February 2014

The potential for indulgence, excess and going overboard cannot be discounted during early February. The month begins in the US with Super Bowl Weekend and this Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVIII, has been nicknamed the Stoner Bowl and the Pot Bowl in recognition of the two teams playing coming from the only two US states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use to date.

During this February too much can be just too much and could create a tipping point where our advantages turn into our greatest liabilities. We could easily be seduced into believing that our hopes and wishes, our goals and our desires are like greased wheels, rolling swiftly and easily to the realization of our dreams.

We might see, once again, the extreme volatility of these times, times of deep despair, other times of unbridled confidence. Our optimism and exuberance may know no bounds in early February. We might determine to go on a spending spree, lavishing ourselves with all the things we want and can convince ourselves we need. Like the roaring ‘20’s, we could easily engage in party after party, neglecting the signs of a liable bear trap waiting to be sprung. This period of winter would be a time when it would be wise for us to budget our resources — our time, our monies, our energy — and not get seduced by the presentations, the impressions, the images to convince us that ‘happy days are here again’.

The illusions, and delusions, of Mercury in Pisces, a Sign of its Detriment where Mercury is not at all comfortable, can be reinforced with Mercury turning retrograde on the 6th of February. Due diligence may have gone out the window in favor of wish fulfillment. Certainly, our clarity of thought and attentive concentration might be clouded by our emotions, our hopes and our wishes.

On the 11th of February, the Aquarius-transiting Sun squares Saturn. Suddenly, we might feel as though the wind has been knocked out from us. Some of our intended projects may seem to hit impediments, and we might question whether we have the capability to accomplish our greatest dreams. Elements of the past, like phantoms traumatizing us, could arise that demand our attention or remind us of times when we might have stubbed our toes or scraped our knees. At this time, we may experience the metronome swing, now swinging from limitless enthusiasm to discouragement and despair. We need not go to extreme. Instead, we can use any sense of being brought up short as a braking action, giving us the opportunity to reflect and reconsider what we have been doing, where we are going and whether we have overdone our recent involvements.

The 12th of February has Mercury retrograding out of Pisces and back into Aquarius. We can draw upon other people as sounding boards. The stars in our eyes that could have glimmered over the past two weeks can burn out, and instead of being blinded by the light, we might see things more clearly once more. Even if we feel that we have been knocked back two squares or more, we can think more clearly with a little help from our friends and strategize how we could move forward expeditiously in a streamlined manner and with greater mindfulness. While things nowadays can occur in the most serendipitous of ways, we still need to be aware and mindful of the energies unfolding and work in concert with them.

The Full Moon on the 14th of February could prove dicey. We may feel as though we have come up against all sorts of obstacles standing in the way of what we want to do, what we can do. Instead of going into an emotional funk, wringing our hands and bemoaning our circumstances, we can use this time to regroup, reconsider, rework and focus on how resourceful we can be. No matter what occurs around this time, we might want to keep in mind the idea that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’.

While there can be obstacles to our forward progress, any delays and frustrations can also sharpen our determination to get things done — and done in a streamlined manner with the least expenditure of energy. Like tai chi moves, we can reflect on the energies operating, determine to work with the energies and move in accord with a best practices approach no matter what might stand in our way.

On the 18th of February, the Sun exits Aquarius to enter Pisces, the last Sign of the Zodiac before we come to the astrological New Year at the time of the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun next month exits Pisces to enter Aries. The Sun entering Pisces along with Mercury square Saturn on the 18th – 19th could find us feeling victim to the vagaries of the world. We might fall back into a far more reactive mode, buying into a belief that we can only respond to the events occurring to us rather than taking a proactive approach. We might have the sense of the metronome again, where there are times when we are gung-ho and willing to roll the boulder up the mountain, other times when we feel that the rocks are all falling down upon us. Neither mastery of our conditions nor victim to our circumstances is appropriate. On the contrary, we are being asked to find the balance, to let go of a belief in total control over our personal world and to surrender any sense of victimization. Similar to the tai chi moves, we are being asked to work with the energies, to be a co-creator and active participant with the natural unfolding, and unfoldings that are no longer sequential progressions of beginning, middle and end, but rather the asequential reality of this paradigm shift where process is continuous and develops in its own unique patterns.

On the 23rd of February, the Sun conjuncts Neptune, heightening the Piscean energy of spirituality, cosmic connection or escapism into fantasy worlds. This would be a good time for us to meditate, contemplate and touch base with our spiritual selves. Getting down by the water, listening to uplifting music, reading inspired thoughts can nurture our soul and nourish our spirit.

The 24th has Venus sextile Saturn, followed by Jupiter square Uranus on the 26th. People from our past could step forward, and whether we engage in a reconnection now or make plans for reunions in the future, we may enjoy the contacts made. We just have to be wary that we do not commit ourselves without realizing that in today’s world plans made are tentative based upon the interceding circumstances that might occur in the interim.

The 28th of February – 1st of March has the Pisces New Moon with the Sun Moon conjunction trine Jupiter and sextile Pluto. At this same time, Mercury ends its three-week retrograde cycle to turn direct and Mars turns retrograde. With all this shift and change going on, we can restructure our plans, reconsider our activities and give thought to the ending of winter and the advent of the forthcoming Spring.

Our mental energy may be a great deal stronger than our physical energy. We are likely to feel optimistic about our future but feel mightier in concept and in the abstract than in physically realizing and manifesting our dreams. With these various changes in direction going on in the heavens, we may wonder whether we are coming or going, or just spinning our wheels. It would be wise for us to keep in mind that intention, that mental seed thought, is the first step in concrete realization. Let’s take advantage of these New Moon energies to plan and strategize and devise the solid foundations upon which we can build in the days ahead.

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