Should You Extend Your Dry January Into Fat Tuesday This Year?

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What's written in the stars right now? Rockstar astrologer Jennifer Racioppi is here for your weekly celestial wisdom—with a wellness twist. No matter what your sun sign is (or rising sign, or moon sign...), here's how you can align with the stars to make your best love, career, fitness, food, and self-care choices for the next seven days.

Monday, February 12

In the words of personal development expert Nancy Levin, "It's time to rock the damn boat." With the most massive planet of the solar system, Jupiter, at 22 degrees of Scorpio, making an awkward angle to the Sun and Mercury at 23 and 20 degrees of Aquarius, respectively (the sign of the rebel), now's the time to trust yourself. Jupiter in Scorpio digs up the truth and encourages you to honor what you know in your bones to be true. Aquarius asks you to step into your authenticity and boldly lead. This square encourages you to take a stand for your truth. That said, under aspects like this, it's all too easy to bypass the emotional work via shopping and consumption. You are way better journaling your feelings than shopping today. Need additional support? Consider booking a session with a qualified therapist, healer, or possibly even check out a 12-step meeting (should reason exist for such).

Tuesday, February 13

The desire to challenge the status quo continues today as Mercury in Aquarius moves into an exact square with Jupiter in Scorpio. Mercury, exalted in out-of-the-box Aquarius, wants you to sharpen your intellect, conjure your confidence and honor your vision. Good news? With the Sun in an auspicious angle to Uranus today, too, your creativity (and intellectual prowess) potentially soars. So trust your ability to articulate your thoughts. Nurture trendsetting thinking and truth. Despite it being Fat Tuesday, yesterday's advice to refrain from overindulgence carries over today, too. Stay mindful of addiction. Focus on processing heavy feelings, as opposed to bypassing them with escapism. Most importantly, honor yourself. (You deserve your own respect.)

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day! On the eve of the solar eclipse, this V-Day might just bring a surprise (or two), so keep on the lookout. With Venus in Pisces in an applying sextile to Saturn (the planet that rules foundations), a long-term commitment may commence or deepen. Yet no matter your relationship status on this love-soaked day, don't forget your commitment to yourself. Self-care guru Nitika Chopra defines self-love as being more committed to your happiness than your suffering. So please do tend to your satisfaction—no matter what. Elegantly care for yourself and get clear on what you are going to conjure tomorrow with the solar eclipse, an auspicious opportunity to seed new visions and deepen your commitment to your life vision.

Thursday, February 15

With the sun and moon aligning today at 27 degrees of Aquarius, this powerful solar eclipse asks you to redirect your life in the direction of your dreams. After the last two weeks of dramatic changes and upheavals stemming from the total lunar blood supermoon eclipse on January 31, now's the time to articulate the new direction you're heading. (How apropos for the Chinese Lunar New Year!) What have you learned, and how do you wish to channel that insight into the direction of your future? Aquarius, a sign that resonates with big-picture vision, asks you to own your sovereignty, and simultaneously collaborate with your community. Please note: While solar eclipses are great times to formulate (and claim visions), give yourself a day or two to digest the impact before you launch and lead in your newly defined direction.

Friday, February 16

Welcome the year of the Earth Dog. On this post-eclipse Lunar New Year Friday, take time to tune in. What does your body need today? With Venus exalted in Pisces making a sextile (a harmonious angle of support) to Saturn, the disciplinarian of the zodiac, now's the time to let your body become guru. What does she need? What does she want? 2018, a year defined by planets in earth and water signs, urges you to tend to your physical needs. With two eclipses in the rear-view mirror, now's the time to recalibrate the body. Consider transformational breathwork; slow, mindful strength training; or a pleasant walk!

Saturday, February 17

With Mars, the planet of action, in fire sign Sagittarius squaring Neptune (who rules spirituality and dreams) in Pisces, details may feel fuzzy today. Even with Mercury conjoining the sun at the last degrees of Aquarius, you'll likely want to slow your roll. If this transit agitates your peace of mind, and you need a release, turn to orgasm. Try for multiples. Yes, this can be a spiritually inclined solo activity. Can't get your big O on? Don't stress. Take a trip to your feminist-minded sex shop and see if you can't pick up a toy or two. Don't have one locally? Take a gander online. You never know what you'll find.

Sunday, February 18

With the sun and Mercury now in Pisces, the cosmic tides turn away from the influence of rebellious Aquarius and into the soft sensitivity of the last sign of the zodiac. When was the last time you had some scrumptious bodywork or a day at the spa? If you are long overdue, consider booking yourself something special today. Indulge the senses, but be mindful to not indulge the bottle. Say no to that boozy brunch and yes to your meditation pillow instead. While there's nothing wrong with cocktails and wine, with the eclipses so recent, which can potentially impact physical health, abstinence supports integration. Pisces rules dreams, and may just facilitate deep REM sleep (all the more reason to say no to that glass of vino today). Prioritize rest instead and get a good night's sleep.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women's health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success.

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