Set your sights on the prize, Taurus. February is one of your most ambitious months as the Sun takes its annual trip through Aquarius and your tenth house of career and leadership until February 18. Haven't solidified your goals or 2019 resolutions yet? It's all good. The February 4 Aquarius new moon jump-starts your planning process, helping you identify your long-term objectives and create a streamlined agenda. Where would you like to be in six months? Identify that marker and work backward so you can plot your step-by-step ascent.
But don't forget to have fun! February 5 marks the Chinese Lunar New Year. Bid adieu to the obedient Earth Dog and make way for the communal and comfort-loving Earth Pig. Pleasure will be a guiding principle now, which is music to a Bull's ears. Even as you put in the long hours toward your goal, make time to enjoy yourself and gather with cherished, uplifting friends.
Another reason to conserve energy as you reach for the brass ring? Mars, the planet of drive and energy, is in Aries until February 14, adrift in your twelfth house of rest and closure. With your celestial battery pack powered down into "sleep" mode, it might be hard to stay alert and motivated. Mars has been here since January 1, traveling in tandem with unpredictable Uranus, who's also in Aries until March 6. If you've had a hard time finishing anything or unwinding at night—even when you're exhausted—blame it on this jarring duo. Mars and Uranus together could make you simultaneously tired and wired.
Both planets love action and spontaneity. Yet, while they're mired in your indecisive twelfth house, you could feel hesitant to leap into anything. It could be hard to know who to trust, and you might face a minefield of mixed signals and confusing messages. But the silver lining? You can focus on tying up a major loose end and shutting on the door on a frustrating situation that simply won't resolve on its own. Sometimes, you have to CHOOSE to be done with it, at least for now, and force yourself to stop engaging.
Time for a clean break? Mars and Uranus make an exact conjunction (meetup) on February 13, when you might make a quick escape from a stifling situation. This day could bring an out-of-the-blue apology, a sudden goodbye or a strong hit of spiritual guidance. Your intuition may be screaming at you…or is that paranoia? Investigate and make sure you're not being taken for a ride. If you struggle with self-sabotaging habits (smoking, excessive drinking, overeating), you might quit cold turkey or enter a program for support. With these two liberating planets in your recovery sector, you'll want freedom from the imprisoning grip of any addiction.
Valentine's Day gives you something to celebrate: The return (after two long years) of zesty Mars to Taurus! From February 14 until March 31, the red planet will sizzle through your sign, amping up your courage and charisma. Your swagger returns—so be sure to use it for good, not ego! In early March, Uranus will sail into Taurus for an extended eight-year journey, and things will really take flight. Put your personal projects on the front burner now because Mars will turn up the heat on your solo ventures.
With dynamic, dashing Mars in your assertive first house, your magnetism and sex appeal shoot through the roof. Lusty Mars gets you in the mood for amorous adventures. But the restless red planet can also crank up pressure and irritation, especially when you get impatient. Keep your stress levels under control and watch that temper.
With the moon in Gemini and your luxe-loving second house on Valentine's Day, an adventurous and upscale date night could be the perfect plan. Splurge on a classy gift for your S.O. (or yourself), or book a table at the buzzed-about bistro and try the tasting menu. Just watch out for a tricky T-square (https://www.astrostyle.com/aspects/tsquare) between la luna, expansive Jupiter and needy Neptune. You might be torn between spending private time with a special someone and joining your crew for drinks and socializing. On top of that, you could have some work obligations weighing on your mind. Catch yourself if you start trying to please everyone—especially if it interferes with how YOU want to spend your V-Day. Our recommendation: Dress up for a decadent dinner, then head to a live concert, a riveting film or an inspirational art show.
On February 18, "wounded healer" Chiron will move into Aries, staying until April 2027, a particularly long transit. Chiron made a brief pit stop here from April to September 2018, then receded back into Pisces. While Chiron is in Aries, we'll collectively mend old scars around visibility, self-esteem and identity. According to mythology, Chiron was a healer who couldn't heal himself. Under his influence, we transform by helping others overcome struggles that we've dealt with (and may still be muddling through). It's the ultimate act of service, where the giver ends up receiving an unexpected karmic gift.
With Chiron in your compassionate twelfth house of hidden information, there's a double emphasis on healing by facing your own "blind spots." As a Taurus, you tend to rely on common sense and tenaciously stick to your point of view. Chiron in Aries will reveal how much of a detriment your pride can be. For one thing, it prevents you from seeing a situation clearly, which can be painful but also necessary for growth. Themes of closure, surrender and divine support will color this Chiron cycle. From therapy to recovery to plant medicine, you could open up to new modalities. Chiron's first mission: gently but firmly tugging you out of denial.
These themes won't be entirely new because radical Uranus has been in Aries since 2011, shaking up the status quo in this zone of your chart for years. On March 6, Uranus will permanently exit, passing the transformational baton to Chiron for the next nine years.
That same day (February 18), the Sun starts its monthlong visit to Pisces and your eleventh house of group activity, sparking your collaborative spirit. There's power in numbers, Taurus, so choose your teammates wisely. With motivated Mars in your first house of solo endeavors, you don't have to share ALL the glory, especially on a pet project. On the other hand, working with a team can take one of your ventures to new heights. Delegate parts of the project to savvy specialists, or road-test your ideas with some out-of-the-box thinkers (even if you ask them to sign a nondisclosure agreement first). They could make valuable contributions!
A spotlight moment arrives on February 19, when the Virgo full moon—also a potent supermoon (https://www.astrostyle.com/supermoons)—illuminates your fifth house of fame, passion and self-expression. Your talents could be recognized, or you may have a creative breakthrough that draws attention. If Valentine's Day failed to deliver the Hallmark-worthy feels you hoped for, this is your do-over date. With the full moon beaming into this romantic sector of your chart, you'll be feeling extra spicy.
Strong emotions could surge up under this dramatic full moon, though, so careful that you don't bulldoze anyone with demands or diva antics. Is baby-making on your 2019 wishlist? The fifth house rules fertility, so Cupid could deliver an extra bundle with his arrows this year.
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