Venus, which enters Capricorn, your solar eighth house, on the 4th, will clash with several planets, continuing January’s financial challenges. But they will begin to ease later in February once Venus reinforces the need for a thrifty money mindset. You also could have extra expenses involving your children. Information fuels your mind, and you’ll get plenty of that this month with Mercury in Aquarius, your solar ninth house, February 3-20. The influence is enhanced by the Moon in the same sign on the 2nd, and the Moon in Leo, your solar third house, on the 18th. This lunar energy is also a plus for a business or vacation trip or quick weekend away if you avoid the days around the 19th. Jupiter, which entered Aries, your solar eleventh house, last month, is at its best for socializing around the 5 th, but events at month’s end could be pricey. Someone close could offer just the inspiration you need in early February, and although the observations are likely to be far more enlightening than what you want to hear, they’re on target, so listen closely. Early January also favors communication with people at a distance. Mercury enters Pisces, your solar tenth house, on the 21st, where it’s joined by Mars the next day. This positive career influence accents a rise in status and a chance to increase earnings, so be alert for opportunities on the horizon. Expect further developments in March and April. In the meantime, showcase your skills and talents for decision-makers.