January 2020 Love & Sex Horoscopes
It’s a whole new year—and decade! January presents us with snowy winter days, cold, star-filled nights, a desire to cook up clean, comfort foods with loved ones, and a fresh, blank calendar that feels full of promise and opportunity. The first month of the year gets its forward-thinking, industrious vibe from the sun’s trips through two signs: pragmatic, family-loving, goal-oriented Capricorn, and progressive, humanitarian, and platonic Aquarius.
This year, January isn’t just fertile ground for setting powerful intentions, it’s also filled with moments that are meant to shake us out of our toughest ruts and dreamiest reveries (thanks to eclipse season and several major planetary shifts). These transits will make this month’s turn-a-new-leaf vibe the perfect time to embrace change and personal growth. You’ll be envisioning your future whilst letting go of what no longer serves you, and it feels great.
Here’s how you can use the electric, hardworking energy of January’s planetary lineup to get clear and act on your most pressing desires.
Astrological ‘Love’ Dates in January 2020
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January 3: Mars in Sagittarius
Mars, the planet of energy, action, and sex, makes a major move from fixed water sign Scorpio into mutable fire sign Sagittarius—where it remains until February 16. This transit fuels playful, adventurous vibes that will fuel making bold moves.
Sun pairs up with Mercury in Capricorn
Lunar eclipse in Cancer
Uranus ends its retrograde in Taurus
The most astrologically packed day of the month is this one. It marks a meet-up between the confident sun and communicator Mercury in hardworking, pragmatic Capricorn, which infuses words with practical details and a thrust to succeed, as well as a lunar eclipse in emotional Cancer that brings up themes related to emotional security and could spell the end of bonds that aren’t fit to last. Plus, revolutionary Uranus ends its five-month retrograde in Taurus, driving any internal desire to change outward. TLDR; mark your calendar for shake-ups galore.
Mercury pairs up with Saturn in Capricorn
Mercury pairs up with Pluto in Capricorn
Saturn pairs up with Pluto in Capricorn
The way we communicate, work, and transform ourselves through both come to light and take on a serious tone, as these planets meet up in the stoic earth sign. The conjunction between Saturn (planet of foundation) and Pluto (planet of transformation), which haven’t met at the same exact point in nearly 38 years, might require some new year’s cleaning up of old habits and toxic relationships that are no longer serving you.
January 13: Venus in Pisces
Venus, the planet of love and beauty, finally leaves platonic-minded fixed air sign Aquarius to move into romantic, dreamy, mutable water sign Pisces, where it remains until February 7, setting a whimsical, escapist, imaginative tone within our closest bonds.
January 16: Mercury in Aquarius
Until February 3, the planet of communication, transportation, and technology moves through forward-thinking, friendly, humanitarian Aquarius, emphasizing the importance of group activities and platonic connections.
January 20: Sun in Aquarius
Aquarius season begins! The confident sun joins Mercury, moving through the eccentric, unconventional air sign and urging us to let our freak flags fly until February 18.
January 24: New moon in Aquarius
Squaring off against game-changer Uranus, currently in fixed (aka similarly stubborn) earth sign Taurus, this new moon could urge not only prgoressive intention-setting but overdue change in a spontaneous, gasp-worthy way.
January 27: Venus and Neptune meet in Pisces
The planet of relationships and beauty meets up with Neptune (planet of dreams and spirituality) in the water sign that’s most prone to being swept away by emotion, so mark this down as a day that has potential for magical romance or spiritually-charged bonding.
Here’s what each sign can expect in love and between the sheets this January. (If you know your rising sign, you’d do well to check out that sign’s forecast, too.)
Your Love Life in January 2020, Based on Your Sign
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Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse falls in your fourth house of home life, you’ll be grappling with themes related to your work-life balance and security. If it feels like a relationship is no longer adding to your sense of stability, or you feel like you could use more support from that special someone, stand up for your emotional well-being. And while romantic Venus moves through your twelfth house of spirituality, you’ll be drawn to a more covert, behind-closed-doors expression of love. Be your spontaneous Aries self: Send covert sexts to your S.O. or plan a secretive weekend getaway with your current situationship. Your chemistry could soar like never before.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Your daily routine could be upended somehow or the way you’re connecting with your partner could take a turn for the dramatic around January 10 when the full moon and lunar eclipse lights up your third house of communication. These shake-ups could shift your perspective on your bond, having you rethink the direction you’ve been moving in. This reflection might not be easy, but it is necessary to move forward. And then while romantic Venus, your ruling planet, moves through your eleventh house of networking from January 13 to February 7, group activities are sure to take center stage. Parties, networking events, and working alongside colleagues or people in your community could offer an opportunity to bond with your partner—or, if you’re single, meet someone with whom you feel an instant intellectual connection and the potential for more.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
While go-getter Mars moves through your seventh house of partnership from January 3 to February 16, you’ll be fired up to tackle projects with your significant other. You feel like you can accomplish so much more together, and it’s true—especially now. If you’re a Gemini who’s ready to mingle, you might feel more focused on upping your dating game, making it clear on your app profiles that you’re ready for something serious. And then while the confident sun moves through your ninth house of adventure from January 20 to February 18, your daily routine can quickly feel mundane, stirring you to seek out new experiences with your love interest. Think: signing up for a sweaty, challenging workout class together or taking an impromptu road trip.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You’ll feel a blast of “take charge” energy that can be applied to creating massive, empowering change when the full moon and lunar eclipse falls in your sign. Eclipses have a way of sweeping out the old in order to make room for the new, so you might not have to make any bold moves related to your relationships—other than to head down whatever feels like the best path for your emotional and overall well-being. And while communicator Mercury moves through your eighth house of sexual and emotional bonds from January 16 to February 3, your intuition is sure to be functioning at an even higher level than usual, making it easy for you to tap into what you truly want out of your closest bond. Once you pinpoint that, putting these deep-seated emotions into words comes more naturally.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
You’ll get a burst of creative, self-expressive energy that can help you embrace your naturally flirtatious self. Deep interactions with someone may be on the rise as go-getter Mars moves through your fifth house of romance all this month. Enjoying moments of playfulness and pursuing activities that feel lighthearted is seriously good for your heart and soul. But prioritizing downtime will feel like a must around January 10 when the full moon and lunar eclipse is in your twelfth house of spirituality. Although you often want to make sure that you’re addressing others, it’s time to put yourself first, Leo. Your relationships will be happier and healthier as a result.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Around January 10, when the confident sun and communicator Mercury pair up in your fifth house of romance, you’ll be able to put your emotions into words even more easily than usual. Plus, it feels like what you have to say resonates with those you care about the most. Take charge here, Virgo. You can take advantage by enjoying a spontaneous get-together with friends or your sweetheart. And then on January 27, romantic Venus and dreamy Neptune pair up in your seventh house of partnership, setting the stage for connecting with someone new and intriguing—or taking an existing relationship to the next level through spiritual bonding. That said, there’s a surreal, whimsical tone to the moment that can make it tough to get a read on the facts around the situation. Your best bet is to allow yourself to be swept away for now.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You’ll start out the year wanting to check all the to-dos off your list while go-getter Mars moves through your third house of communication from January 3 to February 16. This might also put you at risk of burnout, so don’t hesitate to take intermittent breaks to just chill out with your sweetheart or meet up with a potential match. Feeding your inner social butterfly (as well as some R&R) is just as important as being productive. Then, around January 24 when the new moon falls in your fifth house of romance, your creativity and appetite for sweet, heartfelt bonding is sure to be at an all-time high. You have an opportunity to get the ball rolling on a promising new relationship or to set a more fun-loving tone in an existing one. The key: opening up about how you feel and speaking directly from the heart. You could be surprised by how quickly this sets up a new level of intimacy.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
If you’ve been meditating on ways you’d like to see your closest one-on-one bonds evolve, look forward to January 10 when revolutionary Uranus ends its five-month retrograde and moves forward in your seventh house of partnership. Now Scorpio, you can begin to turn those reflections into concrete changes. You can’t help but exude charm and charisma—even more than usual—while relationship-oriented Venus moves through your fifth house of romance from January 13 to February 7. Although you tend to be quick to train your focus on pursuing what you want, this transit encourages you to let go of the reins and see how relationship situations pan out. You know what you deserve, so just be sure not to settle for anything less.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You can look forward to a burst of extra energy and amplified sexual and emotional desires while go-getter Mars moves through your sign from January 3 to February 16. Whether it’s a more committed relationship or fulfilling a longtime fantasy, you know exactly what you want, and you have all the oomph required to pursue it to the best of your ability. Just know that there’s only so much you can control, so make sure you leave some room to see how things play out organically. And around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse occurs in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, you’ll be reflecting on possible imbalances in your closest relationship. If you’re feeling uncomfortable about potential reciprocity, you’ll do well to speak up and make changes now. You want to avoid resentment at all costs, Sagittarius.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse falls in your seventh house of partnership, take an honest look at your most intimate one-on-one bond. Being acutely aware of what you need and what you’re willing to give in a partnership is integral to your personal growth and fulfillment now. This dramatic aspect is, thankfully, quickly followed up by romantic Venus’ trip through your third house of communication from January 13 to February 7, amplifying your ability to analyze and discuss your emotions and needs in a relationship. Right now, it’s easier to connect with your sweetheart or someone else special on an intellectual, mentally-stimulating level.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Working alongside others who are all committed to a common cause—whether that’s a professional project or activism—is the best way to feel successful while go-getter Mars moves through your eleventh house of friendship this month. If you’re single, you could find a surprising spark with someone in the group. If you’re partnered, involving your S.O. can offer an exciting new way to connect. Then, never mind New Year’s as the end all, be all for resolutions—you’ll get a special opportunity to reflect and set a new tone for the year ahead around January 24 when the new moon falls in your sign. Whether you’ve been dreaming about taking your current relationship to the next level or getting off those apps, now’s the time to set an intention that’ll transform it from fantasy to reality.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse falls in your fifth house of romance, you might be frustrated if it feels like your life has been devoted to just about everything but love lately. You’ll be inspired to take a stand and defend your right to have fun and seek pleasure. Being clear on your desires can lead to the dreamy changes you want to see. Then, romantic Venus moves through your sign in the last half of the month, thrusting your relationship needs into the spotlight even more. You’ll radiate from the inside out and enjoy amplified magnetism to your S.O. or potential matches. Own it!
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