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Aries Horoscope: January 2013

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You can get 2013 off to a good start if you focus on being a cooperative member of the community. Mars, your energetic ruling planet, spends all of January in freedom-loving Aquarius and your 11th House of Groups, challenging you to integrate your independent spirit with collective goals. It's no easy task to express your individuality while remaining a supportive team player; you must find a healthy balance between self-determination and accommodation.

This dilemma may grow even more difficult when you see the most competitive people rewarded as sociable Venus enters ambitious Capricorn and your 10th House of Public Responsibility on January 8. The Capricorn New Moon on January 11 puts issues of authority and power in the foreground, intensifying your desire to reach the top of the mountain. However, an inelegant aspect from expansive Jupiter to this Sun-Moon conjunction can tempt you to push others out of the way in your desire to get ahead.

The pendulum swings in a friendlier direction when brainy Mercury and the heart-centered Sun enter your 11th House of Community on January 19. This extroverted trend receives a boost from the expressive Leo Full Moon in your 5th House of Fun and Games on January 26. You're ready to make a dramatic move in pursuit of love or to show off your creativity, but stern Saturn's square to the Moon reminds you to remain sensitive to others' limits.

Still, your optimism grows thanks to joyous Jupiter's favorable aspects to this lunation. This giant planet of good fortune turns forward in your 3rd House of Communication on January 30, offering you ways to make new connections and promote your ideas.

Keep in Mind this Month

Sometimes your thinking is just too advanced for others to understand. Work to build a bridge from the old ways to your new vision so that your friends can get on board.

Key Dates for Aries


January 7: Shoulder to the Wheel

You are being held to higher standards today with little margin for error as hard-driving Mars runs into a wall of resistance from a blocking square with obstinate Saturn. Purpose and discipline are essential. Deviating from the rules could produce immediate negative feedback. If you can patiently following a well-defined plan, however, you can refine your skills and establish a strong foundation that provides enduring support for your long-term goals.

January 20: My Way or the Highway

Mars forms an edgy semisquare with unruly Uranus, increasing your originality while lessening your willingness to follow anyone else's lead. This transit may show you a shortcut or two, leaving you excited with the brilliance of your discoveries. Yet a distinct need to do things your own way can be disconcerting to those around you who have different agendas. Watch out for reckless behavior and sudden anger, which can undercut trust and dry up tender feelings. If you're unwilling to make compromises, you may be better off on your own.