February: A Search for Integrity

February started off in an active mode, with a square between Mars in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, both at 21 degrees, and in cardinal signs. The Moon, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris, plus the Moon’s nodal axis, were all in cardinal signs. AND all planets were direct! No retrogrades this month. That reminded me of the old saying “no rest for the wicked” meaning you must continue with your work or other activity although you are very tired (according to the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus). And tired most of us were. Exhausted from the constant bombardment with horrific news, seemingly unnecessary suffering and violence for so many, the dire state of our planet, frustration, anxiety over the future or whether we’ll have one, and the pure idiocy of the current U.S. administration.

Yet, “she persisted.” Another appropriate saying as well, because all of us know that we must continue to put one foot in front of the other, until of course, we cannot. Intensity is just part of our life right now, and it’s difficult to find balance. All planets are within 130 degrees of the zodiac, a rather small slice of a 360 degree pie. Perhaps that is part of the difficulty with the balancing act.
We are being given opportunity after opportunity to shed old belief systems, difficult thoughts about perceived insults, or woundings that really need no longer have power over us. The Mars/Pluto/Eris conjunction could have brought a lot of anger to the surface, but two other aspects, i.e. the Venus in Sagittarius trine to Uranus and the Mercury in Aquarius sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius, could also have given us the capacity to process and release that anger and frustration in the first days of February.

We’ll be watching Mars all month, particularly while it is in the final degrees of Aries, for it will be aspecting outer planets and the Moon’s nodes, hopefully pushing us forward, and not tripping us up.

On February 3, Venus moved from Sagittarius into Capricorn at 2:30 PM PST, shifting our emphasis from the free-spirited to the practical, from “will this be fun?” to “is this responsible and fit my plan?” What is it that has the most value to me as I step forward on this earth each day? Venus will remain in Capricorn throughout February, and as she moves forward she will conjunct Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node, then square Eris and Uranus—and all that in less than a month! It will be a powerful journey for Venus, and a powerful journey for each of us as we struggle to get clear on our priorities and values, by not just thinking about them, but fitting them into our daily lives.

The New Moon in Aquarius arrived at 1:03 PM PST on February 4, conjunct Mercury, and marking the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Golden Pig. The Sun and Moon were both at 15 plus degrees of Aquarius, and Saturn was 15 plus degrees of Capricorn while Neptune was 15 plus degrees of Pisces. This striking sextile between Saturn and Neptune, and the semi-sextiles with the Sun and Moon are keys to this New Moon. We have the New Moon in an air sign. We are breathing and creating something new, balanced between earthy, responsible, controlling Saturn, and unbound other-dimensional Neptune. Can we allow ourselves to be inspired by something never before seen, and bring it to earth as a way of creating innovative problem-solving in our work, our relationships, our world? It may sound a “little out there” but know that we humans are amazing, in both positive and destructive ways. It’s our choice which direction to take in this new cycle.

Mars was exactly conjunct Eris and inching closer to a conjunction with Uranus on the New Moon. We were challenged by our own evolution, forced to look at change as inevitable. Then on February 9, Mars was exactly squaring the Moon’s Nodes, and the questions emerged. Will we move toward the new and unknown of the Cancer North Node, with Aries courage? Or will we be swept back by feelings of insecurity, and remain in the throws of old Capricornian structures, despite their crumbling status? Mars is goal-directed action and desire. Between February 8 and 14, Mars was unstable, trying to balance courage and fear, and may have prompted us to do things that seemed “not us.” But it’s important to remember that while Mars was squaring the nodes exactly, Uranus was only a few degrees off from squaring them, encouraging us to break free from old patterns, and individualize toward our evolutionary goals.

On February 10, at 2:51 AM PST, Mercury moved from astute logical Aquarius into imaginative intuitive, even dreamy, Pisces. This was an important move for Mercury, for it will remain in Pisces much longer than usual this year, two full months, due to a retrograde period that begins March 5.
On February 13, Mars was exactly conjunct Uranus. The unsettling urges we had been feeling for weeks reached a climax. The dreams or flashes of insight that may have stimulated new goals, adventures, or a change of direction were ripe for action. And then? The very next day, Mars moved out of its own sign of fiery Aries, and into Venus’s sign of earthy Taurus at 2:52 AM PST on, yes, Valentine’s Day. We may feel a bit stymied or frustrated with that sudden change to such different energy, yet Mars in Taurus can help us to actually slow down, focus, and put new ideas into concrete reality.

On the 16th, Venus begins her difficult tasks of dealing with the big guys face-to-face. First Venus conjoins Saturn on the 18th, then Pluto on the 22nd and then the South Node on the 25th. We may find ourselves a bit less able to connect with others in our usual way during that week, as our relationship to our inner life could be distracting. It’s not party time. We need to face up to emotional changes going on inside, and transition ourselves as to what is most important to us now. There may be realizations with which we have not been being honest, either with ourselves or others, and it is time now to be so.

As for the square aspect to the Moon’s nodes on the 25th, I’m feeling there is a great deal of importance on recognizing just what action needs to be taken in the months these nodes are in this particular polarity. Mars’ square to them, a “crisis” aspect, could help us get a needed perspective. They shifted into the Capricorn (SN)/Cancer (NN) polarity in November 2018 and will remain in those signs until May 2020, and through the intense Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. What is needed in the world is a huge shift from outmoded, irrelevant structures that amount to cruelty, toward a framework that is caring for all beings. I read an article written by Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal, and I was very moved as to its relevance to the Moon’s nodes. Here is the link: https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/54971-focus-the-battle-lines-have-been-drawn-on-the-green-new-deal if you care to read it.

Klein spoke of how we need “…transformative action on the triple crises of our time: imminent ecological unraveling, gaping economic inequality (including the racial and gender wealth divide), and surging white supremacy,” and the fact that all those crises are interwoven, though far too many people do not see it that way. She adds, “…while it is true that climate change is a crisis produced by an excess of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it is also, in a more profound sense, a crisis produced by an extractive mindset — a way of viewing both the natural world and the majority of its inhabitants as resources to use up and then discard. I call it the “gig and dig” economy and firmly believe that we will not emerge from this crisis without a shift in worldview, a transformation from “gig and dig” to an ethos of care and repair.” Such a relevant way of viewing the current polarity of Moon’s nodes!

Chiron shifts into Aries at 1:08 AM PST on February 18. This is a very significant change, in that Chiron will remain in Aries until 2027. Chiron, the “wounded healer” of myth, has been in Pisces since 2010. Chiron is not an official planet, but considered by astrologers as a minor planet, discovered in 1977, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. It has an erratic orbit, and makes its way around the zodiac in approximately 50 years, though spends nearly 2 decades of that time in just two signs, Pisces and Aries. Since its discovery, astrologers have learned to take Chiron quite seriously in charts, because it can tell us a lot about what an individual in life, or the collective at a given moment, is attempting to heal.

While Chiron was in Pisces, we had an opportunity to open our souls to a kind of spiritual healing, and a rise in consciousness, if we were courageous enough. We had to expose our wound to ourselves, and sometimes to the world, in order for it to be cleansed and healed. With Chiron in Aries, and Aries’ focus on individuality, we may come into a new awakening of our uniqueness, and a fierce willingness to give ourselves permission to be who we really are. Our bodies may manifest difficulties as we do this, but our we can use Aries strength of will to heal and repair.

Later on February 18, at 3:04 PM PST, the Sun moves into Pisces, once again leaving no air in the chart, so don’t be surprised if things get a bit “stuffy.” Then, with the Sun barely less than a degree into Pisces, we have the Full Moon in Virgo on February 19, at 7:53 AM PST.  It’s the second, and the brightest Super Moon of the year, called the Snow Moon, so it should be easily observed if you have a cloudless sky. Virgo is a sign associated with hard work, order, service and clarity, but being in opposition to the Sun in Pisces (a not-so-tidy sign), it may be a bit more difficult to tend to all the details, even though your emotional security wants everything organized. So an attitude of “let it flow” could be helpful in getting through, and enjoying this Full Moon.

Speaking of “stuffy,” Venus will be “stuffed” during this Full Moon time, between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. We may feel limited and constrained regarding how playful or free we feel, particularly in our relationships, but that can be helpful in trying to really zero in on our what our true values are. No game playing, just being serious. And with our finances, it’s a good time to look carefully at the budget, and figure out how to stick with it. Let’s be “down to earth,” and see the value in keeping our feet on the ground.

From February 16 through the 22nd, Mercury will be conjunct Neptune, allowing the thoughtful communications expert part of us be rather free-wheeling, moving through various dimensions, so don’t be surprised if you find it a bit difficult to stay focused. It can be frustrating to have to keep reminding yourself to get back to the issue at hand, but no doubt others in your circle are having a similar experience, so be patient with yourself and others, and “this, too, shall pass.”

For the final week of February, we need to nurture ourselves in ways that we need as individuals. Look at the placement of your moon, and what it needs for you to feel safe and secure. Know that changes are going on, both inside and outside, and you need to feel good about saying yes to them, about discarding what is blocking you, and accepting what is new, but consistent with your values and path of evolution. If you need support, do ask for it. Ask someone you trust to have your best interests at heart, or ask you inner guides. Do some journaling. Taking notes, as you move forward on your path can be a saving grace down the road when/if you begin to doubt yourself. And—know that we truly are all in this together.
See you next month!



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