February 2017

"The home should be the treasure chest for living," said Swiss architect Le Corbusier. These words are your guiding light as the Sun visits Aquarius and your domestic zone until February 18. Slow down and reflect. Connect to family, your living situation, a cherished memory or relic that makes you feel rooted and safe. To get you thinking in this direction, check out these responses from a few New York transplants on what they conceive of as "home." Your anchors—sentimental or otherwise—deserve some TLC now. Invite loved ones over for a cozy, home-cooked lasagna dinner and a night of reminiscing. The fourth house rules women, so send a handwritten note of appreciation to your mom, a female friend or a maternal figure.
Pour some appreciation into your home: An evening spent rearranging your living room furniture could improve your energy levels and bring new flow into your life. Take inspiration from the Danish decorating practice called Hygge, the Scandinavian "secret" to creating a happy, cozy vibe at home and beyond. This is an excellent time for self-care, so show yourself some love by taking time out for a hot lavender-oil bath or spending an evening IN, curled up with your favorite book. Take care of numero uno and get yourself to a place of healthy self-regard.
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While you're jonesing for downtime, duty still calls. Action-oriented Mars spends the whole month in Aries and your orderly and efficient sixth house. The pressure could be on at work to complete important projects, stay productive and deliver nothing short of excellence. This might be a stressful time, Scorpio. Work off some of that work tension with a blood-pumping sweat. A fitness kick suits your can-do, determined attitude and helps balance out those couch potato/Netflix binges. In fact, it's a great month for self-improvement, as both the Sun and Mars shine a light on the "betterment" zones of your chart and put you in touch with your physical AND emotional health. The result? You could end February feeling more resilient inside and out.
Another reason to pace yourself: On February 6, expansive Jupiter turns retrograde (backward) in Libra and your twelfth house of rest, closure and surrender until June 9. (For more on retrogrades, read this.) For the next four months, forgiving and clearing away what no longer serves you should take top billing. This could be a time of transitions and deep contemplation. Sorry to say, there's no brushing away your soul-searching with Instagram’ed platitudes or tequila-soaked nights. But bear in mind that no amount of yoga and meditation will help if you're doing it as a Band-aid instead of getting to the core issue. That’s called spiritual bypassing, and there's no room for that when Jupiter is driving in reverse.
Your sign likes to have control, but unfortunately that's not entirely available to you now, at least not in the ways you'd like. Instead of getting frustrated over an endeavor that isn't unfolding on your timeline, get lost in your own spirituality or creativity. Pick up a set-aside poetry collection or an oral history of how faith plays out in different people's lives. This project might be a useful container for all your “searching” emotions.
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Warning: Your moods can be heavy and intense now. Be careful not to go too far down the tunnel of isolation (or addiction). You can’t afford to slip into escapism, e.g., numbing out to Game of Thrones marathon-watching. There are many less-than-healthy ways to while away your precious minutes on earth, and if you want to avoid them, follow the HALT method: Never let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. You may be dealing with a loss or some sort of grieving, but this is a cleansing time for releasing painful patterns, especially toxic feelings, people and relationships. Guard your health during this time. Err on the side of soothing evenings in, as opposed to heedless late-night partying. Now more than ever, schedule downtime to help prevent burnout and other physical complications. Jupiter has been in Libra since September 9, 2016, and will remain there until October 10, 2017. This four-month retrograde affords you a chance to catch your breath and refocus on your emotional and spiritual needs before you charge ahead again this summer.
As much as you may want to run off to an ashram or hole up in the art studio, remember that real life, with all its obligations, waits for no one, and the contrast between dreamy, unstructured time and knocking off your to-do list can be jarring. All month Jupiter forms a harsh opposition to disruptive Uranus in your task-driven sixth house. Curveballs could become a daily occurrence at work, as Uranus in your productive zone heightens interruptions from work, unexpected stress or annoying little duties that can't be ignored. With Jupiter touring your restful twelfth house, you won't have your normal energy reserves. Let's be practical, Scorpio: For once, instead of trying to control every last detail, see what happens if you say "Screw it!" and blow off the less-than-pressing stuff. Ultimately planetary oppositions can bring about happy mediums, but typically this only occurs out of necessity. Try to see this month's frustrations and challenges as opportunities. Maybe you need better staff or systems so you're prepared for the inevitable breakdowns? Jupiter and Uranus will reach an exact opposition on March 3, which only happens every 14 years. The March clash will be the second of three—the first was on December 26, 2016, and the next is September 28, 2017. You'll feel the energy building all month.
Brace yourself: More change is in the air because February is eclipse season. Two of 2017's four game-changing eclipses arrive this month, shaking up the status quo. Eclipses can push us off the fence when we've been wishy-washy or have procrastinated, forcing us to make a snap decision. Unexpected events occur, and a whole area of our lives can change in a flash. 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 series on the Leo/Aquarius axis, which will last until January 2019. This will revolutionize your career and home sectors, tipping the work-life balance scales in a new direction. This full moon brings a massive turning point in your career. You might land a raise or step up to the dais for some hard-won recognition. A boss may tap you to lead a prestigious and high-profile working group. A winning project could launch—and get plenty of attention. This full moon also serves as a course correction. If you've been slaying on the job but want more time with loved ones, consider ripping a page from the playbook of signmate Megyn Kelly, who left Fox News last month for NBC and a more family-friendly schedule. If you've reached your personal Mount Everest, you might decide to switch fields altogether. Anything is possible, Scorpio.
On February 18, the Sun enters Pisces for a month, a prelude to the month's second eclipse in this part of your chart. Levity returns—and it’s about time! Pisces rules your fifth house of playfulness, passion and joie de vivre. If Valentine's Day wasn’t fully satisfying, you've got a full month to make up for it by letting your hair down and enjoying some seductive, Cupid-come-lately moments.
The spotlight finds YOU on February 26, when the Pisces new moon and solar eclipse causes a thrilling commotion in your fifth house of romance and self-expression. This marks the grand finale of the Virgo/Pisces eclipse series that began in March 2015 and has been recalibrating your head-heart balance. This hot-blooded eclipse marks an exciting new chapter in your romantic life, possibly a fated meeting with "the one" or a resurgence of your libido. Since this falls in your fertile fifth house, a pregnancy is possible.

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