Happy February, Gemini!
Gemini: Your Month Ahead
Strong energies in Aquarius arrive at this time each year, bringing genius energies to fill the air. Aquarius helps us feel electrified and brilliant, and for you, Gemini, that spells new opportunities for all things international as well as education, philosophy, and publishing.
During this part of the year, your wish to expand your consciousness grows, urging you to explore the world and other cultures, focus on spirituality, and question your beliefs so they reflect your highest ideals for tolerance and benevolence.
As you tune in to this month’s potential, you may seize lightning in a bottle. Read on to see how.
Spotlight On Communication
On February 1, you probably will feel aftereffects from the January 31 eclipse and the dramatic full Moon in Leo that arrived at 7:28 a.m. U.S. central time (1:28 p.m. Greenwich time).
Full Moons carry great power: the Sun and Moon sit as far as possible from each other and face off across the zodiac, and this alignment often feels like we’re pulled in two conflicting directions. At every full Moon, our job is to balance the two signs involved, and when the full Moon includes an eclipse our work feels even more urgent.
When the full Moon involves the signs Aquarius and Leo, we’re pulled between thought and feeling. So make sure you’re balancing your head (Aquarius) with your heart (Leo), and cool detachment with warmhearted sincerity.
For you, Gemini, this energetic polarity may spark changes in your third house of communication, siblings, neighbors, learning, and local travel as well as your ninth house of international connections and higher education. With a lunar eclipse involved, you may have seen something end in one of these areas, and with Leo activated it may have felt extra intense and emotional.
If something from the past reached closure at this time, let it go so you’re ready for what comes next. Make time for solitude and spirituality, too: whatever happened at the full Moon and eclipse, visualize a peaceful and happy future that benefits everyone.
Aquarian themes will continue to dominate the first part of this month, bringing exciting energy to your ninth house of where you connect with the big, wide world through foreign people, places, and cultures and how you broaden your perspective through travel, broadcasting, and religion or philosophy. As of February 1, we have several planets in Aquarius:
- The warm and powerful Sun, which always shines its light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking and communication and becomes supercharged in Aquarius
- The Moon’s south node, a special location in the heavens that points us toward past efforts and experiences as well as the knowledge and talents from that time that we bring into the present.
- Venus, who governs love, beauty, and relationships—as well as money—and brings grace and sophistication to whatever she touches
As of February 10, Venus heads into Pisces, but on February 13 at 9:13 a.m. (3:13 p.m. Greenwich time), the sensitive Moon will join the other planets in Aquarius. So by mid-month, you’ll have three planets and the Moon’s node—point of past accomplishments—in this sign and pressing you to take action on anything related to how you connect internationally, what you learn through higher education, and what you believe based on information from publishing or broadcasting.
With several planets here, you’ll also feel ready to examine your beliefs, especially any prejudices, and cultivate tolerance for all peoples and cultures so you can express the greatest ideals of your faith.
Aquarius gives us the quirky inventor, the genius, the one who marches to the beat of a different drummer.
Aquarius is ruled by the eccentric planet Uranus, which has a tipped rotational axis that causes it to spin on its side. Just imagine how things would appear if you looked at them sideways! Wherever you have Aquarius in your chart—and its ruler, Uranus—you have the potential to catch lightning a bottle because this sign and its planet carry associations with electricity and lightning and their equivalent on the inner plane: sudden "knowing" that comes like a bolt of lightning.
Aquarius’s symbol is the Water Bearer, an androgynous being who freely pours out the waters of wisdom and insight to all. Despite the water in this symbol, Aquarius is an air sign: that’s why it’s so smart and tends to live in its head. That’s also why it can be so cool and detached.
During Aquarius time each year, that’s exactly what we need to do: look at things differently—and cultivate tolerance. We also need to pay attention to sudden inspirations that come through hunches, intuition, and "eureka!" moments. Spiritually, we’re meant to harness those inspirations somehow to help and inspire others.
Where Your Genius Happens
For you, Gemini, the Sun, Mercury, south node, Venus, and new Moon in Aquarius are activating inner genius in your ninth house of international contacts, universities and colleges, long voyages, and philosophy and religion.
Heed every hunch in these areas and open your heart to connect with other people and new ideas. You may hear something in a podcast or broadcast that sparks a surprising new perception, or you may follow your intuition to call an overseas colleague who brings you an unexpected opportunity. You also can make progress on something related to immigration or a visa. Take every opportunity to connect with the wider world and new ideas.
Also, your ninth house rules higher education, so you may begin working toward a higher degree or meet a mentor who can help your academic career. You also could meet women in publishing or broadcasting who can help you with publicity or a fundraiser. Make time for meditation and spiritual work this month and see what inspirations come to you to improve your communication or enhance your connections with far flung people and cultures. If you’ve always wanted to learn about another country or travel on a humanitarian project, now is the time to visualize how you’ll make it happen and start making plans for a trip.
Your Opportunities To Grow
February brings you many opportunities to grow and learn by thinking big, meeting others, and getting out into the world in new ways. You may start a new publishing project that brings you in contact with exciting international writers, or you may decide to study philosophy on your own or through a local university. You also may find yourself drawn to new cuisines and cultures and decide to learn a new language as you prepare for a major overseas trip or assignment.
On February 6, Venus in your ninth international and education house activities will connect with Uranus in your eleventh house of networking. You’ll feel inspired to make new contacts locally or internationally, and the people you meet may be refreshing in a quirky way that appeals to your famous curiosity.
A few days later, on February 10, Venus leaves your international house to enter your career house. You may receive a raise, or women could enter your professional life who can help you advance at work or in your industry by nominating you for an award.
On the 13th, the Sun will talk to Uranus in your eleventh house of networking, group activities, and volunteer efforts, again giving opportunities to make new connections at a business event that can help you with an international project or inspiring you to call a colleague in broadcasting to help with a cause you both support. You may volunteer on an overseas project that turns into a travel opportunity. You also may attend a Mardi Gras event with friends; if it’s a charity night, you’ll want to support the cause with a donation or bidding on an auction item.
The next day, celebrate Valentine’s Day with an international dinner for your special someone or with close friends or another couple. If you aren’t in a relationship, call an unattached colleague or friend from your college days and go to a foreign film or a fundraiser.
On February 15—and for the week and half afterward—you can tap success by starting anything new related to foreign travel, immigration, or visas; launching a new publication or promotion; or starting a new degree program once the new Moon arrives in brilliant Aquarius at 3:06 p.m. U.S. central time (9:06 p.m. Greenwich time). A solar eclipse comes just minutes before that—and the day brings harmonious angles between Mercury in your international and education house with Uranus in your eleventh house of groups, clubs, and friendship and between Venus in your career house with Saturn in your eighth house of shared finances. Recognition—and rewards—at work can help stabilize your financial picture, or you may meet someone at a business event who has connections to help with international contracts.
On the 17th, this theme continues with the Sun and Mercury coming together in your international and philosophy area for a final burst of thought provoking inspiration as well as possible new contracts, communications, or connections related to international business, television, or higher education.
On February 18, energies shift to Pisces, as the Sun leaves Aquarius for the sign of the Fish. Feel the change from air to water, from electricity to "see in the dark" intuition. Pisces always activates your career house at the top of your chart, where you earn recognition through industry honors, professional advancement, or community leadership. This is a good time to work on advancing your career, especially through intuition or insights from meditation or dreams, and it’s an excellent opportunity to apply for an awards or seek a promotion.
You’ll have additional support in these areas February 21 when Venus waltzes with Neptune in Pisces to bring loving idealism to your professional life and your role in the community, followed by Mercury’s meet up with Neptune on February 23 to foster visions of how you can walk your talk in your spirituality at work. Ground your visions in a project to help others, as the Sun and Saturn will bless practical efforts.
Balance: Your Key To Well Being
This month’s powerful, electrical energy from Aquarius can overstimulate our minds and nervous systems. That can feel exciting for a while, yet it can leave us drained, too.
This time of year, it’s vital to care for our health so we can be open to Aquarius’s wonderful insights—without burning out.
Also, you already may feel a bit depleted: Aquarius time comes after the Capricorn time of year, a sober period when we feel conscientious and work very hard. We began January with four planets in heavy duty Capricorn, and by mid-month we had two more for a total of six. If you worked extra hours and felt overloaded by responsibilities, that’s not a surprise.
That’s why it’s key to balance outward action with inner reflection and rest.
Plan Your Life With Astrology: When To Pause
You can plan your life with astrology by building in time to pause. Each month, the planets bring regular times that favor slowing down and reflecting:
- The full Moon brings a natural time to pause. Energies peak, insights and "aha" moments arrive, and we need time to process sudden news—and sometimes major changes. This year, February contains no full Moons, although two powerful ones bookend it: the Leo full Moon on January 31 and the Virgo full Moon on March 1. So the first and last days of February give us natural times to pause and reflect.
- The two weeks after the monthly full Moon are the time when nature gradually eases back because the Moon is waning (the portion that’s lit in the night sky grows smaller and smaller). From February 1 through 14, you’ll feel this easing energy grow, so pause and reflect at some point each day.
- The best time to pause each month comes during the three days before the new Moon. Called the balsamic Moon, this period shows us a Moon with little to no light because it’s a tiny sliver in the sky. This lack of light reminds us to stop temporarily to rest, reflect, and take care of ourselves. This month’s balsamic Moon arrives at 12:34 p.m. U.S. central time (6:34 p.m. Greenwich time) on February 11 and lasts until the new Moon on February 15 at 3:06 p.m. U.S. central time (9:06 p.m. Greenwich time). Find out more about the mysterious balsamic Moon in my Balsamic Moon Phase article.
You can find out more about these key times to pause in my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here, as your efforts can bring impressive progress now.
February 1: High energies from yesterday’s full Moon in Leo and total lunar eclipse carry into today. Make time for your spiritual life: the full Moon and the day before and day after favor meditation, visualization, and prayer.
February 2: The "cross quarter day" called Groundhog Day, Imbolc, or Candlemas. We’re halfway through the current season (winter in the northern hemisphere, summer in the southern hemisphere): review the past six weeks and revisit your meditations, reflections, and revelations from the Solstice on December 21.
February 6: Venus in Aquarius in a helpful angle to Uranus, Aquarius’s electric blue ruler. Get out and meet new people.
February 10: At 5:21 p.m. U.S. central time (11:21 p.m. Greenwich time), lovely Venus moves into Pisces, a sign she adores visiting. Go to a dance recital, concert, or art museum or pull out your art supplies to create a dream-inspired masterpiece. Meditate on the meaning of love, connect with your muse, or meet with someone in the arts. Venus graces this place for a full month, so fill your social, cultural, and artistic calendar for the coming weeks.
February 11 – 15: The balsamic Moon arrives at 12:34 p.m. U.S. central time (6:34 p.m. Greenwich time) on February 11 and lasts until the new Moon on February 15 at 3:06 p.m. U.S. central time (9:06 p.m. Greenwich time). This lunar phase brings your best time of the month to pause and review what’s happened since the new Moon in Capricorn January 16—before you rev up with the new Moon in Aquarius on February 15.
February 13 and 14: The Sun in a helpful angle with Uranus favors new business or international connections with someone fun and different. Enjoy Mardi Gras on the 13th, and make plans with friends or foreign visitors for Valentine’s Day.
February 15: New Moon in Aquarius at 3:06 p.m. U.S. central time (9:06 p.m. Greenwich time)—with solar eclipse a few minutes before that—plus planetary harmony involving Mercury and Uranus as well as Venus and Saturn. The next week and a half favors new beginnings in everything related to your ninth house of all things international as well as anything that expands your perspective, such as publishing and philosophy.
February 17: The Sun meets Mercury, just before the messenger planet moves into Pisces at 10:29 p.m. U.S. central time (4:29 a.m. Greenwich time on the 18th). Take this final day of Aquarius to receive any last insights, hunches, or flashes of intuition before Mercury settles into Pisces’s foggy mist for a few weeks.
February 18: The Sun moves into Pisces at 11:19 a.m. (5:19 p.m. Greenwich time). Pause around that time and see if you can feel the shift from airy, intellectual Aquarius to watery, sensitive Pisces.
February 21: Venus meets with Neptune in Pisces, a heavenly pairing of human and spiritual love. Be a force for loving kindness with everyone you meet.
February 25: Mercury meets Neptune, so let your mind wander a bit today and pay attention to dreams or connect with your muse. Also, the Sun links with Saturn in Capricorn: bring lofty dreams down to earth to benefit others in tangible ways.
February 27 and 28: Venus on the 27th and then Mercury on the 28th make the same helpful alignment with Pluto. Follow through on ideals from February 25 to bring spirituality, dreams, or artistic projects to earth in powerful yet practical ways that uplift everyone.
Happy February, Gemini! I wish you a wonderful month!