February 6th New Moon Solar Eclipse
In this very interesting New Moon the eclipse degree lies in the 18th degree of Aquarius, in close conjunction with both Mercury and Chiron, thus bringing some hidden or wounded part of ourselves into greater conscious awareness. Mercury, now in retrograde motion, actually occupies the Sun-Moon/Chiron midpoint. Neptune is also nearby, lending a mystical air to the proceedings. Additionally, there are close semi-sextile aspects to both Venus in Capricorn and Uranus in Pisces, indicating that partnering with significant others in our lives will play important part in our own evolution, and that relationship issues could rapidly shift. There may even be a pleasant surprise as an old pattern suddenly gives way. The Sabian Symbol has been given above but is worth repeating: "A man unmasked" referring to the mental penetration of psychological process. The keyword is ANALYSIS. Taken in combination with an inward-directed Mercury there is a self-reflective and analytical tone to this entire lunation cycle.
February 13th First Quarter Moon
Taking place the day before V day – is very interesting. With the Sun and Moon square each other, this phase traditionally indicates a time when tensions highlight the places where the impulse from the New Moon encounters difficulty in the real world of practical concerns, a crisis of action as Rudhyar termed it. In this configuration, Venus is exactly quincunx Mars and trine the Moon while Mars trines the Sun and Neptune, indicating a time when relationship material is bound to come up, and again, when old patterns have the chance to be transcended.
February 18th Mercury stations direct
As Mercury slows down in the sky relative to the earth-bound observer, the few days before and after its direct station on Monday evening represent a special period of time. This is one of the peaks of the retrograde, when we might expect the usual symptoms of communication and mechanical break-down even more intensely. It may help to remember to tune inside. The inward turning promoted by this transition is a great time to journal, and to rethink where we are headed, both individually and collectively.
February 20th Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Follows Mercury's change of station on February 18th by a mere two days, and also aspects Saturn, as Venus begins to conjunct Mercury. These two planets will draw closer and closer to Chiron in Aquarius as the month unwinds, completing in the early days of March. This important Full Moon also brings renewed awareness to the transit of Pluto into the first degree of Capricorn. The Lunar Eclipse occupies the second degree of Virgo, and of Pisces, therefore highlighting the energy of these two signs and their spiritually vibrant polarity within the larger picture of this month's cycle. The Sabian Symbols are: "A large white cross" and "A squirrel hiding from hunters," and together they suggest the frequently overlooked power of the mystical to transform our lives. Jones' keyword for the Sun degree is CAUTION, and we must temper our currently very high ideals and expectations with a large dose of practicality.
February 28th Last Quarter Moon
Another time of the tension of conflicting signs, is traditionally a crisis of awareness, when we begin to see more clearly and from new perspectives the arc of our development over the preceding three weeks. At this point in the cycle we begin to restructure our original impulse from back then into new alignments and further layers of meaning. This configuration squares and opposes Saturn in Virgo and sets the stage for the upcoming March 7th New Moon conjunction with Uranus in Pisces. This final square of February emphasizes once again the Virgo – Pisces axis and the spiritual commitment implicit in the most ordinary forms of daily life.