Here's what the planets have to say about every facet of your life in the month ahead.

By Maressa Brown
February 01, 2020
Caitlin-Marie Miner Ong

During February, the heart of winter, the focus is on staying warm and sharing messages of optimism and love. From Groundhog Day to Valentine's Day and President's Day, it's natural to seek optimism and inspiration to light the path through the month's shorter, darker, chilly days.

February's vibe is a reflection of its two main astrological themes: Until February 18, the sun travels through progressive, quirky, free-spirited Aquarius, urging you to strike out on your own, stand up for the greater good, and lend extra energy to platonic bonds. Then, until March 19, it moves through romantic, creative, empathetic Pisces, encouraging you to engage in dreamy escapism, wade in the deepest end of emotion, and express yourself creatively.

Aquarius and Pisces seasons—the first supporting innovative, altruistic endeavors, while the second lends itself to spiritual and heartfelt pursuits—combine to make February an impactful time for cultivating self-awareness, self-love, and our relationships with others. The air-to-water energy allows for spontaneity, socializing, and lots of time spent ~in your feelings~. It's a time to get to work with others on the causes that drive you while fostering the bonds that invigorate and inspire you—including the one you have with yourself.

But Aquarius SZN and Pisces SZN are certainly not the only attention-worthy astrological highlights of the month. Here's what else you should circle on your calendar (yes, Mercury goes retrograde!):

February 3: Mercury, the planet of communication, begins to travel through Pisces, clouding rational thought and giving a dreamy tone to the way you express yourself.

February 7: Venus, the planet of love and beauty, dips into competitive Aries, where it remains until March 4. When it comes to your love life and the way you pursue pleasure, childlike playfulness and impulsivity will reign supreme.

February 9: A full moon in Leo forms a harmonizing angle with Mars, the planet of action, currently in fellow fire sign Sagittarius, empowering you to own your truest passions, then make moves that reflect it.

February 16: Mercury goes retrograde in Pisces until March 4, finishing out its backward run in Aquarius before finally going direct on March 9, urging you to go back to the drawing board on projects or emotional issues that remain unfinished and unresolved. While the communication planet's slowdown can be frustrating and stall forward movement, it can also be a vibrant time for reflection and revision. The same day, go-getter Mars begins its trip through industrious Capricorn, which supports a hardworking, pragmatic mindset for pursuing goals in a measured, steady way until March 30.

February 18: From now until March 19, the sun makes its annual trip through romantic, empathetic, psychic Pisces, encouraging you to embrace escapism and get in touch with your inner spiritual healer.

February 21: Action-oriented Mars in Capricorn forms a positive angle to revolutionary Uranus in Taurus, stirring up an urge to break free of restrictions, rules, regulations, and to generally let your freak flag fly.

February 23: A new moon in Pisces pairs up with Mercury, making this a beautiful time for zeroing in on your most whimsical intention—and then sharing all the details, either with others or through writing. Putting powerful thoughts into words boosts your potential to manifest them. The same day, romantic Venus in Aries squares off against expansive Jupiter in Capricorn. At this time, taking on more than you can truly handle could be a recipe for trouble.

February 25: The confident sun and messenger Mercury pair up in Pisces, amplifying self-assuredness around communication, so it's another sweet day to call a key meeting or write your business proposal.

February 28: Romantic Venus in Aries squares off against transformative Pluto in Capricorn, driving underlying tensions in relationships out into the open. See this moment as an opportunity to investigate the roots of any conflict, and it can lead to personal and relationship growth.

Want to know more about how February's planetary vibes will affect your health and wellness, relationships, and career? Read on for your sign's February horoscope. (Pro tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, aka your social personality, if you know that, too!)

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Aries (March 21–April 19)

Health: While beauty-loving Venus moves through your sign from February 7 to March 4, you'll be more motivated to dive into activities that make you feel amazing inside and out. That could mean adding more morning runs to your routine, experimenting with curtain bangs, or making time for your fair share of sweaty (solo or partnered) sex fixes. You're all about prioritizing pleasure in this moment, and it'll have you positively radiating.

Relationships: If you've been itching to get out of your hum-drum routine, you'll have a sweet moment to be spontaneous and bold around February 9 when the full moon in your fifth house of romance forms a harmonizing angle to go-getter Mars in your ninth house of adventure. Expressing yourself and taking a risk not only feels liberating but can bring you closer to someone special.

Career: While go-getter Mars moves through your tenth house of career from February 16 to March 30, you'll be all fired up in pursuit of more recognition from higher-ups and your industry as a whole. It might be a wise time to make that eyebrow-raising, daring move you've been plotting—as long as you have a pragmatic plan for follow-through.

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Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Health: Go-getter Mars moves through your ninth house of higher learning from February 16 to March 30—meaning, you should have even more energy than usual to explore new workouts or clean-eating protocols. Experimenting with exotic recipes or fitness classes that require honing a new skillset (aerial yoga, anyone?) feels revitalizing physically and intellectually.

Relationships: While you tend to be fairly low-key in love, romantic Venus (and your ruling planet) moves through your twelfth house of spirituality from February 7 to March 4. This move is sure to make you even more prone to proposing that date nights on the couch. You could also get a taste for sneaky flirtation (think: sending sexts or swiping away mid-work day). Either way, this feeling that you and your boo are in on a secret no one else is privy to will take your chemistry to the next level.

Career: Thanks to communicator Mercury's retrograde in your eleventh house of networking from February 16 to March 4, you'll do well to revisit a group project that requires tying up loose ends. Or perhaps you'll reconnect with a former colleague. Basically, if you're dealing with downtime created by slowdowns, putting it toward creative collaboration with others serves you best.

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Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Health: Around February 9, the full moon in your third house of communication could make you feel like your nerves are downright fried from attempting to do it all. Being more discerning about exactly how you're expending your energy, then focusing on mind-body balancing practices (like yoga or breathwork), can preempt burnout and help you feel more centered and optimistic.

Relationships: If you've been wanting to explore a deep-seated fantasy with your S.O. or pursue a hot new situationship, you'll get a boost of sultry energy from the planet of action, Mars, which is moving through your eighth house of sexual intimacy from February 16 to March 30. Lean into urges to get closer and be more vulnerable—it can make for greater satisfaction, physically and emotionally.

Career: Communicator Mercury goes retrograde through your tenth house of career from February 16 to March 4. That could make it more challenging to gain traction on pitching a bold proposal or step into a new professional role, even though that's your priority. Thankfully, a new moon in the same zone on February 23 can amplify your ability to key into a game plan for achieving a long-held dream. Map it out by sharing all the details—either by journaling or talking to someone you trust—and you'll be on your way.

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Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Health: Communicator Mercury moves backward in your ninth house of higher education from February 16 to March 4, which can make revisiting a beginner's class at your go-to fitness studio or setting up a one-on-one training session with your favorite instructor feel especially gratifying. Though this might not feel like the extreme forward movement you're aiming for, sharpening your skill set now can absolutely add fuel to your wellness game plan.

Relationships: You'll have extra oomph to put into a joint project with your S.O. while go-getter Mars is in your seventh house of partnership from February 16 to March 30. Together, you're able to problem-solve and tackle issues that previously felt daunting. If you're single, you might be motivated to sign up for a new dating app or take an even more proactive approach (think: a pro matchmaking service or asking friends to set you up).

Career: While social Venus moves through your tenth house of career from February 7 to March 4, making more of an effort to connect with your colleagues could be the key to advancing your professional dreams. It comes naturally, considering you'll be perceived as even more charming and friendly than usual on the job. Initiating brainstorms or after-work happy hours can lay the groundwork for you to step into the spotlight and be cheered on by your team.

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Leo (July 23–August 22)

Health: Thanks to go-getter Mars moving through your sixth house of wellness from February 16 to March 30, you'll have even more energy to put toward stepping up your fitness and healthy-eating strategies. Whether you've been wanting to try that boxing class or a meal kit delivery service, pulling the trigger feels like a no-brainer. Then, you'll feel confident switching things up, based on your results.

Relationships: What's old is new again (in bed) while communicator Mercury is retrograde in your eighth house of sexual intimacy from February 16 to March 4. If you're single, you might revisit a connection with someone from your past, and if you're attached, you might want to re-explore a time-honored fantasy (like role playing or exhibitionism) with your S.O. Give in to your impulse to escape through these dreamy interactions, as they could ultimately bolster your self-awareness (and just might help you be more mindful).

Career: Around February 9, the full moon is in your sign and forms a harmonious angle to go-getter Mars in your fifth house of self-expression. As a result, you might be frustrated if it seems like your most creative, innovative ideas haven't gotten the recognition you feel they deserve. Do your best to develop a new spin, fueled by your passion for the project, and you'll be on track for the reception you desire.

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Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Health: Around February 9, the full moon in your twelfth house of spirituality could have you feeling rundown and in need of a major recharge mentally, emotionally, and physically. Although you're prone to overcommit and feel compelled to tackle all the to-dos, you'll do well to take a step back and take care of yourself now. This could look as simple as setting boundaries and prioritizing restful, centering activities (like leisurely walks in your favorite park or mantra meditation).

Relationships: As communicator Mercury moves backward in your seventh house of partnership from February 16 to March 4, you might need to address an unresolved emotional issue with your S.O. If you're single, you could cross paths with someone special from your past—and/or decide it's finally time to do the inner work to heal those old wounds. Either way, use this time to tie up loose ends related to your most intimate one-on-one relationships, and you'll walk away from this retrograde feeling accomplished and self-assured.

Career: Thanks to go-getter Mars' move through your fifth house of self-expression from February 16 to March 30, you'll want to infuse your work with playfulness. Don't hesitate to jump on opportunities to give into artistic impulses or make work more social by collaborating with people who inspire you. Both moves can infuse your professional projects with new life. Plus, higher-ups and colleagues will be drawn to your lively, enthusiastic vibe.

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Libra (September 23–October 22)

Health: The frustrating news: Making progress on your fitness goals could feel like a total slog while communicator Mercury is retrograde in your sixth house of wellness from February 16 to March 4. The more positive news: Around February 23, a new moon in that same zone will help you get clear on an exciting new strategy or chapter you'll feel even more passionate about pursuing. Writing or speaking about it makes it even more real—and the results you'll get from it within reach.

Relationships: Thanks to romantic Venus' move through your seventh house of partnership from February 7 to March 4, you'll be less inclined to RSVP 'yes' to that Oscars party and co-worker's get-together. Instead, you'll want to put your time and energy toward building your closest one-on-one bond. But don't shrug off platonic connections altogether: Around the February 9, the full moon falls in your eleventh house of networking, and a group date or community volunteering opp could be especially fulfilling.

Career: You might feel compelled to get professional to-dos out of the way so you can put your energy toward projects around your home while go-getter Mars is in your fourth house of home life from February 16 to March 30. This could throw a spotlight on lacking work-life balance, but working to address the issue now could preempt longer-term aggravation.

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Health: You'll do well to combine time spent on your workouts with time spend with your friends and/or S.O. while social Venus is in your sixth house of wellness from February 7 to March 4. Having your VIPs along for the ride at a spin class, moving through a vinyasa flow on a nearby yoga mat, or training alongside you for that local race can have you feeling so supported and energized that you end up hitting up even more sweat sessions than you anticipated.

Relationships: While communicator Mercury is retrograde in your fifth house of romance from February 16 to March 4, you could be reminded of whimsical, magical fantasies you fulfilled with your current or a past flame. You might be tempted to recreate those practically cinematic moments, but consider seeking a fresh spin and reflecting on what the past and present have to say about your needs within your most heartfelt bonds.

Career: Around February 9, the full moon in your tenth house of career forms a positive angle to action-oriented Mars in your second house of income, sending an electric jolt through your work life. You're bound to command higher-ups' attention right now, earning accolades for your hard work and enthusiasm. If you've laid the groundwork for recognition, you can trust your instincts and be bold in your asks.

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Health: Around February 9, when the full moon is in your ninth house of adventure, you might find yourself feeling bored with that tried-and-true workout or wellness plan, craving something more challenging. Switch your routine up by doing something totally out of the norm (think: heading to a rock climbing gym, getting an Ayurvedic massage, or fighting off colds and flu by chilling in a steam room). The experience could be a game-changer for your health approach moving forward.

Relationships: Thanks to relationship-oriented Venus moving through your fifth house of romance from February 7 to March 4, rom com-level flirtation and exuberance in your closest relationships will come naturally. Although you're usually spontaneous, it'll be even easier to be in the moment now, enjoying joyful, playful date nights and impromptu meet-ups with your S.O. or a potential match. Let the fireworks fly.

Career: You can look forward to go-getter Mars moving through your second house of income from February 16 to March 30, because it'll feel like an espresso shot to your professional motivation. If you want to level up your financial game, make plays for new sources of cash flow and map out a forward-thinking game plan for saving— you'll be beyond fired up to go for it. Make your first move, and you'll soon benefit from a snowball effect.

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Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Health: Action-oriented Mars moves through your sign from February 16 to March 30, elevating your vitality, determination, and stamina, meaning you have a sweet opportunity to advance your most ambitious fitness goals. If you've been wanting to go on a retreat, run a faster 5K, or lift heavier and smarter, this transit could set up a dream outcome. Just make sure to build in room for self-compassion and plenty of rest—both of which can make you even more successful.

Relationships: Around February 9, when the full moon is in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, you'll be reflecting on themes of reciprocity and compatibility. If you feel like your emotional and physical needs aren't being met by your S.O. or a potential match, it might be time to take a stand. While it might not be the most comfortable situation, advocating for yourself should ultimately leave you feeling proud and empowered. (Consider starting a sex journal to reflect on these topics and more.)

Career: While messenger Mercury is retrograde in your third house of communication from February 16 to March 4, misunderstandings, tech glitches, and delays could abound throughout your day-to-day. It'll be aggravating, sure. But it's also an opportunity to slow down and pare down your monstrous list of to-dos to your top priorities. You'll feel more effective and less stressed.

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Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Health: As go-getter Mars spends February 16 to March 30 in your twelfth house of spirituality, your imagination will be even more active than usual and you might be drawn to more restful practices you can do solo. You can use this transit to tap into previously unrealized dreams and goals related to your wellness and make connections between your psychological well-being and physical health.

Relationships: Around February 9, the full moon in your seventh house of partnership throws a spotlight on any emotional concerns you've been putting off, especially in terms of reciprocity. You could realize more needs to be done to fulfill both your own and your S.O./a potential partner's needs. Reflect on and discuss the best ways to strike a balance that sets you down a more satisfying path.

Career: With communicator Mercury moving backward through your second house of income from February 16 to March 4, you might have to contend with delays and glitches that affect your cash flow or ability to move the ball forward on a moneymaking project. Thankfully, around February 23, when the new moon falls in the same zone, you'll have a sweet chance to update your vision and plot out a refreshed plan for making it real.

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Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Health: Around February 9, the full moon lights up your sixth house of wellness, and you could feel emotional about your progress—or lack thereof—on your everyday health aspirations. You might want to implement a whole new fitness routine or kick an unhealthy habit stat, but you'll do better to channel this current sense of drive into a longer-term, comprehensive plan that includes micro-goals you can hit on your way to that bigger-picture intention. Once you get the ball rolling, you'll feel more centered and positive.

Relationships: While communicator Mercury is retrograde in your sign from February 16 to March 4, you'll be focused on revising the way you project yourself in the world and relate to those around you. Think of it as a chance to ensure you're putting the messaging out there that befits your ~personal brand~. Being more conscious about the way you present yourself amps up your confidence, making you feel glowy, magnetic, and majorly attractive. No doubt this can elevate pleasure and connection within your closest relationships.

Career: While social Venus moves through your second house of income from February 7 to March 4, pitching and selling your most vibrant, artistic proposals can happen organically, simply as the result of everyday interactions with friends or colleagues. The more you're willing to put yourself and your ideas out there, the greater the chance you'll land on a rewarding outcome.

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