Saturday, February 17 - Friday, February 23
Happy birthday! You’ve just been through an intensely private eclipse season that required you to hermit, retreat to your imagination, and take care of your health even as you may have dealt with a busy work schedule. Mars makes an exact square to Neptune, your modern ruler, on Saturday, emphasizing some of the stress you feel about your vocational direction. This tense aspect challenges you to put some of your dreams into action. With Neptune in your sign, it’s not always clear where you’re going; you have to follow your intuitive compass and trust the adventure. On Saturday, you also have Mercury’s entry into your sign. This increases your powers of communication.
The sun follows Mercury into Pisces on Sunday and beckons you to come out of your eclipse season hiding place. You’re about to be the center of attention, as Venus moves towards her meeting with Neptune on Wednesday. This is a gorgeous, romantic aspect that speaks of numinous experiences, artwork, music, fairy tales, and the glow of love. Enjoy what brings you pleasure. Others may see you as especially glamorous and attractive now. Venus is also squaring Mars, an aspect that will be exact next Sunday, which amps up your passion for your vocational and public activities. Meanwhile, Mercury is getting closer to Neptune (exact next Sunday) endowing you not just with powers of communication, but also with poetic words. If you perform in any capacity, you could make quite a splash this week.
Saturday, February 10 - Friday, February 16
Venus moving into your sign on Saturday evening is lovely for you. Venus in your sign has the power to see through appearances to love people for who they are. Here, she’s especially romantic, creative, giving, and compassionate. Embrace that archetype, not only for other people, but for yourself this week. You might treat yourself to some new clothes or a new haircut to enhance your appearance. At any rate, you’ll be indulging more in activities that bring you pleasure.
Use that sense of worthiness to contrast your fears this week. The sun and Mercury both square your ruler Jupiter from your twelfth house (on Saturday and Tuesday), and the eclipse on Thursday squares Jupiter as well. You face a challenge in bringing your hidden visions, dreams, and fears to the surface. You may need to let go of something in order to move forward on your journey. This could be a very spiritual and creative week. Like last week, it’s also a time for more private retreat. Something may require a leap of faith, perhaps in relation to your vocation or career. Trust your own instincts. Trust that things will probably work out. Mistakes are inevitable, but you can learn from them and adjust your course. Valentine’s Day this year is more about love for yourself and coming into your own than relating to others. Allow yourself to let go and rest.
Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 9
This week is an especially private one for you. Use your best coping mechanisms to retreat within, to that place where only you can go. Sleep, dreams, rest, imagination, private journeys...these will be your focus for the next few days. Give yourself a break if you’re having trouble focusing on everyday concerns. Push the non-essential chores back for a week or two. You need to do your puttering and daydreaming now. Who knows, by leaving the material world to explore the inner recesses of your mind, you might just come up with an idea that benefits your “real” life.
“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
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.
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 - Friday, February 2
With Mars firing up your axis of homing and direction, and a total lunar eclipse in your house of daily work this Wednesday, you’re focused on where you’re headed. You’re a mutable sign. You were born to adapt, and especially as a Pisces, to swim with the flow of things. This Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle, which you’ve already experienced in February and August 2017, is returning on Wednesday with a Leo lunar eclipse that requires your adaptation. Something needs to change. It may be your health or an illness of a more spiritual nature. It might be a habit or a comfortable routine. Move into the change. Adapt to the new course of events. If you learn the new job skills, find the right therapist, or make time for the daily walk, you put into action the magic that can propel you forward. Maybe you have already started, in which case, the work you have done thus far will become apparent this week. Fire transforms. Allow it to do its job.