Happy February, Aquarius! And happy birthday to you!
Aquarius: Your Month Ahead
This is your special time of year, when the Sun occupies the sign under which you incarnated. It starts a new annual cycle and brings powerful energies for beginning anything new.
During this time, genius ideas fill the air—and your head—thanks to the strong energies in Aquarius that arrive each year at this time. Your sign helps us feel electrified and brilliant, and for you, Aquarius, that means new opportunities to showcase your personality, enjoy your health, and launch projects that inspire you and help others.
This time of year also empowers your natural humanitarianism and dearest hopes for the world along with your ability to match your personality to your spiritual longings.
When you attune to this month’s potential, you may seize lightning in a bottle. Read on to see how.
Spotlight On Partnerships, Personality
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 your sign, 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, Aquarius, this energetic polarity may spark changes in your first house of your personality, body, and personal projects as well as your seventh house of marriage and business partnerships, alliances, and the public. 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.
Personality And Health News
Aquarian themes will continue to dominate the first part of this month, bringing exciting energy to your first house of personality and your body and health. 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 your sign and pressing you to take action on anything related to your health, your appearance and image, and how others perceive you when first meeting you.
You’ll also feel more energy and may become electrified with possibilities for your life. This period around your birthday offers a powerful opportunity to meditate on why you incarnated and how well you express your ideals. You also have a chance to review your habits and character: what you do regularly determines your character, so cultivate positive and constructive habits so the character and personality you build match your spiritual ideals and offer others a worthy example.
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, Aquarius, the Sun, Mercury, south node, Venus, and new Moon in Aquarius are activating inner genius in your first house of health, personality, and the most meaningful projects you undertake of your own choice.
You mind will feel especially active now, so pay attention to your intuition this month and take sudden inspirations seriously. Write them down in a notebook or journal that you can carry with you and keep nearby when you go to bed so you can record important insights and dreams. With all this mental stimulation, make time for physical activity to ground yourself plus plenty of rest to recharge; if any health insights come to you, make an appointment with a professional for advice or treatment.
Also, your first house rules your personality and character. Your aura may feel supercharged, and your electrical energies will attract others, so enjoy socializing and meeting new people. Notice how you present yourself in public, and if your actions fall short of your ideals, make adjustments next time you’re with others.
Your Body, Health, Personality
February brings you many opportunities to shine, thanks to the Sun in your sign, Aquarius. You also may start a new writing project, work on something with siblings, or spend more time on charitable activities.
On February 6, Venus in your first house of health and your body will connect with your ruler, Uranus, in your house of communication and siblings. You may notice a beautiful salon or spa while you’re running errands and pamper yourself with a massage or updated hairstyle. You also might hear good news from a brother or sister or call a cousin you haven’t spoken to in a while.
A few days later, on February 10, Venus leaves your personality and health house to enter your second house of income and possessions. You may get a a job offer that pays more, get a lucrative new assignment, or buy art or a piece of jewelry.
On the 13th, the Sun will talk to Uranus in your third house of communication, again giving opportunities to connect with siblings or work on a personal project involving writing or public speaking. You may ask brothers and sisters to help with your project, or you may attend a Mardi Gras event together.
The next day, celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing your affection in a tangible way for your special someone, such as a gift or exquisite meal you prepare yourself. If you aren’t in a relationship, talk to people wherever you go as you may meet someone unusual who piques your curiosity.
On February 15—and for the week and half afterward—you have success energies in place for starting any project dear to your heart, freshening your look or image, or improving your health, 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 image and personality house with Uranus in your third house of communication and between Venus in your second house of income with Saturn in your house of solitude. Your quirky style may attract a new admirer, or you may adjust your work hours to allow more time to yourself or to go on a retreat.
On the 17th, this theme continues with the Sun and Mercury coming together in your house of personality and your body for a final burst of thought provoking inspiration as well as possible new agreements with a health care provider or an image consultant.
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 second house, where you focus on your possessions, values, and how you earn income. Contact an appraiser about heirlooms and review how well your work aligns with your values.
You’ll have additional support in these areas February 21 when Venus waltzes with Neptune in Pisces to bring deep love and compassion to your work life, followed by Mercury’s meet up with Neptune on February 23 to spark mystical thoughts or visions about "right livelihood." Ground your ideas in something 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 contracts with unexpected features or fun with siblings. Enjoy Mardi Gras on the 13th and consider out of the ordinary plans 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 supports new beginnings for anything you find personally meaningful and for actions related to health, image, and personal improvement.
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.
In addition to all these dates, Aquarius, your birthday arrives at this time of year. If your special day came in January, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration. And if it comes in February, may your plans to honor the day fill you with happiness.
Did you know that you begin a new cycle as of your birthday? Your personal new year starts on your birthday every year, giving you 365 days to grow more fully into your personality and your purpose.
Along with cake and candles and whatever traditions you enjoy, take time around your birthday to look back at the past year and reflect on how well you lived up to your best self. Notice any patterns, too: are there particular times of year that seem to be more challenging, year after year, or times that always feel wonderful? With awareness, you can plan ahead to manage challenges more smoothly and savor good times fully.
Also, the first part of your personal new year brings powerful energies for starting anything you wish. Focus your brilliant mind on what most inspires you right now and take the first step…and then the next…and so on. Use this time’s momentum to begin realizing at least one of your fondest hopes or wishes.
Once again, happy birthday, Aquarius! And happy February. I wish you a wonderful month!