Double your pleasure, Cancer! The year begins with a partnership focus, as the energizing Sun moves through Capricorn, your seventh house of relationships. Devote your precious time and energy to building (and perhaps repairing) your most important connections. As much as your sign tends to play nurturer, this month, it's important to look at the give-and-take in all relationships, and even to reign in your mothering instincts a tad. Though you know what your sweetheart needs to solve his work crisis or what would give your worrisome business partner peace of mind, try to keep a healthy respect for other people's processes. (Can you say "codependent no more?") We're all on our own path, and as the Sun roots into your relationship sector, this is exactly the thing to remember as you hash out boundaries. When you're grounded in your own needs, then you can really start to figure things out: who would be the missing link on Team Cancer?
Your love life gets a boost at the January 11 Capricorn new moon which heralds a whole new chapter in romance and commitments. With clever Mercury, magnetic Venus and intense Pluto here, your relationship could suddenly take a detour from fun and flirty to deep and serious. Or, perhaps you thought you were deep and serious, only to have this new moon give you both understanding and hope for an even more substantive way of relating. Hmmm, Cancer...is this the talk that leaves no stone unturned? A business partnership is also possible at this new moon-or a powerful alliance that develops over the next six months.
On January 19, the Sun slips into Aquarius, your eighth house of privacy, summoning your hibernation instincts. You might prefer to stay tucked in your cozy crab shell, putting your laser-like focus on a detailed project that needs your attention-or getting frisky with a sexy someone. During this phase, be extra selective about whom you spend time with. Your sign is highly intuitive and often unconsciously absorbs the moods and energies of people around you like a sponge. For the next month, you're especially sensitive to vibes-both negative and positive. Keep your energy contained, and schedule quality one-on-one time with only your closest friends, opting for quiet catch-up dinners instead of happy hour at a noisy bar. It's a great time for spiritual work or to process a stubborn emotional block.
On January 26, work and money enter the spotlight, spurred by a full moon in Leo, your second house of security. Stability issues may come to the fore. If you've recently felt like a ship tossed out to sea, grab the wheel and steer again. You're ready to make serious plans for those unforeseen rainy days (or root canals). This will be easier on January 30 when lucky Jupiter ends its four-month retrograde (backward) period in your turbulent twelfth house. You will stop feeling like things are happening to you and become more aware of friendly energetic forces that have your best interests at heart.
Relationships are on your mind this month, as the Sun and several planets visit Capricorn, your seventh house of partnerships. You could begin 2013 pondering what you really want from your sweetheart, or which qualities you want in a mate if you're single. Upping the ante are several other planets-transformational Pluto, magnetic Venus and communicator Mercury-also transiting your seventh house.
All month, spicy Mars is in Aquarius, your house of soul-baring intimacy and shared resources. Now is not the time to be shy with your honey, especially not when it comes to your innermost desires. Be warned: wherever Mars is, stress can follow, so coupled Cancers might end up in arguments over sex (how often do we have it?), money (how much do we make?), division of responsibilities (how come you never/I always...), time spent together and so on. Get clear on what you want, Cancer, and don't hesitate to assert your needs. If the tension gets high, you can always work it out between those 800 thread-count sheets.
On January 11, a Capricorn new moon sounds the trumpets, announcing a brand-new chapter of your relationship life. With Mercury, Venus and Pluto also in Capricorn, the dial on deep and serious could get turned up fast. If you've been hedging your bets and waiting for the "perfect" time to commit, get engaged, or make a serious move, you may just throw your neat timetable out the window, realizing there's no time like the present.
You don't have to be perfectly "ready" to move forward-just embrace being happy with where you are (hint: it's a choice from within, and has nothing to do with the conditions of your external life). Start there, Cancer, and then have the kind of talk that covers every inch of your relationship. Turn over a new leaf, beginning on a clean slate and getting emotionally connected on a nitty-gritty, soul-baring level. If this new moon, brings a round of true confessions, so be it. You'll feel that much more connected to your partner once you've both been genuinely authentic.
If you're single, wave that magic wand, tapping into resourceful Pluto's manifesting and "spiritual law of attraction" powers. Pluto is a karmic planet, and with mental Mercury also in Capricorn, you can form a clear picture of how your expectations and your results are linked. In other words, if you're unconsciously thinking, "I always attract people with a wandering eye," well...look who shows up, another Casanova with a not-so-little black book. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Speaking of "chicken," are you a little fearful of love yourself? Perhaps you're attracting people who mirror or validate that in some way. Get to the root cause of what's happening within YOU...that ounce of personal responsibility is worth a pound of post-breakup chocolate.
Your ideal love life-romantic dinners, cozy nights by the fire, traditions such as waking up on Sundays to blueberry pancakes in bed-can be yours in real-time, if you get proactive about your relationships. Vision board your future love life...and feel the feelings of what it's like to be in love and alignment with your perfect match. This is not woo-woo b.s., according to the latest neuroscience findings. Our favorite read on that topic is Dr. Joe Dispenza's Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (www.drjoedispenza.com). "You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life," he insists. So pry yourself out of that pessimistic rut. Proceed as if your soulmate is already at your side, holding your hand, stroking your hair, looking lovingly into your eyes. Here's a secret to The Secret: positive emotions are the vehicle to manifesting what you really want. And since your sign's natural default is to feel (and deeply, we might add), you kinda have a leg up here. Another go-to resource we recommend is Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map: https://wt107.infusionsoft.com/go/desiremap/ophira/. As she says "What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions?" Well, Cancer, that might bring about an entirely different outcome-in your love life and beyond.
Shed that old skin, Cancer. All month, go-getter Mars is in Aquarius, your eighth house of detoxing, revving you up to purge and clean out all those old basements (both physically and metaphorically). This is a time for renewal...out with the old, in with the new. To boost your efforts, check out the 21-Day Mind/Body Cleanse from Dr. Frank Lippman and psychotherapist Terri Cole, beginning January 14: http://terricole.com/dr-frank-lipman-terri-cole-21-day-cleanse. (Enter the code "MBCOT1" for a special discount!)
Be mindful of what you're taking in, since your sign has the tendency to receive all kinds of errant and sometimes negative energies. If you're with someone draining, you have the power to do something about it. You will know who this energy vampire is when you get a "red flag" warning in your head to cut this conversation short, stat, like one Cancer we know who went to get her legs waxed-and got an earful about the waxer's ungrateful daughter. Okay, so if you're getting your legs waxed, you're kind of a captive audience, but when our Cancer friend went back the second time-determined not to be dumped on during her de-fuzzing-she just stayed mum (and this includes no sympathetic nods) when the woman started venting about her daughter. The waxer dropped it immediately, turning the subject to our friend's date that night, and even wishing her a diamond ring for 2013.
Not to get all Luke Skywalker here, but the force is really with you, Cancer. We say this because being there for others is your default, but that does not mean you have no say in how your energy gets distributed.) Another tip for strengthening your armor: Cancer rules the stomach, which is where you receive a lot of your "gut" instincts. If you're with someone who is droning on and on about a toxic situation, expecting you to listen indiscriminately, you'd be well-advised to do two things: 1) let them know you're not up for that conversation and 2) put your hands over your belly as a way to remind yourself that you're not going to receive negative vibes (and that you can protect yourself). When you get in the habit of doing this, you won't reach the extremely exhausted place, where you end up cutting everyone out, even the good influences.
With expansive Jupiter still retrograde (backward) in your sleepy twelfth house until January 30, you may spent the bulk of the month continuing the contemplation that began in October. You've been going within, rehashing and processing the past...perhaps even getting mired in some old baggage and struggling to find a healthy perspective or a proper solution. You might have dealt with seeing someone's (unpleasant) true colors, and this could have been a person you were feeling optimistic about. Perhaps you had to take care of a sick loved one, or shoulder an extra burden because a person you relied on went MIA, for whatever reason. Or maybe you got clear on the roots of your own codependence and the way you deal with emotional challenges. When Jupiter moves forward at the end of January, you'll have the chance to apply these lessons-learned, to the benefit if your divine spark. Let that light shine, Cancer!
Love Days: 8, 11 Money Days: 18, 28 Luck Days: 26, 16 Off Days: 23, 10, 13
Go-getter Mars spends January in Aquarius, your eighth house of shared resources and long-term financial planning. This could be the year that you get out of debt, pay off a loan, or end the year with greater fiscal security than ever. Caution: Mars can add pressure. You may have some stress around a large expense, such as a tax bill or looming mortgage payment. But before you freak out (as Cancers easily can when your security seems threatened), know that there are also opportunities for joint ventures and large lump sums coming your way. Perhaps 2013 is your year to make passive income. Whatever the case, fear is repellant to prosperity. As the saying goes, worrying is like praying for what you DON'T want. For pick up Marianne Williamson's new book The Law of Divine Compensation: (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/0062205412).
The eighth house also rules real estate and legal affairs, and with Mars here, the action could also heat up. If you're anxious about closing on a home, moving or putting your place on the market, now is the time to be conscious of your thoughts. This doesn't have to be an insurmountable climb. Perhaps your home-centric sign is too sentimentally attached, and you have to do a releasing ritual, to acknowledge that the time is right to let go of the amazing place where you made all these memories (and mouth-watering meals). This month, devote some precious energy to getting the results you desire and deserve. If you're searching for a new address, Mars ramps up your mojo. Don't hesitate to go the extra mile and negotiate for the dream house (or dream sale) you so desire.
On January 11, the new moon in Capricorn, your seventh house of one-on-one collaborations, could bring a possible partnership opportunity or a lucrative contract. When it arrives, you may feel a bit stunned, because the very thing you've been hoping for-a perfectly complementary business partner or a solid and generous two-year deal-has arrived. Instead of being suspicious of your good fortune, pause and be grateful. New moons have a six-month window, so don't rush to prematurely seal a deal. Perhaps at this date, your path will cross with just the right collaborator, or you could begin negotiations on a promising partnership.
On January 19, the Sun and Mercury move into Aquarius, your eighth house of resources, turning your focus to your long-term finances. Do you need to get a better mortgage rate? Or put a higher percentage of your monthly income into savings? Hook up with a trusted financial advisor who can help your money work for you in 2013, or reduce your debt. Now that sounds like a fresh start, Cancer.
On January 26, the full moon in Leo illuminates your second house of work and money. Expect stellar news on the career front, or perhaps something that marks a turning point in your financial life. You could score a lucrative new client, and the resulting work could feel more like a fun than something you do to pay your cable bill or student loans. A word of caution: the full moon is square (a challenging angle) to sober Saturn in Scorpio, your fifth house of celebration and creativity. Your career boon might cut into your playtime. Or, you have so many added responsibilities that you must pencil in your fun (erasing and rescheduling a few times over). Perhaps you can't sit for hours in your studio now, entertaining the muses, because your new gig requires you to be more of a manager than a no-holds-barred artist. While that could seem like a giant drag, your job is to strike a balance between these opposing pulls. You're not throwing your Picasso-esque baby out with the prestigious bath water. Instead, you've got to work hard and play hard, making time to impress the higher-ups AND work on your demo, take a sculpture class, or see a live show once a week.
The month ends with benefic Jupiter going direct (forward) in Gemini, your twelfth house of the subconscious. If you've felt totally unmoored and adrift, since October, the fog will lift. Perhaps you used this four-month retrograde period to get clear on what's been holding you back or how you've been sabotaging yourself. When Jupiter charges ahead, you'll have the first half of the year to apply the lessons you've learned about yourself. You can also be a bit more nomadic as you count down for Jupiter's move into homebody Cancer on June 25. The second half of the year brings a lightening bolt of clarity, while the first half is best spent wrapping up the end of a 12-year cycle, with the important to focus on closure. From this healed place, you will soar.