Messages from the Stars: A look into the cycles and cosmic details of an unfolding forevermore, paired with a song suggestion curated for your sign
By Willow Herzog
To quote the great Linda Goodman, “sometimes, it seems that the problems of two people who love each other are hopeless, the wall that separates them too high to ever surmount. But their problems would all dissolve, simply disappear, if they would only touch hands or hearts or minds—or even touch noses—and whisper just one word: ‘magic!’ For love is magic, the secret power all who love possess without realizing it. No matter how great the injury, or how bitter the words, love will erase it all as if it had never been. But not without the desire and effort to do so on the part of the one who has inflicted the pain—not without the quality of forgiveness on the part of the one who’s been deeply hurt. Desire, effort and forgiveness, intermingled, are necessary to release love’s force and power.”
Love is the theme for this month’s astrological forecast, as we all strive to deepen and grow in our capacity to love, feel and exchange. It feels as if we are all going through something sometimes and, really, shouldn’t we all strive to love each other more? Love can be full of odd contradictions and paradoxical insights yet, may I dare to say, without it life would not be worth living. Love can be the balm for the wound or the razors edge. May you love all those in your life with love that’s soft, fierce, sensual and calming. May we all learn to love each other right in this lifetime.
Mercury transits Aquarius this next month the day after St. Valentine’s and themes of communication, community and relationship pierce like cupid’s arrow. It is a time to speak your truth and see where it lands. Aquarius, being the rebel and the visionary, asks you to expand your horizons of perception and look at reality from a place beyond your current edges. Be willing and open to see things that may shake up the tapestry of your life. Mercury as the messenger will bring about clarifications and wisdom. Be mindful of over-talking and step outside of yourself to see others. If freedom is love and love is freedom, perhaps we must look at new definitions of freedom if we are to find love.
This transit will affect each sign uniquely, here is a look at how:
Aries (March 21–April 20) Diversification of your personal connections and a boost in the way silver laces your palm. That’s right baby, get ready for a little income boost or a lucky gift. Check in with those you hold in your heart and be open to understanding misunderstandings.
Taurus (April 21–May 21) New plans, new dreams and new horizons. This is a redefining period that sees you being seen more within a professional realm. How are you reinventing yourself? Your efforts will be noticed, so check in with where to place them. Let the light shine in and gravitate towards peace.
Gemini (May 22–June 21) A fruitful time for little fortunes and a confusing one for big decisions. This is a time to manage the micro so you can expand into the macro. Luck and abundance are at your fingertips if you reach for it. So reach and thank with deep gratitude. Many hands will present pieces to your dreams this cycle.
Cancer (June 22–July 23) A dive into the seas of the mystic and a return to the waters of the occult sound like due course. A pull towards study and the spiritual, whatever that may mean to you. This is a time to return to yourself and step away from the world and its sensory input.
Leo (July 24–Aug. 23) Partnerships both professional and romantic grow stronger during this transit for you. This period sees you rising and rising. Newness abounds and opportunity continues to create new doorways to pass through. Stay humble and hold your head high, sovereign one.
Virgo (Aug. 24–Sept. 23) Watch your health baby, this could be a tricky cycle for you. Elevate yourself by taking the time to care for yourself and your emotional needs. On the career front, this may be an illuminating one as you are seen for all the work you put in. You are a hardworking one and this cycle would care to see you rise in status due to this quality.
Libra (Sept. 24–Oct. 23) Expansion of the mind and intellectual pursuits gain increasing importance during this transit. This may be a time of planning future visions that take you further from home than expected. This is a time of flourishing love life, tap into the erotic and allow the sensual pleasures to infuse you and those you care for.
Scorpio (Oct. 24–Nov. 22) Minor irritations on the home front may show face, counteract this with beautification of your space and nourishing alone-time. Chances are you will receive encouraging correspondence and a new opportunity or two. Feel inspired to ask for what you want and receive what you deserve.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23–Dec. 21) Feeling ambitious and kinda confused will share space this cycle for you, ever-expanding babe. Feel unity of all kind as you explore social dynamics. Learn which situations are most fruitful for you and endure the challenges that may come your way. This cycle will send concentric circles through the realm of clear speech. You will be a stronger communicator on the other side of this.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 –Jan. 20) A cycle of gains and strides, be ready to feel greater inspiration and clarity. You may receive communication from an old friend or past lover at this time. Be open to communicating in a new way from a greater space of healing.
Aquarius (Jan. 21–Feb. 19) Surprises and support are keywords this cycle. It is an auspicious one for you that may see you traveling near and far. Trust in the support structures you have around you and continue to build up the community that holds you. Check-ins with partnerships come up so you may respect each other for who you each are.
Pisces (Feb. 20–March 20) Choices, options and considerations: get right with you, so that you may get right with your life. You may be considering a change of residence during this cycle. Remember that you take yourself wherever you go. What is it you really feel called to change? Take the time to trust your feelings but test them too. Maintain calm as you create the new.
Astrological Lovers Playlist for February:
- “Show Me How” – Men I Trust
- “Break for Lovers (Feat.Helena)” – Men I Trust, Helena
- “Dead to Me” – Kali Uchis
- “Lay Me Down” – Carla dal Forno
- “The Feeling When You Walk Away” –Yves Tumor
- “Farewell American Primitive” – Ariel Pink
- “Soon–to–be Innocent Fun/Let’s See” – Arthur Russell
- “Sex Music” – Beak>
- “Beautiful People” – Mark Pritchard, Thom Yorke
- “Everyone Alive Wants Answers” – Colleen
- “I Am Curious, I Care” – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
- “In Gardens’ Muteness” – Julia Holter
- “Good Intentions Paving Company – Joanna Newsom
- “The Great Undressing” – Jenny Hval
- “Intern” – Angel Olsen
- “Freedom” – Amen Dunes
- “Brighter!” – Cass McCombs
- “Sun’s Out” – Hoops
- “So Many Details” – Toro y Moi
- “Eyes So Bright” – Cate le Bon
- “Times Is Weird” – John Maus