January 2012 Aquarius Horoscope

Inch by inch, it's a cinch

The New Year brings prospects of big changes, yet you're wise to start slowly and be realistic about how long it will take to reach your goals. You still have some old business to complete with the Sun in dutiful Capricorn and your 12th House of Endings until Jan. 20. Communicator Mercury keeps your thoughts anchored to reality when it, too, visits earthy Capricorn from Jan. 8 - 27. Bold Mars is currently energizing your 8th House of Transformation, yet his presence in finicky Virgo demands that you move ahead one small step at a time. Additionally, your progress can be mired in red tape and delays as Mars slows to turn retrograde on Jan. 23.

Mercury's dynamic square to revolutionary Uranus on Jan. 8 and conjunction with extremist Pluto on Jan. 13 foreshadow a major shift in your life path or, at a minimum, in your everyday activities. These changes will become obvious as the Uranus-Pluto square becomes exact later in the year, but for now, restlessness stimulates your thinking and planning.

The Sun's move into your sign on Jan. 20, followed by the freethinking Aquarius New Moon on Jan. 23, is the true beginning of your yearly cycle, although the retrograde turn of Mars admonishes you to be patient and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Keep in Mind this Month
If your expectations are unrealistically high, you can only be disappointed. Setting attainable goals will help you succeed in the long run.

Key Dates for Aquarius

SUPER NOVA DAYS
Jan. 9 - 13: Hidden agenda
Your quiet manner on the job leads others to assume that you're a pushover -- yet the strong-but-silent Cancer Moon on Jan. 9 tells a completely different story. You might think you'll have more freedom if no one is paying attention to you. This passive strategy won't last, though, because the Moon enters demonstrative Leo later in the day, pushing your feelings to the surface. A unifying Sun-Mars trine on Jan. 12 has you bristling with enthusiasm. Venus' trine to persistent Saturn on Jan. 13 gives you the endurance you need to finish what you start and the willingness to patiently wait for satisfaction. However, your life is complicated by an enigmatic Mercury-Pluto conjunction in your 12th House of Secrets, making what you don't say more important than what you share. Meanwhile, an illusory Venus-Neptune conjunction helps you masterfully bend the truth.

Jan. 27 - 28: Red light, green light
A rational Mercury-Saturn square on Jan. 27 tells you no, yet a philosophically expansive Mercury-Jupiter square on Jan. 28 says yes. Additionally, perceptive Mercury's collaborative sextile with unconventional Uranus in your 3rd House of Information fills your head with one brilliant thought after another, encouraging you to act even if it takes time for your best ideas to produce tangible results.