[Tap, tap] Is this thing on, universe? The planetary lineup and therefore your February 2023 horoscope is, dare we say it, relatively uneventful?
Your February 2023 horoscope calls for clear skies!
This is because there are NO retrograde planets in the sky! (Wait…cognitive dissonance moment…)
The downside of these coveted conditions for your February 2023 horoscope: We’ll all have to blame ourselves when things go off the rails. (There’s no astrological accounting for what human egos can stir up, even when unprompted by the heavens.) Fine, we’ll take the blame for being late, missing a Zoom meeting or being prickly. A little personal responsibility builds character, and February is the month to try it!
We remain ever optimistic as Sagittarians—and we’re keeping the door open for Cupid to fire some compassion-tipped arrows around the world this February, too. Love is in the air! (But see our take on Valentine’s Day a little farther down in this February 2023 horoscope forecast…)
Year of the Water Rabbit now in full swing
We’re now in our first full solar calendar month of the Year of the Water Rabbit (which started on January 22), and the cuddlebunny vibes should be hopping.
Interestingly, we’ve just emerged from the Year of the Water Tiger, going from a ruling animal who’s a predator in the wild to one who’s prey. The Rabbit’s power is its sensitivity—when you’re adorable and defenseless, that’s a survival skill!
But careful that this new er, hare-raising cosmic climate doesn’t tip into anxiety and hypervigilance. The Rabbit is ruled by dreamy, escapist Neptune. Now that we’ve changed our ferocious stripes and slipped into something fluffier, we may feel a lot more vulnerable.
Make like the multiplying rabbit and commune! There’s power in numbers, at least with the right people.
Aquarius season brings teamwork and tension
Aquarius season is underway until February 18, a time for friendship and teamwork. Caveat: this pluralistic sign doesn’t want us to unite at the expense of our individuality. Can we come together without losing our authentic selves? Aquarian challenge: accepted!
The Water Bearer’s paradox makes a lot more sense when you consider that this sign is jointly ruled by its classical custodian (structured Saturn) AND its modern muse (rebellious Uranus, which was discovered in 1781). One minute we want to be true originals, marching to our own beats. But we also realize that, if we hope to accomplish a few goals (Saturn’s influence), it might be best to cooperate with a like-minded crew.
Aquarius embodies the tension popularized by Esther Perel’s work around people’s reconciling dueling drives for connection and autonomy. We’ll all be pulled to reconcile that paradox within ourselves this month.
Valentine’s Day astrology (is…wrong?)
It’s always struck us as so astrologically incorrect for Valentine’s Day—at least in its traditional form—to fall during Aquarius season. Is it somehow karmic that humans should celebrate love during a time that we’re meant to focus on our individuality? Just four short days later, the Sun moves into windswept and romantic Pisces. A teensy calendar nudge and this Hallmark holiday would be right on brand.
This month, V-Day will serve up a Sagittarius moon, making us all even MORE adventurous and independent. Decadent Sagittarius will happily inhale the chef’s tasting menu, sparing no expense. But this is more an environment of laughter and fun, not heavy sentiment or tearjerker trappings. If you’ve got the time and the dime to travel, a quick romantic getaway could be lovely under these globetrotting moonbeams.
Fear not: You can still get sentimental. Venus is cozied up in close conjunction with fantasy planet Neptune (their exact alignment is February 15), and both are in Pisces. That ought to compensate for the Sagittarius moon making everything into a crass, fifth-grade joke right when someone makes an earnest, heartfelt confession.
Other chances to celebrate love in your February 2023 horoscope?
You could try the February 5 Leo full moon, when our hearts are open and affixed to our sleeves. However, this full moon will be in a tricky T-square to the Aquarius Sun and destabilizing Uranus in Taurus. Drama has a strong possibility of breaking out today, especially if you’re not good at sharing power or compromise.
But hey, there ARE other things in life (and February) besides romance. The Leo full moon is an ideal moment to put one of your talents on display or to engage in some much-needed fun.
Does that sound frivolous? Think again. Fun actually triggers the neurotransmitter oxytocin (AKA the love hormone), which is shown to have major stress-reducing effects that we all sorely need. Given our worldwide pandemic PTSD, this seems like a no-brainer antidote to start reclaiming the joy and spontaneity that Leo and Aquarius both specialize in. (Recommended reading/audiobook: The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life by Michael Rucker.)
If you really want to surrender to the symphony of your soul, you could also wait for the February 20 Pisces new moon. That day, Cupid will restock his holster with fresh arrows, and the world will be in full Pisces receptivity—much better conditions for togetherness.
Enjoy February’s cosmically uncluttered calendar, friends. March will come in like a lion AND go out like one, with two of the year’s biggest transits—Saturn in Pisces and Pluto in Aquarius—both happening. Enjoy the brief respite before these big transitions begin.
Feature art by Rosie Dienhart