Efficiency? Check! Organization overhaul? Check! Checklists? Check, check, and check! As the energizing Sun moves through Aquarius, your six house of streamlining and systems, youre all about getting down to business, cleaning your metaphorical (and literal) closets and reorganizing every last detail of your lifedown to where you get your morning latte. Since the sixth house also rules the bodily system, this is a great time for you to start juicing, being more conscious of getting your greens and finding an exercise regimen that works best with the logistic of your schedule. Not that Virgos really need prompting to do any of this stuff. Virgo is the natural ruler of the practical sixth house, so youre kind of in your well-planned element here.
With your hyper-focus on streamlining, youve been thinking plenty about how you can clean up the overall landscape of your life. Are you juggling two careers, i.e. being a mom and consultant, or moonlighting as a web producer while you build your executive coaching practice? You may be ready to turn a fresh page.
On February 10, youll have a chance to do just that, when the new moon in Aquarius jazzes up your work lifesuddenly, you can see clearly the road ahead. With renewed vigor, you can map out how the mechanics of your life can be tweaked, ever so slightly. If youve been delaying on starting that new wellness routineeither incorporating a healthy activity like acupuncture or tai chinow is the time to dive in, especially while the wintry temps are so low. You may want to use this time to put on a kettle for tea, stay indoors and organize, from A to Z, like only you can. Also on February 10, the Chinese zodiac switches signs, from the fiery, risk-taking Dragon to the stability-loving, security-minded Snake. This puts an even stronger emphasis on creating a strong, clean foundation. A newly revamped house (or office) equals a newly revamped life. Hey, thats been YOUR mantra foreverno matter what the Chinese New Year is.
But waityou may need to put down that dustmop and non-toxic cleaning spray, since youll also be thinking about your cherished one-on-one relationships this month, as motivator Mars spends time in Pisces, your seventh house of committed partnerships from February 1-March 11. You like to take great care of your honey (or business colleague) by planning, fixing,and researching, but this month, especially after the Sun moves into Pisces on February 18, youll turn your keen analytical powers to the art of giving and taking. What must you do to make your relationships run more smoothly? Where can you be more open to receiving, forgiving and allowing?
Also on the 18th, taskmaster Saturn goes retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your third house of communication. The backstrokes continue until July 7, making this five-month stretch an ideal time to revise how you get your message across. Use this period to work on the way you express yourself. Could you be more direct, certain and clear? Yes, youre always diplomatic, but perhaps that hinders real progress, especially if it gets in the way of you saying something that really needs to be said, i.e. telling your best friend that shes got to deal with her romantic woes elsewhere (as opposed to going through Kleenex like its water, in the conference room of your busy office).
Since Saturn will be in Scorpio until September 2015, youre in a prime position to get serious about a writing or teaching project. If youve been toying with the idea of writing the next blockbuster hit, you may want to take a screenwriting course or pick up this classic by David Mamet: http://www.amazon.com/Directing-Film-David-Mamet/dp/0140127224 This five-month retrograde is great for revisiting old projects or even just budding ideas. Go back to the drawing board and edit, plan, refine. A relationship with a sibling or close friend may need some repair, especially if youre living tired patterns from your youth, i.e. connecting doesnt always have to mean splitting a bottle of red wine or opening your home indefinitely. This is a time to grow up, drop grudgesor take a break if one or both of you cant let the teeth-gnashing offense go.
Amplifying this transit, your ruler Mercury goes retrograde (backward) February 23-March 16 in Pisces, your seventh house of partnerships. Since Mercury rules communication and this transit tends to fry your mental faculties just a little more than the average sign, it will be a wonder if anyone can understand you for the next three weeks. After snafus with your colleagues, your trainer, your loved one and heck, even your butcher, you may just think: Am I speaking Greek here? This semi-separation from the rest of the world actually gives you a little space to be internal and think about what it is you really want to express, especially to your sweetheart, spouse or business partner (since Mercurys spin through Pisces ups the ante with your closest relationships). Watch for discord, and back up computers preemptively to avoid data losses.
The month ends with a triumphant moment. On February 25, the Virgo full moon ties up some key threads from last six months with a flourish. Have you been working on your image, both your physical persona and the one you share with the world? This could be a complete Diana Ross-type day, where youre all Im coming out! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-mjl63e0ms)whether youre sharing a big announcement thats been brewing or you initiate a major life change, such as a change of job, residence or even your appearance. For example, if your long, flowing hair hides your dynamism, you may decide to cut it off or opt for a sleeker style. If youve been hiding your sexier side from the world, you might decide that needs a little more expression (in a subtle, yet noticeable way). Smoky eyes, perhaps?
Love comes with a side of spice this month, Virgo. Thats what the universe has ordered up for you, with red-hot Mars in Pisces, your seventh house of partnerships. Your romantic engines are all revved upnot only do you want to be in a partnership, but part of you doesnt mind fighting for it or taking a few bold risks. If youre in a relationship and your mate is distracted, off-point or forgetful, you will make your displeasure known. (Forgetting important dates or any slacking off is not going to fly here.) You may have a few bristly fights, but remember that the airing of grievances is good, especially if handled in a productive way. No hitting below the belt, Virgo. If Mars presence brings stress, find a physical outlet. Maybe your couple time means you plan workout dates, trekking together to the gym or even a hot yoga class to wring all the excess tension out of your relationshipand your joints. Of course, theres another, ahem, blood-pumping physical outlet that might better serve your intimacy needs, so perhaps you can block off some big chunks of time to go straight from your yoga class (post-shower) to your bedroom. Close the blinds and get busy in forgetting what all the fuss was about anyway.
On Valentines Day, you want to indulge your posh side, as the moon is in Aries, your second house of luxury. Love equals the good life on this romantic holiday, so whether its with your sweetheart or with a group of close friends, youll want to indulge. If your date suggests an amazing dive that serves up yummy and cheap food, find a nice way to reorient the plan-makingperhaps you nod politely and slide a Zagat guide across the table, kindly explaining that nothing less than a 27-rating will do. Your motto could easily be go classy or go home, so if the planning is left to you, check out fancy chefs tasting menus or plot a five-course gourmet menu of your own. Pick something elegant and upscale, including the gift you decide to give. If your honey likes to sing, dont peruse Craigslist for a teacher. Find the guy who coaches fellow Virgo Shania Twain and inquire about gift certificatesthats one way to say your partner is still the one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA.
When the Sun moves into Pisces on February 18, your relationship focus heightens for the next month. This is not a time for you to act the lone wolf. You want a true partner by your side, so if youve been overly focused on the minutiae of work or some other personal situation, now is the time to come back to your (relationship) center. Plan romantic, refined dates, perhaps an outing at an art museum or a symphony performance. If you enjoy cooking, plan an extravagant meal right down to the interior ambiance, remembering candles, the arrangement of flowers and tunes. If youre looking to set the mood, a little Leonard Cohen (who is also a Virgo) might be just the trick to get you feeling a thousand kisses deep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9GVk3AclEM.
A teensy-tiny fly in the ointment could alter your plans, with communicator Mercury retrograde (backward) in Pisces from February 23 to March 15. Okay, since Mercury is your ruler, the issue might not feel so small, especially if its the resurfacing of an ex or someone else from your past, dangling a second chance before your eyes. Or, you may find yourself ruminating over old regrets, i.e. you really, really wish you hadnt sent that dont call me ever, jerk email to your uber-sensitive ex.
With feisty Mars in the mix during this retrograde, be careful. Coupled Virgos can definitely argue and get stuck on petty details or a no-win horn locking. Something that you thought didnt bother you could easily slither to the surface. Or maybe youre feeling frustrated because you see your partner still struggling in an unsatisfying job…and your well-meaning words of advice on how to fix-it are falling on deaf ears. Now is a good time for couples therapy if you cant resolve the matter peacefully on your own.
Despite the potential for tension, your romantic vista is looking dreamy, wind-swept and all-around rosy at the end of the month, as magnetic Venus moves into Pisces on February 25. By the last week of the month, the planetary count in your relationship sector has been upped to five, so, even if Valentines Day was a bust, dont worry. The end of February and early March could easily make up for Cupids misfires.
With the bold Sun and beautifying Venus transiting Aquarius, your sixth house of wellness, spend the month enjoying your workout routines. If the winter temps have dulled your skin, double up on your greens to get that winter glow going. Try a recipe from fellow Virgo Kris Carrs Crazy Sexy Kitchen (http://astore.amazon.com/astrostyle-20/detail/1401941044). Since Aquarius rules group activity, you might organize a group to go cross-country skiing or snowboarding, helping you all stay fit, active and thoroughly entertained. If youve been dragging your sneaker-clad feet to the gym, the February 10 Aquarius new moon is the perfect day to get back to the nitty gritty of your fitness goals.
With energetic Mars spending the month in Pisces, your partnership zone, you may want to workout in tandem. When it comes to a 5:30 a.m. buzzing alarm clock, youll be more inclined to get out of bed if you know a pal is counting on you to show up at boot camp. Plus, think of the post-sweat, sugar-free smoothies you can have together. Or, if youre uber-serious, you may tap a favorite trainer to motivate you through some grueling squats and never-ending jump roping. Perhaps this is the month to try a vigorous activity like SoulCycle or boxing.
The February 25 Virgo full moon gives you a chance to do a total life review, shining that inspectors headlamp on every facet of your existence, to see where its heading and what might be out of alignment. If too much of your vital energy is directed into go-nowhere goals, especially stuff that starts to feel more like busy-work, it might be time to do some pruning. Resign from obligations that dont give you a power surge of life-force energy. That ought to clear up some psychic space and time for what truly matters.
Love Days: 8, 12 Money Days: 19, 2 Luck Days: 17, 27 Off Days: 15, 24, 10
All systems go! With lucky Jupiter now direct (forward) in Gemini, your tenth house of professional acclaim, youre reaching for the brass ring of successand grabbing it effortlessly. During Jupiters four-month slowdown, from October to the end of January, youve had your fill of introspection on the career front, even more than your already analytical mind could handle. Maybe you over-debated every move (At the meeting, I didnt articulate my intention in the exact right way!) or your professional mojo has been slow to fire up.
Now, expansive Jupiter is racing full steam ahead, blazing through your public recognition sector until June 25. Make the most of your time between now and then, whether youre seeking a promotion or overall career advancement. Plum gigs could just fall into your lap, making you feel very lucky that you were in the right place at the right time. If you connected with an old colleague or mentor during the retrograde, that reunion could lead to a five-star opportunity. No matter what the exciting development, all this recognition and good fortune will end up in greater ownership of your own authority. No more self-doubting Virgo.
All month, the Aquarius Sun is moving through your sixth house of systems, making this a perfect time to organize and streamline your work life, especially at the new moon in Aquarius on February 10. This day, set an intention about becoming more efficient in some part of your life. Do you need a stronger support system? Your humanitarian ideals could occasionally interfere with your day-to-day operations, i.e. when your assistant comes in from lunch and decides you guys need to organize a coat drive for the homeless, you say, Sure! to the detriment of immediate deadlines. On this day, you may have a lightening-bolt epiphany on how to incorporate your high-minded visions with the minutiae of day-to-day. Clean your file cabinets, tighten your offices shipbut make sure to have a little zany fun in the process.
This practical focus is a nice complement to the revising youll be doing later in the month, when boundary-hound Saturn moves retrograde (backward) in your third house of ideas and communications, from February 18 -July 7. During this five-month period, you may revisit an important idea, concept or sales pitch. If youre a writer, tap a detail-oriented manuscript coach before you pitch your book to a publisher, getting very clear on both the line-by-line edits, as well as the deeper, subterranean message youre conveying. Serious Saturn is a slow-moving plant, always wanting situations and relationships to be built on a proper, solid foundation.
When Saturn is retrograde, the pace can move like molassesso its a great time to tighten everything up, but not to scramble to get er done. Consider this a great time for training. During this phase, you may want to go back to school to sharpen your skillset or to learn a specific new tool or technique, especially related to marketing and social media (try an online course in social media and marketing by Laura Roeder http://www.lauraroeder.com or Marie Forleos B-School http://www.rhhbschool.com). If youre a Luddite, its time to get ver your fear of technology. Arm yourself with the know-how and quit making excuses. A whole new (cyber) world awaits.
By months end, a full moon in Virgo lights up your first house of personal goals, making this a big, enthusiastic day to remember. Over the last six months, youve been revamping yourself from the inside out: does how you present yourself to the world, including your colleagues, match up with the person you feel you are inside? Expect a culmination to these soul-searching efforts. Since the moon forms a tense square to roll-the-dice Jupiter in Gemini, your tenth house of success, you may have a radical change of plans, or a sudden divergence from a goal you thought you were pursuing with ease. Perhaps youre offered an incredible career opportunity that seems foolish not to takewho wouldnt want to be editor-in-chief or to lead a four-month project overseas?yet, your heart isnt in it. Youll really need to listen to your gut today, remembering that there will be other opportunities and that you dont need to grab this one if its not right. Confounded? Try the what-if test: if you dont say yes, will you always be wondering what if?and not in a neurotic way (fearing that another opportunity like this will never come along), but more of a pang-in-the-soul way? Move gently through this dilemma, Virgo.