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
February is a mixed month of several Astrological dynamics pulling in different directions. So when you feel a bit stretched, compromised or concerned that you can’t plot a clear course of action, don’t be surprised.
If you want this to be a productive few weeks then a good approach would be to focus on ‘going with the flow’. If you have wanted to start practicing mindfulness techniques or taking up a meditation course this would be a perfect time. The frustration comes when you try to push things into places that they won’t fit, or expect tight schedules to go like clockwork.
Getting things done and achieving a sense of fulfillment will be less stressful if you allow plenty of room for options and alternative routes, as things unfold at their own pace and according to an unknown plan
We start the month with Mercury entering the sign of Pisces on February 3. It joins Neptune in this sign, which is strongly inclined to an otherworldly focus and a natural chaos as the norm. Pisces wants to merge and blend with an unseen rhythm and is best suited to following the heightened intuition and sensitivity that are typical with this water sign. Neptune is happily in tune with the sign Pisces and will be transiting here until 2025. Our mind, speech and communication, Mercury’s business, can become diffused and dreamy. It can also bring confusion and a tendency to delusions or deceptive thoughts. So this month it may be harder to recognise what’s true and what is pure wishful thinking or a negative imagination. It may also become apparent that the so-called ‘truth’ can be very subjective and not as reliable, as some people would have you believe. So care is needed when adhering to hard facts, as they may be softer and more malleable than you thought.
Mercury going retrograde in Pisces this month is only going to add to the feeling that we aren’t quite in control. Just before Mercury enters Pisces it reaches the degree in Aquarius that it will return to during this coming retrograde period, so technically we are already in the shadow of this phase. The station, or point where the planet appears to start moving backward in on February 17 and it starts forwards again on March 10 but it will take up to March 30 to move into new territory. So be aware that whatever is going on for you during the first few days this month may well come up again for review before early March. This is especially the case where you thought you had something in agreement or you knew where you stood, or that things were fully set and ready to go forward to suit your own ideas or desires.
If you can navigate the retrograde then there is areal chance to make progress. Mars, the planet of physical drive and energy, moves into steadfast and productive Capricorn on the 16th and joins the other planets in a Capricorn line up until the end of March. Again there can be frustrations as Mars in an earth sign gets slowed down, but this is an advantage if you need to take time to plan carefully or get a good longterm strategy worked out. Just be aware that the progress, for the next few weeks, may be in the approach, rather than the execution of your ideas.
Another transit to add to the complexity of February is Venus, the social and inclusive planet moves into independent and assertive Aries, on the 7th. So there can be less compromise and more confrontation when it comes to our relationships and social connections. This can be positive or negative and depends on how you are situated. There may be a need to address whatever is no longer working well and make changes even if that doesn’t suit both parties initially. This planet placement gives the will to challenge a stuck or unsatisfactory arrangement. This can be an inward and personal experience or it may involve you and an other. Either way, the end result is better harmony and more truthful relationships, but only when the required action has taken place and the new dynamic integrated, and that may not happen until this month has passed.
The February Full Moon is at 20° Leo on the 9th at 7.33am with the New Moon at 5° Pisces on the 23rd at 3.31pm
Aries: Natural ease are the keywords for you this Full Moon and it is time to loosen up and have some fun, especially with close friends and children. If you get into the party mood, you will very likely be in good company, as this is a general time of celebration for all. Passion and intensity, on any topic you choose, can run rampant and your enthusiasm overflows. You have a strong emotional need for some romantic encounters but you do know how to nurture and maintain the romance in an existing relationship too. So take the plunge and enjoy!
Taurus: This Full Moon you are especially sensitive to the moods of any others who share your personal space. Although you will be strongly motivated to create a caring and secure environment around you, a crowd can be claustrophobic, you can get on each other’s nerves. This is a time to acknowledge how the comfortable and familiar supports you. You might find you need to spend a lot of time at home. Draw on it as a source of strength as you prepare to achieve some great things out in the world.
Gemini: You may experience strong differences of opinion with someone you have to deal with every day during this Full Moon. When you argue your case you are easily swayed by irrational arguments and emotions. Could it be that everybody is trying to get their message through but no one is listening? Try not to get distracted whilst you tie up important loose ends and meet deadlines. You need to keep some time for a new project or mental challenge. You could be making plans for travelling or starting a new class or training programme.
Cancer: This Full Moon will find you focusing on your personal resources and adjusting to economic fluctuations. You can be a very kind and giving person but you also need to feel secure. Being a little more concerned with your financial status now is probably a good thing although some people may view you as unusually materialistic and possessive. This is a time to cash in on some of your hard earned investments and name your price for your efforts. Be confident in your skills and abilities and turn them to good use now as others will notice and reward you later.
Leo: The emphasis is not so much on what you’ve done, but rather who you are. This Full Moon is the right time to let your personality truly shine. You instinctively know how important feelings are for personal development and you have a powerful impact on your surroundings through your moods. You may be seen as over-emotional or sentimental, but you know how to provide a truly nurturing environment for others to grow and you’re motivated to show how much concern and care you have for others.
Virgo: Allow yourself to withdraw from the world and focus on your inner feelings. During this Full Moon you are extremely sensitive and might want to spend a lot of time where other people have difficulty getting in contact with you. Ideally create a place of your own which is sacred to you, and where you can be alone. In this private sphere or retreat. Try to work more consciously with your imagination through creative work or meditative practice for a few days.
Libra: You have forged strong bonds with your friends and you are extremely sensitive to how they treat you over the Full Moon. You are easily hurt if they let you down in any way, so ensure that you spend time only with people that support you. Disconnect from the daily grind and share fine food, pleasant company and tales of mutual adventures. Give yourself the chance to remember that the good life is about feelings and friendship not money or possessions.
Scorpio: You may feel that your role is primarily to live up to family or social expectations over the Full Moon. In your past a lot of your unconscious motivation has been aimed at living up to other people’s expectations. Now is the time to reach out for what you want for yourself and stand in the spotlight whilst acting the part of your unique self in all your glory. Take time out during these few days to notice your contribution to other people’s lives.
Sagittarius: Think big, stretch the imagination, push the envelope of your beliefs and feelings this Full Moon. Holding on to a strong belief that is solid and true for you demands your attention now. During these few days your interest in philosophical and spiritual areas is heightened. Use the time to expand your inner window on the world and break new ground. The heady feeling of suddenly having put it all together can have you wondering now what to do with it all, but that will take care of itself down the line.
Capricorn: Experiences over this Full Moon will confirm that you must not depend on other people to provide emotional security for you. Your relationships will benefit from greater depth and understanding. Your new knowledge will be of great help to everyone you contact on an intimate level. You no longer need to rely on certain items or possessions as you move on. Clear off the cobwebs and throw out those useless things you’ve been hoarding, the freedom will do you good.
Aquarius: You have difficulty distinguishing between what you feel and what those closest to you feel during this Full Moon. You have got a little too close and caught up with other people recently. You need to stand back. Allow yourself to fully connect with others but imagining they are reacting to something you did or said is not helping anyone. The support and equality you sense when you get some distance will produce welcome rewards later.
Pisces: You may waste energy on menial tasks and get distracted from the broader visions in your life during this Full Moon. You are excellent at tuning in to the physical needs of others and generally happy to take on a lot of tasks – both in your career and around the house. If you are not careful however, other people will take advantage of you. Focus on getting things together for yourself. Once you’ve put on the finishing touches, you’ll be able to stand back and take pride in your accomplishments.