The new decade is here—and yeah, maybe the “Roaring 20s” didn’t kick off like an F. Scott Fitzgerald rager on West Egg. If you peeled off your flapper dress, unbuttoned your French cuffs and climbed into bed by 12:30 AM, you would not have been the only one. We’ve heard countless reports of friends who called it an early night or just stayed in to soak in the tub and set intentions (happily) alone by candlelight.
Astrologically, this was pretty predictable—and not just because the moon and spiritual Neptune were weaving through dreamy, solitary Pisces on both December 31 and January 1. We’re marching into 2020 with an unusually high count of planets orbiting through serious, industrious Capricorn. In the pack: weighty Saturn, plumb-the-depths Pluto, chatty Mercury, the life-giving Sun. Even hedonistic Jupiter is spending the year in the sign of the Sea Goat, which is definitely putting the kibosh on our YOLO tendencies.
So where to put your focus as the year begins? With an intense global climate as the backdrop to our ever-busier lives, it’s easy to get scattered and overwhelmed. Don’t dive in and try to do it all at once. In 2020, every zodiac sign has a particular area of focus that will move the needle most effectively, bringing the most immediate progress—and even relief. So, if you’re wondering where to direct your energy, here’s what the stars have to say.
You’re no stranger to blazing trails, Aries, but in 2020, you’re called to step into greater power nad responsibility. People will see you as more than just their fearless role model (or that wild and crazy friend who pushed the envelope again!). This year, you’ll be the leader who lays out the action plan and makes sure it’s brought to life according to protocol. The challenge? You’re better at starting missions than carrying them to the finish line, you may need to enlist a coach or council to keep you focused. But don’t worry! You won’t lose your renegade spirit. Your ruler, fearless Mars will spend an ultra-rare five months in Aries, from June 27, 2020 to January 6, 2021, giving you the conviction of Nancy Pelosi and the originality of Gaga, both fellow Rams.
All those “best-laid plans” that Bulls live for may go flying right out the window in 2020. And guess what? For a change, you’re completely fine with that. You’re one of the few zodiac signs that could use less structure at the moment. With spontaneous Uranus side-spinning through your sign from 2018-2026, liberate yourself from obligations that confine you. We’re not saying you have to cancel anyone, but you may need to wriggle out of a restrictive relationship. This year could find you traveling a lot more often, even relocating to a new zip code…or country code! Even if your home address stays the same, your expansion could involve studying, training or starting your own business.
There’s nothing light and fluffy about 2020 for you, Gemini; in fact, you’re ready to give your life a full-on extreme makeover! Something old must be sacrificed to open up space for the new. Don’t stall because on May 5, the lunar north node (AKA the cosmic destiny point) will surf into your sign for the first time since 2003. During this eighteen-month cycle, the world will be buzzing at a Gemini frequency, which could propel your work into the public eye…and to the top of the charts! Learning to share more vulnerably is a key lesson, especially while romantic, seductive Venus sashays through Gemini from April 3 to August 7—including an introspective retrograde from May 13 to June 25. If you’re willing to do your inner work, all your relationships will strengthen. Before the year is through, you could make a savvy investment—or a well-funded baller could put dollars behind your dreams.
Cancer: Joint ventures
Relationships are your raison d’etre in 2020, Cancer, whether romantic or platonic. With Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto winding through your partnership zones, you’re ready to trade some solitary and self-protective vibes for something more collaborative. Finding the right “other half” could take a minute, especially while eclipses strike the Cancer/Capricorn axis on January 10, June 21 and July 5. Be picky, discerning and all those things Cancers are known for; just make sure you aren’t writing people off prematurely. The “come here, now go away” whiplash will settle down before the end of Cancer season (July 22), giving you clarity to move ahead where you know it’s right…and to pull back where the energy just isn’t flowing.
Fun-loving Leo, it doesn’t take much effort for you to turn a mundane event into a three-ring circus. But things are going to be a little bit different in 2020. This year, you’ll happily hand off the ringmaster role to another sign. (Virgos and Capricorns are down to try!) Combating stress, simplifying your schedule and finding routines that support your wellbeing? That’s the goal. When it comes to your social life, face down FOMO and choose quality time with the real ones over superficial moments at the latest hashtagged hotspot. In December, a rare (as in once every 20 years) mashup of Jupiter and Saturn could bring a milestone moment for a relationship—with someone who can go the distance!
Virgo: Creative and romantic expression
Step out and shine, Virgo! Your fame zone is lit by a posse of planets—Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto—and this is a year where you can be seen and recognized for your unique gifts. It’s not just about dazzling people with your killer style. You have something to teach the world. You can help people transform! Of course, you’ll do it with the fashion-forward fierceness of Virgos Beyoncé and Zendaya, and also with their depth. You’re a romantic, but when it comes to baring your soul, you may struggle with the last few buttons. The 2020 starmap frees you up to gush and let your hair down in ways that would have made you blush in 2019.
You’re not averse to putting down roots, Libra, although with your breezy social nature, you’d rather be an air plant than a stable oak. Domestic issues demand attention in 2020, a year that could teach you that settling down doesn’t have to mean getting stuck in a groove. You could find the perfect formula for “home,” whether you’re taking it on the road #VanLife style or having a pied-a-terre in two cities. Happy with your address? There could be big changes under your roof. You’ll have the energy to tackle a renovation, turn the She Shed into an income-generating Airbnb—or possibly set up a nursery for a baby between March 21 and July 1 (or after December 17) when serious Saturn heads into your fertility zone.
Talk about a metamorphosis: In 2020, the solitary Scorpio could transform into a social butterfly, as planets flutter through your outgoing, cooperative third house. In the past, you’ve done your best work in private, whirring away until the wee hours of the night. This year, you could really get into
the whole collaborative process, finding synergies between your ideas and other people’s talents. The trick is to only sync up with people who are as savvy and capable as you are, even if you have to go through an aggravating casting process. Already paired up? A squad upgrade may be in order. You don’t need minions or a dominating boss who intimidates you—just someone who is standing on an equal playing field, ready to step up to the plate and swing!
Sagittarius: Financial Security
Take a load off, Archer! In 2019, your ruling planet, abundant Jupiter, zipped through your sign and maximized the hell out of your life. It was game-changing, filled with lessons and definitely extra. And now, you’re a little bit worn out! Your wallet might also be thinner as a result of all the adventures and gambles you took. Now, you just want to find a stable rhythm so you can relax and feel centered again. Good news! With your security-minded second house getting pinged by a posse of planets, you can create a sensible budget and restore some healthy habits like going to the gym and eating meals at regular intervals. Have other people been draining your resources? Relationships rebalance thanks to a series of eclipses on the Sagittarius/Gemini axis on June 5, November 30 and December 14. A fruitful contract or business partnership could emerge (or re-emerge) when Venus tours Gemini from April 3 to August 7.
Following other people’s rules? No thank you! You’re the zodiac luminary of 2020, as lucky Jupiter, stable Saturn and transformational Pluto team up in Capricorn for the first time since 1285 AD! This is your year to swing out and take chances, even if that means a lower public approval rating. The world will come around, Capricorn, they’re just not used to seeing this renegade side of you. As you smash through ceilings and break molds, don’t be surprised if a fleet of imitators could emerge. Protect your intellectual property with trademarks and copyrights. Your visionary ideas are worth their weight in platinum!
Your inner landscape is a rich universe in 2020, Aquarius, as planets pulse through your 12th house of dreams and soulful healing. If you have loose ends to tie up, triggering life events to process, or something big that you need to heal, this is your year. But don’t stall! From March 21 to July 1, supercoach Saturn comes to Aquarius for the first time since early 1994, returning there again from December 17, 2020 to March 7, 2023. This three-year cycle only happens once every 29.5 years, and it’s here to make you strong, stable and masterful! Alas, the lessons of Saturn aren’t sugarcoated, so get ready to do some heavy lifting in the name of self-discovery. But you will get some cosmic support after December 19, when jovial Jupiter buzzes into Aquarius for the first time in 12 years, lightening some of Saturn’s tough love.
Solitary fish: come swim with a new school! Your communal 11th house gets a boost from a pack of planets, drawing you out to play. Though your virtual network and online presence get a major boost, make sure you’re meeting people IRL too. This is the year to get involved in meaningful mingling from charitable efforts to signing people up to vote for your chosen candidates. You’ll still need some alone time to process and meditate, especially when Saturn dips into your restorative twelfth house from March 21 to July 1. But don’t isolate yourself because this healing could be done in a group setting too. Find your strength in other people!
This article originally appeared on ELLE US.