This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
February 2018 Astrological Trends
Words have weight as the month opens, so what you say matters and you can back up your proposals with action. This is the time of year when things will get done with Aquarius Mercury and Sagittarius Mars in sextile aspect. Make sure to give voice to your projects and thoughts and add the extra step of following through with those things you would like see come to fruition, February 1 through 5. This Could be personal as well, including romantic gestures such as asking someone on a date.
However, be careful. The Aquarius Sun is opposing the North Node in Leo (the Sun’s home sign) on the first few days of February. This is asking us to say what is important and not use our words in knee-jerk fashion. We need to use our wisdom and summon our better angels during the first week of February because what we do matters. If you’re not firmly in your integrity—don’t act or talk. Your words and deeds will have impact, and what is happening is in a fixed sign, which has long-term impact. Stay away from the need to cause trouble—it’s one of those karmic instances where the trouble will return to you three-fold (or ten-fold). Mercury follows the Sun to oppose the North Node February 8-10, asking you to use your heart and learn from new relationships to move forward to stop from being stuck in the past.
Similarly, Aquarius Venus squares Jupiter in Scorpio February 1 through 7. While it is a square aspect, it’s the friendliest square of the entire zodiac. This means it may be challenging to work hard during this time but it is a time for happiness, optimism, generosity, socializing and beauty. The problems will arise when you attempt to be serious. The problems to watch out for are overspending and overeating. If you’re prone to problems with your ethics, you could also have problems, since you might minimize the consequences of your social actions.
For freedom lovers, the Aquarian Venus sextiles Aries Uranus in transit from February 4 through 9 can be a time of meeting soul mates. This as a fun and exciting time for all of us when we can focus on artistic and stimulating endeavors. It’s a time to try new things and set out on adventures. You can feel free to take a risk and let go of inhibitions. It’s a nice time for entertainment and enjoying nature.
From February 7 to February 13, the Aquarius Sun squares Jupiter in Scorpio. This is a caution to pull back your emotions of over-optimism. Keep yourself from over-spending and over-eating. Take your addictions seriously, since this time is a trigger for feeling over-confident about your ability to indulge. You won’t really get away with it. Focus on one project and one project alone to be successful, instead of attempting to do multiple things. You can go nowhere in a hurry or plod along slowly and get there in due time. Trust the process and not your ego, in other words. Both the Sun and Jupiter are planets that have ego attached to them, so try not to let them overwhelm you during this week.
Venus enters Pisces on February 10. You may begin to feel you want to merge and be at one with your partner. Heck, you yearn to be at-one with the universe. You also enjoy sharing inspirational activities with your loved ones such as listening to beautiful music to visiting nature to enjoying art.
This brings us to the powerful Aquarius solar eclipse on February 15. This New Moon eclipse is conjunct Mercury. These three planets are sextile Uranus in Aries and they square Jupiter in Scorpio. Additionally, Venus in Pisces sextiles Saturn in Capricorn, Mars in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter in Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn. The effects of a solar eclipse are active for up to six months and are arguably the most important influence this month, so let’s break these down.
The Solar Eclipse relationship to Mercury and Uranus, with the eclipse occurring in Aquarius, Uranus being the ruling planet of the sign Aquarius, and Uranus being the higher-octave planet of Mercury, indicates there are some unexpected humanitarian insights about to flow through. Communications and conversations (Mercury) will kick off (Uranus) long-lasting focus and solutions (Aquarius is a fixed sign). The Sun and Moon are our heart and emotions, our mother and father, and our male and female archetypes. Mercury, the Moon, and Uranus are often the most psychic and intuitive elements of the zodiac. The higher self in all of us may be called forth during the next six months in unexpected ways, to work through the heart (the Sun).
In the environment of this new change, the other aspects portend a conservative approach to life. Venus sextile Saturn again means it’s a good time for long-term relationships (marriages are favored). Mars square Neptune means it’s a bad time to deceive and lie to anyone. Honesty is favored. People’s imaginations will be on high alerts with Mercury intertwined in this eclipse, so you might as well realize that people’s fears are intertwined with their mental health during the next several months. Therapy is a good idea if you are feeling yourself out and feeling unsteady. Jupiter sextile Pluto should naturally provide you with opportunities to change in the most positive direction in your life. It would behoove you to take advantage of transformational events and opportunities that life provides for you. It is definitely in your best interest to go with the flow of change at this juncture. Allow yourself to be transformed and get the help that you need that is available. We all need help to become our future selves. Letting it pass by would be a mistake because opportunities to transform don’t present themselves often. Education opportunities and chances for positive change abound right now. The nice thing about Aquarius is that the changes will only uncover more of your unique self.
On February 17, Mercury enters Pisces. The mental focus changes to the imagination and to sensing others’ thoughts. You may have difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy. During this month, don’t be surprised if you experience periods where you seem to disappear into a dream world before being jolted back to reality.
On February 18, the Sun enters Pisces. Our hearts become drawn to the sacred, mystical, and spiritual side of life. The harsh realities are not so interesting and it’s important during the month of Pisces to set aside time for meditation, quiet time or artistic pursuits. Quiet activities such as sitting on a beach or listening to soothing music may appeal, in fact any activity which suits a gentle nature. Otherwise, escapism may prevail. Find a channel for creative energies.
From February 19 though February 23, Venus conjuncts, or meets up with, Neptune in Pisces. This is a wonderful time for compassion and oneness. Stay away from harsh energies and focus on relaxing and mindful connection with the Divine, with one another, with oneself. There is potential for romance, heightened creativity, and higher states of being with these two luminaries connecting. Neptune is the higher-octave of Venus, so it is a good time to indulge is spiritual retreat or spiritual or romantic activity. The beauty of the world and of life may seem breathtaking to you during this time. Love. That is all.
At the same time, Mercury in Pisces will be sextile Saturn in Capricorn, so you can focus and get a lot done on work matters or projects. Serious study, research, and contemplation is available during this transit. Discussions will be serious and communication that is honest will be powerful. Teaching / learning is favored.
This is in contrast to February 21 through 28, when Pisces Venus and Sagittarius Mars will be in square aspect. This will be a time of potential relational difficulties if there is underlying tension. Clashing egos can be seen during Venus-Mars squares. Issues of control and freedom may occur. The pressure-valve may need to be released for one or more partners. On February 24 through February 26, Mercury conjuncts Neptune, making clear communication an issue. It may be better to meditate and write one’s thoughts our on those days rather than try to talk to others, since Neptune can cloud judgment or cloud the clear receipt of messages. Instead use the Sun sextile Saturn to focus on meeting a goal or seeking out a wise person to support you. You may feel socializing is a bit of frivolity anyway under this Saturn influence.
At the end of the Month, Venus sextile Pluto will help you see how your relationships and creativity, as well as financial life, can be transformed. A low-side manifestation would leave you feeling obsessed—in which case get help. A high-side manifestation would leave you seeing how an existing relationship can transform to a new spiritual level or be made more profound.
Pisces Mercury squares Sagittarius Mars (February 26 to March 2) also is a caution to watch rushed thinking so it does not lead to aggression, decision-making that is too quick, and impulsive decisions that bite you. Instead, rely upon the Mercury-Pluto (Capricorn) sextile (also February 26 to March 2) to sink down into intuitive thinking that allows you to enjoy the mystery of the intellectual process. Make sure you let go of control and influence, as that can lead you back into the Mars trouble!
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