January 2012 Aries Horoscope

False start

Your year begins with fireworks as opinionated Mercury dynamically squares impetuous Mars on Jan. 1, inciting animated discussions or even an open conflict. You may also grow frustrated if a project at work doesn't take off as quickly as you expect, because your key planet, Mars, is slowly crawling along in your 6th House of Routine until it turns retrograde on Jan. 23. Instead of adding more tasks to your schedule, you'd be wise to go back and methodically complete projects you've already started; put off any major new endeavor until after April 13, when Mars resumes direct motion. You also have an opportunity now to review and eliminate worn out habits that no longer serve your purposes.

You enjoy spending time with your family when the security-conscious Cancer Full Moon on Jan. 9 lights up your 4th House of Domestic Conditions. Still, you're reminded to return to work with an industrious trine from energetic Mars in your 6th House of Employment to the ambitious Capricorn Sun in your 10th House of Career on Jan. 12.

The intellectual Aquarius New Moon on Jan. 23 activates your 11th House of Long-Term Goals, but your plans will likely run into detours and delays as Mars turns retrograde the same day. Even if your thoughts are clear, cut yourself some slack and allow extra time to complete your work.

Keep in Mind this Month
Over-optimistic commitments can get you into trouble if circumstances beyond your control delay your progress.

Key Dates for Aries

Jan. 1: Give Peace a Chance
You have a lot of facts at your disposal today, but watch out for your tendency to fall back on an old pattern and start an argument. Instead of fighting to prove that you're right, acknowledge that there are multiple points of view. Luckily, a creative quintile between the willful Sun and restraining Saturn enables you to make a sensible choice and move beyond the current stress of warrior Mars.

SUPER NOVA DAYS
Jan. 12 - 14: The Force is with You
You have an air of invincibility on Jan. 12 thanks to the Sun's bright trine to energetic Mars, while loving Venus' trine to reliable Saturn the next day gives you uncharacteristic patience. Make the most of the cosmic momentum as an intense Mercury-Pluto conjunction in your 10th House of Status announces to the world that you are a force to be reckoned with. Fortunately, you can get away with pushing toward your goals now because your drive is softened by gentle Venus as she bumps into compassionate Neptune, dives into the healing waters of Pisces, and happily harmonizes with lucky Jupiter on Jan. 13 and 14.