Hello January! It’s not just a new month coming up…it’s also a New Year, a time when we set New Year’s resolutions and focus on our most important intentions for the year ahead.
Capricorn season is still underway, although humanitarian and idealistic Aquarius season will take over a little over halfway through the month. In other words, we’ve got a lot of optimistic and productive energy to work with right now — how do you plan to make the most of it?
Don’t stress — we’ve got you covered if you’re not sure yet. We checked in with the Tarot (one card from the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana each) to see what’s on the schedule for your particular zodiac sign.
Who said planning for the New Year had to be hard? We’ve got the power of the cards on our side, after all!
What Does the Tarot Have to Say for January?
The Magician & 9 of Cups
Aries is flowing with a creative — and slightly indulgent — energy for January 2023.
The Magician first kicks us off with that creative and go-getter attitude that Aries is well-accustomed to. You’re feeling productive, enthusiastic, and ready to take on the world.
Simultaneously, the 9 of Cups implies that you’re just as ready to be reaping some rewards while you’re at it. This month is about working hard… but it’s also about playing hard.
In order to make the most of it, you’ll need to find the proper balance between the two.
The Devil & 5 of Cups (Reversed)
Taurus’ January 2023 is not all fun and games, although it’s nothing the steady bull can’t handle.
The Devil brings in difficult energies surrounding restriction, old commitments, and temptations that you know are likely no good for you. You’re prone to repeating old patterns this month, despite the New Year imploring you to make changes.
The 5 of Cups reversed hints that this won’t be easy. You may find yourself resisting change and feeling the temptation to wallow a bit — although holding some space for uncomfortable emotions is important, too (in healthy moderation, of course).
The truth is that the only person who can really pull you into the new changes you want is… you, Taurus. Are you ready to take the plunge?
The Star & 7 of Swords
Gemini has a whirlwind of new beginnings on the table, but they’re not all created equal.
The Star brings forth energies of renewal and rejuvenation. Old wounds are healing, and it seems that the New Year has done wonders in bringing forth new ideas, ways of thinking, and opportunities.
However, the 7 of Swords warns that you may need to be careful in selecting from this new array of opportunities. Just because something seems nice on the surface doesn’t mean it’s exactly blessed by the Universe — use your intuition and discernment like always.
In other words, newness and sweetness are here, waiting for you! Just don’t assume that’s all that is popping up, and don’t get lost in the allure of the New Year, either.
Judgement & 10 of Cups (Reversed)
Cancer has their eye on the prize even if the prize seems as far away as ever.
With Judgement on the table, you can rest assured that now is a time to get in touch with your true, honest vision. There’s no room for skating around what you want or what is honest to your truest intentions and values.
However, the 10 of Cups reversed indicates that it may be hard to make peace with this since your dreams and ideals may not align with the current opportunities in front of you.
Nonetheless, you’ll have to trust in what is true to that sweet Cancerian spirit — not what seems “realistic” on paper or what is most socially acceptable.
The Sun & 2 of Cups (Reversed)
Leo is finding their way to happiness one way or another, even if others aren’t on board.
With the 2 of Cups reversed, it may feel like it’s hard to find common ground even with those who you’re usually close with this month. Everyone’s wrapped up in their New Year business, and it’s sometimes hard to make the heart-to-heart connection we need.
Nonetheless, nothing is stopping the brave and bold lion from getting their sunshine.
The Sun indicates that this month is still all about finding and connecting with your true vision for yourself, your own joy, and self-realization — whether or not others are along for the ride with you.
Don’t forget to check out: Capricorn Season is Here — Here’s Exactly What You Need to Know
The Chariot & 3 of Swords
Virgo has a mixed bag of energies for this month, although you’ve likely seen it all before.
January has a mix of heartbreak (3 of Swords) and victory (The Chariot) for Virgo this month, with pain and pleasure all intermingling. Kind of like the feeling of working out an old muscle, you may find that a little bit of achiness may lead to a lot of success.
And truthfully, working hard, even in times when it hurts or is hard, is not all that new to the hardworking and adaptable sign of Virgo. This month is a lot of the same old, even if it’s coming up in a new context.
So just remind yourself when the going gets tough: you’ve been here before and can do it again!
Justice & 9 of Swords (Reversed)
Libra is using this month to balance themselves out in true Libra fashion.
Justice is your forte, after all. You’re using the powers of your strong intellect, willpower, foresight, and values in order to tip the scales back in your favor, especially after the energy of last year may have tired you out.
Plus, the 9 of Swords reversed indicates that you’re putting old anxieties, unnecessary worries, and negative thought patterns behind you — or at least making the conscious effort to do so.
While it may not be an overnight success, this energy is certainly productive and isn’t something to dismiss. Use it to your best ability, and you may find yourself with one of the more well-rounded and balanced starts to the New Year.
The Hierophant (Reversed) & 10 of Wands
Scorpio, remember that you don’t have to do it all on your own.
Although The Hierophant reversed points to your aversion to relying on traditional methods or possibly asking authority figures in your life for help, the 10 of Wands indicates that this month can take a toll on you if you’re not willing to pass the torch a little.
While your dedication to doing it your own way is admirable, asking for help is not always the cop-out you may think it is. It’s one thing to stick to your principles and another to grow a little too far into stubbornness.
This month is about being honest with where that line is. Stay true to who you are, but don’t deplete yourself entirely to do so.
Make sure to check in on the January 2023 astrology calendar!
Strength & Ace of Cups (Reversed)
Even when sweetness and opportunity are lacking for Sagittarius, you seem to find your way through in true optimistic archer fashion.
The Ace of Cups reversed foretells that love and compassion may not easily find their way to you this month, Sagittarius. It may feel like others are either ignoring you or simply not finding the time to prioritize your feelings, which can definitely sting.
Nonetheless, Strength shows that you’re likely to pull through and only grow stronger as you step further into your own independence and individual strengths.
The boons and blessings you get this month may seem limited initially, Sagittarius — until you remember that they’re likely just self-made!
The Hermit & 9 of Wands (Reversed)
Although Capricorn faced The Hermit reversed last month, January 2023 sees this card right-side-up for you now!
This card indicates that your sense of wisdom, understanding of self, and ability to assess what’s happening around you feel much more restored and focused.
Plus, with the 9 of Wands reversed showing up to remove hesitation, excess caution, or exerting energy reading the room excessively to make even one step forward, you’re moving forward much more confidently this month.
If you prioritize these assets and take advantage of them, you may find that this month is one of the most powerful kickoffs to a New Year just yet!
The World & 4 of Cups
Aquarius has their eye on the prize… which may make the current state of affairs seem rather droll.
The World points to completion and fulfillment, and you’re definitely aiming for this outcome. You’re approaching this year with the classic Aquarian idealism that you’re known and loved for.
However, the 4 of Cups hints that with this may come, ironically, a bit of boredom and dissatisfaction with your current day-to-day. When you think so far ahead and so imaginatively, everything pales in comparison.
The key is not to write off those dreams entirely but to find a healthy balance between thinking ahead and also existing presently. This month is about finding that balance.
The Fool (Reversed) & 6 of Cups
Sentimental Pisces may struggle with the transition into the New Year.
The Fool reversed highlights how you may be feeling off your A-game this month, suddenly questioning your own expertise and ability to do anything right.
However, this energy is only difficult if you let it easily influence your actions. The 6 of Cups indicates that productivity likely lies in your memories — think of times when you were successful, overcame difficulty, and came out on top.
Before acting on impulse, let yourself intuitively and emotionally explore your heart and what is true within there — you’ve got a wealth of insight within you. Tune in there before taking the next steps!
How to Start Off 2023 Strong
The Tarot has spoken, and your cards are here to light up the path for the first month of January 2023!
This information can be crucial to helping you start off on the right foot, helping you know what is to come so that you can approach it all with the best possible mindset and attitude (that can set you up for true success).
Of course, you can always refer to more than one source along the way (like checking in with the Tarot cards on a more personal level or maybe seeing what’s up with your daily horoscope).
With all of these resources at your disposal, it seems almost meant to be that your 2023 is meant to start off strong!
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