Monthly Astrology Forecast for January 2021

Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.

Pandora Astrology Monthly Forecast

Long-Term Shifts in 2021

2020 ended with a planetary conjunction that displaced the feel of that year and put in place a new, lighter and brighter, feel which sets the tone of the year. This is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which happens about every 20 years and combines the hope and promise of Jupiter with the restrictions and discipline of Saturn. These two disparate planetary themes combine to form what I’ve named the “Wisdom Hot Degree,” which is 0º Aquarius, the meeting-place of Jupiter and Saturn. Whatever house this occupies in your chart will be a place where you will experience growth opportunities this year, and you will also face reality checks and some hard lessons. The Wisdom Hot Degree expires in late December 2021, so its effects last all year.  

In 2021, we Pandora Astrologers expect the covid pandemic to end and some state of normalcy to return. One main reason for this is that the Pandemic Hot Degree (P.H.D.) expired in the middle of December 2020, which brought a sense that the light at the end of the tunnel had appeared, though we were not out of the tunnel yet. Such an expiry doesn’t bring effects overnight, because the P.H.D was rooted in a Saturn/Pluto conjunction which has a much longer cycle (approximately 35 years) than Saturn/Jupiter one (just 20 years), but the P.H.D. did drive bad behavior due to a general feeling of oppression among humans, and that feeling has already begun to lift. From here, it gets better, and likely it does so faster than we thought. 

The other reason we expect normalcy (or something like it) to return is that 2021 has a few planetary events in it, but nothing as large, dramatic and heavy-feeling as 2020 did. The P.H.D. was not only heavy and painful, it was also triggered by Jupiter and Mars several times each during the course of the year, bringing those negative sensations of painful entrapment right up in our faces, making them impossible to ignore. This year, nothing like that is happening. There are just two planetary aspects: one being Saturn in a harmonious sextile with Chiron and the other places Saturn in a stressful square with Uranus. Neither of these multipass transits is being triggered by Jupiter, Mars, or any other planet. These aspects suggest work that needs doing, but it’s work that is doable, not work that feels impossible or insane. 

The year also begins with a large pile of planets in Aquarius, bringing an emphasis on groups, community and tribe. Aquarius is a much lighter and brighter feeling sign than heavy and dour Capricorn. This is a distinct shift in tone.

Is love coming your way in 2021? Due for a career break?
Find out the details of the changes coming and their very specific timing–
so you can prepare to turn the cosmic tides in your favor!

The Character of 2021:

In this video we discuss the feel and the character of 2021, including Saturn’s aspects with Chiron and Uranus and the tone-setting pile-up in Aquarius going on at the beginning of the year. We also discuss times of the year when you should begin large projects—and when you shouldn’t.

During 2021, Pluto is in Capricorn, Uranus is in Taurus, Neptune is in Pisces and Chiron is in Aries–exactly as they were in 2020. This video explains what these long-tern “planetary eras” mean, and for these 4 planets, it still applies: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020. As of 2021, Saturn and Jupiter are no longer in Capricorn, so that part of the video no longer applies, but our videos about Saturn in Aquarius and Jupiter in Aquarius will bring you current. 

Our 2021 News Playlist includes these topics and more
It will be updated throughout the year with videos that are relevant for 2021.
And if you missed the videos we made about covid during 2020,
Our 2021 News Playlist is still up.

How do January’s planetary movements affect you?

Check this YouTube playlist for Pandora Astrology’s horoscopes this month and watch the one for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. 

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts. How will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Mercury Retrogrades in 2021

Mercury begins January moving in a forward direction, which is always helpful for working on projects of all kinds, especially writing projects. But you’ll want to aim to finish bigger projects during the first 3 weeks of February because a Mercury retrograde period is coming on the 30th and it will last through most of February. Begin winding things down as early as February 24th while Mercury slows and prepares to turn retrograde. That way you’ll be alert for whatever the upcoming Mercury retrograde period throws at you. 

Mercury goes retrograde three times every year, for about 3 weeks each time and usually all in the same element. In 2021, Mercury’s retrograde periods fall in Air signs, which tend to toggle between cerebral and social. This one’s going to happen in Aquarius, so you may experience miscommunications with friends or in community contexts. Also watch out if you’re in the sciences or research—check your data twice.

How will this affect our capacity to think clearly, to communicate effectively and to organize our lives? How will it impact our social lives? Watch our news video to find out:


The sign of Capricorn heralds the beginning of true winter. In the deepest darkness, light begins to be born. We gather around the hearth fire and hibernate, conserving our energy. Capricorn is a Cardinal Earth sign. The Cardinal driving force of Capricorn takes the form of ambition, fueled by scarcity and the ability to accept limitations and turn them into benefits. Capricorn is the ultimate lemons-into-lemonade sign. This year Capricorn runs from December 21 to January 20.

This year Aquarius begins on January 20. As a Fixed Air sign, Aquarius is stubborn-minded, believing that ideals are the most important thing. Aquarius is humanitarian, the sign under which community gathers in winter, so that people may bind together to make it through the cold, harsh times. The European pagan festival of Brigid (February 2, adapted by the Catholic Church as Candlemas) involves the lighting of candles to remind us that there is light in the darkness and that the light is now increasing as the days grow longer.

If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.

Happy Birthday, Capricorn!

Here is your monthly horoscope for January:
“You Look Mahvellous!”

It’s your birthday month and lovely Venus is in YOUR sign, ready to help you upgrade your personal style and have you looking great. The Leo Full Moon brings recognition for your generosity in your intimate relationships and watch for a lot of focus on finances this month and next month too. These topics and more in your January horoscope.

January’s Horoscopes Have Arrived

If you want to know how the sky news of December 2021 affects your sign,
check your horoscope here
Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. 

Beginner’s Class: Cosmic Companions

There is so much more to you than just your Sun sign. Your astrology chart describes the drama of your life—bursting with colorful characters wearing odd costumes and occupying lush scenery. Psychologists call these characters “archetypes” and they are a universal part of human experience. In this beginner’s astrology class, you’ll meet the archetypes of astrology, our “cosmic companions.” You’ll learn the elements of personality and character and how they fit together into complex human beings. If you know bits and pieces about astrology, this will fill in the gaps for you. It covers the 10 planets, 12 signs and 12 houses, as well as giving you a fundamental understanding of the beautifully coherent system astrology is. 

Find out more about the class


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

“Newborn Ambitions, Phoenix Rising”
New Moon in 23º Capricorn
January 12, 2021

January’s New Moon features Pluto themes: death and rebirth, metamorphosis. There’s not a lot of stress in this Moon, but plenty of harmony from Vesta and Neptune. It’s time to let go of the darkness of 2020 and move into the light of 2021—this Moon will help us do exactly that, as long as we let go of attachment to the fear and paranoia.

“Be Recognized For Your Generosity”
Full Moon in 9º Leo
January 28, 2021

This Moon plays off the new Wisdom Hot Degree (Jupiter and Saturn in 0º Aquarius), helping us be wiser by following through on our promises. The feeling of generosity and expansiveness is rooted in the Fiery nature of this Moon. This is a Moon in which heated emotions and a sense of rebellion against authority must be managed in our greater world and also in our personal relationships. And when we do, we discover better and better opportunities for healing. It’s a busy Moon with a lot going on—find out what it all means.

Your January horoscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.

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