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Your horoscope for the week ahead: Ease into 2024 by conserving your energy — and confronting your emotions

Meanwhile, Mercury’s retrograde cycle ends, bringing us clarity on our true intentions for the year ahead.

Meanwhile, Mercury’s retrograde cycle ends, bringing us clarity on our true intentions for the year ahead

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Happy New Year! You're invited to ease into 2024 by taking a moment to rest at the start of this week. This could prove especially helpful when relationship-ruling Venus squares restrictive Saturn on Monday. While this aspect often calls us to conserve our energy, it's important to remain intentional with our words and forthcoming with our emotions under its influence. Avoiding your feelings could lead to loneliness or self-imposed isolation; don't hesitate to reach out to the people in your life who lift you up. 

Later on Monday, communication-ruling Mercury will station direct in philosophical Sagittarius, which could bring us more clarity on our intentions for the coming year. This transit empowers us to set powerful resolutions so we can show up as our best selves. Just remember to stay mindful of your words and be extra cautious when dealing with technology until the messenger planet completes his post-retrograde shadow period on Jan. 20. 

You might feel inspired to tie up loose ends but struggle to focus on the task at hand as the emotion-ruling moon wanes into her third quarter in balanced Libra on Wednesday. During this lunation, we have a tendency to get distracted by the needs of others, which can pull us away from our own projects. Do your best to avoid multitasking if you want to maximize your productivity. 

Centering your own needs and desires could get a whole lot easier when courageous Mars enters driven Capricorn on Thursday. This transit blesses us with the energy to start tackling our to-do lists, laying the foundation for our most ambitious goals. Seize this opportunity to take on any challenge that comes your way; if you can be wise with your time and efforts, your hard work is sure to yield fantastic results.

Here is your horoscope for the week of Monday, January 1, 2024.

Aries

Take a moment to reflect on your blind spots, Aries. While the beginning of 2024 may have you feeling tempted to jump headfirst into a new initiative at work, it's possible that your time would be better spent developing the skills that can help you overcome your professional weaknesses. Once you've made the appropriate adjustments, you'll be ready to hit the ground running and you might even find fresh inspiration to stoke your inner fire. Come midweek, friends or family members could reach out for your help with a particular matter. Make sure to prioritize them before taking on any projects of your own.  

Taurus

It's OK not to have all the answers right away, Taurus. In fact, working through your challenges can help open your mind to new ways of thinking. Remember that if you're feeling stumped on a specific issue at the beginning of this week. Perhaps you'll also find that seeking a differing perspective from a friend allows you to unlock a powerful solution. Meanwhile, if you're feeling the urge to take a break from the material world, the beginning of 2024 could be a beautiful opportunity to nurture your inner self. Have fun exploring activities that support your spiritual side; reading, journalling and practising mindfulness can all be great ways to dip your toes into the ethereal realm.

Gemini

Listen to your intuition, Gemini. If you sense that a partner or co-worker could use your help this week, don't hesitate to reach out. People may seem a bit shut off or sad at the beginning of this year, but you'll be in a prime position to lend a hand and cheer them up. Remember that a kind word can go a long way toward lifting their mood — and strengthening your relationship. Meanwhile, if you feel tempted to make a big purchase midweek, you might first want to ask yourself whether this impulse is driven by desire or necessity. You'll be wise to hold on to your hard-earned money rather than give in to a whim.

Cancer

A discouraging thought could get blown out of proportion if you aren't able to shake it, Cancer. So at the beginning of this week, don't be afraid to vent around people you trust; releasing your emotions can help you reframe your reality and unburden your mind. By midweek, family matters could start to pull your focus, urging you to tackle some essential responsibilities at home. Once you've completed your most pressing domestic tasks, you'll be ready to think about how you can conquer your career goals in the year ahead. If you're ready to level up professionally, perhaps it's time to seek out a business partner who complements your skill set and shares your vision. 

Leo

You can't begin a new project in chaos, Leo. So while you may feel excited to hit the ground running at work this week, remember that prioritizing organization now will help you pave the way to long-term success. Once you've taken the time to clean up your workspace and analyze your outstanding tasks, you'll be ready to dive back into more creative brainstorming. Just ensure that you've got all the facts before you start pursuing any lucrative ideas, as missteps could land you in hot water. Take the initiative to reach out to your colleagues and mentors if you feel overwhelmed. 

Virgo

It's important to stay open to other people's points of view, Virgo. Otherwise, a difference of opinion could drive a wedge between you and your loved ones — especially if it involves how you manage your finances. If you're in a relationship, perhaps your partner has strong opinions about how your shared income should be spent this year. Instead of simply shutting their idea down, consider how you can work together to realize both visions. On the home front, you could find that tending to your home office or workspace helps fuel your creative spirit in new ways. Have fun reorganizing, and see which ideas come to the surface. 

Libra

Be honest about what you need, Libra. While speaking up can sometimes make you feel like the "bad guy," it's important to call attention to any domestic issues that need handling at the beginning of this week. You might struggle to find your voice at first, but have faith that your intuition will guide you. Then, unresolved work matters from last year could pop back up midweek, ushering you into problem-solving mode. Seek the simplest solution so you can move forward quickly. Once you do, you'll be ready to redirect your energy toward DIY projects and other plans to improve your space — just try not to bite off more than you can chew. 

Scorpio

Are you looking to improve your relationship with money, Scorpio? The beginning of 2024 will be a brilliant time to review your current spending habits and consider how you can find more balance between servicing your wants and needs. Just try not to be too hard on yourself in the process; small steps can go a long way toward creating healthy habits that stick. Meanwhile, you might feel the urge to get more involved with your local community by exploring different activities or classes in your area. As your life gets busier, pay attention to the ways that connecting with others can help change your routines for the better. 

Sagittarius

Remember that problems are often just opportunities in disguise, Sagittarius. So if you happen to encounter a few speed bumps at home this week, do your best to work with your loved ones to find a fix. While you might face a few limitations at first, these constraints could encourage you to think outside the box to devise a creative solution. When it comes to matters of romance, single Sagittarians will be in a prime position to charm potential partners with their courageous spirits. If you're in a relationship, you may feel more eager to open up to your loved one so you can embark on a fresh adventure together. 

Capricorn

Don't hold back, Capricorn. In fact, speaking up could bring much relief at the start of this week, especially if you find yourself stewing over a work matter from last year. Remember that your insights have value, and if you can harness the confidence to voice them, they have the power to shape your career path moving forward. Meanwhile, you may find it helpful to reflect on how you've been structuring your schedule lately and consider which of your routines could use a little fine-tuning. This is an ideal time to eliminate practices that are no longer working to make space for helpful new habits to flourish. Just be sure to listen to your body's needs and prioritize rest before you commit to anything too ambitious.

Aquarius

Asking for help doesn't make you look weak, Aquarius. Remember that if you're feeling out of sorts at the beginning of this week. A quick chat with a friend could allow you to reframe your perspective and put your fears to rest. Come midweek, you'll be wise to carve out time to tend to any outstanding paperwork, as doing so could remind you of a time-sensitive event or travel opportunity that may have slipped your mind. Starting now and over the next few weeks, be sure to pay close attention to your calendar so you can capitalize on every chance to kick the new year off on the right foot. 

Pisces

Don't dim your light, Pisces. You may feel tempted to ignore your own desires to make space for others to shine at work this week — but at what expense? If you're having trouble finding the right time to show your value, you may need to ask for advice from a colleague or mentor; a little pep talk could go a long way toward boosting your confidence. Just remember to keep your eye on the prize and be ready to put in the effort to achieve your goals. As you do, be sure to double-check all your work and communications, as small mistakes could send you back to the drawing board.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bryanna Collier is an astrology and fashion writer. Her work focuses on astrology, personal style, and how the two intersect. Follow her work at The Star Crossed.

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