February Astrology: Neptune in Pisces, and Shadow Work for Valentine's Day

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerThe month of February arrived in the midst of one of the most dramatic planetary transitions of our lifetime! Neptune was in the last minute of the last degree of Aquarius, about to move home into its own sign of Pisces, on February 3 at 11:04 AM PST. Neptune remains in Pisces until 2025. Neptune rules the sign of Pisces. The two are similar archetypes. Thus the god of the sea will be much more comfortable and much more powerful in watery Pisces than in the previous two Saturn-ruled earth and air signs it has moved through in the past quarter century.

We’re coming out of a period (1998-2011) where the inspired side of Neptune in Aquarius has given us electronics as artform, theatre in cyberspace (youtube), and the “Internet” as our primary social interchange. The shadow side has brought us the dissolution of rational political discourse, an acceptance of lies as truth (Fox “news” is the most listened to network for news while receiving the worst ratings for factual reporting), and extremist forms of religion as “normal.”

It will take time to see what is in store for us in the next decade and a half, but given that Neptune is associated with consciousness (and unconsciousness), dreams and ideals, we can justifiably expect an increase in the collective attraction toward higher consciousness or the transcendent. This could manifest in very positive acknowledgments of the interconnectedness of all beings and the need to care for each other and the planet. It could also find us living in dream worlds of illusion and fantasy that eventually come crumbling down as destructively as a phony mortgage bubble. It is up to each and all of us.

The first days of February were also an important gateway of energy, one of the pagan “cross-quarter days” halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. How appropriate for Neptune to be moving into Pisces during such an auspicious moment! As with so many of the cyclic, seasonal gateways, it has a long tradition. In the northern hemisphere, we have February 1st being St Brigid’s day in the Celtic tradition, and Imbolc in the Wiccan tradition. February 2nd is the Festival of Nut in Ancient Egypt, and for Christians it is celebrated as Candelmas. For Ancient Romans, this period of celebration was called Lupercali, and of course here in the U.S. we have the goddess stand-in, Punxsutawny Phil, emerging on Groundhog Day to see his shadow…or not.

You may have found it easy to be distracted in the first days of the month by the Venus/Mars opposition, particularly on February 3rd with the Gemini Moon making a T-Square with the two of them. Try not to let trivial differences that come up in relationships take you away from your own center. Even more intense may be Saturday, the 4th  when the Moon in Cancer first squares Uranus and then opposes Pluto. These moments are brief. Use them as practice for breathing deep and staying centered. Let the nurturing quality of Cancer imbue your self-care.

On February 7, at 1:54 PM PST, we have the Full Moon in Leo. Mercury is exactly conjunct the Sun, so we have the stage set for some creative play. Take time for a performance, involve yourself with friends, or work on a special project you delight in.

February 7 is also the day Saturn turns retrograde for the final time in Libra. With physical Mars and Saturn both retrograde, it is the perfect time for putting emphasis on the Neptunian aspects of our lives. Try meditation, or imaging the positive possibilities for yourself, for others, for the planet.

In the second week of February Venus takes center stage as she moves into Aries, and conjuncts Uranus. Watch for impulsivity, and impatience in your relationships. If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to speak up for yourself, however, now may be the time.

By the end of the week, Venus moves into a square with Pluto, and stays there for Valentine’s Day. This could bring up more shadowy aspects of relationships, including jealousy, power, and control. With the addition of Mercury, Neptune and Chiron all clustered in early Pisces, some issues related to early wounding may also emerge. Try to be more understanding than judgmental, of yourself and others.

The third week of the month has Venus in Aries gradually moving away from the square to Pluto, and Jupiter in Taurus speeding towards a trine with Pluto. The focus may shift from relationship to finances and resources. The inclination will be towards actual accomplishments. The possibilities could be improved fiscal management, beautifying your home/office, or improved scheduling to allow for healthy self-care.

On Sunday, the 19th, the Sun moves into Pisces, joining Neptune, Chiron, and Mercury. Two days later, on February 21stwe have the New Moon in Pisces at 2:34 PM PST. This dramatic stellium in the mutable water sign will set the tone for the final month of winter. The question is, will we drown in sentiment, nostalgia, and escaping reality? Or will we look seriously at how we can make a difference in our own level of consciousness and thus that of the world? Envision. Dream.

Can we allow ourselves to be more emotional, more sensitive to our dreams and ideals? If so, we may find ourselves in a deeper place, where putting aspirations to work in the real world becomes more important than just slogging along doing the “same old same old.” Inspiration can be wildly invigorating, even in the dead of winter. Just a single small change can make one a believer, and that single alteration has the potential to multiply beyond measure. Give it a try!

Mercury and Mars will face off for the entire final week of the month, encouraging more musings about the reasons behind our behavior. It could also see us provoke or be provoked to argue when unnecessary. On the 24th, the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Aries, and we could see even more sparring, on the individual level, and also in political news, such as recent exchanges between Israel and Iran. The old saying, “going off half-cocked” does come to mind, and later ruing the consequences.

That’s it for February! See you in March! Any comments you might have are gratefully received, either at the blog site: www.bplanetwise.com or via my contact form.


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