Saturday, February 17 - Friday, February 23
You’ve just been through an intense eclipse season of figuring out yourself and your relationships to other people, and now the cosmos continues in a similar fashion by asking you to think about how you value yourself. Mercury makes an exact conjunction to the sun in the last degree of your sign before moving into Pisces on Saturday. Pay attention to that last little message about the self you are becoming. The sun moves into Pisces on Sunday, officially beginning Pisces season. This weekend, especially with the moon transiting this house, you may feel some sensitivity to self-doubt. Alternatively, you might feel sensitive to the plights of others and want to give your time and resources to a charitable cause.
Neptune’s transit of your second house (2012 - 2025) is all about changing your value system, as I mentioned in your monthly horoscope. There is a beautiful possibility here for becoming even more generous, giving, and compassionate. Unfortunately there is also the possibility of giving too much, of deluding yourself about money or being conned out of it, so do be careful. You’re halfway through this transit, and Venus is moving with Neptune this week, forming an exact conjunction on Wednesday. See how enchanting you are to others; practice your confidence. But keep your money in your bank account this week so as not to have it charmed out of you by others. You can give of yourself in less material ways. On the other hand, money could come to you in an unexpected way that makes you feel like you’re in a fairytale. With Mars squaring Venus and Mercury headed into conjunction with Neptune (both exact on the 25th), imagine what your value-centered life would look like. You may even write it down, journaling as if it’s already happening. Both Mercury’s sextile to Saturn on Wednesday and Venus’ quintile to Saturn on Friday suggest that what you build in your imagination can be made real: choose confidence over fear.
Saturday, February 10 - Friday, February 16
Since your eclipse season has been all about you and your relationships, this week should be no exception. The emphasis right now is very much on you. It’s become a cliche, but it is still true that loving yourself is an important part of allowing yourself to receive love from other people. Some people seem to think this means that you have to achieve a kind of self-love Nirvana before you can get a date. Of course you don’t. There are imperfect people all over the world in relationships, including people who are hard on themselves. There are single people who love themselves just fine. Relationships, including friendships, have no prerequisites and they teach us all kinds of things about ourselves. But liking yourself...it’s like calibrating a magnet to attract only those people who treat you well and repel the qi vampires, who recognize that you’re not vulnerable to their manipulations.
I’m not only speaking to singles. People in relationships need this too. You are the only person you can be absolutely sure of going through life with. With Venus entering Pisces, sign of her exaltation, on Saturday evening, practice self-acceptance. Venus here is the most unconditionally loving of all the signs, accepting people for all that they are, light and shadow. The sun and Mercury are squaring Jupiter this week (on Saturday and Tuesday), so you may be focused on your vocation and career. Love yourself for the work you’re doing. It matters. Asteroid Juno, symbol of marriage and commitment, is conjunct the sun this Valentine’s Day, and the solar eclipse on Thursday is in your sign. Perhaps you are considering what it means to commit to another person. But either way, you can commit to yourself this week. On Thursday, begin a lunar cycle of putting yourself first.
Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 9
Celebrate yourself this week. You’re pretty awesome after all, and in the midst of this eclipse season, you could use a well-deserved pat on the back! Do something kind for yourself. The whole month for you is about knowing who you are and bringing that into relationship with others. Which is of course easier said than done. So spend some time alone to figure out who you are now, and a little bit about what you want. It wouldn’t hurt to bounce some thoughts off someone close to you if you feel like it. With Venus squaring Jupiter, these changes to your self-image may very well be shaping your legacy. Play with it.
“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”
— Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
It’s definitely eclipse season for you. We begin the short month of February not twenty-four hours after the total lunar eclipse in Leo, and on February 15th we’ll have a solar eclipse in your sign. The themes of Self and Other reverberate through your month. How are you in relationships right now? What about your relationship to yourself? Do other people see you the way you want to be seen? This is a time for celebrating who you are and recognizing the beautiful complexity of your individual relationships. You may be making a shift this month in your personal style or your style of relating. They go together, really: whenever we change something about ourselves, other people must adjust, and usually we have to teach them how. This is your task for the month: to accept yourself and be who you are, while continuing to invest in your friendships and partnerships.
Venus and the sun are still together in your sign, traveling over the south node. The sun will be exactly conjunct the south node on February 3rd, highlighting the default patterns of the Aquarius archetype: to be so rigid about ideals that you are inflexible when it comes to human flaws, to avoid emotion in favor of intellect, or to disconnect from everyone in the name of freedom. This pattern repeats with Mercury crossing the south node on February 9th. Take extra care to treat yourself and others with warmth at the beginning of this month.
A series of squares from your sign to Jupiter in Scorpio begins with Venus squaring Jupiter exactly on February 4th. This tension suggests an opportunity to bring your true self into your direction or vocation. As you grow, so does your direction and public persona. Squares are generally considered challenging aspects, but squares to Jupiter are less so. The sun squares Jupiter exactly on February 10th, and Mercury follows suit on February 13th. This means that in the first half of February, as you integrate recent lessons learned about relationships, you’re developing your confidence in yourself and your career. Don’t overdo it. With Jupiter in your tenth house, you’re well supported to make positive strides at work; just make sure you think them through first. Venus moves into Pisces on February 10th (the same day that the sun squares Jupiter), helping you to value yourself and show others how valuable you are.
The solar eclipse in your sign on February 15th is a continuation of themes from the total lunar eclipse on January 31st. However, it’s also a personal reset moon for you. This one is about developing your sense of self, coming into your own. You may be doing this with another person. When we’re in long-term relationships (including friendships) we influence each other and grow together. But of course we have to be whole people too. At this new moon, you can set some intentions for becoming yourself. When will you set aside time to investigate who you are? What can you change about your appearance, communication style, or job to more fully match your inner self with the outer expression? Your ability to give to others depends first on giving time and attention to yourself. Mercury is together with the sun in your sign for most of this month, reaching an exact conjunction on February 17th, just before the two move into Pisces. This reinforces the suggestion that self-exploration and self-expression are the major themes of your month.
The thread of confidence and self-worth is woven throughout the month along with these themes. After Venus enters Pisces on February 10th, Mercury follows on February 17th, and the sun officially begins Pisces season on the 18th. This is your sector of value: not only money, but what your values are and how highly you value yourself. This is a signal to practice confidence in your abilities. You’re having a long-term Neptune transit through this sector of your chart, leading you to reach for ideals. Your whole value system could be changing, but you’re also especially vulnerable to delusion here. Venus meets Neptune exactly on February 21st, and Mercury makes the conjunction on February 25th. Use the Venus and Mercury conjunctions with Neptune to work the positive side of this transit, by imagining a life for yourself that reflects all of your highest, most idealistic values. Think about small ways in which you can bring your life closer to the ideal version. For example, if you value giving to charity highly, but you’re on a tight budget, an hour of volunteer time or a one dollar donation can still reflect that ideal.
Mars is also squaring Neptune from Sagittarius (exact on February 17th), challenging you to act out your ideals in society. Just as a shift in self-image can impact your career and relationships, your values are always reflected in your hopes, dreams, and the groups you associate with. Venus and Mercury both square Mars from Pisces as well (February 25th and 28th). Sagittarius is about expansion, so exploring new hopes and dreams, or new groups of people can change your self-image and bring you more confidence. Explore without judgment for where you end up. There is no real end to this. You are always becoming.
Major Transits in February 2018
Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)
Venus conjunct South Node in Aquarius: Jan. 24 - Feb. 3
Exact Jan. 29
Sun conjunct South Node in Aquarius: Jan. 28 - Feb. 10
Exact Feb. 3
Venus in Aquarius square Jupiter in Scorpio: Jan. 29 - Feb. 10
Exact Feb. 4
Mercury conjunct South Node in Aquarius: Feb. 7 - 10
Exact Feb. 9
Sun in Aquarius square Jupiter in Scorpio: Feb. 3 - 18
Exact Feb. 10
Venus enters Pisces: Feb. 10
Mercury in Aquarius square Jupiter in Scorpio: Feb. 9 - 17
Exact Feb. 13
Partial Solar (new moon) Eclipse at 27.08 Aquarius: Feb. 15 at 4:05 pm
Mars in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces: Feb. 3 - Mar. 1
Exact Feb. 17
Mercury conjunct Sun: Feb. 6 - 26
Exact Feb. 17
Mercury enters Pisces: Feb. 17
Sun enters Pisces: Feb. 18
Mars in Sagittarius trine North Node in Leo: Feb. 9 - 27
Exact Feb. 18
Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces: Feb. 16 - 27
Exact Feb. 21
Venus in Pisces square Mars in Sagittarius: Feb. 15 - Mar. 6
Exact Feb. 25
Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces: Feb. 21 - 28
Exact Feb. 25
Mercury in Pisces square Mars in Sagittarius: Feb. 23 - Mar. 5
Exact Feb. 28
Mars in Sagittarius square Chiron in Pisces: Feb. 28 - Mar. 16
Exact Mar. 14
Saturday, January 27 - Friday, February 2
This week is about you and someone else. It’s that lifelong dance between the quest for authentic selfhood and the need for companionship. Venus and the sun are still with the south node in your sign. You are a whole individual, and if you’re seeking partnership, it’s not for someone who completes you but for someone to share it all with. The eclipse on Wednesday is part of a longer cycle that began in February 2017 and resurfaced last August. What’s been going on with your heart? What’s been going on with the evolution of your identity? This week you will see if you have a slightly older and wiser self to grow into, a new image to match your insides, new friends to confide in. Remember that we’re all responsible for the energy that we bring to a situation and the decisions that we make. You are taking on the heavy mantle of independence and interdependence. Be someone they can rely on; choose someone you trust. This week you will come closer to understanding who (and what) is worth fighting for.