February 1, 2018
Welcome to the quirky month with a weird number of days that teams up with Super Bowls, groundhog shadows and Valentine hearts and Rollicking Pre Lent celebrations often happen this month too. February is unique and original just like Aquarius February 2018 is even quirkier because it has no Full Moon and there is a Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on 2/15. The astrology for this February carries a freedom loving banner with Aquarius, Sagittarius and Pisces the major signs affected.
Aquarius is the third air sign, which is more electric than airy. It is a fixed (grounding) sign of high intelligence with inventive and cutting edge mentality. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus planet of change and revolution and the cosmic Water Bearer is the Aquarius symbol, but it is not earthly water which pours, it is a cosmic stream from the heavens above. Aquarius is the sign most closely associated with astrology (the original 10,00 foot perspective) and is the iconoclast railing against the system who easily rises to a broader perspective to convince the rest of us with Crystal Blue clarity to see through any mirage.
The Aquarius motto is “Freedom, Liberty, Equality for All!” and throughout time Aquarians have been the gadflies and provocateurs who continue to point out where their society, their government, even their own family can do better – can live up to a greater potential. Aquarius natives are on the side of common folk. True Aquarians are the original team-players, who have come to the awareness it is better to work as a group to accomplish mutual goals. True companionship of like minded friends is an Aquarius ideal.
If you are born with Sun in Aquarius you are learning to rise above your own personal constellation and leave your short sighted ego concerns behind to embrace a larger more objective understanding of reality. Your soul path leads away from the hum-drum comfort zone of the small minded toward a realization that when everyone is well provided for, society as a whole benefits. You are learning the value of friends and community, those old hippie communes were based on Aquarian ideals. Aquarians are the original networkers, long before the word was coined.
You are learning to trust your bright intelligence and your intuition too, and use this insight to guide you in knowing the perfect timing to do things and also to undo things; to recognize when to detach from a situation or relationship at the best time and in the best way possible. Above all Aquarius is here to express your own unique self!
Here are some quotes from some of the most stellar Aquarius natives:
The struggle for today is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also. ~ Abraham Lincoln
When we assert intuition, we are…like the starry night: we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live! ~ Bob Marley
May you tap into the crystal clear Aquarius energy this month and put your own vision to reality!
Heavenly Messages for February 2018
Your Handy Astro Facts: The New Moon (27° Aquarius) is on 2/15 at 4:05p, with a Solar Eclipse, there is no Full Moon this month. Venus enters Pisces on 2/10 (thru 3/6), the Chinese Year of the Dog begins on 2/16 and the Sun enters Pisces on 2/18 at 12:18p. There are no changes in planetary motion this month. All times are ET. Read February’s Individual Sign Messages HERE
February begins with a burst of crystal clear energy flying across the heavens! Mercury, the Sun, Venus, along with asteroid Juno travel in airy Aquarius as the month begins and they all co-mingle with the South Node also in Aquarius. The south node connection makes this a more karmic Aquarius time in general. At the same time Mars is in rambunctious fire sign Sagittarius which harmonizes well with Aquarius. Aquarius and Sagittarius are the two most freedom loving signs, which means February is a month everyone will crave release from their cubicles whether at work or of your own making. Think of the feeling you get while watching Olympic skiers fly down the mountain versus how you feel stuck in your daily grind, and you get the idea.
Adding to this “I must be free!” clarion call is Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, feeling feisty now that he has been moving forward again for a month in fire-brand Aries. Uranus is the Lord of Chaos and on 2/1 the Moon just off her total eclipse in proud Leo, sends blazing beams to Uranus which ignite fires smoldering for months. Moon represents the public mood and is associated with women which lets us know the #metoo movement will continue to pick up steam. Consider the 2018 Grammy Awards (on 1/28) and the embarrassing fact that women barely got a nod. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow seemed tone deaf to the disparity and said it is women who need to “step up”, which by inference says, “Don’t blame us innocent men, it’s women who are at fault.” A day after I wrote this Portnow apparently got the message.
Making this issue even larger is massive Jupiter in ‘sex and power’ Scorpio which forms a challenging square to the Moon on 2/1 and also to Venus, setting the tone for a confrontational month. And as the month moves along messenger Mercury and the Sun also make sharp angles to Jupiter maintaining this dynamic energy pattern. Thus continues the contrast between the mighty and powerful forces who want to continue their rule at any cost, versus those who have been held down by powermonger boots.
Jupiter in Scorpio also directs us to another way to approach this clash. On 2/1 and throughout the month, Jupiter streams a beautiful healing flow (trine) to centaur Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer and toward the end of February the Sun, Venus and Mercury, all in Pisces by then, add to this beautiful stream. This tide enables us here below to tap the best of these water signs by recognizing when we judge and criticize others we dam up the flow of love. Since love and forgiveness are ultimately the only way out of the tangled mess humanity has been in forever, here’s what you can do to aid this flow.
First become more conscious of your own emotions so can you recognize when your angry, resentful feelings add energy to the chaotic clash. Then make the choice to raise your vibration where you can realize, as Sun in Aquarius Franklin Roosevelt said, “Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.” He was so right, but when you rewrite your own script you help all the players change their perspective too. In other words when you learn and consistently practice operating from a place of love, you not only help yourself but also the entire human consciousness. It seems too simple, but truth often does.
In other astro-news for February, Saturn has been in Capricorn over a month now and is basically operating alone this month. On 2/1 Saturn has no major aspects to any other planet (beyond a couple of semi-sextiles meaning this Lord of the Material Plane has more freedom to do his thing. Saturn in Capricorn’s thing is to restructure old paradigms, so this means while everyone else is busy banging around in contrast, Saturn is slowly but surely having his way.
One very obvious and amazing example of a changing paradigm is that North and South Korea will join together in the Winter Olympics which begins February 9th in Pyeongchang South Korea. Perhaps North Korea’s president Kim Jong-un, himself born with Sun in Capricorn is already feeling the effect of Saturn which will connect with his Sun next year. Wouldn’t it be great if Kim Jong-un raised his vibration and let go of his fearful, egotistic need for complete domination and finally joined the rest of the world which in turn would help this isolated country’s impoverished citizens. May it be so!
Speaking of the Winter Olympics which runs from 2/9 through 2/25, it has the advantage of Mars in the sports loving sign of Sagittarius the entire time. Combined with many planets in speedy air sign Aquarius during much of this time, records could be set and it surely will be worth watching! Jupiter in Scorpio may have other ideas though, and in fact has already made his presence known before this Olympics began.
Scorpio rules drugs both illicit and pharmaceutical, along with poisons, and Jupiter expands the dynamics of whatever sign he transits. In December the governing body of the Olympics, the IOC, announced that Russian athletes are banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics for allegations of state sponsored doping. However just recently (on 1/27) the IOC announced that 169 Russian athletes have been cleared to complete but only under the neutral Olympic flag. Good for the athletes and since Mars entered uplifting Sagittarius the day before (on 1/26) he lent them a helping hand, but still a slap in the face for Russia. And who is the face of Russia? President Vladimir Putin of course and Putin happens to have Scorpio rising in his birth chart. Putin is a former KBG operative known for using poison as a favored killing agent, and the rising sign is considered the ‘face’ of the birth chart. It seems that Jupiter in Scorpio is expanding Putin’s face in an embarrassing and negative way.
Another sporting event, one of the most popular in the US and watched by millions across the world is the Superbowl held on 2/4 this year. Mars in Sagittarius loves rough and tumble games like football so both teams – New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will benefit, should be a good game. Continuing the contrasting trend, Venus in Aquarius clashes directly with Jupiter in Scorpio on Superbowl day. Scorpio is not above dirty tricks; is another ‘deflategate‘ scandal in the works?
As I write this on 1/30 the Total Lunar Eclipse on 1/31 in Leo is almost upon us. Read Astro Ainslie’s take on it Crazy Creative Consciousness for good insight. There is another eclipse this month, a solar one at the Aquarius Moon on 2/15 so we are smack in the middle of an eclipse sandwich and will continue to experience the weird energy this creates. A reminder from last month’s issue: During eclipse periods… people feel spacy and often too distracted to maintain normal routines. Time gets strangely odd and it’s difficult to focus and maintain a grounded state. Dreams seem more demanding of attention and prophetic too, and even in waking states you feel dreamy and disconnected.
The eclipse on 2/15 is a partial eclipse occurring at 27° Aquarius. Partial eclipse are not as strong as total ones and this one is not widely visible and can be seen only from parts of Southern South America and Antarctica. Find more detailed info at TimeandDate. If you have your Sun at this eclipse degree – 27° Aquarius (born on 2/16-17), or your rising sign or any other significant planets at that degree you might experience more of those eclipse effects.
Solar eclipses are associated with outward, worldly events verses the more emotionally personal lunar eclipses. Solar eclipses always occur at a new Moon which is a time for setting intentions and planting seeds for what you want to harvest in the future. An Aquarius New Moon is a perfect time to connect with that part of you which is always connected to higher ideals. An Aquarius New Moon helps you form a more conscious emotional link to your visionary self.
When you plug in a solar eclipse at an Aquarius New Moon, you might feel as if outward conditions don’t support your vision of a better world, but in spite of this you must maintain these ideals if they are to manifest. In other words, let the outer world do its thing without your own energy attaching to it…and carrying you away! This is especially significant because an Aquarius Moon encourages detachment and rising to the 20k level to maintain a higher perspective. If you are familiar with the Tarot, think of the Star card, which is the image of the Aquarius Water Bearer symbol. Here is one of my favorites from the Daughters of the Moon deck.
On 2/10 Venus dives into watery Pisces, the sign in which she is exalted, i.e. considered the best placement for Venus. She remains in Pisces through 3/6 where she releases her challenge to Jupiter and begins to harmonize with his Scorpio energy. Venus rules Taurus and Libra and in Pisces brings out the best of this loving, spiritual sign. See your Individual Sign Messages for personal insight. Venus in Pisces helps everyone tap into higher values and adds a sweeter vibe all round. Take advantage!
Mercury follows Venus entering Pisces on 2/17 also traveling here through 3/6, then the Sun enters Pisces the next day on 2/18. This means the end of February will feel much different than the first part of the month. I’ll be writing more about the nature of Pisces in March’s issue, but tune in and you’ll feel it for yourself.
Aquarius and Pisces are the last 2 signs in the zodiac wheel and at their ideal indicate a higher level of awareness combined with the power of love. As Wolfgang Mozart whose own birth chart resonates with this month’s energy, born with Sun, Mercury and Venus in Aquarius and his ruling planet Uranus in Pisces, said, Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. ~ Wolfgang Mozart, and I’ll add, it is love, love, love that is the soul of us all. Tap into that my friends, and you will have a beautiful month – keep it going and you will have a beautiful life!
IMAGE NOTE: When the Sun enters Aquarius and February rolls around my thoughts go to Auroras because they remind me of the cosmic stream the Aquarius Water Bearer pours from the heavens. This amazing photo was taken in Iceland by Maksym Gryshchenko .