Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

What do you want to change? First Mars kicks us, then Venus calls us, to a better future this month. Motivating Mars in Aries makes two explosive aspects that could explode a corner of our life or help us make productive changes. It’s up to us which way we take it.

Mars squares deep, willful Pluto and asks us what we really want, and what we’re going to do about it as the month begins. On February 2, Venus trines electrical Uranus and invites us to a more delectable and interesting future, and then she enters enduring Capricorn and loans us determination to help us get there. Mars conjuncts energizing Uranus on February 12 and ignites a charge, and we are to use the energy wisely.

Mars then enters determined Taurus, joining Venus in sensuous and determined Earth signs just in time for Valentine’s Day. Here they loan us stubbornness and durability, entrench opinions, but help us get cozier, more tactile and embodied. Though our work can interfere with romance, we can love our work and appreciate trusted friends as the Sun enters Pisces and Venus conjuncts Saturn on February 18. Our feelings grow melancholic February 22 as Venus conjuncts Pluto, so let’s open our hearts with compassion.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Don’t attack if you feel underestimated or misunderstood: just be exactly who you are, and let that speak volumes. Practice kindness as the month begins. Stay alert to utilize opportunity and lead the potential changes midmonth, then relax and let others run with the ball after February 18.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…As February begins you may feel turbulence in your dreams or behind the scenes. If you need to rock the boat, do so directly and diplomatically rather than hold tension in your body. Expect more energy, comfort, and comfortable interactions after February 14 as Mars enters your sign.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…While you’re probably fine, many close friends are in flux, dealing with financial ups and downs or volatile relationships. Be a good friend but don’t get reactive or caught in the middle; listen more than you talk and just let them process. Nurture creativity later in the month.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Any innovation and leadership you bring to work will be appreciated, but could spark challenges to your authority. Exercise tact and help it be a win-win scenario. If you are stressed, you’ll feel healthier if you walk, swim, dance and move it out of your body.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You may experience a steep learning curve this month: let life be an education. Instead of resisting the lessons and blaming others, empower yourself to learn from consequences, and then explore your options. Rein in unnecessary expenditures. If doors open around February 7 and 18, walk through.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…You may need to assist cohorts through intense personal challenges. You cannot fix everything, but you can ask the right questions, be present, supportive and trust karma. If anger spikes, count to 10, let the thunderbolt pass, then keep the talk clean, clear and direct. Support flows towards you February 14-18.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Relationships could be volatile in the best and worst of ways; enjoy good sparks but don’t feed melodrama or try to calm others down when they’re not ready. Instead, help those who want to be helped, stand back from those acting out, and pour energy into creative process.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Don’t be baited into arguments; step away from power wrangling in early February. Clarify your desires and pursue mid-month. Pay attention to avoid accidents of distraction, and reinvigorate your health regimen. Take care of employees, animals and others who need you as the month ends.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Keep your sense of humor, but don’t bait friends when they get grim. Engage your optimism February 7, reach out to new contacts February 22. Passionate connections and creative projects can spark mid-month, but will need to be nurtured to grow into a steady flame.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Make creative use of restlessness, for it won’t go away easily. Act, rather than react. Consider possibilities for change or relocation of home or work identity, but don’t jump before the idea ripens. Avoid conflict February 1; your efforts are more appreciated after February 3 as Venus enters Capricorn.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Be honest, but stay calm with siblings and sibling-like people as the month begins; let people reveal themselves rather than bait you into response. Explore your neighborhood, investigate short-term intensive learning experiences. Engage life directly early in February, rest and renew after February 18.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Stay grounded in the material world this month. Walk with consciousness to klutziness when rushed as the month begins. Look squarely at financial problems and take gentle steps in a healthy direction; fighting about it won’t help, neither will impulse buys. Be generous in a healthy, non-codependent way February 3-7. Take on responsibilities after February 18.

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