Your January 2020 Horoscopes
Happy New Year! 2020 is coming in hot (and heavy)! At the top of the month, we have not only the sun but also Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and the South Node (our cosmic garbage disposal) in dutiful Capricorn. With all this focus on our most ambitious sign, tension is high. Are we living up to our potential?
On the 10th, there’s a brief antidote to all the Big Capricorn Energy: a lunar eclipse—or supercharged full moon—in the nurturing sign of Cancer. This is an echo of a solar eclipse from July 2, 2019. What possibilities opened up last summer? How can we continue to grow?
The climax of all the Capricorn drama comes on the 12th as disciplined Saturn meets transformative Pluto in the sky. An extremely rare cosmic occurrence (the last conjunction of these two planets was in 1982!), this is cosmic ground zero on both a personal and societal level. If we let go of what isn’t worth saving, we realize that what remains is gold.
The sun moves into Aquarius on the 20th (happy birthday to our Aquarius babes!), bringing us some future-oriented sweet relief. The new moon in Aquarius on the 24th is all about innovation and knowing what’s best for the collective. Now’s the time to get involved.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that will provide further insight.)
Who do you see when you look in the mirror? A pileup of planets is in your sign at the top of the month. And despite the sun and Jupiter bringing recognition and optimism, the influence of tough Saturn, life-changing Pluto and destabilizing Mercury has you in the throes of self-criticism. You’re feeling lost at sea. The 10th through 13th are particularly melancholy days, so be kind to yourself.
On the 10th, the lunar eclipse in Cancer opens up a can of worms with your special someone. Whether your boyfriend proposes out of the blue or your creative partner announces her grandma is going to be an angel investor for your next project, the future has arrived. Let this turn of events get you out of your funk and focused on what’s next.
As the sun enters Aquarius on the 20th, money becomes your main concern. How can you work less and earn more? What is really valuable to you? At the new moon on the 24th, sit down and get serious about your budget. Don’t just make ends meet! The real goal is abundance and prosperity.
You may have to suddenly move apartments or deal with family drama when Uranus—the planet of shake-ups—starts moving forward in your home sector on the 10th. Happening the same day as the lunar eclipse in Cancer, you are in for a day of learning about the healing properties of doing what must be done. Remember, if you fix it correctly, you won’t have to fix it again.
Tensions are high at the beginning of the month and you are hit with a wave of anxiety as Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th. Remember that the best way to return to your body is to breathe. You have done a ton of work in the past few years to build better methods to both cope and escape. Use them.
By the end of the month, you’re more in control as Mercury and the sun enter your sign on the 16th and 20th. It’s finally your season! Though you don’t love the spotlight, the new moon on the 24th is the perfect day to throw yourself a birthday party. In lieu of the traditional night at the bar, why not host that activism meetup you’ve long wanted in your life? Get it started.
Your productivity at work is on fire this month as action planet Mars enters Sagittarius on the 3rd. Though you’re a sensitive fish, impatience may lead to hotheadedness under this influence, so lean into curiosity. If your coworkers are annoying you, keep asking questions.
The lunar eclipse on the 10th shifts your focus to your kids. Whether going full steam ahead to try for baby number two or handling your toddler’s absolutely stacked playdate schedule, it’s all overwhelming. You might feel some regret about personal goals you’ve had to give up as a parent, especially as Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th. Remember that once upon a time having a baby was just a dream.
Venus enters your sign on the 13th, so get prepared for your self-care glow up! Mark off the 26th through 28th as best bets to make an impression with your style and charm. The new moon in Aquarius on the 24th falls in your unconscious sector. Put your phone on “do not disturb” and hop into the tub with your favorite book. Unplug to find yourself again.
The month begins with your ruling planet, Mars, moving like a wildfire into Sagittarius and your foreign travel sector on the 3rd. Where do you want to go this year (perhaps one of the biggest travel trends of 2020)? Though the heavy Capricorn influence has made work feel extra daunting, your new position has opened up the possibility for business travel! By later this month you may be planning a trip abroad on your boss’s dollar. Start strategizing now.
At the lunar eclipse in Cancer on the 10th, you are feeling all warm and fuzzy about home and family. Thanks to all that redecorating help from your mom and sister, your apartment is finally looking as chic as you are. As Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th, a stressful situation at the office reaches its climax. Thankfully, you can retreat to your own personal sanctuary to ease the pain.
Show gratitude to your friends and networks at the new moon in Aquarius on the 24th. Who made a difference during this year’s job search, passing along job leads and proofreading your résumé? Send them a thank-you note or just have them over to your place for wine and snacks. The goal is to make these tiny celebrations into a regular thing. A little appreciation goes a long way.
As you’ve expanded your mindset over the past few years, you feel as if your beliefs have outgrown your surroundings. At the lunar eclipse on the 10th, bring your knowledge to the local community. Teach a workshop on sustainability or finally launch that writer’s workshop you’ve wanted to pilot. As Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th, your path forward becomes unmistakably clear.
On the 13th, your ruling planet, Venus, moves into Pisces and you feel even more called to create community. It’s time to circulate. For the next month, both art and music are extremely enriching for you, so make a point to get to a concert or gallery. On the 26th and 28th, you have a magical encounter with someone destined to be a mentor. Don’t stay home!
At the new moon in Aquarius on the 24th, make a point to sit down and get clear on your career goals. You know what you believe, but what do you want to do? Whether your current job is your career or just a way to pay the bills, make sure you are leading with your values.
Conflict is in the air as the year begins with aggressive Mars blazing a trail through your partnership sector. From the 3rd through February 16th, you can’t help but put all of your energy into your relationships. Try to remain level-headed. Working together yields the best results.
Despite some looming worries about debts or investments, the lunar eclipse on the 10th is an auspicious day for your personal income. Whether you receive extra cash, a surprise gift or just a boost of self-confidence, a treat with substance is on the way! As Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th, you are coming to terms with a major power imbalance in your life. Who is worthy of your wealth?
On the 16th, your ruling planet, Mercury, moves into Aquarius and you start getting the itch to plan your next adventure. On the 18th, watch out for an offer for a cheap flight or an affordable hotel, but continue to weigh your options. By the new moon in Aquarius on the 24th, you can move ahead with a realistic itinerary and fully plan the trip.
It’s time to move your body, sweet moon child! With Mars in your daily grind sector until February 16th, it’s your power time for fitness. But instead of your fallback workout options, why not try something new? Switch your normal vinyasa for Bikram yoga or commit to more strength training at the gym. Let the new environment be the motivation. Follow your curiosity.
Want further evidence that it’s time to get on top of your health? The lunar eclipse on the 10th is in your sign. This is a moment to relish in self-care. Get the vampire facial. Try the juice cleanse. Or treat yourself to something less healthy that soothes your soul. Trust that the world is your oyster and the goodness will come. As Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th, an argument with your partner or your client may come to a head. Don’t shy away from what you need.
Use the new moon in Aquarius on the 24th to get ahead on filing taxes. When everyone else is stressing out about the deadline in April, you’ll already have a plan to invest your return. Remember that even if you have a lot of debt, you owe the most to yourself.
With responsibilities looming, there’s no time for post-holiday blues. It’s time to get in gear. On the 10th, while the lunar eclipse in Cancer puts a focus on what’s out of your control, innovation planet Uranus simultaneously stations direct in your public-image sector. Ready or not, let yourself be seen. Don’t just do Dry January, Whole30 or a hot yoga challenge on your own. Lead a group on the journey! Be the health and fitness trendsetter you wish to see in the world.
The thrills and challenges of your most important relationships are the focus for the latter half of the month as Mercury and the sun enter your house of partnership. Does your BFF need more support? Are your clients asking you to work extra hours? On the 18th and 23rd especially, you have the ability to provide unique insights. Share them.
The new moon in Aquarius on the 24th is an opportunity to establish joint goals with the most important people in your life. How can you better communicate with your clients? Are you and your husband ready to start planning for a kid (or a puppy)? Make time to sit down and set intentions together.
All of your energy is going into a home or family matter as Mars enters Sagittarius on the 3rd. You’re searching for a new house or helping your parents sell theirs. If you need to sign a lease or negotiate a mortgage, avoid doing so on the 26th through 28th as things started then may be missing a few details.
Last summer, you were really circulating: making new friends at the bar, at the gym and at your feminist book club. At the lunar eclipse on the 10th, the benefits of all that socializing become obvious. Spending a Friday night with a solid group of friends isn’t something you had last year. As Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th, yet another social obligation leaves you in a pinch to find a sitter for your kids. Luckily, you have great resources in your community. Be grateful for what you’ve grown.
On the 16th—as your ruling planet, Mercury, enters Aquarius—you feel the urge to innovate your daily grind. How can your workflow be even smoother? At the new moon in Aquarius on the 24th, set intentions around prioritizing your mental and physical health. Move your body and expand your mind.
What career opportunities presented themselves to you back in July? If you weren’t ready to make the leap back then, the lunar eclipse on the 10th is your moment to take up more space. Quit your nine-to-five job and go freelance. Pitch the story you want to write. As Saturn meets Pluto on the 12th, your struggles at home and in your private life reach a peak. Once you finally feel settled at home, you’re in the position to professionally thrive. Be patient.
On the 13th, your ruling planet, Venus, moves into Pisces, bringing harmony to your daily routine. Schedule that dentist appointment you’ve been putting off and get your passport renewed. The process is sure to be painless. The 26th and 27th bring an excessive and illusory influence, so ride the wave, but try not to do anything super detail-oriented on those dates.
Though you’re such a romantic at heart, you’ve been out of the game for a bit. This all changes as Aquarius season begins and especially with the new moon on the 24th. Who are you trying to attract into your life? Define what you want and that person will come.
As your ruling planet, Mars, enters Sagittarius and your money sector on the 3rd, you can no longer play nice about getting what’s yours. If your boss promised you a raise in the New Year that hasn’t materialized, say something. When the money does come rolling in, be extra cautious on the 26th and 28th, when chances for frivolous spending are high.
At the lunar eclipse on the 10th, you might be tempted by an intriguing travel or education opportunity abroad. If you’ve been on the fence about that yoga retreat in Costa Rica next month and you have the funds to do it, why not sign up? With Saturn meeting Pluto on the 12th, you are ready to revamp your daily routine, so even if something far from home isn’t in the budget, do what you can to expand your horizons.
As the sun enters Aquarius on the 20th, it’s time to get focused on your private life and face the mess you’ve made at home. Things have been a bit haphazard since the holidays. At the new moon on the 24th, set intentions around decluttering and making your house into a home.
You get a major boost of self-confidence this month as energetic Mars enters your sign on the 3rd ––a visit that happens once every two years. Think back to February 2018. How did you learn to assert yourself? Pick up where you left off. Your intuition is particularly high on the 26th and 28th. Speak up about what you feel.
At the lunar eclipse on the 10th, whether it’s finally opening a shared bank account with your husband or meeting for a brainstorming session with your business partner, collaboration is everything. Even if you feel like you can handle things alone, push yourself to make decisions together. On the 12th, as Saturn meets Pluto, you may become acutely aware of what you lack. Let what you share be a comfort.
As Mercury, and then the sun, enter Aquarius starting on the 16th, you crave innovation in your routines and surroundings. Have you been putting off getting to know your neighbors? At the new moon on the 24th, knock on their door or make a point to say hi. Your new confidante might be hidden in plain sight.
Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. You can follow her on Instagram , @jaimeallycewright, or subscribe to her newsletter.