Sun Signs—February 2018
A solar eclipse (a new moon on steroids) on the 15th turns another page in the big eclipse story that began last February. In the sign of revolutionary Aquarius, this doozy’s likely to incite radical shifts in the months to come. This new moon/solar eclipse also kicks off the Lunar New Year (which starts on the 16th). The Year of the Dog heralds honesty, fairness, and integrity, with a focus on nutrition, where the underdog leads the pack. Insider’s tip: Get projects done now, before this year’s wall of retrograde planets rolls in next month.
By Lisa Lisa and the Star Jam*
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) You’re headed for the limelight, and we don’t mean the 80s nightclub synonymous with cool. Whether it’s a new 'do, look, or scheme to sculpt your body, you’re primed to make a radical image change, one that could pull you into the spotlight. With the solar eclipse in your sign, you’re set to unveil a whole new you. All the while, you’re loving yourself and reveling in your talents and value. So taken with the one in the mirror, you may be tempted to splurge on a luxury item or draw that dream thing to you. It’s all about you this month. Go crazy.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) The action is beneath the surface this month. As you take time out to retreat into nature, you tune into your uncanny intuition. From the outside, it looks like the equivalent of when a skilled actor disappears into character, with the contents of its internal life flickering across his/her face. At the same time, you’re letting go of something (or someone), which opens to a spaciousness that allows whatever it is you want to draw to you to come in. Pull the universe inside of you—make it your own.
ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) At the end of his commencement speech to the Harvard University class of 1975, someone shouted to Muhammed Ali, "give us a poem!" The heavyweight world champion obliged with perhaps the briefest verse in the English language: “Me. We.” The champ’s minimalist rhyme reminds us of the revolution brewing in your transpersonal house that’s about to crack open your independent streak. Rams everywhere are discovering a sense of community and passions of a universal stripe. By the end of the month, you step back, retreat to recharge, and dip into your sweetest dreams. Dare to write them down.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’re scratching at the ground, ready to charge into a radical new career direction. Around the solar eclipse you’re in the spotlight, and your slow climb to the top could suddenly accelerate. Socially, you’re magnetic this month, attracting new soul sisters that are in sync with your ideals. With all this buzz of activity, it’s easy for bulls to get distracted. Do what you do best: stay grounded, be present. Organize your taxes and finances. Don’t let overspending lead you around by the ring. Come Valentine’s day, go ahead, plan a romantic getaway. Just don’t bet the farm.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) A total solar eclipse in your house of beliefs blows your mind wide open. Radical new ways of thinking stoke your penchant for travel, and sharing your ideas or could draw a love fantastic from a foreign land. All this widening of horizons, spills into your career, inspiring Twins to envision (and conjure) their dream job(s!); after all, like the famous Gemini poet once wrote, you contain multitudes. On Valentines Day, make the first move.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) The stars line up for crabs to swell their coffers. Capitalize on the eclipse energy to run a promising idea past an investor. The price may be right this month to buy a home or make other long-term investments. At the same time, take a risk emotionally; revealing your underbelly to your significant other not only deepens your relationship but revs up your sex life. Remember to set some boundaries and make sure your partner is pulling their weight. By the second half of the month, you’re ready to leave your shell behind, venture out, learn something new, or check that dream trip off your bucket list.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Now that you’ve sharpened your image and amped up your wattage, lightning could strike in your partnership realm. It’s not exactly a game of blind man’s bluff, but as you spin yourself around, a slightly skewed perspective loosens your ideas around what constitutes a suitable mate. Make a list of who you want, where (whether it’s a lover, client, assistant, or partner), then toss it. Someone of a different stripe may be just what you need in order to shine. Meanwhile, don’t forget, you’re a creative beast. Take in an opera, make the gallery rounds, or pack up your Plein air box and paint on location; entertainment, beauty, art, feed a lion’s heart.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Are you working too much and not taking care of yourself? A reset around your diet and activities helps you establish a sustainable rhythm for your busy life. Hard as it may be, stay mindful to not overcommit, particularly at work. As you find a sensible groove, a surprising breakthrough at work moves you forward. Later in the month, Venus sashays into your relationship house, bringing a possible love at first sight. When others simply don’t make sense to you this month, resist your tendency to straighten out the confusion. Think of it as a spiritual practice, like Wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in the imperfect and incomplete. By months end, the pieces fall into place.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Last month’s lunar eclipse in your social house thinned the herd, making room for this month’s total solar eclipse in your house of fun and romance, and a new lease on love. Whether you’re single or attached, this month is about reigniting your passions. As your creative fires surge, don’t be surprised if some of you could be procreating, having a baby, or becoming grandparents. However it manifests, and even if you have to schedule it, Libra, it’s playtime.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) Call in the Feng Shui consultant, it’s time for a deep cleanse on the homefront. Combining an early spring cleaning with getting the chi flowing will make not just your personal space sparkle, it will invigorate you and all who live within your walls. Later in the month a dreamy romance or a creative bug waxes poetic—either way, you’re inspired to make magic. Manifest your raise at the end of the month even before you ask your boss, say “thank you for the raise,” like it’s a done deal.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) You’ve synthesized your ideas and now you have something to say. Whatever or however you want to package the information, get it out there. Whether you buy a new bike, boat, or RV, you’ve got your message together and you’re ready to take it for a test drive before you take it on the road. On a more personal front, if Valentine's Day is a bust, wait a week, you could meet a lasting love. At the end of the month, sign on the dotted line.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) All the support is there for you to reboot your finances and be a money-making machine. You have the opportunity to bring an innovative dream forward. Pragmatic steps will take you far, creating a new budget as you make room to purchase a big-ticket item necessary to amp up your livelihood. Meanwhile, a dormant talent may awaken that’s just weird enough to be the next big thing. It’s your time to communicate your most beautiful vision.
If you know your rising sign, read that, too; it’s often more relevant.
*Lisa Awrey and Lisa Carroll
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