This is a good time to focus on your long-term wishes for romances and money.
Mercury, the planet of communication, moves into Sagittarius on Wednesday. This is your area of sex, intimacy and connection. If you’ve had an intense love life during Mercury’s retrograde, you can take comfort in knowing that after Mercury turns direct on Sunday, these misunderstandings will begin to clear with each passing day.
Gemini & Gemini Rising: This is the first full week of the new year and we already have plenty of astrological aspects to take note of. First, on Monday, Venus enters Pisces; the planet of love and money will be in your tenth house of career. This could mean a big break at work, maybe a raise or promotion. You could increase your material success during this time. Or maybe you find yourself in an office romance.
Mercury, the communication planet, moves to Sagittarius on Wednesday, to your house of relationships. Many of the miscommunications, hurt feelings and strained relationships can be cleared up soon, because Mercury turns direct on Sunday. There will be a shadow period while Mercury gains momentum, but next week the trouble will begin to ease. Don’t try to smooth things over on Sunday however, the station day. Give yourself a few days and then begin the healing.
Cancer & Cancer Rising: This first week of the new year we have several astrological aspects to take notice of. On Monday the planet of love and money, Venus, moves into Pisces. This brings a shift to your house of mental exploration and risk taking. You could find romance while traveling, especially to a far away land, or in a course you’re taking. This is a good time for self-discovery and broadening your perspectives about love and finances.
Mercury, the planet of communication, moves into Sagittarius on Wednesday, to your sixth house of service and health. Mercury will turn direct finally on Sunday, so if you’ve had some health issues or misunderstandings with the people you work with, you should feel some relief beginning as soon as next week. There’s a bit of a shadow period while Mercury gains momentum, but things will start feeling better soon for the most part. Make sure you’re getting enough rest and exercise as we emerge from the holiday season.
Leo & Leo Rising: This is the first full week of our new year, and we’re under several astrological influences. On Monday the planet of love enters Pisces, bringing your attention to your intense eighth house. Themes during this time will be love, sex and intimacy, privacy, death and rebirth. A new romance could begin now, or you could commit to your partner or even join resources and bank accounts. A new business partner or investor could also show up for you now.
Mercury, the planet of communication, enters Sagittarius on Wednesday, your house of creativity and sex. If you’re feeling beaten up energetically from all the misunderstandings and arguments of this Mercury retrograde cycle, you can be hopeful because the Trickster planet finally turns direct on Sunday. Even though we’ll be in a shadow period for a few days as Mercury gains momentum, you should feel better starting next week.
Virgo & Virgo Rising: Our first full week of this new year is full of astrological influences. On Monday the planet of love and money enters Pisces, bringing a shift to your relationships. You could definitely start a new romance now, or deepen your commitment in a current relationship. Your business partnerships could also be more successful, or maybe you invest in something that is lucrative. You can let your heart lead the way for a while, Virgo, and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Mercury, the mental planet, enters Sagittarius on Wednesday, your house of home. The misunderstandings and chaos in your family life could soon begin to settle down because on Sunday Mercury finally turns direct. There will be a short shadow period as the communication planet adjusts and gains momentum, but next week should show some improvement in communications.
Libra & Libra Rising: This is the first week of January and our new year and there is much happening astrologically. On Monday Venus, the planet of love and money, moves to Pisces and your sixth house of health. Venus is your ruling planet, and you should put yourself and your well being first now. Invest in your health and fitness, including your mental health; don’t be afraid to spend money on a gym membership or therapy if that makes you feel better.
Mercury, the planet of the mind, moves to Sagittarius on Wednesday, your house of communication. You’ve likely experienced an abundance of misunderstandings and mental confusion during this retrograde cycle, but that’s about to change. Mercury turns direct, finally, on Sunday. It won’t shift overnight, and there is a shadow period as Mercury gains momentum, but next week will feel much better overall.
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising: This first week of the new year is full of astrological influences. On Monday Venus, the planet of love and money, moves to Pisces and your house of creativity and sex. This is the perfect time for a new romance to bloom, or to deepen your intimacy in an existing relationship. Your powers of seduction will be strong and your love life will be given a boost. Your imagination and artistic pursuits will be expansive and pregnancy could even be in the works.
Mercury, the mental planet, moves to Sagittarius on Wednesday, your house of money. All misunderstandings or financial mishaps should start to clear up soon, when Mercury turns direct on Sunday. By next week things will start to feel better, and if you’ve been struggling financially or having miscommunications at work, you’ll sense a shift in the right direction.
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising: This is the first full week of our new year, and we’re under several astrological influences. On Monday the planet of love and money enters Pisces, bringing your attention to domestic issues. With Venus in this part of your chart you may make an investment in home improvements, or maybe you build the relationships with the women in your life. You could move in with your significant other or decide to get married and start a family.
Mercury, the mental planet, moves to your first house on Wednesday. This Mercury retrograde period was likely brutal for you, enduring miscommunications and mishaps in most of your interactions. That should start to improve soon, as Mercury turns direct finally on Sunday. Next week we should begin to feel a shift and your self-expression should get back on track in the coming weeks.
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising: In our first week of January we see several astrological aspects unfold. On Monday the planet of love and money, Venus, moves into Pisces and your communication house. Romance could bloom while you’re traveling, or maybe something you’ve written or created or discovered brings you financial abundance. With the pleasure planet in your house of self-expression, anything you think, write or say will have impact and can be positive and powerful.
Mercury, the planet of the mind, enters Sagittarius on Wednesday and shifts your attention to your intense twelfth house. The mental confusion or chronic misunderstandings that you’ve likely endured during this retrograde period should start to shift as Mercury turns direct finally on Sunday. Themes of sorrow should shift to spiritual healing and hopefully you can gain closure on the issues you’ve been thinking about recently. As Mercury gains momentum and things begin to feel better, you could have pretty meaningful and profound thoughts or conversations about things like compassion, karma, or the meaning of life.
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising: This is the first full week of our new year and we’re under several astrological influences. On Monday the planet of love and money enters Pisces, bringing energy to your career and finances. Romance is possible at work, or maybe you and your partner invest together or start a business together. Your material success has the potential to grow now, and it would be a good time to consider what activities or projects you have going on that could be lucrative and financially successful.
Mercury, the mental planet, moves to Sagittarius on Wednesday, your house of hopes. If you’ve endured miscommunications with your friends during this retrograde cycle, relief is coming soon, as Mercury turns direct on Sunday. Your mental clarity should return next week and your misunderstandings will smooth out. After Mercury’s shadow period, when he adjusts to normal forward momentum, your idealism and wishful positivity will be back, and you’ll begin to pursue your intellectual pleasures and dreams with energy.
Pisces & Pisces Rising: Our first week of January and a new year brings several astrological occurrences. First, the planet of love and money moves into your sign! Venus will reside in your first house making sure your love nature is fulfilled and your finances are abundant. Romance may be in the air, or you could decide to commit to your current flame in a significant way. Invest in yourself, your ideas and dreams, and as always follow your heart.
Mercury also changes signs this week, moving to Sagittarius on Wednesday. This will bring strong energy to your career and boost your public standing. You, like everyone else, have probably endured some misunderstandings lately while the mental planet has been retrograde. The trickster planet finally turns direct after three weeks on Sunday. Next week and the following week will be when you begin to see the energetic shift in your professional life, perhaps with you receiving a promotion or raise, or just having your material success increase.