7/23 - 8/22
Two is your magic number this month, as the Sun blazes through Aquarius, your committed partnership house, until February 18. This month, Leos can form alliances and solidify dynamic duos, creating win-win scenarios in both love and business. In fact, several planets are touring the relationship zones of your chart, making this a perfect time to evaluate whom you want to join forces with, or what you want from a relationship. Your focus is on the people in your lifethe quality of your interactions, the balance of give and take. Perhaps you could yield more on one issue (perhaps lightening up on social obligations) or stand your ground more on another (by, say, refusing to give in to an old pattern of drama and trauma). The bonding deepens after February 18, when the Sun enters Pisces, your eighth house of soul merging. Is it time to make a collaboration officially official?
All this contemplation pays off at the February 10 Aquarius new moon, when Cupid could make an early showing. The universe is gifting your open-hearted sign a fresh start in partnerships, kicking off a new six-month chapter in your love life. This is also a good time to press the reset button on how you interact with everyone, from the barista at your local cafe to your assistant to your best friend. In any relationship, managing peoples expectations and setting healthy boundaries are critical. That same day marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Snake, a security-minded and comfort-valuing placement. This makes you think about your relationships in those terms: are you building for the long term? What deals can you put in place now or strive for that will build your own sense of security?
From February 18-July 7, serious Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your fourth house of domesticity and personal foundations, If youve been thinking about moving, you may decide to hold off, or you could experience other slowdowns in finding your dream home. During this five-month period, you could experience other issues with housing, i.e. theres construction outside your window or a family member shows up to stay for an extended visit, thinking its all good if she hunkers down in your space. Though self-care is critical during this period, you may have difficulty finding time for your regular routine of gym workouts, sit-down dinners with the family or Epsom salt soaks. You could find trouble on the horizon with a female relative, parent or child, which might necessitate an time out while you both regain perspective. Or perhaps you start to feel claustrophobic at home, or need to do some structural repairs to a house.
On February 23, communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in Pisces, your eighth house of intimacy and privacy. Are there feelings that youve kept perhaps a little TOO under wraps even from yourself? During this three-week stretch, long-buried emotions could surface, perhaps digging at old wounds of jealousy and shaken trust. Before you start gritting your teeth, consider theres a good reason this old stuff is coming up for reviewso you can open it up, examine its roots and transform it. Since the eighth house also governs finances and property, you may need to deal with a property or legal matter.
The month ends with a full moon in Virgo, your second house of values, work and money, on February 25. This could be a crowning career moment, bringing you a cash windfall or a brand-new job opportunity. If youve been focused on how to maximize your money and be all-around happier at your job, well, this could be your turning point, Leo. You may also need to say no to a tempting social invitation on this day. Guilty as you feel ditching your friends, you dont want to miss this opportunity to make your mark. You only get a full moon here once a yearso make the most of it!
With love planet Venus in Aquarius, your seventh house of partnerships, until February 25, you have relationships on the brain. Its a lovely transit during Valentines Day month, a great time for single Leos to meet someone serious, or for coupled Leos to get closer to your mate.
All month long, spicy Mars is traversing Pisces, your eighth house of sex and intimacy, making you feel sexy, frisky and ready to go deeper than youve gone with your sweetheart. Whether single or attached, youll want to get in touch with your own body and sexuality. Are you expressing your sensual impulses authentically? This is a great time to sign up for an S-Factor class (http://www.sfactor.com/) or some other activity that puts you in touch with your innermost desires. Heightening your desire for intimacy, the Sun moves into Pisces on February 18, making your need to get up close and personal all the more pressing. Go find that Do Not Disturb knob to hang on your doornow!
Adding a vintage flavor to your love life, communicator Mercury moves retrograde (backward) in Pisces from February 23-March 16. Someone from your past could resurfacepossibly even proposing a limited-time offer shag. Sex with an ex, Leo? Dont be quick to rush into that one, as thinking can be unclear during Mercury retrograde. Or, if you and your honey normally have open lines of communication, you could experience, static during this three-week period. Disagreements. Misunderstandings. Crossed wires. Latent resentments that just wont quitno matter how over that New Years Eve fight you thought you were. Or, you may feel like theres a gulf between you, at a time when you want to share your deepest feelings, but just cant seem to find the words. If youre in a long-term partnership, unable to move past a block, seek out therapy so that you can conquer it once and for all. This is a chance to get off the carousel ride of a roller coaster relationship, and either move on or put things on steady ground.
During the last week of the month, a small army of planetsthe Sun, Venus, Mars and Mercuryare all gathered in Pisces. You may notice things youd never been aware of before, in terms of the power dynamics of a relationship. Does one of you have the emotional or sexual upper hand? How do you spend your resourcestime, money, investment in each others lives? If youre pulling more weight, or vice versa, that outworn pattern may need to be excised so that you can dive into deeper waters together.
Bring on the hot stone massages! As stressful Mars rolls through Pisces, your eighth house of rejuvenation, deeply-held emotions will surface, clamoring to be heard. Not only are you focused on your subterranean feelings, but also the darker sides of nearly everyone you come into contact with. If someone has a trauma to get off his/her chest, chances are, theyll choose you as a sounding board. Youre all too happy to listen, especially since their pleas spark your compassionate side. However, this emotional absorption could really tax your energyespecially if youre picking up on unspoken worries or hurts (which could easily be an issue). To counteract some of this tension, get thee to a juice bar or whatever detox vehicle you can most easily commit to now. Shed the skin that no longer fits you (especially in this dry, wintry season)an act that coincides perfectly with the start of the February 10 advent of the Year of the Snake, a security-minded sign in Chinese astrology.
Near the end of the month, take out your journal and let your deepest emotions spill onto the page, when communicator Mercury moves backward through your eighth house of secrets, repressed emotions and vulnerability. If youve been holding back fears or unresolved issues, it could easily take a toll on your energy levels. Get those issues out into the openthe more you suppress, the more you risk cracking. (Come on, Leo, you dont want to be one of those people laughing maniacally in Starbucks, do you?) Start the processing process, revealing a way into the hidden patterns and dynamics that could be operating under the surface. Sure, you might be scared, but a little discomfort is a small price to pay for a healthy spirit.
Vying for headline news, taskmaster Saturn moves retrograde in Scorpio, your fourth house of family, roots and self-sustenance, a period that begins February 18 and lasts through July 7. During this five-month stretch, you could make great strides in unearthing and dismantling the blocks or limited beliefs youve inherited from your upbringing. Just because your mother sees the world as an inherently terrifying place doesnt mean you need to carry her baggage around. Our loved ones are entitled to their views, but youre the one who is in charge of your own little energy orb. So what are you going to do with it? Please dont say, Sit around and blame my family for all my issues! We kidbut you now have a five-star opportunity to delve deep into your own limiting beliefs. Dont let it pass you by.
You might want to check out Family Constellation worka methodology developed by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger in the 1920s. The premise is that sometimes, our issues actually go beyond the individual into ancestral patterns, or what Hellinger called the family soul. A fascinating book weve been reading on the topic is Health, Happiness, & Family Constellations: How Ancestors, Family Systems, and Hidden Loyalties Shape Your Life–And What YOU Can Do About It by Michael Reddy (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1938579089). If youre in the New York area, try a workshop or retreat with practitioner Natalie Berthold (www.natalieberthold.com), a trained facilitator in Family Constellation Therapy.
Love Days: 6, 10 Money Days: 17, 27 Luck Days: 15, 24 Off Days: 22, 8, 12
Youve got magnetism and magic in you this month, as the more resourceful sector of your chart is lit up this month. Motivator Mars burns through Pisces, your eighth house of joint ventures and financial matters, from February 1-March 11. You have an intense focus on fiscal health and business partnerships. If youve been eager to get a new venture off the ground, consider your abilities to simply make it happen. If you want to open a cabaret bar, for example, you dont have to fork over every dime of your own to manifest this dream. Under this influence, you may be able to pool funds from interested parties, who are mesmerized by your fun, fiery ideas. Tap into the power of allowing, Leo, and you could attract a new collaboration with a powerful person. You may choose to make a business partnership official in some way, perhaps signing on the bottom line this month.
As enthused as you are, takeoff might not happen as soon as youd like, especially later in the month, when communicator Mercury goes retrograde (backwards) in your eighth house from February 23-March 16. Back up every last piece of data and every deviceand if youre a cloud person, double-triple check your settings. (Consider it the Murphys Law of Mercury retrograde, i.e. everything that can go wrongwill.) Be uber-careful about what you sign, since legal matters can also fall under the eighth house domain. If you must even glance at a contract, read the fine print, ask enough questions (if youre considered a nag, thats a good thing) and hand it off to a lawyer. Delay signing contracts, if possible, until after March 16, when Mercury is direct (forward), because you could miss an important detail that changes the whole flavor of the agreement.
During this period, guard against identity theft, credit card fraud or erroneous charges. (Who bought that bank-breaking pink feather boa and leather bustier, anyway?) If youre in a pinch, borrowing money could lead to some tricky dynamics, so f you have to go there, be extra-cautious about whom you ask to spot you. The same applies if youre the one shelling out extra cash. Do you really trust this person to repay you? Or, are you prepared for a little weirdness until he/she does? If buying or selling a home, you could be all fired up to seal the dealonly to encounter delays. Deep breaths, Leo. Sometimes, slowdowns can be surprisingly beneficial, giving us time to proceed with clear head and heart, aware of everything thats truly involved.
Since retrograde periods are good for reviewing, revising and reevaluating, this is a good time to consolidate debt, do some early tax planning or go over your financial goals. Be careful about joint ventures; are the roles clearly defined? How well do you know your collaborators? Don your investigative chapeau and look into ways you can make your cash work harder for youperhaps in high-performing, low-risk investment or retirement accounts. Hey, if you can make a cool million while you sleep (even if it takes 30 years), wouldnt that be worth the time to explore?
On February 25, the full moon in Virgo, your second house of work and money, could bring a career high point. Perhaps you receive a chunk of hard-earned change, or a lucrative new job offer (or development) comes your way. You may decide that youve hit the ceiling on your earning potential in one place and learn of a new opportunity that better suits your skills. If youve been angling for a raise, now is the moment to broach the subject and get a firm date on the calendar, waiting until messenger Mercury goes direct on March 16. Or, you could just have a very clear picture of your own worth, as your very unique skill set (complete with your roaring, lion-esque passion) comes into relief. Does that not sound as thrilling as the six-figure paycheck? Well, Leo, its actually more thrillingbecause once you have full internal grasp on your own value and what you have to offer, your earning potential heads in one direction and one direction only: up.