The Luckiest (and Unluckiest) Months of 2021, According to Your Zodiac Sign

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Your best bets for the new year

The new year is always a threshold of hope. This year particularly, many of us are eager to launch a new chapter, and we see 2021 as an opportunity to start fresh. We have been tremendously tested in 2020, and while that will not disappear overnight, there is plenty of reason to feel encouraged about what this new year will bring. The astrology of 2021 offers a strong signature of innovation, group work, and renewed possibility, though some months will offer more possibilities to help you achieve your goals than others.

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So, what’s going on, exactly?

In December 2020, Jupiter and Saturn are moving into the sign of Aquarius, which rules group creativity, freedom, and democracy. It is also one of the great humanitarian signs, reminding us that we are all in this together. It also offers technological advances and innovative problem solving. When Jupiter and Saturn work together, we grow exponentially and simultaneously create new structures to support the growth. There could be medical or technological breakthroughs that, in true Aquarian fashion, can be distributed quickly and effectively. Jupiter will spend most of the year in Aquarius (with a few months in Pisces in the middle of the year), and Saturn will spend more than two years there. Yes, Aquarius, this is your year!

Plus, Uranus continues to transit the sign of Taurus, bringing change and excitement particularly to the earth signs of the zodiac—Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn—though Scorpio will also get a good dose of this reinvention as well. Uranus asks us to be willing to invite change. It wants us to look at problems with new eyes. We shake things up. We move. We change. We set ourselves free.

Let’s take a look at what this year might hold for each sign of the zodiac. If you know your rising sign, be sure to read that as well. This little glimpse into 2021 will help you understand when the stars are on your side—and when things might be a little more challenging. While some might say those months are unlucky, remember that nothing is destined. There is still opportunity in those months, and how they turn out is really about the way we choose to use the energy available.

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Aries (March 21–April 19)

Aries, one of your greatest friends in the zodiac is Aquarius. And this year, Jupiter and Saturn spend most of their time in Aquarius, inspiring you to move toward the new. You’ll feel the call to reinvent and improvise, particularly in your work life. You are healing some old wounds personally and professionally, and you are daring yourself to step up in new ways. But don’t be too impulsive or impatient—ask your friends for advice before you leap. September and October are particularly good for your romantic life, while February and July could provide career boosts. Building community is key for you this year.

Lucky months: February, April, July, and October
Challenging months: May and June

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Taurus (April 20–May 20)

You’ll continue to shake things up in 2021, Taurus. With Uranus in your sign, you are looking for freedom and a spirit of renewal. Though change is not always your thing, you are learning to embrace the new. This could be a profound year of growth in your career, particularly in January and May. You may be tested and asked to step up in new ways. Breathe in your authority. Don’t stay stuck in old patterns. Romantically, look to August and September, when Venus lights up your relationship arena.

Lucky months: January, March, May, and September
Challenging months: February and July

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Gemini (May 21–June 20)

This year is going to be vitalizing for you, Gemini! Jupiter and Saturn spend most of the year in Aquarius, your fellow air sign, and they will be igniting and deepening your desire to communicate and relate. What have you been given to say? What do you want to be a messenger for in this world? This is a year you will be heard! Professionally, you will be given a lift in February and March. Romantically, this year could be very interesting as well. Pay particular attention to January and October. Just be careful not to scatter your energies personally or professionally—focus on what you want, and go for it.

Lucky months: February, April, June, and October
Challenging months: March and September

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Cancer (June 21–July 22)

You are going to warm into 2021, Cancer. You might begin a little cautiously, but by March, you’ll feel a true, new momentum. This is a year to deepen your understanding of yourself, so study, reflect, journal, and explore. While you have a tendency to take things quite personally, you might find yourself thinking about your life a little more objectively this year and be more able to problem-solve and detach. You can envision something new for yourself professionally in March and April. Romantically, October and November are particularly rich.

Lucky months: March, June, July, and November
Challenging months: February and October

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Leo (July 23–August 22)

This is a potent year for you, Leo. Jupiter and Saturn are in Aquarius for most of the year, and that is the sign directly opposite Leo. This will be a year that requires you to share your gift in groups, help facilitate teams, and gather allies to grow the light together. You will also share your Leo spotlight to become a part of something larger than your individual self. Join teams or groups dedicated to improving our world. Professionally, May and June could be exciting. Relationships are emphasized in January and February—this could be a year you make some big relationship commitments.

Lucky months: February, April, August, and December
Challenging months: May and October

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Virgo (August 23–September 22)

In 2021, you will be inspired to refine how you spend your time and energy, working to improve your overall health and well-being. Try not to be too much of a perfectionist; just show up for yourself on a daily basis. By March, you’ll hit your stride. Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius will spark your intelligence and discernment. You many find it’s a year of potent brainstorming, which could bring changes or improvements to your work life, particularly in February and May. Romantically, July and August are exciting.

Lucky months: February, May, August, and December
Challenging months: June and November

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Libra (September 23–October 22)

Your social self comes to life this year, Libra. With Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, a fellow air sign, you will want to meet new people, strike up engaging conversations, and deepen relationships. Romantic partnerships will be emphasized, particularly in February and April. At work, it’s a year of collaboration and forging interesting connections. Personally and professionally, this is your “life of the party” year. It’s your time to shine.

Lucky months: February, April, June, and October
Challenging months: July and December

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

This year is about home and family for you, Scorpio. You may want to nest and focus on your chosen family. With Uranus in Taurus moving through your area of partnerships, you may get clearer about certain relationships in your life—professionally and personally. Some relationships may need to be reinvented, and others may need to end. Romantically, some interesting new relationships may get underway as well. May is an excellent month for this!

Lucky months: March, May, July, and November
Challenging months: February and August

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

With Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius most of this year, in harmony with your sign, you will feel freer and more adventurous than ever. Sagittarius and Aquarius thrive together. This year, you will be on the go—you’ll want to break out, travel, and learn something new. You’ll have much more energy than usual, and you’ll need to be physical and engaged. As ever, be sure to exercise caution in the leaps you do take. Remember: Sometimes it’s good to have a net. In January and February, network like crazy. And romantically, with Venus and Mars in a fellow fire sign, July is hot!

Lucky months: February, April, July, and October
Challenging months: March and September

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Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

You’ll be paying particular attention to your financial life in the new year, Capricorn. You’ll be thinking carefully about how you want to invest and work with the money you earn. You may even be making more money this year! This is also a year to deepen your sense of purpose. Are you climbing the right mountain? Are you in line to achieve what you hope to achieve? You want to assess how you spend your most valuable resources: your time and your energy. Romantically, this could be a year of experimentation and freedom, particularly in June and August.

Lucky months: January, May, August, and December
Challenging months: April and October

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Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

This is your year, Aquarius. Jupiter and Saturn are in your sign for most of the year, bringing good fortune and commitment. This will be a powerful year of growth. Jupiter has not been in your sign for 12 years, and Saturn hasn’t visited in 30! Use the next 12 months to find your allies and share your message. Aquarians love innovation, friendship, freedom, and group creativity, and all these areas will be buoyed this year. February is particularly heightened with Mercury, the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus all in your sign. You will feel tremendous possibility in all areas of your life. Professionally, pay particular attention to October. And romantically, April and July are lovely.

Lucky months: February, April, June, and October
Challenging months: May and November

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Pisces (February 19–March 20)

In the middle of 2021, Jupiter will move into your sign, Pisces. It is a time of great expansion and opportunity. Jupiter helps us all outgrow what holds us back or is no longer useful in our lives. Your sensitivity and compassion are your greatest strengths, and this is a year when you can more fully offer these qualities. You may feel called to volunteer or find yourself helping friends through a difficult hour. Professionally, this may be a year when you are gestating or envisioning a bigger project. You may find yourself in the “inspiration” phase. November is particularly rich career-wise. Romantically, June and July are juicy.

Lucky months: March, May, July, and November
Challenging months: June and December

Heidi Rose Robbins is the author of Astrological Love Letters, 12 little books that are love letters for each zodiac sign, written to remind us of our many gifts and wake us up to our greatest potential. They can be purchased individually or as a full set. For more about Heidi, visit her website.

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