Illustration by Sophi Gullbrants

February is considered the month of love, with the sun moving from innovative, humanitarian Aquarius into romantic, empathetic Pisces. Hallmark holiday aside, the energy of February is a deep invitation to explore, re-examine, and reflect on our relationship and intimacy patterns, as we experience our first Mercury retrograde of the new year, in the sign of Pisces. This energy is here to help us wrap up the past—relationships or behaviors that aren’t meant to come with us into the new decade. These can stem from the subconscious thoughts we think that have kept us from connecting with ourselves and others. Notice what may come up this month that brings these into your conscious awareness. They may come in the form of interactions with people from your past, lyrics from a song, even a scent that triggers memories. 

Retrogrades are a time of going within, which is why we bump up against delays and miscommunications. Instead of pushing forward, allow yourself to float this month. Venus, our planet of love and beauty, sits with Mercury, offering compassion and support during this nebulous energy. Keeping on brand, Venus wants us to lean into re-discovering the love we have for ourselves, through exploring creativity and sensuality. Get up close and personal with your body this month. Mars in playful Sagittarius encourages us to explore new ways of experiencing pleasure, while Venus in Pisces energy loves and accepts all. Remember, radical self-acceptance begins with you.

 

Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)

Happy solar return, Aquarius! The initiation to this new decade comes with an invitation to revisit the past. Your birthday is its own kind of personal new year, as you get to choose how you show up in this next phase. What gold may be uncovered by re-examining and alchemizing the thoughts that create recurring feelings? This is an opportunity to process these experiences through your creative self-expression and sensual reconnection. Whether solo or partnered, think of sex as a somatic exercise in healing, cultivating joy, and a celebration of self-love. Begin this new year fully present and connected—mind, body, and heart—by experiencing all of the things you used to only fantasize about.

Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)

Take a timeout this month, Pisces. Consider this a cosmic reset before your energetic return next month. Slow down your plans to avoid feeling overwhelmed, and take this pause as a pre-birthday gift. The usual parade of ex-lovers may come knocking, and it’s up to you to choose if and how you engage. Notice what thoughts and feelings are triggered, and by whom. There may be karmic cycles ending this month. These endings ultimately are here to help liberate you from any harmful patterns that won’t serve your expansive year. Looking to the future with optimism about the new beginnings that blossom from painful endings will help if you find yourself feeling bummed out about the murky energy of February. Channel your feelings into sex and pleasure as self-care, just maybe not with your ex.

Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)

“New year, same me—just more aligned,” may be your motto this month, Aries. Mercury retrograde is helping you revamp the way you engage with the public; maybe this is your website, dating profile, or relationship to tech. Known for doing things your way or the highway, this retrograde will show you where pushing forward at all costs separates you from the advancement you desire. Notice what you are most resistant to, because it will offer insight to what you need to align with. Hold space for what your resistance is telling you: Is it frustration? Impatience? Maybe both? Venus here wants to inspire you beyond to soften your approach and align your energy with what brings you the love, romance, and success that are already energetically yours.

Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)

The new year started off with so much momentum, Taurus, but this month all the Pisces energy may leave you feeling foggy and wanting to escape your responsibilities at work. Try not to push yourself to perform when the energy doesn’t support that kind of approach. Instead, lean in to your creativity and let your mind flow. Mercury retrograde this month is trying to help you digest stressful situations in a more fluid way, by re-examining the way you process information through your mind, heart, and body—and the actions you take thereafter. Get out of your head as much as possible and feel these waves of emotion. Mindful masturbation or partnered sex is an incredibly healthy way to work through whatever may come up for you. Pleasing yourself first will help you regain the energy for pleasing others.

Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)

The past returns for healing this month, Gemini. Mercury retrograde in Pisces energy runs deep, and may bring up memories, feelings, and people from long ago. This isn’t meant to rock you, or send you into a spiral of over analyzing your feels. Rather, these are the things that have been unknowingly clogging up space in your subconscious. It is time to release them, and make room for all of the new love that you’ve been working so hard to cultivate for yourself. Getting out of your routine for a couple of days can be very beneficial for resetting your energy. This is a big year for you, and the universe is supporting your expansion. Allow yourself to emotionally purge what has been secretly lingering, so you can welcome the new with an open heart.

Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)

Explore your dark side this month, Cancer. Deeper intimacy is a process of surrender and allowing yourself to become vulnerable with another. Mercury retrograde may not be a great time to begin new relationships or sign contracts, but it is supportive of re-examining pleasure and taking a different approach. This process begins by exploring your fantasies and desires without shame. You may prefer to do this solo at first, or with a partner. Pisces energy wants to melt with the energy of others in a cosmic way. Bring your inner tender, nurturing romantic and allow it to blend with sensual, experimental Pisces. Ride the wave of kink that will allow you to give and receive pleasure in new ways.

Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)

This month is a big reset for you, Leo, as Mercury retrogrades in the area of your chart that rules longterm relationships. This may be bringing back exes, or at least thinking about former flames, dragging up deep emotions. This is happening for a reason: to help you heal any spaces within your heart and subconscious mind that have been holding onto anything that is ready to be released. You’re ready to approach relationships in a new way, whether it is apparent or not. If you are already partnered, this will be a great time to reflect on your relationship and clear up anything left unsaid. Connecting to your heart and opening up a new dialogue will bring you closer, either to the relationship you have or the ones you want to create.

Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)

Your relationship to your routine is up for re-evaluation this month, Virgo. With Mercury retrograde in your polar opposite sign of Pisces, you’re being asked to connect emotionally with how you spend your time, and who you’re putting your energy into. Both Virgo and Pisces are signs of service, and are happiest when helping those they care for. Have you been putting so much energy into helping other people that there isn’t much room left over for your needs? If you have been sidestepping your own problems they will surely make their way into your conscious awareness this month. Under the magical spell of Pisces, everyone will be more available to care for themselves and one another. This is a great time to reach out for support and re-connect with your loved ones in new ways.

Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)

Your approach to romance and dating are getting a makeover this month, Libra. This is a fantastic opportunity to review the ways your feelings took a back seat to more aggressive energy. By reflecting on the past, you can begin to see the mirrors of where you can upgrade your energy moving forward. Sensual Pisces wants you to feel pleasure more deeply, instead of becoming the fantasy for someone else. Maybe it’s time to share some fantasies of your own. Under this mystical haze, your partners will be more open and giving. Take advantage of the shift in energy to set a new precedent in your sex life. Even solo Libras are encouraged to practice acting out their fantasies, just not with an ex if there are any emotional expectations.

Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)

Feel free to hibernate this month, Scorpio, as the nebulous Pisces energy creeps into the most private area of your chart. With Mercury retrograde here, create some space for some deep self reflection. Think about your family, and the relationship patterns you observed growing up. Consider how what you saw formed the basis of what relationships and love look like, and how that may play a role in how you see yourself and your partners as an adult. What feels safe? What feels like it doesn’t belong to you? Allow your natural investigative skills to help you search the past for helpful guidance for the future. By engaging in this deep work now, you free yourself up for the exciting return to fire when Aries season begins next month, igniting your sexual energy in a more open way.

 

Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)

You may want to move forward, Sagittarius, but first you must examine the past. Last year opened and closed several different doors; this was meant to help you focus your abundant energy in the area you most want to grow. How will you communicate your vision? Mercury retrograde is asking you to take a step back and re-evaluate your plans one last time before you launch yourself forward. Allow the dreamy Pisces energy to wash over you and infuse more creativity into your thoughts. By pausing, you are making room for the inspiration that may be the missing piece of the puzzle of your genius. Slowing down can be tough for you, so redirect that energy into your sex life. Pisces loves sensuality—intentionally channel it into your orgasms for a little sex magic.

Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (Dec 22-Jan 20)

This is a big year for you, Capricorn! With so many planets in your sign, you are the MVP of the zodiac, as if you didn’t already know. Last month you may have felt all fired up to take on the year, plan in hand, but you now find yourself floating in nebulous Pisces energy not making any progress. This is a gift from the universe to help you from going so hard this year that you deplete your own energy and resources. Mercury retrograde is asking for a review of your emotional wellness as it relates to your grand vision. What would happen if you put as much energy into caring for yourself as you put into building your future? In order to be successful in the most aligned way, sensual Pisces says you can learn to prioritize both.

Feature illustration by Sophi Gullbrants; other illustrations by D Zhou

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