- The Moon is in Gemini.
- The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
- We are in between the First Quarter Moon that occurred on the 12th and the Full Moon that will occur on the 19th.
- Current retrogrades: No major ones.
- Mars enters Taurus today (Mars transits Taurus from February 14-March 31st).
**Times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
Mars leaves your sign today, dear Aries, and enters your solar second house where it will transit until the last day of March. Certainly, Mars in your sign since the beginning of the year has helped motivate you, and now this new cycle takes some of the pressure off, perhaps just in time. Focus turns away from your personality and sense of independence to matters of security, including business and financial concerns. You’ll be especially excited about and motivated to take care of your valuables and finances, but it’s also an active period for building confidence in your own worth or value. You get the chance to tackle self-esteem issues with self-honesty. If you feel that you’ve been undervaluing yourself or your talents, then this is the time to make things right. Difficulties can arise during this period if you get the feeling that others are not respecting you or your things, or if you are too impulsive with spending. Today, though, if you feel that you’re in a bit of a slump, it’s likely because your ruler, Mars, is in hard aspect to Neptune, and it’s a message from the cosmos to cool things off just a little, to take a step back, and to rest and get in touch with your intuition before going forward. Take a break, if possible!
Mars enters your sign today, dear Taurus, and will fire you up until March 31st. You’re on the verge of a once-in-a-lifetime Uranus transit to your sign that will challenge your independence and encourage a more authentic presentation for the coming seven years. This Mars transit is certainly not as rare as it happens approximately every two years, but it serves to motivate you and enliven your life, increasing your assertiveness and go-getting qualities. It brings out the fire in your personality, your desire to innovate, and your dynamism, and it’s probably the perfect time for you to explore your desires as you prepare for the exciting Uranus transit. It’s a period of innovation, new beginnings, and increased courage. It doesn’t take much to get you all worked up, which can support you or set you back, depending on the situation! Use this period for tapping into your natural bravery and shaping your life in ways you want it to be, but avoid rash decisions and behavior. Today, watch for pushing ahead too soon. A brief lull or slump is possible, but ultimately motivating.
Mars begins its transit of your soul sector today, dear Gemini, and will visit there until the last day of March. This cycle points to a need for rest and recuperation — a time-out for sorting things out. Of course, life goes on as usual, but you may need to carve out extra space and time for a retreat of sorts now. You may be reevaluating current plans or incubating new ones rather than going full-speed ahead with new ventures. There can be a lot to do behind the scenes, out of the public eye, or on your own. This is not a time when you feel especially confident about asserting your desires, and you may have a hard time knowing what you want or finding a way to go after what you want. Take this time to reassess your desires and plans for best results now. It’s a good time for doing so, even if it’s not the most glamorous Mars transit. You might decide to “go hard” with your healing activities or use this time to finish up a major project. Past actions may catch up with you, and it’s time to handle them. Today, you might experience some decreased energy and possibly a small disappointment that requires you to make adjustments rather than going forward assertively, but you are doing some critical “work” now, even if it’s about taking a break!
Mars enters your friendship sector today, dear Cancer, and will visit there for over six weeks–until March 31st–harmonizing with your sign and supporting your efforts in large part. You may be working with others towards a common goal, or you could be putting more energy into networking, activities with friends, causes, or group efforts. This is also a period when you enjoy taking charge and organizing events. Others may be more demanding of you, but it’s likely to be a pleasant sort of popularity you’re experiencing now! If there have been problems brewing with a friend or group, however, this transit can bring things out into the open. Mars is about facing issues and getting over them so that you can move forward. While it’s not a very subtle influence, it’s certainly a time for getting things done. This comes at a good time since Uranus will be heading into this sector of your chart in less than a month, stirring things up for many years to come. Today, attractions are strong, but also confusing, and you may feel the need to take it easy — perhaps a bit of a break from a hectic pace.
Mars begins its transit of your solar tenth house today, dear Leo, stimulating your ambition and a need to take action when it comes to fulfilling your responsibilities and pushing your professional interests forward until March 31st. You may find that matters related to your life path goals, career, or reputation are changing, and doing so in surprising and exciting ways. Or, this is about how you feel about your goals. You could find yourself in the position of leader or manager, or you may have a harder time dealing with authority as you prefer to work independently at your own pace. While it’s important to assert your needs, try not to overplay your hand or you may be inviting unnecessary conflict. With Mars in battle with your sign during this cycle, things aren’t handed to you. In fact, you need to work for them and overcome obstacles and challenges, but challenges can be exciting now. Today, Mars meets Neptune in a minor challenging aspect, and there can be a small letdown or a brief dip in energy to deal with, after which you can feel even more pumped up to get going.
Mars heads out of your intimacy sector today, dear Virgo, and is now moving in harmony with your sign until March 31st. This is an energy booster as it helps you feel more in sync with the world around you. Asserting your desires and pursuing your goals directly are natural now after a period of perhaps agonizing over your next step! In the weeks ahead, you may feel considerably less inhibited and more spirited, and you’re also more willing to pursue activities that require a little extra courage to start. Healthy competition can figure strongly now, and you can be gently challenging yourself to improve as you seek out new experiences that enhance your sense of well-being or engagement with the world around you. Even so, Mars and Neptune connect in a minor challenging aspect today, and there can be some emotional deflation before things rev up. Treat this as an opportunity to take a necessary and helpful pause.
Mars begins its transit of your intimacy and sharing sector today, dear Libra, and will continue this transit until the end of March. It can be a time of intensity within you or in a close relationship as Mars acts to stir things up. A lot is going on behind the scenes, and it can be challenging to go after your desires directly or straightforwardly for the time being. You tend to write your own rules during this transit, and you are more aware of your instincts and impulses, but you might often keep things to yourself. In the weeks ahead, an intimate relationship could pick up speed for some of you, and it can be a time for in-depth studies or intensive work on something absorbing. Your motivation to connect with someone or something more profoundly runs high at this time. Today, however, there can be some listlessness as Mars meets with Neptune, or perhaps a small letdown. If so, you can use this time to slow yourself down, take a break, and get some rest. After all, you can’t be pushing forward at all times.
Mars moves into opposition with your sign today, dear Scorpio, and this launches a cycle in which relationships can heat up. Other people in your life can be more assertive and possibly take the lead in your life, or they’re integral in encouraging and motivating you to identify and pursue your desires. A partner might challenge you in the weeks ahead, which can feel helpful or disruptive, and possibly a bit of both! Impatience in relationships can stir the pot now. There can be notably increased levels of energy or activity in a relationship as things move quickly, life is lively, or filled with conflict during this transit that runs until the end of March. Today, there can be a small dip in motivation or energy levels as Mars and Neptune form a minor challenging aspect, but it does give you the chance to see needs you may have overlooked during busy times.
Mars begins its transit of your solar sixth house today, dear Sagittarius, and until March 31st, you’re likely to pour a lot of energy into your work or the pursuit of better health. While all transits have their place and purpose, some of them are more comfortable than others. This one is not ideal for Mars since it doesn’t have a clear and easy path for action when positioned at odds with your own sign, and in a general sense, asserting yourself doesn’t come especially naturally now. Work and daily routines tend to speed up, though. You want to do things quickly, or you want to pack more things into a shorter period. There could be difficulties working with others if tension has been brewing, but you can do your part by actively channeling excess energy into projects that move your life forward. Today, you can experience a small dip in energy or motivation before things get better. If so, examine needs that you may have been ignoring.
The Moon continues its transit of your solar sixth house, dear Capricorn, and you’re practically minded. Mars moves into harmony with your sign for a stay of over six weeks, however, and this kicks off an animated time for your personal life. Mars here helps boost your appeal and magnetism. In fact, asserting your needs or purpose comes naturally to you now, helping you out, and the bonus is that it goes over well with others. Some of you can become quite fired up on romantic or sexual levels, and others may find a creative project especially exciting. Relationships can heat up quickly. The major problems with Mars are impatience and insensitivity, which should be controlled for best results. Increased energy is with you for pursuing activities involving children, creativity, entertainment, hobbies, sports, and leisure. Play and pleasure are in high focus now, but it’s mostly a balanced approach, which benefits you.
Mars heads into your solar fourth house for a stay of over six weeks, dear Aquarius, and this is a clashing relationship with your sign. It’s excellent for pushing a family or home-related matter forward, but it does require some adjustments to your general approach to pursuing your desires in other areas of life. Family relations that have been strained are likely to enliven now. If there have been tensions brewing, this is a time when confrontations are possible and problems are brought out into the open. Mars prefers a direct approach, and while this fiery planet moves through your home and family sector, some sparks can fly if that’s what it takes to resolve problems. While it’s not always straightforward to assert yourself in a general sense during this cycle that runs until the end of March, obstacles can also serve to motivate you. It’s especially important today to take things slowly as Mars forms a minor but challenging aspect and is changing signs.
Mars enters your solar third house, dear Pisces, and will energize this sector of your solar chart until the end of March. The cycle ahead of you is an encouraging and supportive one, even with fiery Mars involved, as Mars is now in a happy relationship with your sign. While you should watch for tense and impatient communications, actions, and transportation, with excess energy channeled well this can be an excellent time to express your ideas or to take up–or put effort into– learning and studies. You’re ahead of the pack with your ideas during this period, and it’s time for asserting yourself more directly or courageously, with few, if any, apologies! For some, this is a period for coming up with some significant and quite excellent business ideas. Do watch for impatience with both your words and actions. During today’s shift, it’s important to go slowly rather than force anything.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.