Hello, 2022! Welcome to a brand-new year and a new monthly horoscope! Immediately as we enter January, there’s electricity in the air. There’s positivity and a sense of optimism that this will be a good year. It’s true—the astrology of 2022 holds a lot of promise. But before we get to bask in all that glory, there is still a test we must pass.
The first lunar event arrives as early as January 2 as the Moon becomes New in the ambitious sign of Capricorn. If you haven’t done so, this is a fabulous time to start crafting a plan or strategy for the year ahead. Get crystal-clear on the specifics, as this is a time in which the universe listens.
Since mid-December, we’ve been deep in the retrograde of Venus. The way we relate to one another is changing and evolving, and this trend continues for the entirety of the month. And as the Sun meets with Venus on January 8, we will see how all these changes begin to manifest.
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On January 14, Mercury, our cosmic communicator, also goes retrograde (one of the important astrology events of 2022). This is a big deal, as the retrogrades of two natal planets rarely overlap. During the second part of the month, a deeply introspective vibe will prevail. While the outside world goes through this intense reset, take this opportunity to go within and really meditate on your intentions and desires for the future.
Lastly, as the January 17 Full Moon in Cancer rises in the sky, expect surprises and more excitement. Uranus, the Great Awakener, will be going direct just at the onset of Aquarius season. During the last third of the month, going with the flow can not only bring big breakthroughs but also originality and excitement into our lives.
Read your horoscope below for your rising as well as your sun sign.
January 2022 horoscope: what does your monthly horoscope have in store for you?
January has an extremely ambitious tone for you as the Capricorn Sun illuminates your professional sector. You’re fired up and ready to go! However, keep in mind that both Venus and Mercury will be retrograde in your reputation and career sector this month, so save any big changes for another time. During this month, it’s best to focus on planning and strategizing, Aries. On January 24, your ruler, Mars, enters Capricorn, its absolute favorite zodiac sign to be in. This marks the beginning of a two-month period in which you will make great strides in life, including your career. How exciting!
January might not be the strongest of months for you, but it does provide the appropriate terrain for some deep self-reflection. You’re going through a period of transformation in your relationships and maybe even your own beliefs about the world. January 8 is the perfect day to make a considerable change as the Sun illuminates all the areas that need an overhaul. January 29 brings the end of Venus’ retrograde journey, which is something worthy of celebration. Two days later, the Aquarius New Moon shifts your mind towards your career sector, making this a good time to start setting ambitious goals for the future!
It’s that time again, Gemini. Your ruler, Mercury, will begin its first retrograde of the year on January 14. If you have a deal or contract to sign or an important item to buy, make sure to do it before then. January 23 is an important day for you. As the Sun meets with Mercury in your ninth house of learning and expansion, you might get an innovative and out-of-the-blue idea that could prove to be quite profitable during the year ahead. Make it a point to turn off the noise so you can make use of this exciting day!
Venus retrograde has been teaching you a ton about your relationships, dear Crab. And as the New Moon in Capricorn activates your partnership sector on January 2, it’s time to start integrating all that learning. This month’s Full Moon happens in your sign, on January 17, bringing you the chance to unload what’s been emotionally draining you. You may have a hard time opening up, but this lunation can really help you express what you would normally hide in your shell. Take this once-a-year opportunity to express yourself to those you love. Their reactions might even surprise you!
This month’s energy has you quite focused on your routines as changes seem to be required. While this might be annoying, trust that these adjustments will set you up for success in the year ahead. January 16 is an important day for you to explore your relationship to power within business relationships. An a-ha moment could arrive, or a certain dynamic might be illuminated. January 31 brings the second New Moon of the month, which happens in your relationship sector. By then, Venus will be direct—so it’s time to put in place all the changes that seem pertinent in this area of your life.
Whether single or taken, romance is on your mind for a greater part of the month. Jupiter is now blessing your relationship sector—however, because Venus is still retrograde, it’s not time yet to search for (or approach) the person of your dreams. In fact, this month’s energy is best spent on redefining, fine-tunning, and re-doing important projects. Mercury will also retrograde starting January 14. Good thing you’re a master at analyzing and fixing things, Virgo. Over the month ahead, don’t be shy when sharing these skills with others. Remember that, in 2022, the more love you share, the more abundance you attract.
The intense focus on your home sector continues during the month ahead as Venus retrograde makes the changes that need to happen more obvious. January 8 is the perfect day to start working towards these, Libra. Once the Sun enters air sign pal Aquarius on January 19, you will begin to feel lighter (phew!). It’s been an intense time, to say the least. But from this moment on, don’t hesitate to spend more time on self-care. With the cosmos now activating your fifth house of fun for the next four weeks, you’re being encouraged to focus on what brings you pleasure. Enjoy!
The focus on your communication sector continues for most of the month, and this month brings two powerful days for you to begin speaking your truth. January 2 and January 8 are key for you to integrate the Venus retrograde learnings, Scorpio. Once the Sun enters Aquarius and Uranus goes direct around mid-month, life begins to get exciting, especially in your home and family sector. Be open to surprises and go with the flow around this time. While unexpected things can come up with someone close to you, don’t forget that blessings in disguise are also possible under this month’s astrological weather.
Venus retrograde has been teaching you some serious lessons about money and self-worth, Sagittarius. And in January, this trend continues as the Capricorn Sun keeps requesting that you begin to make considerable changes. Once the Sun enters Aquarius, things begin to lighten up as the focus moves to communication, one of your favorite topics. However, keep in mind that this time, Mercury retrograde also arrives on January 14 to bring more lessons in the way you exchange information. We promise that 2022 will be a great year, Sagittarius—you just have to get through these two retrogrades first!
January begins impregnated with your energy as a total of five planetary bodies occupy your sign. While life can certainly feel fast and furious, you could very well feel in your element for most of the month. The New Moon on January 2 is yours for the taking, so set some ambitious goals. Venus and Mercury will be retrograde in your sign, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start putting together your master plan. In fact, they can be useful to shape it. The absolute best news is driven Mars entering your sign on January 24, starting a two-month period of productivity.
In January, so much is happening below the surface as the planets stir your sector of subconscious mind. Dreamwork, journaling, and esoteric practices are your motto now as you decode all the cosmic messages. On January 19, the Sun enters your sign while activating Mercury retrograde. A blast from the past could certainly happen around this time. If an ex comes back into your life, remember why they became an “ex” in the first place, Aquarius! January 31 brings the second New Moon of the month, which is your best chance to set some goals for the year ahead.
With magnanimous Jupiter now in your sign, you’re feeling like a fish in the water. If it wasn’t for all the retrograde drama in your group of friends, life would be perfect. On the positive side, you can use this month’s energy to clear those friendships that are no longer in line with you. This applies to real life as well as social media. Mark the days between January 5 and January 10 in your calendar as the best time of the month to get your creative juices flowing. In 2022, the more you create the more abundance you call in, dear Pisces.
Athena Antares is a traveling writer, astrologer, and mystic who believes in adding a touch of magic to everyday life. She has written horoscopes for numerous lifestyle publications and has dived deeply into astrological magic and manifestation spell work. In her spare time, Athena enjoys exploring new places, spending time in nature, and reading charts for her worldly clientele.
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