Taking a more serious and sober approach to relationships probably isn't your idea of a good time, but could save you some stress during the first half of January. That's because the Sun is in cautious Capricorn and your 2nd House of Resources, reminding you that patience and discipline are needed to build a foundation on which partnerships can grow. It starts with self-respect, which you earn by taking responsibility for yourself and your emotions. Restraint, though, may not be possible on January 4 when energetic Mars aligns favorably with your enthusiastic ruling planet Jupiter. You're ready for risk-taking, getting out of ruts and pushing your social life to the limit. If you go too far or raise your hopes to high, Mars' challenging square with stern Saturn on the 7th will let you know.
There's a positive turn on January 19 when the Sun leaves orderly Capricorn and enters experimental Aquarius. This friendly Air sign is less constrained by external rules and internal inhibitions. This transit occurs in your 3rd House of Nearby Places, which can turn a little shopping trip into a social opportunity. This is a chatty part of your chart, especially since verbal Mercury entered it on January 18, so conversation should start coming more easily then. In fact, Mercury hooks up with Jupiter on January 22, inspiring big ideas and making connections a breeze. On January 30, Jupiter stops its backward motion to slowly begin moving forward in your 7th House of Partners, increasing opportunities in the weeks to come.