Scope It Out: Lifestyle Tips For Your January 2017 Horoscope

Start 2017 off right.

Scope it Out is an original A Plus Lifestyle series: Each month, we take a lighthearted approach to horoscopes, and provide lifestyle advice based on each zodiac sign to optimize the positivity in your month. 


Happy New Year! Wonder what the stars have in store for you this January? We scoured the Web and sifted through monthly horoscopes for each zodiac sign in order to help recommend some tips, tricks, and products that may just enhance your lifestyle and bring you more joy this year. 

And, even if you don't believe there's any truth to horoscopes (we don't blame you), all of our advice still stands as positive changes or alterations to your lifestyle you can make to be a healthier, happier you this January. 

Scroll through this sign-by-sign guide for lifestyle tips based on your sign:

Capricorn says: "You are bound to feel more fulfilled, and be excited by fresh and stimulating projects in 2017. Don't limit yourself. Dare to follow higher aims. It is impossible to follow anything else. Set up a solid foundation in January. You have an awesome power to communicate between the 1st and the 3rd. It helps you create a more harmonious working environment. A tempting opportunity could surface between the 10th and the 12th. Be ready. You have the solution to the problems so tie up loose ends so you can move on. Temporary, minor obstacles could surface from the 16th to the 18th. They only get bigger and more complicated if you do not address them right away. The 25th and 26th are lucky days. Search if job hunting. Send resumes. Schedule meetings and take advantage of supportive teaching moments for those with questions."

We recommend: This January, prioritize your career and passion projects. If you're unhappy in your current role, do something about it. Talk with your boss about changes you can make. If a bigger move sounds more appealing, update your resume, search for jobs that would better suit your skills and interests, and put yourself out there. Get inspired by reading up on advice from successful people you admire. And, when you're not grinding, keep your mind sharp. Have fun with an adult coloring book or use a stimulating activity book for a few minutes each day.

Aquarius says: "New friends, new connections — the 1st and 2nd are days of exploration and discovery for you. You meet lots of interesting people and see an array of new possibilities opening up on the horizon. You feel pretty good about it all, too. As you should: It's special to encounter so many like-minded folks all at once, and will positively impact your life all year. Aquarius, the January astrology shows that some real excitement is in store for you on the wonderful 5th, 6th and 7th of January 2017. Love, career success, lucky coincidences — all this and more is in the cards. Be sure to get to the gym, too. A healthy, relaxed, well-functioning body will help you take advantage of all the greatness life has to offer right now."

We recommend: Focus on your friendships, both new and old, this January. Mail out cards or letters that show your friends you're thinking of them. It's a cheap and easy way to bring a smile to their faces and remind them that you care. If you tend to be flakey or turn down invitations to get to know new people, spend the next 31 days trying to break that habit. Has any good story ever started with, "So I decided to turn in early ..."? 

Pisces says: "Reach out and touch the magic of the New Year! You're determined to make it the healthiest, most fit year ever. You know how to do it, too. That part needs no special magic. You're determined and you're going to show up every day, best you can. Start the 1st on a high note with an early morning workout, or walk, or run. You're moving now. The 4th is perfect for a swim, or even the hot tub. You deserve it. Be ready for anything on the 6th. If life interferes, you can still get in a lot of steps. Sit less, and move more. That's it." 

We recommend: There is no better time than now to focus on your health and fitness goals — and that should be your focus for this month. For all 31 days of January, pay close attention to your body's needs. What's working? What isn't? You may want to speak with a fitness and nutrition expert at the beginning of the month to ensure you're setting the right goals. Track your progress by using an activity monitor. There are also tons of apps that can help you reach your goals and keep you accountable.

Aries says: "You are ready to hit the ground running, as this new year gets started on the 1st and 2nd. So hit the ground running! Nobody is quite as quick as you are, when you know what interests you and how to stay motivated. Clean, cook, workout, nap, meditate: The 17th and 18th are good days to get your house (and your body) in order. Do that and you'll be ready to take on the world on the high-energy 19th and 20th. The more selfless you can be the more successful you'll be on the 25th, so do your best to put others' needs in a high priority position. Ground on the 30th. You'll go furthest with both feet firmly planted."

We recommend: Motivation and momentum are on your side this month and you definitely don't want them to go to waste, right? Make the most out of your month by getting organized and packing your schedule with activities. Take out that kitchen appliance or cookbook you've been meaning to use, or buy a new one, and make delicious, healthy meals for yourself instead of dining out. Put aside at least 20 minutes every day to get your heart rate up — and don't forget to hydrate. All your hard work this month will be lost without getting enough sleep, so pay special attention to your snoozing habits. It might be time to change those sheets — or upgrade to some silk pillowcases. Your hair and skin will thank you later. 

Taurus says: "Taurus loves to take it easy when it comes to love, enjoying all the comfort you share. This month begins on that note, as your activities are balanced with dreamy time when you stare into each other's eyes and wonder what you did before your sweetie showed up. The 3rd extends this even more, especially for single Taurians. Speaking your mind with romantic words may be all its takes you get someone brand new to your side now. Gestures are great, but everyone likes to hear they're wanted. Though tempers may flare on the 11th, especially for those already in committed relationships, it's best to let things calm down before you try to have a serious conversation. The 12th balances things out again, and returns you to your loving ways again. The Full Moon on the same day urges you both to think about settling down more, maybe buying or renting a place together and making it official. You love quiet nights at home more than you like going out. You're that comfortable with one another."

We recommend: Looks like you'll be spending a lot of this month focusing on your relationship. Whether you're in a committed relationship or going on dates with someone you're just getting to know, don't shy away from showing how you feel. Show your significant — or potentially significant — other that you care by taking control of date plans from start to finish. Plan an exciting day out that ends with an even more exciting night in. 

Gemini says: "Aries January 2017 monthly horoscope forecasts that your partner (in business, love or tennis) is definitely worth paying attention to on the 1st and 2nd. Not only do you like them and care about them, but they have a couple of interesting tips to share with you! You sure struck gold in this department. Is it time to focus on your brain waves on the 5th, 6th and 7th? It sure seems like it. Whether you take up Sudoku or start attending community college night courses to learn a new language, challenge your gray matter and you'll feel fab. By the 12th, you need to check in with your buddies! Make dinner or plan drinks. You need to socialize, big time. Focus on your health on the 26th and 27th. (And yes, that means: work out, work out, work out!). Do you keep a journal or write letters or enjoy spending time sending email to friends and family? Most Gemini people have some literary ability, so don't let it go to waste."

We recommend: Instead of going out to dinner with friends, why don't you plan a dinner party at your place? You can cook together and eat in the comfort of your own home. Or, better yet, pack a lunch and go somewhere scenic together. Fresh air, healthy food, and good company is exactly what you need this month. As far as focusing on your literary ability and brain health goes, start jotting down notes in a notebook you love looking at and bring a pocket-size puzzle book with you when you know you'll have some downtime. 

Cancer says: "Cancer, this month, start things out by putting one very special person front and center. Who? Why, you! Of course. Yep, on the 1st and 2nd of January 2017, make sure you are getting everything you need: plenty of rest, plenty of relaxation, plenty of exercise, plenty of breakfast. If you can manage, go out and do something extra special for yourself, too: Massage is always nice, or a long walk in the winter wonderland, or a special hot cocoa at the new hot cocoa place that just opened. (If nothing's open yet, don't worry: You have all year to pamper yourself!). Cancer, you are in the get-dressed-up-and-go-out spirit on the January 13th and 14th. So dress up! And go out!"

We recommend: Is there any better way to start off a new year than to treat yourself? Here's what we're thinking: Set aside one night every week to give yourself some VIP treatment. Light a relaxing candle, do a face mask, and lather up with a body lotion whose scent you can't resist. Finally, put on some soothing music or a podcast you love and lay in bed with a silk sleep mask. You'll wake up feeling completely refreshed and ready to take on the day.


Maria DeSimone at says: "If you start out 2017 feeling as if you're overwhelmed with paperwork and endless do-overs on your to-do list, try not to stress out too much. Recognize that you're in a process of organization which will allow you to be more efficient and productive in the coming year. After January 8, Mercury turns direct and you'll begin to feel more in control of your assignments and routine. Even so, this month might require you to spend extra time alone in order to figure out a few emotionally-charged areas in your life that are bugging you."

We recommend: A new year can bring new reasons to stress out with it, but don't let it get you down. Whether it be writing down your feelings, meditating for five minutes every morning, or breaking a sweat, figure out what helps you put your mind at ease and schedule time for it every day. And, while you're at it, scheduling all the things you have to do each day by writing them down on pen and paper might just help you be more productive. Make lists in a planner you love or a notebook that can double as your journal. Just don't forget to plan some "you time" every week. Plan a date with yourself — even if it's just watching Netflix with a mug of your favorite tea. 

Virgo says: "It is time to focus on family and emotional matters for those born under the zodiac sign of Virgo. Career, though important, can be in the background for the time being. Try to work out future plans and make necessary changes in your existing method of planning based on your past experience. The actions of the Virgo personality in January 2017 should be based on consensus and views of other people. Your independence and determination to have your way is limited. You can accomplish your goals with the help of other people this month."

We recommend: Spend more time with your family by making plans you'll all enjoy. Everyone is busy and has their own stuff going on — we get it, but there's always time to get together. You all have to eat, right? Find a cookbook that excites you and your loved ones and work through it, meal by meal. Even if it takes you the entirety of 2017 to finish it, you'll be working toward a goal together. Other ideas include hosting a movie night complete with gourmet popcorn or working your butt off at a fitness class together. And, if you really can't get your family members together, consider mailing a handwritten card that tells your them that you're thinking of them. 

Libra says: "If you've learned something new lately, now is the time to practice it. A special transformation is taking place within you. Like a caterpillar emerging into a butterfly, you are ready to spread your wings and fly. Create a sacred space that belongs just to you. Shut off the phone and meditate. The results will be amazing! Overall, the Libra horoscope 2017 predicts that your self-confidence in yourself, in relationships and with your skills all determine how much expansion and in what areas this occurs during 2017. Explore your inner landscape and enter a 'no limits' world in this one!"

We recommend: No one ever got great at anything without some practice. Whether you've been meaning to pick up painting, cooking, or coding, work on it this January. The start of a new year is the perfect time to explore new interests and get in tune with yourself. Spend more time getting your hands dirty and trying things you've always wanted to do, but haven't gotten around to yet. Say "yes" to activities that excite you even if they also scare you. By the end of the month, you'll feel both productive and content. 


Horoscope Todays says: "An array of new opportunities and wonderful situations may develop and now is the time to attend to those all-important matters that relate to your future for 2017. You may have to take on more responsibility to accomplish your chosen goals this month and the going may be a little heavy at times, especially from the 24th to the 31st, but people will be honest and straightforward if you play it fair and square. Endeavor to get those important projects off the ground, but stay out of others people's aggression if you can; stick to what you know best. Keep busy especially with those mundane, sometimes tiresome tasks that are close to completion; you will soon be rewarded for your efforts. You may be undecided when it comes to traveling off to parts unknown, or you may be a little hesitant about the expense. However, you have nothing to worry about, this is a great time for travel."

We recommend: If you're going to be taking on more projects this January, you're going to want to get your workspace as organized as possible. Spend an afternoon getting things in order. Throw out all the things you don't need or haven't used in months and make room for the useful things you do need. A neat workspace might just help you clear your head and avoid procrastination. As far as traveling goes, you may want to invest in an instant camera that'll capture and print your memories as you go. 

Sagittarius says:  "The theme is branching out in a unique and specialized way in 2017. There are many more things ahead that are more interesting than an even endlessly optimistically Sagittarian expects. You have more control over changes between the 3rd to the 5th. Use your communication skills to best effect. It is fortunate you are so fluent, when things happen quickly and you have to respond at the same speed. Your creative energy is simply breathtaking from the 9th and 10th. Make modest, but proud statements, about those efforts, when communication skills are at a peak ... As admirable as truthfulness is, it can be too upfront and blunt for someone's comfort the 30th and 31st. In that light your advice and help can be misunderstood. The keyword next for next month is "double" or twice as much. It's even more than you feel is possible." 

We recommend: Spend this month getting out of your comfort zone. At work, take on new projects you're interested in or at least curious about. The more new things you try, the more you'll learn. Make an effort to speak or hang out with people you've been wanting to get to know better. But the best way to get out of your comfort zone is to travel somewhere you've never been. Even better, travel to somewhere where you don't know the language well. You don't have to go this month, but why don't you at least book it? It'll give you something exciting to look forward to.


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