Mercury came out of retrograde on Dec. 22, and if you're anything like me, you did a happy dance the minute you knew that cosmic hell was behind us. Nothing good comes from mercury being in retrograde, and while Mercury's post-shadow period (aka "retroshade") presents its own set of challenges, I'll take whatever progress I can get. January is chock full of other astronomical phenomena, and even though none of them spell doom and gloom quite as universally as retrograde, they still set the stage for all kinds of chaos. For one, we'll experience a blue moon this month, so you're definitely going to want to check out the blue moon astrology predictions for January 2018.
First, a quick astronomy refresher. Per Space.com, a blue moon is what happens — approximately every two and a half years — when we see two full moons in a single calendar month. There will be a full moon on both the first and last day of January 2018, so there's your first major astronomical event.
Also in January, we'll experience a supermoon — a full moon that orbits especially close to the Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter than usual — a lunar eclipse — the movement of the moon across the Earth's shadow — and a blood moon, a full moon that appears to glow red because of the way that certain waves of refracted light are blocked by the eclipse. There's a lot of technical language here (all thanks to Space.com), but what's really important to understand is that we're experiencing a perfect storm of cosmic activity this month.
Here's what you need to know about how all of this will affect you according to your sign, per NYC-based astrologer Lisa Stardust speaking with Bustle.
Brace yourself for a little creative flexibility this month, Aries. As more information comes to light with the blue moon and the supermoon, you will likely find yourself redirecting your approach to projects on your personal and professional radar. Don't be afraid to go back to the drawing board and try things in a different way! If you're feeling pulled to do so, it might be for good reason.
It's hard for pretty much anyone to let go of their deep-set philosophies and beliefs, but if you're a Taurus, you might experience some changes in your fundamental thinking this month, thanks to all the craziness in the skies. Embrace these new perspectives — after all, how often do you get a chance to be so painlessly, automatically open-minded?
The bigger, brighter appearance of the supermoon this month is quite literally shining a light on lots of things here on Earth, and you most certainly might find yourself in the right place, at the right time to absorb the revelations that the people around you are experiencing. What's a more straightforward word for all of this? Gossip. Gemini, you're going to hear a lot of it.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Cancer, you might find yourself watching your personal assets dwindle in the days ahead as a result of this month's astronomical happenings. This is pretty unsettling, but the silver lining is that it should give you that much more of a reason to kick those financial New Year's resolutions into high gear. Budget, baby!
According to Stardust, "the focus is on Leo" under current cosmic circumstances. If Leo is your sign, you should give yourself total permission to focus on your own emotional needs this month. It might even be the perfect time to try out the new look you've been considering!
The straight-up chaos that we've been experiencing recently thanks to planetary movement (mercury in retrograde, mercury in retroshade, and now this?) is a little too much for Virgos to take — and as a Virgo, I can confirm that this is true. We Virgos might take the opportunity to hide from the world this month, whether by staying close to home or simply keeping to ourselves emotionally.
Libra, prepare to shine as a super friend in January. Be on the lookout for opportunities to make new friends, or to step up as a support system for an existing friend in need.
Change is ahead! Scorpios are likely to experience shifts at the office or in their public image this month. Buckle up and prepare to embrace opportunities to take on new roles both personally and professionally.
Don't be alarmed if you wake up with a sudden craving to taste a type of cuisine you've never tried before or to book a spontaneous flight to a new-to-you destination. This is all to be expected based on the astronomical phenomena swirling above us these days. Why not kick off the new year with some new interests?
Your finances are most certainly not my business, Capricorn, but if you have any debts, you should seriously consider working on those this month. (Just sayin'!) Invest in a little creativity around how you can pay back what you owe to, well, everyone. Remember: emotional debts are a thing too!
January is a time for you to focus on others, Aquarius. Get ready to get some good practice at balancing your relationships and caring for the ones you love.
Feeling a little bored, Pisces? I thought so. (The sky told me this might be the case. Maybe it was my go-to astrologer. Either way!) This is a good time for you to make changes to your day-to-day routine. Check out a different route to work, shake up your workout, or test a new dinner recipe to add some much-needed excitement to the mix.