If Your Birthday is Monday, Feb. 17 | The Day of the Battler
You have an opportunity this year to re-think and re-work priorities, in terms of how you approach personal security. Examine both your inner and outer resources and ask yourself what’s gotten off-track, or what you’ve avoided. Effective financial management falls under this category, but don’t overlook your own talents and how you’ve employed them. It’s possible that self-worth issues have inhibited your natural creative expression somehow. This is essential review for the new phase of your life just over the horizon. There’s a tale to unravel that requires both patience, and as much objective scrutiny, as you can muster.
— by Victoria Emory
Astrology Studio for Pisces | A New Reading by Eric Francis
This is a momentous time in collective history, and a turning point in your life. As the year develops, most of the movement — including Pisces’ ruling planet Jupiter, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction — will be pointing into Aquarius, the most sensitive and innermost angle of your chart. I will also cover the retrogrades of Venus and Mars, and the forthcoming Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in your friendship sign Capricorn. Mostly, I will help you orient on your profound journey, and offer guidance how to harmonize with the world at this unusual time. Pre-order this reading here.
Written in the Planets for Feb. 17, 2020
Mercury has now stationed retrograde conjunct Nessus in Pisces. The next couple of days involve adjusting to the feel of this change of direction, which is accentuated by the Sun’s change of sign from Aquarius to Pisces (Tuesday night at 11:57 pm EST).
Mercury-Nessus conjunctions have a way of opening up old wounds and unresolved material. There is a social taboo on allowing these feelings to surface and just sitting with them, and seeing where they lead. Yet this is also the only way to deal decisively with them, to get a handle on what’s actually happening underneath your skin.
People often tend to hide their emotional depths and nuances behind a mask, in order to seem ‘functional’. Everyone from employers to friends to the people we love and trust most sincerely usually see only a part of the real, whole person. People tell these same fictions to themselves, also, in order to fit more closely into socially acceptable boxes.
Yet in moments like this, it becomes clear that in practicing such concealments, you can deny yourself the unique power that comes of living in a state of honesty. To hide and obfuscate anything drains energy. When you stop doing so, you release that energy, to apply wherever you choose.
The next few weeks are a rare gift, offering you the chance to ask searching questions of yourself, and to get into the habit of lifting up the veil and letting people see who you really are.
See Eric’s take on Mercury retrograde in the latest episode of Planet Waves TV.
— by Amy Elliott
Almanac: The Moon is in Sagittarius. It enters Capricorn on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 5:37 am EST.
Mercury stationed retrograde in Pisces on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7:54 pm EST.