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January 2012 Leo Horoscope

Money in the bank

Consider what you can do to save for a rainy day, because dynamic Mars turns retrograde on Jan. 23, staying in practical Virgo and your 2nd House of Resources until July 3. But micromanaging your cash flow isn't a sensible strategy if it prevents you from seeing the bigger picture. Don't wait for a crisis; the sooner you start to shore up your resources, the better -- and you can begin when clever Mercury connects with the Saturn-Neptune trine on Jan. 7.

The introspective Cancer Full Moon on Jan. 9 shines in your 12th House of Secrets, reminding you that you don't have to justify your actions to others.

The middle of the month is another excellent time to push your financial agenda forward by consolidating your bills or taking on an extra job to increase your income. The pressure is on to take care of your fiscal obligations due to enriching Venus' trine to Saturn and conjunction with Neptune on Jan. 13, following on the heels of the proactive Sun-Mars trine on Jan. 12.

Acknowledge the truth in what others are telling you, put your shoulder to the wheel, and stay as calm as possible during the stressful and chaotic days leading up to the Aquarius New Moon in your 7th House of Relationships on Jan. 23. Lunar squares to expansive Jupiter and constrictive Saturn can teach you the benefits of being more cooperative while you seek a balance between your values and those of a friend or partner.

Keep in Mind this Month
You may feel as if your year is getting off to a slow start. Still, your current actions will have significant consequences during the following months.

Key Dates for Leo

Jan. 1: Tiger in your tank
You are ready to take on the world -- and that includes anyone who stands in your way. You're quick with the verbal repartee today as Mercury in opinionated Sagittarius forms a dynamic square from your 5th House of Self-Expression to excitable Mars. In fact, you could provoke an argument without even realizing your role as the instigator. Give yourself permission to take a mental vacation, but choose your words carefully when sharing your thoughts.

Jan. 12 - 14: Patience is a virtue
Hard work produces concrete results on Jan. 12, thanks to a powerful trine from the industrious Capricorn Sun in your 6th House of Self-Improvement to action-planet Mars. Fortunately, a sobering Venus-Saturn trine the next day cools your desires so you can wait for gratification. Although you may confuse your fantasies with reality when Venus hooks up with imaginative Neptune, her slick sextile with auspicious Jupiter on Jan. 14 indicates a positive outcome.