Welcome to 2020, lovers! A new decade brings entirely new energy, and this will affect our love lives in multiple ways. We begin January with the sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in seriously focused Capricorn. Not the sexiest energy, but amazing for starting off the new decade on the right foot. Capricorn is a cardinal sign, which means they are initiators. This go-getter energy is grounded and ready to get to work on any task at hand. This is great news for making big changes in your life, and seeing some real results unfold over the course of the year.

Last year was a mixed bag of high highs and low lows, teaching us necessary lessons to help clarify the direction we want our lives to go in. This year we will be able to take action toward our goals with laser-beam focus. Set your new year’s intentions around taking inspired action and authenticity when it comes to matters of the heart. Capricorn energy will help you put in the work, but only if it’s worth it. No more trying to walk through doors that aren’t wide open. If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no. Period.

This month Venus moves from detached, freedom-loving Aquarius into deep, feelingful Pisces. This watery energy will help soften and balance Capricorn’s rigid earth energy, helping everyone remember romance can be sweet and sex can be deeply healing when we’re able to be vulnerable and open. Meanwhile, Mars moves from passionate Scorpio into truth-seeking Sagittarius, which may amplify the urge to distance ourselves from lovers who aren’t aligned with the truths uncovered during its transit through Scorpio. Take this as a sign to move forward and explore new options as the energy shifts towards freedom when the sun moves into futuristic Aquarius on the 21st, making it easier to cut ties with the past, opening new doorways to partners showing up that will treat you right, both emotionally and sexually.

Prioritizing and balancing our interior landscape is what shapes our external experiences, from our appearance to our relationships, and everything in between. Make 2020 about taking amazing care of yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually.

 

Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (December 22-January 20)

Happy solar return, Capricorn! You’re in your element as you begin the new decade with so many planets lighting you up, giving you a cosmic energy boost that sets the tone for a year of big shifts. Saturn is your ruling planet, and you thrive when faced with opportunities to grow, mature, and build solid foundations for yourself and those you care about. You won’t waste your time on relationships that don’t have some sort of shared vision or purpose. Own your desires, whatever they may be at this time, without judgment or pressure. Even if you aren’t in the market for a serious relationship, sex can still be deeply satisfying. Be patient as you refine your preferences—you’re working toward getting everything you want in the bank as well as in the bedroom.

 

Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)

Case of the winter blues, Aquarius, or just the quiet calm before you kick off your birthday season later this month? You may be feeling a little more introspective and dreamy as you ring in the new decade. Think about what you’d love for yourself and how that directly relates to wanting the best for everyone else. 2020 begins with some serious momentum to clean up old habits, motivating us to find some structure around much-needed change. While this may bring health and work to mind first, don’t forget to give some serious thought to what you’d like to see happen in your intimate relationships this year. Are you ready for something deeper and more meaningful? Do you want more freedom to explore your sexuality? Do you want commitment? There is no right or wrong answer; just allow your heart to be open and experience your truth.

 

Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)

Ring in the new year surrounded by those you love, Pisces. This year will help you stay grounded to make your dreams a reality, by helping you take the necessary tangible steps. This kind of progress takes time, don’t try to force yourself to tackle everything at once. Making space to daydream and float is just as important as the action plan. Balancing the two will be your task, as well as reminding others of this. You’ll be feeling romantic and idealistic when Venus enters your sign, beginning a new cycle of love and relationships. If you’re open to something new, this is a great time to meet someone, or at least to set the intention that you are available for it. If you’re happy with your current status, affirm that you are ready to experience deeper love with yourself and any current partners.

 

Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)

You love new beginnings, Aries, and this is your moment to take action like never before. The Capricorn energy will bring tremendous focus to your natural fiery momentum. Use this month to get clear on where you will be placing your power this year. You begin 2020 with renewed focus on what you want to achieve in the world. While this may not be the sexiest month, you will be too busy putting the necessary structure in place to notice. Remember there is always enough time for everything—you can balance work and pleasure. A new decade brings with it a new cycle to every area of life, so take some time this month to consider what you’d like to see in your relationships and sex life this year and get excited for all of the possibilities that will unfold this year.

 

Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)

Start the new year off with a fresh perspective, Taurus. Invest in yourself with travel or by learning about a subject that fascinates you; this will open you up even more in 2020. Last year was about getting out of your comfort zone, and now you can focus on what has piqued your interest and redirected your course. You’ll find that you have plenty of motivation to explore and integrate as you allow the pieces to fall into place. When you move away from trying to control the things that are happening, you can be present and surrender to the beauty and pleasure that surrounds you. Venus, your ruling planet, is flowing in romantic Pisces, helping you relax and indulge your senses. Let your sensuality guide and inspire you and whomever you are sharing yourself with intimately.

 

Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)

Sex and intimacy are at the front of your mind, Gemini. You begin 2020 with a renewed focus on what you’d like to see for yourself in the areas of deeper intimacy, your relationship to your resources, and how you share yourself in these areas. When you ask others for their opinions, are you wanting feedback on your own process or seeking alternative perspectives? There is no wrong answer—both are acceptable. The answers come when you question what is it you’re asking for. Consider your relationships, and how important communication is to give your partner what they want, while speaking up for your own needs. Examining the way you process information will help you experience the level of pleasure you’re after.

 

Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)

Start off the new year by putting your energy into your most important partnerships, Cancer. This doesn’t have to be existing partnerships; this is also about calling in the relationships that are most aligned for you. With Venus moving into romantic Pisces, this will aid you in your dreamiest visions of what you’d like to see in your most significant relationships. This is a brand new decade, so make sure to keep your thoughts futuristic—dwelling on the past isn’t where you’re headed. Healthy relationships take energy. They require compassion, vulnerability, forgiveness, a sense of humor, and desire. Like our moods, the temperature can heat up and cool down without warning, stay present to experience each stage without judgment.

 

Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)

Health, wealth, and happiness are directly linked, Leo. When one is out of balance, so are the others. Getting into alignment about how you structure your days, your diet, and your mindset are the keys to setting yourself up for a successful 2020. Have you noticed what may be off and how that is spilling into other areas of life? Commit to small changes that will strengthen your overall sense of wellness, and boost your libido. This is a great month for working on self-care; your energy will attract worthy partners without much effort on your part. Showing up as your best self is your power move in dating. This is your year to shine, without feeling selfish for prioritizing your needs and desires. Your love life deserves to be as warm and passionate as you are, so accept nothing less.

 

Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)

You begin 2020 feeling flirty and creative, Virgo. This is a great time for romance, meeting new people, and putting yourself out there in new ways this year. Couples get a boost by having more fun together being playful, in and out of the bedroom. If you’re single and open to meeting someone, consider revamping your dating profile, or just letting your friends know you’re on the market and let them introduce you to someone. This brand new decade is about doing things differently, so be as open minded as possible to the people who enter your life and the opportunities that present themselves. Being less controlling, and allowing the universe to surprise you, takes pressure off of feeling like making things happen is your job. The only thing you have to focus on is being receptive and trusting.

Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)

Home is where your heart is this month, Libra. Kick off the new decade surrounded by those you love, making your space beautiful, and taking some time to rest. The best way to usher in change is to clear space for something new. Where would you like a boost of new energy? If you’re looking for a sexier year filled with more intimacy, start with your bedroom. When is the last time you bought new sheets, or cleaned underneath your bed? Cleaning is a form of magic when it’s done with intention. Envision your most romantic fantasies as you clear away the old and worn out. Bring in some candles and create a new playlist specifically for romance, for yourself and whomever you invite over.

 

Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)

Speak it into existence, Scorpio. It’s a new decade, and you have the opportunity to write a new story. This requires you to create from a place of possibility instead of the past. What you learned the past few years was not meant to be carried over into 2020. This month, make your goals and intentions known for every area of life. You know exactly what you want from your relationships: Go ahead and speak up, lovers aren’t mind readers. Your partners want to please you and deepen your bond just as much as you do; try not to mistake different communication styles for lacking emotional intelligence. Instead, celebrate your unique seduction techniques by playing into each others strengths. You may discover power moves you didn’t realize you possessed.

 

Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)

Your values are getting an upgrade this year, Sagittarius. Your self-worth is shifting, preparing you for big changes that will unfold over 2020 and will carry you into the decade. Last year you saw bigger possibilities for yourself, with many doors opening and a few surprising closures. Where would you like to see growth? The biggest areas affected are your money and your intimate relationships. Life is an adventure, and there is no limit to how far you can go, except your own mind. The grounded Capricorn energy will help you start making some solid plans for expansion. Follow the dreams you have for your life, and be patient while you’re playing the long game. It’s sexier and more exciting than where you’ve been.

Feature illustration by Sophi Gullbrants; other illustrations by D Zhou

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