Your January Horoscope: 2021, Is That You?

Happy New Year! Is that really you, 2021, with 2020 finally in the rearview mirror? The entire world has been counting down the days to your arrival. As we enter this new year, there is a collective dwelling in the land of “in-between.” Memories of 2020 and the old guard still impact our daily lives and consciousness, while the promise of renewal and progressive change call us forward.
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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius that began on December 21 is in a new element that will color the celestial skies for the next 200 years. It initiates us into a new 200-year era in which we will see the bursting forth of new values, ideas, inventions, and learning, with the aim of achieving a more egalitarian society. Aquarius is the idealistic utopian sign of the zodiac. Let’s aim high. 

However, none of this is going to happen overnight. 2021 won’t be the panacea to what was “so 2020.” The instability and shaky ground will still be palpable, especially in the beginning. This past year we’ve had to let go of so much, grieving for normalcy as we knew it, along with lives lost.  

At last, the planets help bring us to the brighter side of “in-between.” Jupiter, the planet of expansion, stays in Aquarius for most of 2021, with a brief stint in Pisces. Historically, these Jupiter cycles have brought significant technological and scientific advances as well as political revolutions.  In 2009-10 (Jupiter's last sweep through Aquarius and Pisces), we were plagued by the swine flu/H1N1 pandemic, and a vaccine soon followed.  In January 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African American president.  

This coming January 20th, an administration of renewed hope kicks off under Joe Biden. Kamala Harris will take her place in history as the first female, African American, Southeast Asian Vice President of the United States. Together, we can “build back better.”

Add the entry of Saturn in Aquarius, where it will stay until March 2023, and watch our society grow together in a shared purpose. Aquarius is the sign of the collective. Saturn is the planet of commitment, so its combination may manifest in new community initiatives and friendship networks that stand the test of time.  

This unique alignment will also see significant advances in technology, science, and innovation.  I’m talking about the invention of the World Wide Web level of progress. Most importantly, human health is being bolstered.  Vaccines for COVID-19 are underway.  They continue in drug development and clinical trials to protect people across the globe.  

Still, with all these 2021 good tidings, we cannot let our guard fully down. The positive changes will be challenged by the squaring of Saturn-Uranus. Saturn in Aquarius, the planet of boundaries, responsibility, and restriction squaring Uranus in Taurus, the planet of freedom, rebellion, and change elicits a significant planetary aspect that occurs every 14 years. It is a challenging and dynamic energy that can push us to make positive or disruptive changes. It can bring the progressive energy our world needs right now. It is the further breaking down of the old-world structures that erupted in 2020. Be flexible, be patient, and be part of the new era that is emerging. You made it through 2020, bruised or otherwise, so it’s likely you can get through anything!

After a year of hardships and suffering for so many, may our hearts break open and tender, loving care prevail.  Bring that open heart into the new year, a new era, and a new perspective on life.  Oh, 2021, we can’t wait to meet you. 

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)

Welcome to 2021, Aries. This much-anticipated new year is asking you to reevaluate your friendships and social networks. Your values are shifting; some of your alliances may no longer reflect your new vision. Your 11th house of friends, collective groups, social networks, and your tribe will be under construction this year. Those who feel stuck, stagnant, and not open to change will no longer hold your interest. Both Jupiter and Saturn are holding court there, imploring you to question your friendships and what you value most. 2020 laid the foundation for sweeping changes in these areas of your life. Maybe it’s time to delete a few people, to  break free from those with whom you no longer align, making room for a new expanded social circle that expands your worldview, and, most importantly, awakens you. Aries, you will be craving freedom from various constraints, pursuing a desire to contribute something to the world. But what? Start conjuring that genius! Mars, your north star, moves into Taurus on January 6, activating your talents, values, self-worth, and money. Aries, it is time to focus on your abilities, to invest in yourself. You’re so worth it! Values have shifted; what you once wanted no longer serves you. You may start your own business or reinvent yourself. Mercury retrogrades are all in air signs, compatible with your nature. Your communication skills can improve, just keep your temper in check. This year, take the initiative and do not be influenced by others. You'll be the warrior, shining your bright light to guide us through the new year. Cheers to 2021!

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20)

Taurus, get ready for 2021! You'll be the racehorse out of the starting gate. Mars moves into your sign on January 6--time to get back into the world. Shed the pandemic weight gain, stop procrastinating, start doing what you didn't feel like doing in 2020. Mars is giving you an infusion of energy, confidence, and determination. Jupiter and Saturn are holding court in your career and professional life. The first few months of the year will offer an influx of opportunities, partnerships, and shifts. Your career may unfold in ways you haven't foreseen, so stay flexible and forge your own path. These are exciting alignments; staying flexible is your mantra Taurus! The most significant alignment is the tension between the controlling Saturn and the rebel Uranus. It is incredibly potent for you; these planets activate your self-identity and career. Your identity and values are shifting and need to be integrated into your work life This year the opportunities are ripe, and you may find yourself in a prominent position. Taurus, which role will you play in shaping our new era? Innovation will be a priority for you in your work now. It is time to get comfortable with being seen in the public domain while remaining true to yourself. You've got this! Taurus, be bold, be brave, and get unstuck! You can be so resistant to change, but this is the year where that is not possible. You've got 2020 to thank; we've all learned how impermanent the world is. On a bright note, Jupiter moves into your 11th house for a short preview in the spring, during which time your social life, networking, and romantic life can flourish. These relationships will be healing and restorative. Get moving, Taurus, and make the world a better place. We will follow your lead. Cheers to 2021!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Gemini, 2021 may just be that year when life amazes you in the most profound and positive ways.  You're graced with Saturn, structure, and expansive Jupiter, activating your house of wisdom, travel, learning, and viewing life with a different perspective.  2020 has been a year of reevaluating what is meaningful and holds value for you. Go study with wisdom teachers,  healers, gurus, philosophers, whoever and whatever adds meaning to your life. Go forest bathing, hang out in nature. Be in the pursuit of wisdom. You love learning; it makes you feel in awe of the world. When you feel comfortable to travel again, go! Do it with a purpose. Saturn wants to add structure and meaning to your life; Jupiter expands it! Your wanderlust is back, big time. If you are not into meeting gurus or taking planet medicine, it's ok.  Expand your world by engaging with others from different cultures. Your beliefs will carry you through 2021 and beyond with a more profound sense of connectedness—the ongoing Saturn square to Uranus, a big theme of 2021. Gemini, as you go on your vision quest to find a deeper meaning in your life, you'll need to spend time alone. It is essential. Jupiter will shift into Pisces, for a sneak preview of 2022, from May to July, opening up opportunities and growth in your professional life. What do you like to contribute as we move into a new era? Don’t completely abandon your newfound passion for producing quarantine TikTok dance numbers, either. Gemini, you still are the wittiest sign of the zodiac; always find levity. The eclipses are spotlighting you, dear Gemini, and we’re all here for it. Cheers to 2021!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Welcome to 2021, Cancer. First order of biz: who is in your tribe?  Who is it you want to collaborate and hang with, dear Cancer? It is essential this year that you find that answer; expand your social network, look for the rebels, the ones who break from tradition, and push you out of your inner shell. You have your own internal rebellion, so change the expectations of your life. 2020 prepared us to make sweeping changes; how do you envision your life and your dreams?  Who is worthy of being a part of your journey? Jupiter and Saturn are activating your 8th house of personal transformation, shared resources, and intimacy for most of 2021. This powerful alignment invites you to deepen your intimate relationships and shared resources. Collaborations and opportunities for creating new business and financial gain appear as Jupiter moves into Pisces from May to July for a sneak preview of 2022, rewarding you with a new perspective and a yearning for new experiences. Learn, study, travel, expand your mind, Cancer, and make plans for the future; it is looking brighter!  As we move into a new paradigm, your compassion and kind heart are just what the world needs. The tension between Saturn and Uranus is the major celestial event in 2021. Keep those who nourish and support you, whose ideals you align with, and delete those who don’t. Cancer, 2020 taught us that life is unpredictable, so take a risk this year. Show us all how to be kind, compassionate, and tender and the returns on that risk will be remarkable. Cheers to 2021!

Leo (July 23-Aug 22)

Leo, rejoice, it's 2021! Welcome to a year focused on your partnerships and career. The Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter is holding court in your 7th house of relationships for most of 2021. Leo, are they authentic and soul-satisfying? Can they grow and evolve as you enter a new era, will they be supportive of your career? If not, move on. You will not have the tolerance if you are feeling stifled or stuck. Leo, first examine if the issues lie with you and release those old behaviors that sabotage your relationships. The celestial event of 2021  is the square between Saturn and Uranus. Your career and personal demands may be tricky. Your priority is finding the balance between the two and having a partner who is supportive of your career demands. Uranus has been activating your professional house since last year, and so much has changed since 2020. Uranus liberates you from constraints, the urge for freedom, innovation, and new energy in your career. 2020 has taught us all how to be innovative to survive; you, Leo, were already ahead of the curve. 2021 may be the year to start your business or collaborate with those who have radical new ideas. Exciting times!  Embrace your internal career rebellion; take a risk to do what you've dreamed of doing. Jupiter moves into Pisces for a brief moment in May to July, giving you a glimpse of 2022. Personal and business relationships deepen, financial opportunities are bountiful! Take the initiative in your career, love deeply, and ask yourself what you will contribute to making our world more inclusive, kinder, and compassionate.  Leo, all you have to do is make us laugh, spread your joy and love widely. Nice work if you can get it and you got it! Cheers to 2021!

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Virgo, welcome to 2021, a year to set boundaries and to overhaul your approach to your work, daily routine, and self-care. Set the automatic pilot to off, Virgo. You are a workhorse and don't stop until you achieve that elusive perfection. Give it up, please. Setting limits and boundaries are critical. Being productive and helpful is your essence, but not when it becomes detrimental to your wellbeing.  The central celestial theme of 2021 is the ongoing square between controlling, restrictive Saturn to rebellious, innovative Uranus. Uranus is a great awakener, guiding you toward different universes, literally, activating your 9th house of spirituality, learning, wisdom, traveling, and mind expansion. Take one of those not-so-practical classes you've always wanted to sign up for. Take that trip, the one that will feed your head. Virgo, you'll need more freedom in your work and the daily grind to pursue other callings. Be open and receptive to where the universe will guide you. Do drop the self-criticism; perfection is overrated. The most beautiful alignment is when Jupiter moves into Pisces May through July, giving you a glimpse of what 2022 has in store. Jupiter will emphasize your committed partnership with an infusion of love and revival. Jupiter’s energy is creative, rejuvenating, and tender. Virgo, you need partners with whom you can relax and be at ease. Do pay attention to who comes into your life at this time. 2021 is your year to expand your mind, set boundaries, and love deeper. Exhale, Virgo. Cheers to 2021!

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Libra, 2021 promises you joy, creativity, and personal growth, but it's up to you to make it a reality. The year starts with Mars mashing up with the rebel Uranus, inviting you to break free of limitations you’ve imposed upon yourself.  2021 ushers in a new era and a new paradigm; your values have shifted and it’s time to shed that which no longer reflects who you are. Uranus is mining the 8th house of money, sexuality, intimacy, and personal transformation--the juicy stuff, Libra! You're having your internal revolution toward evolution! You will have to deal with all the stuff that comes with deep connections or stay stunted. Jupiter and Saturn are working in your house of creativity, romance, and joy. The key is to stay disciplined, stay focused, and be part of the creative process. The significant celestial alignment of 2021 is the square of structural Saturn to rebellious Uranus. Saturn represents the past, Uranus the future. Your collaborations, resources, relationships, creativity, and self-expression need to become integrated in what will become a creative restructuring of your life. You are responsible for your happiness, Libra.  Please commit to what brings you joy, because committing to things out of obligation is so 2020. Jupiter moves into Pisces from mid-May through July, giving you a preview of 2022. The focus is on your work, self-care, and well-being. Work that nourishes you reveals the tender side of you. Libra, 2021 is your year of creativity, love, and personal growth. Stay committed and focused on your path and enjoy your beautiful year. Cheers to 2021!

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Scorpio, brighter days are here! 2021 blesses you with new beginnings in your home life. As cliché as it sounds, home is where your heart is. This is indeed the year to create a solid foundation where you can express your personal freedom and authenticity. Your home life, family, and those considered family are paramount. Scorpio, ask yourself, are you overly responsible for loved ones? Home is your inner sanctuary, so prioritize building one that lets you feel freer,  less restrictive, balanced, and relaxed. If you over-commit or dominate your home life, you will start feeling resentful. Living with an aggrieved Scorpio is scary AF. Please make the needed adjustments or call your shrink. Scorpio, as you tend to your home life like a gentle gardener, pruning, planting, and nurturing, you'll have a fertile garden.  Nothing is better than being happy at home. The central celestial theme for most of 2021 is the tension between Saturn, who is about structure and responsibility, versus Uranus, who is the rebel genius, breaking us out of stagnation. Uranus has been holding court in your committed relationships since March of 2019. Scorpio, start integrating your home life and your committed partnerships so they don’t feel stale, restrictive, or boring. Use this energy to your benefit and shake things up. It’s a new era and the possibilities are limitless. From March through July, Jupiter moves into Pisces for a sneak preview of 2022, offering you the gift of less stress, more joy, relaxation, and tenderness. It is highly creative and romantic energy. However fleeting, it will continue until the end of 2021, so take advantage of all this love, home and family fabulousness. Cheers to 2021!

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Sagittarius, 2021 dawns with a light of hope and new possibilities. You love an adventure and prefer to dream big, so cast your net widely as we enter a new era. The great conjunction on December 21 in Aquarius landed in your 3rd house of communication, tweaking your mindset for the best. You'll be overloaded with innovative ideas, flashes of brilliance, and a racing mind. Sag, learn to meditate or find ways to quiet your mind so you can sift through your thoughts. No more limiting ruminations, that's so 2020! The major celestial alignment of 2021 is the square between restrictive, structured Saturn to rebel genius, Uranus. Uranus has been stirring up your area of work and self-care since March of 2019. Sag, how you manage your work, self-care, and daily routine must be the priority this year. Those to-do lists have to be edited. Do not over- commit. Uranus has been on a campaign to reform your professional goals for some time and wants to free you from a stagnant job. You may have the urge for independence, self-employment, or continue to work remotely. You've got so many brilliant, innovative ideas that you can use in your work and the possibilities are limitless. Sag, get some structure, write them down, and find ways to integrate them into your daily routine and self-care. How do you want to contribute to the new era we are moving into? Hint: it is through your work and communication.  From March through July, Jupiter makes a brief appearance in your 4th house of home and family, gifting you a happy reprieve. You may move or renovate your home. Family dynamics can heal and become more tender and loving, making it a lot easier to tune into those ever-churning inner thoughts that may, to all of our benefit, turn outward. Cheers to 2021!

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

Exhale, Capricorn, 2021 is finally here!  You've been, in a sense, chained to duty and responsibility this past year. It is amazing to see the challenges you weathered with grace and dignity. And though you are the signature sign of "showing up," I'm happy to tell you that there are lighter days ahead. So, yep, time to break free and have some fun!  It's also the time to invest in yourself and find new outlets for your talents. Jupiter and Saturn align in 2021 to showcase your innate strengths, creativity, and values. What hidden skill or passion did you discover during quarantine? There are no limits now, Cap, as the celestial energies line up to remove obstacles. And guess what? The biggest ones are those you impose upon yourself so drop ‘em. Now. Think about your worth and what your charge for your work and time. With the added celestial occurrence of disciplined Saturn square to rebellious Uranus, there's even more room for expansion and joy. Uranus has been mining your house of creativity, joy, and romance since 2019.  Capricorn, to fully capitalize on these energies, you have to sit down and really think about ways to profit from your talents. Use the creative juices to find new channels for making money.  The skies are almost begging you to do so. I know a really good career coach if you need a referral!  Then, from May-July, Jupiter moves into Pisces, giving you a sneak preview of 2022. Your attitude will find even more positivity, continuing this trend of good tidings.  Learning, teaching, writing, and connecting with your community are calling on you. They can also be creative ways to make that extra money!  Capricorn, we can't wait to see what your creativity contributes to the world, especially in this new year! Cheers to 2021!

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Aquarius, 2021 greets you with a big spotlight and big expectations as Jupiter and Saturn take up residence in your sign. Aquarius now reigns as the astrological hotspot. You're being called on by the celestial skies to be a role model. Aquarians are known to be the humanitarians of the zodiac. When your highest virtues are embodied, we see great-- often global--changes, from ground-breaking scientific inventions to historic social movements. This alignment ushers in a new paradigm of how we collectively live and you get to play a major role. No pressure, but rise up, because we need you in this time of transition. It may feel like this is too heavy a load to bear, but it's actually filled with the promise of your own renewal and freedom. 2021 is offering a clean slate, freeing you from whatever limitations were imposed in 2020. Now, let loose to be your genuine, weird, authentic self. You just have to think about how you can apply these changes to others as well. Saturn is gifting you the structure and discipline, Jupiter the optimism and confidence to achieve what you desire. This theme of freedom is echoed in the Saturn/Uranus square. Squares create tension, yet they also propel us to take action. Uranian energy breaks you out of stagnation. 2020 may have seemed like you were frozen in quarantined quicksand. But now, if you resist change, Uranian energy may feel shocking and disruptive. We've had enough of that, no?  Uranus has been holding court in your 4th house of home and family since 2019. Now, Aquarius, you may see some mini-earthquakes in these relationships. Family dynamics can shift, freeing you from drama that is getting in the way of 2021's good stuff. From May-July, Jupiter moves into your 2nd house of talents, values, and money, offering a glimpse of 2022. Opportunities for financial gain abound, so keep your eyes open. Aquarius, this month, take your rightful place under the spotlight while helping to move us forward. Cheers to that, and to 2021--and thanks! 

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

Pisces, 2021 is your year of inspiration! It all begins with the dynamic duo of Saturn and Jupiter taking center stage. Saturn, planet of structure, and Jupiter, the planet of expansion, merge in your 12th house of creativity, mysticism, and retreat. The 12th house is where you find your mojo; you feel at home here, Pisces. This is the time to repair rifts, release the past, and forgive for the sake of your own sanity. It's also a call for greater personal freedom. What a relief from the profound restrictions of 2020. Ask yourself: what must you let go to liberate yourself from fears? What's holding you back from connecting to your deeper creative and spiritual sides?  Now you have the space to figure it out. While you are deep in thought, the universe has a few challenges you must also face, the most significant one being Saturn and Uranus square, which dominates most of 2021. Pisces, you must clean up unresolved issues from the past and clear out the psychic debris. It may be painful, but it will ultimately provide healing. Please do watch out for your critical mind and be gentle with yourself. Stay away from the "coulda, woulda, shoulda” voice--it's just not helpful, only annoying. You may feel more adrift this year, but remember, it’s a time for soul searching and restoration. The more you clear the way, a more focused creativity will emerge. Record flashes of genius on your cell. You never know what will transpire and what may result in the end. Pisces, your ruler Jupiter moves into your sign in May-July previewing a 2022 for you full of magnetism and abundance. But don’t procrastinate until then. Start now; keep it going, and cheers to your inspired 2021!


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