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If you're reading this, congratulations. You survived 2020. However, the healing has just begun. It would be foolish to expect just flipping the calendar would cure COVID-19, end racism, or fix the economy, so it's important to be ready for hard work in the new year. Yes, that's going to take some time, but if 2020 taught us anything, it's how to take care of ourselves and our community. In 2021, that's a lesson we'll put into place, and there is a lot to be hopeful for. A rare conjunction between Uranus and Saturn will bring people with opposing viewpoints together to talk things out. Lucky Jupiter camps out in progressive Aquarius for most of the year, pointing to opportunities for change. And, as always, eclipses and Mercury retrogrades promise to keep your love life interesting. Keep reading to see what's in the stars for 2021, and click on your sign to see how the planets directly affect you.
The most important astrological event of the year is the clashing of innovative Uranus, which is in reliable Taurus, and strict Saturn, which is in eccentric Aquarius. While we feel the effects of these transits all year long, the two planets square on Wednesday, February 17, again on Monday, June 14, and finally on Friday, December 24. Fittingly, this occurs only occurs every 22 and a half years and signifies power struggles between conservative politics and more progressive and modern thinking. While there are myriad implications for this transit, on a large scale, it may signify political progress after the chaos of 2020. All we can hope is that those in power are ready to put their egos aside for the sake of the people.
Pluto, the ruler of the underworld, goes retrograde starting Tuesday, April 27 through Wednesday, October 6 in hardworking Capricorn. When this planet goes retrograde, society looks hard at what must be left behind so better ways of living can take its place. Because this cycle occurs in Capricorn, which governs wealth, these dates may indicate efforts to redistribute wealth and make financial amends from the economic fallout caused by COVID-19.
Isolation left many of us lonely and horny, and we may be more vulnerable to opening our hearts back up to past loves.
All of this is hard work and will require good communication. There are three Mercury retrogrades to watch out for this year, which affect how we relate to each other. The first occurs in Aquarius from Saturday, January 30 to Saturday, February 20. The communication planet goes retrograde again in Gemini from Saturday, May 29 to Tuesday, June 22. The third and final Mercury retrograde of this year occurs in Libra from Monday, September 27 to Monday, October 18. While the usual warnings apply (watch out for travel delays, typos, and avoid signing important paperwork) what we all really need to watch out for is the return of exes. Isolation left many of us lonely and horny, and we may be more vulnerable to opening our hearts back up to past loves. If you don't already have one, consider talking to a therapist this year. Having a neutral source to chat with may help you decide how to handle anyone who reaches out to rekindle an old flame.
Circle the dates of these four eclipses in your 2021 calendar. A lunar eclipse on Wednesday, May 26 in Sagittarius kicks things off, followed by a solar eclipse in Gemini on Thursday, June 10, a lunar eclipse on Friday, November 19 in Taurus, and finally a solar eclipse on Saturday, December 4 in Sagittarius. Each of these can bring unexpected change, news, or sudden endings, so it's best to lay low and avoid the drama.
Astrology can't fix everything that happened in 2020 by promising 2021 will be magic, but it can say that healing takes front and center stage.
Lucky planet Jupiter is in rebel Aquarius for most of the year, bestowing goodwill on those who advocate for change. The knowledgeable planet briefly leaves Aquarius and enters wise Pisces from Thursday, May 13 to Wednesday, July 28, before stationing there for a year beginning on Tuesday, December 28. The brief visit to Pisces in the middle of the year will help point out which areas of your life need attention, so carve out time for meditation to keep your head clear.
Finally, 2021 starts to come to a close when the goddess of love, beauty, and abundance, Venus, goes retrograde in hardworking Capricorn on Sunday, December 19. Remember, when any planet goes retrograde it gives us a chance to review and redo that area of our life that planet affects. For some of us, this could cause a stagnant period of evaluation in our love lives, while others will see much-anticipated financial change. Astrology can't guarantee everything that happened in 2020 will be magically fixed in 2021, but it can say that healing takes front and center stage. Read your sign's horoscope to see what areas of your life need extra attention.
2021 Predictions, By Zodiac Sign
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
2021 is major for your love life Aries, but only if you drop the drama. As the world starts to heal from the pains of 2020, you need to let go of any habits that may have developed while isolating that no longer serve you. This year brings opportunities for magnificent love, as long as you don't ruin it with an infamous Aries temper tantrum. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Last year left you with plenty of time to think, Taurus, and 2021 wants you to act on your desires because you are worth it. This will likely manifest most obviously in your professional life, so don't be surprised if you leave one job for something bigger and better that fills your soul. Practice self-care and don't for a second forget your worth, or else you could risk missing out on an opportunity made for you. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
After the economic chaos of 2020, this year offers you opportunities to rebuild and grow professionally, but it won't be easy for you or anyone else, Gemini. The hard work and effort you put in last year will start to pay off, but you'll need to keep up some of the momentum. An eclipse in your sign brings a burst of unexpected news, further encouraging your personal growth that the new year brings. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
2020 kept you so busy that you started crab-walking in circles, Cancer. You're an expert when it comes to taking care of other people, but 2021 asks you to let other people take care of you. This may be hard to do, as it can be difficult to admit when you're vulnerable, but I pinkie promise that it's for your own health and happiness. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
You are ruled by the sun, Leo, so you were actually born to be in the spotlight. Social distancing was hard for everyone, but it's possible it affected your sign the most, leaving you to get creative. As the world starts to heal in 2021, you'll feel like a lion trapped in a cage bursting to get out. When you do, you'll want to say yes to every date and every opportunity, but beware of short-term thinking, Leo. Your 2021 mission is to practice patience and be discerning. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
As the healer of the zodiac, 2020 kept you busy, Virgo. When you weren't out there giving out masks and delivering meals you became an emotional net for friends and family, and it's likely you over-extended yourself. This year, it may be helpful to work through the trauma you've experienced, either by getting a therapist, meditating, or simply making more time for long walks. Doing things that make you feel calm and balanced may just help you erect boundaries to bring in healthier relationships. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
As the sign of partnerships and balance, 2020 did a number on you. Not only was the world total chaos, but you had to primarily switch to flirting via sext, which while fun, is not the same as batting your eyelashes in real life. However, you still managed to get your fair share of attention. This year offers a chance at healthy, stable, and long-term love, you just need to keep your eyes and heart open. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
The pains of 2020 may have brought out your dark side, Scorpio. That doesn't make you a supervillain but it does mean that you may have raised your stinger a few times to pick fights with those closest to you. But that's okay; if the last year has taught us anything, it's that life can be hard, and we all deserve a little more grace. Now that you know how you react in some situations, do what you can to stop giving in to any overly aggressive tendencies. Your friendships will benefit from keeping a cooler head. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Last year was rough on everyone, Sagittarius, but you felt it super hard. As a fire sign who loves to be the life of the party, when parties were canceled, you may have wondered what the point of it all was — and given into doom-scrolling as a substitute. This year, you'll find purpose again. 2021 asks you to prioritize your health, both mental and emotional. You'll feel much better when you start listening and tending to your needs. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Hello, dear Capricorn. Pay attention, because you're going to like what you read. After the hellscape that was 2020, this year puts your career and money center stage. In particular, you will benefit from leaning into what you love and whatever it is that brings you the most satisfaction. While we all must take what we can get in this economy, this year asks you to take risks and reap the financial rewards. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
You care about your community, Aquarius, and the events of 2020 gave you plenty of chances to keep busy by lending a hand. Whether you became your family's point person and organizer of Zoom holidays or dove into activism, you likely stayed so busy tending to others that you forgot about your own needs. Now, 2021 shines a spotlight on you, precious water bearer, and it's time to step into it. Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Your psychic and empathic abilities are what make you so magical, Pisces, but the weight of the world in 2020 became too much for you. As a result, you probably used stay-at-home orders to retreat a little bit too much. This year asks you to come out of your fishbowl and grace us with your humor and pretty face. Expect major changes in your friend group that overlap with your love life. Are you secretly in love with your best friend? Read your full 2021 horoscope here.
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