Prepare for flight, Gemini! As the Sun moves through Aquarius, your ninth house of expansion, youre feeling inspired, heartened, and ready to see things from a brand-new perspective. With romantic Venus also in this wide-angle part of your chart, youre perpetually turned on by the world around you. (Really, who needs a steady lover when you can get heart palpitations from looking up at the limitless blue sky or just marveling at the way a certain building is illuminated at night?) Your sense of adventure can infuse everything you dofrom attending a book launch to trekking the rainforests of Costa Ricawith optimism, fun and a chance to more deeply understand our wild (and often absurdly wacky) existence.
On February 10, the Aquarius new moon sets the wheels in motion for launching something lofty and inspired. You could plant the seeds of an entrepreneurial venture, have an opportunity to travel or consider returning to school. Perhaps youll discover (or define) a new academic theory or life-improving philosophy, along the lines of Authentic Happiness, by Leo psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman, who is often called the father of positive psychology: http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx. Over the next six months, you can work your way toward achieving this big-picture goal. Also, this day coincides with the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Snake, heightening your desire to build security. Gemini, remember that you can achieve stability by exploring your unlimited imaginationand that doesnt have to be boring or confining.
On February 18, the Sun moves into Pisces, your tenth house of career, fame and long-term goals. Its time to put your dreams into a structure, or perhaps to work with a coach or mentor who can help you set a few milestones and an action plan. Or, set some goals with soul and pick up The Desire Map by fellow Gemini Danielle LaPorte (https://wt107.infusionsoft.com/go/desiremap/ophira/). With go-getter Mars in Pisces all month long, youll have some serious motivation to whisk those light-bulb moments from the ether and physically manifest themin the form of a corner office, a raise, a plum assignment, or a publicity opp worth its weight in gold.
Adding to your full-speed ahead mojo, on January 30, expansive Jupiter ends a four-month retrograde (backward) period in Gemini. Hallelujah! Jupiter first entered Gemini in June 2012, sparking a new 12-year life cycle, and amping you up for a fresh start. During the retrograde, though, you may have felt like you were losing steam around a personal venture. Maybe your often-effortless communication skills went AWOL, or you became less clear about which direction to take. Hopefully, you used this period to make adjustments wherever you could, tightening your ship, clarifying your mission, reflecting on how you approach everything.
This month, youre ready to set off those rockets. Lucky Jupiter continues its tour of Gemini until June 25, so take your big ideas and splash em out. You might be inspired to change your appearance, too. If youre in a style slump, consider a virtual style coaching session (via Skype) with our favorite fashionista Lisa McLatchie (http://www.lisamclatchie.com/onlineconsults/). Weve gotten amazing results from working with her. Lisa will help you create a wardrobe you lovethat loves you back. Perhaps youre blazing a new career path or transforming your life from the inside out. Dont pigeonhole yourself; this is a time to experiment, explore, and try before you buy. However this infusion manifests, youre guaranteed an exciting reinvention.
Before you rev those engines, though, a word of caution: two planetary retrogrades could pump the brakes on your plans. First, on February 18, taskmaster Saturn turns retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your sixth house of health and organization, until July 7. As much as your airy sign likes to gloss over those earthbound duties, you may find yourself needing to do some important restructuring with your business or work, perhaps paring down your hectic schedule. Do you really need to go to every opening, reading, or workshop that sparks your vivid imagination? Sure, you have a wealth of interests, but that doesnt mean they all need to be explored at once, especially when the basicshealth, work, structurecome first. Deal with the mundane, as much as you hate to, and you just might unearth the hidden benefits to having a life that runs like a well-oiled machine. If youve had a persistent health issue, this is a perfect time to address it, rather than just treating it on a whim. Saturn rules authority, so make sure you tap a tried-and-true expert, rather than self-diagnosing or getting wrapped up in a passing fad.
Clever Mercury, your ruler, goes retrograde (backward) February 23-March 16 in Pisces, your tenth house of career, authority and men. This transit could create havoc with your travel plans, communications and technology, so take precautions. (One Gemini we know thought she was sending a graphic hey baby, I cant wait to get you home and. text to her man, when in fact, she sent it to a close friend.). If you have ambitious plans are underway, you may need to pause and tweak rather than charging ahead. Your goals are really blossoming; now focus on pruning the extra growth during Mercury retrograde.
On February 25, the Virgo full moon illuminates your fourth house of home and family, perhaps indicating a move, a pregnancy or change in your living arrangements. A mother-child relationship or a situation with a close female relative could be in the spotlight now. The fourth house rules sentimentality, so you just might find yourself strolling down memory lane, pulling out old photos or reminiscing with a familiar female figure in your life. Cherish the connection (and if you insist on watching Steel Magnolias, have your antique lace hanky at the ready). This full moon could bring on some serious girl powah, as ye olde Spice Girls used to say. So keep your lady friends on speed dial as February endsthey could have exciting news or connections to share!
What makes your heart beat faster than freedom, Gemini? With magnetic Venus in Aquarius for most of the month, youre smitten with your own liberation. No handcuffs, please (unless, yknow, you don them willingly). Even if youre in a relationship, you need to feel like you can come and go as you pleaseeven if its to go sit on a park bench and talk to a stranger, just for the hell of it. If youre in a relationship, plan a getaway, take a mind-expanding workshop together, or do something to broaden your shared horizons and mix things up a bit. Single Geminis might just be struck by how awesome it is that you can go anywhere, do anything, without the complication of running your plans by a significant other. Speaking of entanglements and relationship status, if youre an its complicated girl or guy, lets just do away with that self-created drama. Times a-wastinand the world outside your window is vast, full of possibility and awaiting your sweet entrance.
All month, spicy Mars is in Pisces, your tenth house of authority figures and men, possibly indicating some tension with an important guy in your life. If you havent been on the same page, the best place to resolve the friction could be between those satin (or flannel) sheets. Mars, though sometimes a harbinger of stress, also rules desire. This month, you could find yourself drawn to someone you work with. Perhaps your normally witty repartee takes on a sexier tone. (One Gemini we know once had a furiously flirty email exchange with a handsome colleague, who finally said, When are we going to just have sex? Weve been mentally screwing each other for months.)
However, you know the adage: dont $#*! where you eat. Yeah, you might want to think twice before you go there, even if it seems harmless in the moment. Geminis in committed partnerships could have some fiery disagreements over your values and life goals, since the tenth house also rules long-range plans. Or, you could find yourself turned on by the prospect of wedding talk, reception venues, baby names, dream properties and retirement homes. In spite of the months free-spirited energy, planning for the future also increases your attraction. (Hey, contradiction is just a fact of life for a dualistic Gemini.) Security can be sexy, even for you. Who knew?
Valentines Day features a fiery Aries moon in your eleventh house of group activity. Youre a shining example of how to bring the party with you, no matter where you are. The more, the merrier here, so keep your plans light and non-partisan, i.e. open to singles and couples alike. The eleventh house rules humanitarian issues, so heres an innovative way to celebrate: join or initiate a flash mob as part of V-Days One Billion Rising (http://www.onebillionrising.org): a worldwide dance party being organized to demand the end of violence against women. Seriously, its hard to be self-absorbed when you rally around a cause whose motto is: Strike. Dance. Rise.
And why stop with a flash mob? Go spread cheer all night longput on your ringleader hat and snap those lonelyhearts out of their self-induced misery. With sexy Mars forming a harmonious angle to mature Saturn, this could be a good night for accepting an invite to a fundraising or industry event, possibly a soiree that has a long-term effect on your career and ambitions. Youre in schmooze mode, so get out there and circulate. With Cupids arrows zipping about, you never know whom youll meet!
At months end, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your tenth house of future plans, from February 23 to March 16. Hello, blast from the past! A former flame could resurface, offering a second chance at building a life together. This shot is worth examiningthats what retrograde cycles are for: reviewing, reevaluating, and sometimes even renewing. (Heres a sequined, disco-rific reminder from Shalimar that the second time around can sometimes be sweeter than the first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz4YQZ01Q_A).
During the retrograde, you might become preoccupied with a certain, seemingly fizzled (or scorched) relationship. Retrace your stepseither for closure or resolutions sake. Maybe you shouldnt have fired that hasty email off. Perhaps you could have been more understanding about your mates closeness with her family, or a partners unwillingness to engage in your Gemini verbal gymnastics. Face it: you can be a handful sometimes, albeit an adorable one, with a tendency to project. Perhaps theres a slightly deeper level of personal responsibility for you to take in this matter?
As you dive into this do-over (in your head, at the very least), be prepared to take an unflinching look at your role in the demise of this relationship. Since the tenth house rules fathers, rewind the tapes all the way back to your primary male role model. Could daddy issues have contributed to the breakdown? Resolve father stuff without shame (because, hey, we all have it). Recommended reading: Radical Forgiveness (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1591797640).
Once youre clear on your own baggage and limiting beliefs, now you can take a clearer look at the person from your past who shows upor why you keep running into the same issue with your current partner. Even if you want nothing to do with each other anymore, dont shoot the messenger. Instead, ask: What energy does this person represent in my life? What am I supposed to learn from this? Theres a gift here, Gemini. Unwrap it, and you can move on for once and for all.
Why yes, you WILL have another of that glass-half-full concoction the stars are swilling this month. With the energizing Sun in Aquarius, your visionary ninth house, youre overflowing with positivity, seeing the glass half-full again. Happy-go-lucky Jupiter is now in full-forward motion (after a four-month slowdown)once again speeding through Gemini, your first house of personal goals, until June 25. For the next five months, youre rolling in rainbow-hued inspiration, seeking enlightened new perspectives and the broadening of your own horizons. Yep, this is your one-way ticket to a cosmically influenced way of seeing the world, eyes afresh.
On February 10, the new moon in Aquarius is the perfect day to ride that inspiration waveor to surf an actual one. If you cant hop on a plane to Costa Rica straightaway, sign up for a transformational class, perhaps one on quantum physics, indulging the mad scientist in you. (For inspiration, check out this video from Brian Greene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf7BXwVeyWw.) Or, start plotting for a trip that will test the limits of your comfort zone. For example, if youve always been a secretly shy dancer, now you might want to sign up for a retreat like this one (led by fellow Gemini Rochelle Schieck), where you jet off to Costa Rica and let your inner goddess come the heck out: http://vimeo.com/52360380. Or, since Aquarius is the sign of friendship, you may want to query pals for life-changing book recommendations.
Midmonth, youre balancing your newly resuscitated positive outlook with a dose of reality, as serious Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your sixth house of health and wellness, from February 18 to July 7. During this five-month stretch, review your habits with a fine-toothed comb, looking for the places you can insert some lasting structures to promote physical and mental vitality. Like many Geminis, youre probably already a conscious exerciser and eaterpassing up butter-laden grits for organic Greek yogurt and granola, making time for your early morning bootcamp classesbut that doesnt mean youre not out of alignment somewhere else.
Psychological or emotional issues can just as easily wreak havoc when it comes to your overall sense of peace. Or, if youre struggling to manage stress or fitness goals on your own, authoritative Saturn urges you to better strengthen your support system, work with experts and seek new health advisors who really know their stuff. You dont want the doctor who rushes you in and out of the exam room. You want the doctor who says, When my patients are well and thriving, its what I live for. Half-hearted practitioners need not apply. Likewise, you need to take these issues seriously, too. After all, your health is your responsibility, not theirs. So avoid the fads and quick fixes nowa simple, structured and time-tested program will do the trick.
On February 25, a full moon in Virgo lights up your fourth house of home and personal foundations, bringing an undeniable family focus to the fore. As much as you love to be buzzing about, this full moon has you craving the nurturing arms of your mama (or a mama-like figure). With this intense personal focus, youre happy to shut off your phone and set down that ever-growing to-do list. Career and external goals can wait. You want to feel connected to your home, your clan, your roots. Since this day marks the close of a six-month cycle of emotional or personal growth, commemorate the occasion, perhaps by settling into your home and cooking comfort food for your nearest and dearest. Nothing makes you happier than a little heart-opening, soul-feeding soiree, so plan the menu now. And dont forget the mood lighting!
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Set your sights on a lofty goal. With go-getter Mars in Pisces, your tenth house of professional success and long-term planning, take the long view. Forget those fifteen minutes of fame and think more like fifteen years. Yes, energizing (and sometimes exhausting) Mars demands that you stop scattering yourself about among a million different projects. Its time to FOCUS, Gemini. What legacy would you like to leave behind?
Sure, that may sound grandiose, but history must be shaped by someoneso why not you? One of our favorite tales of triumph is Iranian hip-hop artist Yas, a Gemini who became the first rapper ever authorized to perform by the Iranian governmentliberation-focused lyrics and all. Known as the Persian Tupac (who was also a history-making Gemini), Yas persisted with his signs trademark gift for storytelling, even though he was initially forbidden to do so by his countrys Islamic government. Read his inspiring story at http://www.yastunes.com/bio (and listen to his tracks) if you find yourself feeling defeated or discouraged.
You might need some perspective as a demanding deadline or friction with an authority figure heats up this month. As your limits are stretched, you may feel harried, like you need just one more double espresso to get yourself across the finish line. The good news is that you really, really want to cross that line. Your motivation to succeed is at an all-time zenith. So embrace that high-profile project that just happened to fall into your lap, especially if it puts your name in lights or solidifies your place as a bona fide expert in your field. (No more second-guessing yourself or diminishing your accomplishments or skills sets.)
The added responsibility will force you to hunker down, and hey, lets face it: your sometimes-scattered sign could benefit from this kind of pressure. If you can, try to get the mega-tasks completed before February 23, when mischievous Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Pisces, until March 16. During this reflective cycle, dont force any outcomes. Instead, use this cycle to review and tweak your career plans, having faith in divine timing. Important emails or proposals should be submitted as early in the month as possible. Front-load February with your most pressing objectives, since youre at your most productive the first three weeks.
On February 10, the Aquarius new moon sparks your optimistic and worldly ninth house. Youre ready to explore new vistas, either perhaps travel, study or entrepreneurship. Your enthusiasm is infectious, so use this day to kick off an inspiring new life chapter. (Think: what do you need more of, to express the full range of who you are? Spirituality? Philosophy? Cross-cultural experiences?) Since youre feeling particularly ebullient, you may even choose to celebrate this new chapter alongside pals and colleagues. Speaking of chapters, the ninth house rules publishing, so if youve got a book in you, this is an excellent day to start drafting the outline or even visualizing its ideal trajectory. Or, an out-of-the-blue event (the kind you cant even have imagined if you tried) leads to an opportunity to travel for business or personal growth. Make sure youre passport is updated and on hand!
On February 18, the purposeful Sun moves into Pisces, launching an industrious month, and helping to ground and focus your efforts. If youve been saying yes to every semi-fascinating project, youll want to prioritize, choosing only the ones that have long-term potential, both in terms of the market and your own enduring passion. (Are you really going to commit to that novelty ad campaign about banking fees? Yeah, we didnt think so.) However, that same day, sober Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your sixth house of organization and helpful people. Between now and July 7, youre called to revamp your infrastructure, instead of always flying by the seat of your pants.
During this five-month period, you may want to turn your lens inward. Identify everything thats been stopping you from getting on in life with ease, down to the head-splitting logistics. What prevents you from getting the proper help you need? Perhaps youll adopt a new project, like, say, a reorganization of your companys research library, only to see that it positively influences your own life management skills. Or perhaps you recast Team Gemini, upgrading your service providers, from punctual babysitters to non-pot smoking dog walkers to self-starter assistants.
Though you may be motivated to do a clean, fast sweep, we advise you to take your time with the process. Hiring your BFF or your cousins doormans little sister to clean out your old files might seem like a good idea, since youre in a helpful mood. But this is not charity, Gemini. You need serious, reliable support that can truly help you fly, Gemini, so carefully screen all applicants. Perform background checks. Call references. Your first order of business might even be to get a masterfully efficient organizer on board, to help you in this process, or a detail-oriented accountant, so you have a clear sense of what your budget is. Line up the right support so that you can delve deep into the places where things are askew.
On February 23, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Pisces until March 16. Perhaps youve been diligently working on a long-term project brick by brickor bird by bird, as author Anne Lamott would say. In fact, her humanizing approach to handling lifes little bumps might really resonate with you now, so check out her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Some-Instructions-Writing-Life/dp/0385480016)especially if, like many Geminis, you think youve got a book in you.
If the pace of a project pace starts to slow down, use this time to tweak the underlying structure. For example, if youre directing a film, a funding delay could lead you to play around with the movies inciting incident, so that audiences better understand the plotline. The minor adjustments you make now can have a lasting, positive effect. If your work involves technology, the importance of reevaluation is doubled. Even if youre eager to launch your baby into the worldmegaphone in handyoull be better off with a soft launch or even postponing the debut until after mischievous Mercury is once again direct (forward) and on your side. Keep an eye out for disagreements or misunderstandings on the job, perhaps over the long-term vision of a project with colleagues. Things will run more smoothly in mid-March, but whats arising now could yield valuable information, revealing the thought process of a coworker or some hidden information that turns out to be key, so pay attention. Since retrograde cycles augur past connections, you might find a surprising voicemail or message from a former employee or long-lost mentor. Whatever the circumstances of their outreach, youll feel heartened at the chance to reunite and catch up on each others lives.