The wider world grabs your attention this month, and you may not touch down at home all that often. The Sun is in Aquarius, your ninth house of travel and expansion, until February 19. This could put you in hopeful spirits, more buoyant than you've been in a while. Book a winter getaway-a night at a ski lodge or a long weekend on the beach-or at least, bring some "staycation" energy with fun local exploration. You might even take a class or a workshop, as you're eager for new perspectives.The big news this month is dreamy Neptune's move from Aquarius into Pisces, your tenth house of career and long-term goals. Neptune has been in Aquarius since 1998, and you've been on an inner quest ever since, finding your highest truth. You may have met some smooth-talking shysters along the way, or taken some interesting twists and turns that taught you important lessons. Travel, publishing and entrepreneurship may have been a big part of this cycle. Hopefully, you've seen the world or found a wide platform for your original ideas. On February 3rd, Neptune moves into Pisces for the next 14 years, bringing its healing touch to your professional life. Before you yawn, Neptune's vibe is the opposite of the typical corporate "one percent" set. It's about art, compassion, right-brained creativity-all things that are the antithesis of gray cubicles, industrial carpet and the soul-less, fluorescent-lit chambers that run on hierarchies and red tape. Between now and 2026, Neptune is sending you on a path to define your purpose, to create meaning and to make a difference through your work. How, exactly? Well, you've got time to explore, but if you want to find out faster, spiritual Neptune would advise that you meditate, breathe, do yoga, or in some way get in tune with your inner voice. You already know your highest purpose, but it may be buried somewhere in your subconscious. If so, your job is to chip away at the blocks and reveal it. The Leo full moon on February 7th could bring an epiphany, news or an important conversation that sets the ball in motion. After February 19th, planets begin to pile up in Pisces, too. The 21st features the Sun, new moon, Neptune and communicator Mercury all in Pisces. This could be a powerful day for making a new start in your career, or for having an a-ha moment about your next big move.
Tap the brakes on a fast-moving romance or on emotions running out of control. Restrictive Saturn will be retrograde (backward) in Libra, your fifth house of love and passion, from February 7-June 25. You tend to get swept away quickly, but Saturn urges you to consider all the factors, not just your feelings. Step back and look at the big picture. Are you and the other person fully available for a commitment-emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? Are the circumstances of your lives set up to make a relationship clean and easy, instead of complicated and draining? Are you both equally committed, and do your actions show that? During this cycle, your own libido may be a little low, and if you're thinking of having children, it could be harder to get pregnant. Coupled Geminis may have dealt with recent drama; with Saturn retrograde, you'll be less eager to engage in those fireworks. If you find yourself drawn to conflict, do a little soul-searching around your personal history, especially your childhood. Hotheaded Mars is retrograde in Virgo, your home and family sign, until April 13th. You may be reenacting an old dynamic that was modeled by one or both of your parents. Or, you could be re-staging a conflict from your past that you never fully resolved, trying to work it out through your current partner. This would be best hashed out with a therapist, Gemini, rather than using your mate as a crash-test dummy. So, how to keep things interesting if you slap a "no more drama" label on your love life? Get by with a little help from your friends. Love-planet Venus is in Aries from February 7th on, bringing feel-good vibes to your house of friendships and group activity. Get out and socialize! Mingle and hang with as many cool people as you can, and don't buy into the Valentine's Day hype. Single Geminis could meet someone through mutual friends, online (already a favorite avenue for many Gems) or at a networking event.
How about a vacation, Gemini? February is a good time to travel, while the Sun visits Aquarius, your worldly ninth house. With tense Mars retrograde in your home sector, you might be feeling some extra cabin fever. Instead of flying off the deep end at your roommate or family, book a ticket or even a hotel suite for the night (Valentine's Day, perhaps?). You need to mix things up and break out of any tunnel vision that's got you feeling depressed or limited.With spiritual Neptune leaving Aquarius, your ninth house of wisdom and beliefs, you're becoming clear on what you stand for now. Neptune has been in Aquarius since 1998, but on February 3rd, the pilgrimage ends. It's time to either put down some roots or start channeling your beliefs into a tangible form-even a new career path. The "chin-stroking philosopher" within needs to pack up her armchair and put her money where her musings are. Start walking the talk, Gemini, and setting up your life as a reflection of your beliefs and values.
Turn up the charm and get schmoozing. Social Venus enters Aries on February 7th, making you a pleaser in any crowd. Aries rules your group activity house, so buy tickets to a networking event, a conference or even a charity event for Valentine's Day. Also on February 7th, a Leo full moon powers up your communication house. You've got the gift of gab, so this date is great for sales pitches, presentations and important meetings. You could receive interesting news by phone, mail or online at the Leo full moon, so stay tuned-it could change the course of events.February's big news is Neptune's 14-year move into Pisces, your sector of career and ambition. On February 3rd, avant-garde Neptune marches into your buttoned-up tenth house, causing quite a stir. Your professional life could take some interesting and even "woo-woo" turns. It's as if the CEO of a Fortune 500 company announced that she would be reporting to work barefoot in a caftan each morning, starting the workday with Sanskrit chanting, and requiring everyone to make a weekly vision board. But seriously, Gemini, Neptune will definitely blur the lines between the spiritual and material realms for you, so why not bring more of this energy into your professional life?Neptune sparks a spiritual, meaningful chapter of your career path, and that can't be a bad thing. More than ever, you're going to crave work that makes a difference. What legacy would you like to leave behind? How can you heal and elevate the planet? Without a soul-stirring purpose, it will be hard to get out of bed in the morning now. That doesn't mean you should quit your day job and open a non-profit (though hey, you certainly could). Perhaps you just align yourself with a single principle-like "I will be compassionate with everyone I meet," or "I will spread hope wherever I go." Then, like a Zen master, make it your mission to practice that all day, every day. For a pretty visual reminder, check out the jewelry of Stockholm designer Efva Attling (www.efvaattling.com), which is gorgeously etched with simple but moving phrases (her tagline is "beauty with a thought"). Geminis rule communication, and words are especially important to your sign.Your sign is also gifted with your hands, or just blessed with innate creativity, and Neptune in Pisces could awaken your DIY spirit. If you're not already doing this, you might start painting, recording music, studying photography, or making clothing. Is it time to open that Etsy shop and share your creations with the world? Do you need an agent or an artist's representative? At the Pisces new moon on February 21st, you could have a serious epiphany about that. Or, you may be guided toward a new career path in the next six months, which could blossom this fall at the Pisces full moon. Just be mindful of whom you do business with now. As spiritually elevated as Neptune can be, it's also the planet of illusions. Under its dazzling spell, you may be tempted to ignore warning signs about glib, shady characters. If someone gives you an icky vibe, don't gloss it over, and certainly don't sign on for a professional collaboration if your gut is raising red flags. Everyone you work with reflects on you, and you need to be more mindful of this than ever. Above all, Neptune is the planet of karma. If you operate on a low frequency, you'll attract shysters and con artists. But raise yourself up to the highest standards of integrity, and a posse of earth angels will appear to guide you to success. It all comes from you, Gemini, so keep that "naughty inner twin" in the time-out chair-at least, in your professional dealings.