Planet Waves for February

Aries (March 20-April 19)
Compelling events and turning points, particularly involving your established social circle, are boldly announcing that a long phase of your life is drawing to a close. But the new phase will not begin immediately; it is still taking form in ways that you cannot see. We can, however, sum up the ending effectively by saying that you have grown too serious and too devoted to your own cause for certain people you once knew; you have been taking solid steps as an individual, and this, too, is setting you apart from others. I suggest you get used to it. It is one thing to be different; it is another thing to be unequivocally yourself. Having ideas and opinions comes at a cost, and it brings a rare kind of profit. Meanwhile, I suggest you consider this. Your ideas are not new and different; rather, they are old and different. You are seeking to preserve something traditional, while others are the ones going off in a new direction.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
Difficult decisions are finally beginning to show their value, which is financial, creative and social. What rewards you see today will take their time manifesting to full fruition, and are likely to transform a number of times in unexpected ways. Yet you are doing your part to write the future in a way that you can actually live with. The thing about pioneering any part of your life is that the territory is necessarily unfamiliar, and it involves accessing inner resources that are not as comfortable or routine as eating and going to the store. You may feel caught on a track of growth that is difficult to break free from, though this is something inherent in all true commitments. We do not just make them; they make us, and a relationship develops, and it’s never quite clear where that relationship is going to go. But it is going someplace, and taking you with it, which is more than we’ve been able to say plenty of times in the past.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
A professional situation is going to develop rapidly, but in times when it seems like it’s undoing itself, or proceeding according to some other plan than your own, you may pause and wonder. Don’t pause for too long, however, because any development can be turned to your advantage. Change is a state of flux, and that opens up the potential to shape the world in a new way. This is, however, the opposite of winning the lottery; in essence, we are talking about creating potential or tapping into a thermal heat source rather than cashing in on a structured form of return. Potential will express itself to the extent you are able to match it with spontaneous creativity. By this I mean not a set of pre-made instructions, nor anyone’s particular by-the-book philosophy. Rather, you must see every moment as an opportunity to create the right thing for yourself and for the world you live in; they are the same.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
While you are making an inquiry into the integrity of someone else, check in with yourself. The chances are you will determine that you are standing on solid ground and working with honest motives, but your self-inquiry will assist you in proceeding with a clear conscience. There are indeed too many possible turns where someone can allow themselves to be mislead in this world, so the gentler you proceed all around, the better — and you can be glad that everyone is shedding their reliance on illusions, granted, one at a time. In part due to your foresight, the damage is both minimal and reparable, and you can, at this point, keep your faith that people will get it right the second time. That is better than not getting it right at all. You are no worse for the wear, either. It takes many experiences with people to add up to wisdom, and many more to know when and how to apply it.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You can stand your ground, or you can review the situation and figure out how you got where you are. Actually, it’s not such a bad place to be, though you may be feeling stuck, or convinced that your creativity could be better invested. The ongoing meeting of Saturn in your birth sign and Neptune in your opposite sign, Aquarius, are suggesting that at this point, your judgment is not all that it could be, and you might want to pause before deciding some things are not worth it. Indeed, their value has yet to reveal itself, and certain facts that will inform the situation have yet to come to light. Meanwhile, there is plenty to do, and you can count the ways your effort is contributing to the world on more than the fingers of one hand. For the moment, I suggest you invest your energy into establishing what is a tangible fact and what is a projection of your mind. The distinction will be helpful.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You may need to go back to the drawing board a few times on a financial arrangement that is slowly taking shape, but this will be a valuable process. And it is likely to end up somewhere entirely different than it began, though oddly, much closer to your original intentions than it might have otherwise. With Mercury, your ruling planet, soon to be retrograde in the sensitive financial angle of your chart, now is not the time to make lasting commitments. Indeed, I would suggest you wait till some time after the equinox, when the Sun enters Aries and the new astrological year begins in late March, to make any plans, intentions or commitments firm. There is too much that’s going to come out in the spin cycle, and that is information you will wish you had waited for if you commit to anything too permanent too soon. In the end, if you follow the stars, you will save time, not waste it.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You’re in a phase of life where the clearer you try to be, the less clear you’ll actually be. Things may seem to make sense now, but gradually you’re likely to notice a kind of mental fog surrounding you that looks like letters, numbers and random sounds. If you relax into the flow of your observations and observe the data that percolates to the surface, you will be able to follow the subtle but meaningful guidance of your intuition. The essence of the situation is that you cannot make sense out of information in this form in any conventional way. You need to observe from a different level, a different state of mind, and without trying to grasp for certainty. You are in a sense creating the meaning as you go along, which is why you won’t really find it outside yourself. But what you perceive and observe will spur the process and lead to some creative developments that get the “beyond interesting” rating.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You are stretching that boundary between the concept of something and trying that something out in reality. Concepts are safe; concepts of safety are safe. Experiments where you are compelled to let go of fixed ideas and beliefs are not so safe, or at least, not as far as those notions are concerned. Their very existence depends on you keeping your faith in them, and when you have the inclination to move onto more adventurous territory, they’re likely to rebel. But you may want to question who or what exactly is rebelling. Existing ideas must have a basis in the past, but what you’re unlikely to be recognizing is just how far in the past, or who they are connected to. Look for the connections and you will discover who you may feel you’re betraying if you allow yourself to have a new point of view, or experience a new state of mind.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You are safe, but that’s hardly all that matters. Indeed, how others feel about their own condition is essential to your peace of mind now, though sometimes you have a way of picking and choosing who gets to be under the umbrella of your protection. It’s a large umbrella; there’s no shortage of space, and this month like no other, your choices have implications that go far and wide. On what basis are you making your decisions? On whose precedent, and in accordance with which philosophy of life? You’re being given an opportunity to be a fair judge. You’re being given an opportunity to see life in a way that is based on present reality, not something that happened during some odd byway of history. You can, with a single thought, idea, indeed, with a few words, establish a world where freedom and sanity abound, and at nobody’s expense. As you give, you will be given to.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
The strength of your doubts is a reflection of the strength of your potential. All feelings are connected to an energy source, and if you keep an open mind, you may notice what direction it’s coming from. However, the astrology says this: it’s not time to push the issue, but rather let yourself be guided by it gradually. The hard-line position being taken by another person will go a long way to reveal the extent of your own need to clarify your values. For a time, you’ll be figuring out what you hold dear and true based largely on the discovery of what you simply cannot abide. Yet this will push you into a reasoning process at first based on an elimination of what is false, deducing what must be true for you. This will take longer than scratching a lottery ticket, but at least you’re pretty much guaranteed to win.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Saturn in your opposite sign Leo makes the second of three rare alignments to Neptune this month. This transit, truly a world transit that is speaking to you personally, is gradually awakening you to certain key facts about your relationships. Fortunately, the growth and adjustment that this transit is necessitating have been underway for nearly a year, so it’s not like you’re being caught by surprise. In truth, what you need to do to complete this particular stage of growth, indeed, this rather narrow passage through the straits of reality, is more of what you’ve been doing so far: insisting on clarity from yourself and from others; making your own definition of integrity, and sticking to it; maintaining your awareness of your emotional climate; and most of all, keeping your mind on the widest possible context. The fact that certain people are expressing concrete needs does nothing to allay their confusion, or yours; something else will have to do that.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You may well ask why simple things need to be complicated, and why others do not perceive elementary facts about your life. You would go a long way toward finding your happiness if you wrote those basic facts of your life on a sheet of paper and hung it on the bathroom mirror. You are the one who needs to remember: what you need, what you don’t need, and what you’re working toward. This way you will always have a sound means of contrast to know how others are actually treating you; if they can step out of their dream of existence for a moment and enter yours. This is a serious and sober moment, a get-real moment; a time for honesty, and not for make believe. It may be that the rewards of your taking the straight and narrow way today seem long in the future. Yet there is a future, and there is a way to get there — but you must find it.

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