The most romantic day of the year is almost here, but it's NOT Valentine's Day

Here's when astrologers really want you to pay attention

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The calendars tell us that the most romantic day of the year is February 14, but astrologers beg to differ—and with good reason. 

While Cupid is gearing up for Valentine's Day with chocolate and bouquets, turn your attention towards the cosmos for real, fiery passion. 

One of the most anticipated astrology events in 2022 is lurking close behind St. Valentine's celebration, and with it comes amour in abundance. Allow us to dive into the exciting details. 

(Psst: don't forget to mark your calendars!)

What happens on the most romantic day of the year?

In astrological terms, we're going to experience Mars conjuncting Venus in Capricorn on the most romantic day of the year. In laymen's terms, that means you'll want to hold onto your hats. 

"Venus is the planet associated with romance, love and pleasure in astrology — while Mars is the cosmic ruler of passion, sex and action," says astrologer Nina Kahn (opens in new tab). "When these two celestial bodies join forces in the zodiac, as they will in February, it denotes the start of a new cycle that relates to our desires."

Is it getting hot in here or what?

When does Mars conjunct Venus in Capricorn?

Keep the roses and candies, comin' folks! Mars conjuncts Venus in Capricorn on February 16. We suggest keeping the passion going from the 14th on! Why not?

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Although it's certainly an exciting transit, you'll be pleased to know it's meant for the long haul. Things will get passionate...and stay that way. 

"Because the Venus-Mars conjunction takes place in the earthy sign of Capricorn, we'll be drawn to stability and longevity in romance and will be motivated by what'll bring us pleasure in the long-term," Kahn says. 

"This could manifest as an exciting new love interest or relationship coming in your life or a sexual awakening," she adds. 

You can even expect matters of the heart to lead to a new creative opportunity. It's possible a passion project might also be in the works during this lovely transit. 

Beyond the Mars conjunction

What's more is that this celestial event will set the tone for the following weeks, making us feel giddier than ever.

"I feel like it goes beyond that date," astrologer Narayana Montúfar (opens in new tab) and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power (opens in new tab) says of the Mars conjunction. "It's a beautiful aspect for balancing love, creativity and romance."

If you're on a quest for your person or something creatively that speaks to you, this is definitely an important time of the year. 

"They'll [Venus and Capricorn] be traveling closely together until March 30, so that means there's a lot of amazing opportunities for love and romance, which is kind of rare," she adds. 

We don't want to bark any orders, but you might want to take another gander at those 2022 love horoscopes and 2022 sex horoscopes. Something tells us this year will be extra significant when it comes to matters of the heart, and we're not complaining!

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)