Your January 2022 Horoscope Starts With a Retrograde — but Don't Panic

A new year has officially arrived, and you've got 365 days to make the most of it. The astrology of 2022 is already so different from 2021's astrology, and your January 2022 horoscope proves it. On Jan. 2, a new moon in Capricorn will take place, encouraging you to form concrete plans for success and for sticking to your New Year's resolutions. This new moon will also form a trine with innovative Uranus, a positive planetary aspect that will encourage you to believe in your unique vision, even if others don't understand it. After all, the greatest minds in history were usually way ahead of their time.

However, the first month of 2022 is also short-circuiting from so many retrogrades. Flirty Venus retrogrades through serious and committed Capricorn until Jan. 29, shedding light on the relationship dynamics and financial habits that bring you more harm than good. If you're honest with yourself and willing to put in the effort to solve these problems, this tricky period could be a huge opportunity for growth.

By Jan. 14, chatty Mercury will also begin retrograding through extroverted and eccentric Aquarius, giving you a better understanding of how to strengthen your sense of community without losing your independence and individuality. By Jan. 25, Mercury will retrograde back into practical Capricorn, bringing your attention to unresolved issues that may be holding you back from success. This retrograde will reach its peak when Mercury joins forces with Pluto on Jan. 28, emphasizing the importance of solving whatever the problem may be.

Luckily, a Jan. 17 full moon in compassionate and nurturing Cancer will offer you an opportunity to let out a good cry, hug someone you love, and ultimately heal. And when determined Mars enters ambitious Capricorn on Jan. 24, you'll receive a motivating boost to focus on your goals and let go of the drama and distractions that get in your way.

Consider your monthly horoscope for January 2022 a cheers to starting this year off on the right foot. Here's what to expect, based on your zodiac sign.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

Admit it, Aries; you love showing the world what a badass you are. Even though your January 2022 horoscope comes with some challenges, finding the will to overcome strife will bring you so much confidence this month. On Jan. 2, a new moon will activate your career sector, pushing you to make changes that reflect the esteemed professional you're becoming. In other words, if you want a serious career, it's time to get serious.

However, Venus is still retrograding through your ambitious 10th house until Jan. 29, which will continue to shine a light on the ways in which you've stopped feeling motivated or inspired by the path you're taking. Why not try something different? By Jan. 14, Mercury, too, will begin retrograding through your social 11th house, prompting you to step up your networking game and strengthen the position you hold in your community. Mercury retrograde will also start revealing deeper truths in your career by Jan. 25, encouraging you to correct mistakes and misunderstandings in your professional interactions. Take one step back so you can take two steps forward.

All of this may seem grueling and intense, but on Jan. 17, a full moon lights a fire in your fourth house of home and family, encouraging you to nurture your emotional needs and enjoy the soothing presence of your loved ones. By Jan. 24, Mars will begin soldiering through your determined 10th house, tapping into your resilience and sense of authority. This month, it's time to take charge. Failures have a lot to teach you, so don't let them discourage you. Mistakes give you a thicker skin, so don't let them overwhelm you.

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Taurus (April 20-May 20) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

If one of your New Year's resolutions was about living life to the fullest, you're off to a good start. Your January 2022 horoscope predicts a month full of eye-opening experiences. In fact, on Jan. 2, a new moon will rise in your free-spirited ninth house, encouraging you to let go of your need for a plan and, instead, let spontaneous detours take you somewhere unexpected. As long as you enjoy the ride, you don't necessarily need to know where you're going.

But looking at things from another perspective is sometimes easier said than done. Until Jan. 29, Venus will continue to retrograde through your adventurous ninth house, which could leave you feeling boxed in and uninspired by your options. You'd do well to let go of your expectations, especially if they're preventing you from appreciating what's right in front of you. On Jan. 14, Mercury will also station retrograde and reveal career-related issues in your ambitious 10th house. Take this opportunity to tweak your professional image and review your business plans. When Mercury retrogrades back into your inspirational ninth house on Jan. 25, you may even begin rediscovering what led you to this career in the first place.

Start brainstorming new ideas, projects, and methods for success, because there's so much to think about this month. On Jan. 17, a full moon will send electricity to your chatty and intellectual third house, helping you discuss your ideas and organize the conflicting details you're dealing with. Once Mars enters your expansive ninth house on Jan. 24, you'll have an opportunity to take a step back and marvel at how beautiful it looks when all the details come together.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

This month, you're discovering how deep and dark your emotions are capable of being. Don't be ashamed of how you feel, because your January 2022 horoscope indicates you're on the brink of a spiritual metamorphosis. Still, adapting is tough, even for you. On Jan. 2, a new moon will reveal your shadow side and activate your eighth house of transformation. In order to change for the better, you need to be willing to outgrow things. If the caterpillar never left the cocoon, there would be no butterfly. Knowing this, it may be time for you to leave something behind, too. Don't you want to see what your wings look like?

Venus will also retrograde through your eighth house of intimacy and depth until Jan. 29. This transit may reveal the power dynamics of your relationship and encourage you to form boundaries that bring more balance to your emotional attachments. By Jan. 14, however, you might start feeling a little lost. As Mercury stations retrograde in your ninth house of perspective, you may feel unsure of which direction to take. Let the wind lead you somewhere beautiful and unexpected. When Mercury reenters your eighth house of new beginnings on Jan. 25, it could be an incredible moment to find closure and tie off loose ends from your past.

Although you may feel dependent on too many things, the full moon on Jan. 17 will remind you how self-reliant you can be. Taking place in your grounded second house, this full moon will help you let go of chaos and reinforce your own strength and resilience. By the time Mars enters your transformative eighth house on Jan. 25, you'll receive a boost of power, intensifying your focus. Just make sure you're focusing on your goals instead of obsessing over drama.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

As 2022 begins, the harmony between you and your partner will be at the forefront of your mind. In fact, your January 2022 horoscope predicts a turning point in your connection with someone this month. Whether you're experiencing a shift in a romantic relationship, a business partnership, or even a platonic friendship, the new moon on Jan. 2 will encourage you to patch things up and turn over a new leaf. It will also help you set boundaries and demand the respect you deserve.

This month, your relationships might be experiencing some technical difficulties, thanks to the fact that Venus retrograde is in town until Jan. 29. This retrograde will have a particularly intense impact on your relationships, encouraging you to be honest with each other about your needs. When Mercury stations retrograde in your intimate eighth house on Jan. 14, it will add even more pressure to the power struggle between you and your partner. On Jan. 25, Mercury retrograde will reenter your seventh house of partnerships, causing misunderstandings to run amok. Get on the same page together, and remember, it's not you and your partner against each other; it's you and your partner against the world.

Also, don't get so wrapped up in your relationships that you forget to nurture your relationship with yourself. On Jan. 17, a full moon in Cancer will remind you of who you are and give you a glimpse of who you're becoming. Although Mars enters your partnership sector on Jan. 24, stirring even more passion and intensity into your relationships, keep in mind that this drama has nothing to do with how awesome you are. Don't let someone else's opinions determine your self-worth.

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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

If you want to succeed at something new, you can't expect instant results. Setting unrealistic standards for yourself might discourage you from even trying. Luckily, your January 2022 horoscope wants you to keep practicing. On Jan. 2, a new moon will lay down some ground rules in your sixth house of daily routine, helping you enhance your well-being one step at a time. After all, how can you be your best self if you don't feel like your best self?

Until Jan. 29, Venus will continue retrograding through your nourishing sixth house, revealing how overindulgence — of anything — can often lead to too much of a good thing. Moderation is key. The need to establish a healthy balance could reach new heights by Jan. 14, when Mercury begins retrograding through your seventh house of partnerships. This retrograde wants you to address the issues you and your partner are still feeling salty about. You both deserve patience and respect. When Mercury retrogrades back into your practical sixth house on Jan. 25, it'll be time to get back to the basics. Instead of abandoning an old project and starting another, you'll feel much better if you go back and finish what you started.

You're working so hard tending to your physical needs this month, and you should be so proud of your progress. But don't forget about your spiritual needs, too. On Jan. 17, a full moon will rise in your introspective 12th house, unleashing repressed emotions and memories. Let it all out, because forgiveness sets you free. When Mars begins marching through your productive sixth house as of Jan. 24, you'll have so much motivation to overdeliver on your promises. Just remember to make time for rest.

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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

You're probably taking your New Year's resolutions very seriously this year, but it's crucial to remember to let loose and enjoy yourself. Your January 2022 horoscope is all about rediscovering the things that bring you joy in its purest form. On Jan. 2, a new moon will send confetti to your fifth house of fun and pleasure, encouraging you to immerse yourself in creativity and begin 2022 by expressing yourself.

This month, you may feel like the "spark" is starting to fizzle out (but that doesn't mean you can't reignite it). Venus will continue retrograding through your passionate fifth house until Jan. 29, revealing the ways your love life isn't fulfilling your desires. Spice things up, because you deserve some romance. When Mercury stations retrograde on Jan. 14, it might screw things up in your streamlined sixth house of daily routine, giving you a reason to slow down, practice flexibility, and get reorganized. However, by the time Mercury retrogrades back into your flirty fifth house on Jan. 25, romantic drama (potentially involving an old flame) could leave you feeling even messier and confused. Follow your heart, but don't ignore what your head has to say about it.

All this drama and intensity will remind you who your friends are by Jan. 17. As a full moon glimmers in your 11th house of community, you may see the importance of surrounding yourself with people who have your back, especially when you're going through a hard time. By the time Mars activates your fun-loving fifth house on Jan. 24, you'll be in a beautiful position to express yourself through art. It's the best way to heal.

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

You may want to cancel your plans and curl up on the couch as 2022 begins, Libra, because your January 2022 horoscope is all about nurturing your sacred space. On Jan. 2, a new moon will kindle a fire in your fourth house of home and hearth, encouraging you to bring a sense of love, warmth, and belonging to your life. Remember, home is not necessarily a place, but a state of mind.

Because Venus is also retrograding through your sensitive fourth house until Jan. 29, you may become more aware of the disharmony and discomfort in your personal life. This is a beautiful opportunity to reconnect with family. It's also a chance to redesign your space and make it sparkle. However, by the time Mercury stations retrograde in your creative fifth house on Jan. 14, you may feel like nothing is inspiring you or satisfying you. Remind yourself that your tastes and needs evolve with time, so take a moment and rediscover them. By Jan. 25, Mercury will retrograde back into your familiar fourth house, nudging you to heal rifts with your loved ones, especially if you consider them family.

When you feel rested at home, you also feel energized at work. When a full moon rises in your 10th house of career on Jan. 17, you may have a revelation about the goals you're meant to focus on. Believe in yourself, but don't use your ambition as an excuse to avoid the issues in your personal life. When Mars enters your cozy fourth house on Jan. 24, it will encourage you to form a connection with your home and family that's so strong, it cannot be broken.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

You're chatting up a storm as the new year begins. Your Scorpio January 2022 horoscope is encouraging you to satisfy your need for intellectual stimulation. On Jan. 2, a new moon will send electricity through your third house of communication, encouraging you to spice up your social life. Feed your brain the facts and information it craves.

However, with all these messages you're sharing and receiving, there's bound to be some miscommunication. After all, Venus will retrograde through your talkative third house until Jan. 29, revealing the quality of communication you require in your relationships. If you or your partner feel like you're being left in the dark, it's time to be straight with each other. You may also question whether you're feeling emotionally secure once Mercury starts retrograding through your compassionate fourth house on Jan. 14. Sort through whatever is leaving you feeling vulnerable and without protection. When Mercury retrogrades back into your communication sector on Jan. 25, it could lead to some mixed signals, so work on saying what you mean and really listening to what is said.

You may feel so confused by all the conflicting information you're receiving this month, but by Jan. 17, you'll get a better idea of what it all means. A full moon will rise in your philosophical ninth house, helping you extract a deeper meaning from your situation. But there are still more details to come, and when Mars starts revving the engine in your intelligent third house on Jan. 24, you'll feel even more compelled to keep studying, learning, and experimenting.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

You're ready to be practical about your goals for 2022. Get the ball rolling, because your January 2022 horoscope will help you lay down the groundwork for a beautiful new year. On Jan. 2, a new moon will bring you down to Earth in your second house of stability. Use this new moon to find your center and allow yourself to feel anchored to where you stand. Without strong roots, how is a tree supposed to grow?

That said, it takes work to create stability. Until Jan. 29, Venus will retrograde through your second house of luxury and income, which could shine a light on the spending habits and materialistic attitudes that cause you anxiety. Money can't buy happiness, although it definitely makes happiness easier to establish. Pay attention to the decimals and dollar signs, especially after Mercury starts retrograding through your analytical third house on Jan. 14. Clerical errors and communication misfires are more likely to happen, so check everything twice. By the time Mercury retrogrades back into your financial sector on Jan. 25, you may want to hold off on major decisions with your money until you're absolutely sure you're making the right move.

You're spending the month nurturing your individual needs, but on Jan. 17, you may realize how you can share with others and depend on them, too. A full moon will glow in your eighth house of shared resources, helping you enforce boundaries as you let down your guard with someone you trust. By the time Mars enters your second house of money on Jan. 24, the idea of building wealth for you and your loved ones may be the most motivating reason to bring home the bacon.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

This month, you may spend a lot of time looking in the mirror with your January 2022 horoscope here and Capricorn season officially in session. Your solar return is about honoring your growth and setting your intentions for the next year of your life. A new moon in Capricorn takes place on Jan. 2, helping you understand how your identity has evolved and make self-improvement your guiding light as you embark on the journey that lies ahead.

However, you may feel less than confident about your progress. Venus will continue retrograding through your sign until Jan. 29, which could bring up the insecurities that make you forget how special you are. If any relationships are on the rocks during this time, this is an opportunity to make sure you're truly receiving the care and respect you deserve. When Mercury stations retrograde in your second house of self-esteem on Jan. 14, it will inspire you to prioritize what you can rely on as you let go of what has yet to earn your trust. Once Mercury retrogrades back into Capricorn on Jan. 25, it could bring up misunderstandings and unfinished business from your past. Finish what you started and move on.

The more you learn about yourself, the more you'll understand what you need from your partnerships. On Jan. 17, a full moon will bring awareness to the way your partners treat you and the way you treat them. Treat any dilemmas that arise with patience and care, and don't worry if it feels like things aren't moving fast enough. Mars enters Capricorn on Jan. 25, motivating you to fight for what matters to you with everything you've got.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

Get some shut-eye, because the dreams you're having this month feel so real. You're strengthening your intuition, and your January 2022 horoscope is a sign for you to explore your inner world. As a new moon sparkles in your spiritual 12th house on Jan. 2, it's encouraging you to embrace solitude and dive into your subconscious. Spend time with the secrets you can't stop thinking about, and let forgiveness be the balm that heals you.

Everyone has secrets. But if a secret is weighing on your relationship, someone may spill the beans. Venus is still retrograding through your mysterious 12th house until Jan. 29, forcing you to acknowledge all that remains unspoken, while bringing awareness to what others have been hiding from you. When Mercury stations retrograde in Aquarius on Jan. 14, it may bring even more confusion and misunderstandings into the mix. If you feel forced to make a decision, remember that it's perfectly acceptable to take your time, especially if you don't know what you want. And once Mercury retrogrades back into your 12th house of reflection on Jan. 25, it could bring up information you wish you had known before.

You're spending so much time in your dream world this month, but on Jan. 17, you may be given a clear vision of your reality. A full moon will nourish your sixth house of physical well-being, encouraging you to take care of your body just as much as your spirit. When Aquarius season begins on Jan. 19, you'll start feeling more confident and comfortable in your skin. But the introspection is not over yet. As Mars moves through your introverted 12th house, you may have to let yourself linger in the past for a while before you can truly embrace the future.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Monthly Horoscope For January 2022

You're sensitive to the energy around you, which is why it's so important for you to be surrounded by people with good intentions. Your January 2022 horoscope shines a light on your circle of friends, guiding you toward a social life that supports and inspires you. When a new moon places a focus on your 11th house of community, it will encourage you to spend time around people who bring out the best in you.

However, you don't always know who your real friends are. Until Jan. 29, Venus will continue retrograding through your extroverted 11th house, highlighting the impact your crew has on you. There's even a chance you might reunite with old friends, revisiting social dynamics from a former era of your life. When Mercury stations retrograde in your spiritual 12th house on Jan. 14, unhealed wounds and repressed memories may resurface, deepening your understanding of what transpired in the past. By Jan. 25, Mercury retrograde will reenter your cliquey 11th house, revealing any disturbances in your social life. You may want to clear the air with someone, but remember, the only person you have control over is yourself.

You may spend the first month of 2022 worrying about other people, but on Jan. 17, feel free to pay attention to no one but yourself. A full moon will send a rainbow to your fifth house of artistic expression, which could flood you with the magic of inspiration. Explore your imagination, and get creative. Once Mars moves into your cooperative 11th house on Jan. 24, you may feel confident enough to find the people who just get you.