The Astrology of February centers on the Saturn – Neptuneopposition that becomes exact by month's end, and that reminds us of the contrast between losing hope and our dreams coming true and that the distance between them may be only a hairsbreadth. The opposition is triggered by the Full Moon at the very beginning of the month, and by the Last Quarter Moon of the following weekend. It draws to within a degree by the time of the mid-month New Moon, while the moment of exact opposition takes place on the last day of February. Neptune represents the numinous possibility, which can manifest as illusion, self-sacrifice for the greater good, and a meaning-full connection with all of creation, taking the spiritual truth literally that "we are all One." Saturn represents the limitations of life in the physical, the necessary reality-check, and the potential for grounding our dreams into concrete manifestation. In their opposition they signal contrasting choices for either despair or higher wisdom, depending on how we choose to move through this polarity. It really is up to us, to each of us, to decide not only our own fate but the fate of the surrounding collective. We are suspended between heaven and earth, and our daily lives partake of elements of each. This opposition reminds us of the delicate balance, and not to neglect either side of the equation.
Another Mercury retrograde takes place this month, as Mercury begins to move backwards through Neptune's own sign of Pisces, turning retrograde within a few degrees of Uranus on February 13th, and remaining out of sync for the next six weeks or so. This is another potent retrograde period, when we might expect communication breakdowns and when we do better to turn within to contemplate the mystical possibilities of our situation. Since Venus and Mars are in perfect sextile on this day, and aspecting Saturn, this is also a powerful time of reflection on the many ways that we do relationship with others, just in time for Valentine's Day.
On Saturday, February 17th, the AquariusNew Moon closely sextilesPluto and reminds us that in the natural order of the universe everything, including our relationship dynamic, must either transform or die. If we choose to change in the ways that we are prompted by the rush of events and by our own evolutionary mandate, we choose life.
Transits to the U.S. Chart
Last month we pointed out that there might be expected to be a ferment in Washington DC over this past month, and that has been proven out by recent events. An entrenched White House, as we stated then, really is beginning to face the fact of "the covers beginning to come off the unfolding scandal of the lead-up to war on false pretenses." It looks like a battle royal with congress pressing one way and the president another, especially on the issue of pulling the troops out of Iraq as both the American public and the Iraqi people seem to desire. For further information on the times ahead, see the Astrological Year of 2007.
In the present month, the New Moon of the 17th, taking place while Mercury is retrograde, exactly conjuncts the U.S. Moon, indicating that American public opinion is becoming further energized during the latter half of this month. Transiting Saturn is quite prominent in relation to the U.S chart at this critical juncture, indicating that the executive branch is closely involved. Saturn aspects U.S. Mars (military) Jupiter (faith) and Uranus, while transiting Mercurysquares it. There may be unexpected events at this time, and they will likely lead to developments regarding the information that the public has to work with as they attempt to discern the truth about what is happening both within the White House and overseas. Transiting Pluto in sync with this New Moon is aspecting U.S Moon, indicating an evolutionary development on the part of the public while transiting Jupiter provides a spiritual component to these aspects.
These are amazing times to be living through. In the course of our daily lives we get so busy that we sometimes miss out on the bigger picture of unfolding events. When we look closely at what is happening right now on the world stage and especially in the nation's capitol we may see that we are entering into some very exciting and stressful times. Perhaps it's not too much to say that we are on the verge of a revolution in political consciousness. For further information on the times ahead, see the Astrological Year of 2007.