Sun in Aquarius

Hearing the beat of your own drum

It's not quite time to emerge from hibernation entirely, but the Sun's move into airy Aquarius from January 19 to February 18 does signal a much-needed mid-winter break from the coldest and most dreary season of the year.

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You can find out what's in store for your month ahead with a 30-day Astrology Forecast, but one thing's for sure -- life is about to get more social.

When the Sun moves into the mentally active and social sign of Aquarius, it's time to come back out and reconnect with the world. We've been buckling down to work the past month with the Sun in antisocial Capricorn, but now is the time for making new friends and sharing bright ideas.

Those born from about January 17-23 were born on the Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp, and those born from about February 15-21 were born on the Aquarius-Pisces Cusp. Being born on the cusp simply means that you were born during the transition time between two zodiac signs, so you retain some qualities from each sign.

Aquarius is more intellectual than emotional, so prepare to put sentiment aside for the next month. Focus instead on embracing your originality and independence, and participating in stimulating conversations with anyone who will listen.

High-minded Aquarius marches to the quirky pace of its own offbeat drummer, so the Sun in Aquarius period is perfect for pursuing your most outrageous dreams.

Embrace this brilliant and wonderfully eccentric Aquarian energy while it lasts!

Here's how to make the most of life during Sun in Aquarius:

What to do: Fight for the underdog! Humanitarian Aquarius is ruled by rebel planet Uranus, so when the Sun is in Aquarius we are encouraged to rebel against social injustices and help fight for the rights of those less fortunate. Use your great big heart, problem-solving ideas and effective communication skills to help someone now!

What to say: The question is what NOT to say. Aquarius loves to think and talk, and quite often you can't get them to shut up once they start. Enjoy all the stimulating conversations you'll have during this time, but be aware of talking to the point of exhausting your audience.

Where to go: Space! OK, well, if you can't hop a rocket to the cosmos while the Sun is in Aquarius, you can at least go somewhere else high-tech -- even if it's just that futuristic gadget store at the mall. Whatever you do, keep it quirky -- is there a Stars Wars convention in town?

What to wear: Aquarius is all about expressing their originality, so use this time to do the same. Put streaks in your hair or wear something wild -- it'll be just another conversation starter.

What to buy: Books and gadgets. Aquarians are knowledge seekers, inventors and intellectual explorers. If you've been wanting to study up on something complex --  like the space-time continuum or the meaning of life -- do it now by the light of the inquisitive Aquarian Sun.

What to watch out for: Being a smarty pants! Over time, intellectual Aquarians acquire a very large knowledge base, but it can also result in an unattractive know-it-all-attitude. We're all full of brilliant ideas while the Sun is in Aquarius, so be sure to listen to others' ideas, too!

What to look forward to: Making new friends and having a good time. Aquarians are very social and tend to belong on teams and in groups where they can enjoy spending time with friends. Take advantage of this Aquarian energy to enlarge your social circle now!

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