By Lilly Roddy
February should be the month you get all of your projects started. On February 22, Venus (planet of love, personal likes and dislikes, and money) goes retrograde. Mercury (planet of communication, travel, and mercantilism) will be retrograde starting on April 5. Venus goes direct on April 29, but Mercury is not direct until May 7. Essentially, this means we are in a strong period of retrogrades from February 22 through May 7. With Venus retrograde, we will reexamine our investments, our sense of self-worth, the viability of our relationships, and what makes us really happy. It’s also not the best time to start a new relationship, but a great time to have an old lover return! After examining your financial foundation, you may reconsider your current investments, put yourself on a budget, or look for ways to take advantage of skills you have but don’t use. With both the Venus and Mercury retrogrades dovetailing each other, February 22 through May 7 is going to be a big time for rethinking!
ARIES (March 21–April 19). This month is a mixed bag of energy for you. Normally during this time of the year, you are still busy with activities left over from the holidays. With Mars (your ruler) in Aries, you will have plenty of extra energy to get those tasks done. You may feel that everything and everyone is demanding that you respond immediately—and they are! February is always a good time for you to connect with community groups, or with your like-minded friends. By the end of the month you are ready for some rest and retreat, even though you are still in demand.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). During the first half of February you are busy focusing on career and security. Friends and business groups can be very supportive of your current plans. This could be a good month for you to take on a leadership role in a business or community group. Near the end of the month, you are in a period of rest and retreat. And with your ruling planet, Venus, going retrograde from February 22 through April 29, you are going to take a good look at yourself from the inside out! The latter part of the month can be a good time for a spiritual retreat, or just to get some time to yourself. Choose your company carefully.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). As the month begins, you are still focused on your career and long-term security. In the second week, you are connecting more to the public side of your life. Your views will impact others. During this time, it’s very important to be very honest with yourself and with others—but especially with yourself. Deceptions will be found out easily, and that may hurt your reputation if you are not clear about your motives. Nevertheless, this is a time for you to step up and take a leadership role with a clear head and a pure heart. Choose your cohorts carefully, as you will be questioning your relationship with them.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Your career sector is especially active this month with Venus going retrograde at the end of February in your career sector. If you have plans, you need to put them into action right away. After Venus goes retrograde, it’s the perfect time to reexamine your business practices and the people that you regularly do business with. Refocus on making better use of your personal skills, because people are open and receptive to your views. This is also an excellent month for you to do some traveling, teaching, or taking a class. Stay on track with your health and exercise plans!
LEO (July 23–August 22). Relationships and personal intimacy are very strong this month. For those born in Leo, relationships can involve lovers, friends, or confidants. Your relationship energies are more magnetic, drawing people to you for business and personal connections. Trust your initial psychic response to anyone you come in contact with. If they feel good, they are—you don’t have to keep testing them. And if they feel bad, they are! In your romantic relationships, you will need some reassurance about your partner’s goals and motives, just to make sure you are both on the same page.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). As the month opens, you are getting yourself back on track. The holidays can throw off your routines, and you are always happy to get back to them. Relationships are extremely important this month. And the solar eclipse occurring in your relationship sector on the 26th will indicate some sort of change, such as enjoying your existing relationship even more, finding the perfect partner, or having something special and unexpected happen to your partner. The viability of all your relationships, both business and personal, will be under scrutiny after the 22nd. This is a perfect month for you to get a handle on your finances.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). This continues to be a dynamic and fluid time for Librans. There are both relationship and career opportunities out there for you. And with your ruler, Venus, going retrograde on the 22nd through April 29, you are going to take a hard look at your relationships. If you are in a supportive relationship, this is a perfect time to renew those emotional, physical, and spiritual connections. If your relationship isn’t doing well, this will force the issues to the surface so that you have to deal with them. Both business and personal relationships will be affected. The other main factor for this month is to make sure that you are taking good care of yourself via exercise, better eating, and choosing the right people to work around!
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). Your home and family are the focus as your month begins. You are generally in more of an internal phase. This is a creative and playful month for you. In the first half of the month, you are back and focused on getting things completed at work and connecting more to your normal routines for working out, meeting with friends, etc. In the latter half of the month, you are ready to step away from your agenda and have some fun. You will want to focus on projects that you really enjoy! With Venus retrograde for you on February 22, this can be a time to examine your business relationships and financial connections through May 2017.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You had been pushing yourself hard last year, so this is the year to really get your act together. You remain on that path, but you are taking it a bit easier this month. The first half of the month, you are looking for an approach to what you are doing that’s more fun. You can have fun and be productive if you work on projects that inspire and fulfill you, rather than just completing a list of tasks. In the latter half of the month, home and family are more your focus. In fact, your home could be your retreat during the second half of the month, so keep your schedule very flexible during this time.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This month, you will have to find some balance between work/family demands and taking time for yourself. With your career, this is a very positive and optimistic time for you to get a promotion, look for a better position, or start your own business. Get that done before the 22nd, or you will need to wait until early May to put your project into action. There is a lot of family activity that you need to pay attention to. By midmonth, you are ready for a break from the circus of activity—if you can get away! You will need some down time at the end of the month, especially around the solar eclipse on the 26th. Put it on your calendar so you can enjoy it.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Happy Birthday to the free-minded and free-thinking Aquarians, who help us to envision the best version of society and the planet that humanity has to offer! This is your yearly cycle to review what you did last year and look at what you plan to do this year. You’ll be especially clear about this after the 7th. You are also focused on how to make better use of your resources and skills—especially the ones connected to your creative side. In the early part of the month, you are getting your house and business in order. Your energy remains strong throughout the month, even as others seem to lose some of their momentum. In the latter half of the month, you should be focused on improving your skills and financial viability.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You have been working hard on getting your life in order during the past year. However, in the first half of this month, you are ready to take a break from that push! You are much more ready to indulge yourself in whatever you want to participate in. This period is very good for spending time traveling with your partner or having some adventures together. The latter half of the month, you are getting back to your agenda and routines. You are extra-psychic and sensitive near the end of the month. With the eclipse on the 26th, you may want to make sure you have the weekend to yourself for relaxing.
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