Your Weekly Horoscope for January 23 to 29: Changes in the Retrogrades

January 23, 2022

The week begins when Mercury retrograde conjuncts the sun on Sunday, January 23. The conjunct aligns the regressing mentality with the radical ego, representing a breakthrough in the Mercurial mishaps. Some unusually strong opinions, ideas, and ideologies may come out!

Whatever is said could be fated as Mercury retrograde in Aquarius trines the North Node in Taurus on Wednesday, January 26. Consider any revelations, mishaps, and miscommunication as valuable incentives for redirection. Retrograde issues could come to a dramatic end when Mercury retrograde conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn on Friday, January 28. Finally, Friday kicks off a weekend of healing as the sun in Aquarius sextiles Chiron in Aries. The Wounded Warrior is encouraged to find unique ways to honor and heal its quirks.

The Sea-Goat Initiative

Mars leaves the Archer for the Sea-Goat on Monday, January 24. Now in Capricorn, Mars reports to Iron grip Saturn which holds Mars steady on its course of action. Throughout this transit, Mars is practical regarding the long-term impact of our actions. Ambition, anger, and lust have karmic undertones. Ideally, Mars in Capricorn is well-timed, highly accountable for all it does or doesn’t initiate. When Mars in Capricorn is ready, it begins at the foundation of its ambition. To make the most of Mars in Capricorn, write down checklists, to-dos, and your goals. Steadily work toward your desires to produce something tangible as success maintains Mars in Capricorn’s productivity!

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde enters Capricorn on Tuesday, January 25. Now in Capricorn, Mercury retrograde feels more mentally grounded. It could be easier to put together the puzzle pieces, think through your actions before taking the initiative, and practically view retrograde shadiness. Communication will likely take on a more grounded approach, which can cut down the potential gray area of miscommunication. Since Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, Mercury retrograde may initiate handling mishaps and miscommunication. 

MORE: Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn: Astrology, Meaning & Horoscopes

Growing and Glowing with Venus

Venus stations direct in Capricorn on Sunday, January 29. From December 19 to now, Venus retrograde did disrupt the flow of money, romance, art, and commitments. It was the time to consider the long-term commitments of each Venusian theme. Now direct, Venus in Capricorn is ready to review the practicality of its commitments. Love is matured, likely prioritizing the relationships that will stand the test of time while getting rid of irresponsible or unrealistic partnerships. Money becomes more balanced as Venus in Capricorn will conservatively budget to build up that nest egg. Art and beauty taken on a classic tone as Venus in Capricorn imply that less is more. As we move forward with Venus, we are encouraged to lean into self-mastery!

Major Transits of the Week

1/23 — Mercury retrograde conjuncts the Sun in Aquarius

1/24 — Mars enters Capricorn

1/25 — Mercury retrograde enters Capricorn

1/26 — Mercury retrograde in Capricorn trines North Node in Taurus

1/28 — Mercury retrograde conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn, Sun in Aquarius sextiles Chiron in Aries

1/29 — Venus stations direct in Capricorn

MORE: Keep track of all retrograde and astrological transits with our Astrology Calendar.

Your Weekly Horoscope for January 23


When Mars enters Capricorn, you will feel especially ambitious chasing after your career goals. Committing to professional excellence will be easier to do too as Venus stations direct at the end of the week!


With both Mercury retrograde and Mars entering Capricorn this week, you may be ready to learn and explore but lack a clear direction. As Venus stations direct, you may have a better idea of what venture is worth the commitment.


It may not be time to transform or deepen your commitments with Mercury retrograde entering Capricorn. However, Mars can give you a sense of direction—perfect for when Venus stations direct!


Relationships are in question when Mercury retrograde enters Capricorn. Although Mars is ready to take action in your commitments, you could be wary of forging forward until Venus stations direct later on.


Everyday life and work are about to get comically misdirected when Mercury retrograde enters Capricorn. Luckily, Mars entering Capricorn will plan accordingly—perfect for backing up important files at work or being more thorough in your daily routines!


Mercury retrograde in Capricorn will be pondering what brings joy to your life while Mars in Capricorn will want to explore your options. When Venus stations direct, you may have a better relationship with dating and artistic expression.

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With both Mars and Mercury retrograde entering Capricorn, you may have some unexpected drama at home! Family issues could surface, but you will feel better about your dynamics once Venus stations direct at the end of the week.


Holding conversations could be frustrating with both Mercury retrograde and Mars entering Capricorn this week. Watch your tone, turf, and timing. Whatever is said could impact your decisions regarding a few of your relationships when Venus stations direct!


Mercury retrograde and Mars enter Capricorn, which could fuel your mind to consider new ways to make money, budget, or define value. It could be easier to commit to your fiscal game plan when Venus stations direct later in the week!


Mars, Mercury retrograde, and Venus retrograde are all impacting your sense of self, causing you to feel conflicted about showing up in the world. By the end of the week, you will feel ready to commit to self-love when Venus stations direct.


Although Mars, Mercury retrograde, and Venus retrograde are affecting your subconscious, you could come out with a different perspective post-retrograde. Luckily, the sun enters your sign, giving you the confidence to be your authentic self!


There could be some technical issues and changes in your friendships when Mercury retrograde and Mars enters Capricorn. You may find that your commitment to certain communities or dreams is defined later in the week when Venus station direct.