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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Virgo Horoscope: February 2013

Perception Is Reality

It's difficult to know what's real in your relationships this month as planets cluster in fanciful Pisces and your 7th House of Partnerships and Public Life. Your personal and professional interactions are top priority when spontaneous Mars begins the parade into your 7th House of Partnerships and Public Life on February 1, followed by communicator Mercury on February 5, the Sun on February 18 and loving Venus on February 25.

Even with this growing emphasis on others, however, you might not know where you stand with them, because each of these planets joins fuzzy Neptune after it enters Pisces, confusing your desires with reality. Excessive self-confidence can overinflate your expectations when pompous Jupiter squares Mercury on February 9, Mars on February 10, and the Sun on February 25. Fortunately, common sense prevails when serious Saturn trines thoughtful Mercury on February 12 and Mars on February 16.

You may be more assertive than usual as your key planet, Mercury, conjuncts Mars in your interactive 7th House on February 8. An uncharacteristic intensity can permeate conversations throughout the month because speedy Mercury slows down -- along with your progress -- until it turns retrograde on February 23, tracking closely with Mars the entire time. A second Mercury-Mars conjunction on February 26 can reactivate an old argument, even if you thought the conflict was resolved.

Meanwhile, the futuristic Aquarius New Moon on February 10 plants a seed of intention in your 6th House of Self-Improvement, encouraging you to think of new and different ways to change your everyday life for the better. The exacting Virgo Full Moon on February 25 reminds you to pay attention to your feelings, even though practical considerations may require you to keep them to yourself to avoid conflict.

Keep in Mind this Month

People sometimes show up in your life to reflect issues that you need to work on. Instead of trying to fix anyone else, remember that real change starts within you.

Key Dates for Virgo

February 5-7: Top of the World

When cerebral Mercury enters your 7th House of Companions on February 5, you shift your analytical attention from the details of daily life to how you interact with others. It's hard to separate your expectations from reality, however, because Mercury joins dreamy Neptune on February 6, which can be inspiring if you remember to keep your facts and fantasies in their proper places. You're more willing to experiment as desirable Venus forms a supportive sextile with unconventional Uranus. Although you may be inclined to try something new and different in your relationships, Venus in your 6th House of Work happily trines propitious Jupiter in your 10th House of Status on February 7th, indicating that you could be rewarded for your ingenuity on the job instead.

SUPER NOVA DAYS

February 23-25: The Devil Is in the Details

Although the hardworking Virgo Full Moon on February 25 falls in your 1st House of Physicality, it may not be easy to accomplish your goals now. Your ruling planet, Mercury, begins its retrograde phase on February 23 in your 7th House of Partners, possibly unraveling a working relationship. If necessary, renegotiate the details of an agreement prior to Mercury's direct turn on March 17. But don't push too hard for final resolution in a conflict; the Full Moon and the Sun dynamically square grandiose Jupiter, allowing you to overlook important details and possibly promise more than you can deliver.

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