Mercury stations retrograde Saturday 2/23 EST at 19 degrees of Pisces and will be in retrograde mode through 3/17. This retrograde period is more powerful due to its proximity to the upcoming Full Moon in Virgo on Monday as well as Mercury’s conjunction to Mars. In general when Mercury is retrograde there can be misunderstandings in communication but when Mars is involved people can have a short fuse, conversations can become more heated and the likelihood of passive aggressive behavior is more likely. Avoid rushing, leave extra time when traveling, anticipate delays, be extra clear with communication, practice patience and try not to take things personally.
“Behind our existence lies something else that becomes accessible to us only by our shaking off the world.” Arthur Schopenhauer
The images on the Tarot Cards have evolved down through time. For example the image on the Ace of Cups in the earliest decks was a chalice – symbolizing that a connection to God was to be found exclusively through the teachings of the Catholic Church. With the advent of the Protestant reformation the image on the Ace of Cups changed to a heart- symbolizing that each individual could be in touch with God or with the divine through one’s own heart or spiritual practice.
This is a good image for the Sun’s entrance into Pisces this week. Pisces is a spiritual, intuitive, creative sign and when properly actualized can feel the interconnectedness of all life as well as the realms of soul and spirit. For the next few weeks it bodes well to cultivate a stronger bond to our own sense of inner knowing and to seek inspiration, guidance and direction on the inner planes.
quote from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra
One of my favorite teaching stories involves a curse made on a newborn child by a fairy who was not invited to the christening. One of the things this story shows is the power of speech to frighten and wound others. We have all been victims of critical and discouraging speech – whether intentional or not. With Mars, Chiron and Mercury together in Pisces now breakthroughs are possible about personal power that has been lost due internalizing attitudes that were not ours to begin with. This can be helpful in reclaiming power and moving in a direction of increased authenticity.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” Satchel Paige
The New Moon is Sunday 2/10 at 21 degrees of Aquarius. One of the Sabian symbols associated with this placement is, “A Rug Placed on the Floor for Children to Play On.” It is a good time to let dreams and visions evolve and let the imagination roam. There is power in this New Moon for clear intentions. Be on the lookout for new opportunities and for kindred spirits who may help actualize your aspirations.
* quotes from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra and 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill. All times mentioned are EST.
“The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This month much significant planetary activity involves Chiron – the asteroid of the Wounded Healer. Wherever Chiron falls in an individual’s chart there is a life long evolutionary journey of wounding and healing. There is usually fragmentation in the way we think about this area of life and a sense and track record that our dreams may easily elude us here. Manifesting goals in this area is more difficult partly because there are pieces missing from our imaginings of it. This month as various planets align with Chiron information about how to create a more complete picture of this area of life will be available. And the information will help to make the visions real. Heed dreams, musings and intuitions.
“The world is but canvas to our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau
February is a good month to keep your own counsel – to rely on your intuition and inner sense of knowing as it may be difficult to discern the meaning of events as they appear and are interpreted in the outer world. Neptune’s influence is strong all month – meaning illusion is about.
Deepening intuition, freeing the imagination to explore and create and growing in empathy are good directions to take all month long.It is bodes well to keep levels of inspiration high. Inspiration is about and can be more easily tapped into especially if a place is carved out for it in the midst of busy daily routines.
It is also a good idea to nurture and strengthen the immune system.
Notable Planetary Activity this month:
Early in the month:
Mars moves into Pisces forming a conjunction to Neptune and Chiron. This is a good time to consider the appropriate use of personal power and work on healing and repairing any related wounds of an emotional nature. Information about his process may come through dreams, intuitions and inspirations so do heed information that comes through these channels.
Venus moves into Aquarius trining Jupiter: This is a good time to consider our interrelationship with all of humanity and the natural world. It can bring joy, expansiveness and pleasure. Avoid excess.
Venus sextiles Uranus: This can bring love at first sight experiences as well as breakthroughs in areas of relationship, finances and happiness. Heed innovative solutions and pathways.
Mercury, Mars and Jupiter’s alignment indicates it bodes well to think before you speak or act as there is an indication that impulsive speech and action can lead to trouble. Conversation can take a more adversarial tone and more conflict can be about.
The New Moon is at 21 Aquarius on 2/10 EST. The wind is at our back with positive and clear intention setting as the Jupiter Mars square has excess energy to lend.
On the 11th Venus moves up to a square with Saturn. Squares indicate the need to overcome and at this time feelings of scarcity can easily arise. Moderation is key. Everything is in a state of evolution regardless of appearances.
Mid Month: Saturn stations retrograde in Scorpio on the 18th. This can be a frustrating time in terms of accomplishing things. It is best to avoid frustration and pushing too hard.
The Sun moves up to a conjunction with Neptune on the 21st – a good time for creative work and spiritual growth but can bring confusion to mundane matters.
Mercury stations retrograde on the 23 – get any necessary repairs done and contracts signed before that point if possible.
The Full Moon is at 7 degrees of Virgo on the 25.
Amelia Shea has advised clients in her Astrology and Tarot practice since 1990. She can be reached at 603 654 1043, email@example.com, www.ameliashea.com or www.ameliashea.wordpress.com . Her readings start at $30.
* quotes from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra . All times mentioned are EST
“Hope is the memory of the future.” Gabriel Marcel
Be on the lookout for opportunities coming your way as expansive Jupiter stations and moves direct Jan 30. Entertain options. Keep horizons open. Make a plan to bring more inspiration into your life every day. Use this positive energy to move forward in a more hopeful, optimistic way.
* quotes from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra . All times mentioned are EST
“Your words and actions are magical – they create waves of energy that travel out into the world and nature.” David Spangler
Communications can become more testy this week as Venus moves up to a conjunction with Pluto – old wounds can be more easily triggered as well as concerns about scarcity (of love, resources etc) . It is a good time to practice diplomacy and to avoid engaging conflict. On a spiritual level this aspect has to do with deepening our understanding of love as a force in the world by transforming painful or longstanding wounds.
“If you allow yourself to become overwhelmed by outer events it signifies that you are letting the outer world take control of your life instead of becoming the master of your own destiny.” Torgny Jansson*
The New Moon is Friday January 11 at 21 degrees of Capricorn. The New Moon is a time of beginnings and this Moon is particularly potent with its connection to the Lunar Nodes of destiny and fate. If you could start afresh and redesign the structure of your life so that the use of your time, energy, talents, money and love were determined by your highest priorities, what would that look like? Pay particular attention to areas of life that do not feel vibrant and energized- these are the ones in need of transformation. Now is the time to think about how to pragmatically move it in the direction of more mastery and personal authenticity.
*from his book Esoteric Astrology, all times mentioned at EST
“My soul and the world are but one.” Rudolph Steiner
Today Venus enters Capricorn, Saturn’s sign. Venus rules values and for the next couple of weeks as Venus transits the transformational Pluto/Uranus square, take some time to look at how you implement your personal values in areas of love, relationships and finances and whether a closer connection needs to be drawn. We live in a time of rapid evolution and higher personal aspirations and actions are directly correlated to a more positive outcome for the planet.
quote from Lynn Jericho’s Inner Christmas 2012 , all times mentioned are EST.