Groundhog’s Day marks the Celtic fire festival of Imbolc, time to light bonfires and consult animal divination of all types. This year, it will be a fire festival as Venus joins Mars in Aries February 3. They bring an early taste of a power-packed, revolutionary spring and blast us out of last month’s sensitive inertia, and into a new perspective. So, what do we want to instigate?

Mercury enters Aquarius on February 7 and encourages us to build community rather than go it alone. New relationships and alliances catch fire quickly. A partial eclipse February 10 in Leo highlights tension between the needs of the individual and those of the collective. It asks us to step away from self-involved Leo to find Leo’s generous and loving heart; let’s shine individually, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.

We’ll feel power building to a clash of wills around February 22 as Mars squares Pluto, so let’s choose our fights carefully. Sun enters Pisces Feb 18, Mercury follows February 26 and brings back a subtle sensitivity while increasing our spiritual needs. February 25, a new Moon/solar eclipse in Pisces asks us to begin a new heart-centered cycle. February ends with a fresh competitive and revolutionary wind as Mars conjuncts Uranus.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…You’re on this month; energy and inspiration pour in, but keep an eye on long-term consequences of all you do and say. Create rather than react, and lead without disempowering others. Practice patient determination and listen for the other side of the story. Make extremely careful decisions February 22-27.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Your psyche may rumble with potential discontent. Rock the boat, but keep it productive and heart-centered. Around February 10 you may come to a new understanding of your feelings and need to take a stand; articulate what you feel, but let it begin negotiation. Be the rock and offer February 25-27.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Speak your truth, keep the conversation going, ask great questions, but don’t get hooked into surrounding tensions unnecessarily. Responsibilities abound, but if there’s too much on your plate as the month begins, prioritize. Mid-month is productive if you stay on task. After February 26, know when to step back.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Work can be intense. If you feel pressured to take a risk, find a middle ground between security and innovation. Take care of your boundaries and sidestep the charging bulls, particularly February 22-26. Observe rather than react; next month you’ll be in a more proactive position.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Look for a chance to take independent steps to learn and travel this month, with doorways opening for new experience February 9-14. Watch for accidents around the solar eclipse February 26, but share what you really feel, and practice profound empathy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Do not lapse into passive-aggressive behavior or false politeness, for it will backfire. Be patient but straightforward with needs and opinions. Avoid conflict around other people’s money and resources mid-month. Sudden flashes of insight may be strong, but partial; get the whole picture. Follow up on opportunities February 15-21.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Relationships spark, ignite, and sometimes conflict. Be thoughtful around legal issues and all negotiations around what’s fair financially, romantically, and politically. Speak directly, but be aware of temperamental personalities nearby. Play for the long haul, not short-term understanding. Communicate clearly around matters of the heart February 11-15.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Be careful what you wish for, because it may happen, yet with a twist. If events unfold quickly stay on track with your own priorities, but help with emergencies. Move with awareness to avoid accidents February 20-27. Give your opposition enough rope, you don’t have to be the trigger.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Normally you honor independence, but it can be tricky when it’s your kids, employees or relatives. Don’t take it personally, instead lead by sane example and give them room to wind out, wind down. Make an overture around February 11. Assess your real needs carefully around February 21.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Opposition and innovation; it’s going to be an interesting month. Let sparks ignite productive conversation at home and workplace. Lead while respecting other’s will; use extra diplomacy, especially when you clearly know what needs to be done. Make structural changes mid-month, and stay goal-focused through February 23-25.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Things can turn around and go your way if you both reach out and follow through. Do not get distracted and drop the ball. Communication improves and opportunities open after February 7. Make overtures February 11 -15, and turn inward to handle some personal work after February 25.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…You grow gumption, but watch for grumpy people and arguments over money, resources mid-month. They have the energy, but you know the direction; lead with love. Take the initiative after February 18, pay attention to endings which create room for fresh beginnings around the February 26 eclipse.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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