The New Year Is Kicking Off With a Full Moon, and That Means One Thing: Magic

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Astrologer Jennifer Racioppi is here with wellness-friendly celestial predictions for everyone, no matter what your sun sign is. Settle in, because the first week of 2018 is going to be eventful—with everything from a full moon to a "cosmic shot of double espresso" and the perfect day to make some #boss moves.

Monday, January 1

Happy New Year. 2018 kicks off with a full moon in Cancer at 11 degrees in a perfect trine to Neptune—the planet of spirituality. Hello magic! Since Cancer relates to home, you may just want to spend this holiday at your abode working on your hygge and mystical moon manifestations. With the sun in a sextile to Neptune to boot, this potent full moon offers plenty of mojo to conjure your desires. So spruce up your altar and get ready for some stellar lunar vibes tonight. (The full moon is at 9:34 p.m. EST.) Envision what you wish to create this year, and commit to releasing what no longer serves you.

Tuesday, January 2

With life getting back in full swing after the holidays, Uranus, the planet of revolution and change, stations direct. Having been retrograde since August 3, this electrifying planet perks up just for the start of the year. Get ready for what might feel like a cosmic shot of double espresso. Simultaneously, with the sun in Capricorn continuing to sextile Neptune in Pisces, you don’t want to underestimate the uplifting, life-affirming, powers of music, either. So turn up the tunes and get into a flow state—exactly where you want to be to kick January off in all earnest. Listen to music that wakes your up mind, body, and soul, and allow the supportive powers of Neptune in Pisces move your spirit. Shake off the holidays. Shake off 2017.

Wednesday, January 3

The heart-opening blend of cosmic blessings continues today as Venus, the planet of love and beauty, follows the sun and makes a perfect sextile to mystical Neptune, too. Drop into a heart-centered meditation, get to a slow-flow (maybe even candlelit) yoga class, dab a few drops of your favorite essential oil on your wrist, and sink into this luscious start to the new year. Focus on what you wish to conjure in 2018. Do your part to let the love in. Visualize your intentions as though they’ve already happened.

Thursday, January 4

The moon travels through upbeat, playful Leo all day today—meaning the high vibes continue. With the holiday hangovers subsiding and the back-to-reality transition here, now’s the time to kick your workout into high gear. As you go after your optimal workout, though, don’t forget your workout fashion, either. After all, when the moon’s in Leo, it’s time to rock your best attire, too. So please do wear your new neon leggings or cheetah print yoga pants (when the moon’s in Leo, nothing is too flashy). Lead with joy, and get your sweat on, while having some fun with your fashion, too.

Friday, January 5

As the first work week of 2018 closes out, the cosmos continue to roll out positive aspects. The powerful transits keep coming all weekend (hello, good luck Jupiter conjoining with mighty Mars), so you want to take advantage of this today at work. Do you have an important email to send or pitch to make? Use the applying Jupiter/Mars conjunction to your advantage and be assertive in the office today. When it comes to your workout, you may want to find your way to a pool—after all, this auspicious alignment between Jupiter and Mars happens in water sign (Scorpio), making it a powerful time for aqua aerobics. No pool? No problem. You can still capitalize on the healing powers of water by creating an Instagram-worthy bath for yourself. Try adding Epsom salt, essential oils, and few floating flowers. Relax into tonight. You’ve earned it.

Saturday, January 6

Today the planet of action, Mars, conjoins with Jupiter, the planet of good luck. Simultaneously, Mercury, who rules communication, makes a perfect trine to Uranus, the planet of breakthrough. In English? Astrologically speaking, today rocks! So let your life rock, too. Even with Mercury making a cranky aspect to Chiron (the wounded healer) you can stand in your resilience and go after what you want. Work on your mindset. Repeat positive affirmations. Believe in your ability to make a difference. Meditate on what you want.

Sunday, January 7

You did it, you made it through the first week of the new year. Even though the moon travels in relationship-focused Libra today, do not skip self-care Sunday. Take time to nourish yourself. Be sure to drink your green juice, go easy on the sugar (or preferably go sugar-free) and create space to meditate. The high vibes of 2018 continue, and you'll want your presence to be on point to catapult your life forward. The first two weeks of the new year offer strong potential. Use them to your advantage.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women's health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success.

Another thing to think about as we begin a new year: Why not make it all about love? (Hint: You're gonna need a strong heart chakra.)

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