Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for February 2013 | By Eric Francis
The Aquarius New Moon of Feb. 10 has the feeling of a solar eclipse, as the event is square the Moon’s nodal axis. It is the Asian New Year as well. The New Moon is conjunct a Chiron-like minor planet called Nessus, which is about healing trust issues and abuse patterns in relationships. The Virgo Full Moon is Feb. 25, and is exactly square Jupiter in Gemini. Mercury stations retrograde in Pisces on Feb. 23, just before the Full Moon. This is the first of three Mercury retrogrades in 2013, all of them being in water signs. This is a stunning water chart, with Neptune, the Sun, Chiron, Mars and Mercury all concentrated in Pisces, as we begin what promises to be a very watery year of the Water Snake.
Aries (March 20-April 19) — Do not follow the crowd. You don’t know where the crowd will lead you, and you don’t want to find out. But don’t preserve your independence at ‘all costs’; there are opportunities to make friends within group situations that could work out well for you. I suggest you mind your politics — that is, be willing to find the gray area and devise a solution that works for everyone, which is the real meaning of compromise. This month is a turning point in your social and private relationships; the pivot on which things turn is some issue involving cruelty that you just seem to have had enough of. You know what this is and what it’s about. It will take more than a promise to yourself to resolve; it will take longterm commitment, practiced from day to day.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — In all decisions, make sure you spread out the accountability for your actions. Get the advice of others, which implies telling them what you’re figuring out. Build consensus if you can. You are in a position of leadership and this is calling for an open leadership style. It is possible for you to just take over, initiate changes and set things in your own direction. However, even the seemingly small decisions you make will have greater implications than you realize, extending into the future. This is why you need the insight, and the foresight, of others. Pay particular attention to how they feel as well as what they think. Sometimes people will say something is a good idea but say it in a way that insinuates that it’s not. Therefore, listen carefully and follow up.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — This is a time in your life when you’re the person among your friends and colleagues who has the vision. They are looking to you for ideas, but also for your perspective on the big picture. There’s an indication that some of what you propose will require a second look or reconsideration toward the end of the month; remember that revision is an essential part of having a vision at all. So while you are the one with the vision, I suggest you make a point of having faith in it but not being attached to it. Partners and collaborators will play a key role in adapting it to the actual circumstances involved, and your willingness to go through this process will demonstrate your commitment to developing something collective, in a truly collective way.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — You have company in your sexual healing process. Indeed, anyone with you in a sexual way must be a healing partner, and if they are not, I suggest you address that. Healing means consciousness and acting on what you know. There is no room to ignore anything; in the world you’re now in, contact leads to consciousness, which leads to choice. This may seem to throw a damper on things, but this is the time in your life when you’re here to resolve old karma, not create new karma. Part of how this is done is through making sure that whatever happens between you and someone you share intimacy with is done in the spirit of truth, understanding and recognition that we are beings free to make choices. Yet in this context, respect must be the highest value, starting with respect for yourself.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You seem determined to make sure that others take full responsibility for themselves; but don’t push that too far. To do so would be to take on the burden of their taking responsibility. Also I suggest you check out the ways in which you’re involved in any situation that would call on you to take this particular form of leadership. I propose that it would make more sense to help facilitate cooperation. You can do this best by helping to identify points of common ground. Yet you may also be the one most clearly perceiving how the group mind is working to slow down or stall progress. There is a source of fear in the environment, perhaps involving a theme of competition or separate interests, and it’s being picked up by others — this is the most useful factor you can help mitigate.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Though opportunities for personal exchange abound, I suggest you focus on your work and profession at least half the time, or more. Yes, you have unusual social encounters coming, and a deepening of relationships with new as well as existing people in your life. Yet there is not a strict difference between these two facets of your life, and any interesting person may become either a creative partner, or a personal contact. Listen to where people are coming from, and keep your focus on the theme of your actual purpose in the world, rather than any diversion from your purpose. Focus is a theme that will develop in some interesting ways over the next few seasons, and I suggest that it be your one-word motto.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Sexual experiments don’t all go well, but some do, and they are worth trying even though the success rate is not 100%. You may be inclined to approach any such experiment with detachment; I suggest you involve yourself, heart and soul, deeply enough to really feel what you’re doing. This is not as obvious as “no scuba gear at the orgy.” I mean that it will benefit you to recognize any exchange with another person as something real, and to authentically express the ways that you care. Remember, this is not about forever — and taking a cool approach rather than a passionate one doesn’t invoke ‘forever’ or protect you from it. As far as your intellect is concerned, I suggest you be smart, notice how people are oriented spiritually around sex, and do the few basic things to take care of your body.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — If you’re feeling uptight, you’re probably feeling insecure. If you’re shutting down, that’s probably the result of fear. You could just as easily open up, though your fear or insecurity may be saying that’s not going to help. I think, however, that it may be just the help that you need. In other words, don’t wait for an excuse to explore, play, open up or take a chance on something; get out the door and try it no matter how you’re feeling. You may discover that your mood changes pretty quickly once you get out of stir-crazy mode. Note that there are seemingly opposite impulses coming through your astrology for the next two months: contain and express. This really does require some experience, and I suggest that you do what you feel best doing, assuming you still feel good about it the next day.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Many questions seem to be arising about what it will take for you to feel safe on the planet, in your skin and in your home. The questions may bubble to the surface in focused ways, or percolate through when you’re not thinking about them. You have two angles of approach to these questions, one being intellectual and the other being sensory and emotional. Rather than choosing one over the other, or bouncing back and forth between them, I suggest you take an integrated approach. That means considering what you think and how you feel, and then noticing the contrast. From any perspective, notice how the world looks and sounds, and take that in. Remember that strictly speaking, you are not your feelings, your sense or your ideas; those are the effect of your life, and what you are now doing is making contact with the cause.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Imagine that you’ve been recently set free from something — a contract, a partnership, a situation that held you back. Now you’re restless to do something, to explore, to experiment. You have a lot of ideas, and it’s time to act on some of them. Remember that you have a newfound kind of freedom; that’s not just a metaphor. If you don’t you will be making a statement to yourself about wanting and intending to be free, in a tangible way. The best way to make that statement is by doing something that either proves or at least tests the point. You may not have to travel far to do this; you may not need to go anywhere. The meaningful part is that you stretch or transcend a boundary and give yourself some kind of adventure, perhaps something you’ve never experienced before.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It may feel like the direction of your life hangs in the balance this month — you’re certainly considering your overall direction and making up your mind about which way to head. Don’t push the decision. Rather, consciously proceed in the direction you’re headed, though allowing yourself to drift a little. That’s to say, allow yourself to hang loose and not force yourself to make any decisions. Circumstances are very likely to conspire to offer you some clear guidance on what you want to do next. There does seem to be something unusual brewing: a creative project of some kind, or perhaps something with an authentic flair of social justice, or both. Move from an inner space of authentic sincerity. You will know it when you feel it.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Let nothing limit your imagination, particularly a seeming limit that you discover on your imagination. Said another way, if you come to a block, keep going. Remember that it’s most likely to be an inner kind of obstacle rather than someone saying you cannot do something. This would be more accurately described as an inhibition. I know the world seems to be built of hangups, though your world does not have to be. There is so much interesting experience coming your way, coupled with an expanded presence of yourself in the world, that you want to be as open as possible to dive into it all. It’s always a good idea to know, to understand and to have a conscious relationship to your boundaries and inhibitions — this way you run them, they don’t run you.