Feb. 8-14, 2008
Wednesday's solar eclipse is still very much in effect, as is the Aquarius new-moon energy. Just because you're committed to celebrating the Year of the Rat, you needn't put off starting whatever else you had in mind. True, Mercury won't go direct until the 18th, and you'd have to be born with Mercury retrograde to get past that no-no. Still, a trailblazing Aries moon Sunday and Monday should be good for something besides dim sum. Tuesday's Taurus moon is both productive and seductive, with an emphasis on the latter. Although Valentine's Day comes with the "I can't make up my mind" Gemini moon, the harmonious trine between passionate Mars and the sun rewards shutting up before putting out.
Writers with a cause to promote, lawyers pleading a case, and adherents to a high-minded principle can do very well this week simply by following their passion. After a long time in retrograde, reviewing positions, considering options, your zealous Mars ruler has returned you to warrior mode. Note that while the red planet is in literate Gemini this month, the pen is truly mightier than the sword. Also note that you are not alone. Colleagues and fellow partisans are also being energized by the Aquarius sun's favorable trine to Mars.
Photographers, makeup artists, painters, actors, dancers and musicians, even religious fanatics, will be inspired by the merger of the creative sun and imaginative Neptune. But, more to the point, the conjunction in your Aquarius career house could also direct serious cash your way. A rewarding trine between the sun and ballsy Mars in your Gemini money house suggests that instead of waiting, hat in hand, you should make your desires/demands known, both vocally and in writing. A lot has happened since mid-September, when Mars, at the same degree as now, was part of a challenging square with the Virgo sun.
Since Mars is beginning to move ahead in Gemini, if you read for the above two signs you'll get a better idea of what can happen to you this week. Even if you're not in line for the Bull's big bucks, you can be inspired artistically and spiritually, and that should assuage some of your uneasiness about the future. Remember that having unpredictable Uranus at the top of your chart year after year might have put you permanently on edge, wondering when or if the other shoe is ever going to drop, also if it'll smell of dog shit. Lucky you.
Other people's money and the fibs they tell about it could well become your main focus this week. The rational Aquarius sun's merger with Mercury retrograde sets the tone for the sun's conjunction with evasive Neptune on Sunday. If nothing worse than a bigger question mark comes out of that meeting, consider yourself fortunate. Also remind yourself that because wise Jupiter is in your Capricorn house of allies all year, you needn't rely solely on your own interpretation of what's what. You've got a friend.
Artists who work in tandem or in groups can find a way to maximize the creative energy emanating from the three planets in your Aquarius complement. Mercury, although in retrograde, does the research and rewrites the proposal; artsy Neptune provides the set, the costumes, the music, etc.; and your sun ruler adds the vitality that brings the project together. Because these planets form a supportive trine to spirited Mars in Gemini, ruler of the chattering class, there's a good chance the collaboration will receive favorable reviews.
Whether or not it works to your advantage, Virgos will be glad to learn that your Mercury ruler backs out of your sixth house of work and health in time for Valentine's Day. By the 14th, the Messenger will be ensconced in your fifth house of romance and recreation, doing what it usually does to disrupt your plans. Perhaps an ex-lover will inconveniently stop by or the restaurant won't find your reservation? No matter, while affectionate Venus in earth-sign-friendly Capricorn travels through that zone, a heartfelt experience is guaranteed.
Nothing can get a lazy Libra off his or her cute butt faster than a supportive trine from energetic Mars, finally moving forward, in airy Gemini, the sign that rules 747s. This eruption of desire is accompanied by a rewarding trine from the Aquarius sun in your house of recreation and risk. Whether romance fits into the scenario depends on how deep an impression impressionable Neptune, also in Aquarius, makes. But if you want to stay in bed and imagine what could have been, remember that home is where the heart (and the chocolate) is.
You're still being tested by stuff going on at your house or among family members you can't control. That's tough, because the fixed signs -- yours, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius -- are always jostling for the upper hand. Let's hope that a favorable trine from the reasonable Aquarius sun to your rash Mars co-ruler will help you resolve an issue about other people's money. Your best bet for Valentine's Day is to be spontaneous and original, just as inventive Uranus, by now a fixture in your Pisces house of romance, would suggest.
Home alone? If you're online a lot, you won't feel forlorn for long. Happily for the Archer, this week could be chock-full of hopeful, intelligent communication being beamed to you from Mercury, idealistic Neptune and the sun, all in future-oriented, humanitarian Aquarius. Whether you're exchanging views on politics or people, social issues or social scenes, you'll be amazed at the connections you'll make before you need to decide what you're doing for Valentine's Day. Some of those ideas should help you deal with macho Mars in your house of allies and antagonists.
The attention you've been paying to assets and acquisitions might not last much longer; on the 18th, the bright light of the Aquarius sun switches to the cloudy depths of watery Pisces. That's also when Mercury comes out of retrograde. By then, magnetic Venus will have left your sign, taking that aura of irresistibility with it. However, not before the goddess does her damnedest to make sure that Valentine's Day 2008 is as romantic, as emotionally satisfying, as you anticipate. Much better than last year, when she was no longer around.
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Happy birthday to the Water Bearers I know, all born between today and the 15th. Are we friends because your sun sextiles mine, or is it because my natal Mars conjuncts your sun? Will we get together around Valentine's Day, when fiery Mars in my Gemini house of allies perfects a rewarding trine to your Aquarius planets? Might we hook up because horny Mars is in your Gemini house of romance and risks? Now that the red planet has been out of retrograde for a week, how do you feel? And what sign or signs is that desire directed toward? Yours, mine or the Twins?
It's a wide-open weekend for hungry Fish. Celebrate the Chinese New Year while you're being backlit by the romantic Pisces moon Thursday night and all of Friday and Saturday. You could also pull off something special on Sunday, when your glamorous Neptune ruler and the sun merge in future-friendly, tech-savvy Aquarius. A dualistic Gemini moon on Valentine's Day may provide two options: stay home or, if slash-and-burn Mars has your place in disrepair, stay at someone else's home. Either way, you can have your way with him, or her, or the Twins!