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Aquarius Horoscope 2021: What the Stars Predict for You This Year

This year, try to let your guard down a bit. Being vulnerable is actually a strength.
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Read your sign's monthly horoscope to see what the universe has in store for you, or check out the Aquarius personality profile.

Welcome to 2021, Aquarius, and congrats on surviving 2020. Despite your aloof nature, your emotions run deep, and the stress of the pandemic has taken a toll on you. As an intellectual air sign, you used your brain try to stay busy rather than sink into despair. You may have found yourself busy organizing virtual family get-togethers or anti-racism fundraisers. While both are honorable tasks, you must be exhausted. It's likely that you may be in need of a little care and attention yourself these days. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, Aquarius, and if you want attention, you're going to have to allow yourself to be a little vulnerable and ask for support. Your task for 2021 is to break down your walls, as well as to learn to put yourself first.

Your season begins on Tuesday, January 19, giving you no excuse not to start celebrating yourself early in the year. Remind your friends and family that it's your birthday, but let them do the work. When Aquarians aren't trying to help others, they may give in to isolation, and separate themselves rather than deal with what's going on in the world. None of that is going to fly this year, as the planets are lining up to give you much-deserved recognition. 

Your ruling planet, independent Uranus, will be in Taurus all year and your 4th House of Home and Family. The planet squares off with responsible Saturn, your sign, Aquarius, in your 1st House of Self, on Wednesday, February 17, again on Monday, June 14, and finally on Friday, December 24. This transit only happens every 22 and a half years, and fittingly, marks periods of time where conservative politics clash with more progressive and radical ideas. So what does that mean for you?

An Aquarian trope is that you can become so concerned about your community that you forget to pay attention to your inner circle. The water bearer may create a fundraiser or share their personal artwork on social media but forget to text back friends and lovers. While this can sometimes be true, there's another part to you that's overlooked. Often, the person you neglect the most isn't your partner or best friend, but yourself. This year asks you to start a self-care regimen that will help bolster you so that you can properly step into the spotlight. Professionally and creatively, this means stepping away from behind-the-scenes work and becoming brave enough to put your name and face out there. You deserve the attention!

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Due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, many of us have opted out of seeing our family for the holidays, even if our loved ones might not have agreed with our assessments of risk. As your 1st House of Self clashes with your 4th House of Home, 2021 also asks you to set up firmer boundaries with your family, both blood and chosen. Practice clearly stating your needs and using your backbone so that you don't back down.

There are three Mercury retrogrades this year for you to take note of. The first is in your sign from Saturday, January 30 to Saturday, February 20. The second is in Gemini from Saturday, May 29 to Tuesday, June 22, and finally, the last is in Libra from Monday, September 27 to Monday, October 18. While the first cycle in your sign may be the most intense personally, circle all of these dates, as communication mishaps occur and could get in the way of your task to establish boundaries. We hear a lot about exes returning during Mercury retrograde, but friends, family, and other folks you've previously cut ties with may also resurface and try to throw you off course. Don't let them. 

Lucky Jupiter is in Aquarius, and in your 1st House of Self, for most of the year, bestowing you with gifts. It can sometimes be harder for you to accept love than criticism, Aquarius, but remind yourself that you deserve it. With generous Jupiter in your sign, opportunities for work and money come your way. It would be a sin not to snatch them up in this economy. The healing planet briefly leaves your sign and enters Pisces in your 11th House of Friends from Thursday, May 13 to Wednesday, July 28, before stationing there for a year beginning on Tuesday, December 28. During this time, you may notice shifts in your social circle, but don't let these changes scare you. They are the result of erecting healthy boundaries; the universe wants you to have the best friends possible.  

There is a lunar eclipse on Wednesday, May 26 in Sagittarius, a solar eclipse in Gemini on Thursday, June 10, a lunar eclipse on Friday, November 19 in Taurus, and a solar eclipse on Saturday, December 4, also in Sagittarius. Circle all of these dates in your calendar, Aquarius, as eclipses can bring drama and unexpected news. That's not always a bad thing. In particular, the solar eclipse in Gemini and your 5th House of Pleasure on Thursday, June 10 may bring a new lover, or if you're already partnered, exciting relationship news. Some Aquarians may get engaged around this date. 

Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and abundance goes retrograde in Capricorn and your 12th House of the Unconscious on Sunday, December 19. When this planet reverses its path, it can be harder to express ourselves romantically. The House of Unconscious can also indicate a retreat. If you need to heal from heartbreak, remember to take your time, and ask for space if you need to. However, be careful of hiding from the world (and crushes and romantic partners). Remember Aquarius: In 2021, your rightful place is centerstage. Enjoy the spotlight and see you next year. 


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