Get Ready for Your January 2017 Horoscopes

Illustration by Alex Ariza

This month is all about goals and aspirations. Now that we’re in Capricorn, matters of career, goals, ambitions are on the brain—and you’ll be focused on who you want to be in the future, and how to get there. The sun will be in Capricorn until the 19th, and Mercury will be retrograde through the 8th. This means you should hold off signing contracts or making major choices with your job–which is what the first week of the month is for.

♑ CAPRICORN ♑

With the sun going through your sign until January 19th, you’re eager for beginnings. Since Mercury is rounding out a retrograde from December 19, 2016, to January 8, 2017, which means this is a good time to start focusing on what you do what in general. It’s also going to be a very social month for you, to get ready.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Emily Dickinson’s “The Poetry of Emily Dickinson”

♒ AQUARIUS ♒

Until January 19th, the sun is moving through Capricorn, which is your transitional 12th house. Since this represents the end of your zodiac cycle, it’s a good time for closure and resolution. This means, a lot of alone time is necessary. Get creative, buckle down on projects. It’s also a romantic month for you, as you’ll crave affection, so definitely spend some time with someone special.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Bianca Stone’s “Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours”

♓ PISCES ♓

The sun will be in your 11th house of community. This means you’ll be focused on positive social change–and how you can personally make the world a better place. This comes right intake, for instance, for the January 20th Women’s March. Making a difference, even if small, is what matters most to you this month. You’ll also feel the support of your community this month.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Ben Lerner’s “The Hatred of Poetry”

♈ ARIES ♈

Since the sun is in Capricorn, your career zone until the 19th, you’ll be so productive, you won’t even realize it. Also, since Mercury will be retrograde until the 8th, it’s a good time to say goodbye to any lingering situations, and rethink what you want for this coming year. Your home life will definitely be on your mind this month, so think long and hard about any potential changes.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Devin Kelly’s “Blood on Blood”

♉ TAURUS ♉

Until January 19th, the sun is moving through Capricorn, your ninth house of travel. This is a good time to go on vacation somewhere, even if it’s just a weekend getaway. Since Venus is in Mars, your 11th house of teamwork from January 3rd to 28th, it’s also a good time to start projects and partnerships with others.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Bud Smith’s “Everything Neon”

♊ GEMINI ♊

With the sun entering Capricorn, your eighth house of secrets, until the 19th, you may need to schedule in more alone time with yourself. You feel the need for privacy–and to set healthier boundaries with others. Ironically, however, since Mercury retrograde is happening until the 8th, an ex may come back into the picture, but beware, you probably shouldn’t get too steamy.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Morgan Parker’s “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé” 

♋ CANCER ♋

Partnerships and friendships are most important to you right now–it’s a good time to schedule in coffee dates and meet new people. Since the sun is in career-focused Capricorn until the 19th, you may find a love connection in your professional or creative life. If you’re taken, a new creative project may enfold.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ “Mule & Pear”

♌ LEO ♌

Since the sun is flying through Capricorn, your wellness zone, this month is all about your health, both physical and mental. It’s time to get back to a fitness routine and mental health self-care routine.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Monica Ferrell’s “Beasts for the Chase”

♍ VIRGO ♍

January is one of the most romantic months for you, as the sun will trail through Capricorn, your passionate fifth house until the 19th. From January 3rd to 28th, Venus and Mars are trailing through Pisces, which is your seventh house of relationships. Be aware that an ex may come back into your life in an interesting way–be aware of your own wants and needs.

Suggestion: Your book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Chiwan Choi’s “Abductions”

♎ LIBRA ♎

The sun is resting in Capricorn, your home zone until January 19. You’ll feel pretty happy just lazing around the house, and hanging out with your oldest friends. Don’t feel the need to push yourself to go out more–it’s a good time to reinvent yourself.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Jason Koo’s “America’s Favorite Poem”

♏ SCORPIO ♏

Until January 19, the sun is moving through your third house, making you a social butterfly. Since Mercury is in retrograde until the 8th, you could also revamp and reconnect your friendships. It’s a good month for romance too, especially as Venus and Mars are dancing together from January 3rd to 28th.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Jon Sands’ “The New Clean”

♐ SAGITTARIUS ♐

This month is all about security for you, as Capricorn is going through your second house. Money is on your mind this month. Since Mercury is retrograde until the 8th, try to figure out ways to spend less, so you can do more in the end–since sometimes you can be an over spender.

Suggestion: Your poetry book suggestion from WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Street): Paige Taggart’s “Want for Lion”

About Joanna Valente

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications) & Xenos (forthcoming 2017, Agape Editions). She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of her writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches workshops at Brooklyn Poets.

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