February 2012 Aries Horoscope

Marching in place

This month is all about methodically showing up for the daily grind. Your key planet, Mars, tells the story as he stalls in your 6th House of Routine, emphasizing the regularity of your life. Mars just turned retrograde on Jan. 23, so you'll need time to accept the fact that you aren't able to make as much progress as you want. But don't let panic trick you into thinking that you're doing something wrong. You'll have opportunities to make up for lost time after Mars turns direct on April 13.

Be careful on Feb. 1 when the cosmic lovers, Venus and Mars, stand off in a tug-of-war. If the sweet satisfaction of love seems far away, open your heart to the pleasures around you rather than allowing your discouragement to turn into anger. On Feb. 3, dreamy Neptune's shift into compassionate Pisces begins a gradual process that softens your antagonistic approach and increases your patience with others. The fiery Leo Full Moon on Feb. 7 activates your 5th House of Love, while romantic Venus enters your ardent sign on Feb. 8, increasing your desires as well as your charm.

Fantasy leaks into the real world on Feb. 13 when Mercury enters surreal Pisces and then hooks up with Neptune on Valentine's Day. Luckily, your serious attitude, coupled with hard work, can stabilize a relationship as the Sun trines karmic Saturn on Feb. 18. Although you may still be experiencing frustration because of a general lack of momentum, the psychic Pisces New Moon on Feb. 21 can offer you encouraging glimpses of where you're heading in the future.

Keep in Mind this Month
Don't be discouraged by your lack of progress; a setback may be a blessing in disguise that gives you more time to solidify your plans.

Key Dates for Aries

SUPER NOVA DAYS
Feb. 13 - 15: Stranger than Fiction
It's easy for you to get your point across on Feb. 13, when messenger Mercury harmoniously trines practical Saturn. But just as you think your ideas are solid, Mercury slips into illusory Pisces, weaving facts into fantasies. Mercury conjoins spiritual Neptune on Feb. 14, setting the stage for a higher form of expression -- and right now, music and art can capture realities that remain elusive in words. And a cooperative sextile between optimistic Jupiter and healer Chiron can show you how to learn from your dreams. A complex Venus-Pluto square on Feb. 15, though, acts as a carrot on a stick, luring you into emotional involvement as you seek to balance the current intensity with the possibility of happiness.

Feb. 21 - 25: Light at the End of the Tunnel
The Pisces New Moon on Feb. 21 falls in your 12th House of Endings, and marks a significant turning point in ways that aren't immediately obvious to you. This lunation's conjunction with nebulous Neptune makes it even tougher to put your life into perspective. Uncomfortable aspects to Mars on Feb. 22 and 23 remind you that you still have much to accomplish before things settle back into place and make sense again. Luckily, the Sun's focused conjunction with restorative Chiron on Feb. 24, and its supportive sextile with auspicious Jupiter on Feb. 25, are harbingers of the growth and opportunity that lie ahead.