Plan Early . . .Mercury (planet of travel and communication) goes retrogade on February 18.
By Lilly Roddy
Get your activities planned early this month, as Mercury (planet of travel and communication) goes retrograde on February 18. After the 18th, go back and take care of existing projects but avoid starting anything new. Mercury is direct on March 22. The Chinese New Year of the Snake is on February 10. (The Chinese New Year always starts with the New Moon in Aquarius.) • We are more emotionally connected and sensitive to our environment this month. Make sure you have some down time, because so many of the planets are in Pisces during February. Mars is first into Pisces on the 1st. Mercury is gliding through Aquarius until the 5th, when she enters Pisces for a long visit. The sun begins the month in Aquarius and enters Pisces on the 18th. Venus enters Aquarius on the 2nd and joins Mercury in Pisces on the 25th. Jupiter remains in Gemini, Saturn in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, and Pluto in Capricorn.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). As the month opens, you are still busy with work and a fairly active social life. The early part of the month is the best time to make headway with your career. Groups and organizations are good places for you to make connections to further your career. Toward mid-month, you will want to take some time to recoup. You will be more sensitive to things around you and will need time for meditation or yoga. With Mercury retrograde on the 18th, you will be ready for some cleaning out and reorganizing.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This continues to be a “get your act together” year. The first half of the month is very good for focusing on your career and taking more of a leadership role. Make sure that you maintain connections with your friends, as they will be especially important this month. With Mercury retrograde, you could hear from old friends. Relationships are still tense, but you are more willing to compromise this month.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). You are back to being busy and moving a little faster than you used to. When Mercury, your ruler, goes retrograde on the 18th, you will have time to go back and take care of the things you missed. You will really be rethinking your work and career after the 18th. Don’t operate as though you’re alone—open up and ask others for help. Relationships are improving, but it’s not the best time to meet someone new.
CANCER (June 22–July 22).This will be a more peaceful month for you since so many of the planets are in water signs, your natural element. This can be a very creative month, especially if you are doing something that you really enjoy. You are more lighthearted, and some humor has crept back into your life. Although you continue to feel pressure in the background, you are able to take a breath now. Continue to work on reinventing your career and relationships. You won’t find many roadblocks this month.
LEO (July 23–August 22).Relationships continue to be a primary focus for you this month. You really want to know who you can and cannot trust. You shift your interests around mid-month and want to connect more deeply with those around you. Old money issues or intimacy issues may show up as you get in touch with your own barriers. Keep working on rebuilding foundations with your home and family.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). You have really been working on getting your life cleaned up and in order, and that takes an even more intense turn as Mercury, your ruler, goes retrograde on the 18th. Most of the planets are in your relationship arena. This is a good month to discuss boundaries, long-term goals, and making sure that you and your partner are pulling the wagon in the same direction. Career continues to be busy, but continue to think long-term in your planning.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). The emphasis this month is on health and work routines. You will be particularly attuned to how your work environment affects your health. You may want to avoid office politics and drama for the next six weeks if you can. You are supposed to be paying more attention to yourself and getting personal areas cleaned up. This is a great month to go back to any workout or diet program that you have done in the past. Work options are improving, but wait to act until after March 22.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). As the month opens, you have been setting better boundaries with your family. You want to be clearer about their expectations and the responsibilities they foist on you. You continue to be in a reorganizing and restructuring time in your life. You want everyone around you to grow up. By mid-month, you are more than ready for a break. You are feeling more creative, and this would be a great time to get away from it all.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You’re feeling your life getting busy again. The first half of the month is a great time for marketing yourself or finding some new friends or a potential partner. By mid-month, you are more focused on your home and family. You may have to have some work done. And you will hear from (or about) family members you haven’t heard from in a while. You’ll want some retreat time near the end of the month.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). You are still focused on money and financial matters. You have been working hard to get that part of your life in order, and you have lots to do. Toward mid-month, you will want to slow down and re-examine the progress you’ve made as you decide whether or not to continue on the same path. Take the time to make sure you’re on the right path and not being blocked from moving forward. Otherwise, you may feel very restricted through March 22.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). This month the planets enter the talent and resources area of your horoscope, so you’ll be looking to make the best use of those resources. With Mercury retrograde there, you may take a fresh look at something you’ve done before, and this is an excellent time to revisit things. Personal self-worth is very strong this month, so you won’t be able to tolerate ungracious people. You are still focused primarily on your career and getting your life in order.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). This is a very good month for you to reflect. Many of the Mermaids and Mermen may just swim off to be by themselves. You will not have the patience or tolerance to deal with the normal day-to-day stuff. Find some time to get away from your routines and expectations. This can be a great month to reinstitute a diet or health program. Work and career continue to improve.