Observing the closure of January, peeking into February

By Kristen Finley
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Aries (Mar. 21 – Apr. 19)

New year, new you, right? We’ve all heard it a thousand times, but to you, it feels especially true. The last few months of 2018 challenged the beliefs you had of yourself and incorporated new guidelines to how you expect to be treated. All good things! When February comes around, however, you will find out how well you will hold people to these new standards. Someone from a chapter long since closed will come back and seek reconciliation. Be sure to take your newfound worth and expectations into account before letting them weasel you back into old habits of unconditional forgiveness.

Taurus (Apr. 20 – May 20)

You’ve entered 2019 with a full heart. As usual, the holidays left you a little short in the bank account, but it came and went with great interpersonal rewards. The 2018 holiday seemed more special than it did last year, and this is due to your new perspective and value you placed on loved ones. Keep that energy flowing into February, as your devotion will be needed when someone who feels vulnerable and timid gets the courage to finally ask you for help. Just be sure to know how to discern the difference between helping someone and doing it for them.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

At the start of 2019, you had your nose to the grindstone chasing after a goal that feels better suited to your talents. In December, you rode across the month on the back of a major accomplishment, and that pride and pure joy is spilling into the work you’re putting into your next goal. Keep that up, as it’ll make you faster and stronger for February – and be ready to reap your hard earned rewards.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You’ve managed to find a better way to cope with your many stresses this month and it’s beginning to show. It took a lot of energy allowing yourself to be vulnerable and let go, but you’re now able to see the benefits of not keeping it so close to your heart. You are someone who’s heavily influenced by emotion, and while most will say that’s bad, there are many scenarios where seeing through the eye of emotion reaps better outcomes. In February, that will prove especially true.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

In January, you’ve done well to squash your pride and keep it out of important conversations between you and your loved ones, and they’ve noticed the positive change. You’ve gotten more out of every interaction than you have in the past and you like the results. Try your best not to fall back into what was once comfortable in February, when both your patience and your temper will be tempted to lash out. Before you choose to engage, make sure to first weigh the possible consequences.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

You’ve been speaking a lot more with your actions this month, Virgo, and you prefer the passiveness of it to being verbal about your feelings and intentions. While this is usually an effective way to get your message across, it lacks specifics and details. Before you choose to adopt this method for good, make sure you know exactly who you’re dealing with and to properly assess whether or not it will be more successful than just outright making your intentions known. More often than not, your actions are perceived as having ulterior motives – which is the exact opposite of what you’re going for. Being transparent isn’t as scary as you make it out to be.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

With the storm you had brewing in your brain over, the sun is beginning to shine once again. With the new year, you feel renewed and motivated to keep up the positive energy you had toward the end of December. What was once exceedingly overwhelming to you now rolls off of you like water from a duck’s back and you feel so much lighter without so much self-imposed weight on your shoulders. You’re learning that the amount of frustration you feel about something is within your control – something you wouldn’t have been able to admit just a few months back. February will be the month you truly witness the control you have over how you feel.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

The transition to a new year has you feeling exhausted, Scorpio. You’ve been stretched in what feels like a million different ways, as many aspects of your life are demanding your undivided your attention at once. This is making you feel the need to close yourself off from the world again in an attempt to recharge and slowly bloom back into the more social and outspoken person you were just a few months back. While it’s perfectly acceptable to withdraw and recharge, make it a habit to communicate that to those close to you. Stay strong for February, Scorpio, as more family drama may push you to the brink.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

This month not only surprised you, but those around you – you’ve been pretty extreme as of late with how you’ve reacted to situations that provoke extreme emotions in you. Not just in negative ways, however, but in unusually positive ways as well. January has you feeling like you’ve been tossed into the air, feverishly grasping for what you feel made you who you are. This isn’t something you’ve experienced in a long time and it makes you feel panicked. It’s alright. Use the month of February to figure out what’s really going on and find a better way of venting the energy. Everyone around you, including yourself, will be thankful you did.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 18)

The holidays left you a little more emotional than what you’re comfortable with. You found yourself to be a lot more outspoken and your emotions feel a lot easier to provoke. This presents a challenge to your pride, as you used to be proud of how much control you felt you had on your feelings. While it feels as though you’re scrambling to regain control of your mind, let it be for a while – you’ll find that you’re not any more emotional than most people and that it isn’t so bad. Make February the month you allow yourself to feel more of what you used to block off.

Aquarius (Jan. 19 – Feb. 18)

Once you experienced how easily help came to you once you got the courage to ask, you stepped into a softer demeanor. You’ve come to the realization that you don’t need to put so much effort into making sure people know you’re not an emotional or very sentimental person. Although you are. While this is something you’re actively struggling with, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. This whole month so far, you’ve been unable to deny your emotional nature and in February, you’ll be either pushed back to your emotional hermit ways or convert to conventional emotionality.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20)

This month and last, you’ve done a lot more for yourself than you felt you’ve done in a really long time. You pushed yourself past boundaries you once had for yourself and it’s reaping a lot of rewards – which is also spiking up your ego. This can be a good thing for usually timid people such as yourself, but too much can bring you closer to being the kind of person you tend not to like. Make sure you pay close attention as to how much ego you let into your decision making next month.

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