Expect your birthday or at least your birthday gifts to come early this year, as both Venus and Mars refuse to wait for your birthday month and new solar year to begin later next month. Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos and your ruling planet plays by his own set of rules and can return to Aries at any time of year. Venus on the other hand is bound by a very strict set of rules that determine how far ahead of the Sun she can venture without being pulled back. When Venus returns to Aries on the 4th February she reaches that point and that is set to have big consequences over the coming months, all of them good. If Venus and Mercury, the only planets that orbit between the Earth and Sun, get too far ahead of the Sun there are consequences and it's not a slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket. You will feel those consequences almost immediately. Mars, who returned to Aries on the 28th January, is doing what Mars does, which is fire up your passions and fighting spirit, filling your tanks with energy, ready to throw yourself back into life again. Venus will normally move through Aries in 24 days, usually as part of your birthday month. Venus is charged with fuelling your desires and expectations for the coming year, as well as triggering the laws of attraction, where you attract what you focus on. From the get go it is clear that Venus is slowing down and as the month progresses she will slow to a crawl and the Sun pulls her back. Eventually Venus will turn retrograde early next month, spending the next month travelling back over the same ground she tracked this month, only to eventually travel the same ground for the third time. Venus returns on the 4th February but won't finally leave until the 6th June. This is going to have a positive spinoff in almost every aspect of your life.
While every month will have its share of planetary shifts, especially as the Sun's march through the heavens continues, but the month is dominated by a massive amount of planetary activity in a nostalgic part of your chart, but also by 2017's first eclipses. Until the 19th February the Sun will keep the solar spotlight on your professional game, as he does at this time every year. However, you're likely to find that you have already gained most of your momentum and this is more a case of tying up loose ends. As is always the case, this is when the Sun shifts his focus onto your social life, returning to your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking on the 19th February. Again, this will once again be to find that a lot of water has already passed under the bridge. It is here that a solar eclipse will fall on the 27th February, something that could trigger some fateful and serendipitous new beginnings. This is right in the heart of what will be some of the most important days of the month for personal and professional networking. Yet from the get go it will be clear that the laws of attraction and synchronicity are in effect. Many times throughout the month you are likely to find yourself in the right place at the right time. The lunar eclipse in your home and family sector on the 11th February might be a bit random, in that you haven't had anything happening there for some time. However, this is more about what lies ahead, with fate stepping in to put things in motion that might not make sense now, but will do later in the year. As with all eclipses, there is a need for trust, letting things play out naturally, especially if they don't make sense. However, this will be a trigger for anything already at a tipping point on the home, family and/or property fronts. During the course of the month you may find you lose your taste for the fast lane.
There will always be a sense of adventure in the air in February, a hangover from the holiday period and that eventual tap on your shoulder, as the professional gods tell you it's time to get down to business. Except that this year you don't need that tap on your shoulder, with the professional gods and this new professional year having moved into this active phase just before Christmas. The biggest struggle may have been to even take time out over the holiday period. However, until the Sun leaves your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery on the 19th February he will be determined to keep a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure alive. Yet he'll do so with professional forces dancing all around him, though things may ease back a little once Venus leaves your career sector on the 4th February. While Mars left late last month, it will take more than a few days, weeks or even months for his professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit to ease back. By the time Venus leaves on the 4th February you should have a clear sense of what you're fighting for, along with plenty of momentum. It will be just 15 days later that the Sun returns, bringing you to the official start of this professional year, something that has been underway in all but name before the year even began. It is here that a solar eclipse will fall on the 27th February. Where a New Moon brings an opportunity for new beginnings, an eclipsing New Moon brings an opportunity for major and/or fateful new beginnings. With so much building for so long, this could be a game changer. This month's second eclipse will have a very different influence. A lunar eclipse in your communication sector on the 11th February comes just as a major relationship journey moves into a stable phase of an ongoing journey. This brings the potential for a communication breakthrough.
For you February is a month where you are often getting your head around your financial situation and money matters, getting control of this new financial year and you finally have a chance to embrace a sense of adventure. Even over the holiday period it is hard for Cancereans to take their work hat off, either working through or finding that they're just as busy even if they're not at work. Usually it takes the Sun's return to your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery on the 19th February to get you to finally embrace a sense of adventure. This year it might appear that this comes too late, though there are contingencies in play. The Sun will still return to an adventurous part of your chart on the 19th February, but by then your professional year will be in full swing and some of the most game changing developments ever will be underway. Mars, who returned to your career sector late last month will be joined by Venus on the 4th February. Both will stay on for the rest of the month, with Venus retrograding in your career sector early next month, turning this into her longest visit in eight years. While Uranus has been in your career sector since 2010, this was a year after Venus' last extended visit and with some fateful alignments in the later part of the month, you're set to experience conditions you have never and will never see again. Bearing in mind that the Sun returns to an adventurous part of your chart on the 19th February and you see the problem. With support from Saturn in your work sector, the Sun makes his entrance right at the height of one of the most game changing professional months ever. Fortunately Venus and Mars spent most of January together in this adventurous part of your chart, so while there will be little chance to take your professional hat off, hopefully you'll know how and when to embrace a sense of adventure while you can. Two eclipses play a role this month. A solar eclipse in an adventurous part of your chart on the 27th February will police busy professional stars, while a lunar eclipse in your income sector on the 11th February could trigger some unexpected income developments.
The one thing that you can count on for sure, at this time of year, is that the focus will be on relationship and financial matters. The Sun always has and always will, start February in your relationship sector and end the month in your financial sector. The shift, as is the case every year, happens on the 19th February but as is always the case, the lines are always blurred. In this case Mercury will stay on in your relationship sector until the 26th February, doing whatever he can to ensure the communication lines are open. A lot of water has already passed under the bridge since Mars returned to your relationship sector in early November, with the Sun's final weeks more about bringing things together rather than starting anything new. You should know what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, it is more about an objective look at where to from here. It is while the Sun is still here that a lunar eclipse in Leo on the 11th February might bring personal and/or relationship tensions to a head. The Moon will be advocating for your needs at a time when no one else is. This will confront both you and your relationships, bringing the wakeup calls that you both need. Even though a solar eclipse in your financial sector on the 27th February will put even more focus on money matters, just eight days after the Sun's return, again this will be more about tying up loose ends. So much has unfolded on the financial front over recent months that the Sun's return on the 19th February and Mercury's on the 27th February is more about taking care of any housekeeping. As for your financial dreams and the ambitions for the coming year, they have already been banked. What will take you by surprise this month is the amount of adventurous forces in play. Mars returned to your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery late last month and will spend the whole of February fuelling a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences, with help from Venus from the 4th February.
No matter how busy or crazy life is, no matter how many balls you're juggling or things you're dealing with, there is likely to be a new sense of confidence. You are in this crazy transitional period, where sometimes you have to throw all life sticks up in the air and create chaos, in order to declutter and begin again. For some this might be extreme, in that you're moving house, changing job or some other big life event. For others it might finally be time to get stuck in and tackle those jobs you've put off. But why now? This is partly to do with the Year of the Rooster that began late last month, ushering you into a year that for Virgos is especially supportive for new beginnings and redefining your sense of purpose. However, the Chinese New Year was only on the 28th January and you've been under this movement, for want of a better word, since the holiday period. It began in the period between Christmas and the New Year, when Uranus turned direct in your financial sector. So what has this got to do with money you might ask? Well yes, this is your financial sector but its longer name is the 'house of change, transformation and other people's money'. Great if you're buying or selling property, but this is an area of your chart that promotes change. Mars' return on the 28th February, the same day as the Chinese New Year, brought things to a tipping point, with Mars giving you the passion and courage to throw yourself into this. With Venus returning on the 4th February and then not really leaving until the 6th June, this is something that support will continue to pile up for over the coming weeks and months. This is especially favourable for money matters, but don't be surprised if things get a little scary towards the end of the month. It is simply the planets butting heads with Jupiter, who turns retrograde in your income sector on the 6th February. Despite how it feels, this will bring the potential for a breakthrough, especially with Mercury in his final days in your work sector by then.
While January is likely to have been crazy busy, things do scale back a little this month, though expect to have your work hat on 24/7. That manic phase ended with Mars' departure from your work sector on the 28th January. Venus' departure on the 4th February will see things further scale back, with a chance to let things settle and play out until the Sun returns on the 19th February. Counter balancing a need to keep your work hat on are the playful forces that are already in play at this time of year. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of February in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, with Mars and Venus' departure from your work sector allowing you to embrace this a little more. Mercury will move through from the 7th February to the 26th February, but with the Sun leaving on the 19th February, once he's gone it will be up to you to maintain a balance between work and play. For unlike your work sector, where there is continuous planetary activity through to 2026, once Mercury leaves you are on your own. Just a day after Mercury's departure a solar eclipse in your work sector on the 27th February will have your head back into work mode again. What will be harder to dismiss are the extraordinary developments on the relationship front this month. Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion are coming together to take whatever is there to start with to a whole new level. You can expect this to be challenged, especially in the later part of the month, when once again your own needs fight back. It is simply Jupiter taking his role as your personal advocate seriously, challenging relationship forces head on. All this is doing is checking that you're still following your personal truth, something you and your relationships will benefit from.
February is playing host to two eclipses, the first of the year and the first in six months. Any week that hosts a pair of eclipses is going to have some intense forces in play and the potential for change. Yet where these eclipses fall could have you scratching your head, especially if you're looking for a link between the two. There is none, this month's lunar eclipse links to forces that have yet to unfold, whereas the solar eclipse is the last in what have been seasons of eclipses over recent years. Yet they both play into the dynamics of what is playing out this month perfectly. The first is a lunar eclipse in your career sector on the 11th February. This is the eclipse that will have you scratching your head, for eclipses aren't random and only occur when a Full or New Moon fall close to the lunar nodes and they haven't been close to your work sector for several years. However, they are drawing close, with any fateful developments this might trigger this month linking to things yet to reveal themselves. This comes just as some stunning developments are unfolding on the work front. This is a lunar eclipse that could have a ripple effect across the income, work and career fronts. The solar eclipse on the 27th February couldn't come with a more different message. This will fall in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart just days after the Sun's return, but also right in the heart of some of the most stunning and busy developments on the work front this month. Forces that have been building for months, if not years will start to come together on the work front this month. The Sun on his own might struggle to convince you that life must remain a balance between work and play, but a solar eclipse might have better luck. This could lead to some fateful developments on the romantic or creative fronts, anything close to your heart.
Looking at where this month's two eclipses fall will give you an understanding of what a diverse month this is likely to be. A lunar eclipse in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery on the 11th February might take you by surprise, mainly because this will come completely out of the blue. Eclipses aren't random, they fall in important areas of your chart, at important times of the year. Except in this case there has been no planetary activity here for months and nothing to suggest that is about to change. Yet this lunar eclipse is more a harbinger of what is to come. Whatever it triggers, even if it's just a severe case of wanderlust, curiosity or itchy feet, let it run its course. That is especially so of the emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses this triggers. Eclipses bring an element of fate into play, except this time it is linked to developments that haven't happened yet. The solar eclipse in your home and family sector on the 27th February couldn't be more different. With not only a lot of focus on home, family and/or property matters over recent months but years, when this opportunity for new beginnings rolls around you will be more than ready for it. At the same time, while there are subtle but important developments unfolding on the income, work and career fronts, they are enough to have you excited, but not enough to make life all work and no play. Even if you wanted to you would struggle. For the main weight of planetary influence this month is in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart. Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion, are making this their home this month and they're planning plenty of house parties.
There enough going on this month to have you excited, but not so much where there will be too many challenges, as long as you move into the month mindful of a need for work/life balance. This is something you encountered over the holiday period but then it seemed to resolve itself. That wasn't exactly the case. It was more a matter of both sides agreeing to disagree and backing down, for the time being. Those sides are lucky Jupiter in your career sector and Uranus in your home and family sector. They moved into opposition over the holiday period then moved apart. While Jupiter is slowing down ahead of this retrograde turn in your career sector on the 6th February and Uranus still recovering from his own retrograde phase, which only ended late last year, there seemed no point in pushing home any work/life balance issues. Except Jupiter's retrograde turn changes things, for it sees the planet of luck and expansion do a U turn and head back towards Uranus, ready for a second go. They will move into opposition again in the final days of February and early days of March, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which way you look at it, just as a parade of planets are moving through your home and family sector. This time Uranus is in direct motion and with Venus and Mars on board, home and family matters are a lot stronger and a lot more determined to stand their ground. Yet Jupiter is a different planet as well. In retrograde motion and retracing his steps, he has lost his taste for the fast lane, so this is a point in your professional year where you need to pull back. While there may be some tension in the later part of the month, this is something both sides need. Don't worry about your professional confidence, for Jupiter is not only robust enough to handle a little pressure, if anything he becomes even more determined. With the Sun in your income sector until the 19th February and Mercury from the 7th February to the 26th February, this will be an incentive to work smarter. You will also find a new taste for all things playful and adventurous and genuinely wanting a balance between work and play, something you weren't too fussed about one way or the other before, now brings extra incentive to get the right work/life balance.
Whether you are a January or a February born Aquarian, this is your month or at least it will be until the Sun leaves Aquarius on the 19th February. While the New Moon that brought a chance to commit to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead fell late last month, there is no point making choices, decisions and plans until Mercury returns. Moving through Aquarius from the 7th February to the 26th February, Mercury will give you the strategic edged needed to get your head in the game and finalise the game plan and resolutions for the coming year. With Mercury on board you're able to make smart choices, decisions and plans. If it feels like this is being rushed this year, in a way it is. Last year Mercury and Venus stayed on well until March, whereas this year there is a need to have everything finalised by the time Mercury leaves on the 26th February. However, thanks to Mars' return in early November and Venus' in early December, you had plenty of time before your birthday month and new solar year to get a sense of what you want and what excites you. Before the Sun even returned, most if not all your options were already on the table. It is then that the Sun and Mercury will shift their focus onto your income situation and matters, something that happens at this time every year. However, once again this is something you've already got a massive head start on. So much so that when a solar eclipse in your income sector on the 27th February creates the potential for new beginnings and opportunities, you'll be ready to seize them. There is something curious happening on the communication and relationship fronts this month, with the communication and relationship gods seeming to know something that you don't. Mars, who returned to your communication sector late last month, will spend the whole of February here while Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships will arrive on the 4th February, but won't really leave until early June. Considering that Venus spends 24 days each year giving your heart and your relationships a voice, there has to be something she's sticking around for. A lunar eclipse in your relationship sector on the 11th February hints at what the reason could be.
The wind down of your old solar year is already underway as you move into February, something that is your reality at this time every year. The Sun began the month long wind down of your old solar year on the 20th January and this will continue until he returns to Pisces on the 19th February, kicking off your birthday month and new solar year. Those are the facts, but this unlikely to feel like you're in the wind down of an old solar year, with a sense from the get go that this has already begun in all but name. That's because, while the Sun is yet to arrive, until leaving late last month Mars has been in Pisces since just before Christmas and Venus since early January. Venus is still here as you move into the new month, but leaving on the 4th February will be long gone by the time the Sun returns. Venus and Mars will be too small figures in the distance by then, yet they will have fuelled the passions, warrior spirit, desires and expectations that will provide the foundations for a birthday month that will begin long after they move on. Or so it might seem. Venus, feeling bad about skipping out on you so soon, will return for a double dip visit in April, after your birthday month is over and in time to check that her intentions weren't forgotten. For now though, Venus and Mars have a date with destiny and it all plays out in your income sector. It took two years for income and career forces to come together, but they finally came together late last year. Now, as Saturn spends his first full month on his own in your career sector, things start falling into place on the income front. Venus and Mars are not only here to get things moving on the income front this month, but are unleashing something that will continue to play out until June. It is into this atmosphere that a lunar eclipse falls in your work sector on 11th February. This has the potential to trigger developments across the income, work and career fronts that you haven't seen coming.