Sszzzhhh! 2013 starts with a sizzle for you, Virgo. The bold Sun is in Capricorn, your fifth house of romance, passion and creativity. The holidays may be over, but you're just settling into your celebratory mood. This month, you're not stuffing down your feelings or nixing pleasure time from your schedule. Now there's a lovely change for an uber-responsible Virgo! Your vivacity is infectious, so keep spreading that cheer long after your neighbors have lugged their dead, tinsel-strewn trees out to the curb.
On January 11, the Capricorn new moon could usher in new love, or an awakened sense of passion and purpose. You will be feeling something deeply...especially with magnetic Venus, clever Mercury and intense Pluto also all in Capricorn. Prepare for a wave of optimism to overtake you, as you contemplate the pure joy that comes from living by your heart's truest desires. Set your intentions on the day of the new moon and watch as those seeds grow in the coming six months. The perfect to kick-start your efforts: Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map, a book, program and multimedia guide to what you want most (https://wt107.infusionsoft.com/go/desiremap/ophira/). Perhaps you want to realize your dream of having children, or writing that novel or memoir that thus far has been a mere thought bubble. Now is the time to claim your power in pursuing the artistic or romantic dream that means everything to you. Put it out there, Virgo. The fifth house rules self-expression, so there's no time like the present to make your desires known (and confidently, we might add).
Lining up your life with the proper support structures can further fuel your efforts. With stressful Mars in Aquarius, your sixth house of helpful people, you may have to speak up about the assistance you need to turn this cerebral dream into a Technicolor reality. Get on it. While your sign is most at home in fix-it mode, you also need someone to run errands, help you pack up your old office or sync the email between all your devices. If you feel stressed and overwhelmed by that hellacious to-do list, don't resign yourself to sleepless nights and anxious, harried days (which could easily involve you taking out your frustrations on your loved ones). Instead, consider that you've reached your limit and perhaps you need to do less, delegate more. The life-giving Sun and Mercury (your ruling planet) both move into Aquarius on January 19, making it all the more imperative you get some backup. This is also a great time to really tackle your health, by starting the New Year with an aggressive exercise plan or a nutritional overhaul. (We know, we hardly need to mention this to your health-conscious sign...but consider this a reminder that the wellness gods are on your side).
The January 26 full moon in Leo, your twelfth house of endings, could bring an epiphany or a serendipitous, magical moment. Perhaps your earthy sign has been too concerned with mundane details, like who's going to drop your kid off at school when you have to go see the eye doctor. Well, this full moon might just be a welcome reminder of all the magic that already exists in the world...only now it's in your world, as you run into a long-lost friend or have some other kind of synchronicity that makes you ponder the bigger picture of connectedness. Or, perhaps you have a major moment of closure and release, finally shutting the door on an old chapter. But watch those self-defeating words and thoughts, Virgo! The full moon is forming a challenging square angle to Saturn in Scorpio, your third house of ideas and communication. You might feel torn: are your skeptical or doubtful views stopping you from receiving a bounty of miracles? If so, pick up Gabrielle Bernstein's new book May Cause Miracles (http://www.amazon.com/May-Cause-Miracles-Guidebook-Unlimited/dp/0307986934), which shows how practical, simple and consistent shifts in your daily mindset can cause huge shifts in your life.
Speaking of miracles, you get one in the career arena, when lucky Jupiter finally moves direct (forward) in Gemini, your tenth house of professional honors, on January 30. For the past four months, while the benefic planet was retrograde (backward), you may have had some annoying delays on the work front, perhaps not receiving the recognition you crave. Well, get ready...because after Jupiter moves ahead, your professional life is set to take flight. In fact, this could be one of your most productive years yet, between now and late June. Hello, career mojo!
Your love life might feel like an album by fellow Virgo Leonard Cohen this month, as the Sun shimmies through Capricorn, your fifth house of passion and romance. (Go ahead and swoon at the mere mention of living your life "A Thousand Kisses Deep": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0j14GrB-u8.) Let that hot-blooded inner vixen come out to play. Channel your Virgo siren-sisters Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch and Salma Hayek and picture yourself clutching a fully-bloomed rose between your teeth, wearing a slinky dress, with a slit up the thigh, tearing up that tango floor. Fine, even if that makes you giggle, you get the idea! When magnetic Venus enters Capricorn on January 8, this amorous mood becomes your M.O., a fact completely unrelated to your relationship status. Those of you who are attached can revel in sweet, romantic energies, aware that they originate within you...and you're just loving the bounty of sharing that with your honey.
On January 11, the Capricorn new moon sets off a fresh six-month cycle in your love life. Cue the mariachi band: the vibrant Sun, romantic Venus, expressive Mercury (your ruler) and transformational Pluto are all in Capricorn on this day. If your passionate side has been slumbering, here comes a five-trumpet wakeup reveille, Virgo. Whether new romance is in store, or just the fresh perspective of looking at your partner differently, you're primed to get a sweet shake-up on the romantic front. There could be a possible pregnancy in the works, perhaps a "karmic" pregnancy, where you have the strong sense that this baby is just raring to come into the world...selecting you as the overseer of his/her development. With intense, mystical Pluto in Capricorn, too, you may be awed by just how fated a certain meeting feels. Maybe you're picking up coffee at your local java joint, when you lock eyes with someone and feel an undeniable shiver of deja-vu-as if you've known each other from another life (or lifetimes). If you've gotten a little too used to flying solo, this new moon is a powerful day for putting your clearest possible intentions into the universe for love. For some inspiration check out Calling in the One: Seven Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life (http://www.amazon.com/Calling-One-Weeks-Attract-Love/dp/1400049296).
With spicy Mars in Aquarius, your sixth house, you can rev up your romantic mojo by taking meticulous care of your physical and mental body. Hit the farmer's market to pick up some kale and winter veggies. Eke out an extra hour or two a week to exercise beyond your current routine, perhaps even joining your sweetie for a workout. When enthusiasm dips, you can help keep each other motivated. Single Virgos might just find that wellness activities are their surest path to romance this month, so don't go to that meditation circle wearing your stretched out sweats. A little pre-chant primping never hurt.
The month ends with a January 26 full moon in Leo, your twelfth house of the subconscious and hidden information. Perhaps you have an epiphany on this day, i.e. that you really do want to be the heart-on-sleeve type in love (maybe by letting go of your perfectionist tendencies a touch). A previously buried secret might come to light. Is it time to let that certain someone go? Are your needs getting met, or is this person wasting your precious time? Perhaps there's a deep-seated issue that just needs to be discussed, so you can finally put it to rest and move on to a healthier, more honest chapter. Now is the time. However, with the full moon squaring to taskmaster Saturn in Scorpio, your third house of ideas, watch out for a tendency to preach or lecture. Adopting a holier-than-thou attitude might offer you the momentary illusion of control, but it's not so endearing to your partner. Own your stuff, too, Virgo.
This dreamy full moon could also bring a sudden release, as you allow yourself to get completely carried off with a fantasy or a mind-blowingly romantic night. Drop your guard, light those candles, draw the bath, crank up the romantic tunes (like this one, by fellow Virgo Harry Connick, Jr.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t7Sevifwxc). Let yourself go, Virgo; try a little vulnerability for once. There's no need to control every facet of the conversation, or to always look like you've got everything handled. We're all human. Let yourself be wooed, seduced, and swept away...surrender is sexy!
Six a.m. workouts? Frequent visits to the juice bar? As energizer Mars travels through Aquarius, your sixth house of wellness, you're feeling feisty about your fitness. This could prompt you to purchase a new gym membership or to sign up for an aggressive morning sweat, bootcamp-style. Check out boxing, which is an amazing cardio workout (not to mention mentally and spiritually fulfilling, too...especially for women, as this author discovered in a male-dominated Bronx gym: http://therumpus.net/2012/09/the-honesty-of-aggression/). Whichever activities you choose, don't be afraid to break a sweat. If logistics get in the way, making you choose between your evening workout and dinner with pals, you'll opt for a nice left jab or right hook.
On January 19, the Sun and clever Mercury also move into Aquarius, making you more conscious about tracking what you eat or how often you exercise. If you're short on time, you might opt for weight training over, say, jumping rope. Not that one activity is better than the other, but you're all about being practical and efficient. Spend some time reading up on healthy new recipes and downloading helpful apps to keep track of them. Then roast some yummy asparagus with pecorino cheese or substitute a cauliflower mash for potatoes.
On January 26, the full moon in Leo, your twelfth house of closure, healing and spirituality, could bring a megawatt realization about your own self-sabotaging instincts. If you've been doing a pal limitless favors, without getting much in return, you may decide to cut ties, seeing the relationship as more codependent than healthy. (If you get too bummed about this, check out this funny, illuminating story about a woman who did all kinds of favors for a friend, before realizing what was behind her instincts to always be available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORQG8NxnGKI.) If someone is bringing you down, perhaps you need to let go. Or, perhaps at this full moon, the veil lifts and suddenly, you realize that all the ways you think you're in control...are mere illusions. Your rigidity lessens as you embrace a much-needed emotional or spiritual shift. In this new phase, you'll make sure you cut off the energy vampires. No more midnight calls to soothe a friend's heartache. No more putting up with getting in the middle of your coworkers' squabbles. No more listening to stories that bring you down.
As the full moon squares Saturn in Scorpio, your third house of communication, you may find some tension between the changes you know you need to make on a spiritual level and the way you speak and think. If your staunch opinions and judgments have expired, don't hesitate to let them go, especially if they're blocking you from really experiencing life fully. You don't need to cast aspersions on anyone. Just turn down the volume on your critical side, by opening your mind and being confident in your ideals. Don't be gullible, but remember: you're a growing, evolving being. You can ease up on your need to get everything 100 percent right. Don't delay important conversations because you're afraid of saying the wrong thing. If this moon teaches you anything, it's that sometimes, the very best thing you can do is simply begin...then let everything unfold from there.
Love Days: 11, 16 Money Days: 23, 6 Luck Days: 21, 2 Off Days: 18, 28, 13
While the haze of the holidays settles, you're not ready to snap into New Year's resolution mode. As the energizing Sun blazes through Capricorn, your fifth house of creativity, you're in the mood to think outside of the box, not hunker down in the cubicle. Explore your hidden artistic talents and let the muses do their thing. All you have to do is show up at the studio, with your paintbrush, your instrument, your camera, your limber legs...whatever medium is the best channel for your playful, creative impulses. Hold off on the number-crunching, office politics or squinting underneath harsh-fluorescent lights as much as you can. Kick off your new year in a dogged pursuit of pleasure, unabashed in your self-expression, really tapping into your soul-driven desires, instead of going through the motions of your everyday work life.
Besides, expansive Jupiter is still retrograde (backward) in Gemini, your career house, until January 30. So you're still on a little hiatus, or at least in a more contemplative review period before work kicks into high gear-a powerful professional cycle that lasts until June 25. During the remainder of this downtime, revamp your public profile, perhaps spiffing up your LinkedIn account with new, professional headshots and killer client testimonials. If an old client resurfaces singing your praises, get that ditty in writing. Now is a great time for a goal review, or maybe even having a little party for making New Year's resolutions (or revolutions). Later on New Year's Day, the practical Virgo moon in your first house of fresh starts is perfect for a productive, planning brunch and sharing your visions for the year ahead.
All month, motivator Mars is in Aquarius, your sixth house of efficiency, giving you an added boost to revamp systems, trim the needless fat and make sure you're running like a well-oiled machine. One key is, of course, your support team. So if you have to find new housekeepers, a larger roster of babysitters or a better landscaper, you now you have the necessary juice to assemble your A-Team. Get yourself some new tech gadgets to simplify your life, or hire a virtual assistant to help you function at an optimal level.