Cozy up, Cancer, and prepare to hibernate. The Sun spends the first three weeks of February in Aquarius, your eighth house of privacy. Nothing feels better than being totally enveloped in your own personal, invitation-only cocoon. Hunker down and finish a detail-oriented project that requires a keen eye, or some investigative research. With your laser-like focus and heightened sensitivity, you should be extra discerning about the company you keep. Under this seductive spell, the majority of your time may be focused on just one special personwith that do not disturb sign hanging prominently on the doorknob.
On February 10, the Aquarius new moon turns a fresh page around intimacy, long-term finances or joint ventures. If youre involved with someone, strong feelings might erupt faster than Mount Vesuvius, surprising even you with their potency. If this intensity shakes you up, thats a good thing, since it could clear the way to a deeper, more authentic connection. This is a stellar day to talk about joint venture possibilitiesa caf/wine bar that attracts a strong local following, perhaps? Or, you may want to have an open conversation about your shared financial goals and future, like which year you see yourselves snatching up that little beach cottage or opening up the winery in Napa. Dream big, Cancer. February 10 is also the Chinese New Year, so get ready to welcome the Year of the Snake. This security-focused sign cranks up the dial on your future goals, helping you plant deep rootsthe only kind that stability loving Cancers like.
But wait! Dont hit the ground running with all your big plans just yet. You may need to scale them back, or at least press pause, since communicator Mercury will be retrograde (backward), in Pisces, your ninth house of optimism and new ventures, from February 23-March 16. Use this three-week period to sharpen your skills, perhaps with a Photoshop class or a marketing workshop (check out social media training from pros like Laura Roeder http://www.lauraroeder.com or Derek Halpern http://www.socialtriggers.com for great advice). Or, venture into a more spiritual seminar to increase your facility with the law of attraction. (The art of allowing is a skill, for sure!)
Mercury retrograde can cause travel SNAFUs, so hold off on that hot Priceline dealor at least book your spontaneous Turks and Caicos getaway for the first three weeks of February. Keep the blunt honesty in check now, too. Loose lips sink ships during Mercury retrograde, and something you say in earnest could be taken the wrong way. The last thing your sensitive signs needs to worry about is a Manolo-in-mouth moment.
The February 25 full moon in Virgo, your third house of communication, forms a tense angle to expansive Jupiter in Gemini, your twelfth house of the subconscious, shining a floodlight on all the baggage you need to shed. (It doesnt matter if its Louis Vuittonif the bag is heavy, its gotta go, no matter what your sentimental self thinks.) Are you being a self-righteous know-it-all, or reserving your right to play the victim? Consider the cost of hanging onto that. If youre always the one whos been done wrong, its hard for people to get anywhere with you theyll become naturally defensive or walk on eggshells for fear that you may attack their character.
Crabs can be cruel when you go for the jugular. If you feel yourself slipping into martyr land, stop and regain perspective before you storm in with a we need to talk demand. Get clear in your heart before you initiate any conversations, so you can make sure you dont project your own issues onto the other person. Remember, the point here is to clear the air, not to pollute it even further!
Oooh la la! Love-planet Venus shimmies through Aquarius, your eighth house of sex and intimacy, until February 25. This could be a sizzling month, one for your future nostalgia files. Coupled Crabs can revel in renewed closeness with your mate. Perhaps youll be surprised by an out-of-the-blue Valentines Day proposal, or some other heartfelt declaration of devotion. These developments could electrify both your relationship and your understanding of what it means to share your true self with another, instead of hiding behind that impenetrable shell of yours.
The trouble with being overly guarded, Cancer, is that by maintaining your personal Berlin Wall, the good stufflove, vulnerability, companionship based on unwieldy affectionscant find you. And that would be a shame indeed! So let yourself be swept away by words from Rumi, the uber-romantic Sufi poet: Lose yourself, lose yourself in this love. When you lose yourself in this love, you will find everything.
An especially sweet day for plumbing these intimate depths is the February 10 Aquarius new moon. On your roster of possible pleasing developments are an engagement, a pregnancy, cohabitation, or some other clear leap forward in a relationship. Perhaps youre ready to share stuff like money, weekends, an addresssome gesture of permanence and togetherness. Or, if youre in a longtime relationship (and have already reached all the milestones you thought you were going to reach) wellthen you may just be surprised by your desire to initiate a fresh chapter for sex, intimacy or emotional closeness. Perhaps instead of sitting side-by-side with your honey, getting swept up in your regular television shows, youll click the power off button and steal a kissthen take it from there.
On Valentines Day, the moon is in fiery Aries, your power brokering tenth house, setting the stage for a behind-the-velvet-ropes kinds of night. Coupled Cancer might enjoy a luxurious date night, perhaps dinner and exclusive tickets to a concert or ball. Single Crabs might meet a dashing, tuxedo-clad stranger at a black-tie event or even feel some va va voom sparks with a coworker. With red-hot Mars in Pisces, your ninth house of expansion and cross-cultural connections, you never know whom youll meet. It could be an attractive tourist in town from abroad for the week (hello, guilt-free Valentines Day makeout sessionwith a bonus knee-weakening Argentine accent whispered in your ear). Take a chance, stretch out of your comfort zone, or do something a little wild.
Not in the mood for Cupids cliches? Dress up and go out with friends anywayto celebrate friendship and self-love, perhaps! Head somewhere chi-chi where you can don sequins and splurge on a prix-fixe tasting menu. Think: buttered sea bass with a roasted poblano sauce and champagne pairings. Mmmmwho says you need a date to spoil yourself?
Youll want to get your thrills in the first half of the month anyhow. From February 18-July 7, serious Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in penetrating Scorpio, your fifth house of romance and passion. If the drama has ratcheted up to Courtney Love levels (a fellow Cancer, FYI), you may want to take a pause from the situation or a relationship. Whatever the issuea pending move, relationships with exes, leaping from the safety net of a 9-5 job to a creative endeavoryour fears could get easily triggered now. The fifth house rules fertility, and with restrictive Saturn in this powered-down position, conceiving might take more than one try. If youre pursuing IVF treatments, hold off until the summer, since Saturn retrograde could lessen your success rate (and drain your funds needlessly).
Cant see eye-to-eye on whether to, say, have a second child or set a wedding date? You may want to take the topic off the table for the next five months. If you and your mate havent been able to reach consensus, maybe you need to spend some time reflecting on your own or with a therapist. Ask yourself: how much does this issue matter to you? Is this a dealbreaker, or are you stubbornly holding onto your stance out of habit instead of genuine conviction? Revisit the situation when taskmaster Saturn moves direct (forward) in July. Perhaps the period of soul-searchingor just taking a break from obsessing over this impassewill create the space for new alternatives to show up.
Purge, Cancer, purge! With all the Aquarius action in your eighth house of regeneration, youre primed for a detox. Cut the sugar. Drop the caffeine. No more French fries when youre having a hard day (no matter what that little pro-emotional eating voice tells you). Now more than ever, youre attuned to your own psychological well-being, so dig deep. Whats got to go? Only you know, and this is not the time to kid yourself. Your sign is deeply sensitive, prone to receive (even unconsciously) energy from those around you. But instead of viewing this as a phenomenon out of your control, this is the time to take responsibility for how you manage your own energy. For example, instead of bitching out your mother because her worrywart vibes are getting you down, why not just choose not to get triggered by it. No one else can get you down, unless you let them.
The best day to kick off a mind-body-soul cleanse is at the Aquarius new moon. As deep-seated issues come to the fore, dont duck. Deal. Sign on with a compassionate, skilled therapist who can help you create boundaries and delve into the old issues that have been getting in the way of true happiness.
From February 1-March 11, motivator Mars is in Pisces, your ninth house of spirituality and new perspectives. Maybe youll start wondering about the ethic of oneness and what it really means if were as connected to (fellow Cancer) Jessica Simpson as we are to that obnoxious girl from summer camp, our sworn enemies and the best friend we havent even met yet? This month, youre inclined to pursue a religious or spiritual practice, perhaps through mind-expanding classes or workshops. But youre just as likely to do it on the street, by either giving change to a homeless person or having a meaningful conversation with your bus driver. Your version of transcendence, be it God, the Universe, Spirit, Allah, your deity of choice, is all around.
Fortunately, lucky Jupiter is now out of its retrograde slowdown in Gemini, your twelfth house of closure. Jupiter will remain in this part of your chart until June 25, a prime time for healing, making amends and putting closure onto a painful past chapter. Let it go, Cancer! Let it ALL go. Youll be glad you did when Jupiter moves into your sign for a year on June 25, resetting a whole new 12-year life cycle. Fresh starts are best initiated on a clean slateso get busy healing from past wounds so you can move on!
Love Days: 4, 8 Money Days: 15, 24 Luck Days: 22, 12 Off Days: 19, 6, 10
As the Sun moves through Aquarius, your eighth house of long-term wealth and joint finances, youve got your mind on your money. Namely, how can you make your hard-earned cash work even harder for you. The wheels are turning in that clever little mind: could you create a win-win scenario by pooling talents, money and resources to make a shared dream come true? Maybe you want to invest in a ski home with a few close friendsone of whom is a carpenter, another a decoratorand youve scouted out the perfect fixer-upper (which could also bring in rental income via websites like airbnb.com). Perhaps youre weighing the benefits of a new, lucrative partnership, or considering applying for some grant money. Maybe you want to create an exciting game for yourself: to be debt-free by 2015 or to pay down a significant chunk of student loans.
On February 10, the Aquarius new moon is a great day to set an abundance-related intention. Turn a fresh page in terms of fiscal matters, and look into lucrative partnerships. A real estate transaction could develop, too. New moons have a six-month arc before they culminate at a corresponding full moon. So where would you like to be with your financial goals by your July or August? With whom could you pool resources and talents for mutual financial gain? Even an hour of serious contemplation could yield a life-changing breakthrough.
If you need more structureand some amazing practical business advice, sign up for marketing maven Marie Forleos B-School experience. Enrollment opens February 6, and you can sign up at http://www.rhhbschool.com. (Not only is at an amazing program, but your tuition also helps fund the building of a school in Guatemala through the charity Pencils of Promise.) Entrepreneurial Cancers will benefit from this boost especially since energizer Mars is in Pisces, your ninth house of expansion and independent ventures.
Perhaps youve been eager to launch a hip new food truck that serves up only the freshest fish tacos. Or maybe youre motivated to find the perfect publisher for your new book, espousing a breakthrough positive philosophy. Youre feeling pumped up about an entrepreneurial project, eager to expand your own horizons or broaden your knowledge base. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiring lectures by a motivational speaker, or hey, you might even just open iMovie and record one yourself. If you feel like youve been flailing about, an insightful life coach can help you move toward your true passion and purpose..
A caveat: Mars can bring a stressful, aspect, so you could experience some burnout, possibly because youre traveling a lot for business. (What time zone is it anyway? you may ask as you reach for the Airborne.) Or, the general pace of life is so hectic and exciting, youve forgotten how to say the word no. Why would you, when all these new ideas are crossing the transom and begging for your attention? Whether you have too many irons in the fire or youre getting input from too many sources, you could feel seriously fried. This month, remember that you dont always have to be in the center of the action, Cancer.
Being overly ambitious could prove to be a real problem later in the month, when Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in your ninth house of travel and tellin it like it is. During this period, which lasts from February 23 to March 16, go easy on the truth serumespecially if you have the slightest bit of animosity toward the person youre speaking with. Youre likely to hit their sensitive spots and do potentially damage the relationship. Back up your computer files and devices in advance, and if possible, dont travel during this time. If you do, prepare for possible delays and make sure your passport is updated if youre going abroad.
February 25 features a full moon in Virgo, your third house of communications, making this an excellent day for a savvy pitch that hits the bullseye. Or perhaps you have an important conversation that feels urgent, somehow. Either way, go for the goldjust make sure youve gotten clear on your core messageand what you truly intend to express. If you have to make a presentation, get your beauty sleep. Not only do you want to look good, but you also need your full faculties, since full moons can heighten emotions.
Before you walk into a meeting, guns blazing and ready to defend an idea, make sure you have the full support of your team. If you sense, on that barely perceptible level, that things arent quite as good as they could be with a colleague, be polite but direct. Yes, your side-scuttling sign likes the roundabout way, but that may not serve anyone in this situation, especially if youre guessing that the other person knows exactly where you are coming from, when, in fact, they dont have a clue. While were talking assumptions, watch out for folks who might not have your back, even when you think they do. You could discover that someone on your team is feeling jealous or resentful of your moment in the sun.
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The CI training, which weve tried and swear by, is a unique new way of being with the body sensations and riding their wavessort of like surfing through social awkwardnesswhich self-conscious Crabs can certainly benefit from. At the Virgo full moon, this could be an excellent resource to dive into.