By Nunki Pelagus
Horoscopes for January 2009
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RETROGRADE* ALERT: Mercury (planet of the mind and communication, ruler of writers, editors, publishers, manuscripts, post offices and artists’ supplies) is retrograde Jan. 11-Feb. 1. During that time, it will behoove us all to be extra aware of what and how we communicate and how we interpret communication from others. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, is retrograde Jan. 1-May 17. In general, a Saturn retrograde prompts us to re-evaluate what we have taken on, perhaps to back out of a commitment or to improve the organization of a project.
ARIES, The Ram (March 21-April 19)
Rams, you’re likely to start the new year with activity or challenges in the area of career this month, as the Sun and Mars in Capricorn square off against your natal Sun. Mars is exalted in Capricorn, so be careful your drive to achieve doesn’t result in excessive competitiveness. After Jan. 20, focus shifts to the needs of others, particularly in groups you belong to. Writers are able to see possibilities even in the mundane aspects of life. Illustrators can tap into their dreams and subconscious mind more readily.
TAURUS, The Bull (April 20-May 20)
Bulls, you’re all set for adventure — possibly including foreign travel — as you step into 2009. Career matters take center stage around Jan. 20 and you may have to deal with obstacles or conflicts in that area. Group activities and relationships are potentially very beneficial this month. Writers, a Mercury-Sun square along with the Mercury retrograde could make communication problematic, especially with those in authority. Illustrators, you’re likely to receive spiritual insights and inspiration from dreams.
GEMINI, The Twins (May 21-June 20)
A new year could very well be the start of a “new you,” Gemini. Transformation at a deep level is highly possible. Around Jan. 20, you may develop a hankering for adventure and travel; the stars and planets encourage you to go for it! Writers, you’re advised to follow your desire to expand your horizons and reach out to new people and places. Illustrators, you may experience a mixture of challenges and rewards in your career after Jan. 4.
CANCER, The Crab (June 21-July 22)
The Sun in Capricorn opposite Cancer suggests possible tumult in the area of personal relationships for Cancerians during much of January. Illness or feelings of being unappreciated could contribute. Be open to a personal revelation courtesy of the full Moon in Cancer on Jan. 10. Writers, take extra care with the words you use to express yourself. A partnership is likely to bring rewards. Illustrators, you have an opportunity to expand your horizons psychologically and physically Jan. 4-31.
LEO, The Lion (July 23-August 23)
Chances are, your New Year’s Resolutions include some reference to health and fitness. The stars support that effort. Difficulties in a personal relationship or partnership may throw you off your stride temporarily. Writers, the Mercury retrograde and Mercury’s opposition to your Sun makes it more likely than usual that you might put your foot (paw) in your mouth. Illustrators, take care to set appropriate boundaries with yourself and others. Rose-colored glasses could distort your view of reality.
VIRGO, The Virgin (August 23-September 22)
Virgos start the year with a flurry of activity in the areas of romance, children and/or creativity. Hmmm… children + creativity… sounds like a useful combination for SCBWI members! Come Jan. 20, you’ll want to turn your attention to developing a health and fitness routine. Writers, you may want to take advantage of an opportunity to use your talents to assist or serve someone else. Illustrators, relationships could experience a lot of ups and downs this month. Try to go with the flow.
LIBRA, The Scales (September 23-October 22)
Home and family take center stage for Librans as 2009 gets underway. Time spent around the hearth will help you rest up for creative, romantic or entertainment opportunities that could arrive Jan. 20-31. Writers may have a disruption or complication that affects domestic harmony sometime between Jan. 1-19. Illustrators can be certain that any service they perform using their artistic talents will be greatly enjoyed and appreciated.
SCORPIO, The Scorpion (October 23-November 21)
Jan. 1-19 the emphasis for Scorpios is on communication and short trips here and there. Issues with siblings or neighbors may come to the fore. Family, home and domestic matters become more important after Jan. 20, and you may need to straighten out a tangle or two. Writers in particular may face a challenge on the home front this month, but careful communication goes a long way toward soothing ruffled feathers. Illustrators get helpful energy from Venus in the areas of children and creativity.
SAGITTARIUS, The Archer (November 22-December 21)
We Centaurs get some very good stuff to help us kick off the New Year, including financial incentives and opportunities to boost income. Our ruler Jupiter moves into Aquarius on Jan. 6, forming a harmonious aspect with our Sun. Communication ability is enhanced, as are relationships with siblings and neighbors. Writers receive constructive energy that offsets the Mercury retrograde. Illustrators may face minor complications in home life, perhaps stemming from past events or situations.
CAPRICORN, The Goat (December 22-January 19)
A Happy Cappy Birthday to all Goats born in January! The sheer force of your personality opens doors for you this month as money issues become particularly important. Your ruler, Saturn, continues to draw your attention toward things of a philosophical nature. Writers may find themselves focusing on possessions and their true value this month. Illustrators are in line for enhanced communication and improved relations with siblings and neighbors. Running errands could require more time than usual.
AQUARIUS, The Water-Carrier (January 20-February 18)
Bountiful Birthday Blessings to Aquarians born in January. The New Year is likely to begin somewhat quietly for Water-Carriers, who may find themselves feeling a bit moody or secretive. Pay attention to your dreams, as they can reveal what occupies your subconscious mind and help you interpret it. Writers have a chance to focus their energy on self-improvement, self-confidence and self-esteem. Illustrators are likely to see some positive activity in the financial sector.
PISCES, The Fish (February 19-March 20)
As of Jan. 6, Jupiter (ruler of Pisces) is no longer in its fall in Capricorn, which is good news for Fishies, especially since themes of surrender or sacrifice may dominate January. Subconscious influences are likely to be strong and attempts to understand these need to be made. Writers may find that delving into secrets provides useful material for their work in progress. Illustrators, this is a good month to consider your physical appearance as well as how you present yourself in general.
* Retrograde Motion: An apparent backward motion of a planet among the stars resulting from the observation of the planet from the planet earth which is also revolving about the sun at a different velocity. When a planet is retrograde, its energies are blocked, inhibited, or contradictory.
About Nunki Pelagus: Nunki Pelagus (probably not her real name) is a Sagittarius with Moon in Taurus and Virgo rising. A member of SCBWI, she has been a professional astrologer for 10 years and a writer for way longer than that. If you would like to contact Nunki, she can be reached at email@example.com.