Your Valentine’s Day 2020 Astrology Forecast for All Signs plus Mercury Retrograde

Welcome to the Forecast!

All times are MST.

In general, the trend this week (now through Monday February 17)  for all signs is an uptick in being a bit too busy and thus easily distracted from your personal goals. This week ahead appears to offer a lot of energy to focus on the big picture–or big distractions–at the expense of details. Maybe let yourself watch some long, inflated movie or leaf through some travel literature to burn off some of this need to expand your horizons…even if most of the day you do not see much past your cubicle.  This week, whether in business or pleasure, do not avoid, forget or discount the details you need to attend to in order to keep your big dreams afloat. Give yourself more time to get things done; other people will be more confused and distracted especially Sunday and Monday. Mercury goes retrograde in wishy-washy Pisces Monday afternoon February 17th. Action oriented Mars changes signs from philosophical Sagittarius to business-minded Capricron one day earlier and adds to the sudden tempo change.

Valentine’s Day could be an emotional mine-field this year: the quick moving moody Moon is in grudge-holding Scorpio so it’s not a very light-heated mood for you lovers. Additional factors make getting booty-hurt and feeling wounded a little too easy, so you may have to armor-up and be able to take a few swings if you want to achieve your romantic goals: being a good sport is key, as Mars is winding up his tour of athletic Sagittarius this weekend. At 29 degrees, Mars is stronger than usual on Valentine’s Day. Things can come to an end when planets are at 29 degrees– it blows to get dumped on Valentine’s Day, and with Mars here this year odds are slightly higher than average. Consider factoring in some action or something dynamic that lets you horse around to burn off some of this assertive energy–Mars makes a nice angle to the Sun in  detached Aquarius. Maybe keep it a bit fun and easy going to get the most out of this Valentine’s Day. Games, arch-chair travel, travel movies, sports, debates and even bookish activities are winners this Valentine’s Day. With so many planets in practical, why-spend-more Capricorn just getting your foot out the door and giving yourself permission to have fun will be an accomplishment. And give yourself plenty of time! Mercury is at a standstill in the sky this Valentine’s Day–in amorphous, not reality based Pisces. Expect delays or miscommunications  in travel and restaurant reservations.

Daily Astrology Forecast through February 9, 2020

Welcome to the forecast! All times are MST.

There was a great opinion piece in The Guardian last week about contemporary astrology–check this out. 

And, before I get into the forecast for the week ahead–a quick look at last week, because the New Moon in Aquarius last Friday 1/24–which was in effect through Sunday afternoon 1/26–was a loaded with volatile, unpredictable and shocking planetary aspect patterns that laid the table for significant–but impossible to conceive or predict–events.

Friday January 24–in China, the unprecedented travel ban in Wuhan and Hubei Province begins–50 million people are prevented from travel to reduce spread of the new Coronovirus (timeline here).

Also on this date, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake devastates Eastern Turkey.

Sunday January 26–First reports about former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book appear in the New York Times in which he writes that the President told him he would not lift the freeze on security aid to Ukraine until that country investigated his rivals, the Bidens. This bombshell drops in the middle the US Senate Impeachment Trial of the President.

Sunday January 26–tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and 7 others: their deaths shock a nation. I have never heard the word “shock” used so much on ESPN or sports radio as I have in the past week. At the time of the the tragedy the Moon in Aquarius is at 27 degrees–which is the exact same as the USA Moon. This is a national tragedy–the outpouring of grief is stunning across the nation.

I believe that, from what I am seeing, the new Coronavirus is going to intensify and be very disruptive. Why? More next week.

ARIES–You are likely working more than you want, and feeling restricted, and possibly even feeling a bit depressed–uncharacteristic for the sign that is famous for unflappable confidence. You need to wait till March 22 for the weight to be lifted. This Friday the 7th Venus, planet of love, goes into Aries–you may want to start something in romance or business, but you will have to avoid impulse and plan and strategize your way.

TAURUS–3 planets in Capricorn are grounding already grounded Taurus, and in the sign of banks and possessions, this week is good for business and maintaining your personal status quo, if that’s what floats your boat. It’s an excellent week for you to dig into your dreams and spiritual practices with easy access to 3 dreamy Pisces planets making nice angles to all 30 degrees of Taurus, so wherever your Sun falls, maybe look to values larger than your bank account.

GEMINI and VIRGO–you are lumped together because you are both ruled by the quick moving and quick-witted Mercury, and your ruler moves into the sign of PISCES Monday February 3rd. Save for the moon, no other planet moves as fast as Mercury–which is why Gemini and Virgo are restless, always thinking, busy and in motion. Expect to feel more impractical, spacey, intuitive, dreamy, inspired or deluded depending on whether you are taking the high road or the low one. Through Thursday, Mercury makes a nice angle to Uranus–the other intellectual planet of the Zodiac. There are opportunities for you to have powerful dreams, creative thoughts, sudden unexpected short trips and surprises related to handicrafts. Mercury rules the hands and wrists and all crafts made by human hands.

CANCER–Like your Aries cousins, you really need to wait till March 22 to start feeling like you can safely emerge from you hobbit-hole; it feels harsh out there, but what seems rough is just designed to help you structure your watery depths so your intuitive and creativity and domestic life can continue to provide the security you crave. Right now your Sun is getting a lot of emo energy from watery Pisces; the element of water is not structured–work on accepting and incorporating whatever structures are being imposed on you now. There are 3 planets in Capricorn opposing you now–with Mars due to join them March 18th, the feeling of being under the gun will only increase.

LEO–Are you an early Leo, with a July birthday around the 22nd–26th? The first part of the week may offer a crisitunity of some sort, and a fated one at that–whatever comes your way, you’ll need to use your intuition and intellect to work it out. Creativity is your key. Do you have a Leo birthday from August 12–21? There is a Full Moon in Leo on February 9th–in effect the 7th–9th–and there are quite a few adjustments you will need to make, Leo, on these days to really shine–accept that emotional expression is safe and OK, and that only by trusting feelings and accepting responsibility for your behavior will you truly shine. This week you can be a petty housecat or a leader of the pride–up to you.

LIBRA–Like your opposite sign, Aries, you are not feeling light and fluffy–the Libra default setting. Responsibilities have to be met, work has to be done–both professionally and in your relationships. Libra does not like to commit–consider making a commitment to yourself, to improve your current state of affairs by accepting the reality of whatever situation or relationship is dogging you. Give yourself a firm foundation for your light-hearted exploits. On the February 7th Venus moves into Aries, opposite your Sun; this can bring love or something you value into your life. A firm footing will improve your odds!

SCORPIO–Detachment, Scorpio, that is the theme for you this week; it’s the opposite of what you do so well: constantly dig deeper and deeper at your latest obsession, and, nursing grudges. Detachment is helpful for you; allowing a bit of space helps see the big picture–not everything needs a full blown investigation, and, some things can truly be accepted at face value. Scorpio does not trust easily. Maybe start practicing now. Starting late next month, the push to detach from your strong hidden emotions will only increase making it that much harder to practice trust.

SAGITTARIUS–You are feeling very energized, Sagittarius–don’t overdo it this week, it’s easy to over-eat, over-drink, travel to excess and stand on your soap-box. Mars is traveling through this sign, giving every Saggitarian Sun a boost of assertiveness–the last thing you all really need, as the fire signs are the most resilient of the Zodiac and could use a bit of hubris now and then. Sadge loves to make meaning out of things–this is a great week to explore dreams, myths, stories and spiritual practices that can help you make meaning of your world.  Sadge also has a temper: with Mars here, you could fly off the handle or horse around to excess. Finding a project or adventure to work on will help you process this action-energy of Mars.

CAPRICORN–Starting mid-month, Mars will enter your sign and give all of you a big boost to work harder, climb higher and build your personal authority. To prepare, take stock of where you are now–no doubt, you have been working very hard. Think back to December 2017 and how since that time, there is more structure in your life, either imposed on you or because of your own hard work–and it’s been intense. This period in your life is coming to a close in late March. Figure out now what projects you want to advance, and which ones can wait, so when you get this surge of energy to move things ahead mid-February, you are well positioned to move forward.

AQUARIUS–The Sun is currently transiting this unique zodiac sign, giving everyone born under this eccentric star a little extra sparkle now through February 18th.  ; the Sun makes few aspect,Please read GEMINI and VIRGO about a special aspect for you this week–it involves your ruler, Uranus. Look for creative opportunities with neighbors, siblings–Aquarius people are experiencing big changes in their personal values. Uranus makes this nice aspect with Mercury 2 more times this month–super intuitive out-of-this-world insights are yours for the taking this month.

PISCES–Things have been a bit too dreamy for Pisces people lately–3 planets are transiting that time now, all of them prone to being completely impractical and/or inspired when in this sign: Neptune, Mercury and Venus. The first you can’t do much about–slow moving Neptune is there 5 more years. Mercury is here through April 3. But romantic Venus is in Pisces now, and in this sign it really puts a spell on you; this February at 2:03pm Venus moves into Aries, lightening up the Pisces fog a bit and helping you all see a bit better.




Astrology Forecast for New Moon in Aquarius and January 2020

Happy Aquarius Season! Today January 20th the Sun went into the sign of Aquarius, where it travels now through February 20. Aquarians are at best offbeat, intellectual, helpful, friendly, emotionally detached humanitarians who have an eccentric orbit of friends and social causes and often love humanity more than one specific human. The Sun traveling through this sign will bring up more interest in social and environmental justice and all humanitarian causes; Aquarius–and Uranus, ruler of this rebel sign–can take radical tendencies to a radical extreme.  Aquarius is emotionally detached. If you are in a relationship with an Aquarian, you know it is like relating to Spock sometimes: you have to explain the lived emotional reality of humans to them over and over again.

The Week Ahead–all times are Mountain Standard Time:

Business: This is a good week for business opportunities to be available or to have open up in unexpected ways–perhaps through a social interaction or simply an investment tip. This is a good time for creating, negotiating and initiating contracts and  transactions–adjusting financial portfolios, buying art. Today the Sun moved into Aquarius, ushering in the spirit of sudden change–a universal life principal that the sign of Aquarius rules. There is something new in the air: ideals, the future. At the same time, what-we-value Venus in idealistic Pisces is forming an easy angle to expansive Jupiter in practical Capricorn. Maybe you will find an opportunity to move your petroleum based stock portfolio to a 100% green energy collection of stocks.

Things are smooth sailing now through mid-February, when Mercury next goes retrograde in mid-March. By May, 4 planets will be retrograde–less forward momentum. Look for opportunities to grow what you value–your relationships, your values, your money.

Relationships: If you are having some relationship problems and need to hash something out, I’d say do it sooner rather than later…..sooner being the next few days. Increasing confusion and friction in one-on-one relationships is more likely as the week progresses–loving (Venus) is forming a challenging angle to desiring Mars Sunday night. Venus is in touchy-feely Pisces and gets hurt feelings when Mars in emotionally absent Sagittarius wants to horse around no strings–or romance–attached. Now, if your dream romantic weekend includes camping, rodeos, backpacking, exploring…then you’ll have no problems, your temperament will likely weather this annual challenge because you groove to the Sadge spirit of adventure–and blockheadedness. But if you are the romantic comedy type….a good way to deal with this confusion is dance and and fluid movement like swimming or visual arts like film or movie making. Organize pictures; ride your bike to a photo exhibit; walk to a film. Mars is Sadge is movement; Pisces is the image: combined, both are the moving image, movies, and propaganda.  Mars likes physical energy and Pisces likes to flow–and both want to make religious or spiritual meaning. If you and your partner are at an impasse, go dancing; try and make the week ahead, and the weekend,  light-and-fluffy in the relationship department and turf off any serious talks until after 1/29. This Venus/Mars square is exaggerated this time around due to interference by gas-lighting Neptune. Things aren’t quite what they seem, just like the movies. Give it a few days and you’ll see more clearly on 1/30 when Mars and Venus have moved away from Neptune and each other.

The Moon is New in Aquarius on Friday afternoon; and, it squares–forms a challenge–to Uranus in Taurus. Uranus has been in and out of Taurus since May of 2017–this is the first time it is contacting the Sun in Aquarius, and I’ll be curious to see what much needed shake-ups and disruptions we experience.  Most of the planets during this New Moon are in Zodiac signs that are concerned with the collective experiences (Aquarius) and social structures (Capricorn) of human condition–so much of what is playing out in our collective spheres–social media, politics–is related to what is playing out in our own private sphere. This New Moon, the Sun (free will) and the Moon (security) in rebellious Aquarius challenge individualistic Uranus in status-quo Taurus. Clashes between rebels and those wanting to preserve the system are very possible Thursday through the weekend. Expect some big surprise. I know, in astrology you are looking for something more specific–but Uranus and Aquarius are chaotic and unpredictable energies, and when repressed, they express their needs for freedom at any cost and in ways that are impossible to predict.  This New Moon is volatile–so I’m predicting surprising events, something very unanticipated in the impeachment trial and something shocking about the climate crisis. We have a few volcanoes in Alaska and the Philippines spewing steam and lava, maybe a volcano will blow.

What are good intentions for this New Moon? Intentions about setting goals and allowing yourself to have positive dreams for your future and the future of all humankind. Make intentions about friendship, being a good friend, finding new friends. Intentions about creativity, uniqueness–finding unique, creative solutions to entrenched problems. Being your own best friend! That is a challenge for most. Aquarius is the sign of the friend. We would all be better off with more friends and less screen time.  Look for ways to accept your own needs for self-expression and ways to express your unique nature; find ways to fight for social justice, if that is your thing, or volunteer for a political cause. Or join a non-partisan civic group. Or join a group–Aquarius rules groups. A knitting group? A book group? The New Moon in Aquarius is time for new beginnings in the human feeling–use these ideas for your own new start.

Full Moon in Cancer 2020: Your Personal Daily Forecast

OVERVIEW: January 10–13 are pivotal days for us all, and planet Earth: the energy is extremely intense and unpredictable. Have courage and be kind to others; the astrology now is very hard to tolerate–the temptation to burn it all down and blow it all up is great. Events that occur during this time have enormous significance–these are the most powerful days of the year.

After the 10th, all planets are in direct motion–no retrogrades until mid-February. When all planets move forward, things advance more quickly.

Friday 1/10–The full moon today at 12:11 PST is in the sign it rules–Cancer: home, hearth, family, emotions, security and safety are the domains of this sign. Today is also an eclipse, so the moon does not shine down on us–instead we feel it’s shadow. It is not a very friendly moon, this one, inviting you over for a nice cozy meal with loved ones; no, this moon is nothing like that at all, this moon has her door barricaded against the opposing (that is, directly opposite) masculine, stern Capricorn planets that at worst are power-hungry, control-seeking, authoritarian-loving….and have no interest in your own personal comfort. Does this sound like your own internal landscape–are you under the thumb of your own ruthless self-control? Or is it a romantic partner, a boss, a job, a parent that is keeping you down?

Here is a map of the skies for this full moon–notice all the cluster of Capricorn planets opposite the moon:

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer 2020

This lunar eclipse is calling for us all to reject inner–and outer–controlling forces that deny the legitimacy of our loving affirmations and aspirations.

To make this full moon more intense, iconoclastic Uranus turns from retrograde to direct motion today. This transit brings shocks, surprises and upsets in the week before and after it changes direction—it moves slowly, so the influence builds up and then lingers a while. Clearly, the past 7 days have been nothing but upsets in the world order–unlwaful assassinations, civilian passenger planes shot out of the sky, escalating storms of wild fires….and a major earthquake.

This is the energy of breakthroughs–there are spiritual breakthroughs, personal ones…and there are military ones: on all levels, there is an enormous force pushing us to break free of old programming—-this, to make progress on our personal life journeys. Self-empowerment demands that we take the Capricorn journey of one step at a time up that mountain.

Saturday 1/11:

The morning has a surprise to it–big-hearted moon in Leo squares–challenges–iconoclastic Uranus. You can feel good by thinking outside the box.

Today there is easy access to the passionate element of fire: for people with a lot of fire in their charts (that’s you Leo, Aries and Sadge), it’s been a big wet blanket since the Winter Solstice 3 weeks ago. Capricorn’s cold hard reality makes the Fire-type unusually depressed–the usual fire-sign fantasies about the triumph of self-expression, personal adventure and perseverance against all odds are extinguished by the stern authority of Capricorn.

It’s not much, but today the element of Fire offers some optimism with these planets: Mars in grandstanding Sagittarius, the Moon in self-esteem loving Leo and the wounded healer Chiron in warrior Aries. Taking action on healing; taking action on personal philosophies or beliefs; coming up with new philosophies that support your healing and physical expression; having courage to change. Sadge loves movement–walking, running, hiking or dancing are all good options.

Sunday 1/12:

Any big dreams you had yesterday about being personally effective may feel thwarted this morning–do not take it personally. The moon is still in self-loving Leo, and for most of the morning it forms an irritating angle to dreamy Neptune: adjustments are called for, and when you make them you still hold on to your dreams….and your sanity.

But today’s big news is the EXACT conjunction–merger–of controlling Saturn and secretive Pluto in Capricorn. Lessons about personal power and the consequences of giving it away, hiding it, manipulating it and not being honest about it are themes with this pairing. Much has been written about this–the last time these 2 met in Capricorn was 1518.

Monday 1/13–Wednesday 1/15

Monday is like Sunday, just worse because most of us have to go to work today.

However, for you romantic types who can tolerate a wild hair…..the planet of love, Venus, moves into dreamy romantic Pisces today and immediately forms an easy angle to eccentric, unconventional Uranus. If you are looking for love you may meet someone offbeat, from a different country, religion, tribe or social class; this trend continues through the 15th. But maybe stay in to swipe left or right–Tuesday evening looks to be a bit critical and cranky due to a Mars/Moon square, but Wednesday is a nice night to go out.

Thursday 1/16:

Communicating Mercury moves into cerebral, detached Aquarius this afternoon. There is space to think; new ideas can more easily come to your consciousness–the thinking planet is brainy, chatty and eccentric in this sign. However, Mercury does immediately form a challenge to Uranus, planet of the unexpected: mercury rules travel, and with surprises possible, mind your commute home today and Friday as well.  You may find yourself surprised at what you are thinking and learning about! New ideas–let them in!