Can you smell it, book nerds? That oh-so-special scent of a new year of life, just waiting for you to unwrap it? Oh, wait. Maybe that’s just the dog needing a bath. Anyways…
January and 2020 are bidding you bonjour, and the stars are suggesting that maybe you need to figure some stuff out before you plow ahead and actually DO anything. Luckily, we’ve got some ideas for how you can go about that, and a book rec to get you through this potentially massive month, too! Scroll down for some insight from the stars, as well as some big days to look out for in this first month of the new decade.
Days to Watch
- January 3rd = Mars enters Sagittarius. A boost of energy has you leaping into January looking for adventure. Expect to be restless and easily distracted.
- January 10th = Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer. Find a little bit of soothing balance here against the practicalities of life that will be rearing their heads all month long.
- January 12th = Saturn Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This one’s kind of a big deal, tbh. Expect some tension and the airing of grievances on both a personal and global level.
- January 13th = Venus enters Pisces. Venus ushers in some much needed compassion, empathy and maybe even a meet-cute as it makes its way through Pisces!
- January 16th = Mercury enters Aquarius. Here you’ll start to think more logically about what you want and need to do this year. Probs for the best.
- January 20th = Sun enters Aquarius. Expect to be thinking about what makes you the unique little snowflake you are, and reveling in your own independence.
- January 24th = New Moon in Aquarius. You’re starting to figure stuff out by now, and feeling pretty good about this new year.
Epic Reads January Horoscopes
March 21 – April 19
Keywords: Achievement, balance, mindfulness
You spoke up in December, and maybe even changed your life when you did. That’s pretty cool, Aries! And because the universe really loves you this month, it’s ushering you down a newfound path of change and adventure. What a nice universe! The only thing is, you’ll be balancing out your ambitious goals and need to achieve with some necessary home, hearth, and harmony. Just keep in mind as you kick butt in school, mingle with the masses, and press forward on your life’s journey, that the best way to keep your mind 🗡sharp🗡 is to keep it rested, too. Meditation and mindfulness can get you there. Oh yeah, and *probably* a book, too!
Book pick: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Reason: When your mind and body need a rest from all the achievement you’re achieving, crack open this #1 New York Times bestselling series about power, intrigue, and betrayal.
April 20 – May 20
Keywords: Honest, open, connected
You experimented your way through December, Taurus. Did people think it was weird? 🤷♀️Probably🤷♀️. But who cares! Because you’ve entered January knowing more about yourself than you did in December. And now the universe is telling you to listen to your gut. When something doesn’t feel right, speak up! Don’t be surprised at what a *little* bit of bravery and honesty can get you this month. You’ll feel more connected to your friends, your classmates, your community at large. Because as you learn to step out and be open, you become that much more a part of the world around you. And doesn’t that feel good?
Book pick: Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
Reason: If you need a little helping building up the courage to be honest about something, find inspiration in this deeply emotional novel about an unlikely friendship between a senior class president battling cystic fibrosis and a quiet sophomore struggling with depression.
May 21 – June 20
Keywords: Learn, study, grow
You were overwhelmed by life last month, but fumbled through with some help from your friends. Now January is here, and with it comes the desire to always be learning. You’ll be thinking hard about what you want out of 2020, particularly when it comes to the ideas and passions that actually hold your attention. That could mean contemplating your college plans, enrolling in an art class, 📝outlining📝 your next manuscript, or even picking up a non-fiction book about something you’ve always been curious about. Just make sure that what you choose to focus on is something that you CARE about. Don’t do something just because it sounds like it *might* be good for you. Do something because it feels right when you do it. You’ll figure it out, Gemini.
Book pick: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Reason: Because there’s always something to learn from the past. Get a look at the dark side of history with this book about four WWII refugees that fight their way toward a ship that promises salvation.
June 21 – July 22
Keywords: Deep, vulnerable, expressive
You were feelin’ the love for yourself and the larger world last month. ’Twas the season, after all. But now you’re like, “well, I know I love myself, but the world is SO confusing.” That won’t feel great. But oftentimes our most 🔥burning🔥 questions lead us on a journey of discovery. And isn’t every journey just an adventure in disguise? So when you get an assignment that you just do not understand, or your friend casually drops a reference that goes right over your head, or you meet somebody who is just completely different from anybody you’d ever met before, don’t freak out. The solution is simple: raise a hand. Be vulnerable and open and curious. If you can do that, the world will return your curiosity and care in kind.
Book pick: Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
Reason: A moving book for your deep month. This powerful novel about the aftermath of a gun accidents is a stunning exploration of tragedy, grief, compassion, and forgiveness.
July 23 – August 22
Keywords: Pause, ponder, plan
You cozied up in December and 🙏gave thanks🙏 for all the amazing things you experienced and achieved in 2019. And then you looked forward to 2020. Well, you’ve made it, Leo! The only thing is, you still haven’t *quite* figured out what you want to DO. But fear not little lion! The universe just wants you to sit with your plans and hopes and dreams a tad longer. Figure out how you feel about things before you commit and then go full speed ahead like you like to do. And since you’ll still be feeling optimistic and joyful from that lovingly lovely December, why don’t you share your thoughts with the people you most admire? It can’t hurt! And might even give you a zing of self-confidence as you waltz into February. Happy dancing!
Book pick: All We Could Not Leave Behind by Danielle R. Graham
Reason: While you ease into the new year, how about you settle into this powerful tale of love and devotion inspired by an untold story of the Second World War?
August 23 – September 22
Keywords: Busy, playful, transformative
You worked hard in December, and it certainly paid off! January kicks off in a *very* big way with some hugely transformational energies. Expect to be forging ahead, making changes left and right, and just generally kicking…well, you get the picture. Basically, you’re going to be reeeaaaal busy. But with the things you care about most, so that’s okay, right? To keep your head on straight in a potentially overwhelming month, the stars suggest you work a good deal of fun into the mix. That could be as small as making yourself a pump-me-up 🎶playlist🎶 or as big as building an igloo with that special someone. Stay happy, Virgo. Stay happy.
Book pick: The Long Distance Playlist by Tara Eglington
Reason: Here’s a little bit of inspiration for your pump-me-up playlist! Sink into this story about a boy, a girl, cross-country convos and middle-of-the-night playlists, told primarily through instant messenger conversations.
September 23 – October 22
Keywords: Purpose, preparation, planning
Last month you worked on letting things go so you could move into 2020 feeling freer. Now you’re ready to buckle down and figure out what you’re going to do with said liberty. But this is not a month to be all wishy-washy, Libra. This is a month to 🔎focus🔎! And the stars have a couple of suggestions for what those areas of focus are likely to be. Namely your place in the world, and the people closest to you. Perhaps you’re thinking about college, what it means to continue your family’s legacy (or break free of it), or getting ever closer with best friends who feel like family. So, like, NBD, right? Those are only some of the most important things in your life. We’re sure you’ll come out of January with a nice, balanced plan. Toodles!
Book pick: Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Reason: As you examine the role you play at home and in the larger world, here’s a story about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.
October 23 – November 21
Keywords: Resolve, reflect, renew
You wrangled your thought patterns into a healthier order last month, or at least tried to. January is going to feel super energetic and productive! You’ll be all like, “wow, look at me go!” But, in reality, all those tasks you’re doing won’t amount to much…sorry, Scorpio. The universe is harsh sometimes. If you don’t want to waste time spinning your wheels, switch ⚙️gears⚙️ and think on your New Year’s resolutions, instead. Perhaps you want to continue exploring your more spiritual side through astrology or tarot, maybe you want to turn your energies toward college applications, or learn to love yourself on a deeper level. Whatever the case, this month will fly by. And before you know it, the universe will have a NEW challenge for you…just you wait.
Book pick: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Reason: When you’re tempted to keep doing stuff just to be doing it, settle in with this dazzling, fun-filled romp instead. Ever Wong’s in for a summer she’ll never forget when she signs up for Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where the nightlife runs nonstop and hookups abound.
November 22 – December 21
Keywords: Practicalities, priorities, passions
December was pretty much the best month ever. Or at least, it had the potential to be! Unfortunately, that kind of euphoria wasn’t meant to last. January has you back firmly on earth. And unsure of what to do next. You’ll have all this 🔋energy🔋 and all these ideas. But maybe TOO many ideas, and not enough…you know, money or skill or time with which to do said ideas. The stars are here to tell you that, if you’re willing to put the time and energy into your projects — whether that’s school, or choir, or basketball, or debate club, or whatever — the universe will repay you in kind. It’s all about priorities, Sag. What are yours?
Book pick: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Reason: When you’re feeling a bit lost or unsure of what to do, cuddle up with this story about an introverted dreamer who must come out of her shell to solve her own kind of mystery…and figure out her growing feelings for her coworker.
December 22 – January 19
Keywords: Growth, reflection, clarity
You spread joy to the world with the best of them in December. We bet you’re expecting the universe to send a little joy back in January, am I right Cap? What with it being your 🎂birthday🎂 and all. Well, it’ll be sending something. But whether that’s joy or judgment is up to you. This month has some enormous opportunities for growth. But first, the stars suggest you take a good hard look at the areas of life that NEED that growth. Your natural caution may hold you back…or represent the little voice in your head whispering about your dreams and all that they mean. The world is your oyster. What do you want to be inside? Only you can say.
Book pick: Like Sisters On The Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia
Reason: As you learn about yourself and what you want to do with a whole new year of life, give yourself a chance to read this story about a girl sent away from New York — and her boy troubles — to her family down South. There, she’ll learn about her family’s history and secrets and slowly start to reimagine her own future.
January 20 – February 18
Keywords: Indecisive, baffled, abundant
In December, you learned that sometimes life moves at its own pace, regardless of whether you think it’s 🐌creeping🐌 along in the most painful of ways. Well, we hope you took that lesson to heart. Because you’re going to be feeling really unsure of yourself this month. Sorry! You can blame Pluto, though. It’s not our fault, Aquarius. And also, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Because you’ll be feeling iffy about the decisions you’ll be asked to make, you’ll actually let life unfold on its own terms. New paths may unwind. New people enter your life. New dreams replace old ones. Think of these as some New Year’s resolutions that the universe chooses for you. That doesn’t sound TOO bad, does it?
Book pick: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Reason: While you’re deciphering what the outer world is asking vs. what your inner world is pondering, enjoy this dark urban fantasy about a young woman and young man who must choose whether to become heroes or villains, friend or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.
February 19 – March 20
Keywords: Relax, retreat, refresh
You made decisions all over the place last month, and it was probably exhausting, but also, like, really impressive that you were 💪strong💪 enough to do that! And now you’re in for some MUCH needed rest. Retreat to the places you feel safe and the people you feel most comfortable with, Pisces. That doesn’t mean you eat cheese puffs and binge on crappy TV. You’ll actually be quite prolific this month, if you give yourself the chance! What the stars are really trying to tell you is that you’re gonna be a bit…sensitive. So carefully choosing the people you surround yourself with and the places you put yourself will be of utmost importance. Ease yourself into 2020!
Book pick: Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Reason: When you’ve secluded yourself in your favorite reading spot for a moment of peace and quiet, why don’t you open up this sweet and salty book about cooking, competition and a romance centered in Paris.