February is a month of love. Valentine’s Day celebrates the love between partners, but love comes in many powerful forms. Love can unite us and break down our boundaries. When fear threatens to cloud our vision, love reminds us of what matters. Love is the force connecting us when we stand together. Love will help us crack the wall so the light can shine through. But love can only take us so far. When people we love are in danger, we take action. We gather together and show our numbers. We will remind strong forces outside ourselves that fear is not an answer we will accept. Together, we can break through. Together, our love can do great things.
Zodiac illustrations by Katie Maasik
(March 21-April 19)
I have a serious question. Why is it, that when the past chooses to repeat itself, it only ever repeats the bad stuff? When I see the danger approaching, I have to laugh. I know this trouble! I’ve seen its kind before and it does not bring a lesson that I need to learn again. I know its hardships very well. I’ve fought and overcome this beast countless times before. Yet here it is again, all up in my face! Maybe I didn’t scare it away well enough last time? I admit I’ve been busy, quietly working away on my own life. I’ve been creating happiness for myself, no one can fault me for that. For the first time, I’ve stopped looking over my shoulder. I’ve finally felt peace! I won’t let the beast ruin this for me. And yet...I’ve heard whispers. They say that while I’ve been safe, others have never known my safety. They say they need help. Maybe it’s time to step up and use my power. Perhaps the past is repeating itself for a reason after all..?
(April 20-May 20)
I want to find someone I can respect. I want to look up to someone again. Maybe it’s difficult for me to find this person because I’m a leader myself. I resist following others. But even a leader needs an example to follow: even I have my blind spots. I want to trust someone who can point out my weaknesses, someone who will help me strengthen them. I want a mentor. But where do I look? Perhaps this person is already in my life. Perhaps my heart has pointed them out, but I've ignored my instinct. Maybe I was afraid to get closer. The energy from confident people is often intimidating. I know whoever this person is, they will not need anything from me. I know their happiness will come from within. Materialism is something I struggle with at times. I want the things around me to broadcast my success! I need possessions to prove that I am who I say I am. I think a mentor can help me grapple with this. If I can gather the courage to seek out this person, perhaps they can show me the way toward fulfillment.
(May 21-June 21)
I will take on a new name this month. The name could come in many forms, with many results. It may be given to me freely, or bestowed on me with a heavy responsibility attached. I may choose to snatch up this name to make it my own. It may signify nothing more than harmless fun, like a dumb nickname earned on a wild night out. On the other hand, the new name could give rise to big changes in my life, with fresh responsibilities. Names have always been very important to me. I sense their significance and power. I’ve seen how a name can be a great blessing or curse. If I choose to take on this new name, it may shield me and cover me like a disguise. I could find myself entering unusual places, and creating strange connections with people I never thought I’d meet. This name is my ticket to new experiences. I'm ready for the challenge.
(June 21-July 22)
In the past, I’ve been the one to remain calm during catastrophe. People I care about look to me to make sense of the chaos. They think that my calm comes from courage, but I know better. My calm comes from acceptance! I figure if I’m on the way out, the least I can do is go out with dignity. Okay, I’m joking...mostly. I like using my black sense of humour to lighten the mood. But these days I haven’t been laughing so much. It’s hard to even muster a smile when there’s trouble everywhere I look. I’ve been doing the crab thing and retreating into the safety of my shell, but I’m the only one who fits in here! I’m okay, but what about everyone else? Seems like now is the time to dig out a foundation for something. It will start out small, but over time it could become the base of a great shelter. A shelter that could put a roof over the heads of many people. I carry my sense of home with me everywhere I go—perhaps it’s in me to share that comfort.
(July 23-August 22)
Not to sound full of myself, but everyone wants me right now! They want my ideas, and my energy, and well...some of them want more if you know what I mean. It’s fun to be in demand! I’m super energized by all the attention, but maan! Everyone wants my input on every little thing! Close friends are sad that I’m so busy, and new friends want to see more of me. I feel like dozens of people are each trying to take my time. I’m getting divvied up like slices of pizza over here—if this keeps up I there won’t be any of me left! I seriously gotta take a step back. It’s just hard when there’s so much going on. I want to be a part of everything! But yeah, I gotta take a breather. All this attention is addictive. I can be healthy about it, or I can jump right into the chaos. Guess which one I’m going to pick? Hah!
(August 23-September 22)
My nighttime visions show me who I can become. In my dreams, I move swiftly and easily through the air. I feel weightless and joyful. My burdens are released from on high. They fall from my body and plunge deep into the waters below me. I lose sight of them as they sink into the unfathomable darkness. I am sad, though. I know when I awake, I will be back in the depths, treading water with my burdens weighted beneath me once more. But when I sleep, I see the lightness. I feel peace. If I truly desire it, this peace is attainable in my waking life too. But it’s so much simpler for me to remain here, treading water. I know I can access this peace—I’ve already felt it within me—I simply need to let go, look down, and see what’s holding me back.
(September 23-October 22)
I’m balancing my work ethic with my desire for new things. Tbh, I think freedom is tipping the scale for me. I want to give myself a break, and break free from the comfort of my routine. I mean I love doing great work, but if I don’t keep to a rigorous schedule, things fall out of whack. I hate when that happens! Everything always in its place, please. Plus I haven’t been feeling like my usual efficient self. There’s a fog hanging over everything. So yes, a little leisure may be the antidote for all this labor. I know I don’t need to travel far, but I do need to pick up and move somewhere new for awhile. Maybe I'll venture to the next town over. I could take a walk, eat at a new restaurant, look at some cute dogs—whatever it is, I need something novel to bring a little colour into this grey. Time for a much-needed jolt!
(October 23-November 21)
I like to get down to work. I’m lucky because I’ve always been free from the burden of impressing people. No one motivates me except me. My drive has always come from within. Don’t get me wrong: it’s not that I don’t care about others. In fact the whole reason I do a good job is because I want to do my part! We’re in this together whether we like it or not—we might as well work hard to make it easier for everyone. What I really despise is when people think I don’t notice when they’re slacking off. Just because I can carry you, doesn’t mean I want to. This month I’m going to encounter someone who looks like they’re messing around. From every angle I can see, this person is simply wasting time. But I’m going to fight my instinct to tear into them—because there’s something going on with them beneath the surface. I know all about hiding weakness—which is exactly what this person will be doing. I’ll need to soften my blunt approach this time. They may have a growing problem that I can help cut away, before it gets out of control and entangles the rest of us.
(November 22-December 21)
I like to romanticize the past. I have this idea that things were better back then, but when I stop and think about it, I’m actually having some of my best times right now. Part of that is the headspace I’m in. I used to worry more. I think I used to get too inside the heads of everyone around me. Now I’m okay with letting them think what they think. I keep inside my own head, I worry about my own needs. Turns out my head is full of enough stuff to keep me occupied anyway. I’m feeling so creative these days! I’m making cool shit and really seeing the world in technicolour. I might still wear my rose-coloured glasses now and then, but I’ve decided it’s okay. I need a little dose of romance in my life. As long as I remember to keep my needs in focus, I can give myself up to a hopeful dream now and then.
(December 22-January 19)
The thing I’ve been building is finally up and running. It took me years to plan it out. I doubted I would ever get it the way I wanted, but all those long hours I spent toiling alone are finally paying off. Now it’s finally complete, and I can rest as it does its work. So why do I feel strange? I realize I’ve traded uncertainty for peace and security. On the surface, that should make me happy—I like a solid foundation to stand on. But I also like to work hard. I like the struggle. Nothing has ever felt real to me unless I earned it. And now this: freedom, time to myself, a wide space to fill. It’s overwhelming. The thing I built is running well right now, but it would take so little to hijack it. Maybe I should break it down! Then I’d have a purpose again! But I know this isn’t the answer. I will spend this month tinkering and honing my skills again—I will find a new project. A new passion. A new thing to build up and make me feel alive.
(January 19-February 18)
I like doing things my way. I’ve got a unique way of seeing the world and making my mark. In the past when I’ve let others take the lead, the results are well...let’s just say they weren’t what I expected. Whenever I let other people lead, I almost always wish I’d stepped in earlier to help things move in the right direction. Does that make me a control freak? I like to think of myself as a creative director, but maybe I do tend to micromanage the people closest to me. It’s just that since they’re such a reflection of me, I want them to be great! I put a lot of pressure on them. I guess I could give them—and myself—a break once in awhile. This month I’ll try to let go and accept another person’s vision. Often people want to give me things, but they’re afraid the gifts won’t impress me. I’m going to let them know I appreciate them as they are. I’m going to be grateful for the effort they take with me. In turn, I’ll ease up my own efforts—so there’s room for their vision too.
(February 19-March 20)
Love feels elusive to me sometimes. I can feel closed off when other people are connecting. I often feel left out on my own. But this isolation is self-inflicted. In truth, I’m surrounded by love—it’s just not the type of love I’m expecting. I have a version of love in my mind. I seek it out in its entirety, and nothing else will do. But I am learning to let love have its rougher edges. Sleek, idealized love is no longer for me. I am ready to open my heart. I know opening up leaves me vulnerable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. When I look around—I mean really look—I’m going to see the love I seek. It’s there in the kind words from a friend, and the warm smile from a stranger, yes. But it’s also there in the hearts of a few special people. These are the people who understand me most. These are the ones who see my true self. The ones who help me remain open, so I can love them back. The ones who want to love me the most, if I will let them.