Mercury begins February moving in a forward direction, which is always helpful for work on projects of all kinds, especially writing projects. But you’ll want to aim to finish bigger projects during the first half of February because a Mercury retrograde period is coming on the 16th. Begin winding things down as early as February 10th while Mercury slows and prepares to turn retrograde. That way you’ll be alert for whatever the upcoming Mercury retrograde period throws at you. This one’s going to happen in Pisces so you may experience confusion or brain fog during it—and that will be intensified during the Pisces New Moon of the 23rd. See Lunations section below for the video, where we discuss Mercury Retrograde and the New Moon together.
Monthly Astrology Forecast: Seasons
February begins with the Airy Fixed sign of Aquarius, a social, chatty sign. Aquarius is the season associated with the retreat of the dark and the increase of the light: many ancient holidays involving candle-lighting happen in this month. Aquarius is consummately social, a networker, and loves to spread himself thin among all his many friendships. In Aquarius, we are drawn to participate in groups with whom we feel like-minded or a sense of kinship. Individuals with a strong Aquarian side often value friendship above all else. This year Aquarius runs from January 19th through February 18th.
On February 18th, Pisces begins. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac. It is a sign of endings, representing the ocean of all being into which we dissolve and from which we are reborn. It’s hard to talk about Pisces without getting mystical or misty-eyed. Pisceans are the dreamers, the visionaries and artists of the zodiac. Uncomfortable in the material world, your friendly neighborhood child of Neptune would rather swim in the waters of his or her own imagination. And who can blame them? It is a much nicer place to be.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.