Life is abuzz this month, so grab that extra macchiato or green teayoull need it! As the purposeful Sun moves through Aquarius, your eleventh house of networking, technology and friendships, you are officially the belle of every ball, boardroom and message board alike. The Sun is here until February 18, so reach out to make in-person connections with those folks you only know through status updates and 140-character missives. Communicator Mercury and magnetic Venus are also in Aquarius as February begins, making you all the more witty and charming. Youll be amazed at the number of like-minded souls you draw into your orbit. Gather your tribe!
On February 10, get set to ring in the Chinese New Year, as we say goodbye to the fiery Dragon influence and celebrate the security-minded Year of the Snake. This same day, an Aquarius new moon stokes your eleventh house of teamwork and technology, making it a perfect day to launch that new web venture or blog youve been contemplating. Since the eleventh house also rules humanitarian causes, you might turn a fresh page and consider how you can use your go-getter ways to better serve humankind. Perhaps youll volunteer as a (wo)man-with-a-van, shuttling homeless families from shelters to permanent housing. Or maybe youll visit a natural disaster site and just roll up your sleeves, helping folks clean up post-storm debris. This is an excellent day to solidify involvement in a like-minded group, a very Snake-like thing to do.
Passive aggression alert: motivator Mars, your ruler, is in Pisces from February 1- March 11, an awkward placement since Pisces is soft, flowing and boundary-less, while Mars is action-oriented and direct. (To quote comedian Ophira Eisenberg, ”My husband called me passive-aggressive. I told him to go screw himself. In an e-mail. Saved as a draft. But hell find it.”) With Mars in Pisces, your twelfth house of rest, endings and the subconscious, you may need to face certain stressors, or deal head-on with issues youve been repressing and avoiding. If your sleep gets interrupted from all the subterranean activity, invest in earplugs, a facial mask and lavender oil. Oh, and dont forget that warm mug of bedtime tea to accompany a nice pre-slumber soak in the tub.
Adding to your mellow mood, the Sun moves into dreamy Pisces, your twelfth house of fantasy and relaxation, on February 18. For the remainder of the month, shift gears, ditching the social butterfly schedule for unstructured free time at home lounging, listening to music, letting your imagination unfurl. Maybe you even want to crank this tune, an anthem to those WTF times, by fellow Aries Marvin Gaye: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-kA3UtBj4M.
That same day, taskmaster Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your eighth house of intimate bonds and joint resources. Until July 7, when the tough love planet moves forward again, youll have a prime opportunity to rebuild your trust in a relationship thats been on shaky ground. Or, you can start laying the foundation for increased financial security, examining how you expend your precious resources. If you havent been able to wave that fiscal magic wand as of late, now is your chance to look within and figure out why. Have you been in allowing mode, trusting the universe to provide fully for your needs? Or have you been strong-arming your way to achievement, forcing things to move in a certain direction and dealing with resistance? Only you know.
Youll have plenty of time to reflect on that while thoughtful Mercury is retrograde (backward) from February 23-March 16. Mercury retrograde can cause technology, communication and travel breakdowns, so take preventive measures earlier this month. Back up your important data well in advance and if youre traveling, plan around some likely delays. Make sure your passport is up to date and that your plane tickets really ARE booked for the day you think youre leaving town. Mercury is in Pisces, which rules your twelfth house of secrets and hidden agendas. During this period, beware of gossip and getting snared into someones codependent drama. If you get the feeling that something is not quite right, dont dismiss it so easily. Maybe you feel like youre in a fog, unable to discern whats what (i.e., does that hottie really want to get to know me for the real me, or is he/she covertly married and seeking a clandestine affair?). If youre not sure, pay attention to your dreams and subconscious hunches. They will point you in the right direction. Also, this is not a time to share your most personal stories with people you dont know very well, lest you want to see bits and pieces of your life scattered about town as if by carrier pigeon. Beware the houseguests from hell and keep your passwords in a protected document or safely stashed in an app such as mSecure.
February 25 brings a potent full moon in Virgo, your sixth house of systems, wellness and efficiency. On this day, you might get to the root of a nagging health issue. Or an eventa lost file, a breakdown in communicationtranspires, making you suddenly aware of the need to streamline and organize. With the moon squaring Jupiter in Gemini, your third house of communication, you could experience tension, perhaps between your own organizational agenda and the overwhelming needs of a sibling or close friend. It seems this person doesnt want to clean out his or her proverbial closetswhich would be fine, if said closets werent in your office or house. Or, perhaps you join a gym, only to find that your nosy, albeit fragile, neighbor also belongs and decides that your time on the treadmill is a perfect moment to chat your ear off about your other neighbors loud cats. Strive for balanced communicationno over-promisingas you focus on what makes your life run smoothly.
How you doin? Until February 24, romantic Venus is in friendship-minded Aquarius, your eleventh house of platonic relationships, making this a perfect time for single Aries to cozy up to someone you might suddenly see in a sexy (or dim red) light. Or, ask your friends to hook you up with their friends. Love connections happen in a million and one ways, so be clear on WHAT you want and flexible about HOW it happens. Coupled Rams may enjoy double dates or catching up with mutual friendsyou and your partner (in crime) feel even feel closer when youre spending a raucous evening with your tribe, telling bawdy jokes and letting your hair down for some silly fun. Karaoke duet of Islands In the Stream, sweetie?
All month long, sultry Mars is in Pisces, your twelfth house of secrets. This could mean spicy action behind closed doors, possibly even of the clandestine sort. Single Aries may take a lover and dive into a full-blown fantasy, reveling in the fact that no one knows what youre doingor the person youre doing it withwhen you feign a yawn and leave the party early. Or maybe you and a friend decide to keep your budding attraction hidden from everyone else, stealing make-out sessions in the bathroom when your crew is out on the town.
Trust issues? With the twelfth house of the subconscious so activated, your paranoia-meter may go through the roof. If youre overly suspicious, do a serious gut check before accusing your love of giving bedroom eyes to the local barista. Has your vivid imagination run off the deep end? Or is there a legitimate cause for distrust in this relationship that needs to be repaired? With Mars in this illusory zone of your chart, you could be projecting a fear from a past indiscretion, or one of your own subconscious desires. Maybe YOURE the one who wishes you could spend lunch break flirting with a cute colleague, which youre accusing your (hopefully) innocent partner of doing. Perhaps youve been Facebook-stalking that ex (ah, to relive that hot rooftop tryst in the summer of 04), only to turn your own sex-capading reverie around on your partner, suddenly convincing yourself that s/hes been unfaithful. Oh, Aries: this funhouse hall of mirrors is anything but fun. So zip it until you have a better hold on where these potent fears are coming from. If you need help cleaning up old baggage, we highly recommend Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping, to help identify the root of your fears and heal past hurts: http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1591797640
On Valentines Day, a smoldering Aries moon bodes well for you. Bring it on, Cupid! Passionate Mars will form a beneficial trine to serious Saturn in Scorpio, your intimate eighth house of sex and marriage. In youre in a relationship, you may want to pull out all the stops for an over-the-top fantasy dateor delight as your honey drops to one knee and presents a ring. Hey, it could happen this year. If your idea of a fantasy date veers into the darker of those 50 shades, were not judging. Whether your pleasure is a leather bodysuit or a leather handbag, a Christian Grey-style whip or a tamer trail of whipped creamwell, that would be up to your wild and kinky imagination. Solo Rams, flaunt what you got, cause you could have a lucky night for love (or lust), especially with the Aries moon in the drivers seat. Head to a skin-baring burlesque show and get all sorts of inspired by the booty-shaking and flying fringe. Or visit a high-end erotic boutique, where you can peruse in pleasurable privacy.
And thenthere could be some foundational details to handle. You and your love may decide to head to couples therapy or to work out the finer points of sharing your lives, especially after February 18, when mature Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your eighth house of soul merging. Saturn is retrograde until July 7. During this near five-month stretch, all trust issueseven the ones youd rather ignoreare up for examination. Do you flinch every time you hear a certain exs name, certain youre going to be ditched for themor someone else? As much as your independent-minded sign may fight the realities of couple-dom, this is a time to honestly acknowledge all barriers between you and experiencing deep, soul-stirring true love. If youre having trouble conceiving, you may decide to see a specialist, to hone in on the underlying issue. If youre craving more private time with your love, you may need to create some structure around your most intimate desires. Perhaps set an alarm on your honeys smart phone for sex dates (possibly set to Aint No Stoppin Us Now by fellow Aries Luther Vandross: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMcYoMYOKIk). Or, if youve been thwarted, time and time again, by your own blocks around intimacy and sexuality, commit to overcoming your fears and finally experiencing the intimacy you truly desire.
Since Saturn can slow things down, you plans could stall around an engagement or cohabitation (and you may be the one pulling the brake). Perhaps you were rushing in, impulsive Aries-style, only to realize that there need to be some parameters in place. For example: you might need to hash out whats acceptable once youre living under the same roof, in terms of socializing and setting boundaries, so that your sweethearts probing mom cant just stop by unannounced on Sunday morning (even if she does come bearing chocolate croissants).
Or, you may need to fine-tune the logistics. Are you both financially stable? Or is one of you on the brink of bankruptcy while the other can jet off to Paris and stay in the penthouse suite, without a second thought? Could a pre-nup be necessary to keep your relationship afloat? If you find yourself saying (or thinking), I love you but you dont have your act together the real issue is management of energy, resources and time. Sure, your honey may be passionate, but if youre always paying for fancy dinners out or your love conveniently forgets how much money he owes you, that chemistry may fizzle under all the extra weight youre pulling. How deep can you really go with someone who depends too heavily on you for material and emotional survival?
Picture it: youre determined to complete that proposal, only the fifth cup of coffee hasnt done anything for your foggy head or half-shut lids. With go-getter Mars in Pisces, your twelfth house of rest, you might just do better closing down your laptop or slackening your own high performance standards. Guard yourself against inevitable burnout. You just dont have the stamina to muscle your way through a demanding schedule. As much as you can, take time out to meditate, pause, even run a midday bath if you have the luxury of working from home or taking a personal day. When the Sun moves into Pisces on February 23the same day Mercury moves retrograde in Piscesyour needs for a mental vacation could be at an all-time high. Pushing it wont even be a question, not with the instinct to pull your duvet over your head upon waking.
While you may feel tempted to go, go, go with so many planets in frenetic Aquarius planets, your body/mind/spirit holds the key to deciding whats right. If youre aching for restoration and rejuvenation, ask yourself if showing up at the artsy cocktail party for a 30-minute drive-by is meeting the needs of your soul. It might be. But it could just as easily cause you unnecessary stress, taking you further away from your true desires. As structured Saturn moves retrograde through your eighth house of privacy, you need to conserve and respect your resources. If every hour of your day is plotted and planned, how can you fully replenish?
At the end of the month, a full moon in Virgo, your sixth house of health, squares expansive Jupiter in Gemini, your third house of information, potentially causing you to become the Woody Allen of hypochondriacs. (To that end, his recent New York Time piece on the topic might help you laugh at yourself and lighten up: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/opinion/sunday/hypochondria-an-inside-look.html.)
Dont turn an innocuous brown spot on your arm into malignant melanoma. One doctor we know insists that if youre going to consult the web to explore an issue, at least restrict your surfing to the Mayo Clinic. But even this small bit of info could overwhelm you at this full moon. At this full moon, there IS such a thing as too much informationand you could easily be on overload now. Treat yourself to a mental health day and give your brain a rest! Or, go get a proper checkup, teeth cleaning, blood test, mammogramwhatever youve been putting off. Love your body, and it will love you back.
Keep your business card at the ready! Aquarius season, with the Sun in your eleventh house of connections, is made for networking. (Helpful hint: since you probably have more than one project in the worksand your respective ventures are vastly differentyou may want to order cards for each of your different identities, so you dont confuse potential collaborators with one card that reads, Taxidermist. Makeup Artist. Housing Advocate.) Your self-starter sign can always turn an acquaintance into a helpful business ally. Hey, you never know: that young mom you meet at the planning meeting for your local Greenpeace chapter could be the perfect part-time employee for your new baby swimwear line.
On February 10, the Aquarius new moon in your eleventh house of technology is a banner day for launching a new online venture. Or, you may want to join a professional group, to boost your credentials and spend time with kindred spirits in your field. If two heads are better than one, Aries, think of what you can do with an army of fifty bold and passionate minds. Or, you may choose to make an important collaboration official. Sealing the deal on this date heralds a whole new chapter in your work life, as you link up with a group of people who can put your career on a stratospheric trajectory. With go-getter Mars in watery Pisces, your twelfth house of rest, your energy may feel a little diffuse. If your drive is dimmed, maybe youre ready for a break. Instead of staring blankly at an Excel spreadsheet, get your creative right brain into play. You might just surprise yourself by how much you accomplish when you carve out large, unstructured chunks of time to meditate and boost your creative flow. This is a great time to explore an artistic medium: for example, a collage class at an art studio/salon like the Oracle Club (http://theoracleclub.com/classes), a Queens-based event space run by husband-and-wife team Julian Tepper (an Aries author) and Jenna Gribbon (a Sagittarius visual artist).
Remember that rainy day youve always been told to save up for, Aries? Well, there may be a spell of them in the coming monthsso be mindful of your resources now. From February 18-July 7, sober Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your eighth house of shared finance and joint ventures. If youve been trying to sell property, you may notice a slow-down during this period.
Perhaps you have a hefty tax bill or expense coming up, and you need to start socking your extra cash away. If money matters feel over your head, retain an experienced accountant to help you sort through the mire. Now is not the time to cut corners on financial planning. It is, however, a great time to consolidate debt or see a specialist to help with a complete financial reorganization. (Just check Consumer Reports to make sure youre working with a reputable company.) If you have new joint ventures, move gingerly toward them. Remember, your aim is to protect your assets, including your intellectual property. Seek wise counsel only from lawyers or agents who are the best of the best. Your net worth will thank you for it.
On February 23, communicator Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces, your twelfth house of secrets and hidden agendas. Between now and March 16, be mindful of passive-aggression, resentment and secretiveness. Things may not be as they seem, or someone could be only revealing half of his hand. Be extra careful of what you put in writing during this cycle. A subconscious desire to let your boss know what you really think of her controlling ways could manifest as an accidental scathing reply-all message you think is only going to one person. Oops! Even if you are super careful, take this time to examine what your issues areits highly likely youre projecting your own sense of powerlessness onto this other person. Let the hidden issues come to lighthopefully just in your mind, or in the confines of your therapists officeso that you can clean them up and be a healthier, lighter person for it. Keep yourself balanced with early morning or lunchtime yoga classes, brisk walks, or a workout before you head home for the night.
Cleanup time! February 25 brings a full moon in Virgo, your sixth house of efficiency and organization. Its a great time to whip your office or workspace into fighting feng-shui shape. Caution: this moon squares Jupiter in Gemini, your third house of communication, giving people a tendency to exaggerate. Be very careful what you promise. Telling someone you can definitely spearhead the office electronic recycling drive is a no-no, especially if you know deep-down that the best you can probably do is pick up see-through blue bags on your way to work one daykey words being one day. Dont damage your credibility, especially by putting your best intentions in an email. Those few, poorly considered sentences could come back to haunt you. Now is not the time to take on too much. Focus on streamlining your routine and finishing what youve already begun. Instead of taking the lead, pause, categorize and sort. Theres enough piled up on your desk alreadyisnt there, Aries?