Saturday, February 17 - Friday, February 23
You’re moving past an intense eclipse season of changes on the home front and figuring out your path. You get a bit of a reprieve now, as Mercury moves into Pisces on Saturday and the sun follows on Sunday. Venus joins Neptune here this week, an aspect that’s exact on Wednesday, making your connections with other people very attractive now. If you have the opportunity to attend a glamorous event, an art opening, musical or theater performance, or a spiritual gathering, take advantage of the current astrology. Venus together with Neptune adds an extra glow to any party or event you join. It may be that you’re following dreams, or meeting people who can grant some of your wishes.
The dark side of Venus and Neptune together can be deception, especially in love, so do be careful not to make naive decisions. Stay on the light side and enjoy all that this romantic aspect has to offer, keeping in mind that things are not always as they seem. Mars is squaring Neptune and Venus from Sagittarius this week too: Neptune exactly on Saturday (the 17th), and Venus exactly on the 25th. Mars transiting your eighth house brings up some deep feelings and intense desires. You need other people to help you navigate this, especially if you’re beginning to feel somewhat out of control following this eclipse season. Participate in your community for a sense of groundedness and belonging. Other people are likely to see you as a stable force, someone who is hardly ever ruffled and can be depended on, but doesn’t need a lot of help. You might need to reach out before people realize that you’re more sensitive than you seem at first. You could meet some kindred spirits this week, people who share some of your passions. Those connections may play a role in transforming you, or your current transformation could lead you to seek out new communities entirely. Enjoy your social scene.
Saturday, February 10 - Friday, February 16
Venus’ move into Pisces on Saturday evening livens up your social life a little more. You can form more harmonious associations with other people when Venus is here, in the sign of her exaltation. Enjoy time spent with your community, and especially with your friends. It’s easier to be non-judgemental and accepting during this transit. This week, you’re still in the thick of eclipse season, building your life and following your mission. You could use the help of other people to get there, even people you might not previously have thought you had anything in common with. On Valentine’s Day, go to a party or plan another fun group activity. You never know who you might meet there.
On Saturday, the sun squares Jupiter exactly. Mercury’s exact square occurs on Tuesday, and Thursday’s eclipse is also square Jupiter. As all of this activity happens in your house of vocation and your house of significant partnerships, you will continue to negotiate with other people as you make choices about your direction. Again, people can help you decide where you want to go and help you along the way. Some may find that it’s more of a choice between relationships and career, or a development in a marriage or significant partnership that necessarily changes your direction. Keep your long-term goals in mind, and don’t be afraid to change them as you go either. You need to keep some wiggle room for life to happen. At the eclipse on Thursday, start a new moon mini-cycle of pursuing your career goals and meeting the people who support you on that path.
Monday, February 5 - Friday, February 9
Our friends shape who we are almost as much as our family. A series of squares from planets in Aquarius to Jupiter in Scorpio started with Venus on Sunday, suggesting that friends are playing a big role in your life right now. You could be making choices with someone who, in small but noticeable ways, impacts your legacy. Perhaps a friend is helping you in your career. Maybe it’s even a business partner you’re squaring off with. Finding ways to balance your vocation with your relationship could come up now. Let people help you get where you want to go. Work together and take your eyes off work for a moment to play together. You might get some recognition for what you achieve in your partnership.
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.
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
There is a place where you belong, a place that makes sense for you. It’s there that you find the nurturing you need to go forth and be yourself out in the world, to accomplish your mission, to ultimately be recognized for exactly who you are. Where is that place? Is it a job, a country, a bungalow, another person you call home? This Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle is rummaging through your personal basement and surfacing reminders of your old self. You may need to parent yourself a little bit this week, as we encounter Wednesday’s total eclipse in Leo. Venus, the sun, and the south node at the very top of your chart ask you to make your own destiny, without falling back into other peoples’ outdated patterns. What you want may not be what you’re told you should want, and that’s ok. Imagine what your younger self would think of you now. Go back to that free, unmolded space of creativity and play.