Your horoscope for February 14 to 20, 2013

Play it up, play it down, or ignore it altogether, the sure-fire picks will give you your money’s worth on Valentine’s Day. We are in a karmic completion and/or seeding time regarding all relationship matters. Venus and Mars will begin a vibrant new cycle at the start of April.

Mars, Saturn, and Pluto work well together through the weekend, suggesting a smooth and productive move-it-forward time. Venus in Aquarius, the other half of the relationship duo, is also in decent shape through Tuesday. Good relationship and personal progress are possible now, but know the stars are gearing up to perform a critical background diagnostic.

The sun enters Pisces at 9:03 a.m. on Monday. Just a few hours later, Saturn in Scorpio turns retrograde. Together, they allow greater access to hidden, latent, and brewing potentials. When you pause to take stock, you’re likely to find that a reality, perception, desire, or need has been growing. Saturn’s reverse motion now dissolves the block, rationale, or veneer, and uncovers a source generator that has so far gone undetected or been muffled or overlooked. What is revealed can prove to be a power base or a corruption or flaw in the reality base. Either way, it must be fully accessed before we can proceed.

Next Tuesday through Thursday, potentials are at peak. Seize the moment, but don’t bank on the promise. Be forewarned—Mercury retrograde begins next Saturday.

March 19 - April 19

Spontaneity delivers best on Valentine’s Day. A smooth-rolling weekend lies ahead. Should you decide to get ambitious, know that Mars trine Saturn sets a productive, ease-of-accomplishment backdrop. As of Monday, Saturn retrograde creates a significant energy shift. Blocked no more, through Thursday you’ll gain better access to that which has recently seemed impenetrable or beyond reach.

April 19 - May 20

Valentine’s Day will come and go in a flash, but Friday through midday Sunday the Taurus moon sustains your feels-good/feels-right buzz. Aim to get as much as you can accomplished and out of the way before Mercury retrograde starts next weekend. Monday through Thursday, you should find that others give you more space, consideration, and latitude.

May 20 - June 20

The Aries moon can keep you motoring right along on Valentine’s Day, but come the weekend there’s no need to push or race. You should find it all works out just as it should. Monday/Tuesday, new insights are likely to be sparked. Keep alert to the messages and signals: they may provide a preview clue to the upcoming Mercury retrograde cycle.

June 20 - July 22

Aim wherever you like: you’ll gain better-than-average mileage through this no-sweat, on-track weekend. Starting Monday, Saturn’s retrograde tour will help you regroup and refortify where it will offer you the most benefit. Thanks to the Cancer moon, Wednesday and Thursday are especially opportune. These are your best days to reach out, initiate, create, explore, express, replenish, or safeguard.

July 22 - August 22

Whether brand-new or long-committed, romance is always best when it’s played up, not muted. Your bargaining powers and money smarts serve you well, especially through Saturday. Monday calls for a subtler approach or more behind-the-scenes attention. Saturn retrograde will help you zero in on what, who, where, and when will serve your best interests.

August 22 - September 22

Take the lead on Valentine’s Day and it’ll get you somewhere good. Friday and Saturday, Mars keeps relationship matters and personal activities moving in the right direction. In addition to some immediate easing up or relief, Monday’s stars begin a significant rebalancing, healing, and repair cycle. Your opportune moment is fleeting—use it wisely. Mercury retrograde begins next Saturday.

September 22 - October 22

The Aries moon puts the ball in their court on Valentine’s Day. Of course, if you initiate something you’ll get first dibs on the pleasure too. Friday and Saturday are good days to address financial matters or have that serious talk about boundaries, priorities, and respect. Saturn retrograde, starting Monday, calls for you to take a tough-love stance on yourself and your finances.

October 22 - November 21

You’re smooth when you want to be and sharp when you need to be. Your instincts, determination, resourcefulness, and creativity are at peak over this next week. Mars and Saturn loan you ample physical and emotional stamina. They also help you spin it to your best advantage. Saturn retrograde, starting Monday, motivates you. Mid week exposes even more.

November 21 - December 21

More is stirring than is readily apparent. If you can’t get a clear enough read, simply allow enough time for the download to complete. Saturn retrograde, starting Monday, dissolves a block, mindset, or rationale and uncovers more. Over the next week, creative or emotional floodgates open. Your physical sensitivity and vulnerability are also heightened. Protect your immune system.

December 21 - January 20

Mars and Saturn help you achieve with ease, especially Friday/Saturday. Actions and body language convey the message even better than words. Starting Monday, Saturn retrograde will help you pinpoint the weak link or specific issue that needs to be resolved, as well as scope out your best advantages and opportunities. Mid next week, you’ll piece even more together.

January 20 - February 18

The more you work it, the more you’ll have to work with. Explore all your options, invest your all. Courage and determination applied with a realistic attitude should meet with ready reward over the next week. Saturn retrograde, starting Monday, can change the rules or requirements, dissolve a block or doubt, and uncover an advantage or better backup support.

February 18 - March 19

The sun advances into Pisces on Monday, but you’ve already gained good create-it juice from Mars and Mercury in Pisces. Through Saturday, you’ll hit your mark. Things fall into place for you without too much effort or fuss. Monday through Thursday, there’s even less to hold you back and even more to gain.