January 2012 Capricorn Horoscope

Downshifting gears

Your new year usually gets off to a fast start with the Sun traveling through your ambitious sign. This time, however, take a more cautious approach to reduce wasted effort because dynamic Mars, the planet of action, is slowing down prior to turning retrograde on Jan. 23. Its period of backward motion will continue until April 13 in your 9th House of Big Ideas, requiring ongoing adjustments and refinements, and possibly even a significant shift in your vision of the future. That logical brain of yours, though, kicks into a higher gear of organization when calculating Mercury enters industrious Capricorn on Jan. 8. This is a great time for thinking strategically and expressing yourself with clarity and conviction to maintain short-term order while the bigger pieces of your life fall into place.

Relationships grow warmer when the caring Cancer Full Moon illuminates your 7th House of Partners on Jan. 9. Lovely Venus begins her dance in sensitive Pisces on Jan. 14 -- another reminder that kindness and compassion take priority over duty and deadlines. Yet look for a cooler and more original approach when the Sun enters quirky Aquarius and your 2nd House of Worth on Jan. 20.

The Aquarius New Moon on Jan. 23 seeds fresh ideas for increasing your income with a smart sextile to inventive Uranus. However, a restrictive square from hardworking Saturn in your 10th House of Public Responsibility indicates that current obligations may put your vision on hold for now.

Keep in Mind this Month
Managing the petty details of your life is not a meaningless distraction but a necessary step toward making bigger moves in the future.

Key Dates for Capricorn

SUPER NOVA DAYS
Jan. 12 - 14: In the name of love
A sturdy Sun-Mars trine on Jan. 12 provides you with a steady supply of energy and the ability to forge ahead without seeming pushy. Intellectual depth from a conjunction of Mercury and piercing Pluto on Jan. 13 helps you peel away any illusions you have about yourself. Yet kindness is a key as evaluative Venus joins supersensitive Neptune. Seek a gentler approach to self-assessment and a more delicate way of sharing your thoughts when Venus moves into compassionate Pisces and your 3rd House of Communication on Jan. 14. Joyous, even romantic, encounters are likely as the love planet forms a sweet sextile with generous Jupiter in your 5th House of Amour.

Jan. 25 - 27: Reality check
Don't take no as the definitive answer when Venus and Mercury create hard aspects to Saturn on Jan. 25 and 27. A lack of approval challenges you to re-evaluate your expectations on the job or in a relationship. Being clear about your own limits or the inability of others to meet your needs is the first step toward rectifying the situation. Now that you know the whole story, roll up your sleeves and get busy.