The big news this month is that on Feb 16, at 7:54 PM ET and 4:54 PM PT, Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces. It turns direct again on March 9 at 11:49 PM ET and 8:49 PM PT. Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, and the signs Gemini and Virgo. My advice for these retro periods is simple:
Don’t start anything new and don’t make submissions. Instead, revise, review, reconsider.
Don’t buy electronics, cars, or anything else with moving parts.
Don’t sign contracts.
Don’t make travel plans.
If you do travel during a Mercury retro, be flexible. Your plans may change unexpectedly. And you may return to the place you’re visiting.
Old friends could surface.
Also on the 16th, Mars enters earth-sign Capricorn, joining Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter in that sign. Now let’s look at the other important dates this month sign by sign.
Aries: Overall, it should be a productive month for you. The full moon at 20 degrees Leo on February 9 forms a beautiful angle to your sun and falls in your 5th house of creativity, kids, romance. You may be finishing up a creativity project or nailing down plans for travel or for something else you enjoy. With Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn all in Capricorn and your 10th house of profession/careers, you’re committed and moving full steam ahead until Feb 16, when Mercury turns retro and slow everything down. With Mars in Sadge transiting your 9th house of foreign travel, you’re eager to grab your back pack and debit card and take off for parts unknown.
The new moon at 4 Pisces on February 23 in your 12th house should usher in new opportunities to work behind the scenes in some capacity. Even though retrograde Mercury is conjunct the new moon, so there can be miscommunication, Uranus is friendly to this new moon and may bring positive, unexpected news.
Taurus: The full moon at 20 Leo on February 9 falls in your 4th house of home, family. You may be completing a home refurbishing project or something else related to your personal environment. With expansive Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn all in fellow earth sign Capricorn and your 9th house, you’re focused on reaching a goal in publishing or academia or are really intent on pulling together the details of a trip overseas. When Mercury turns retro on the 16th, in your 11th house, be sure to check and recheck appointments.
The new moon at 4 Pisces on February 23 ushers in new relationships and networks of friends. In spite of Mercury’s retrograde, this new moon is friendly to Uranus so there may be exciting and unexpected news that brings you closer to achieving a dream. Thing is, you may have to wait until Mercury turns direct on March 9 for stuff to start happening.
Gemini: Yes, life can be frustrating when Mercury, which rules your sign, is retrograde. But you’ve got at least two sweet spots this month. The full moon in Leo on February 9 is in your 3rd house of communication, and happens before Mercury’s shenanigans. You may be completing a project and any news you hear about it should be positive. New opportunities come through friends and colleagues.
The new moon in Pisces on February 23 occurs in your career area. Even though Mercury is retrograde now, Uranus forms a beautiful angle to this new moon and that means exciting and unexpected developments and opportunities concerning a profession project you’re involved in. With Mars, Jupiter, Saturn in Pluto all in Capricorn and the 8th house, your focus is on practicality concerning your joint resources with a personal partner, child, parent, or business partner.
Cancer: The full moon in Leo on February 9 happens in your financial area. There’s likely to be news about money related to something you’re completing. If possible, invoice your client well before Mercury turns retro on the 16th, so you’ll be paid in a timely manner. You’ll feel motivated and energized on or around this full moon and your patience may run thin. But don’t act recklessly or impulsively.
The new moon in fellow water sign Pisces on February 23 forms a beautiful angle to your sun and deepens your intuition and compassion. It occurs in your 9th house which governs, among other things, publishing, higher learning, foreign travels and cultures, and your worldview. You may have an opportunity to travel overseas or a publisher makes an offer on a manuscript you’ve written. But since Mercury retro is conjunct this new moon, wait until after March 9 to finalize the trip or sign contracts. Uranus forms a beneficial angle to this new moon and that means surprises and unpredictable events.
Leo: You’ll love the full moon in your sign on February 9 in your first house. With Mars in fellow fire sign Sagittarius, you’ll be motivated to complete a project and may hear news about it that excites you. You have a firm grasp on the bigger picture and the challenge is to hold onto that once Mercury turns retro in Pisces on the 16th and it feels like things are slowing down.
The new moon in Pisces on February 23 should usher in unexpected new financial opportunities that take you by surprise. Thanks Uranus for that. It forms a favorable angle to this new moon and to all the planets now in stabilizing Capricorn – Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, Mars. Just don’t sign any contracts or make firm commitments until after March 9, when Mercury is behaving again.
Virgo: The full moon on February 9 happens in your 12th house – the personal unconscious, stuff that happens behind the scenes. You may have an aha! moment when you discover why you have been blocked in some way and thanks to a favorable angle from Mars to this full moon, you’ll be eager to explore it. You may have to make some adjustments in your strategy. But by the time Mercury turns retro on the 16th, in your 7th house of partnerships, you’ll be ready to review, rethink, reconsider.
The new moon in water sign Pisces on February 23, in your 7th house, brings in new possibilities in both personal and business partnerships. There will be some unexpected and positive developments that surprise you, and all the planets in Capricorn right now help to make things happen. But you may not see the concrete reality until after March 9, when Mercury, which rules your sign, is acting normally again.
Libra: The full moon in fire sign Leo on February 23 brings new about your friends or your network of acquaintances and colleagues. You’re completing a project of some kind – or should be – and Mars in fellow fire sign Sagittarius is pushing you hard, accelerating your motivation. Whatever it is you’re working on, definitely finish up before the 16th, when Mercury turns retro in Pisces, in your daily work area. Once you do this, you can reap the benefits of the new moon two weeks from now.
The new moon in water sign Pisces on February 23 should bring in new opportunities in your daily work life. It could be a raise, a promotion, or perhaps a new job altogether. However, since Mercury is still retrograde and very close to this new moon, things may get slowed down. It gives you a little longer to prepare! With four planets in Capricorn on the 3rd, the opportunities expand your horizons in some way and offers you receive are serious and long-term.
Scorpio: The full moon in Leo on the February 23 occurs in your professional area. You’re highly motivated to complete whatever you’re working on so that you can move on to your next goal. With Mars in fellow fire sign Sagittarius, in your financial area, you’re earning more but may be spending more too. If you’re running on adrenaline, be sure you get enough sleep.
The new moon in water sign Pisces on February 23 forms a beautiful angle to your sun sign, so this one will be especially positive for you. It occurs in your 5th house of creativity, kids, romance, and pleasure, so this is where the new opportunities will start rolling in. It may not happen immediately because of Mercury’s retrograde, but you’re fine with being patient when the promise of what’s to come looks so good.
Sagittarius: Party time! The full moon in fellow fire sign Leo on February 9 is made to order for you. It occurs in your 9th house, so you may be completing plans for a foreign trip, finishing a manuscript, screenplay, or a presentation. Just be sure you complete whatever it is before the 16th, when Mercury turns retro in Pisces. Since it will occur in your 4th house (home, personal environment) it’s possible you’ll be doing some repair around the house. Mars is in your sign and that ramps up your motivation and your physical energy.
The new moon in Pisces on February 23 attracts new opportunities connected to your home and personal environment, your family. Someone could move in – or out- someone gets married or has a baby. You may have a chance to work at home and engage in deeply creative thinking.
Capricorn: Since the beginning of the year, a lot of planets have been in your sign. At one point in January, half the zodiac was in Capricorn, so you’ve been super productive, motivated, and strategic. With the full moon in Leo on February 9, in your 8th house, you may sell some stock, refinance your home, or complete some other project. News of some sort is in the air.
The new moon in Pisces on February 23 is much more to your liking. As an earth sign, you’re comfortable with water sign energy. This one takes place in your third house of communication so that’s where the new opportunities are most likely to show up. This house also is about siblings, short trips, how you learn. You may be taking a workshop or course in a topic that interests you. These opportunities will be exciting and unexpected, but may be delayed until after March 9. Thank Mercury retro for that.
Aquarius: The full moon in fire sign Leo on February 9 happens in your seventh house of business and personal partnerships. This may bring out some issues with a partner that should be discussed openly and calmly. Thing is, Leo is about drama, so perhaps it’s best to avoid any confrontation or possible conflict. Mars in Sagittarius in your eleventh house indicates you’re working your contacts. Tie up whatever you’ve been working on before Mercury turns retro on the 16th.
The new moon in Pisces on February 23 happens in your second house of finances. Lucky you! This will be excellent for earning more income through an opportunity that comes out of the blue. But it may not happen immediately because of the Mercury retro. With so many planets no in Capricorn, in your twelfth house, you’ve got a lot going on deep inside you.
Pisces: As a water sign, you’re loving all the planets in Capricorn and your eleventh house. Friends, friends, networking, your life stabilizing. This full moon in Leo on February 9 happens in your sixth house of daily work and how you maintain your health. The possibility of drama is great, particularly with colleagues and employers. Best to walk away from any conflict. News you hear on or around this new moon should be positive.
Ah, finally. The new moon in your sign on February 23 should attract new opportunities that are enormously satisfying for you. And because of the angle Uranus makes to this new moon, these opportunities will surprise and excite you. But because Mercury is retro in your sign, things may not start moving until after March 9, when Merc turns direct.