January opens with the Sun in buttoned-down Capricorn and your 2nd House of Self-Worth. This means that taking yourself more seriously is the best thing you can do for your career now. Don't worry about making an immediate splash, as this solar transit, which lasts until January 19, works best with patience and attention to long-term goals. Investing time, money and energy into developing your skills puts more pressure on you, but it will be worth the effort. Just be as patient and disciplined as you can to benefit from this productive but demanding time.
Still, enthusiasm flies high on January 3, when energetic Mars aligns favorably with your optimistic ruling planet Jupiter. It's tempting to take chances then, but you're just getting the big picture and it will require significant preparation to fill in the colors that will make this image come alive.
The conservative Capricorn New Moon occurs in your 2nd House of Income on January 11, when financial restraint and a fresh approach to managing money are worth considering. There's a wave of bright ideas and a lighter spirit coming when mental Mercury enters innovative Aquarius on January 18, followed there the next day by the Sun.
Then, on January 22, Mercury makes positive connections to inventive Uranus and visionary Jupiter that inspire original thinking. Your ability to see far and to communicate with enthusiasm can rally others to your side. Just don't let the performance push aside the facts you need to make your promising words come true.