by Joan Kiley
February arrived with the Aquarius Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde. A Cancer Moon formed a dynamic T-square with the Pluto/Uranus square. Saturn in Sagittarius was square to the Venus/Neptune conjunction in Pisces, and Mars was exactly conjunct Chiron. Not that most of us were awake at midnight. It was, nevertheless, the beginning moment of February. Therefore, that chart is a symbol of what could unfold during the month, just as our own birth charts speak volumes about our purpose and the life we may lead.
What might a Cancer Moon, symbol of the mother, nurturing and sensitivity, plus our early conditioning, be saying when in an intimate connection to the powerful Pluto/Uranus square? Possibly that we each have a need to look deeply into our own early conditioned belief systems and the behaviors that emerged from them, sense what might need to be broken down and released. Pluto wants us to give up control and change the old into something new and more evolved. Cancer Moon wants safety and familiarity. Uranus wants to break away from the routine and birth what’s new. That’s a lot to integrate, but we need to step up to the plate.
What from our past, and our need to control, might be keeping us from our true power, and the greater contribution we could bring to the world? “It’s complicated,” yes, and frustrating. When the Pluto/Uranus/Moon configuration is combined with the Mars/Chiron conjunction, there may be old wounds from early life that are also being stirred up, increasing the feeling of frustration and confusion, but perhaps also helping us to recognize that something has got to change.
The resonance of the need to let go, and feeling reluctant to do so, is also fed by Saturn squaring the Venus/Neptune conjunction. On the one hand, our sense of duty and responsibility may put us at odds with our loving nature. On the other hand, our capacity for forgiveness, of self and others, may have been increased. We could have created distance or built bridges, or both.
Very shortly into February, we experienced the Full Moon in Leo at 3:09 PM PST February 3, the Moon within 4 degrees of Jupiter, trine Uranus, quincunx Pluto, Chiron and Mars. Venus and Neptune were still conjunct in Pisces. Saturn and Neptune were square. As filled with joyful enthusiasm as Moon conjunct Jupiter in Leo could be imagined, this full Moon also held much deeper feelings and soulfulness. There was a sense that all is not right in the world. There are tasks for each of us, a need to make improvements in our own lives, which will, in turn, make improvements in the world. Much as we might like to stay in denial where it feels safe, it is imperative that we step out of it, and make the adjustments that need to be made.
Though the Moon moved on quite rapidly, some of the other combinations from the start of the month remained in aspect longer, such as the Saturn/Neptune square, which will actually remain in orb for not just this entire month, but much of this year. Venus, of course, moves rather fast, and found herself conjunct Chiron for the second week of the month, and then conjunct Mars by the 10th, where she’ll remain through the end of the month. Thus, some themes from the start of the month keep echoing as we move forward.
By February 11, Mercury has slowed once again to station, and begins moving direct again at 6:57 AM PST at 1 degree 18 minutes Aquarius. You may not feel the shift of Mercury direct immediately, but very soon the difference in communications and thinking will become apparent. You may receive information, either from your own mind, or from other sources, that assists you in decision-making around issues that had been stagnating or stalled. Aquarius is an air sign, and the air will be moving once again.
On February 18, we’ll have a second New Moon in Aquarius for 2015. The first was at 0 degrees 8 minutes Aquarius in January, and the second occurs in the very last minute of the very last degree of Aquarius at 3:46 PM PST on February 18. Two New Moons in Aquarius—a rare phenomenon! This means we need to keep in mind Aquarian themes as we envision our future, but given that the Moon moves into Pisces within seconds of the New Moon, and the Sun moves into Pisces just minutes later, we need to see how also to adjust to such a quick change. Aquarius and Pisces are both strongly intuitive, but one is air and the other water. So utilize the Aquarian intuitive “brainiac,” and the compassionate intuition of Pisces to bring creativity and love into a larger community.
At the moment of the New Moon, Mars and Venus are in late Pisces, but still there, while Chiron in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn are still forming a Yod with Jupiter in Leo. Uranus and Pluto remain less than one degree from exact square. Saturn and Neptune remain in square. Thus, the themes of change, forgiveness, healing and release, are still operating strongly.
Minutes following the New Moon, with both the Sun and Moon in Pisces, we actually have a super stellium because Sun, Moon, Neptune, Chiron, Venus and Mars are all in Pisces. That is a lot of sensitive water energy! In fact, you may feel a bit like you are floating, not really grounded in yourself or on the earth. But the strong message here is: flow with it. Take it easy. Feel the love and mystery around you. It is an opportunity to melt some of the resistance, the frustration and confusion you may have been feeling.
This stellium doesn’t last for long. Mars moves into Aries, its own sign, at 4:20 PM on February 19. Venus follows at 12:06 PM on the 20th. Three hours later, the Moon enters Aries. This rather sudden shift of energy to Aries may startle us, as things will start speeding up. Mercury in Aquarius will team up with Saturn in Sagittarius for a few days. You will likely get some intuitive hits as to what direction is right for you to move. Your confidence will increase. Trust your instincts and take the steps.
On February 21, the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Aries, and trines Jupiter in Leo. The Moon, plus Venus and Mars conjunct in early Aries, gives a stellium in Aries just two short days since we had a stellium in Pisces. Not only do we have aspects telling us change is required, but we have major, not so subtle, alterations of planetary energy giving us the same demand! We have dual, or dueling, energies of Sun conjunct Neptune in flowing Pisces and Venus conjunct Mars, plus Uranus, in charge-ahead Aries.
On February 23 and 24, the Moon in Taurus will bring a bit of calm and grounding to the scene, and we may need it because Venus and Mars have been paired up in fiery Aries since the 20th. Don’t be surprised if relationships experience some challenges. Mars in Aries always wants what he wants when he wants it, and when Venus is in Mars’ sign, she won’t take a back seat either, but also insists on driving. So….good luck! This combo occurs on a yearly basis, and sometimes just provides sparks and excitement. At others times, it brings up whatever frustrations lie bubbling below the conscious level, revealing what needs to be owned and remediated in our relationships.
The final days of the month find Mercury in Aquarius opposing Jupiter in Leo. We’ll be reminded of our own uniqueness, and encouraged to let it shine. Supporting that will be Jupiter and Uranus in exact trine, and Jupiter and Pluto in exact quincunx. Even Saturn in Sagittarius gets into the act by forming fiery trines with Venus and Mars. Don’t let this period pass without taking advantage of such a powerful opportunity to express your own special purpose. It is not a time for arrogance, but it is a time for determination and integrity.
See you in March!