ARIES — Who’s the boss? This is the question, now and forever. There may seem to be many answers for many different circumstances, though one by one, you are in a position to claim them back. Then after a while you will figure out they are all related, and that having authority over yourself is one project; one idea. Making the connections is vital, which is a matter of pattern recognition, and also coming back to your center over and over again. Part of the “authority problem,” as it’s sometimes known, is the desire to delegate. That means granting people authority in some conditions (notice which) and having it taken in others (notice those). One of the core struggles in claiming it back is not wanting to, though there is the problem of guilt. That would only be an issue were you claiming something that is not yours. This may seem like splitting a hair, though it’s not, really. Not at all.
TAURUS — Your parents or their presence may be looming large for you these days, though this is interlaced with a growing need for independence. That, it turns out, usually comes down to one’s relationship to mom and dad, and their associated concepts. I am aware this is not popular and it has a way of not being “conscious.” However, to the extent that you actually want your liberty, or need it, this is where to place your attention. You are looking for little nagging hints and snags that bind you to them emotionally, thereby keeping you in the past. Mothers in particular have a way of exercising a kind of bondage over daughters, which I cannot imagine has gotten much better in these days of helicopter parenting. In our time, this has demonstrably extended into the lives of boys and young men. That all said, this is about you, though on the path to freedom, there is much setting others free.
GEMINI — It will help if you think of every social or professional encounter as a contract. There is an agreement involved, even if it is implied interest, or so casual a promise as, “I’ll give you a call.” Sometimes something is demanded or expected of you; sometimes you make a claim to an aspect of someone else. Usually this is all so sly hardly anyone notices. It is time to become a keen observer of these interchanges. There is a lot to them — much more than you may think. There are even subtler levels, though this is a good place to home in. If you track yourself for a few weeks, you will make discoveries that help you see ever more clearly the dynamics of your relationships. This, in turn, will help you recognize something of your inner dynamics and the way that you experience the movement of time. Extracting yourself from attachments to the past will teach you a lot about why things were the way they were, way back then, yesterday and today.
CANCER — The future is calling you, though not as clearly as you would like. It seems that more depends on you than on external factors. It’s as if you’re following something that is invisible, when you’re accustomed to using your eyes. Now you need to use other senses: hearing and feeling will be useful. Listen to what’s going on around you, and notice your physical and emotional responses to your changing environments as you move through the day. Notice the scent of everyone you are close enough to detect, and of every room or space you enter. This alone might not point you to an answer, though you will gradually tune into another kind of information. Practice this yoga for a while, and you will notice how you feel doing things, being with people, or experiencing something from the sidelines. Gradually a new guidance system will take over, and you will have different ideas about the course of your existence.
LEO — Early to mid-February is a tipping point for you, which is also an excellent time for reevaluation. And it would seem you have quite a bit to think through, and feel your way through. Important elements of your life, most likely your work and your health, have pushed you to some extremes the past few years, and you now have an opportunity to come back from the edge. You might do this with full awareness. Imagine you’re standing next to a cliff, and you step away, and face toward solid land, till you’re no longer worried about keeping your balance. You might ask what exactly you were doing out there, and how you felt, and what you could see so close to the precipice. Then do something nice and normal, like make yourself lunch. Slow down. Do something that turns out to be extremely rare, which is to take a break from scheduling or planning the future. Stick to today.
VIRGO — There has been quite a wild scene in the mutable signs the past week (which include yours, and Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces, all of which are extensions of you). The fog is likely to be clearing, though it would still be wise to proceed with caution when it comes to any form of expectation or perception you may have about a relationship. You’re not necessarily wrong regarding how you feel about someone, or how they feel about you. You are not necessarily correct. What you want to do, though, is map your ideas and presumptions against what you observe and experience. Then track the differences. You may notice how far off you sometimes are, punctuated by moments when you’re spot on. It will help if you don’t rate your abilities as being higher than they are. Rather, underestimate the accuracy of your perceptions, and give yourself time — a lot of time, such as weeks or months — for the truth to dawn on you.
LIBRA — You may feel like a chance encounter is going to manifest as one of the great relationships of your life, or be a turning point in an existing situation. The second is more likely to be true. It’s not the relationship that is changing, but rather your experience of your role as partner. It would be difficult to overstate how crucial this is for you. How you cast yourself as lover, wife, or husband has everything to do with how you experience your relationships. I know it seems like you’re responding to the other and like they have a profound effect on you. Yet borrowing a useful term from biochemistry, your relationships are receptor mediated. Let your circumstances and your emotions teach you how this works. At the same time, borrow a bit of the unusual power of Chiron in your opposite sign to see people as they really are. You will know you’re doing this when relating to someone feels like learning a foreign language that you gradually acquire.
SCORPIO — What, exactly, happened the past week or so? What did you figure out? Did it involve some kind of huge miscalculation, or did you pass through a spell of confusion that you managed to get through unscathed? In any event, you’re likely to have learned that you cannot just take a guess about what someone is feeling, toward you or themselves or anyone. There is the perception, and there is the truth of the matter. Both are subject to being discovered in layers, and known for revealing themselves in the manner of a dream. Which leads to an interesting therapy-styled metaphor: what if that all was a dream, and you were represented by everyone involved (and by any important “inanimate’ objects)? What was the dream trying to tell you, or rather, what were you saying to yourself? Give each person, each place and each thing a voice of its own, and count it as yours. You will have your unexpected answer.
SAGITTARIUS — Every cell in your being is saying you need a new financial strategy, and a new approach to the whole notion of money. This means expanding your financial concept to every kind of resource you have access to, which I assure you is plenty. Much depends on how you conceive of your assets, whether material, spiritual, intellectual. Step back from those benefits that enter your life through others. This is about what you have, and what you have to offer. I say this knowing that most people are either clueless about what they possess, or are uncertain how to make the connection to usefulness to others. This is not an easy calculation, and a good few people go through the world feeling unworthy or worthless. So I suggest you begin your assessment or reassessment in modest ways. Be grateful any time something you have to give becomes valuable to you or to someone else, and remain impeccably modest as you see just how much you have to offer.
CAPRICORN — You have turned a corner, though you haven’t quite reached the sweet spot after all this enforced growth you’ve been experiencing. You might be waiting for the payoff. I propose that the thing to do is notice what it’s like not to be under so much stress. This may be subtle. It’s a little like you climbed to a certain height and your ears popped, and in that moment you noticed the sense of air pressure that wasn’t obvious till your body responded to it. Make a careful note of where you are now, and find some way to memorialize it: words and pictures, not posted to the internet but for your private use only (like an old fashioned diary) would be good. You are approaching a time when the changes will accelerate, and you may forget this moment and all your concerns entirely. Yet you will want a kind of milepost. You will want a way to track your progress. You can call your project, “Where I’m at right now, and how I feel about it.”
AQUARIUS — With the Sun in your sign or rising sign, you may be a bit distracted from how much is moving in the background of your awareness. Please don’t drift too far from the necessities of your inner life, no matter how much fun and adventure are calling you. You need your focus concentrated on your core being. That is not easy in our inside-out world. It’s not easy in a time when so many people are doing everything in their ability to be accepted as part of one tribe or another. There will be time for that, if indeed you decide it’s what you want. Presently something far more significant, and unusual, and challenging, is calling you, and as you know, it has been for some time. You are in the midst of a profound rebirth, and reorientation of your identity. This is not about other people. It’s not about your relationships. Keep your awareness on yourself.
PISCES — Maintain the slow and steady pace that is so helpful to those born under your sign. Feel the tides come in and go back out, and notice the weather each day. Both your choices and what you might call cosmic factors of circumstance have set you on a trajectory that will be transformational from what you’ve experienced in recent years. This will not occur all at once; you’ll go through a series of progressions or developments and before too long, you’ll notice that your life is in a different place — though this is more about your state of mind than anything. You are approaching the time when your self-image will have nothing at all to do with how others perceive you, or how you think they do. It’s possible that this has never happened to you before, though if you think back over a good few years (1993 comes to mind, as does 2002), you may recognize the sensation. Wear your newfound confidence gently.