Valentine's Week Is Going to Be Steamy, According to Astrology
Whether you shamelessly stockpile conversation hearts and buy everyone you know roses every February 14 or Valentine's Day is a holiday that you're just fine with seeing come and go, it's hard to deny that the annual tribute to love does set the stage for possibilities galore. Your S.O. could knock you off your feet with a surprise gift, you could have a super-satisfying night in with your bestie, and the day could end up being the impetus for you or your soulmate to swipe right.
To get a sense of what Valentine's Day 2022 could bring, you'll want to consider the week's astrology, which includes one of the hottest aspects of the whole year. (Spoiler: the sexiest vibes might be felt later in the week.) Consider this your Valentine's Day forecast for every zodiac sign.
Mercury's Shift Is Good News for Friendly Hook-Ups
There's pretty much nothing romantic about the fact that Valentine's Day falls on a Monday, but if you've been crushing on a friend or someone at work whose hilarious DMs keep you going through the workday, a planetary shift could crank up the flirtatious vibes.
Mercury, the planet of communication, shifts into fixed air sign Aquarius, best known for nurturing their platonic bonds and embracing unconventional relationship dynamics. In other words, it's the patron sign of friends with benefits, no-strings-attached hookups, situationships, and non-monogamy, and from February 14 to March 9, it'll make it easier to adopt a more progressive, humanitarian, eccentric view in general — and in matters of the heart.
The Full Moon In Sexy Fire Sign Leo Will Amplify Desire
On February 14, the moon — which sets the general tone of the day and can influence our emotions — moves into sexy fixed fire sign Leo, which will amplify confidence, self-expression, and desire to prioritize fun and flirtation. And that effect will be even more intense than usual because on Wednesday, la luna will be full in Leo.
The full moon in Leo will occur at 11:56 a.m. ET/8:56 a.m. PT, illuminating the push-pull between the Lion's terrain (self-focus, self-expression, romance, pleasure, creativity, optimism) and Aquarius' priorities (humanitarianism, what's best for the collective, platonic relationships, contrarianism). In turn, you could be torn between spending quality time solo or with your love versus with friends or colleagues. You might also be inspired to speak your truth about your feelings in a situation where you or the object of your affection has been friend-zoned. If it sounds a little bumpy and emotional, that's because it's a full moon — which occurs when the moon sits directly opposite from the sun.
The Planet of Romance Will Pair Up with the Planet of Sex, Cranking Up the Heat
There is another super-steamy aspect happening on February 16 just before the full moon that could also crank up the heat. At 9:29 a.m. ET/6:29 a.m. PT, Venus, the planet of romance, moving through Capricorn for what seems like forever thanks to its retrograde will pair up with Mars, the planet of action, energy, and sex. When Venus and Mars meet, they heighten the potential for passion. You could be more fired up to prioritize fun, self-expression, creativity, and see that your sexual desires are revealed — and fulfilled.
And because this meet-up is happening in industrious cardinal earth sign Capricorn, there'll be a more grounded, pragmatic vibe to the conjunction. The sign of the Sea Goat is all about putting in the work to reach the top of whatever mountain they've set their sights on, so whether you're intent on writing the ultimate app dating profile, opening a savings account to stash funds away for your dream wedding, or planning a sexy weekend getaway with your sweetheart, Cap energy will help you be more focused, driven, and down-to-earth.
Ruled by Saturn, the taskmaster planet, Capricorn's also notorious for being into power play and toying with control, so this could be a moment that lends itself to experimenting with light bondage, adopting dominant and submissive roles, or simply telling your partner what you want them to do to you in a commanding, confident way.
Pisces Offers Up a Pair of Rose-Colored Glasses Ahead of the Weekend
The astrological goodies keep on coming as we roll into the end of the week. On Thursday, February 17, lucky Jupiter in dreamy Pisces forms a friendly sextile to game-changer Uranus in sensual Taurus, which should feel fortunate and adventurous. Jupiter magnifies everything it comes in contact with and when it forms a harmonious angle to Uranus, which is all about electrifying shake-ups and shifting gears, you may feel as though you're being invited to take a chance. Out of the blue, you might be ready to book a long-distance vacation with your sweetheart or shrug off work to dive into a creative project with someone special.
And on Friday, February 18, the sun ends its journey through rational Aquarius and moves into Pisces, one of the most romantic, artistic, and deeply feeling signs, ruled by spiritual Neptune. Certainly through the weekend and until March 20, Pisces season invites you to put on your rose-colored glasses and get swept up in believing that anything you imagine — even your wildest daydream — can be made real. And if that isn't the perfect vibe for a belated V-Day date night, what is?