Disclaimer: These horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only. Also to bring important forecasts to your attention.
February sees an extraordinary planetary line-up forming, where nearly all the planets are jammed into the final three signs of the zodiac, forcing everybody to concentrate on outstanding issues. While these will be different for everybody, Capricorns, Aquarians, and Pisceans will find their noses pressed particularly hard against the grindstone, through to April. Whatever themes come up in the next few weeks, pay attention. Resolutions must be had.
The rest of the zodiacs find these powerful energies exciting and helpful. Not you, Aries. All these demands to focus and concentrate on things just tick you right off. Even remote acquaintances will annoy you through March, what with their constant demands that you do things you don’t want to do, like that friend-of-a-friend who wants you to go along to his amateur musical night. You’re right, you won’t enjoy it.
Go anyway, because this is an unparalleled time to build important relationships for the future. Make no mistake: It’s going to be painful because you’re going to keep bumping into people who just won’t get to the point, or who drone on about tedious things in great detail. Pro tip: Learn how to smile and nod in a winning fashion, because you’re about to meet powerful people who can help you in many ways in the future.
Piri Naturel Landwein Gold Layen Nahe 2018 (~$50)
This is a toss-up: Is it a wine to get your teeth gritty or a wine to tell you, lighten up? Let’s go with the latter. Enjoy. Purely. Except it’s expensive, that’s the grit. But you pay for land and this comes from a grand cru site. It’s an extremely complex Riesling but chances are it will be down the hatch before you notice. To hell with tedium, go for electricity.
If you don’t like your current job, have you considered getting into space station construction? You should think about it, because your Tenth House of career is playing host to the Sun and Saturn in the airy sign of Aquarius, which rules technology and space. Not only that, but there are a whole bunch of planets standing shoulder-to-shoulder together in the Ninth House of long-distance travel. If anybody can work out a way to send Elon Musk and his pals off to colonize Mars, it’s you.
While you yourself like to be close to the ground, this isn’t a month for gardening, or your other favorite pastime, grave digging. Instead, use all that Ninth House energy in a constructive way. Pack some sandwiches into your backpack and set off into the wide blue world, to establish an international business, find long-lost relatives, or to sail over the horizon to meet new people. You may find you land the work of your dreams.
Domaine Tetta Effervescent-1 Blanc de Blancs 2018 ($~45)
Japan isn’t exactly Mars but the fact that Japanese wine has landed in fine wine shops is unusual enough and drinking a bottle, you might as well imagine yourself to be on a spacewalk. Domaine Tetta is in the Okayama Prefecture, three hours west of Osaka, and the vines of this Chardonnay grow on its high elevation, 1000 feet, limestone karst plateau. A pét-nat — not a Méthode Champenoise — the bubble is gentle, but it has a Champagne-like creaminess and just the littlest metallic twinge on the finish.
February begins with Mars, the planet of war, and Jupiter, the planet of luck, smiling at each other across your chart. This is it, Gemini — the moment to declare war on your enemies and ride into battle. Show no mercy and put their heads on pikes, a warning to anybody who would cross you. Only, you need to do it quickly, because just one week later, all your efforts become bogged down and waterlogged, and fights over joint resources — bank accounts, property, office stationery — begin to blow up.
Other than that, this is a good month to knuckle down to serious study. Immerse yourself in learning the kind of minutiae that normally makes you impatient. Everybody knows Gemini hates being nailed down on details. But give in to it, because the studies you do now will be paying off for years to come — extensive overseas travel is indicated, tied to your area of knowledge. Another good reason to hit the books.
Domaine Pierre Richard Hermétique Trousseau Sans Soufre 2019 (~$28)
Whether you interpret Hermétique as sealed or isolating, this Jurassic wine, especially if you nurse it over two days, will give you a flashlight and show you the way out of what sounds like a very complicated month. At first the wine is a little feisty, with a little sparky trapped carbon dioxide, but then it eases into a smile of a wine that’s easy to drink, with low tannin and jolts of cherry.
Robert Hand, one of the most famous astrologers of the past 100 years, says that Jupiter in the Ninth House means “your life can be expanded tremendously. You may have opportunities for extensive travel, for learning, and also for teaching others … Philosophy, metaphysics, and religion are typical studies associated with this transit.” Unfortunately, he says of Mars in the Seventh House, that, “… this transit can signify a time of conflict, especially with those closest to you.” Put those together, and what have you got?
You know perfectly well, Cancer. Quite simply, don’t go around trying to convert people to whatever your current philosophy du jour is. No telling people their aura needs a cleanse, no handing out the cell number of your favorite therapist, and — above all — no trying to sign people up for your multilevel marketing. It just annoys people.
For total fulfillment this month, buy a plane ticket and set off for adventures. You’ve got a nice aspect to Venus in your house of relationships that suggests you’ll meet someone new and wonderful on your travels.
Natenadze Wines Meskhuri Red 2019 (~$26)
To figure out the philosophy of Jupiter in the Ninth House, go seek an old soul. In this case, an old vine said to be 400 years old and as wide as an old redwood. Giorgi Natenadze’s uncle, who used to teach at the university in Tbilisi used to commute back to his dirt floor humble home to care for this vine, nurturing it and making sure it could stand for the next few centuries. To make wine from it, one must rappel and climb the noble limbs. The wine is magnificent and shows the stretch and strength of a vine that holds the wisdom of generations. Burgundian and layered, clove and green and berry. Stunning.
When an astrologer looks at a chart, it’s impossible to tell if the native is doing the actions, or receiving them. Either you’ve become a monstrous bossy boot this month, Leo, or you’re in a very unproductive environment where people are being unnecessarily critical. Obviously, if it’s the latter, then turn things around by taking on the role of harsh critic for yourself.
In other news, an older person, older than you, at least, is about to come into your life and offer you something you really want, whether that’s a marriage or a contract, or a partnership deal. On the work front, you’re going to be powering away until March, laying the groundwork for some spectacular future achievements. In the meantime, shrug off the little people and absolutely do not remember them in your upcoming acceptance speeches.
Milan Nestarec Umami Moravia 2018 (~$45)
Laying the groundwork and laying the infrastructure means you need to layer in the electricity and this plug-in will give you a huge jolt of extroverted juice. It comes from Milan Nestarec, a wunderkind from Moravia in the Czech Republic, a blend of Traminer and Riesling. It has incredible Leonine energy but is so focused and powerful, it’s the energy contained but not tamed.
You always try so hard to manage everything so that everybody gets the best possible outcome, but people — particularly children and colleagues who act like children — sometimes see your efforts as interfering. Which, let’s be truthful here, they are. This month you will be especially tempted to tell everyone how to run their lives. Especially since it looks like things are changing at your workplace, whether that means new software or a new snack machine. Or just people returning to the office after time away, bringing their now-withered social skills with them.
Instead of pointing out how everybody can improve, get on with devising fiendish new passwords and keep your thoughts to yourself. After all, you know why you want to micromanage, don’t you? It’s because you’re protecting your very vulnerable heart. But you can’t keep love out forever because Jupiter and Neptune are conspiring together in your house of relationships, giving you reasons to melt into a puddle on the floor. It could be that you’re about to meet the love of your dreams. Or maybe a needy pet is about to enter your life, to make literal puddles on the floor. Have a mop ready.
Alfredo Maestro Lovomar 2020 (~$28)
Can you love a wine just because of a label? When it’s as innocent as this one you can, and then the taste seals the deal. Take a note from this depiction of Little Red Riding Hood’s love affair with her wolf, confronting the great vulnerable fear and opening up the heart. And the wine, from Albillo, the most common white grape in Spain, is most uncommon. The grapes are from wise vines up to 120 years old in Castilla de Leon, with one week of skin contact, it has just a hint of texture and a lot of melon.
You spend too much of your time trying to please people, Libra, and February is the month to grow a spine and finally assert yourself. Sometimes, seeing everybody’s point of view is a drawback, especially when you’re quietly talented and your ideas are better than those of the people around you.
For the next two months, set yourself a challenge: Speak up for yourself when the opportunity arises. There won’t be any negative consequences — you’re a Libra! You know when the atmosphere is right. Those of you involved in scientific, mathematical, or medical research are likely to make an inspired breakthrough. Do remember not to sign all the intellectual property rights away, even if it is especially pleasing to the people around you. Oh, and this is also an excellent month for buying or renovating real estate.
La Visciola Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Priore Vignali 2015 (~$35)
Piero Macciocca’s wines are not about pleasing people but about being true to the land. The grape comes from Lazio, about two hours south of Rome. Macciocca makes a few single-vineyard examples and this one, the 2015 vintage, is exuberant, deeply flavored, and full of personality. The opulent cherry fruit is smoothed out with touches of bay leaf and Libra-like balance. Be prepared for a sunny power pop.
Dealings with family are heavily indicated in your chart for the next six weeks or so, Scorpio. Siblings, cousins, parents, babies, children, you name it, are either coming to visit or will be noticeably absent in some meaningful way, in the sense that their failure to appear is important. This can mean obligations and burdens will be laid on you. For some of you, this means having to choose between domestic bliss and a career.
On the plus side, your creative energies are extremely powerful right now, as are your problem-solving abilities. Theater, music, and drama of all kinds are emphasized in the chart; for the Scorpio out there who’s scribbling tunes on a napkin right now, the future holds a fortune in recording royalties. Everybody else under this sign should lighten up, head to a show, or take a seat at a bar where live jazz is playing.
La Senda 1984 Mencía 2019 (~$22)
A wine made by a man who joined his former rock guitar with his science brain then found God and natural wine and never looked back. He rents 15 parcels totaling about 12 acres. He focuses on bush-trained vines over 60 years old. The 1984, and yes, it is a George Orwell reference, is gathered from a trio of vineyards; partially destemmed, macerated for a week in large oak, then transferred to small barrels to finish over eight months. This fantastic vintage is full of yum and acid-laced berries and that special tomato spice that lingers.
Time to board the boat, Sagittarius! Specifically, a house boat. That’s because your Fourth House of home and real estate is sloshing with water this month and next. Instead of waiting for flash floods or dripping taps, or crying roommates to manifest, just seize the day and set off on an adventure. This month, the stars are shining a spotlight on two areas of your life. The first is money and personal resources and, oh boy, do things look good. You are going to be sorely — sorely! — tempted, as everywhere you turn there are bargains and opportunities galore. But don’t buy any of them unless they’re discounted diamonds and gold bullion off the back of a truck*, because you should be using this wonderful energy to make money, rather than spend it.
The second area has to do with short journeys. Take some! You may need to get away from other people, especially siblings in need, and there is no faster or more splendid way to do it than with a motor boat.
*Please note that Pixie Stardust expects all her readers to act within the law. If you see gold bullion falling onto the road from an unmarked truck, report it to the proper authorities. But, you know, if someone in a reputable wine bar offers you a bargain, you can take it. Even if they do produce the goods from inside their trench coat.
Domaine Bordes Les Narys Saint-Chinian Rouge 2019 (~$19)
This hasn’t fallen from the truck or a boat, but from heaven as a gift from a retired plumber. Philippe, the ex-plumber and Emma Bordes farm 22 acres in Saint-Chinian, making wine for the little people. Take this as Exhibit 1: a beautiful little field blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvèdre, raised in stainless, fresh, immediate and satisfying. As a bargain lover, you should pounce.
Nobody has to tell Capricorn to get it together — you run your life by spreadsheet. Normally, you’re organized, cautious, and responsible. This month, however, is the time to stop thinking about your work or even your partners, and reflect deeply on what it is you really want. Like a good Capricorn, you’ve worked valiantly to do everything right, but see around you things that are half done, or poorly done, that are not of your making.
From the beginning of February until late March, you will have extraordinary focus and clarity, combined with an uprush of energy. Use this time to decide what you truly want. The Moon, the Sun, and Saturn are cozying up together in your Second House of money, and they will combine to thwart you from achieving what you want to achieve in the short term, probably by delivering unexpected bills and expenses. Yet, paradoxically, if you use this time for introspection about what you truly want — and deserve, for all your hard work — you will wind up building a very fortunate and prosperous future for yourself.
Siblings, relatives, and partners of relatives look like they’re crossing your personal boundaries and being inappropriate. Send them on their way — you haven’t got time for this right now.
Fonterenza Pettirosso Vino Rosso 2019 (~$28)
Sibling disasters worthy of Shakespearean tragedies exist all over Italy, but so do stories of love and optimism. Here out of Brunello-land, are the Padovani twins, Francesca and Margarita. Based outside Montalcino, they split the duties of vines and winemaking but gently overlap both. This Pettirosso, from a mountain vineyard on Mount Amiata, on volcanic soils, is a beauty to keep you in touch with the possibilities that can come through when you have the magic touch that embodies intimacy, friendship, and healthy boundaries. Mostly Sangiovese with a smidge of Ciliegiolo, its first vintage was back in 2011. This is made for easy drinking and has such a special herbal note on a mostly wild strawberry-ish background.
Let’s cut to the chase, Aquarius: It’s time for an upgrade. This can be as trivial as trying a new hairstyle and refreshing your wardrobe, to building a proper wine wall at last; put it next to the television, for easy access. Your ruler Saturn has come to rest in your First House of self, provoking soul searching about who you are and who you want to be in the world.
You also have a number of major planets, including Venus and Mars, on the march through your Twelfth House, which rules dreams, secrets, and emotions, offering you the gift of inspiration. But beware of people waltzing into your life and offering you simple solutions, particularly financial ones. Also be careful how you speak to other people in the next few weeks, because you may come across as harsh and judgmental. Anyway, the most important thing you can do is keep a notebook by your bed and write down your dreams — one of those weird ideas that haunts your night is probably a multi-million-dollar project in the making. Don’t let it go.
Bichi Azul el Héroe 2020 (~$39)
It was a crazy idea to make wine from the rugged, wild landscape outside Tecate, Mexico but the Telléz family did it. They planted vines where the rattlers roam, and then found pockets of old dry-farmed soldier vines that have survived the climate’s brutality. This wine comes from such a plot. Grenache, light-hearted yet rustic and full of tar-rolled cherry. This is an example of taming the harshness but still being true.
Take the month off, Pisces. Just lie in bed in your nicest frilly robe, and don’t move except to turn up the sound on the Hallmark Channel or reach for another bonbon. Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with far too many demands. First of all, you’ve got the great taskmaster Saturn wedged between both your Sun and your Moon — together they represent your deepest self — forcing you to think unpleasant thoughts. About things like unpaid bills, unmet obligations, and unopened letters of demand.
Plus, you need all the rest you can get, because you’re going to be in hot demand this month. There will be invitations to go yachting, spontaneous get-togethers in dubious bars that you will be expected to attend, and scandalous secrets that people will want to burden you with. It’s also the start of a six-month climb toward achieving some of your most precious life goals. Alas, you are burdened with charisma and opportunity, when all you want to do is nap. So bolt the door and keep the world waiting, until you’re ready for your grand entrance. And definitely don’t open to the person banging loudly and telling you to open up, they’re the law.
Chateau Lestignac Va Te Faire Boire (~$23)
Camille and Mathias Marquet inherited the family farm south of Bergerac in 2008 and by 2020 they were making fantastic wines. Go and drink it, just like this label tells you to do. It’s easy on the pocketbook, easy on the palate, so swig it while snug in your robe, melting into your couch or when you get dragged out to any one of those swell invitations. Make sure you pick up a case. Yeah, it’s Merlot. Want to make something of it?