What's the big idea, Sagittarius? Well, it might be something pretty awesome, actually! February begins in the afterglow of a mind-blowing Leo total lunar eclipse, which blasted through your ninth house of inspiration, growth and adventure on January 31. You may have felt it at the tail end of last month, or February could begin with a flurry of Sagittarian-style enthusiasm, where possibilities feel limitless and you just want to say "yes!" to everything. Is it time to plan an epic trip or pull out the stops and go after something on your bucket list? This eclipse sets your sights on a creative new course, filling you with can-do energy and optimism.
Eclipses can bring sudden or sweeping changes, and hosting one in this visionary part of your chart could catapult you into a bigger arena. Your gambling urge could be at an all-time high. And with energizer Mars in Sagittarius until March 17, your patience is in ultra-short supply. You're ready to go from zero to 60 now—and who could blame you for this chronic case of cosmic FOMO? Mars only visits your sign every two years, and when it does, it fuels personal goals with a sense of urgency.
But as excited as you may be to take a leap of faith, you could also have an "OMG, what have I done?" crash afterward. Sagittarians are famous for biting off more than they can chew—at least, more than you can digest in a single chomp. In the disorienting days that follow an eclipse, you could start to have second thoughts, if not a total loss of perspective, about something that seemed like your life's mission only a week ago.
Instead of backing away or shutting down your lofty plans, talk your ideas through with people. The Sun is in Aquarius and your communicative third house until February 18, bringing savvy sounding boards into your orbit. Expressive Mercury is also here until February 17, upping the odds that you'll get brilliant feedback if you put the word out. Brainstorm, negotiate, crowdsource some advice—'tis the season to gather information and break those dreams down into sensible steps. Dig up data to support your ideas; look for articles that support the merit of your ideas. The more you know, the better equipped you'll be to sway the decision makers.
Take your time and be thorough, Archer. February is an unusual month because there are NO full moons (the next one is March 1), which means this story is still developing. Besides, we're still in eclipse season, which could bring another round of changes mid-month. On February 15, a second lunar lift arrives—this time a partial solar (new moon) eclipse in Aquarius and your thoughtful third house. Kindred spirits could pop up unexpectedly, perhaps providing the missing link or skillset that will take your plans to the finish line. With your communication center triggered by this eclipse, you could receive an exciting opportunity to teach, write or speak publicly. The third house rules media, so make a splash in the local news or post your witty and original ideas and go viral. This eclipse acts as an amplifier, helping to get your message out to a wide and eager audience. Hashtag: Sag FTW!
Not only is February 15 an eclipse, it also kicks off the Chinese Year of the Dog, a convivial and collaborative cycle that's totally your social sign's speed. This lunar New Year is all about running with your pack and enjoying the playful, protective vibes of a loyal tribe. You won't be sad to leave the anxious, critical Fire Rooster in the rearview, with its 140-character Twitter wars and hierarchical pecking orders (#ugh). Cooperation and mutual gain are where it's at, and there's nothing a generous Sagittarius loves more than sharing your bounty.
Cupid… who? Valentine's Day is overshadowed by all of this action upstairs, and TBH, the cosmic conditions aren't exactly screaming "romance." The moon will be in its low-key "balsamic" (nearly new) phase, which is a time when people are typically sleepy or grouchy or just not feeling it. And to make matters worse, it's on a Wednesday. While sexy Mars in Sagittarius makes you a head-turner all month, that still might not be enough to get you to rally for the big Hallmark holiday.
A better idea: Roll your V-Day plans into a Lunar New Year celebration tomorrow. Gather a crew of fun friends (preferably a mix of single and coupled) and make it an all-in-one Thursday throwdown. You can subvert a commercial holiday AND have an excuse to feast on dim sum or tapas or whatever your roving band likes best. Talk about a twofer!
On February 18, the Sun starts its monthlong visit to Pisces and your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations. This is a richly creative cycle, but also a time when Sags hibernate. Go off the grid for a bit and spend time with your closest confidantes. Women especially play an influential role. You may be more sensitive or nostalgic now, in the mood to putter around, decorate and read that stack of books towering on your nightstand—or cluttering your Kindle. Send a few of your favorite photos to be enlarged and developed in black-and-white by a professional lab or pull a few vintage family heirlooms into your interior scheme. That old-fashioned deck of playing cards or 1970s weaving wall hanging from your aunt's college art class could be a game changer when you display it with your own unique flair.