A tonic culled from the potent plants we’ve already grown, January’s astrology finds us fully resourced and ready to refine our raw materials. Clarifying, simplifying, and utterly queenly, this month asks you to cut the excess and quit kidding around — committing to the bare beautiful necessities that best power your vitality.
The astral pack is led by the most regal of the cosmic kiddies, crystal-cut Capricorn. This diamond-backed denizen checks us into the Haute hotel of our dreams, here to call the shots from the ensuite without stuttering. It’s a month for becoming mistresses of the land beyond “maybe” — relishing the reverb of hard “yes” and “no.”
And with Mars in a fellow earth sign, Taurus, joining Uranus, who’s stationing direct, the party room is powered up for a purification process that’s plushly pleasurable rather than punitive. What would it mean for you to nourish your flourishment right now? Like a brisk walk around the block that fills your breath with bold color, January wants you to take responsibility for your prosperity — engaging in the self-divined regimes that build your very bones.
So shut the French doors, draw the bath, and order it up, astro babes. You know exactly what you need right now and you know exactly how to get it. So give it to yourself, gorgeniuses. And give it well.
Read on for your sign’s January cosmic cleanse and discover sheer delight in simplifying your starscape…
CAPRICORN OR CAPRICORN RISING
Move and groove with it, dear Cappy. Your birthday month wants you to let the world unfurl at your feet according to your proprietary rhythm. Others’ emergencies are not yours for the triaging, and any rush can be met with regalness. You are the DJ, sweet one, and it’s high time that your plans and dreams evolved with the beat of your cosmic clock.
Cosmic Cleanse: Dismantle Diehard Deadlines. While there may be some end goals that you’ve got to meet this month, consider which of your calendered items you can look straight in the eye and shift. Deadlines should feel like decadent decisiveness rather than a death sentence.
AQUARIUS OR AQUARIUS RISING
It’s all a fantastical fiction, Aquarius, and this month gifts you the possibility of embracing existentialism that feels boundless rather than burdensome. Take January to give up some of your gravity for groundlessness, remembering that each move you make and breath you take is never the end of the world. It’s all “just happening.” Let this be your cause for happiness.
Cosmic Cleanse: Release Responsibility. While you’re the zodiac’s premiere space holder, January wants you to take some time off from running the cosmos’ hostel, prioritizing pleasures that come from becoming part of the glorious woodwork while others watch the desk.
PISCES OR PISCES RISING
Pack your faux fur headwrap, fish-of-the-sea. January wants you to embrace the hidden gems in so-called “harshness,” as you turn your face to the winds of change and let ‘em buff you bare. There is a divine difference between ballet stretches that serve your evolution and needlessly replayed pain. This month, empower yourself to know and act on that difference.
Cosmic Cleanse: Interrupt the Spins. Commit to catching yourself as you twirl and tangle with untoward thoughts. And don’t be afraid to get meta with this mental magic; there is zero cause for self-recrimination when you catch yourself going down the rabbit hole, dear Alice.
ARIES OR ARIES RISING
Slide in and settle on down, Aries. January is supersized and stately — an invite to simply inhabit the mansion you’ve already made with your own two hands. What is culminating? What is being served up on a platter right now? There are no “new” moves to make at this moment. Build on the bigness of each and every thing that’s come before.
Cosmic Cleanse: Exorcise Excess Effort. You love to send off little sparks to show yourself you’re still alive, but January wants you to embrace the everlasting embers that need no stoking. Soften the repetitive stress of rallying cries and find delight in the purring hum of an idling engine.
TAURUS OR TAURUS RISING
A circus of newly uncovered competence, January is your moment to fly higher and take complete responsibility for your freedom. Who and what are you believing has you “trapped” right now? And how might this situation be keeping you in comfort rather than liberating you to face a challenge? Swap the sweatpants for a pants suit and stage your escape.
Cosmic Cleanse: Unlock the Doors. Take January to notice anything that feels like a no-go or a no-way-out, and commit to finding a way, no matter what. You hold the lock and you hold the key, Taurus. Shimmy, shake, and squeeze your way through the light-filled cracks.
GEMINI OR GEMINI RISING
January grants you access to your den of wants, and there’s no need to make this journey anything other than a vivid display of your life force. Don’t worry about where your passions will lead. And don’t listen to whatever gets said about them, even by you. It’s just desire, Gemstone. Move with it and let it move you.
Cosmic Cleanse: Choose Body Over Brain. Your mental prowess is unparalleled in the zodiac. But you are also flesh and bones, Gemini. Stardust and sweat. Let every place in your beautiful body and spirit grant you access to the info you couldn’t even imagine in that big old brain.
CANCER OR CANCER RISING
This month wants you bouncing off walls and getting rock tumbled by the contours of things, shell baby. Consider what it means to learn through contrast. Through seeing the strangeness of something that’s “not yours” and letting it clarify your own shape. January asks you to repossess your own turf by first committing to dancing just a bit out of your depth.
Cosmic Cleanse: Tenderize the Tight Holds. Whether it’s a black-and-white belief or a beloved blouse, this month wants you to notice where you’re holding on to any bits of your self-image for dear life. Flowering open comes from actually opening, and buds don’t bloom inside a closed fist.
LEO OR LEO RISING
January finds you smooth and precious like an unhatched egg, little lion. How will you caretake this baby bundle? What do you need to secure to feel truly supported in your daily existence and how does it feel to gift yourself these bite-sized treats? Soothe any sensations of embarrassment or unworthiness, and let yourself become an utterly lovable star child.
Cosmic Cleanse: Smooth the Hard Edges. Let January be a metaphorical childproofing exercise, as you protect yourself against jaggedness at every turn. Rather than a denial of the sticky bits, this process provides you with the padding it takes to absorb the entirety of life.
VIRGO OR VIRGO RISING
You are an integral piece of your own process, and January wants to remind you that each evolving part of you is allowed to be just that — in space and in time, breathing and learning from the place where it is, with exactly what it’s got. So-called “messiness” or “mistakes” are just code words for aliveness. So let yourself be alive.
Cosmic Cleanse: Be in Time. Each time you project yourself into a future, you rob yourself of the romantic rightness of locking eyes with you that’s already right here. Soften the wild 5-year schemes; the straight lines and mathematical outcomes. And snuggle up to be you with you, from sunset to sunrise.
LIBRA OR LIBRA RISING
Sometimes it takes a “taking away” for us to uncover the vibrancy of what remains. January is your month to experiment with the art of removal, seeing which bits will naturally big themselves up if given more room. Subtract with both the wild abandon of a suddenly healed hoarder and the majesty of a monk, awaiting the surprises that fill the spaces left behind.
Cosmic Cleanse: Befriend Emptiness. Like a hide-and-seeker, get cozy in the hollow places. The pauses in a conversation. The available gaps fit your body like a silk glove. The waiting without waiting — knowing that something will spring from nothing at exactly the right time.
SCORPIO OR SCORPIO RISING
You are a cosmic creatrix, and January wants you to reclaim your place in the order of things. Where are you believing that you’re only here to clean up the scraps — a cog in the wheel rather than a big beautiful birther? Take this month to make something, anything — even if it’s just dinner — reminding yourself that you stand at the center of your own origin story.
Cosmic Cleanse: Begin Again. Start a conversation. Start your car. Whatever you do, just start, Scorpio. This month wants you to actively participate in your own cellular turnover. You’re a 9-lived cat and a goddess-given phoenix. So get out of bed and show the sun you’re still here.
SAGITTARIUS OR SAGITTARIUS RISING
What are you building your city on, Sag? January wants you to consider the teeny roots that teem beneath it all. Rather than micro-managerial madness, it’s an opportunity to investigate what makes things “run.” Whether it’s the basis for a friendship or the bedrock of a project, consider the mission statements that animate each and every being in your wondrous world.
Cosmic Cleanse: Question Everything. An unbridled beauty who lives in the boundless spaces, you’re perpetually poised to ask “why?” Use that question mark to your advantage this month, making you like an eager kiddie who truly longs to understand what brings things alive.