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by Eric Francis
The Leo Full Moon conjunct Jupiter takes place February 3. Mercury will be retrograde in Aquarius until February 11. There is a second Aquarius New Moon in the very last degree of that sign on February 18, then the Moon and Sun enter Pisces immediately after. They join an impressive group of planets already in Pisces, including Nessus, Neptune, Chiron, Venus, and Mars (in that order). The first of three Venus-Mars conjunctions of the year takes place in early Aries on February 22.
Aries (March 20-April 19)
You are getting some information about who your friends are and who they are not. This is coming across in real time through real experiences. I suggest that you treat everyone with respect, even if you don’t trust them or don’t like their agenda. Be helpful when you can, as long as it doesn’t hurt you. The idea here is to make sure you don’t make enemies based on small issues. As for those you care about, be clear with yourself what you are and are not willing to do for them. You may decide you’re willing to do a lot, or do anything they ask. Yet make sure that this is by conscious agreement with yourself, rather than one thing haphazardly leading to another.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You may be feeling like you can’t decide whether to go out or stay in. Both feel like they would be productive and in a sense special. It’s funny how these seemingly little decisions can get nearly anyone going in circles, at least for a minute or two. What your charts suggest is that there are rich possibilities for both, especially if you connect the two. You might want to start by accepting an unusual invitation outside your home, then guiding the flow of events back to your living room. Prepare the space in advance. Have the right bottle of wine and/or snacks (or something fancier) ready to go. Spend some money on the project. Nothing crazy, just a bit lavish.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You seem to be in a long conversation with yourself about what you believe and why. This is probably long overdue, and I think you’ll find it helpful as far as focusing a few long-range plans. I suggest you focus on one topic specifically, which is what you think you have to give up in order for something else to happen. Generally people operate on the idea of quid pro quo. In order to have that thing or experience, I cannot have that thing or experience. If that’s as far as the conversation goes, then you might never notice that there are other possibilities. So I suggest you start with what you think you have to sacrifice, then ask yourself if that’s really true. Do some real analysis.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Your chart is hot and passionate right now, and the temperature is rising. Yet there is a specific description of how sexual energy is flowing, which is from you as an inner phenomenon, then outward into your various experiments and creative projects. Notice that I did not say romances, committed relationships or officially certified illicit affairs. Your charts describe a rising tide of erotic energy that is best left in its most freewheeling form. You might choose to direct your desire into an established situation, though what I am suggesting is that you not take this as a given, or as an unquestioned assumption. Go from the general to the specific. If you find one mode of expression blocked or non-responsive, find another—and soon. Keep moving. Stay free.
Leo (July 22-August 23)
A spectacular Full Moon on February 3 will help you see (and feel) some beautiful resources that you might have overlooked. You have so much right now, and this is the thing to remind yourself of. Be generous and,

at the same time, make sure you ask others for what you really need. Remember that you may be the one who has to take initiative on both offering and on receiving. You are in a new environment where this whole matter of abundance and exchange is concerned, and I suggest you do everything you can to become familiar with the territory. There are certain ideas that have yet to manifest, such as when you feel that you have the least to offer, you may have the very most. This is not a matter of speculation, but rather of practice.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Keep yourself busy only with productive activities. By productive I mean both things you know you must do (laundry, shopping, tidying) and things that are done in fulfillment of a long-term goal. When you go into household mode, remember that the purpose of your work and living environment is to support you. This will help you maintain a state of harmony and respect for the details of life. Try to stay ahead of the game, keeping enough groceries and clean laundry on hand to last you a week or two. You may arrive at a point where a specific task associated with something you’re creating or developing takes priority over everything else. It looks like that develops around the second week of the month, and will be well worth the effort you invest.
Libra (September 22-October 23)
All sex begins with communication. That might be eye contact across the room, email, a conversation, or being introduced in a group setting. If you remember the connection between sex and the forms of contact that lead to it, you’re likely to discover

that your words take on a special erotic charge. You may indeed find some astonishing pleasure in intimate verbal sharing, especially if you take it slowly and keep your inner focus on yourself. It’s always tempting to leap into another person’s experience when things start to heat up. I suggest you keep things a few degrees cooler and express yourself in a way that invites the energy to flow toward you rather than you going toward it.

Scorpio (October 23-November 22)
If you have any role as boss, manager, senior officer, or person in charge, stay alert for situations that require intervention on the level of social justice. If something is wrong, you have the ability to make it right, and if not that, exactly, then you have the ability to help someone else do so. One thing I suggest you remember is that the situations of others are rarely as good as the ones you’ve created for yourself, so you have no need to be envious or jealous of anyone. And if a situation seems to call forth your competitive spirit, that is likely to be exactly the place you’re needed as an agent of change. Things are not quite what they seem. Make sure you test an alternative theory every time you have any theory at all.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 22)
You have more flexibility and freedom than you may think, though you won’t know unless you experiment. I am wondering why you might hesitate to do that—one possibility is that you don’t want to lose control. There are those days where you feel like you’re walking on a dam that’s about to burst, or flying in a vehicle that might run out of fuel at any time and fall out of the sky. I can see where these feelings might come from, though in reality, if anything, you’re pretty solid on your feet. You might consider how little control you really have in the first place, and how the idea or illusion of control is a poor substitute for strength.

The more you’re able to bend, the stronger you are.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
Don’t get hung up on money. Sure, be conscious and evenhanded, though that’s different from being hung up. If you think you’ve got a problem, your situation is likely to be better than you think. What I suggest you do is tend to the resources you have, in the many forms that you have them. It’s essential (contrary to what our society teaches) that you consider your assets in every form, including your health (which translates to time and energy), the cooperation of others (which translates to collective power and the conservation of your time and energy) and, most of all, your power of devotion. That you are willing to persist for years at things others would give up after a few days is worth a lot more than money.
Aquarius (January 20-February 19)
You seem to be in a review phase, where you’re asking yourself questions about what you’ve been through recently, and what its value to you has been. I suggest you take this back as far as you can trace any such question to its earliest roots, as you know them. Several topics that have dominated your thoughts recently point to things that go back years. What you will find, though, is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—in the past. It’s as if certain things that you think are “issues” are actually offshoots of gifts, talents, and deeply held values, in the distant past. You are indeed free to reclaim those things; in particular, the inspiration that they once offered you, and if you allow them to, that they will offer you now.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Take some of this abundance of energy you have and invest it in the things that offer you the most pleasure and fulfillment. There is always plenty to do, and as usual, you’re fully invested in being as productive as you can be. I know you often feel strange when you’re not specifically, actually, invested in some important task. You can, however, afford to give that a little rest. Use your creative talent to get some efficiency going. Limit or at least carefully allocate the time you spend on “work”-related activities. Create as much free time as possible and then spread out and have some fun. You are in a rare moment where the most generous sources of creativity and emotional pleasure are gathering in your sign. Give yourself everything you can.
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