What does the month ahead, January 2021, hold?
Here, we have each star sign’s tarotscope for the first month of the New Year, highlighting the three tarot cards that have been drawn for your sign and breaking down what they mean for you.
You’ll also find a key action for each sign.
Check your horoscope for the month ahead below.
What star sign are you?
- Aries: March 21 to April 20
- Taurus: April 21 to May 21
- Gemini: May 22 to June 21
- Cancer: June 22 to July 23
- Leo: July 24 to August 23
- Virgo: August 24 to September 23
- Libra: September 24 to October 23
- Scorpio: October 24 to November 22
- Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21
- Capricorn: December 22 to January 21
- Aquarius: January 22 to February 19
- Pisces: February 20 to March 20
Tarot cards for January: Five of Wands, Six of Swords, Five of Coins.
Meaning: Action needed.
Now listen, Aries, whatever happens in January that ticks you off, creates stress, or makes you feel pressured or angry – pay attention to it.
The Five of Wands and Five of Coins show that long-standing issues may re-surface and cause some angst, but see this as a positive thing. Why? Because you are being clearly and boldly shown exactly what things you need to leave behind in your life, and walk into 2021 having put behind you.
The Six of Swords shows that letting go of old baggage and burdens this month will feel empowering and enlightening.
Let reality be reality, and let life show you the areas that have gotten toxic or overwhelming, and resolve to make changes there. This stress is a gift. It’s a clear and present signal towards the things you need to cut out of your daily life.
Tarot cards for January: Three of Swords, Judgment, Three of Coins.
Meaning: Wise up.
You are torn between friends, or priorities, or loyalties, or roles. The competing Three of Swords vs the Three of Coins shows that you feel neglected or even abused in one place, and appreciated and rewarded in another, and it’s making you want to switch your allegiances and investments of time, energy and emotion.
Don’t ignore these feelings, and don’t just let the status quo continue. Act on your insights, and use them to redesign your life to reflect your new understanding about where you’re best appreciated.
Judgment shows this is a critical turning point for you. You feel older, wiser and shrewder about who with, and how, you spend your time.
You recognise what you want, what you’re good at, where you’re valued, and you don’t want to waste time bothering anywhere else now. Life is short. We’re here for a good time, not a long time. Make it count.
Tarot cards for January: Six of Cups, The Moon, Queen of Swords.
Meaning: A blast from the past.
A big, pleasing and totally unexpected surprise comes hurtling into your life this January from your past, as shown by the secretive Moon card and the nostalgic Six of Cups.
It could be a new revelation about an event that you misunderstood, and now you discover what really happened. It could be a past friend, lover or colleague who you once held great affection for. It could be a role or activity that once held you captivated, but it faded away.
Guess who’s back? Indeed. You’ll never guess, so don’t even try, just let this happy reunion unfold.
The Queen of Swords shows it will make you feel stronger in some way, and that, eventually, I don’t think this person/activity/revelation will remain for long in your world, but their presence now will make a difference and create a new understanding about yourself and your past. It will be useful, and maybe even a catalyst for lasting changes.
Let’s wait and see who/what turns up…
Tarot cards for January: Page of Wands, Seven of Cups, Five of Coins)
Meaning: Review the situation.
Many people think that it’s not the things that happen to us that define our lives, but how we react to them, and frame them in our life story. The Five of Coins means you are going to get a chance to practice this theory this month ahead, by reframing an old event that, up till now, you see as negative and painful.
There are no new details, insights or information forthcoming, this is simply and purely an exercise in your imagination, as shown by the creative-thinking Seven of Cups.
This is about you looking back, with hindsight, and reframing the story into the bigger picture of your life now. Looking for wisdom, life lessons, messages, and positives or silver linings.
Usually, we find that hard times change us for the better in the long run, building character and resilience, and maybe making us change course towards more fulfilling or prosperous avenues.
The Page of Wands means that you might not hit upon the answers right away, this could be a January-long project. Looking at the event from different angles, from others’ point of view, from your position now. Keep trying new lenses, until the a-ha moments flow in. Which they will, I promise. This is a worthwhile exercise.
Tarot cards for January: King of Swords, Death, Ten of Swords.
Meaning: Cut ties.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Leo, you are tough, especially when you feel you’re being taken advantage of, or wasting your precious and much-requested energy.
The King and Ten of Swords combine forces to make you unstoppable this January. And the target of your intentions is to end something that you now believe is becoming too difficult and draining to justify continuing. You feel angry actually, and you are itching to sever these ties and cut this toxic presence out of your life.
These emotions are reinforced by an understanding of, and insight into, what has really been going on, and how you’ve been manipulated or leaned on unfairly. Enough is enough!
Death shows that this severance is important in many ways. Largely because it signals the end of a cycle, which leaves room and space for new and rejuvenating energy and opportunity to flow into your life, which it will.
You have been focusing on the wrong thing, and your change of heart is necessary and welcome. When you cull this role or person or activity from your life, you will sense a shift in mood and expectations. You will feel so much better.
Tarot cards for January: Two of Cups, The Lovers, The Fool.
Meaning: New romance.
Well, if you are single, Virgo, you might not be by the end of January. And if you’re already in love, then expect things to go up a notch in terms of intimacy, intensity and romance.
The Lovers and Two of Cups are promising love cards, and show that strong feelings of affection, passion and admiration are swirling all around you. Whoever is the object of your affections right now, aim your charms at them, because you are irresistible.
The Fool is the first card of the tarot, its patron saint of new beginnings, and is a clear omen that this surge of love and affection creates a new beginning in your world. Perhaps it is that new, fledgling relationship, or perhaps it is a rekindling of your current one, or perhaps it is a signal that things can, and should, move to the ‘next level’ whatever that is. What do you want in love? What is your vision of love? Make it happen, because it’s within reach this month.
Tarot cards for January: The Hermit, Eight of Swords, Ace of Coins.
Meaning: New outlook.
So, lockdown or whatever lifestyle restrictions you’re facing right now is making an impact. The Hermit shows you have withdrawn from life a little, and are using the hiatus to take stock of your story so far and what might come next.
This is a welcome pause for you, actually, because you are still emotionally catching up on the events of 2020, and processing what it means personally, and if/how your plans need to adjust to the new reality.
The Ace of Coins shows nothing will radically change overnight, but you will embark on a steady path out of this that takes you in a new direction. The year ahead for you will be different to what you had imagined.
The Eight of Swords reveals that the driver of this change is about releasing self-limiting beliefs or behaviours that you now recognise have just held you back, kept you down, thwarted your confidence. You desperately want to get busy living again, and you can see the pointless ways you have gotten in your own way in the past. Never again. You feel older, wiser, and more appreciative than ever of the opportunities that lie ahead. Seize the day.
Tarot cards for January: Knight of Swords, Five of Cups, The Hanged Man)
Meaning: Look ahead.
You are a very private and guarded person, Scorpio, and that’s just your nature. No one realises what’s really going on, underneath, but I sense, with the Five of Cups, that you are dwelling on a regret or past event that caused you pain.
Some emotions are ‘sticky’, like grief or anger or guilt or shame, and they can plague us. The Hanged Man reveals that this enduring thread back to this unhappy moment in time is holding you back.
Scorpio, this event is in your past, and it cannot hurt you anymore. You are picking at a scab that needs to heal. Let it have air, and let it heal fully.
The Knight of Swords is like a cosmic kick in the bum, telling you to stop moping and start motoring ahead again. Be your own taskmaster, be your own counsellor and best friend, and give yourself the advice you know you’d give to someone you love. Which is simply that you survived this event, and it has made you stronger, and it cannot hurt you anymore. You are loved, appreciated, and valued, and we want you feeling comforted and peaceful in the present, and optimistic for the future. Stop looking back, and look ahead, because your future, trust me, is bright and beautiful.
Tarot cards for January: The Tower, Knight of Wands, Justice.
Meaning: Watch and see.
Just hang fire, just wait and see, just let things play out a little longer, Sagittarius, don’t react too quickly. I know these words may fall on deaf ears, because I know you are impetuous and spontaneous.
The Tower reveals something might kick off this month ahead, which makes you frown. It will be unexpected, and not entirely positive, and your knee-jerk response may be negative. The Knight of Wands sees you rushing in, head first and guns blazing, to try and fix it or challenge it or suppress it.
Pause. Please, pause.
Justice reveals there are powerful forces are at work here, and they are trying to untangle something complicated and long-standing. And this knot needs time to be worked loose. Let events unfold. Let life happen. In the end, this will work out for the best, but without your interference or (albeit well-meaning) input. Stand back, and wait. It will be alright in the end, don’t worry.
Tarot cards for January: Knight of Wands, Queen of Coins, Two of Swords.
A big decision looms this January, and it’s one you have dithered over a little, maybe putting off until ‘after Christmas’… well, the Two of Swords shows that the time to decide has arrived.
On the one hand, the Knight of Wands sees you wanting to take risk, make a move, play a bold hand. On the other hand, however, the Queen of Coins shows your natural caution kicking in, and a desire to maintain the current status quo is emerging.
I don’t know which way you will turn, but turn you must. To carry on procrastinating will mean that life will do this to you, rather than you being the doer. And you love control, Capricorn, you don’t like being ‘done to’.
So, make a list of pros and cons, give yourself a deadline, and make a firm choice. Then, get on with it.
Tarot cards for January: Six of Wands, The Devil, Eight of Coins
Meaning: Break the chain.
This card combination makes me think that this is the ideal month to break a bad habit that you’ve had enough of in your life. The stars are aligned to give you the willpower, desire and resilience to force a change for the better. Get to it!
The Devil is the card of temptation, paths of least resistance, self-limiting habits. The Eight of Coins is a hard-working and determined energy, which shows you have the power and fortitude, this January, to resist this path of least resistance, and make a lasting change. Take a stand against your worst self. Break the chain. It’s a New Year’s resolution that will actually stick, trust me.
The Six of Wands reveals that, if you do it this month, you will be successful. This is a victory card, and promises life will be better if you can release yourself from this pattern. What are you waiting for?
Tarot cards for January: Queen of Cups, Knight of Cups, Ace of Wands.
Meaning: Deep bonding.
I think someone is crushing on you, Pisces, and why wouldn’t they? You are one of the sexiest, most alluring and desirable signs of the zodiac, after all.
The Ace of Wands shows that new interest and inspiration is brewing, and this could mean a new romance, but I suppose it could allude to a deep friendship, or a powerful ally too (so, don’t fret if you’re already happily in love).
The Knight and Queen of Cups show this is a meeting of mind and spirit. This is a passionate connection, an instant spark, the sort of person you feel comfortable with and like you’ve known them all of your life. If you’re a spiritual person, you may even feel the twinges of a ‘twin flame’ bond, or a past life history.
However this manifests, know that your intuition is right. This person is meant to be in your life, and can be a lifelong partner and confidant, whatever role is appropriate. Invest in those you are drawn towards.
Kerry King, the tarot queen, uses tarot and star sign wisdom to create inspiring forecasts and insights, with over 25 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients all over the world. You can book a personal, written reading, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, through her website.
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