Here in the starry stillness between the full Moon in Leo and the new Moon in Pisces, Valentine’s Day approaches.
Alas, it won’t be all chocolates and roses. On this day, lovers, the Sun is conjunct Saturn while the latter squares the Moon, which means relationships may seem like they’re taking a ride on the struggle bus.
Venus’s conjunction to Neptune can help, however, by reminding us that sometimes love is only skin deep. Be prepared to work harder to shore up the rewards of your most intimate connections.
In more earthly news, on this third anniversary of Navigating by the Stars, I’m signing off on the signs at the Provincetown Independent to set out in a new direction. You will be able to find me and my alliterative astro-logic on Out magazine’s digital platform.
It has been a pleasure to decipher the zodiac for you. I hope that whether you’re a believer or just a dabbler, you have enjoyed it and learned as much as I have.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars sextile Chiron: Old wounds reopened can be fiery fonts of wisdom from within. Drink deeply from your own well of experience.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus conjunct Neptune: If you’re focused on the surface of things, you’re missing out. Deep truths become harsh realities if they are overlooked.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury conjunct Pluto: Be mindful of your marionettes. While subtle manipulation can be useful to your machinations, check yourself in the mirror.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon square Saturn: You’re one who might find yourself on the struggle bus this week. While you wait to get off at the next stop, take responsibility for your own emotions.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun conjunct Saturn: Focus is such a fleeting thing. Do your best to make the most of the efficient energy you are exuding this week.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury conjunct Pluto: Save some scrutiny for yourself. You’re a master. But sometimes your twisted mind masters your best angels.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus conjunct Neptune: It’s time to take a good look at the reality of your most intimate relationships. If you’ve been lying to yourself about this one, the truth will out.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars sextile Chiron: Put your primal powers to work as you pursue new paths. As you heal, there is no end to the growth you can achieve.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Jupiter sextile Mercury: A burst of optimism will open doors and provide outcomes that bring good feels. Make the right choices — and definitely think big.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Sun conjunct Saturn: If anyone can make something from nothing, it’s you, so double down on your efficiency and make the best of it.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Sun conjunct Saturn: Don’t waste time trying to fix what isn’t broken. You’ll benefit this week if you’re fully focused on fostering what’s most efficacious.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Jupiter sextile Mercury: Take a cue from Peter Pan — think happy thoughts and you can fly! Out of fairy dust? Try optimism instead.