Major Transits

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


 
                          Aries
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
— Mark Twain

Aries, the eclipse on January 31st was part of a larger cycle of claiming your individuality and contributing to society through your passions. As Venus, the sun, and Mercury continue to transit the sign of Aquarius, you have opportunities to further develop your creative contributions and share them with kindred spirits. A series of transits to the south node began with Venus on January 29th, and continues with the sun on February 3rd, then Mercury on February 9th. In this first week of February, pay attention to who saps your energy and who feeds your soul. Many of us stay involved in groups and networks long after our excitement for the greater purpose wears off, out of a sense of obligation. Explore some new opportunities. Seek the others who welcome the contribution of your truth and push you to grow creatively.

These three personal planets also make a series of squares to Jupiter in Scorpio. Venus squares Jupiter exactly on February 4th, then the sun on February 10th, and Mercury on the 13th. Your personal transformation drives these changes in your social life. I mean “social life” in a broader sense; not just the parties you go to, but your relationship with your society and your contributions to the whole. Even if you’re the most introverted of people, you’re exchanging ideas with others now, participating in the human experiment through reading, writing, social media, activism, community meetups, and yes, gatherings with friends. Allow others to change your ideas. Allow transformation to happen. New beginnings come with endings.

Venus moves into Pisces on February 10th, suggesting that some of these relationship changes could happen in private at first. You may dream of the people you want to meet before you connect with them in the flesh. The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th begins a new moon cycle of claiming your new goals and accessing the courage to share your vision. Set some intentions about the community you want to be a part of and the people you want to meet. Your originality is valuable. You may be invited to share your ideas with others this month.

Your ruler Mars, currently in Sagittarius, is squaring Neptune in Pisces, an aspect that becomes exact on February 17th. This suggests an opportunity to learn through self-exploration. Traditional avenues of education are only one way to learn, and while some of you may be enrolled in school right now, many others will be advancing their education through other means. You may be learning from your own dreams, unconscious, and intuition. Certainly books, travel, and conversation will be methods for others. Satisfy your curiosity this month. Seek answers, and (most importantly and inevitably) more questions. On February 18th, Mars makes an exact trine to the North Node in Leo, creating a supportive grand fire trine in your natal chart. You have the motivation to indulge your passions.

Mercury enters Pisces on the 17th, and the sun follows on the 18th to officially begin Pisces season. Much of your focus in the latter half of the month will be on your spiritual development. Watch for signs, symbols, and synchronicity. Since Neptune began transiting your twelfth house in 2012, your sensitivity to the unseen has been increasing. This is intensified by the conjunctions to Neptune in February, first by Venus on the 21st, then by Mercury on the 25th. Because Mars is squaring Neptune, both of these planets necessarily square Mars as well: Venus on the 25th and Mercury on the 28th. You may be unlearning and relearning some things in the course of your self-education. Don’t let your schooling interfere. New possibilities are becoming apparent for those who are open to them. On the 28th, Mars also begins to square Chiron in Pisces. Any real stretching of the mind activates old fears. You will need to confront these paper tigers for your own healing. Be your own best teacher.

 
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I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.
— Maya Angelou

Taurus, this eclipse season is awakening you to a shift in your direction, home, and family. Making a life is about so much more than what you do for work, but it helps to enjoy what you’re doing with your time. With Venus at the top of your chart, you’re positioned to develop relationships with people who can assist you on your mission. Consider how what you value can indicate where you belong, and who with. Ignore the status quo message that your worth is determined by how much money you make and how far you climb up the career ladder. You don’t need to have a “career” at all in the formal sense to be valuable. Your true life may be in making a home; it may be a vocation that doesn’t pay. No matter. Your work is to build a life around the Work/Play that feeds you spiritually, even if you must find other means to feed yourself physically.

Venus squares Jupiter on February 4th, indicating an opportunity to bring your friendships or partnerships and your mission together. Who would you like to be working with on this project of making a life? Someone may become part of that bigger picture this year. It can be challenging to make choices with other people, when we compare compromise with the simplicity of making choices for ourselves alone. But in the end those who are willing to tackle the questions together with us make the choices worthwhile. More is more, as you strengthen the relationships with the people who make up your home. They don’t need to be biologically related to you or live with you to be part of the home you’re fashioning. The sun’s square to Jupiter on February 9th and Mercury’s on the 13th repeats this pattern like a drumbeat through the first two weeks of February. The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th presents some choices, again, about your career or home. Set some intentions about the course you want to take. Or, if it’s unclear as of yet, simply pose the question. You’re in the middle of a heavy eclipse season now, but this cycle continues through January 2019. You’ll be able to look back on this time in 2020 and see how far you’ve come.

Venus enters Pisces on February 10th, emphasizing your focus on relationships. Those kindred spirits who are helping you along on your mission and forming a home with you may also be facilitating your belonging in a community. Since 2012, when Neptune began transiting Pisces, you may have seen some connections dissolve, as you seek to find people who share your higher ideals. Mercury enters Pisces on February 17th, and the sun follows on the 18th, beginning a season for you of finding the others who share your spirit. Venus and Mercury both meet Neptune this month: Venus on the 21st, and Mercury on the 25th. Love, romance, and fairy tales beckon when Venus and Neptune meet in Pisces. Depending on the placement in your chart, this can be like a fairy godmother granting a wish...or someone capturing your heart with a beautiful illusion. Be careful, and get on the best side of this transit by envisioning the outcome you desire. Art, music, theater, or spiritual gatherings may exert a pull on you at the end of this month.

Venus squares Mars exactly on February 25th,  suggesting that these relationships to members of your community will transform you. You may have to wrestle with breaking “rules” for yourself that kept your psyche safe in the past, but are now inhibiting your growth. The life you make will not be static; it’s alive after all. And so are you. Love has been reverberating throughout your chart lately. It may not be what you expected. It doesn’t have to be romantic love. The love of a friend, after all, can be much deeper and stronger than many a romantic fling. As you develop your place of belonging, risk some intimacy with others. None of us truly live alone.

 
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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

Gemini, 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.

 
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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
— Albert Einstein, "The World As I See It"

Cancer, Jupiter is still trine Chiron in Pisces, creating a supportive aspect for feeling and expressing emotion this month. There is room for joy, for play, for creation, travel, and remaking the self. Heal through seeking answers to the bigger questions and finding meaning in the small things. Satisfy a thirst for knowledge. I hope that the total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31st has been teaching you that your inherent worth doesn’t have a price tag. It doesn’t matter what mistakes you’ve made in life, how much money you make in your job, or how much talent you have. There is only one of you. This eclipse cycle is about knowing your worth and holding it with the same natural pride of any Leo you know.

As Venus, the sun, and Mercury move through Aquarius at the beginning of the month, they’re prepping you for the next part of the equation: the solar eclipse on February 15th. Aquarius in your chart represents the labyrinth of mystery. Just as your worth can’t be calculated, money itself is only a symbol, a representation of value. You can see it as an exchange of love between people, as a symbol that creates and breaks emotional bonds. How you perceive it has everything to do with your most intimate relationships. Nothing makes us emotional as the deeply intimate three: money, sex, and death. Few things are as mysterious as love; as the unfolding of a relationship and the surprises that occur just when you think you know someone completely. On February 15th, consider the mysteries you want to explore. You get to choose how you make meaning of the world, and where you find it.

Venus moves into Pisces on February 10th, cultivating your taste for the new and different. You may very well be exploring occult traditions or spiritual mysteries, what with your focus on mystery this eclipse season. Travel could feel luxurious this month. Art museums, music, and foreign foods will all please your senses. Mercury follows Venus into Pisces on February 17th, and the sun enters on February 18th, officially beginning Pisces season. This could really open up an adventure for you. Explore new paths for your creative expression, new subjects through courses or books, or keep an eye out for inspiration in new places.

Since Neptune began transiting Pisces in 2012, you’ve been seeking more unusual, mystical ways of connecting with the spirit. Your perspective continues to expand all of the time, especially where it concerns spiritual connections or the arts. So when Venus meets Neptune here on February 21st, your knowledge seeking is especially supported. You could make soul connections with others who help you grow. Perhaps you’ll cultivate a special relationship with a teacher. Mercury follows to meet Neptune on February 25th. Since Mars is square Neptune from Sagittarius, both Mercury and Venus square him as well (on the 25th and 28th). This indicates that what you learn this month could very well influence your health, the work you choose to do, or your daily rituals. Make a habit of seeking out beautiful experiences this February.

 
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Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.
— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

Leo, you are the most generous of all the signs. You know the secret to love: that there’s always plenty to go around; that it multiplies itself. This is true of you as a friend, as a family member, and as a romantic partner. Your attention is on those one-on-one relationships this eclipse season. As Venus moves through Aquarius with the sun, you may be spending time with someone you love. Always, our relationships teach us about ourselves, and eclipse season can sometimes be rocky. Note that when the sun meets the south node on February 3rd, old patterns of relating may call to you. Be aware of what you project onto other people, and when you’re giving too much of yourself away. Make a new pattern; make the love new again. Venus squares Jupiter on February 10th, suggesting that the relationships you’re strengthening are helping you to strengthen the foundations of your life in turn. The people who make up your family or chosen family become your home, no matter where you are. Mercury repeats this pattern after Venus and the sun, meeting the south node on February 9th and squaring Jupiter on the 13th, reinforcing the relationship lessons of eclipse season.

The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th begins another chapter in this Leo-Aquarius eclipse story, about balancing your needs and wants with those of someone else. Especially if you’re living with a partner, or if you’re considering a move, you may be asked to make decisions that require commitment in the next six months. Home and family require your attention more than work now. In every relationship, and in friendships too, there are periods of re-making the bonds you have as you grow and change together. Mercury is traveling with the sun, an aspect that becomes exact on February 17th, indicating that you’re able to communicate well with others about the changes that are happening.

Venus moves into Pisces on February 10th, suggesting that your love with someone could reach a more intimate level this month. Mercury follows on the 17th, and the sun officially begins Pisces season on the 18th. You may think you know someone, and then they surprise you. Intimacy, whether emotional or physical, is available to you this month. However, since Neptune entered Pisces in 2012, you’ve become more vulnerable to letting others cross your boundaries. You may want to merge with a romantic partner on the soul level, but be mindful of where you end and the other person begins. You can experience a spiritual connection without giving everything away.

Mars makes an exact trine to the North Node in your sign on February 18th, reminding you that you are unique, and expressing yourself comes naturally. Aspects in the later half of this month suggest that you’ll be continuing on the romantic path, transforming yourself through relationships as eclipse season continues. It could be a fun fling, a new chapter in a committed relationship, or a renewed passion for your art. Mars in Sagittarius energizes the creativity, adventure, and joy in your chart. With Venus and Mercury crossing Neptune’s path in Pisces on February 21st and 25th, you may be dissolving old ways of relating or processing emotions and making something new. Give love generously and be open to receiving it, knowing that it is the ultimate transformative force.

 
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Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
— Anaïs Nin

Virgo, Jupiter is still trine Chiron in Pisces, emphasizing the healing that you’ll do this month through friendship and partnership. As a Mercury-ruled person, you have an innate need to communicate. Talk things through with a close friend or sibling if something’s on your mind this month. You’re in the middle of an eclipse season that’s driving some private changes for you. The Leo total eclipse on January 31st spoke of spiritual development and rest. Now Venus, Mercury, and the sun are transiting through Leo’s opposing sign of Aquarius, turning your focus to your body and mind in addition to your spirit. You’re adapting your daily routine to fit your needs better now. When Mercury reaches the south node on February 9th, pay attention to how you might be logically analyzing and planning your life when you could be leaving more space for intuition and spontaneity. Continue to practice self-care this eclipse season. When Venus moves into Pisces on February 10th and Mercury squares Jupiter on the 13th, that could very well include time spent with a friend or partner. A good book could be like an old friend this month too.

The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th echoes the Leo eclipse by requiring you to adapt to a new spiritual, work, and/or self-care routine. Some things are beyond our control, but you are a master of problem solving, so fix what can be fixed and allow the rest to work itself out. It may be time to allow other people to be of service to you, instead of you for them. This eclipse is right next to Mercury, suggesting that a sharp mind and the use of your words are of the utmost importance during this process. Stay agile. Mercury is in fact conjunct the sun for most of February, making an exact conjunction on February 17th right before moving into Pisces. On the same day, Mars is squaring Neptune, raising questions about the past or future of a partnership. Use your analytical skills to dig into what’s going on in that relationship, and take advantage of the communication powers of the Mercury-sun conjunction. Avoid passive-aggressive confrontation and assert yourself clearly instead.

The sun follows Venus and Mercury into Pisces on February 18th. Neptune has been transiting this sign since 2012, creating a kind of haze around your significant partnerships. You may have had relationships dissolve in this time, or found that you were under an illusion about someone else. You may have attained a more spiritual connection with a partner, and learned lessons about surrendering control when it comes to other people. Venus transiting Pisces lends some more warmth and romance to this part of your life. You might form a soul connection later this month, around the time when Venus meets Neptune on the 21st. Mercury follows suit on the 25th. Both Venus and Mercury will also square Mars in Sagittarius (on the 25th and 28th). This can make the warmth a little too warm, as it suggests tension between your identity and your role in the partnership. With Neptune in Pisces, it’s important for you to set boundaries. It’s not an equal friendship if you are always taking care of someone else; there should always be give and take. Mars begins a square to Chiron on February 28th that may remind you of this lesson.

We grow through other people; it’s wonderful and terrible. Allow yourself some rest and forgiveness this eclipse season, and look for those friends who open up worlds within you. Those are the ones worth keeping.

 
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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
— Martha Graham

Libra, this eclipse season is about expressing yourself through whatever means you find most pleasurable: painting, playing with your children, experimenting with fashion, throwing parties, baking cakes, singing in the shower, etc. You’re finding the people who enjoy the same hobbies you do, and can appreciate what you bring to the table. With Venus moving through Aquarius, your creative energies are running high. Make time for the activities that bring you joy this month. Just remember, as the sun meets the south node on February 3rd and Mercury follows on the 9th, that your unique expression is a gift for others, too. Self-expression doesn’t have to mean self-absorption. When Venus squares Jupiter in Scorpio on February 4th, you are reminded that your gifts are worth giving.

At the solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th, you may begin a new chapter in this creative cycle. With Mercury right next to this one, fresh ideas are in the air. Love affairs could gain momentum this month. Once again, you are cultivating that which is uniquely yours and offering it to the world. During this eclipse season, seek out people who appreciate your vitality, who make you feel even more vital. Your particular gifts are needed. Recognize that your quirks are your strengths and work to emphasize them. Make your idiosyncracies into virtues. Standing out from the herd requires courage.

Venus moves into Pisces on February 10th, turning your attention to workplace relationships and daily routines. Perhaps some of your fun and social activities revolve around work. You can certainly take the lesson about making time for joy and choose to make a habit of it. Neptune has been transiting Pisces since 2012 and will stay through 2025. At work, this may have created some confusion for you or led you in the direction of a helping profession, perhaps even regular charity service outside of work. You will feel especially sensitive during the years that Neptune transits this sign. You need to keep your stress level low (which is another reason why prioritizing fun is a good idea for you). Self-care activities and creating a harmonious work environment will benefit you this month.

Venus meets Neptune on February 21st, helping you to create harmony out of that new sensitivity. Perhaps you can give others (or yourself) some compassion in your work. Analyze the possibilities as Venus squares Mars on February 25th. Mercury repeats this pattern, meeting Neptune on the 25th and squaring Mars on the 28th. What you’re learning can influence your work here, and you can communicate that to coworkers or others who you see on a daily basis. You may be able to create harmony with others through the sensitivity that you’ve cultivated. Pay attention and listen well. Mars begins to square Chiron in Pisces on the 28th as well, creating some potential for healing through your particular style of communication. Let your expression come through the medium of your choice. Make it a part of each day.

 
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To spin the web and not be caught in it, to create the world, to create your own life, to rule your fate, to name the grandmothers as well as the fathers, to draw nets and not straight lines, to be a maker as well as a cleaner, to be able to sing and not be silenced, to take down the veil and appear: all these are the banners on the laundry line I hang out.
— Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

Scorpio, this eclipse season has you focused on your path. You’re looking at the past and the future; you’re thinking about how you can create your life, rule your fate, cast your net and draw in what you want. Jupiter is still in sextile to Pluto, prompting you to transform and enlarge your style of communication. Jupiter is also in a nice trine to Chiron in Pisces, helping you to heal through your self-expression and the expression of love. The question of who you are and who you want to be resonate throughout this month.

The total lunar eclipse in Leo on January 31st brought up some decisions and opportunities having to do with your vocation. The future beckons. With Venus, the sun, and Mercury moving over the south node in Aquarius and squaring Jupiter in your sign throughout the first two weeks of February, you’re letting go of the past. You can’t change what happened. You can only analyze it and take the lessons with you into what’s coming next. Draw on your history for wisdom. The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th continues this cycle of decision about where you belong. How can you move closer to fulfilling your soul purpose? What would that require of you? Do you need to move, change jobs, make more time for family? Ask yourself these questions and set an intention mid-month to act on something that gets you a little closer to the life you’re creating.

Venus enters Pisces on the 10th, then Mercury follows on the 17th and the sun enters on the 18th. You’ve been experiencing Neptune’s transit here since 2012, aiding your imagination for any creative projects and handing you rose-colored glasses for your romantic encounters. You have to be careful not to fall for an illusion, or the idea of love, when Neptune transits Pisces. Yet real romance is absolutely possible, with Neptune in a supportive trine to your sign. There is sensitivity and compassion here. Mars squares Neptune exactly on the 17th, suggesting that your creative energy will be high. Use your talents to make something beautiful. Feel confident in expressing yourself, in love and through fun. Mars then makes an exact trine to the North Node in Leo on the 18th, suggesting that your talent and confidence may help you move in the direction that you seek.

Venus meets Neptune in Pisces on the 21st, then squares Mars on the 25th, and Mercury repeats this pattern (on the 25th and 28th). Inspiration, creativity, and romance are key themes for the end of the month. Your self-doubt is the only barrier to your joy. You’ll feel especially sensitive and passionate when Venus squares Mars, and especially energized when Mercury does so. On the 28th, Mars begins to square Chiron in Pisces as well. Something may cause you to feel vulnerable. Practice self-compassion. This is an extremely active month for you. Keep your long-term ambitions in mind and take each day as it comes.

 
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Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that’s where I imagine it - there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.
— Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Sagittarius, you are expanding the boundaries of your perception this eclipse season. You might have thought your world was already big, but it’s getting bigger. And yet all of this can happen without you even leaving your living room. It may be your inner life that is expanding, in ways that others can’t see yet. Jupiter is still exploring the recesses of your deeper mind, all of those things you keep carefully hidden from other people, dredging things up for further examination. Doing the inner work will transform your confidence, as Jupiter makes a sextile to Pluto, and it will help you to heal from the past, as Jupiter trines Chiron.

As Venus, the sun, and Mercury cross the south node in Aquarius, you’re processing what you’re learning. A series of squares to Jupiter have you analyzing the past and communicating your thoughts. Venus squares Jupiter on February 4th, then the sun on February 10th, and Mercury on the 13th. Keep a journal or talk with a friend to make sense of your experiences. There’s a lot to take in during eclipse season. The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th may bring changing circumstances, a new environment, new neighbors or friends, new thoughts and ideas. Set intentions for the things you’d like to learn about at this new moon. Explore your neighborhood. You don’t always need to go halfway across the world to have a cultural experience! Anywhere can be interesting if you look in the right places.

Venus enters Pisces on February 10th, suggesting that you are particularly focused on your home as a source of comfort and pleasure. Since Neptune began transiting Pisces in 2012, you’ve been especially sensitive about home, family, and your identity. You may be distancing yourself from family in order to shed the past and find yourself, or conversely, you could be sacrificing a lot to help family members who need attention. There is a tendency to idealize the home and family with this Neptune transit. As this is a sensitive point in the chart, you feel especially sensitive in general. Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio and ongoing trine to Neptune continues to file those reference cards in your private library of memories through most of this year. When Mercury follows Venus into Pisces on the 17th, and the sun enters this sign on the 18th, home will be the focus of your thoughts.

Mars squares Neptune from your sign on February 17th, suggesting that your current energy of self-assertion may contrast with the sensitivity you feel around the home. In other words, you are aware of your own individual identity, and you have to reconcile that with past ideas about yourself, or your family’s version of you. Who you were then and who you are now could be two completely different people. Mars makes an exact trine to the North Node in Leo on the 18th, indicating that you are moving in the direction of expansion. This cycle is about processing experiences so that you can take action in the next cycle.

Venus meets Neptune on February 21st and squares Mars on the 25th; then, Mercury repeats this pattern on the 25th and 28th. You’re doing your best to create harmony on the home front, but you can’t let a desire for peace stop you from being who you are. Assert yourself in a positive way if you need to do so. You are the creator of your own self, and that self is always changing. Let the people who are close to you know who you are now. Mars begins to square Chiron from your sign on the 28th, indicating that these changes could be a little bit painful, if healing. Not all of the reference cards in our private mental libraries lead us to easy memories. Let some fresh air in. This month you’re trying to understand the workings of your own heart.

 
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I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
— Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Capricorn, turn your attention to your hopes and dreams this month, as Jupiter continues to sextile Pluto from Scorpio. It’s not so much about action in February as it is about the vision, about continuing to work towards an optimistic goal. Keep your head pointed towards the sun. Venus, the sun, and Mercury continue to transit through Aquarius, crossing the south node and making a series of squares to Jupiter in the first two weeks of this month. This eclipse season is about merging the material with the spiritual, and seeing that nothing is really permanent. Possessions are not as important as relationships; the best things cannot be purchased. Consider how your values and talents can help you reach the dream. Do something that restores your faith in humanity: ignoring the bad news in favor of the good news one day, or choosing to distribute random acts of kindness among strangers.

The solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th brings up opportunities related to your talents, confidence, and values. Money is likely to come up. Your financial situation can reflect your sense of self-worth. Set some intentions around establishing new values, boosting self-confidence, or making use of latent talents at this new moon. Venus enters Pisces on February 10th, aiding you in a talent for compassionate and creative communication, so you may be able to use that as well. Mercury then follows Venus on the 17th and the sun begins Pisces season on the 18th.

Neptune has been transiting Pisces since 2012, enhancing your imaginative expression. Art, music, and poetry flow more easily through this transit. This is especially true towards the end of this month. Venus meets Neptune on the 21st, adding additional artistic flair to your communication style, and squares Mars on the 25th, activating the passionate expression of your imagination. Mercury follows suit, making the same aspects on the 25th and the 28th. If you don’t enjoy artistic expression, you may be appreciating art through your medium of choice: a well-written book, a beautiful piece of music. You are likely to be especially verbal and active during these transits, regardless of your aptitudes.

It’s the dreams that you can pay attention to, in this month where you’re less focused on major life concerns. You have time for rest in February, and that’s an important part of any cycle. Pay attention to the images that arise in your head; communicate them. Create an optimistic vision. All the better to carry it out when it comes time to take more action.

 
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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

Aquarius, 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.

 
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You have to do what you have to do. You can’t go to law school if you don’t have any interest in being a lawyer. You can’t take a class if taking a class feels like it’s going to kill you. Faking it never works. If you don’t believe me, read Richard Wright. Read Charlotte Brontë. Read Joy Harjo. Read William Trevor. Read the entire Western canon. Or just close your eyes and remember everything you already know. Let whatever mysterious starlight that guided you this far, guide you onward into whatever crazy beauty awaits.
— Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

Pisces, the total lunar eclipse on January 31st has you adapting to changing circumstances as you begin the month. Neptune in your sign has been putting you on a new spiritual plane since 2012. Your creativity, intuition, and compassion are heightened with the ruler of your sign in your sign. It can feel like you’re merging into oneness. Unfortunately, since reaching Enlightenment or making Art don’t further the interests of our capitalist society, Neptune in Pisces can make you want to escape reality in less healthy ways. This month is about moving in the direction that feeds your soul. The best choices are never the easy ones. You will have to expand your definition of “success.” You will have to stop worrying about where other people want you to be.

With your other ruler, Jupiter, still sextile Pluto in Capricorn and trining Chiron in your sign, you’re undergoing a sometimes painful but ultimately healing expansion of self. You’re making human connections with people who share your understanding of life. This month you have planets squaring Jupiter in Scorpio from Aquarius. Venus squares Jupiter exactly on February 4th, the sun on the 10th, and Mercury on the 13th. This emphasizes the challenge to go further in your spiritual education. What I mean by spiritual here is: anything to do with understanding your place in the world, achieving a greater wholeness, serving others with compassion, making heart/soul connections, or having a numinous experience of any kind. So whether you consider yourself spiritual or religious, your “spiritual education” is about exploring those parts of life that move beyond material, practical, everyday concerns. As Venus, the sun, and Mercury are all passing over the south node in Aquarius, this could involve letting go of some fears of separation and loneliness.

Venus enters your sign on February 10th, emphasizing your soft, romantic side. While Venus is here, your interest in seeking pleasure increases. Others find you even more pleasurable to be around than usual. Eclipse season then continues with a solar eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th. Following the pattern of spiritual learning, this eclipse asks you to have faith in a larger pattern. You’re adapting to new circumstances, letting go of old fears, exploring the realms of imagination, and pushing the boundaries of your own self-compassion. This is a private new moon cycle for you. Spend some time alone to rest and reset. Set some intentions for your inner growth.

Mercury enters Pisces on February 17th, followed by the sun on the 18th, and your season officially begins! Towards the end of this month, you’ll be taking some of your spiritual insights and applying them to your own self-expression. After we experience private changes, we begin to show outward signs of change. Both Venus and Mercury meet Neptune in your sign later this month: Venus on the 21st, and Mercury on the 25th. This is a good time to experience pleasure through the creation or appreciation of art. You might be relating to others over some of your experiences, or making some adjustments to your personal style that reflect your sense of self more clearly. Several squares to Mars in your sector of vocation suggest that you will continue to be thinking about your direction in life. You’re being challenged to explore new directions now, paths that are probably off the usual beaten one. Maybe you’ve been doing this for a while, in which case there’s a slight bend in the road. Venus squares Mars on February 25th, and Mercury follows suit on the 28th. How can your spiritual insights become a part of your life direction? So what if your vocation is not a “career”? Sort out what really matters to you. Mars begins squaring Chiron in your sign on February 28th, bringing up some pain associated with this question of direction. Practice self-forgiveness. We’re all learning as we go.