WE GET A TASTE OF SPRING REGENERATION
a few months early; the heat cranks up and the pot begins to boil this week as Venus joins Mars together in Aries, the sign of springtime awakening and revolution. With both emotional planets now in this self-starting and passionate fire sign, it’s all too easy to go off half-cocked; yes, we need to dive in and engage, but we always need to think about where we’re going and how best to get there.
Aries is a willful and freedom-loving sign — the upside is that we can get off the couch and deal with whatever seemed overwhelming last month. We can look at our problems straight in the eye with bravery and determination. But in all this independence, we may forget to check in with our loved ones and tell them where we’re going, or to feel a toddler’s urgency under stress.
For authority figures who expect to be in control, all this live energy can set off control issues and make them want to crack down. We can waste our energy by shooting off like firecrackers, or we can focus our drive in a more coordinated way. We can use these short-term bursts to support long-term goals. Let’s keep our wisest self in the driver’s seat.
Friday dawns under a sedate but stubborn Taurus moon. Through the weekend, a nervy Gemini moon encourages conversation but can scatter our energies. Midweek, a potentially kind but self-protective Cancer moon brings us back into our hearts, but may leave us sulky if we feel tension between our need for independence and our need for connection.
As the week ends, the moon heads into a melodramatic full moon in Leo but also brings hope through our shared visions. We need to find common denominators.
FRIDAY, FEB. 3: Passions heat up as Venus enters Aries under a sensuous and stubborn Taurus moon. Take advantage of a collaborative moment midafternoon, because tonight our opinions and actions square off.
SATURDAY, FEB. 4: Consider taking a break from political concerns and initiate changes in matters of self-care and stability as the moon trines Pluto and Mercury this morning. Tonight the moon enters talkative Gemini and opens the floodgates to conversation.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5: It’s all too easy to live in our heads and words, but it’s more important to live in our actions. Ponder the true nature of freedom — what brings us personal and societal freedom and what only creates that illusion — as Jupiter retrogrades.
MONDAY, FEB. 6: Though unexpected shifts can rattle us this morning, some can make improvements. The conversation deepens midday. Tonight, appreciate competence as the moon opposes serious Saturn.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7: The moon in Cancer can nurture our intimate relations but also bring out a defensive streak. Mercury enters Aquarius and helps us set up networks, aiding cooperation as long as we feel we can talk it out. Our defenses skyrocket when we feel discouraged or under attack.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8: Keep eyes open for an apparent setback this morning as the waxing Cancer moon challenges change-makers Pluto and Uranus. The mood can be insecure and cranky. This afternoon brings more options, which take the edge off that mood. Generosity and comfort take us far.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9: Emotions can challenge communications this morning as the moon opposes Mercury. This afternoon we need to share and remember why we are working as the sun sextiles Neptune.