February is the heart of winter in the northern hemisphere; host to the cool and steely sign of Aquarius and the ice-melting sign of Pisces. Much like last month's six-planet pile-up in Capricorn, this month we're inundated with six Aquarian planets (this is a trend for the next few months). When we live through planetary clusters like these the experience is cohesive and focused, if lacking some perspective. In Aquarius, we need our space and the freedom to go our own way and think our own thoughts—some of which might be revolutionary! Though the mood can be a bit chilly and distanced during these times, it's not due to a lack of care. The progress and wellbeing of humanity as a whole is of great concern for Aquarius—as long as things don't get too personal. Aquarius needs a bird's-eye view.
Aquarius is also host to a new tenant, Pluto, who will spend the next 20 years delving into the shadows of social organizations and movements, technology, and the price of progress. Whatever Pluto touches gets a thorough interrogation and cavity search in order to ferret out secrets and rot. During February, Mercury, Mars, and Venus take turns conjoining Pluto in what looks like a series of private confessions. Just as things start feeling too intense, the sun moves into Pisces on February 18 to soften the sharp edges of Aquarian logic and offer hydration to thirsty hearts. Mercury follows suit on February 23, and our minds turn away from utopian visions and science experiments and toward the sublime, the intuitive, and the dream. The full Moon in Virgo on the 24, which opposes this lyrical Mercury, offers a not-so-rude awakening; more of a helpful nudge to hold what we yearn for in our arms.