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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Aries Horoscope: February 2013

Finding Faith

February is ideal for embarking on a spiritual quest, and you don't even need to leave home. The journey starts when Mars slips into magical Pisces and your 12th House of Soul Consciousness on February 1. Your potent ruling planet grows soft and tender in this dreamy part of your chart, which makes charging ahead with projects a bit more unappealing than usual. Investing time in metaphysical studies, prayer and meditation allows you to take much-needed breaks from the demands of daily life and put your worldly ambitions in perspective.

As cerebral Mercury shifts into your 12th House on February 5, you favor imagination over logic and intuition over reason. Mercury's conjunction with diaphanous Neptune on February 6 diffuses your concentration and leads to confusing conversations, but it's bound to enhance your creativity.

Enjoy a fresh start with friends and colleagues on February 10, with the Aquarius New Moon in your 11th House of Groups. If you've made commitments that no longer suit your needs, this lunation might motivate you to back out of them. The Sun's shift into gentle Pisces and your 12th House of Privacy on February 18 takes you out of the spotlight or reduces your drive, yet it's a wonderful opportunity to recognize how much pleasure you receive from helping those less fortunate than you.

A wave of compassion and forgiveness sweeps over you on February 21, thanks to a solar conjunction with spiritual Neptune, dissolving any feelings of guilt and seeding future dreams. Mercury's retrograde turn on February 23 slows communication and muddles messages. But the industrious Virgo Full Moon in your 6th House of Work on February 25 may reveal an unusual way to be more efficient on the job.

Keep in Mind this Month

The work that's most meaningful to you may be invisible to others, but it still can nourish your soul and restore your spirit in powerful ways.

Key Dates for Aries

SUPER NOVA DAYS

February 8-10: Watch Your Words

A hyperactive Mercury-Mars conjunction on February 8 energizes your thoughts and conversations. Indeed, you may be reacting too quickly to consider the impact of your words and manner of expression. Some of what you say can be brilliant and insightful while other statements could provoke anger or lead to embarrassment. The day's edginess may leave you feeling off balance and uncertain about when to push your message and when to keep your opinions to yourself. Taking a moment to organize your thoughts increases your chances of sharing something useful. You tend to shoot from the hip when Mercury and Mars square exaggerating Jupiter on February 9-10; watch out in case you misinterpret someone, overstate your case or explode over petty issues. But if you channel your passion into creative projects you can tap into a virtually unlimited source of ideas.

February 25-26: Rapid Recovery

Loving Venus moves into sentimental Pisces on February 25, arousing romantic longing on the same day that the analytical Virgo Full Moon might also stir up insecurity in relationships. Retrograde Mercury's second conjunction this month with testy Mars on February 26 could incite you to fire off some harsh words, or possibly to feel like the target of someone else's inappropriate aggression. Fortunately, Mars' reasonable trine with the integrative North Node of the Moon quickly shows you how to repair damage and restore trust.

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