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Aries

Aries This Month

Calling all allies! Until February 18, the Sun is in Aquarius, your eleventh house of friendships and teamwork, creating the perfect conditions to network and connect. Syncing up with people from all walks of life is your specialty this month—so branch out, Aries. You’ll make an unforgettable impression at every social gathering you attend. Make headway on a group project, or seek out a new, inspiring collaboration. (Bonus points if it can help make the world a better place.) This month, there’s power in numbers, Ram. Enjoy the independent and lighter vibe, and go circulate! You will accomplish far more than you would logging long hours at the office. Technology matters are favored, too, and you could really make a splash in the blogosphere, or on another digital venture. There’s a buzzing around you for good reason—you are definitely plugged in!
 
But, beware: the wiring could get a little wonky with communicator Mercury retrograde (backward) in Aquarius, this same tech-friendly zone, until February 11. Since January 21, when the fleet-footed messenger planet started its backstrokes, you could have experienced some obstacles in the teamwork realm. Perhaps you had difficulty getting everyone on the same page, or one bad apple started acting out, bringing progress to a standstill. In the early part of the month, a once-cherished friendship could hit the rocks, possibly due to a misunderstanding. Take extra precautions around technology and social media—backing up data, checking and double checking email recipients before you send sensitive information—as you’re likely to have some SNAFUs.

Yet a fly (or two) in the linguistic ointment can’t hold you back on February 3, when the full moon links up with expansive Jupiter (now retrograde) in Leo, your passionate and expressive fifth house. Translation: grab the megaphone, Ram! This is your moment to shine. The full-throttle joie de vivre from the full moon is amplified by abundant Jupiter’s proximity—talk about the “shout” heard ‘round the world! And feel free to be as radical as you want, since the moon and Jupiter will form a beneficial trine to outspoken Uranus in Aries. Just makes sure that your intention is to wake people up, because you WILL be rattling their cages a bit, or challenging the status quo. Hello, rebel with a cause!

On February 18, when the Aquarius new moon lights up your eleventh house of group projects, team spirit abounds. This page-turning new moon is the second consecutive one in Aquarius, giving you a power-packed shot at excelling in collaborative endeavors. If you’ve been holding back on the leadership front, perhaps you’ll set an intention to step things up. One key to effective teamwork and getting along swimmingly in groups is being the real YOU in all that you do. Seeds planted today will blossom over the next six months, so think about what you’d like to see develop in the realm of friendships, allies, altruism and technology. If you’re thinking about launching a website or social media campaign, take concrete action today.
February 18 also kicks off the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac. Last year’s wild Horse energy is tamed considerably by the woolly Sheep. Although as the Western zodiac’s Ram, this might sound like good news, the calming Sheep energy is rather different than Aries’ aggressive go-getter pace. Over the last 12 months, the world took on a tendency toward the flamboyant, thanks to the lively Year of the Horse. Under this milder new influence, the overall tone becomes much meeker and more accommodating. Although you’ll do well to play nice, don’t get fleeced by anyone’s passive-aggressive vibes in these Sheep-ish days ahead. As an Aries, you like when people say what they mean and mean what they say, and you may have to be more discerning to figure out people’s real motivations.

Peace at last? On February 18, the Sun moves into Pisces, your twelfth house of surrender and release, bringing some of the non-stop social action to a halt. The next four weeks are all about healing: what do you need to let go of in order to move forward in the next, exciting phase of your life? While the need for solitude can be high, this is also a very spiritual time, when you can reconnect with your own soul. If you can, record your dreams for subconscious clues about what needs to be excised, i.e. a victim- or betrayal-themed dream could mean that you’ve had enough of lower vibe energies. Forgiveness figures in, too. Remember the old saying: “Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” When it comes to outworn hurts and anger, your psyche is saying, “Enough!” Overall, you have less energy to give to those around you, since you’re processing so much emotionally. Do your best to avoid playing the martyr now. While you are extra compassionate, the first place you should direct your sensitivity is inward.

But the slower pace can’t stop you from being a hot commodity. Circle February 20 as one of the most sizzling days , as love planet Venus and sultry Mars (your ruler) meet in Aries, your first house of self and identity. It’s rare that these two make an exact conjunction, much less in your sign. (Translation: all eyes are on you!) Use this auspicious day to make a big push forward around a promising romance, friendship or work relationship. With all this dazzling charisma in your first house of selfhood and appearance, it’s a great day to debut a bold new look or a fierce new attitude. Hit ‘em with a little shock value, Ram. After all, it’s better to go big than go home.