A powerful potential for joy permeates hearts and minds this week, and not just because Sunday is Valentine's Day. Several planetary patterns speak to lighter moods and jovial, kinder attitudes. So despite what seems to be a never-ending barrage of economic, environmental, and political difficulties, it's actually possible to feel good. Anticipate a sincere desire to share the love — and not just romantic love. The week's good vibrations include all sorts of affections from sweethearts to sisters and brothers to mothers and fathers to co-workers, pets, neighbors, and even Facebook friends, known or unknown.
Venus, goddess of love and beauty, is at the heart of this benevolent current. Last week, a Venus/Neptune conjunction gave birth to altruistic leanings, as it simultaneously increased a susceptibility to love and romance. This week, Venus moves out of her perfect union with Neptune, into what some might call a more perfect union with Jupiter. Venus enters Pisces on February 11, and as she does, she steps right into the willing and open arms of Jupiter, forming a conjunction that lasts until February 22. Venus loves love, and for the next two weeks, so do we. In Rome, the goddess of love was known as Venus. But in her prior incarnation in Greece, she was known as Aphrodite, the daughter of Uranus, who was born of the sea. Perhaps this is why Venus is so powerful in Pisces, a Water Sign, known for its deep wells of emotional sensitivity.
Jupiter represents expansion, and when it combines with any planet it amplifies and intensifies the qualities of that planet. When it joins with Venus, that intensification tends to manifest as warm-hearted, generous intentions toward others. Good manners and good form are also a component of a Venus/Jupiter conjunction. So don't be surprised if even the grumpiest among us seem polite and courteous. Also anticipate deep emotional surges. Venus is exalted in Pisces, an astrological standing that enhances her power to support intimacy. And while every moment may not be heart-stopping or life-changing (or culminate in marriage), don't let that stop you from freely expressing your feelings. Lasting connections aren't only about peak experiences.
Pisces represents the deep, unfathomable waters of the psyche. As Venus and Jupiter stir these waters during the next two weeks, some of what wells up is certain to feel like messages from the unconscious, personal and collective. Whether it is through dreams, meditation, or other forms of direct contact, try to pay attention to your intuition. Keep pen and paper handy so you can jot down dreams or sketch ideas.
This week and next, allow Venus and Jupiter to inspire creativity and insight. Immerse yourself in joyous activities, even if those activities don't look like fun to others. Honor your spirit by being true to yourself, and let your example inspire others.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that, too.
ARIES It's up to you to maintain an optimistic attitude. But if you do, you will be thrilled by how quickly your environment starts to shift. Be bold, productive, and ready to make any necessary adjustments to keep the energy flowing in a positive direction.
TAURUS Graceful interactions with friends and associates not only bolster your spirit, but also inspire a desire to participate in community projects. Think about where your gifts might be best spent and then actualize your inspiration.
GEMINI While I'm not suggesting you will win an Academy Award, well deserved recognition of your professional contributions would not be completely out of the blue. Whatever transpires, you will be pleased with the results.
CANCER Take a deep breath and feel your faith in yourself restored, but before you rush into the next drama, take a minute and allow yourself to adjust to this new phase. Don't worry, all the intensity will be waiting for you when you return.
LEO Dare I say it? I do. You're entering into a profitable financial period that has the potential to deliver tangible gains — but only if you keep your expectations realistic and are willing to do whatever it takes (within legal limits) to realize your goals.
VIRGO A quickening effect can be felt in all your relationships, including your relationship with yourself. Allow this new pace to settle in and you will feel yourself shift into a more expansive perspective that will improve all of your interactions.
LIBRA Be prepared for an increased workload, but also expect to be rewarded for your efforts. This isn't necessarily about a Wall Street bonus, but it is about being appreciated for your dedication.
SCORPIO Follow your creative urges and let nothing deter you from your goals. Seriously: This is a powerful, creative time, and it's important to make a commitment to expressing yourself without hesitation.
SAGITTARIUS Your living situation, external or internal, is improving, and whether this shift is driven by luck or by your own effort is not important. Give yourself permission to feel happy about where and who you are.
CAPRICORN Don't hold back as you hold forth. Your wit and wisdom are greatly appreciated. What's more, as you share ideas and insights, you will inspire others to live with confidence and courage.
AQUARIUS You are on the threshold of a new financial phase that promises to be beneficial and abundant. But don't make commitments based on unrealistic optimism. Stay levelheaded and you'll make the right decisions.
PISCES Rather than spend one bit of energy resisting this vibrant time, share it with friends and family. And don't worry about being excessive; you already are, so why not just enjoy it?