February 2017

Productivity is your main mission this month—at least for the first three weeks. The Sun is marching through Aquarius and your second house of finance and security until February 18, putting you in an "all business" mindset. Forget the chatty lunches and coffee-cart runs with your coworkers: It's time to be economical with your precious hours. Scale down on the extracurricular activities, like spearheading the "go green" initiative at work, so you can focus on your deadlines, budget and nest egg. Fortunately your sign has a knack for prioritizing, and this month will put that innate talent to good use. Stability is where it's at now—just the way Capricorn likes it.
 
Just don't get TOO cozy in your ten-hour workday bubble. Home and family concerns will compete for your attention, and there may be some stressful fires to put out in your personal life. All month, intensifying Mars is stirring the pot in Aries and your domestic fourth house, bringing an energizing but irritating atmosphere to Chateau Capricorn. Chasing the eternal work-life balance could be especially rough. You may be consumed with a renovation or move or a difficult roommate. Since the fourth house rules women, there might be tension with a female relative (hi Mom!). Are you a parent? A child may be a source of stress. Remember: If your kid is acting out, catch yourself before flying off the handle. Perhaps they're picking up on YOUR stress or reacting to instability around the home. When you feel stretched thin this month, wave the white flag and accept your human limits. Something's gotta give!
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Luckily, some of the career pressure should ease up after February 6, when expansive Jupiter turns retrograde in Libra and your professional tenth house until June 9. Over the next four months, take time to reevaluate your career goals. An exciting opportunity might pop up—maybe a thrilling job change, a tantalizing promotion or a plum leadership opportunity. With Jupiter in reverse, progress may slow down, but don't lose hope. This short pause gives you a chance to reflect on your long-term objectives and ensure that your current path is leading you toward them. If you need to make a course correction, this Jupiter cycle will help you retrace your hasty steps. Jupiter has been in Libra since September 9, 2016, and will remain there until October 10, 2017. So take your time now, because it’l be full-steam ahead come summer.
 
Despite the cosmic breather, the pressure is still on—thanks to excessive Jupiter in your career house traveling in a close opposition to disruptive Uranus in your home-and-family sector, an aspect that's in effect all month. The exact Jupiter-Uranus alignment is on March 3—the second of three such aspects (the first was December 26, 2016, and the next is September 28, 2017). Still, you'll feel this mounting tension throughout February. Juggling your personal and professional demands could make you want to scream, as unexpected curveballs pelt you from both sides. For example, a prestigious work opportunity might pop up out of the blue, forcing you to recalibrate plans in your personal life. A family member may be going through a tough time, making it hard to concentrate at work. A pregnancy or change of residence could happen suddenly, possibly at an inopportune time—eg, when you have a coveted interview or crucial work presentation.
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And yet…even more change is in the air because February is eclipse season. Two of 2017's four game-changing eclipses happen this month, shaking up the status quo. Eclipses can push us off the fence when we've been wishy-washy or procrastinating, forcing us to make a fast decision. Unexpected events could occur, changing a whole area of our lives in short order. This can be exciting or daunting, depending how you look at it. Suffice to say, it's best to stay on your toes and expect the unexpected during eclipse season.
 
On February 10 the Leo lunar (full moon) eclipse kicks off a brand-new eclipse series on the Leo/Aquarius axis, which will last until January 2019. This will revolutionize your financial houses, helping you achieve self-sufficiency and security while also teaching you how to amass long-term wealth. This Leo full moon shakes up your eighth house of powerful bonds, joint ventures and investments. You could have an unexpected financial boon from a real estate deal, commission or inheritance. Or a heavy-hitter might come to you with a real-deal partnership offer. Since this is the domain that rules debt, it’s possible that you’ll need to cough up a hefty sum to pay an unforeseen expense. Stay in an abundance mindset, no matter what the development. The eighth house also rules intimate relationships, so this page-turning eclipse could mark a major transition—possibly heralding a sudden engagement, pregnancy or split.
 
Once the Sun enters Pisces and your third house of communication on February 18, the mood turns lighthearted and chatty. After an onerous start to the month, your duties, including staff powwows and brainstorming sessions, take on a breezier vibe. Pitch meetings could leave you feeling not drained, but inspired. This is a great time to pick up a hobby that got sidelined during your work-and-family focus earlier in the month. Your social life also reboots, so go explore local happenings and cultural events—in the company of fun friends old and new.
 
On February 26 the Pisces solar (new moon) eclipse marks the grand finale of the Virgo/Pisces eclipse series that began in March 2015, transforming how you communicate, learn, take risks and seek adventure. During that period, you might have launched a startup or done a personal, perhaps leaving a job to explore new vistas. This series has helped you think outside the box and see options beyond the "safe" ones. The eclipse of February 26 heralds a major attitude shift: Your thinking can suddenly change around an important issue. Or you might get more involved in your community, opening that pop-up shop or becoming a regular at the new sustainable-foods cafe. If you've had a teaching or literary project in the back of your mind, write out your plans today. A million-dollar idea could pop into your head—write that down, too! This could be the start of something big.

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