February 16: Mars enters Capricorn, and Mercury goes retrograde

February 16: Mars enters Capricorn, and Mercury goes retrograde




Mars enters Capricorn at 3:33 a.m.


Very early in the morning, the planet of combat and confrontation leaves enthusiastic Sagittarius for the cool and collected ground of Capricorn. Mars in Sagittarius stirred the collective pot so that we could face some hard truths—and now very powerful and exalted in Capricorn—starts to lead the charge on how to mobilize our plans of action in light of what has been revealed. Mars will be in Capricorn until March 30, so during this time we may be feeling less helpless and overwhelmed, and more able to walk the road ahead, one step at a time.  

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The moon is trine Venus at 3:06 p.m., and square Mercury at 7:10 p.m.


The passionate Sagittarian lunar vibe comes into harmony with Venus in brave Aries this afternoon, bringing raw emotion to the surface in our romantic connections. The trine aspect is typically smooth, supportive, and points to an opportunity to be emotionally spontaneous, with immediate results. These bold proclamations of the heart may kick up some edgy conversations however tonight when the moon comes into a square with Mercury in receptive Pisces. It’s an aspect of speak first, think later, where we might have to backtrack and clarify some potent statements. 


Mercury goes retrograde at 4:54 p.m.


Meanwhile, Mercury in dreamy Pisces turns retrograde late this afternoon, adding an interesting, foggy backdrop to the revelations of the day. We feel bold, spontaneous, enthusiastic, and yet some of what starts tumbling out of our hearts may have ripple effects that will need to be sorted out in the upcoming days. We have until March 9 to mull it all over and see where the shifts and changes that are set in motion today are leading. It may be that to compensate for the lack of verbal clarity over the next few weeks, we might need to rely on tone and intuition.  


 All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.