We usually turn to the stars for insight on love and romance, but overlook the fact that some of our closest relationships are actually with our co-workers. After all, we probably spend as much, if not more, time with them than we do with our family.
The month ahead has some very dramatic celestial activity:
- Mercury, the planet of communication and transportation, will be retrograde (an astrological term describing the planet’s apparent reverse motion through the heavens, three times a year) from Feb. 13-March 8. It's a good time to clear clutter, back up files, return to and complete old projects, and contact friends and business associates from the past. But delays and communication/transportation mishaps often pop up during the retro, so frustration tolerance does come in handy.
- The new moon in Aquarius, which coincides with the Chinese New Year on Feb. 17 is good for setting new intentions.
- Venus, planet of love, attraction and connection, enters energetic Aries on Feb. 21, adding vim, vigor and verve to wherever she is in your horoscope.
- Mars, planet of action, goes into Aquarius, the sign of vision and exciting possibilities for the future, on Feb. 25, motivating us all to think and act outside of the box.
- Saturn and Neptune oppose one another exactly on Feb. 28. The challenge is to dream big and cope with the reality of the situation. Hidden conditions see the light of day, enabling all signs to make better informed decisions.
- The lunar eclipse on March 3 close to Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected change, is likely to bring an element of surprise on professional, relationship and home fronts.
- Mercury turns direct on Friday, March 8 and the weekend should be used to build up reserves for what will be an incredibly busy work week.
Your astrological forecast for Feb. 12-March 9, 2007
Work style: Energetic, brisk, motivatedWorks best in an environment: where there is privacy and can concentrate.Work support team: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, CapricornCompetes/spars with: everyone (especially Libra)Need to work on: patience, consideration of the time and talents of others.
Tip for the month: Lighten up on the demand you place on yourself to deliver without a break. Your inner life needs tending to for the next few weeks.
Work style: Slow, methodical, determinedWorks best in an environment: that is beautiful, calm, friendly and fair.Work support team: Gemini, Leo, Libra, AquariusCompetes/spars with: ScorpioNeed to work on: adapting to the pace of co-workers, moving a bit quicker when needed.
Tip for the month: Do not be dismayed or offended if promises made have not been fulfilled or have been rescinded all together. Instead, focus on what you can do to move yourself forward on your own. Others will come on board and deliver when Mercury goes direct after March 8.
Work style: Quick, highly intelligent, versatileWorks best in an environment: where there’s room to move around and the bathrooms are well maintained.Work support team: Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, PiscesCompetes/spars with: SagittariusNeed to work on: focusing on one thing at a time, going beyond the surface to get to the bottom of things.
Tip for the month: Boss or superiors are in a state of flux and administration could shift all together. Pay attention to possible opportunities that may avail themselves to you at the changing of the guard.
Work style: Emotional, while striving to succeed, sentimental, clannishWorks best in an environment: that inspires, is diverse (international and multicultural), offers security with room to expand.Work support team: Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, AriesCompetes/spars with: Capricorn, or anyone that threatens security, whether the threat is real or imagined.Need to work on: being more direct, sacrificing authentic self to gain points.
Tip for the month: Reaffirm belief in yourself and abilities, taking a class may help big time. When Venus enters your career house on the 21st, spend some time and money on dressing for success.
Work style: Noble, proud, self-assured Works best in an environment: that is well structured, honorable and traditional.Work support team: Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, TaurusCompetes/spars with: Aquarius (but thinks the Aquarian should be flattered by the attention)Need to work on: giving the “monarchy” routine a rest, and understanding once and for all, that the workplace bears no resemblance to Buckingham Palace.
Tip for the month: Overcoming sense of limitation and dissatisfaction. The delays are temporary and anything that doesn’t come through professionally wasn’t the right thing in the first place.
Work style: Either very detail-oriented or completely chaotic. There’s no in-between and often swings to and from both extremes.Works best in an environment: that is technologically up-to-speed, and where there’s lots of individual freedom to come and go.Work support team: Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, GeminiCompetes/spars with: PiscesNeed to work on: tolerating the imperfection of others.
Tip for the month: Forgive others for backsliding or going back on their word, with the new moon on the 18th a new work scenario could easily be in the offing.
Work style: Social, high-minded, intelligentWorks best in an environment: that smells good, is free from smoke, perfumes or anything you’re allergic to. Too much noise presents a problem.Work support team: Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, CancerCompetes/spars with: AriesNeed to work on: distractibility, worrying about the personal lives of everyone around you, demanding perfection of yourself at every turn. Must get enough sleep to function well.
Tip for the month: Things that fell through recently may be resurrected or replaced by better opportunities. Be prepared for all kinds of activity as things could pop up at a moment’s notice.
Work style: Private, intense, investigativeWorks best in an environment: that is not too confining, with physical activity and exercise nearby to blow off steam when need arises.Work support team: Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries, LeoCompetes with: everyone (especially Taurus)Need to work on: not taking everything personally, trusting others.
Tip for the month: Though 2007 will go down as the year of financial victory, there could be some minor setbacks this month as home and family require equal attention.
Work style: Upbeat, fast-paced, inspiringWorks best in an environment: that is steady dependable and predictable — at least to a certain extent.Work support team: Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, VirgoCompetes/spars with: GeminiNeed to work on: getting off your high horse when you want to make a point, and being okay with those who disagree with you.
Tip for the month: Keep your cool when transportation glitches and real estate activity compete with career goals and professional responsibilities. You may consider a home office to take on additional projects now and in the near future.
Work style: Ambitious, decisive, responsibleWorks best in an environment: in which people are treated respectfully and where communication is easy and efficient, with state-of-the-art and well-serviced computers and phones.Work support team: Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, LibraCompetes/spars with: CancerNeed to work on: tolerance for those not quite as mature, efficient or driven as you.
Tip for the month: A boss or superior would appreciate your making good on a long-standing invitation you extended for him/her to visit your home. Mixing business and pleasure, though not your usual style, isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Work style: Innovative, original, progressiveWorks best in an environment: that feels nurturing or like a family and accepts your idiosyncrasies in stride and with humor.Work support team: Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, ScorpioCompetes/spars with: LeoNeed to work on: tendency to disconnect, crankiness and being distant without an explanation.
Tip of the month: Concentrate on long-term economic goals and be willing to correct and clear up financial records in preparation for an upward flow. Mars provides lots of energy, take him up on it. Physical exercise is more important than ever.
Work style: Gentle, contemplative, imaginativeWorks best in an environment: that doesn’t limit your creativity and encourages you to shine.Work support team: Aries, Gemini, Leo, SagittariusCompetes/spars with: VirgoNeed to work on: saying “yes” to everyone and everything, ridding yourself of the sense of being overwhelmed and realizing that you’re entitled to attention and praise every now and then.
Tip of the month: Say less and do more. The Mercury retrograde in your sign (and in Aquarius) works like a slingshot if played right — two steps backward will equal 10 steps forward. Venus in your 2nd house of finance (Feb. 21-March 17) encourages renewed commitment to self worth and better compensation for your time.
Shelley Ackerman is an astrologer, journalist and broadcaster. To learn more, visit her Web site, .