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During the first few days of February we have a cross quarter day, Imbolc, which marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. With it we see a noticeable lengthening of the day that heralds the coming of spring in the northern hemisphere.
February has also become a time for romance and the expression of love with the modern celebrations associated with St Valentine’s Day. This year the month certainly starts with a ‘feel good’ boost, as Venus the planet of love, attraction and beauty connects with Neptune in the sign of Pisces on February 1. This combination gives a sense of wellbeing in the area of relationships of all kinds. Any tension that has been ongoing during the past weeks, especially in close relationships, should experience a reprieve as the Neptune/Pisces influence encourages making those unions without the usual conditions or expectations about who we should, or shouldn’t, be for each other.
As the Moon becomes Full in Leo on February 3, opposite the Sun in Aquarius, they make a positive link to Uranus and the South node of the Moon. This Moon/Sun combination brings a bold statement and some welcome positive creative expression and the Uranus/Node connection adds the possibility of an unexpected chance to break out of past habits or situations for the better.
The Sun moves into line with the big planet Jupiter to form an opposition on the February 6. This yearly event puts Earth between the two creating a stressful energy combination in our solar system bringing strong weather patterns and additional volcanic activity. This year, because Jupiter is closer than usual to earth, it will be particularly bright in the night sky. Watch out for a good view as it rises in the East after Sunset and remains very visible all night.
The quicksilver planet Mercury has been slowed down by its apparent retrograde journey, as it moves between earth and the Sun and resumes it’s forward motion, from earth’s perspective on February 11. It should now be possible to resolve any communications, travel arrangements or transactions that were delayed, misplaced or problematic in the last few weeks.
A big feature of this month’s Astrology is the New Moon on February 18. As the second New Moon in Aquarius this year, it is unusual for that alone, but it’s also falling on an especially potent degree on the very cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. Just a few seconds after the exact Sun Moon conjunction, the Moon moves into Pisces, followed a couple of minutes later by the Sun. This gives us the opportunity to focus on making a mental leap in our conscious understanding. Aquarius represents the wisdom of the unified, collective or divine mind. Using the potency of the New Moon as a ‘seed’ moment we can attune to that level of knowledge to take us forward into the next phase, as the Moon waxes to Full in the sign of Virgo next month.
If you still need to lift your spirits a little further a good view of Venus becoming brighter in the early evening sky just after sunset should help. Her beauty is enhanced by the first sliver of the crescent Moon, as she moves into the assertive sign of Aries on February 20, to pair up with Mars, who entered Aries only hours earlier. Venus and Mars together is a passionate couple and Mars gets his way in his own sign, so expect some straightforward, unambiguous moves towards whatever is desired. The positive contact with Saturn during the last week of February will give a stabilising effect to these ‘love’ planets so you can make the most of that feisty assertive energy without losing all common sense and natural caution.
This month the New Moon is at 29°59′ Aquarius on February 18 at 11:48pm
Aries: At this time you have a deep longing to seek refuge in something, which transcends everyday life. Perhaps this will manifest itself in creative, musical or artistic work, which enables you to merge your spirit with the greater ocean of the collective spirit. You do not function well in the social whirl of the market place and need to take time out to appreciate your talents away from distractions. This is a time of reorganising yourself on a subtle level and it’ll take awhile to become aware of the changes. Begin this phase slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.
Taurus: Satisfaction comes when you have a sense of connection to the people you work with, and know that they also appreciate you. This is a time when you might be thinking more about how your ideals fit in with the people around you. You must realise how you often become quite attached to pet projects and have some difficulty letting go of the reins when other people need to take over. Use this opportunity to make a positive move towards openness and you may discover a talent for working with people in groups, especially if this involves caring for others or humanitarian projects.
Gemini: You make important emotional bonds to people you work with, and you may find yourself playing a much more significant role, even being out in the public eye as you’re especially able to appreciate what is wanted now. Remember though, it could be wise to develop a certain emotional detachment, so that you feel less vulnerable. You want to get ahead and be appreciated and now is the time to call up your wildest dreams and take the risk of following them. Remember that everything you achieve has to be imagined before it becomes reality.
Cancer: You are hungry for understanding and insight, and will probably find yourself wanting to read or study a great deal to attain further knowledge or wisdom. It's a great time for planning, dreaming up new schemes, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now do not need to be perfected until later, so you can stick to generalities until you've got the basic plan established. Don’t be surprised if you find an opportunity to travel or link with foreign cultures, as there are valuable exchanges to be had. You have much to learn over the next few months.
Leo: Your ability to tune in to the deep emotional currents in other people is greatly enhanced during this Moon phase. If you can face your inner emotional fears now, you’ll help guide others through theirs. You have the courage to be honest with yourself which encourages others to be honest about their failings too and you’ll be appreciated for the support. Start this next phase with the determination to throw out some old worn out ways and unproductive thinking. This is a time of renewal for you so be prepared for some real transformation.
Virgo: Your increased receptivity to the influence, problems and needs of others brings you to a listening role in which you can give support and nourishment. As you can perhaps be rather over-sensitive to the demands of others you have to take care not to become drained by emotional contacts. You may make too many compromises for the sake of emotional peace. Try to find the balance in your most important relationships. You can be very sincere when you want to be but it has to go both ways or you’ll have reason to feel resentful.
Libra: Emotional problems can arise at work because of some over sensitivity and unconscious overreaction. Be aware of where you feel your own security is threatened by change and prepare to adapt before it happens. You’ll find yourself working on behalf of others now and wanting to be at your best and give your all in improving conditions, either at work or some other important area of your life. Consider which longterm projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement and know that your mind, body and spirit are being looked after.
Scorpio: There is no time like the present when it comes to having fun, entertaining friends or relaxing with a loved one. Romance in all its forms is demanding to be indulged. Your tendency to yearn for the security of love and intimacy is at a peak. Enjoy the lighter side of love whilst recognising that a more lasting satisfaction can be found in simpler pursuits. You might find yourself trying to fit reality to your fantasy with disappointing results. All kinds creative achievements can bring pleasure now. Whatever you do make sure you have plenty of time to daydream between social events.
Sagittarius: You function best when there is peace on the home front but fundamental security is a major preoccupation for you now. You might find yourself distracted by family worries or be concerned with matters of the home, land or property. You’ll be thinking of ways that you can gather something from your past achievements into your current life to enhance the future. There is an extra focus on people and places that have been important in your life and someone may make a reappearance. If you're finding it hard to relax, use this Moon phase to express any deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up.
Capricorn: When you communicate, you’ll find you do so with feeling and conviction. You have a compelling persuasive aura about you now and you are well suited to situations where communication is essential. It may be your job to sort the worthwhile from the unnecessary and dispel confusion over certain matters. This is no time to be taking it easy because your skills are required in many areas and friends and neighbours will benefit from your knowledge. Remember to maintain a good pace and you’ll have a lot to be grateful for if you are prepared to be generous in sharing yourself.
Aquarius: You have a strong appreciation of what has value, and what doesn't, and as such you can achieve success providing for the basic needs of others. The threat of economic insecurity can mean that you are giving more time than usual to an unsatisfactory work situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you and not on always playing it safe. Remember that the talents and abilities you have built up over the years are your security and if you put them to good use you will find the stability you’re reaching for.
Pisces: Trust and intimacy are primary concerns right now and you might have cause to test the bonds with the people closest to you. Emotions and personal attachments are central issues in your life now, though it may be that you are the one stretching the limits. You want to have the chance to make some kind of statement about who you are and what sets you apart from others rather than what you share in common. Start with an identity reality check. Be sure you know who you are first and then get out there and let everyone else know.