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February is always a busy month—we’ll need to get so much done in just 29 days this year. As the month opens, Mars, planet of action and competition, is retrograde until mid-April. This isn’t a good time to initiate any new projects. It could be a good time to go back to a diet or exercise program that you have used in the past. People born in the signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are the most affected by Mars. During the next few months, these folks are much more likely to tell you what they really think. • Neptune, planet of dreams and spirituality, is entering her home sign of Pisces for the first time since 1847. This will have the biggest impact on the same four signs that Mars is affecting, and those folks should expect to be pondering the meaning of life. • Good days for this month are the 1st, 9th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 25th, and 28th. Days to have an extra cup of tea and a Danish are the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 14th, 15th, 19th, and 23rd. • The Mercury retrograde is coming up on March 8. Plan ahead.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). This is your birthday month, when the sun returns to the same position in the sky as it was in when you were born. Your birthday is your personal New Year, when you review the past year and set new directions for the one ahead. You are rather focused on money and finances during February, and that will become stronger as the month continues. You are feeling more motivated and ready to tackle the world as you get more organized each day. After June, you will feel much clearer about your directions and choices.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). This is an excellent month to be paying attention to your diet and health programs. Find one that worked and go back to it. You are really ready to do something different in your life. Don’t be surprised if you are looking for a new career or planning to retire from the one you are in. You are more than ready for a new sense of adventure. Relationships can be edgy if there is not enough room for individual needs. If you find yourself feeling trapped, group activities, community groups, homeowner associations, or something less formal could be very beneficial to you.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You are very focused this month on your career and public reputation. If you are unhappy where you are, or just need something new to do, January through April is a good time to plan. If you have been looking for a while, this is a great time to reconnect with those businesses that you talked with previously. Your social life is improving as the year progresses. It’s a great time to get with friends that you haven’t seen in a while. Relationships might feel restrictive unless your boundaries are updated.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Family and home are still very prominent in your life for the next couple of months. This could mean something as simple as having a family get-together, or as major as doing home renovations or moving. Your temper is going to be short with family members. Don’t let that bleed over into your work, because it could. Break out of your routines and do something different. Even a walk in the park can be helpful in keeping your mind clear.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). You are focused this month on your financial picture. You are looking at how you utilize the resources you have, including the ones you let lie dormant. Relationship issues can also arise as you get to a deeper understanding of what keeps your relationship together. You are speaking your mind more than usual this month, telling people the things you’ve always wanted to say. Keep looking for new outlets for your career. You are ready for something fun and interesting to do.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Relationships are your topic for this month. Leos always dance with both closeness and distance in their relationships. This month, you will need more reassurance about your partner’s love than usual. If you are single, this is a good time to reunite with people you were interested in before. Career opportunities continue this month. It’s a great time to take a leadership role at work, or to expect a promotion. It may also be a great time to consider starting something on your own.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). With Mars, planet of action and reaction, hanging out in your sign until July, you are certainly more direct and mouthy than we are used to. Conflicts with others may occur as you feel threatened or challenged. You will take things much more personally. It’s a great time for diet and exercise regimes. Relationships can be edgy, and it will be a lot easier to lose your temper with your partner. Be careful about being impatient—it will rub others the wrong way. This is a great time to focus on cleaning up your act and putting some energy into motivating yourself.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). You begin the month with a more relaxed attitude. You are certainly more playful, and it’s a good time to be self-indulgent. Get serious about looking for a clear path for yourself as you review your commitments and boundaries. You are pulling back and are not as open as usual. Health issues are highlighted toward the end of the month—but pay attention to your health throughout February. Look for a dance class and not an exercise class.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). Your energies are finally being regenerated. You are more open and social than before. If you are single, you are beginning to meet new people. Best to wait until mid-April to settle on someone. If you are committed, this new energy will really add some fun to your relationship. You’re reviewing your friendships and group organizations during February, and you may find some disagreement there. This burst of energy eases during March.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). This month, Mars, planet of action and impatience, is spending a lot of time in your career area. This means that any past problems are likely to resurface so you can confront them. You will be very direct and in a reorganizing mode as you try to get your day-to-day life in order. Toward the end of the month, you begin to pay more attention to your home and your family. The latter part of the month is a great time for family reunions.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This month you are focused on your money and your resources—and also on reassessing your sense of self-worth. You may feel that you deserve a raise. Some of you may use this time to consider doing something totally different in your career. It’s best to put career changes into action after mid-April. You are trying to lighten your load at home, perhaps throwing things out or trying to install new windows so you can have more light. By the end of the month, you are ready for a break.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Your ruling planet, Neptune, enters Pisces on February 3. This is going to have the most impact on those born in the first three days of the sign, or if you have a planet at those points. You are really considering the meaning of life. Be prepared to focus on your inner life. The rest of the Mermaids and Mermen are really stirred up in their relationships. Time for some renewal, an adventure, or a fight. You are also looking for a new way to use your skills and talents. You are more laid back during the first half of February before becoming much more active later in the month.