Saturday, February 17 - Friday, February 23
The allure of the past beckons this week as you confront all of your former selves on the way to forming your current identity. Mars squares Neptune on Saturday (the 17th), reminding you of how sensitive you’ve been feeling lately. This aspect also helps you to identify what you want to take with you from the past to create the present. You get to choose what you bring and what you leave behind. Mercury enters Pisces on Saturday evening, and the sun follows on Sunday. This weekend, especially with the moon transiting through Pisces and adding some extra emotional energy to the stellium, you may feel tender. You might stay home and have meaningful conversations with family, or retreat to your own room to think. Mars’ exact trine to the North Node in Leo on Sunday can lead you to seek knowledge that expands your understanding of yourself.
Venus meets Neptune this week, an enchanting aspect that will be exact on Wednesday. Home could be a beautiful place this week. You might be making it so literally, or feeling it emotionally. It could be a nice week for getting outside and appreciating the wonder of the place you call home. Mars squares Venus (exact on the 25th), showing that your current confidence and self-assertion could create some tension with a family member. It also suggests a passion for finding out more about who you are, about your ancestors, about the people and places that have shaped you. Mars is moving through your sign with asteroid Vesta, making an exact conjunction on Friday. You’re really on fire right now, and on another level, you’re keeping your own hearth fires burning, dreaming your own sense of home into being. Mercury moves into a conjunction with Neptune that will be exact on the 25th, indicating that poetic synchronicities could occur.
Saturday, February 10 - Friday, February 16
The series of squares from planets in Aquarius to your ruler Jupiter in Scorpio continues this week, with the sun on the 10th and Mercury on the 13th. Daily life is in conflict with your interior secrets, your fears, and your dreams. You may be writing from the imagination or confiding in someone about what’s on your mind. There’s a lot more going on for you right now than others can see on the surface. Venus moves into Pisces on the evening of the 10th, beginning a cycle (through March 6th) of beauty and harmony in the home. You may want to spend more time at home, finding it calming, or you may be actively decorating to create the environment you want. You might find a lot of pleasure in spending time with family during this cycle.
Mars, still transiting through your sign, is also squaring Neptune in Pisces this week, an aspect that will be exact next Saturday. A desire to express your identity could manifest as you pursue an ideal in your home or family life. Mars is also in trine to the north node in Leo, an aspect that will be exact next Sunday, indicating that you are on the path of expansion right now. This week you have a more sensitive period where you may want to be comfortable at home in order to process everything that’s happening. Given the emphasis on home and family, the solar eclipse in Aquarius on Thursday could bring a message regarding a big change for a sibling. Alternatively, this can be another fresh start in the longer Leo-Aquarius cycle of learning and opening the doors of your perception. Short trips, communication, and new information can play a role.
Monday, February 4 - Friday, February 9
You love a good chat, but gossip will come back to bite you. Remember that this week as the transiting planets in our current Aquarius stellium cross the south node. Instead, spend the time processing and communicating about all of the private insights you’ve had. You could tell a sibling or other close confidant, write it down, or express it through another medium. Venus’ sextile to Uranus on Tuesday could bring out some extra creativity. Be wary of communication hiccups on Friday, when Mercury crosses the south node. The moon in your sign towards the end of this week should balance out the energy for you.
“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
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.
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
You’re taking last week’s horoscope suggestion and having fun this weekend, right? Mars is in your sign, magnifying your enthusiasm for life. That spiritual journey that Jupiter’s taking you on is getting a little more fun and a lot more real. All of the activity in Aquarius opens your mind, giving you fresh ideas. Wednesday’s total eclipse in Leo is like a bright torch offered to light your journey. This philosophical trip started back in February 2017, at the beginning of the Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle and continued in August. Fun, travel, following your scholarly curiosity, and sharing your own ideas are all options here. Open your mind, your heart, and your backpack. This week is about venturing deeper into the wild unknown. Adventure calls!