Say hello to the lush life! With the bold Sun in moving through Aquarius, your second house of luxury and indulgence, youre craving all things posh. Of course, youll go about acquiring these splurges in your Capricorn way: working hard so that you can splurge on regular facials, dinners at Michelin-starred bistros or a soft, natural leather wallet from Il Bisonte. What is life without a little decadence? Even your normally ascetic sign might want to ponder that question. Spend the first three weeks of the month getting clear on your priorities: what do you value, really? Once you figure out your must-havesa solid partner, a steady paycheck, the occasional weekend at Canyon Ranchmap out a very clear plan to get yourself from point A(ustere) to point B(aller). A great day to do this is the February 10 new moon in Aquarius. The money-minded intentions you set now could easily morph into reality within the next six months.
The company you keep can also influence your net worth and earning potentialnot to mention your attitude. You may be shuffling a few of your once-treasured alliances later in the month, as serious Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in your eleventh house of friendships, from February 18-July 7. During this five-month stretch, you could decide to scale back on how much effort you make (and for how many people). If every time that certain pal calls for help, you think, Seriously, am I her only friend? wellthat might be a clue that resentment has rooted. Use this time to tweak your inner circle, and also to be sure that youre representing the real you with certain colleagues.
On February 18, the energizing Sun enters Pisces, your third house of communication and ideas. Youre ready to speak your mind, whether about a work situation or a personal relationship. Your inspired concepts will be well received. Just beware after February 23, when clever Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your third house of mental activity. Instead of being a silver-tongued devil, youre suddenly speaking Greek. An overall verbal fog sets in until March 16, when Mercury goes direct (forward). Check and double check every single missive that leaves your inbox, every sentence that leave your mouth, and heck, maybe even monitor your thoughts carefully. Better safe than in a position of having to apologize for your debilitating case of Manolo-in-mouth.
On February 25, the full moon in Virgo lights up your ninth house of optimism and expansion, making this a perfect time to dream big. Youre practically swimming in inspiration, as the list of possibilities just gets longer, wilder and exceedingly more fun. However youre thinking of jumping off that metaphorical cliff, just focus on visualizing your very best outcome. Maybe you always wanted to open a beachside juice bar in a sleepy resort town? Or to be the CEO of a cutting-edge vitamin line? Let the light of this full moon do its magic. Dont plan the how, just revel in the what could be.
A warning: this potent full moon is square, a challenging angle, to lucky Jupiter in Gemini, your sixth house of health and details, details, details. Dont let the minutiae get in the way of your lofty visions, especially since your tendency to worry and over think this could definitely get out of hand. Mind your mind, and youve minded your health.
Security is sexy! Well, if anyone knows how to make it feel that way, its your earthily erotic sign; youre at your best when youre grounded and ultra-present in the moment. This month, love planet Venus is in Aquarius, your second house of values and priorities. Youre in no mood for dabbling or half-hearted commitmentsnot that you ever really are. Whether its getting your relationship on a solid trajectory or building your own self-worth, magnetic Venus helps you initiate conversations about building toward the future. And if those happen to occur while youre playing footsie under the oak bar at your favorite vinoteca or feeding each other bites of cannoli between kissesall the better!
With Venus in Aquarius, some classy dates should definitely be on tapor if youre single, just go indulge with friends or even solo. Swimming in the pleasure waters only amps up your attractiveness meter. Possible ideas: an opera outing, a five-course tasting meal or a sensual dip in the hot tub with fresh roses and ylang-ylang essential oil. Whether youve moisturized yourself for an amorous evening or hit the local lingerie shop for a silky corset, you are all about being ready. The right accouterments can help you broach that talk about security youve been eager to have. Maybe you want more quality time together. Or perhaps you want to know if your sweetheart is open to moving, even for that job you have your eye on cross-country. Dont shy away from the long-term goals you really desire; now is a great time to build a solid foundation for your romantic future. Did someone say wedding registry?
On February 10, the Aquarius new moon and the beginning of the security-minded Year of the Snake can help you put down more roots, or identify concrete steps toward any goalespecially those in love. This is a great day to take stock of what you really require in a relationship and then see whats got to be done to get there. Do you need more communication, especially on the big stuff? If you feel like you want you and your honey to learn (and grow) together, maybe you sign up for a class together, brushing up on your French and then using that as an excuse to indulge in pomme frittes and coq au vin at the local Belgian bistro.
Lead the way, Capricorn. All month, spicy Mars is in Pisces, your third house of communication and local activity. You never know whom youll meet while you wait for that morning latte. Paired Capricorns might enjoy getting to know a neighborhood haunt, or hey, maybe even check out a burlesque show like this one by this pro shaker: http://www.foxfatale.com/calamitychang. The closer it is to your boudoir, the better. Single Caps could feel even sparks with a longtime friend. Since the third house is also the domain of language, you might want to brush up on your dirty talkin skills. Practice makes perfect.
Watch those words later in the month, when communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your third house of mental activity. Perhaps you say something that comes across as passive aggressive, i.e. your love says he doesnt like it when you call him Snookums and then, suddenly, its Snookums, pass the remote and Snookums, do you feel like watching The Voice? If your honey has been getting on your nerves, wait until youre able to deal directly before you grip about it. The retrograde period could bring an uncomfortable moment, when your sweetie overhears you venting to a pal, And whats with those awful shoes? or To be honest, my ex was a better kisser.
Speaking of exes, someone with whom you have lingering baggage could resurface, offering a second chance (or at least the illusion of one). Or, you could bump into your siblings high school friend, the cutie you always had a crush on but were always too shy to chat up. Well, times have changed, so if a past connection makes a return visit, youll want to at least explore this vintage terrain. Maybe everything old can be new again.
Lace up those sneakers and get ready for a fitness kick. Lucky Jupiter is now direct (forward) in Gemini, your sixth house of wellness, motivating you to get back on the wagon. You can pick up those fitness goals wherever you left off before Jupiter slowed down into retrograde motion in October. Jupiter is in Gemini until June 25, and during this cycle, you could get yourself into the best shape ever: spiritually, physically and emotionally. Caution: leave the fad dietsor restrictive diets of any kindby the wayside. Abundant Jupiter has a healthy appetite and you will, too, while it visits this part of your chart. So instead of eliminating food groups that you love or doing anything that feels punitive and self-denying, just feed yourself more of the luscious good stuff, like these superfoods on Dr. Frank Lipmans list: http://www.drfranklipman.com/the-super-7-foods-with-benefits/.
With the Sun in Aquarius, your second house of daily routines, you really want to make these wellness objectives a bona fide reality. On February 10, the Aquarius new moon is a day thats perfect for making healthy habits stick. Splurge on that high-powered Vitamix or Breville juicer and stock up on beta carotene- and vitamin-rich veggies. This is a great day to create new habits and routinesones that will form a solid foundation for success over the next six months. A favorite book to get you motivated is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1400069289). You can listen to a great podcast with the author Charles Duhigg, interviewed by fellow Capricorn Derek Halpern of Social Triggers: http://socialtriggers.com/habits-charles-duhigg/.
Another way to make lasting change? Monitor your words and thoughtsthey really do shape your reality, a fact that will become especially evident in February. All month, intense Mars is in Pisces, your third house of communication. Perhaps you come off as testy to colleagues and loved ones alike. You dont mean to bite anyones head off. In fact, you cant figure out why youre so short-tempered, barking at the office assistant for burning popcorn in the microwave, but theres no hiding your argumentative side now.
One constructive way to deal would be to find a friend, one with copious amounts of energy, to be your sounding board as you talk it out. (When youre driving, crank a little angry Pat Benatar, also a fellow Capricorn, to help you channel some of that extra aggression: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drSCtseoNxQ.) Partner sports like boxing, squash or tennis, if you live in a warm climate, will keep the blood circulating, as opposed to just rising. Since your mind needs a lot to grapple with, a mere sweaty workout might not be enough. Play some motivating audio books or even The Moths podcast, to be entertained by touching, true life stories while youre counting the miles on the treadmill: http://feeds.themoth.org/themothpodcast.
Love Days: 17, 22 Money Days: 2, 10 Luck Days: 27, 8 Off Days: 19, 24, 6
With the energizing Sun in Aquarius, your second house of money, work and self-worth, youre taking a concrete approach to growing your business or career. Its true, Capricorn: how much you value yourself IS intrinsically tied to the payscale you command. Explore that theme at the February 10 Aquarius new moon, which sets off a six-month financial growth cycle. This new moon could bring a job or moneymaking opportunity, or the green light to start anew in career matters. If you havent been as wise as you could be (frittering away extra bucks on basketball tickets or a concert by your fellow Capricorn Mary J. Blige), now is the day to set some new budgetary goals, so you can enjoy the sweetness of life while also saving up for the future. The new moon coincides with a fresh start in the Chinese zodiac, with the Year of the Snake, ushering in more earthly stabilitywhich your industrious sign loves..
As part of your forward trajectory, youll also need to pause and take stock of your associations. From February 18-July 7, your ruler Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your eleventh house of networking and teamwork. During this five-month period, you may want to review your own efforts at making professional connections. Are you as inventive as you could be? Are you maximizing the resources in your address book? Where can you forge deeper bonds? You may also want to connect with a professional group from your past, or maybe even take a break from your current group obligations. You cant do it all, Capricorn, as much as youd like to.
The eleventh house also rules technology, so if you have an online business or use anything virtual as a key part of your work (and these days, who doesnt?), Saturn retrograde is a good time to strengthen your skills and systems. Revamp your approach to social mediaor learn what all the hype is about Twitter and Pinterest (hello, referral traffic for your business). Does your website represent the real you? Maybe you need to incorporate video or a shopping cart software that allows closeup views, to give a better sense of what youre offering. Invest in a revamp (or learn how to make these improvements yourself), and plan a relaunch for after July 7. Entrepreneurs seeking a real skill-building course should try marketing maven Marie Forleos B-School, which opens enrollment this month at http://www.rhhbschool.com.
When it comes to building your team, authenticity is key. Are you pretending to be someone youre notmore together or successful than you actually are? You may decide to reach out to an old professional group you were once very involved inperhaps those old cohorts from your Mastermind circle will give you that final push to send off a proposal or retain a manufacturer to create a prototype for your amazing product idea. Not getting anything out of a group or online community anymore? Dont be afraid to deactivate your membership. Or, you may want to step back from that weekly Toastmasters meeting until the fall. Since the eleventh house rules technology, you may also revisit a cool, techie site you have in the works, and get set to launch it in mid-July.
February 25 brings a full moon in Virgo, your ninth house of cross cultural connections and higher learning. Perhaps you score an overseas client (or hire a foreign artist. If youre looking for an ace videographer (and an excuse to get to Paris), check out the director of this uber-creative, fashion-forward promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So54Ncl5hAg. Or, you might decide to hit the books again, so that youre even sharper in those so-called casual conversations with colleagues. (You know, the ones that dont seem like they matter, because the tone is breezy, and hey, youre just hanging out at margarita Happy Hour? Yeah, they matter). If youve dreamed of branching out on your own, the time is nigh, especially if the full moon brings a golden, entrepreneurial opportunity. Since the ninth house rules overseas travel, your job could even bring some serious globe-trotting. Get that passport ready!
Just be prepared for some teeth-gnashing moments if your flight is booked between February 23-March 16, when Mercury is retrograde (backward). Mercury rules travel, technology and communication, and while its doing backstrokes, it can wreak havoc on these areas. Plan ahead by stocking your Kindle (you may be tapping your fingers while that connecting flight leaves you stranded in Des Moines) and triple-checking your passport, tickets and important documents before you leave for the airport. Be mindful of what you put in writing, and back up all your most important data. Your best bet is to do that BEFORE the retrograde. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as your fellow Capricorn Benjamin Franklin famously said.
With this excitable full moon in a tense square to Jupiter in Gemini, your analytical sixth house, beware of over-thinking things or trying to control the outcome of events. While you may want to curb your enthusiasm enough to not overshoot, the mark, you certainly dont want to become a real-life Larry David, stuck in analysis paralysis. Its all a downward spiral from there, Capricorn, as you probably know from your own, ahem, experience with this. So while you should inspect to protect, know that your inner auditor could easily kill whatever buzz the universe hands you. If your mind starts running cinema noir, as one friend calls it, you will lose a five-star opportunity to really enjoy this gust of optimism. So dont entertain this negative Nelly stream of consciousness. Youre in charge, Capricorn.