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Forecast for Jan. 1-14

By Cortney Litwin

Staff Writer

The New Year brings an all-star line-up of practical Capricorn influences, including the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto, which heightens our ability to manifest, in a very real way, our goals and dreams. Thinking outside the box is favored when Mercury enters unconventional Aquarius on the 1st. The next day, Venus enters whimsical Pisces, which casts an aura of fantasy over romantic encounters. However, the most important current influence is Jupiter, which begins its one-year transit through Aquarius on the 5th. Look for opportunities through technology, philanthropic endeavors and group activities. Widening your social circle and networking are also favored. Next, the full moon in homey Cancer on the 10th energizes family interactions. Finally, pesky retrograde Mercury derails communications and paperwork from the 11th through the 30th.

If you know your rising sign from your time of birth, read that too.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Jupiter provides opportunities through friends and community activities throughout the year. Your inner activist may be awakened, too, so get involved in a cause close to your heart. The full moon energizes home projects.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Look for career opportunities as Jupiter opens professional doors for you throughout the year. Networking with colleagues can be especially fruitful. The full moon energizes communications and travel.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Expansive Jupiter can bring good fortune through foreign contacts, education and long-distance travel throughout the year. Also, expect a spiritual wake-up call. Look for financial opportunities during the full moon.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The full moon in your sign energizes your charisma, so get out there and have some fun! Look for opportunities through financial partnerships throughout 2009, compliments of Jupiter. Just be wary of taking on too much debt.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Lucky Jupiter blesses your partnership sector throughout the year, which bodes well for both a committed relationship and professional ties. Intimacy is especially divine after the 2nd. And the full moon heightens your intuition.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Work endeavors can bring you recognition (and money!) during Jupiter’s yearlong transit through Aquarius. Seek to improve your health regimen now as well. Socializing skyrockets during the full moon.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Jupiter offers an array of romantic opportunities during 2009, which can delight or derail your love life, depending on your commitments. Your creativity kicks into high gear now as well. And the full moon revs up partnership activities.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Activities surrounding your home and family get a blessing from Jupiter throughout the year. Romance is sweet after the 2nd. And look for opportunities through educational or spiritual pursuits during the full moon.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your Jupiter ruler opens doors through communications, networking and marketing during 2009, so promote your projects and share your expertise. Entertaining brings delight after the 2nd. And the full moon energizes intimate encounters.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Look for financial opportunities as Jupiter blesses your moneymaking sector throughout the year. Spending sprees, however, will be the challenge. Partnership activities get a boost from the full moon.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Jupiter in your sign may send you a fortuitous opportunity that sets you on a new or enhanced path sometime this year. The challenge will be to avoid riding the happy wave without making the effort to turn your dreams into reality.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your imagination and intuition get a boost from Jupiter throughout 2009. Also, analyzing the past, including past lives, can bring insights. Venus in your sign energizes your charisma, while the full moon brings a romantic interlude.