The role of friends and colleagues comes into greater importance on January 8, when sociable Venus enters your 11th House of Groups. This transit occurs in the ambitious sign of Capricorn, where connecting with hardworking and realistic people is a must. Although you may feel hemmed in by stricter rules or tighter deadlines, developing more efficient work habits is a potential benefit. Earning respect from people may require you to be a little less easygoing, but you should have the capacity to remain kind while being clear about your expectations of others.
On January 11, the New Moon in Capricorn could plant fresh seeds of ambition. This is also in your 11th House of Dreams and Wishes. They can lead to ideas that make sense for your career while providing benefits to humanity, so your compassionate sides and business sides mesh.
Two planets enter your 12th House of Privacy on January 18-19. First mental Mercury and then the Sun occupy this creative, but sometimes obscure, part of your chart. The downside is feeling unseen and being ignored or under-appreciated. If you need a break from your job, this is a good time to take it. If you're out of work and looking, these next few weeks are better for research and making discreet connections than making a big splash. Yet stepping back from the stresses of daily life will provide you with objectivity and a larger perspective on the future. These will help you make more sense of your life and lead to smarter plans for getting ahead.