Feburary 2024

We come into February eager to draw upon both our material and spiritual characteristics.

There is a new day dawning, a revolution under way, even if the indications are presently only undercurrents to what appears to be going on.

During the past few years, and under the adverse circumstances of conditions, we could have sharpened our wits and developed our ability to cut through the veil of Maya — the illusions and delusions of what is being presented as true. We are living in a post-modern era [or error] where the subjective supersedes the objective, fictions are accepted as facts. These times demand that we be mindful, aware, and ever alert to the unexpected shifts and changes, and maintain our balance by strengthening our inner core, living by our moral compass, and expressing our integrity through our spirit in action.

The 2nd of February has Mercury sextile Neptune. Not only can we draw upon our reasoning mind and our critical analysis to vet any situation. Our intuitive sense is strengthened with the ability to cut away the decorative and hype to get to the core of any matter. The combination of feeling and thought could give us a true sense of whatever is going on.

Mercury exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius on the 5th [12:10 AM EST] with Mercury triggering a Stellium in the Fixed Air Sign as Mercury joins the Sun and Pluto in Aquarius. Mercury conjuncts Pluto. As if having superhuman vision, we can dissect any subject to determine the essence that lies at the heart of the matter. Our thoughts are likely profound, our speech concise and to the point, and our focus on what can be rather than only what is. We may be feeling great intensity with a desire to get on with what we want.

Creative visualization is a powerful tool, but one that demands we not be fixated on the how the realization is to occur. Synchronicity and serendipity are key elements of these times of paradigm shift.

We may see evidence of what might be considered the inexplicable on the 7th when Venus trines Uranus and Mars sextiles Neptune. Being in the ‘right place at the right time’, even if we are totally oblivious of both, can open doors of interesting contacts. We might encounter someone who may prove helpful to our goals. With encouragement from outside of oneself, we could spring into action and advance our interests. Often, we just need a slight push to get on the right path. Once engaged, we can advance with determination and with a sense of exercising our personal destiny.

As with anything in life and especially during these tumultuous times, there are times when we go too far too fast. We can invest our resources into what appear to be solid prospects, only to experience disappointment and failure. Such an energy is evident on the 8th of February when the Sun squares Uranus. The problem might not have been with our own exaggerated expectations but the vagaries of these times. Any commitments now may be tenuous due to unexpected developments that could arise. We are also on the ‘dark side’ of the Moon never a good time to initiate, far better to conclude.

February 9th has the Aquarius New Moon as the Sun conjuncts the Moon [5:59 PM EST]. This New Moon for the Chinese occurs on the 10th and consequently calendars in the countries in the west indicate Chinese New Year to occur on the 10th, but in truth the Chinese New Year starts usually with the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice.

This Aquarius New Moon accentuates the Fixed Air Stellium and our relationships. In orb of a square to Uranus, this New Moon could ratchet up the volatility of these times over the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 24th. We may be forward thinking but our resources might be wanting. Let’s keep in mind that the paradigm shift does indicate that things can occur in the most unexpected manner and that incidents of magic and mini-miracles are likely.

This Chinese New Year is the year of the Green Wood Dragon and is forecasted to be a year of improvement, growth, abundance, and joy. May it be so.

Impacting the Aquarius New Moon but exact on the 10th is a Mercury square Jupiter. We need to be wary that our sense of possibilities doesn’t get the better of our practical realities. It would be suggested that we temper any optimism and exuberance. Let’s keep in mind that things are always easier in concept than in implementation. Our confidence may be strong. We might believe that we can successfully meet any challenges. Keeping track of our expenditures and budgeting our resources could prevent us from going overboard on a wish and a dream.

The 13th of February has Venus sextile Neptune and Mars exiting Capricorn to enter Aquarius [1:05 AM EST], strengthening the Fixed Air Sign Stellium as Mars joins Pluto, Mercury, and the Sun in Aquarius. It’s Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras time, and we may enjoy the festivities. Relationships can be deep and passionate, although we are likely looking out for number one. We might be considerate, even accommodating, to someone’s needs, but we are still focused on where we want to go and what we want to get.

Passions can be turned up severalfold on the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, when Mars conjuncts Pluto. This is an aspect that suggests things can be too hot to handle with a liability of explosive behaviors and momentous releases of energy. Storm systems could be dramatic with tornado-like winds. We need to be cautious when out and about, since people could come unhinged and act out in extreme and violent ways. If we are able to harness the energy, a tall order for sure, then we might have the determination and perseverance to literally move mountains. 

One of my least favorite energy configurations for travel and communications, Mercury square Uranus, occurs on the 16th of February, the same day that Venus exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius [11:05 AM EST]. Discussions can be full of misunderstandings. Getting anywhere today might be challenging, largely due to unexpected situations arising and forcing us to alter our course. With Venus entering Aquarius, we now briefly have five planets in the Fixed Air Sign. The quirky and avant-garde could be enticing with everyone likely to be marching to their own drummer, accentuating their own individuality, somewhat like a snowflake where no two are ever the same.

The 17th of February has Venus conjunct Pluto. The extremes of love and hate could be evident in our relationships with the likelihood of sentiments changing suddenly and dramatically and going from one extreme to the other. Passions are engaged. If our life is not deeply moving and exciting, we may look for the excitement out of our normal circumstance.

The Sun exits Aquarius and enters Pisces on the 18th [11:13 PM EST]. While the Aquarius Stellium is diminished, leaving Mercury, Venus, Mars and Pluto in the Fixed Air Sign; the Sun’s entry into Pisces triggers a Stellium in the Mutable Water Sign as the Sun joins Saturn and Neptune in Pisces.

Aquarius and Pisces are the two most universal Signs of the Zodiac, Signs that consider dimensions other than the earthly. There is a cosmic connection, and as individuals we are likely to become far more interested and connected to a reality far beyond our earthbound ego personality.

Over the past several years and under arduous, challenging conditions, there has been an awakening for many people. The blinders have been removed, and people are increasingly able to work with peripheral vision, look beyond what appears straight in front of them, grasp and grok that there are greater realities than those which we perceive.

This mid-February through the rest of this winter season provides the energy and support to develop and grow our spiritual being, awaken, and ascend into a new consciousness and one that comprehends the fifth dimension where the space-time coordinates collapse into the NOW with past, present, future all NOW.

On February 22nd, Venus conjuncts Mars. Representing the sexual duality in nature where Venus represents the feminine and Mars the masculine, this conjunction allows us to integrate both the masculine and feminine aspects within ourselves to be whole. Each of us has both the masculine and feminine aspects in our being. Women exhibit the feminine externally but have the masculine internally, and vice versa for men. With this conjunction, we can feel more whole, more integrated, and more complete. Our relationships can be stronger for we are less likely to engage a battle of the sexes.

Mercury exits Aquarius on the 23rd and enters Pisces [2:29 AM EST]. Pisces is a Sign of Detriment for Mercury, for our thinking tends to be impacted by our moods, emotions, and feelings. Instead of clarity of thought, we can be like sponges to water, absorbing our environment, with a liability of expressing our feelings to the detriment of rational thought.

The Virgo Full Moon on the 24th [7:30 AM EST] when the Sun opposes the Moon can be fraught with emotional drama. The Stellium of four planets in Pisces in opposition, some only by Sign, to the Virgo Moon could either provide a visionary quality where our intuitive, feeling senses might combine with focused intent to develop a best practices approach to our involvements. Unfortunately, the liability of this energy configuration can also reinforce a sense of victimization and a belief that nothing is right, everything wrong.

The 24th also has Venus square Jupiter. These two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm can exacerbate misunderstandings and a hyper-critical attitude, some of which may be self-inflicted. It is staggering to realize that in an affluent country such as the US over 13% of the adult population take anti-depressants, a figure that rises to 24.5% of college students. There’s something wrong somewhere, possibly the focus or lack of focus on true purpose in living. Maybe the rendering unto Caesar both of that which is Caesar’s and that which is God’s is creating dire results.

This February into March would allow us to turn away from the sole material focus, even despite the pressures of increased costs, and turn towards a spiritual awakening and re-evaluation as to how we are doing life and our living.

The end of this February can make us aware that instead of us trying to make things happen [a mindset conditioned in all of us virtually from day one with the competitive win-lose scenario], we would be better served aligning with the energies unfolding, embrace the mysteries of this paradigm shift, and be mindful of what and how things are developing. 

Before we get to that understanding, we might need to learn the lesson one more time. I always suggest that the universe taps us on the shoulder. If we don’t ‘get’ that which the universe is trying to make us aware, it taps a little bit harder. If we still don’t understand what the universe is trying to tell us, the universe gives a lateral lobotomy, or whack on the side of our head for us to finally ‘get’ it.

The 27th of February has Mars square Jupiter. We might be trying too hard, pushing too hard, adamant in making things happen the way we want them to be. 

Overdoing often results in severe pushbacks, possibly evident on the 28th when the Pisces Sun conjuncts Mercury, Mercury conjuncts Saturn, and the Sun conjuncts Saturn. Ill-conceived efforts could leave us exhausted and depressed. We might feel as though the wind has been knocked out of our sails. But this day could also allow us to stop, reflect and evaluate what we are doing, how we are doing it, and why we are doing it. We might just be out of snyc with the universe, trying to force our will against an immutable power.

Although the 28th might seem like a bleak moment, the volatility of these times also gives evidence of the extreme swings from despair to elation, a feeling we might have on the 29th of February when Mercury sextiles Jupiter.

We can feel upbeat and more optimistic as we end February.

February 2024… despite darkness, light prevails…