With Venus and Mercury both running behind schedule, Venus because of her retrograde phase last year and Mercury because of his retrograde phase last month, they're running behind the Sun and in the process acting as 'closers'. When the Sun moves through an area of your chart Venus and Mercury are moving through after the fact, bringing things together, exploiting all potential and tying up loose ends. To begin with this is happening on the professional front, for while the Sun left your career sector on the 21st January, with Mercury here until the 14th February and Venus until the 17th February they'll spend the early weeks of the month getting as much professional traction as possible. With Jupiter spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector and a Full Moon there on the 23rd February, there will be an all out effort to get this new professional year off on the right track. The same format is being followed in a more socially focused part of your chart, for while the Sun will leave your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking on the 19th February, with Mercury returning on the 14th February and Venus on the 17th February, they'll spend a few days together before taking over from where the Sun left off. This will maintain a social focus and influence as you then move into a period of the year where you'd much rather put out the 'do not disturb' sign. For it's on the 19th February that the month long wind down of your old solar year begins and while this is just as you move into a more socially active point in the year, you'll need to balance this with time to hear yourself think. Missing this month is the personal and/or relationship tensions that have dogged you for the last two years, with some romantic surprises triggered by the Chinese New Year and the launch of the Year of the Monkey.
Just looking at the conditions in play this month makes it clear that balance and smart time management has to be a priority, for while there are a lot of competing influences there is no angst between the planets themselves. You really have reached an important month for relationship, financial and professional matters, so much so that the relationship, professional and money gods will want your full attention all month, yet this is also an important month for matters of the heart and where a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure is going to be close to your heart. What stops any one factor dominating the other or forcing their agenda and therefore making this a month that is all about money, all about your relationships or all about professional matters, is that there is little if any urgency. Despite the fact that the Sun will leave your career sector on the 19th February, with Mercury returning on the 14th February and Venus on the 17th February there is no urgent hurry to get this new professional year up to speed. Thrown into the mix is having lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector, for the first time over Valentine's Day in 12 years and a Full Moon here on the 23rd February, keeping guard that life doesn't become all work and no play. While the second half of the month will see professional matters come together, a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure is unlikely to go off the boil anytime soon. This is a month where you really can have it all, but despite the fact that as a Leap Year we have an extra day this February, it is still not enough to fit everything in without some kind of compromise and balance. All the ingredients are there for a successful professional month, a month for taking your financial power back, putting the passion back into your relationships, taking matters of the heart more seriously, keeping the spirit of adventure alive and even enjoying some social and serendipitous times.
With Mars spending the whole of February in your work sector and the Sun returning to your career sector on the 19th February, there is no doubt that this is the month when your new professional year will reach its stride, but the reality is that it's been a long time since you've had a chance to take your professional hat off. What you're moving into now is a more active phase, yet on neither the work or career fronts is there the kind of urgency you would normally expect, with the professional gods taking several more months to let things play out. This brings a new sense of professional confidence into play and a chance for new developments on the work and career fronts, but not in the all or nothing way you may have experienced this in the past. Even if you wanted to, with the Sun in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery until the 19th February, but Mercury and Venus returning before then to take over, letting life become all work and no play is not going to be an option. You've also reached an important month for both relationship and financial matters, with both fronts experiencing a surge in confidence and support. It's on the relationship front that you've now settled into the journey itself, but not before spending the last four months getting a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. In the meantime, with Mercury in your financial sector until the 14th February and Venus until the 17th February, you've got a smart head for money and both heart and mind engaged. Your annual financial review ended last month, with a chance now to craft this into a financial game plan. Throughout the month work/life balance needs to be taken seriously, otherwise it could come back to bite you during a Full Moon on the 23rd February.
While the solar spotlight is always going to be on money matters at this time of year or will be until the Sun leaves your financial sector on the 19th February, chances are this may feel more a case of going through the motions. While the Sun only returned last month to throw the solar spotlight on your financial situation and money matters, the reality is that you spent the majority of 2015 revising your financial needs and priorities and the whole way you look at money, to a point where you're able to see this as a chance for a new starting point. While Mercury will return to your financial sector on the 14th February and Venus on the 17th February, bringing their smart head for money, confidence and motivation into play, until then they're more focused on giving your relationships a voice. While the spotlight shifted from your relationships last month, the planets of communication and love are still working to give your relationships a voice and with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you putting things on the right track. While there'll be little chance of keeping your professional hat off, not with powerful career and work forces in play and some new income opportunities opening up from the 9th February, the days of all work and no play are over. With Mars spending the whole month and therefore Valentine's Day in your romantic sector there has to be room for fun, play and romance. As the month progresses a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure will start to take on a life of its own, for while it's always there it will grow stronger and impossible to ignore as the month progresses. With a total solar eclipse in this adventurous part of your chart early next month, it's already time to start challenging your excuses.
While February has an extra Leap Day this year, it's still a short month and the gods are packing a lot in, making smart time management essential from the get go. Playing a big part in this month's make up are the professional, relationship and money gods, with an important month on your hands for work, relationship, financial and income matters, but also when the Fun Police are also on patrol and they're not cutting you any slack. Fortunately things are structured in a way that apart from a need for smart time management, there is no obstruction between the different areas of your life, apart from a few special days. With Mercury leaving your work sector on the 14th February and Venus on the 17th February, heart and mind will not only be in work mode, but committed to putting this new working year on the right track. They've got support of some powerful forces in your income sector, so much so that there is the potential for opportunities on both the work and income fronts. While the solar spotlight is on your relationships until the Sun leaves your relationship sector on the 19th February, an easy progression will see support continue. On both the work and relationship fronts the momentum continues, with a sense of continuity. The only time there is some open competition is between your income and financial sectors and this might result in some periods of financial tension, especially around the time of a Full Moon in your income sector on the 23rd February. This will fall during the Sun's early days in your financial sector and while this may push some buttons and evoke some strong emotional responses, it holds the potential for some real breakthroughs on both the income and financial fronts. However, watching over everything are playful and adventurous forces, powerful enough to pull you up if they need to.
While January will always witness a fight to find a balance between work and play, this is still ongoing as you move into February but also more evenly matched. With Pluto, planet of change and revolution in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart from 2008 to 2024, the reality is that the Fun Police are on permanent patrol and while they will be extra vigilant in the first half of the month, the biggest difference this month is the extra competition they have from work forces. The Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of February in your work sector, but just days before he's due to leave with Mercury returning on the 14th February and Venus on the 17th February you'll not only need to keep your work hat on all month, but it's only once the Sun has gone that the real opportunities will open up. For Venus timing is everything and the fact that she won't return to your work sector until the 17th February means that she'll get to spend Valentine's Day in your romantic sector, something which for the planet of love is priceless. At the same time, even before the Sun returns to your relationship sector on the 19th February, throwing the solar spotlight on your relationships and beginning your annual relationship review, you've begun to look more closely at your relationship needs, wants and priorities, with simply going through the motions no longer an option. While this may put some pressure on your relationships and especially around the time of a Full Moon on the 23rd February with Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos spending the whole of February in your communication sector you've got the support to turn this into an opportunity for a breakthrough.
For a Libran balance is even more important than it is to the rest of us and that's what you get by looking at this month, a sense of balance, with just enough variety to keep things interesting, but without any one area of your chart trying to lord it over other areas. The only time there could be some conflict could be as the Sun returns to your work sector on the 19th February and the door opens to the busiest months of the year for work matters, with some protests from forces that still need time to hear yourself think. If there are any issues a Full Moon on the 23rd February should sort things out, for unlike previous years there are parameters. February is always the month that things will start coming together in order to get your new working year off the ground and there is never usually any problem associated with this. However, you're not only in the middle of a year long wind down of your old Jupiter cycle, something that needs more time for reflection and hearing yourself think, but in retrograde motion this requires even more navel gazing. A Full Moon on the 23rd February will expose any balance issues and more importantly how to tweak things so you can still get a jump on new work developments, while still having the time needed to hear yourself think. The reality is that work forces are in no hurry and with big developments on both the work and income fronts over the coming months, you can afford to let things play out. Even if you wanted to, with the Sun in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart until the 19th February, Mercury here from the 14th February and Venus from the 19th February, letting life become all work and no play is not an option.
This is a month where we start to see a layering of influence. On one layer we have some strong, entrenched and embedded forces that are now locked into place, will remain in play all year and aren't going to shift. This provides a solid background and if you like the back drop that the faster moving influences will play out on. The second layer is one that is in force for the whole of February, but will then come and go over the coming months. That layer is halfway between the solid background layer and the faster layer of forces that operate in the foreground and it's these forces that represent a fast moving and changing body of forces. That background, stable and solid layer is made up of a partnership between work and income forces that are now locked into place. While there will be developments on both the work and career fronts over the coming months, you've got this rock solid layer of support that will continue on both the work and income fronts throughout the coming year. The middle layer is where you find Mars, spending the whole of February in Scorpio where he's firing up your passions and fighting spirit, bringing a new sense of urgency and passion to all that you do, along with a need, as the month progresses, to throw yourself into the things that excite you. The fast moving layer is made up of a kaleidoscope of forces that is playing out on the home, communication and playful fronts, creating a dynamic and diverse month that will see the month busy enough to maintain a level of excitement, but not to the point where things get hectic. The first 2 weeks of the month in particular are essential for having the communication lines open with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships working to give your relationships a voice right through to her departure from your communication sector on the 17th February. February is always an important month for home and family matters, with a chance to focus on things close to home while you can.
While you've reached an important month for both income and career matters, this is more a push from the money and professional gods to put things on the course they will continue on. With Jupiter spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector, but the North Node keeping the forward momentum going and a Full Moon here on the 23rd February bringing the potential for a breakthrough, the professional gods are holding the doors open to the past, new opportunities and even to a breakthrough. However, there will be times when you need to hold back, times when you need to push through and times when it will be outside forces pushing things in a certain direction. With luck and fate at play, there's a need to put your trust in the hands of the professional gods. This comes just as Venus and Mercury will be working to make their final weeks in your income sector count. Until Mercury leaves on the 14th February you've got his smart head for money and 20/20 hindsight to draw on, while Venus will continue to fuel your confidence, desires, expectations and a sense of entitlement as well as triggering the laws of attraction until she leaves on the 17th February. Yet even then a partnership between income and career forces will continue right through the coming year and beyond. February is also an important month for communication, with your relationships in particular getting support in the second half of the month. Yet while you have a good month for professional and income matters, there is a need for balance that includes work/life balance, balance between work and play and a balance between times when you've got to show up and do what's required and time out so you can navel gaze, finding time to hear yourself think. Yet there is also a playful and adventurous spirit in the air this month.
The first full month in over two years with no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses is set to dispel any fears that you might lose your professional momentum anytime soon, while at the same time reveal what you've been missing out on. With Jupiter spending his first full month in retrograde motion in an adventurous part of your chart, the North Node continuing to hold the doors open to new experiences and a Full Moon here on the 23rd February giving things a push, there's a chance to experience some of life's richer and more adventurous experiences. So much so that you may find that your excuses are being challenged. If life has been all work and no play then it's time to change that up. At the same time you've reached an important month for personal and professional networking, teamwork and friendship building, especially in situations where you're able to team up with others in competitive projects or anything that excites you. In the meantime, while your birthday month ended last month, until Mercury leaves Capricorn on the 14th February you're still making up your mind and until Venus leaves on the 17th February your heart is still deciding what it wants from the coming year. You're in a much better position now or will be by the second half of the month, to make more specific choices, decisions and plans for the coming year. It's in the later part of the month that things will start coming together on the income front and with the professional gods having invested so much over recent years but now standing back, this is a chance to focus more on the money but also what's in it for you across all the currencies in your life. Throughout the month there'll be a growing awareness of how important those things close to home are, but also time out to hear yourself think.
While your birthday month and new solar year is already underway by the time you move into the new month, even when the Sun and Moon align on the 9th February to create a New Moon you're likely to feel ready to commit to anything specific. This is the New Moon that will always fall at some point during your birthday month, a point where you're able to draw a line in the sand, committing to your intentions and expectations for the coming year and more importantly the journey ahead. However, with Mercury not returning until the 14th February and Venus not returning until the 19th February, until heart and mind have had their say it's too early to consider let alone commit to anything. Yet by the time Mercury returns and you have a chance to get your head in the game and around your options there's likely to be a sense of deja vu, finding that you all of a sudden become more decisive. The same will be true for Venus' return, with your heart becoming engaged at a point where everything is already on the table. Venus will return 2 days before your birthday month runs its course and it's in those final days that you'll all of a sudden know what you want and how to walk the talk. However, with Venus and Mercury both staying on until next month, there's no urgency and it's not until the Moon returns next month that you'll be ready to make a firm stand. In the meantime, this is a chance to explore your options and get a sense of the kind of year you've moved into. Ahead is an important year for professional developments, a lot of focus on both income and money matters and personal and professional networking and friendship building is a lot more important than previous years.
The professional gods take a step back this month, not because this isn't an important month for professional matters and more because having spent the last few months getting your options on the table, head in the game and your heart engaged it's now more about the journey. Sitting in the back row alongside the professional gods is Uranus, spending his last full month on his own in your income sector before things start to move next month, while also enjoying his first full month in over 2 years without competition from financial forces. This brings a quiet sense of confidence on both the income and career fronts, but also a wait and see approach. In the meantime, as is the case at this time every year, you have a month of two halves. February is always the month that begins in one solar year and ends with the next, with a rebirth of sorts happening during the course of the month. While the lines are slightly blurred, as you move into February you're in the final weeks of your old solar year, with a chance to look back at where you've been and the journey that the last year has taken you on, with the Sun's return to your sign on the 19th February kicking off your birthday month and new solar year. However, new doors have been open for some time and the Sun's return to Pisces won't see old doors close, continuing to enjoy the benefits of having one foot in the past and another in the future. However that won't be the case for that long and by the time Venus and Mercury return to Pisces next month those old doors will finally close. In the meantime, you also have an important month for friendship and relationship building, though a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 23rd February could see personal and/or relationship tensions rise. Now more than ever, it's important to have the communication lines open.