Happy February! Love is in the air (and in the heavens). This month we see partnerships flourish in the Zodiac as forces unite to amplify ideas and circumstances already in motion. Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn mid-month to help you give a voice to the lessons you are learning. Write about new insights you have or talk them through with trusted colleagues. The Sun will also partner with Venus and Neptune, encouraging you to take dreams more seriously. Can you make them into a reality? Finally, the month ends with Venus joining Jupiter. Love and luck unite! Be careful not to overspend. Jupiter loves the finer things in life, and Venus loves to shop. Treat yourself within reason.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18), HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 7th house of relationships. You may be dealing with a sticky situation involving a colleague, conductor, or student. Not seeing eye-to-eye with a fellow music-maker? Battling with different learning or work styles? This Full Moon will ask you to take a step back and problem-solve. Where can compromises be made? Invite this person out for coffee to hash things out. If there are no solutions, you might need to seek other opportunities elsewhere that do not involve this person.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 1st house of identity. The Sun and Saturn have been teaching you a lot of lessons lately about the type of flutist you really want to be. Perhaps you have been in a rut and need to change things up in order to move in a new direction. When Mercury moves signs, you will finally have the green light to discuss your plans with others. This may be as simple as discussing your ambitions on your flute blog or as involved as meeting with a career counselor to discuss new jobs in new places that hold new possibilities.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 2nd house of income. Time to consider new horizons when it comes to your job. Hit the job and audition boards. What opportunities are available both locally and not-so-locally? What are the job requirements? Are there any postings that speak to you? Take the first step and apply!
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 2nd house of income. A new job opportunity may come your way thanks to this New Moon. A job you have recently applied to may be yours or you may be invited to audition in your dream orchestra. Go for it! The Universe is encouraging you to expand your career horizons.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 3rd house of communication. Write about flute topics that interest you when Venus and Jupiter join forces. This may be on your flute blog, or you may even begin drafting the opening chapters of a book. Do you have a really unique take on a certain aspect of flute playing or about a particular composer? Start writing!
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 6th house of daily work and health routines. You may find yourself too busy with too many responsibilities that do not really add much value to your work or life. Time to re-delegate the tasks that drain you to others who might value them more. Clear your schedule Marie Condo style – Ask yourself, “Does this hour-long meeting bring me joy or enhance my career?” If the answer is no, axe it! Instead, fill your time with more students or valuable practice time.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 12th house of behind-the-scenes activities. The Sun and Saturn may have taught you some hard lessons about your practice routine recently. Mercury will ask you to share some of your lessons with others. Do you have a flute blog yet? This is a great time to set one up! Blog about some of your favorite practice techniques. What works for you? What do you find challenging? How do you track your time? Does your routine look the same each day?
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 1st house of identity. This is a great time to put together a vision board. If you could be any kind of flutist in the world, what would that look like? What type of flute would you play on? Which orchestras would you perform in? Would you be a soloist? Or would you devote your time to teaching? The Sun wants you to dream big!
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 1st house of identity. The Universe may present you with a new opportunity at the beginning of the month to pursue something incredible – Perhaps even something tied to your vision board. This may be an exciting new job prospect, audition opportunity, or a good deal on the flute of your dreams. Follow the cues from the Universe on this one and go for something great, even if you think it might be realistically out of your reach.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 2nd house of income. Venus will help you make some serious cash at work at the end of the month. Perhaps you will be offered a promotion or attract a new crop of students to your studio. Be careful not to spend it all in one place – Venus and Jupiter like to shop recklessly when they pair up. Put most of your extra income into a savings account for now but be sure to treat yourself with a fabulous new piece of music or flute accessory as a reward.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 5th house of creativity and joy. Working on a creative project, by any chance, Aries? Trying to compose a fabulous new piece of flute music or create a really unique lecturer recital on your favorite composer? You might have hit a snag. Take a step back around the time of this Full Moon and reevaluate. You may have accidentally created a much larger project than originally envisioned. Where can you streamline? Can you remove an extra movement or abbreviate longer melodic sections? You may need to adopt the motto, “less is more.”
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 11th house of groups and communities. You have likely spent a lot of time in orchestra rehearsals lately. When Mercury moves signs, this is a great time to schedule smaller group sectionals. Separate yourselves from the craziness of the rest of the ensemble and work on those tricky technical bits together. Hash out impossible intonation in the high register and agree on tempo changes as a team. We are all better when we work together!
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 12th house of behind-the-scenes activities. The Sun will send you into the practice room when it moves signs. This is a great time to practice literally all of the things! The good news is that Venus will help make your playing beautiful while Neptune will help you find new inspiration in mundane exercises (such as scales and flexibility studies). Listen to your instincts – If you just aren’t jiving with a piece, let it go. If a melody speaks to you, play it loud and proud!
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 12th house of behind-the-scenes activities. The New Moon will help inspire you to start working on new repertoire for your next recital. This may be easier than you think! Have you heard a piece at a recent convention or festival that you found interesting? Is there a piece you’ve always wanted to learn but never had the guts to try? Give it a go! What sounds difficult may just be a bunch of scales and arpeggios stacked on top of each other.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 1st house of identity. Venus and Jupiter will encourage a bit of retail therapy. Treat yourself! Do you need a fabulous new concert black outfit? Invest in a showstopper! Is your flute gear on the boring side? Drop some cash on a colorful new flute bag or colorful music stand. Need some bling on your instrument? Look into bejeweled crowns or flashy temporary flute sleeves.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 4th house of home and family. You may need to have a family meeting around the time of this Full Moon. Is your practice schedule driving everyone crazy (literally how many times can they listen to Peter and the Wolf without going bonkers)? Perhaps you have a really intense Spring concert season and will need to juggle schedules to make sure your conflicting events are all lined up properly. Compromise where possible.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 10th house of career goals. You may be seriously reconsidering your career goals at the beginning of the month. Mercury will help you discuss some of your thoughts with a trusted career advisor or mentor. This is also a great time to talk shop with a professional flutist who may already have the career of your dreams. How did they get there? What experiences and skills do they have that make them ideal for the position they are in? What advice do they have for you as you make your way through your flute career?
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 11th house of groups and communities. This is a great time to create a new chamber group or audition for a local flute choir. The Sun wants you to do something fun and valuable with your time while making important musical connections with others.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 11th house of groups and communities. You may be auditioning for opportunities in local orchestras around the time of this New Moon. Make sure to brush up on your orchestral excerpts in case an important opportunity (or call back) arises out of nowhere. The Universe is about to bring you an important new position in an awesome group. Say yes to any invitations that come your way at the end of the month.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 12th house of behind-the-scenes activities. Venus will ask you to practice all the things that make you happy. Boring scales? Nope – canceled! Find new ways to approach scales that are interesting and entertaining. Skip the overwhelming etudes that make you want to toss your music stand out the window. Play fantastic virtuosic repertoire that makes you sound fierce and beautiful melodies that bring tears to your eyes. Make practicing fun again!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 3rd house of communication. Working on a book or article about flutists and/or flute playing? This Full Moon may lead to some writer’s block. Revisit your main argument or theme. Have your strayed from your original topic? Are you including a few too many musical examples that really illustrate the same thing? Do you instead need more explanation on more abstract ideas?
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 9th house of travel and higher education. You have been thinking about a trip. Perhaps you have even started to compile a budget and itinerary. This may be in connection with a summer masterclass or an exciting concert series in a beautiful location. Mercury will encourage you to book those tickets and solidify your travel plans. If it is a masterclass you are dreaming of, send in those audition recording links ASAP. The worst they can do is say no.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 10th house of career goals. Venus and Neptune have been asking you to think about your ideal flute life. What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you want to be a soloist or performing with a great orchestra? Do you want to have a studio full of happy and talented students? When the Sun moves into your 10th house, you will be making those first steps towards a new career. Apply to the jobs. Take the auditions. Be open to the new possibilities.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 10th house of career goals. You may receive an invitation to audition or interview for a really great new job opportunity. Brush up on your orchestral excerpts and start crafting some great responses to some of the standard interview questions (ex. Why do you want this position? What makes you the perfect fit for the role?).
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 11th house of groups and communities. Go ahead and sign up for that community orchestra gig! It may not be that prestigious of a group and the music may not be challenging, but the connections you make here will be very valuable. Community musician often find the joy in music-making that professional take for granted in the daily grind. They can help you reconnect to the musician that simply loves making music because, well, music is fun.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 2nd house of income. You may be calling it quits at your day job. Not to fear - This is most likely because you are moving onward into a more challenging and rewarding position with another institution or orchestra. Try not to burn any bridges on your way out. There will be excellent opportunities to collaborate with your old music friends down the road. Make your exit easy and graceful with a reasonable transition plan.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 8th house of banking and finance. Have you been contemplating a major purchase such as a new flute or a new house? What does your budget look like? What are your savings plans? Are there any financing plans available? Mercury will encourage you to meet with your local banking institution to discuss all of your options. They may have savings and loan programs to help you make your purchase a lot sooner than you anticipated.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 9th house of travel and higher education. Venus and Neptune have been leading you to dream about an adventure abroad. Do you have a European expedition in mind? Want to tour Vienna or attend a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic? The Sun will help you start to make those dreams into actual travel plans. Price tickets and book your dates. It may not happen until Summer so you will need to practice some patience in the meantime.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 9th house of travel and higher education. This New Moon will inspire you to look into new learning opportunities around your community. Want to brush up on your music theory skills or take a great course about Beethoven’s life and works? Sign up! You may know a lot of things already being covered in class, but you might also be surprised by some of the details you didn’t know or approaches you’ve never even considered.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 10th house of career goals. Do what you love and love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. Venus will ask you to consider your career honestly. Are you happy? Or are you constantly drained and frustrated? Time for a change! Start considering creative ways to reorganize your responsibilities so you are doing more of what you love and less of what you dread.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 1st house of identity. You may be reconsidering an important goal around the time of this Full Moon. Something you had been striving for has been making you miserable. Are you absolutely over trying to compose a piece of music? Are you bored and frustrated in orchestra rehearsals? It is totally okay to be honest with yourself and shift gears. Be true to your passions and interests and leave anything that doesn’t align with these things in the past. You deserve to be happy with your fluting playing.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 7th house of relationships. This is a really great time to connect with an important flutist that you admire. Schedule an informational interview with this person. How did they make their start in the flute world? What experiences did they value the most? What groups or performances shaped their career? What advice do they have for you as you navigate your own flute career? Pick their brain for some great tips on how to be the best flutist you can be.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 8th house of banking and finance. Venus and Neptune are encouraging you to envision your dream flute. You might even find yourself window-shopping some of the newest bells and whistles on your favorite models. The Sun will ask you to schedule instrument trails and devise savings and/or financing plans. The time has come up upgrade your equipment – Act on this opportunity.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 8th house of banking and finance. You may receive a wonderful gift from a wealthy relative to help finance your new flute. Double check if this is a gift without strings or a loan with a loose payback structure. Whatever the case, this will go a long way to help making your dream flute a reality much sooner than you think. Remember to send a thoughtful thank you card and make them part of the purchasing process, if at all possible.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 9th house of travel and higher education. Venus and Jupiter will encourage you to plan your dream vacay. Summer is a few months away but now is a great time to start plotting a great summer research project. Perhaps you’d like to travel to Salzburg and walk in Mozart’s footsteps. Or maybe you are interested in touring some of the breathtaking concert halls in Italy. Venus doesn’t like budgets, so for now just dream and window-shop. Where would you most like to go? Let your imagination take you to wonderful, sunny, beautiful locations.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 12th house of behind-the-scenes activities. Practicing for a recital that is literally around the corner? Running out of time? Things not coming together? You may be overthinking. Rather than cram practicing (and driving your accompanist crazy in the process), slow everything down. Waay down. Think about technical patterns in chunks and dismantle those chunks. This Full Moon wants you to calm down and simplify complicated repertoire. It might be easier than you think.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 6th house of daily work and health routines. You have been fairly busy these days, Virgo, but thanks to Saturn, you may have weeded out some of the unnecessary responsibilities from your schedule. Mercury will help with the next step which is to time batch some of your meetings and lessons. What day of the week do you find yourself most productive? Is it Tuesday (after the insanity of Monday settles) or Wednesday (when you don’t have rehearsals competing for your attention)? Carve out a block of time to knock out a bunch of boring meetings or make-up lessons. Mercury will help you be super productive with your 1:1 time.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 7th house of relationships. This is a great time for some networking. Is there a local music conference you can attend to hob-knob with fellow musicians? Could you audit a masterclass or two to connect with other flutists in your community? You might also consider connecting with flutists you admire online through direct messages or by commenting on posts and videos.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 7th house of relationships. You will indeed make an important new connection around the time of this New Moon. Reach out to one of your flute heroes and ask for an informational interview. How did they get their start in the music world? Who were their musical idols? What experiences shaped their careers? What advice do they have for you as you make your way through similar territory? They might even help connect you to others that can help put you on the pathway to greater success.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 8th house of banking and finance. Venus will help you attract some of the resource you will need to make a major purchase. Are you considering upgrading your flute? What is your budget? Do you have any financing resources? Do you have savings or a decent savings plan? What is your timeline? Who could you reach out to for some help with an off-the-books loan? Start making those connections.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 11th house of groups and communities. You may be walking away from a performing group around the time of this Full Moon. Perhaps schedules no longer jive with competing groups. Or maybe you just don’t have the bandwidth to perform as much as you used to. No worries – It is totally okay to simplify or move on to the next chapter. Make sure to keep great connections with your colleagues as you never know when opportunities to collaborate will arise in the future.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 5th house of creativity and joy. You’ve got a lot of great creative projects brewing. Find yourself a collaborator when Mercury moves signs. Talk it out! What is your grand idea and how can they contribute to make it even bigger and better. Start brainstorming and creating action plans and timelines. What does the final product look like?
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 6th house of daily work and health routines. Venus and Neptune want you to spend your time on fun, meaningful activities. Delegate the boring stuff to others looking for new work experiences or networking opportunities. The Sun will help you plan out some great events to attend or side trips to take. Have fun! Life doesn’t always have to be about scales and arpeggios. Sometimes the cadenzas are more meaningful!
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 6th house of daily work and health routines. You will be asked to add an important new task to your schedule. Perhaps you will be asked to sub for a local symphony performing some great repertoire. Jump at this opportunity! This is a great chance to connect with local musicians doing great things. They will look toward your expertise and truly appreciate the gifts you have to offer.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 7th house of relationships. This is a great time to connect with your favorite flute friends. What projects are they working on? What repertoire are they loving? Whose performances have they found inspiring? Are there any opportunities for joint recitals or other collaborative projects? Share stories, compare notes, laugh, and just enjoy this crazy world we exist in together!
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 10th house of career goals. Something in your career just isn’t working. Perhaps you find yourself struggling to find motivation to perform. Or perhaps slugging through orchestra rehearsals fills you with Scorpio rage. This Full Moon will ask you to be honest with yourself. Are you trying to be something you aren’t. What activities in your career truly drain or frustrate you? What steps do you need to take to remove them from your life? Take them! Fill the time instead with projects that inspire you and provide an ongoing sense of pride in what you do.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 4th house of home and family. You have no doubt been spending a lot of time at home lately. Perhaps your home studio practice has been expanding and your teaching days have been getting increasingly longer. This may be a good time to sit down and have a family meeting about your new schedule. Perhaps there are easier ways to arrange your teaching schedule so that it isn’t so disruptive for your family members. Try to remain flexible so you can teach all you want while also spending valuable quality time with your loved ones.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 5th house of creativity and joy. This is a great time to be creative! What is something that you’ve always wanted to work on? Is it composing? Is it beatboxing? Is it learning to perform electro-acoustic works? Start testing the waters. The Sun will help you choose an awesome project to focus on. Then, let your Scorpio creativity loose! Lock yourself in your cave and create something bold and awesome that only you can design.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 5th house of creativity and joy. Now that you have let your imagination run free, the New Moon will help you design a more structure project. If it is composing a piece, where would you like to start? What type of piece would you like to write? How many movements will it have? Where would you like to publish it? What instruments will the work be scored for? Think outside the box!
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 6th house of daily work and health routines. Venus wants you to not take yourself so seriously. This will require removing things from your schedule that usually bring your stinger out or that utterly drain you into boredom and cynicism. Instead fill your time with the fun stuff! Do you have friends or family you enjoy spending time with? Book a lunch or attend a concert together. Do you love practicing? Carve out more quiet time with your music. If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad (as the song goes.).
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 9th house of travel and higher education. A trip you had been planning may be postponed or even canceled around the time of this Full Moon. This will likely be caused by something totally outside your control (like the weather). Try to chillax – These things happen. Instead, use your newly acquired free time to envision a bigger, better trip in the future. Can you catch a great concert or take a lesson with an awesome professional flutist on your next adventure? Book it! Don’t even think about the canceled trip as an inconvenience when it is actually an opportunity in disguise.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 3rd house of communication. Working on a book or article, by any chance? Do you have a great idea for a flute topic that you’d love to get published? With the Sun and Saturn already in your 3rd house, you have likely already started a rough draft. Mercury will help you up your page count when it moves signs. Lock yourself in your office and write. It doesn’t even have to be good at this point. Write now - revise later.
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 4th house of home and family. The Sun in this house will encourage you to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Book some tickets to your favorite orchestra or take your fam to the opera. Leave your musician hat at home and just enjoy the excellent music. Your family might have a great time doing something a bit off the beaten path!
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 4th house of home and family. You may be looking at new houses or apartments at the end of the month. Are you (and your family) tired of the same walls in the same neighborhood of the same town? Do you all really just need a change of scenery? Is there a nearby town that offers more possibilities for performing and teaching gigs? Start visiting open houses. What kind of home teaching spaces do these houses offer?
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 5th house of creativity and joy. Venus will encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to a creative project. This is a great time to do some improvisation. You might improvise a really great melody out of thin air. Can you turn this little tune into a longer piece for flute and piano? What does it sound like in different tempi and in different meters? Experiment with this inspirational bolt of lightning.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
February 5th – A Full Moon appears in your 8th house of banking and finance. You may be making the final payment on a large purchase around the time of this Full Moon. Did you recently purchase a new flute? Congrats! It is now officially yours (and not property of the loan or financing company). Make sure to carefully read all final closing documentation and sign on the dotted line to close all accounts. Reward yourself by purchasing a great new accessory or flute bag to celebrate your successful savings and repayment efforts.
February 11th – Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in your 2nd house of income. Ask for the job you want when Mercury moves signs. You have sat in 2nd chair for far too long. Yeah, 2nd chair has taught you many wonderful and valuable lessons about blending and supporting, but you are craving more of the spotlight. You’ve worked hard and are ready for new challenges. Sit down with your conductor and ask them how you can be assigned to more principal parts. Are there any pieces coming up next season that feature 2nd flute solos? If not, you might consider auditioning for principal chairs in other orchestras. Advocate for yourself and go for what you want!
February 18th – The Sun joins Venus and Neptune in your 3rd house of communication. Capricorns are often allergic to poetry but with the Sun, Venus, and Neptune joining forces, this is the very best time to give it a whirl. It doesn’t need to rhyme or be in perfect Iambic pentameter. Just write from your heart. What do you love about music? What do you love about the flute? Express it using symbolism or however your soul wants to say it.
February 20th – A New Moon appears in your 3rd house of communication. You may be suddenly inspired to write a blog or an article around the time of this New Moon. Would you like to publish your work? Do you have a great series of teaching or performing tips you’d like to share with an audience? Are you completely enamored with a certain composer or style of music? Write about it! And then submit it for publication.
February 20th – Venus joins Jupiter in your 4th house of home and family. Reimagine your home teaching and/or practice space at the end of the month. Is there any realistic way to make it bigger? Remove any big, bulky furniture and toss any unnecessary electronics. Add an inspirational piece of art or a fountain for some added Zen. Consider relocating to a larger room at the back of the house if it offers you more peace and productivity.