Kate Arbon is an astrologer, writer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for over 20 years she gives personal consultations locally and internationally using traditional natal and Horary astrology. email: astro@katearbon www.katearbon.com
The month of January ended under the shadow of a total Lunar eclipse on January 31. An eclipse happens when the earth lines up with the Sun and Moon. If the Sun is on the opposite side to the Sun we know it’s Full Moon because the full light of the Sun falls onto the face of the Moon, at the eclipse the shadow of the earth can be seen across the Moon. This event represents a time when changes can occur, there is a pause in the normal flow, and things can take a direction that we hadn’t expected or wouldn’t follow the usual or logical progression. At the Full Moon we see the ending of a cycle, as it culminates to a fullness, and then the way is prepared for the next cycle. This can be a turning point that isn’t recognised fully at the time, but you may look back in months or years and see that your life took off in a new direction, as you began to leave your old life behind.
The Leo Full Moon and Aquarius Sun combination puts the emphasis on using our personal authority or charisma in the most appropriate way. Because Venus is right there with the Sun, this eclipse brings a powerful feminine expression into our awareness. Events that take place during the next several months will echo this theme with female leadership or feminine roles changing.
February 1 is recognised as St Brigid’s day and the festival of Imbolc. The actual cross quarter day, which represents the first day of Spring, is on February 3 and marks the half way point in the Sun’s progress between Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox in March.
The next major focal point this month is the Solar eclipse on February 15 when the Moon passes between the earth and Sun and blots out the Sun’s light for a short while, though only partially this time. This is the New Moon phase when we can’t see the Moon because it’s not illuminated by the Sun from the earth’s viewing position. This New Moon signifies the start of the new Lunar year and the Chinese New Year of the Dog .
With the Sun Moon combination in Aquarius there is a future orientated message coming to us. Because the communication planet Mercury, whilst making a positive connection to the off beat planet Uranus, is also included in the mix, it adds to the general tone of this Solar Eclipse. Expect new and exciting ideas to break through, especially if you have the common good in mind and are anticipating ways to be more inclusive. With a difficult square aspect from Jupiter the worst we may encounter are some examples of overly enthusiastic ‘bright ideas’ or see some people on the world stage getting carried away with social reforms or major programs based on new ideologies. This is a time to focus on being original and take innovative steps, make plans and let your inspiration flow. Venus connecting positively with Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, makes this is a good moment to consolidate your relationships and consider some serious commitment to those things, or people that you value most. How well these plans and projects go in the longer term will become more apparent as the eclipse season progresses and when we have the second round in July. Conscious intent is extra powerful now so turn up the creative volume and keep the intuition highly tuned as you set your course towards the future of your dreams.
New Moon is at 28° Aquarius on February 15 at 9.07pm. There is no Full Moon this Month.
Aries: Satisfaction comes when you have a sense of belonging to the people you associate 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 that 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 or humanitarian projects.
Taurus: You make important emotional bonds to people you work with, and you may find yourself playing a much more significant role. Being out in public view is also likely 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 dream your wildest dreams and take the risk of following them. Remember that everything you achieve has to be imagined by you first.
Gemini: You are hungry for understanding and insight now, and are keen 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 set up now do not need to be perfected until later, so you can work with a vague outline 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.
Cancer: One of your greatest talents is your ability to tune in to the deepest emotional signals in other people. 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 allows others to be honest about their failings also. You’ll be appreciated for the genuine 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.
Leo: Your enormous receptivity to the problems and needs of others gives you a listening job. You can give support and nourishment to those that need it. But you can also be to quick to meet the demands of others, so take care not to become drained by these emotional contacts. You may discover you’ve made 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.
Virgo: 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 adapt before it happens. You’ll find yourself working on behalf of others now. You want to be at your best and give your all to improving conditions, either at work or some other important area of your life. Consider which long term projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement but ensure that your mind body and spirit are also being looked after.
Libra: 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 and you might find yourself trying to match reality to your fantasy but with disappointing results. Begin with a flourish but remember that lasting satisfaction comes from creative achievements of all kinds and can also be found in simple pleasures. Whatever you do make sure you have plenty of time to daydream between social events.
Scorpio: The bonds to the past may seem stronger at the moment. There is plenty of opportunity to reconsider people and places that have been important in your past. Fundamental security is a major preoccupation for you now. You’ll be thinking of ways that you can bring something of your past experiences into the future. You function best when there is peace on the home front, but you might find yourself distracted by family worries or be concerned with matters of the home, land or property. Start this month with expressing some of those deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up.
Sagittarius: 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 wheat from the chaff 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.
Capricorn: You have a strong appreciation of what has value, and what doesn’t. You can achieve contentment by providing for the basic needs of others now. The threat of economic insecurity can mean that you are staying longer than necessary in an unsatisfactory work situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you, not by 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.
Aquarius: 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, but are you the one stretching their 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.
Pisces: At this time you have a deep longing to seek refuge in something which transcends everyday life. This may 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 a social whirl 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 a while to become aware of the changes. Begin this month slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.