Leo This Month

Oh, to be adored, wanted and needed! Leo, get ready for some quality cherishing time this month, or at least for a few dazzling, dynamic-duo highlights. The Sun, and a few other heavenly bodies, spends February in Aquarius and Pisces—two of the most relationship-driven zones of your chart. Get ready to be part of a “power couple,” or maybe a formidable professional pairing. Someone could make you an offer this month—and it could certainly be a tempting one. Or, you might be actively seeking synergies with like-minded people. Lions in the wild live in tribes, after all, and your devoted sign craves the high-quality companionship of a faithful crew.
That said, you may not want to rush to ink your name (or change your last name) in the first week or so of February. Communication planet Mercury will be retrograde (backward) in Aquarius, your partnership and contracts house, until February 11. Mercury first took this backspin on January 21, which could have caused a few hiccups in your negotiations and closest ties. You may have heard from an ex or a former employer out of the blue—not necessarily a bad thing, though perhaps a curveball? One Leo friend was contacted by a bygone client promptly when Mercury retrograde began and is now entertaining a juicy offer. That’s the upside of Mercury retrograde. The tricky part can be technology SNAFUs, crossed wires with loved ones and travel plans gone awry.

While much of this month’s focus is on interpersonal matters, there IS one shining moment that’s all about Y-O-U. Circle February 3, the date of a supercharged Leo full moon, as your cosmic coming-out party. This full moon is conjunct (together with) lucky and expansive Jupiter, giving you an even bigger platform to express yourself. Ta-daaa! Feel free to be as edgy and outspoken as you please (minding the miscommunication pitfalls that Mercury retrograde can cause, that is), because radical and innovative Uranus will form a supportive trine angle to the full moon. Uranus is in Aries, your honest-to-a-fault ninth house of travel, truth-telling and publishing. Got a story or an idea to share? Bring it to life with your vivid Leo delivery.

You only get one full moon in your sign per year, so make the most of it—debut a solo project or go after a cherished personal goal without apology. This one is the culmination of all you’ve been working on since the Leo full moon last August, or perhaps the manifestation of some birthday wishes that have been brewing over the past six months.

Relationships get a reboot on February 18, when an Aquarius new moon energizes your seventh house of committed partners. This is the second consecutive Aquarius new moon (the first was January 20), a rare double dose that puts your closest ties on the front burner . Since bountiful Jupiter is in Leo, and your independent first house, until August, these back-to-back new moons can balance out a tendency to get TOO self-focused or disconnected from others.
There’s even more brewing in the stars on February 18. That day, the Sun plunges into watery Pisces, your eighth house of sex, intimacy and joint finances, until March 20. The next month could find you feeling a lot more private, perhaps ducking out of the limelight to focus on one or two key people and projects. One thing’s for sure now: you’re focused, and you’d be wise to train that laserlike attention on issues that merit your best brainpower. Maybe you’ll get a head start on taxes or financial planning. Perhaps you’ll be hanging the “do not disturb” sign for some erotic exploration. If you have a project that needs some final detailing to complete, hunker down and get ‘er done. Enjoy some time in the cocoon, filtering out the stress and demands of the world. You’ll emerge a butterfly next month, so savor your solitude.

The third event happening on February 18 (a busy day in the stars!) is the Chinese New Year. Grab your gilded handkerchief and bid a teary adieu to the Year of the Horse, which was full of the pomp and pageantry that most Leos live for. Now, get ready to sink into the softness of the Sheep Year, which is a much more mellow and “yin” energy than the wild and adventurous Horse. This sedate new vibe might not be your preferred speed, but it’s a great reminder to slow down a little and connect with your adoring subjects—er, loved ones. Temper your Leo tendency to charge in and take over, too. Capable though you are of running the show, the Sheep Year warns against trampling any meeker or more introverted types in your quest to produce results. Enjoy the journey and the process, not just the destination.