January starts with the Sun in your 10th House of Career, as it does every year. The good news is that this can provide more discipline and responsibility, which can earn you recognition and respect. The bad news is that you may feel constrained by your obligations and disappointed by your lack of progress. The key to experiencing the positive side of this story is to work well with others.
Mars, your assertive ruling planet, is in cooperative Aquarius and your 11th House of Teamwork all month. Blending your skills with others can reduce pressure and increase productivity. Coming up with fresh ways to attack old problems is also favored by this innovative transit. Key dates are January 4, when Mars when forms a free-flowing trine with expansive Jupiter that can fill your head with ideas and your heart with hope. The visionary and inspiring power of this transit helps you to look beyond immediate issues to get a more strategic and long-term picture of your work.
Whether these are practical or not become obvious on January 7, when Mars runs into a stressful square with restrictive Saturn. Mistrust, fear or lack of support from others can take some of the air out of your balloon. Extremely difficult tasks or delays in getting answers you need may be frustrating. Yet this can also be time when you get clarity about your goals that allows you to be more systematic, practical and productive. Patience and commitment to a slow process of foundation building and earning trust from others can make this happen.