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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Virgo Horoscope: January 2013

Power Play

You are ready to hit the ground running this month as a heightened sense of practicality enables you to express yourself methodically and advance steadily toward your goals. You're in a serious mood when your ruling planet, Mercury, in ambitious Capricorn hooks up with ruthless Pluto in your 5th House of Creativity on January 6, prompting you to think about getting ahead even when you're engaging in play.

Valuable Venus enters calculating Capricorn and your 5th House on January 8, which allows you to have a good time as long as you manage to be productive, too. Because the gathering of planets in results-oriented Capricorn requires you to make a concrete plan for your success, the New Moon in the sign of the climbing Mountain Goat on January 11 is a great time to put it into action.

The energy shifts on January 19 as Mercury and the Sun enter conceptual Aquarius and your 6th House of Self-Improvement, giving you more freedom to adapt your daily routine to your unique way of doing business. Luckily, on January 22-25 Mercury and the Sun form supportive aspects with innovative Uranus and fortuitous Jupiter, creating the potential for an unexpected breakthrough at work or public recognition for a job well done.

These auspicious days can increase your self-confidence, which is great as long as you don't get too cocky. If you do assume that everything is copacetic, the dramatic Leo Full Moon in your 12th House of Destiny on January 26 could be a sobering reality check as it squares karmic Saturn. The challenging Sun-Saturn square on January 30 presents obstacles that can slow you down until you've learned your spiritual lesson.

Keep in Mind this Month

In the midst of all your obligations to others and commitments to yourself, schedule some playtime when you can kick back and enjoy yourself.

Key Dates for Virgo

SUPER NOVA DAYS

January 7-11: Turning Point

January 7 can be a rather frustrating day at work. Impatient Mars in your 6th House of Details squares restraining Saturn, so you may have to wait a little longer before taking action. Fortunately, Venus enters conservative Capricorn on January 8 and connects with spacey Neptune on January 10, cultivating patience as a more attractive strategy than just bolting ahead. The Capricorn New Moon on January 11 begins a month-long cycle of activity as it stimulates your 5th House of Love and Creativity. The New Moon's magical quintiles to brilliant Uranus and earnest Saturn bless you with an extra dose of ingenuity and charisma, emboldening you to start the next phase of your journey with renewed self-confidence.

January 24-26: The Sky Is the Limit

Expect a great deal of excitement at work on January 24 with the high-frequency electricity of the Sun's supportive sextile to eye-opening Uranus. The Sun's trine to expansive Jupiter on January 25 broadens your vision, encourages you to set your goals higher than ever and instills you with enough enthusiasm to fuel a journey to the stars. However, a methodical Mercury-Saturn square requires you to make certain that you've addressed all details prior to blast-off. Your sense of invincibility culminates with the proud Leo Full Moon on January 26 that illuminates your 12th House of Endings, alerting you that it's now time to slow down and integrate the recent changes.

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