January 2012 Taurus Horoscope

Climb the ladder to success

The warming rays of the Sun fall in your 9th House of Travel and Higher Education until Jan. 20, drawing your attention to faraway places and intellectual development. These aren't vague dreams or wishes; with the Sun in practical Capricorn, long-distance connections and serious studies can raise your professional ceiling and make room for advancement. Plus, brainy Mercury's move into Capricorn on Jan. 8 brings ideas into focus, clarifies goals, and shows you the steps you need to take to get ahead.

It can be tempting to withdraw to safer territory with the Full Moon in self-protective Cancer on Jan. 9. Attending to personal matters is important, of course, but don't use that as an excuse to retreat and settle for less. You pick up support and inspiration from friends and groups when your ruling planet, Venus, enters sympathetic Pisces and your 11th House of Teamwork on Jan. 14.

The New Moon in innovative Aquarius sows seeds of awareness in your 10th House of Career on Jan. 23. Expressing yourself more openly may rock the boat at work, yet inventive Uranus' favorable sextile to the New Moon carries you through rough waters and lands you in a better place. Still, patience is essential when energetic Mars turns retrograde in your 5th House of Self-Expression on Jan. 23. Romantic overtures and artistic endeavors encounter complications if you're in a hurry.

Keep in Mind this Month
This is an appropriate moment to aim for greater recognition -- but remember that the road to success is full of twists and turns that require more skill than speed.

Key Dates for Taurus

SUPER NOVA DAYS
Jan. 13 - 14: The audacity of hope
Your imagination is inspired and your heart is stirred by divine daydreams of love and pleasure. Venus joins whimsical Neptune on Jan. 13, blurring the boundaries between fantasy and reality. While you could misread someone or make a financial miscalculation, don't withdraw in fear. It's healthier to move forward with the assurance that only a stabilizing Venus-Saturn trine can give you. On Jan. 14, Venus sails into forgiving Pisces, where she sextiles magnanimous Jupiter. Love and approval come easily if you stop struggling and allow yourself to openly receive what's offered. There's no need to keep score when you're with people you trust. Drop your defenses, and there's no limit to the joy you can experience.

Jan. 27 - 28: The more the merrier
Objective analysis and stimulating conversations widen your horizons when Mercury enters Aquarius and your 10th House of Career on Jan. 27. Heavy thinking, though, will not get in the way of good times on Jan. 28 when a fat Venus-Jupiter semisquare expands your appetite for fun. You may go too far or say too much, perhaps shocking someone with your words. Yet your sense of humor allows you to stretch the social limits without breaking any meaningful bonds.