Welcome to February, sweet Cancer. You're perhaps the most nurturing sign of the zodiac, but as a result, you can put others' needs before your own. Last month encouraged you to stand up for yourself and advocate for your needs within relationships. February continues themes of transformation, starting on Tuesday, February 1, when Juno, known as the "asteroid of marriage," enters aloof Aquarius.
On this same date, Tuesday, February 1, there's also a dark new moon in Aquarius. As always, new moons are a time for new beginnings. Because you're ruled by the moon, darling crab, lunations tend to affect you more than others. For you, Cancer, this date asks you to take an emotional step back from your romantic relationships and re-focus on yourself. This may seem counter-intuitive, especially if love is on your mind. But by creating space, you allow your crush or partner to step up. Let someone else cook dinner or make plans once in a while.
Of course, change is hard. You may not be used to asking for help or affection, and your partners, and even friends, may have gotten lazy letting you take care of them. But when Mercury ends its retrograde and goes direct in practical Capricorn, on Thursday, February 3, you have the strength to state your needs. This may be as simple as asking for a low-key Valentine's Day this year or as scary as creating boundaries surrounding what kinks and fetishes you want to try in the bedroom.
The communication planet Mercury then enters Aquarius on Monday, February 14, just in time for Valentine's Day. Because the influence of Aquarius encourages you to transform, don't put a lot of pressure on yourself this year. Regardless of your relationship status, spend the heart-covered holiday doing whatever is best for you. That could mean getting dressed up for a night on the town, with friends or a lover, or it could mean staying in and doing absolutely nothing. Take time to reflect on your emotional needs and then relay them to others. Remember, Cancer, you have a tough crab shell, not to mention claws. You are strong enough to stand your ground.
Wednesday, February 16, brings a bright full moon in abundant Leo. So far, February has been about love, but circle this date in your calendar, Cancer, because for you, this lunation is all about manifesting money. Keep a pen and paper handy. Even if you don't land a big paycheck today, expect to come up with brilliant ideas on how to make one.