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By Maeri Frances

In the mood for a little love? To see how February is lining up, take a peek at how the planets are opening up new opportunities, or closing doors on relationships past their expiry date.

P.S. Don’t forget to read your rising sign as well if you know it.

Happy birthday, Aquarius!

Make any money moves before mid-month.

Bookmark the 2nd of February for some quality time with your number one person, love can be quite transforming around this date. The 4th and 5th of the month give opportunities to make changes around the home, unexpected events regarding family members are also on the cards. Mercury retrograde may slow financial matters down if you have been taking too many risks, so be cautious.

Aries

Look beneath the surface, things may not be as they first appear.

It could be hard to keep track of social commitments as career pressure amps up to an even higher level. Avoid backbiting by keeping your own communication transparent and positive, if you are misunderstood things could get messy, to say the least. However, as Venus is flowing through your birth sign from the 7th, you should come out unscathed.

Taurus

Keep your bag packed…

Recent travel may have whetted your appetite for more adventures. You are feeling restless and in need of change and stimulation. Don’t count on friends too much, Mercury is turning retrograde and could see changes in plans and unforeseen circumstances. The 14th sees all the action in your opposite sign of Scorpio, indicating a steamy, passionate Valentine’s Day in general.

Gemini

A trip of the tongue could bring you undone.

Social life and group activities could burn up a lot of your energy. There is a risk of a falling out with friends, so tone down any tendency to bossiness or short temper. You will need to keep your wits sharp when Mercury goes retrograde mid-month, especially in your career milieu. Read between the lines and don’t take things for granted. The 14th could see a workmate getting cozier.

Cancer

It’s time to untangle your relationships.

Sometimes there’s just no place to hide. This is one of them. Friendships could be on and off, and closer ties may need some attention as well. If you feel that things aren’t working smoothly in your life, forget about seeking new pastures, the solution lies much closer to home. On the upside, your Valentine’s Day should rock, especially if you have a Scorpio in your life.

Leo

Conserve your resources.

A line of credit you had been depending on may dry up, so keep spending under control. You could feel in a bit of a rut, with nothing new or exciting on the horizon. It is a good time to tidy up any loose ends and make sure your house is in order, so to speak. Life will speed up again before you know it. Valentine’s Day will probably be spent close to home.

Virgo

Be self-sufficient.

Your ruling planet Mercury will turn retrograde in your relationship sector midmonth, meaning that people close to you may not follow through on promises or commitments. The best way to get through February will be to keep your head down, get the job done and rely on your own devices. The best days to relax and have fun are the 2nd, 5th, 20th and 21st of the month.

Libra

Keep your eye on the ball.

The key focus this month is on your work environment, and people you interact with. Tempers may flare for no apparent reason, and messages may be confusing at times. Grit your teeth and stay calm, if you react to everything that bugs you, the end result could take time to mend. Spend time at home rather than out on the town, it will be more productive.

Scorpio

So, what’s all the fuss about?

While other signs are having a bit of a battle, things should be humming along rather nicely for you. Relationships may a bit volatile, but there could be a new interest for the unattached. If you want to make things more official, pull out all the stops on Valentine’s Day. Like Virgo, your best days are the 2nd, 5th, 20th and 21st.

Sagittarius

Home is where the chaos is.

Let this Mercury retrograde period be a reminder to declutter and reorganize. Starting from the 17th, why not get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose for you? Donate and recycle. Venus lights up your sector of hobbies, children and romance, so make time for creative pursuits. Valentine’s Day calls for a quieter, more intimate celebration, escape the crowds.

Capricorn

Take care of the details.

It’s true, you have been through a tumultuous time with major adjustments taking place. The mental stress may be building up to the point where you just need some time out. Try to keep on top of things by tuning into your naturally organized, methodical nature. Make lists, schedule tasks and allow time to relax. Spend Valentine’s Day with a bunch of good buddies.

Pisces

Don’t lose the plot.

Yes, you guessed. Mercury is going retrograde in your birth sign. You will probably be in a daze after Valentine’s Day, is it a romantically induced one, or just too much partying? You are so lovable that no one can stay mad with you for long, so just try to stay on top of things, don’t lose the car keys or accidentally delete the entire contents of your computer and the month will pass.

Our monthly horoscopes are brought to you by Maeri Frances, a consulting astrologer with over 30 years’ experience. Exclusive to our publications, we brings tips for each Sun sign on how to avoid the pitfalls and ride the highs with each month’s horoscopes.

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