Saturday, February 17 - Friday, February 23
Mercury is still traveling with the sun this week, illuminating your natural curiosity. Mercury meets the sun exactly at the last degree of Aquarius on Saturday, before entering Pisces, and your house of vocation. The sun, of course, follows on Sunday. Plus, Venus is meeting Neptune in that same sign (exact on Wednesday), making this week one to focus on your career and public image. When Venus meets Neptune, there’s an enchanting quality to the things that happen. You have the power to bewitch the public or charm your way into a career-changing meeting this week. Mercury will also sextile Saturn on Wednesday, suggesting that you can access your power and speak seriously, and your words will appeal to others. Your ruling planet is moving into a conjunction with Neptune as well, an aspect that will be exact on the 25th, charming your already silver tongue. Just make sure you have the skills to back up your words, because the spell will eventually lift.
Mars’ square to Neptune is exact on Saturday (the 17th), suggesting that a significant friend or partner could help you in your vocation. Alternatively, some confusion about your direction could be causing friction with a partner. Venus squares Mars this week too (exact on the 25th). Collaborate as much as possible to bring your passion projects to fruition. Neptune in Pisces (2012 - 2025) suggests that people who don’t know you well may project qualities onto you, seeing who they want you to be instead of who you are. Follow the intuition and hold your vision (even if it’s incomplete), instead of letting someone else run the show based on their idea of you. This is a week to step into the role you want to fill.
Saturday, February 10 - Friday, February 16
Mercury is approaching an exact conjunction with the sun in Aquarius, livening up your ninth house even more this week. This aspect will be exact on the 17th. Whatever it is you’re studying, you’re likely to be especially clever now. Throw yourself into your classes, books, or travel. The sun and Mercury both square Jupiter in Scorpio this week, the sun on Saturday and Mercury on Tuesday. This calls you to integrate what you’re learning with your daily life. Make a routine of your studies. Especially if you’re learning something for yourself, something that’s not a part of your daily 9-5, it can be hard to make time. You absolutely need to prioritize what’s most important to you.
Venus moves into Pisces on Saturday, making you look especially good to the public or in your career. You can make good career moves while Venus is here (until March 6th). If your work or desired career is in media, publishing, teaching, or travel, the aspects between the sun, Mercury, and Jupiter may collaborate with Venus in Pisces to help you develop in the workplace. In that case, what you’re learning now could be more directly related to your vocation. The eclipse on Thursday is right next to Mercury, indicating that your perceptions could shift during this eclipse season, which is part of the larger cycle continuing through January 2019. With Mars in Sagittarius and squaring Neptune (exact on the 17th), your love life this Valentine’s Day may be a little bit at odds with your vocational direction. Alternatively, it may be difficult to see where a significant partnership is going. The best way to use this would be to engage a trusted partner in helping you to pursue your dreams.
Monday, February 5 - Friday, February 9
Throw yourself into learning this week. It’s time to open up your world through school, books, travel, or conversations with other people. It’s amazing how something as small as a book can contain an entire universe. You can do the same thing with your life: find pockets of time to do what you enjoy and make your day that much more interesting. Mercury’s meeting with the south node on Friday suggests that you should take caution not to believe everything you hear. The goal is to open your mind, not blindly follow someone else’s ideas. But you already knew that. Enjoy your travels.
“What’s your story? It’s all in the telling. Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice. To love someone is to put yourself in their place, we say, which is to put yourself in their story, or figure out how to tell yourself their story.”
- Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
This eclipse season is opening the doors of perception for you, allowing you to get a bit lost on purpose and find a story to follow. The Leo eclipse on January 31st may have introduced you to friends, a neighborhood, or an epiphany that shapes your quest now. The sun passes over the south node in Aquarius on February 3rd, and Mercury follows on February 9th. If a story is architecture, make sure that yours doesn’t become a prison. You’re taking in all kinds of new ideas while Mercury transits Aquarius. Several squares to Jupiter characterize the beginning of February for you. Venus squares Jupiter on February 4th, the sun on the 10th, and Mercury on the 13th. As you awaken to the limitations of your daily life, the new world that’s opening up can feel too restrictive. In small ways, you can begin to incorporate what you’re learning into your daily routines. You may find an unexpected teacher in a coworker, and feel your work expanding as a result of your learning.
The solar eclipse on February 15th is conjunct Mercury in Aquarius, so the learning continues this month. Instead of setting intentions, you might start this new moon cycle by asking some questions you want the answers to. If you aren’t doing this already, enroll in a class, buy a pile of new books to read, teach yourself a skill, or book a plane ticket. The weirder the better, because what you’re exploring should open your mind to some brand new ideas. You’re navigating different territory now. Ultimately, you’re building yourself a new story out of what you find. Mercury is with the sun almost all month, and exactly conjunct on February 17th, just before moving into Pisces. This facilitates communication and interaction with others, even more than usual for you.
Venus moves into Pisces a week ahead of Mercury, on February 10th, and when the sun enters the sign of the fishes on the 18th it’s officially Pisces season. This is the sign at the very top of your chart. Since Neptune entered Pisces in 2012, you may have felt a bit confused about your direction. It’s as if your career or reputation is shrouded in fog, and it may be difficult to see where you’re going. The key is to forego the five-year plan. Hold the vision of your life loosely while adapting to changing circumstances. With Jupiter trine Neptune this year, you can come closer to realizing your dream job, merging your soul mission with your daily life.
Venus meets Neptune exactly on February 21st, and forms a square with Mars in Sagittarius on the 25th. The new story you’re finding for yourself may involve someone else’s story too. Putting yourself in that person’s place will help you to relieve any tension that may arise. But tension can be a good thing, too, sending sparks flying. Mercury makes the same aspects a few days later, meeting Neptune on the 25th and squaring Mars on the 28th. Tell yourself the story about what you want later this month and you may find it easier to attract. People will find your ideas especially appealing and creative in the last ten days of February. Collaboration could be a dream if you’re open to it. It’s all in the telling.
Major Transits in February
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 - February 2
Mercury’s exact square to Uranus on Saturday accelerates your transformation. Who is that mysterious person you’ve been seeing around? That group that seems kind of weird, maybe a little intimidating, but that you desperately want to find out more about? This weekend you could have an opportunity to hang out with someone who expands your perceptions and pushes your boundaries. Wednesday’s total lunar eclipse in Leo is part of a cycle that goes back to February and August 2017. Were you learning something then, exploring a spiritual philosophy, traveling, maybe making new friends? This week you get the heavy-hitter of an idea or experience that cracks this case wide open. Mercury moves into Aquarius on the heels of this eclipse. Those winged feet fly on the winds of change. Take a chance on something that could expand your mind.