February First

February First

The Day of Willfulness

February first are first and foremost distinguished by their strong earthy but mental nature. Not content with abstract speculations, those born on this day must impress their ideas on the minds of those around them. Headstrong, willful and courageous, they know when they are in the right and will not give one inch. As their mental preparation for most circumstances is thorough, and they have a facile, improvisatory flair, they are able to avoid compromising situations and sidestep any issues which they would rather not discuss. Thus they can make formidable opponents. A February 1 person is characteristically energetic and youthful, but often petulant like a child as well.

Emotional problems can plague February 1 people, particularly in their younger years. Their feelings are often scattered, impulsive and incontrollable, and thus land them in trouble repeatedly. There seems to be a great divide between their mental solidity and their emotional vulnerability so that at times they are like two different individuals. Until they bring their great willpower to bear on their own inner processes, come to grips with their personal problems and begin to understand themselves, their lives will continue to be in turmoil.

More highly evolved February 1 individuals integrate their many-sided talents into a well-functioning, polished persona – but this takes time. Until they do, their careers may be highly unstable and they are apt to flounder. Others may watch them in confusion or bemusement and wonder why they haven’t succeeded in doing more, despite their ambition.

In addition to their mental and emotional makeup; the sensuous physical side of Feb. 1 people cries out to be fed, and this may cause additional problems if it is operating out of control. Of the qualities mentioned, in their personality hierarchy, the mental usually comes first, the sensuous second and the emotional third. The fourth important area (too often neglected), that of intuition, should be cultivated and relied on more as it can be the important cementing bond which pulls it all together for these talented but tumultuous individuals.

Part of the problem is that the power of reason and logic is so highly in Feb. 1 people that it can crowd out their intuitive side. When reason at times breaks down, they tend to tumble into the feeling and physical realms, often resulting in emotional outbursts or self-indulgence.

For Feb. 1 people it is not so much self-control that is wanted but self-understanding, and above all personality integration. Though sometimes obscured by their focus on matters at hand, being a whole and deeply feeling human being is the highest and most important aim for those born on this day, and ultimately takes them far beyond where mental drive and determination alone can.


Those born on the 1st of the month are ruled by the number 1 and by the Sun. Those born on the 1st usually like to be first, are of a definitive viewpoint and eager to rise to the top. The Sun symbolizes strong creative energy and fire, which is best kept flowing steadily rather than allowed to flare out of control. When coupled with Uranus (ruler of Aquarius), the Sun’s power influence can become restless and electric, making Feb. 1 people high-strung and confused. Also too much rejection in early and middle life can cause them to grow cold and aloof.


The 1st card of the Major Arcana is The Magician, who symbolizes intellect, communication, information, as well as magic. Over his head is an infinity symbol, which is some Tarot decks takes the form of a hat, in others a halo. Many interpretations may be drawn, one of which is that the Magician recognizes the cyclical and ending nature of life and is empowered by the understanding. The positive traits suggested by this first card include diplomatic skills and shrewdness but, negatively, lack of scruples and opportunism.


Those born on Feb. 1 will generally experience many problems in their emotional life. Their intense emotions lead them into involvements from which it can be difficult or impossible to extricate themselves. These bright and quick individuals have to beware of using physical, sensual and sexual activities as a way of turning off their brains, essentially addictive and potentially damaging behavior. Moderate, regular physical exercise (aerobics, jogging, swimming) is highly recommended. Feb. 1 diets should shun excess sugar and the use of tobacco, which though perhaps calming in the short term, only makes them more nervous in the long run. Grains, fresh vegetables, breads, hearty soups and stews are stable foods and work to keep them grounded.


Cultivate your intuitive powers. They are a natural resource. Try to be more patient and contemplative. Don’t be too anxious to please lovers. Be your own boss.


The mind not only comes with a personal computer, but also a model for connecting with the rest of the Universe.


  • Strong-willed
  • Mentally quick
  • Grounded


  • Stubborn
  • Overly rational
  • Self-unaware

From The Secret Language of Birthdays. Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year.


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