February 2017

Didn't get around to starting that 2017 health kick yet, Virgo? No beating yourself up allowed—and frankly, the stars aren't even aligned for that. Your new year always begins on an indulgent note, because the Sun spends the first three weeks of each January in Capricorn and your decadent fifth house. Translation: You're still sipping bourbon and nibbling the Christmas toffee well past Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 
But now it's Aquarius season, and el Sol has transitioned into your sixth house of health and organization, Virgo's native turf. You're motivated to start a fitness kick or get back to clean eating. If you've been anxiety-eating to soothe your nerves about the world's political climate or just feeling the general winter malaise, it's time to mobilize—literally. We love the book Small Move, Big Change, which talks about the power of "micro-resolutions"—small, simple actions that create a snowball effect. So, Virgo, instead of vowing to cut all sugar from your diet effective immediately, what about adding one new vegetable to your dinner plate for seven days, or something manageable like that. The theory is that once you get into the groove of this habit, you’ll effect a larger transformation because it’s much easier to pull off. The sixth house also rules service, so instead of shouting at your newsfeed, get out and volunteer for a cause you care about.
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While you're at it, do a 2017 review of your current regimens and routines. Are some of them still around of, well, habit? If your schedule is filled with uninspiring commitments, clean house! From February 6 to June 9, expansive Jupiter turns retrograde (backward) in Libra and your second house of work, money and daily processes. Pare down and prioritize if you've taken on too much. Mind your money, because the flow of abundance you've been enjoying since the fall could slow down during this four-month cycle. Even if it doesn't, you don't have to spend like it's going out of style.
 
Jupiter has been in Libra since September 9, 2016, and will remain there until October 10, 2017. This short retrograde period gives you a chance to catch your breath and make necessary course corrections before charging ahead again this summer. Revamp your budget and take a break from any mad-dash job-searching. Since retrogrades rule the past, you might turn to an old employer for leads or revive your abandoned meditation practice.
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The pressure may be on this month all the same. Jupiter will travel in a close opposition to unpredictable Uranus in Aries, which rules your eighth house of intimacy, shared assets and long-term finances. Money could get funny now, as you may have some curveball expenses or job changes to navigate. During this freedom-seeking transit, you might get the urge to liberate yourself from an oppressive work or financial situation. While unburdening is a good idea, resist making any rash moves. The same thing could happen in romance—an emotional or sexual entanglement could get a little too intense, prompting you to escape. But the old Virgo "cut and run" routine could leave you with regrets. Look at your options, but don't leap to conclusions. Jupiter and Uranus only align this way every 14 years. They first opposed each other on December 26, 2016, and they'll make two more exact aspects on March 2 and September 28. You've got a few more months to sort through all of this.
 
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 procrastinated or been wishy-washy. Unexpected events occur, and a whole area of our lives can change 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 lasts until January 2019. This will revolutionize your health and healing sectors, touching your Aquarius-ruled sixth house of fitness and your Leo-ruled twelfth house of closure and forgiveness. You're called to balance head and heart, facts and fantasy, control and surrender—valuable #VirgoLessons to be sure!
 
This month's Leo eclipse could sweep away an outmoded situation or bring a dramatic emotional outpouring. A situation you've been clinging to may be pried from your grasp, or you could see the limits of your own controlling ways. Let go, Virgo, and allow the universe to assist you. You could get a shocking glimpse of someone's true colors or a wakeup call to make some positive changes in your lifestyle. Eclipses are unpredictable yet important moments that can light the way for important next steps. So hang tight!
 
On February 18 the Sun enters Pisces for a month, a prelude to the month's second eclipse that also falls in this part of your chart. Your seventh house of committed relationships is activated, so prepare to shed your hermit ways and embrace the power of two!
 
February 26 heralds the Pisces solar (new moon) eclipse, which could bring a huge turning point in a key business or romantic relationships. Since new moons herald fresh starts, this eclipse could be gentler and more proactive. A new partner or an exciting deal could be in the cards over the next six months. And hello, silver lining: That Leo lunar eclipse may also have cleared the decks of toxic people, creating space for a much better match. This is the grand finale of a two-year Virgo/Pisces eclipse series that began March 2015, which has radically transformed your personal identity AND your closest ties. The balance between "me" and "we" has been reconfigured. This is especially good news for self-sacrificing Virgos. Now you get one last push to create harmonious relationships that will keep YOU and your needs squarely in the equation.

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