The New Year begins with plenty of inspiration and a decided focus on need fulfillment, thanks to a dazzling Full Moon in Cancer on January 1. This lunation is wrapped up in a rare, beautifully sentimental Grand Water Trine between Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Scorpio. As a result, you can look forward to starting 2018 fully embracing all of your feelings and allowing them help define your intentions for the coming year. Letting go of emotional strongholds from the past is not only essential now, but will be much easier to do. Pluto opposing the Moon at this time will pull away the dead emotional skin that's no longer serving you, but thankfully, the Grand Water Trine will simultaneously act as a salve. This process will only hurt if you try to resist it.
On January 2 Uranus will turn direct after having been retrograde for several months. This rattling will surely be felt in your life, since Uranus is now preparing to move through the final degrees of Aries. Liberation of the self and one's personal identity might feel like more of an urgent need than before, and in many ways, it is. Make a decision to unapologetically "do you," but try to achieve this without wrecking everything else in your environment. If you do smash up something around January 13-14 when Venus and the Sun both square off with Uranus, you might later come to realize you were just plain reckless. Then, "doing you" might seem like it cost a whole lot more than it was truly worth.
The New Moon in Capricorn on January 16 will make a square to Uranus, adding to the already frustrating "wrecking-ball" energy. On the one hand, you'll have a significant opportunity to pursue your newfound goals, particularly as they relate to your most worldly ambitions. You will, however, need to figure out a way to work within certain structures placed upon you. Discarding the status quo completely at this time will only make it more difficult to achieve what you really want.