February starts in one place and ends…somewhere else entirely. The beginning of the month is defined by Mercury gliding into dreamy Pisces on the 3rd, followed by Venus rushing into excitable Aries on the 7th. Together, these shifts improve our intuition and revamp our confidence, culminating in a gorgeous full moon in Leo on the 9th. Let’s make the most of this tiny taste of summer in the dead of winter.
On the 16th, everything changes. First, Mercury stations retrograde—yes, it’s that time of year again!—very close to disillusioned Neptune. Later that day, action planet Mars moves into Capricorn—the sign of its exaltation (aka where it does very, very well). While Mercury retrograde in Pisces gets us lost in a dream, Mars in Capricorn desperately wants us to get it right. This push and pull between deep fantasy and hard reality defines the rest of the month into March.
The sun moves into Pisces on the 19th (happy birthday to our Pisces babes!), and the new moon in our spacey yet wise water sign on the 23rd provides a lovely dose of optimism. In a year filled to the brim with some rough astrological tides, this lunation is an opportunity for a well-earned leap of faith. For now, the water’s warm, so let’s swim.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that will provide further insight.)