We might be kicking off a new year, but Mercury retrograde will fuel major déjà vu this week. Here's what every sign can expect.
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If you've felt like it's been a bit of a slog to kick off the new year, you're far from alone. The fact is that the planetary weather isn't exactly supporting zippy, take-charge energy. With the planet of love, Venus, still retrograde until January 29, we're still being nudged to go rest, recharge, and reflect on relationships and creative matters. And this week brings a slowdown for Mercury, and in turn, communication, transportation, and technology. Cue all the groans, but it's not necessarily the worst news.

Thankfully, the work week kicks off with a boon for confidence in imaginative, intuitive, and artistic matters when the confident sun in Capricorn forms a friendly sextile to spiritual Neptune in Pisces on Monday, January 10.

The next day, Tuesday, January 11, action-oriented Mars in Sagittarius squares off against Neptune, which could spur deceptiveness and a feeling of sleepiness or discouragement.

And on Friday, January 14, messenger Mercury begins its first (of four) retrogrades this year, moving backward first through progressive Aquarius and then — from January 25 to February 3 — through industrious Cap. While this could surely lead to lots of communication, tech, and transportation glitchiness, it'll also be a cue to pause, backtrack, and revise group projects, your ideals, and how you're pursuing your quest for respect and recognition.

Want to know more about how you can personally take advantage of this week's astrological highlights? Read on for your sign's weekly horoscope. (Pro tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, aka your social personality, if you know that, too. If not, consider getting a natal chart reading to find out.)

Every Sign's Weekly Horoscope for January 9, 2022

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Your weekly highlights: Personal Growth 💡 and Relationships 💕

On Tuesday, January 11, your ruler, gung-ho Mars, currently moving through your ninth house of adventure, will square off against dreamy Neptune in your twelfth house of spirituality, slowing your efforts to move the ball forward on a trip or learning experience. While this could feel like such a disappointment, it could also present an opportunity for you to work through related, deep-rooted emotions. On a more social note, you've been finding it easier to collaborate with friends and colleagues since messenger Mercury shifted into your eleventh house of networking last week, but on Friday, January 14, it'll kick off its retrograde there, requiring you to take a second look at previously started group projects before you can dive into anything shiny and new.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Your weekly highlights: Relationships 💕 and Career 💼

On Monday, January 10, when the confident sun in your ninth house of learning forms a sweet sextile to dreamy Neptune in your eleventh house of networking, make a point to tune into your intuition to pinpoint the best path forward on a group project or undertaking you want to pursue with friends. And messenger Mercury just moved into your tenth house of career last week, getting you fired up to propose big-picture plans or call a meeting with a higher-up to discuss your long-term goals, but on Friday, January 14, the planet of communication goes retrograde there, requiring you to go back to the drawing board. It could be that honing your skills in a particular area or doing a little more research can set you up for even more success in the long-haul. (See: How to Crush Your New Year's Resolutions, Based on Your Zodiac Sign)

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Your weekly highlights: Career 💼 and Personal Growth 💡

You might have trouble deciphering what's real from what's not while working one-on-one toward a professional goal on Tuesday, January 11 when go-getter Mars in your seventh house of partnership squares off against dreamy Neptune in your tenth house of career. Instead of jumping to definitive conclusions, try to wait until the dust settles before making major moves. On Friday, January 14, your ruler, messenger Mercury, begins its backwards turn through your ninth house of higher learning, requiring you to sharpen an existing skill set and tend to current projects versus diving into new ones. Because you're always craving new experiences — especially when your ninth house is activated — this period could feel stifling, but try to reframe it as an opportunity to gain clarity and tie up loose ends before plowing ahead next month.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Your weekly highlights: Relationships 💕 and Love ❤️

On Monday, January 10, the confident sun in your seventh house of partnership forms a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your ninth house of adventure, cranking up the intensity of your intuition and dreams for your relationship — current or ideal. Take note of what you're meditating on now, as it could lead you to even greater relationship satisfaction down the road. Messenger Mercury just moved into your eighth house of intimacy last week, and on Friday, January 14, it'll begin its retrograde there, stirring up deep reflection around your closest bonds and joint resources until the 25th. Think of this as an emotional housekeeping phase, so that you can open your heart even more to your S.O. or a future partner.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Your weekly highlights: Money 🤑 and Relationships 💕

If you've been wondering how to handle a situation involving loved ones and joint resources, you could have a direct line to your gut instinct on it on Monday, January 10 when the confident sun, your ruler, forms a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your eighth house of emotional bonds. Whatever feels right now is your best bet. And your focus has turned to your closest bonds recently, thanks to messenger Mercury moving into your seventh house of partnership last week. But when the communication planet goes retrograde there on Friday, January 14, you'll be nudged to revisit your strategy for tackling one-on-one projects — at least until the 25th. Now's your chance to rethink how you're moving toward the finish line (and possibly what the finish line looks like) with a friend, colleague, or S.O. (Related: The Power of Setting Intentions — and How to Do It Correctly)

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Your weekly highlights: Love ❤️ and Wellness 🍏

On Monday, January 10, the confident sun in your fifth house of romance forms a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your seventh house of partnership, making this a sweet moment to connect to your spiritual, less-than-rational side (the one you're not exactly known for!), and get clear on what you truly want out of your closest relationships — and what you can do to make it happen. And once your ruler, messenger Mercury, kicks off its retrograde in your sixth house of daily routine on Friday, January 14, you'll want to zhush how you've been caring for your wellness and managing your day-to-day schedule. It could be you've been pouring your time, energy, and money into outlets that just aren't serving you as well as they could be, so you'll have until the 25th to rethink and rework your commitments.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Your weekly highlights: Wellness 🍏 and Creativity 🎨

You can more easily pinpoint how to boost your sense of security and balance on Monday, January 10 when the confident sun in your fourth house of home life forms a harmonious sextile to dreamy Neptune in your sixth house of daily routine. Even a slight change to your everyday schedule (like checking in more with your loved ones or adding a morning deep breathing practice) could make a noticeable difference. And while Mercury, the planet of communication, moves backward through your fifth house of self-expression and romance from Friday, January 14 to Tuesday, January 25, you could be consumed with tying up loose ends on previously-started artistic projects — and possibly also making peace with past relationships. Remember that Mercury is a trickster, so texts from an ex might be nothing more than a quick way for the universe to test that you've moved on.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Your weekly highlights: Love ❤️ and Personal Growth 💡

Consider having an important conversation with your S.O. or a loved one on Monday, January 10 when the confident sun in your third house of communication forms a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your fifth house of romance. You'll be even more in touch with your intuition than usual and feeling especially confident about your ability to speak from the heart. And messenger Mercury has been in your fourth house of home life since last week, and on Friday, January 14, it'll move backward there, pulling your headspace — and communication that may stem from it — back to emotional, ongoing questions around your family, roots, and security. Your inner life and any wounds related to it will be highlighted until Tuesday, January 25, making this a potentially productive time to prioritize healing. (See: The Self-Growth Guide That Has Nothing to Do with Chasing Perfection)

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Your weekly highlights: Wellness 🍏 and Relationships 💕

You could be struggling to feel centered on Tuesday, January 11 when go-getter Mars in your sign squares off against dreamy Neptune in your fourth house of home life. Not only will you be lacking energy but you could be concerned that someone's trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Do your best to wait until you have more info before jumping to conclusions. And when messenger Mercury is retrograde in your third house of communication from Friday, January 14 to Tuesday, January 25, you'll be compelled to rework how you're tackling your everyday to-dos and social commitments so that you're not totally overwhelmed. You're not a huge fan of slowing down, but you'll get the sense that being open to recharging now can be truly restorative for your overall energy and your relationships. (Ahem: The 7 Types of Rest You Need In Your Life)

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Your weekly highlights: Creativity 🎨 and Money 🤑

On Monday, January 10, the confident sun in your sign forms a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your third house of communication, helping you not only tune into your intuition more than usual but talk more openly about what you're reflecting on. These conversations could lead to inspiring, creatively fulfilling brainstorms with friends or loved ones. And from Friday, January 14 to Tuesday, January 25, communicator Mercury will be retrograde in your second house of income, nudging you to get on top of your finances. It might be time to refresh your budget, consider checking in on your investments, or think about how you can bring your skills to the table on the job in a different, more fulfilling way.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Your weekly highlights: Money 🤑 and Personal Growth 💡

You'll be even more in touch with your financial aspirations on Monday, January 10 when the confident sun in your twelfth house of spirituality forms a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your second house of income. It's in your best interest to use this moment to dream big. Even if your ideas don't necessarily seem rational, they could inspire rewarding moves. And messenger Mercury has been in your sign since last week, but as of Friday, January 14, it'll be retrograde there, requiring you to go inward to reflect on your self-image and larger personal goals. You have a unique opportunity now to refresh and edit how you're presenting both out in the world. Going underground now, in a way, could prepare you for exciting launches next month.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Your weekly highlights: Creativity 🎨 and Personal Growth 💡

Consider brainstorming or collaborating with friends or colleagues on an imaginative project on Monday, January 10. Because the confident sun in your eleventh house of networking will be forming a friendly sextile to dreamy Neptune in your sign, you can easily channel your most artistic impulses into a team effort. And communicator Mercury goes retrograde in your twelfth house of spirituality on Friday, January 14, and until Tuesday, January 25 you could feel like you're in a limbo of sorts, dreaming of the right seeds to plant. Taking action will be tougher, but that's the point. This moment's meant for rest, reflection, and meditation as you determine what you would truly like to accomplish in the coming weeks. (Start here: 75 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection)