HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY, otherwise known as Candlemas, Imbolc, feast of the rowan tree, and the turning point halfway through winter. It’s traditionally a day to take animal auguries, so let’s notice what birds and beasts we observe and wonder what their symbolic significance might be to our lives. Let life be a dialogue with the natural world.
This halfway mark can bring new connections as the sun, Mercury, and Venus are in sociable Aquarius, along with Mars in upbeat Sagittarius. These extroverted signs don’t mean we won’t love our solitude, but we may need to interact more and find we’re able to do so. Social lives bustle, and people may be unusually receptive to our overtures. We can be tactlessly honest at the moment, but in a straightforward manner that allows us to tackle awkward conversations. But tempers will rise quickly if we’re told lies.
The weekend starts out on a more sedate and serious note under a busy Virgo moon, while Venus forms minor but uncomfortable aspects to intense Pluto and restrictive Saturn. Creative or aesthetic decisions need extra finagling. Be patient with one another and don’t let the little things get in the way of real feelings.
Saturday ends on a more romantic note as the moon enters Libra. A little simple appreciation and care that our beloveds are happy and comfortable will be enough to keep the fires warm. Monday evening, the moon enters focused Scorpio and we can gird our loins and start gritting our teeth. The rest of the week bears us out with stubbornness and ingenuity.
FRIDAY, FEB. 2: We may have high expectations but low energy this morning. The afternoon is productive if edgy, as vague emotional discontent can trigger our need for self-sufficiency. Familiar comforts help tonight.
SATURDAY, FEB. 3: Overnight irritability can leave odd traces in our dreams. Some important project may demand attention, but that priority may not be shared. Take care of inflammations, infections, or fiery moods as Mars semisquares Pluto. The energy sweetens this evening as the moon enters friendly Libra.
SUNDAY, FEB. 4: Cynicism competes with a desire to see beauty in the world as we compare our ideals to our present reality. Let’s be honest with ourselves and find what is worth loving around us. Be sparing with physical resources today, but expend energy freely through creativity and mental ingenuity.
MONDAY, FEB. 5: We could feel inadequate this morning, but instead of getting out of sorts, let’s tackle a specific problem. Look for good connections midday as the moon trines Venus. Be flexible this afternoon. Tonight, the moon enters broody Scorpio and calls us to do our own homework.
TUESDAY, FEB. 6: We may spout our philosophies, but act on more primitive responses, and we probably won’t see the paradox. If we’re truly honest with ourselves and accept one another, we also discover self-understanding and fresh emotional intimacy. Women can catalyze interesting cultural changes.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7: An old worry can bother us this morning. Some people may try to feel better by blaming their concerns on others, but this doesn’t help. Search for fresh options instead. In late afternoon, people are more cautiously optimistic and generous as the moon conjuncts Jupiter. Important research or investigation can expand our world.
THURSDAY, FEB. 8: Pay attention this morning. Optimism, and the need for it under duress, increase as the moon enters upbeat Sagittarius. Midday, tension needs honest positivity. A mischievous and dark twist to our humor can help. ◀