The Solar Eclipse and New Moon of February 6th continues the series of powerful lunations that we have been experiencing over these past few months. As the Sun and Moonconjunct and parallel Neptune, they span only a little more than 5 degrees in Aquarius together with Mercury and Chiron. Aquarius is a sign that represents, at its highest, a true brotherhood of man- and womankind. This ideal is right now beginning to emerge, at times slowly and painfully, at times by leaps and bounds, even here in this country of empire-orientation.
The Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon taking place on February 20th also packs a powerful punch in that it sextiles and trinesPluto while emphasizing the limitation represented by Saturn as it triggers an opposition between Saturn and the Uranus/Neptune midpoint. All three outer planets, harbingers of enlightenment and transformation, are therefore activated in these lunations. And indeed the time of transition is upon us. Earth changes that have been building up and largely ignored by the corporate elite representing the old guard have contributed, along with the exhaustion from the war, to the growing sense that the politics of our nation must radically change. It is high time for the lazy denial of self-serving and elitist attitudes to leave and for integrity to step up to the plate. And change must happen within each individual, since each one of us forms the basis as in a hologram of the exciting collective shift that is currently taking place.
As Mercury continues its retrograde path from the previous month, we might expect mechanical and communication break-downs. Mercury stations to direct motion on February 18th and regains its original position by the time of the New Moon in early March. During this period we can use our mental energy most wisely for reflection on our situation, both globally and locally. There is a mysterious and mystical quality to our musings at this time, since Mercuryconjoined the misty energy of Neptune as it retrograded. The numinous and defuse energy of Neptune is also brought to the fore by the Solar Eclipse of February 6th. With Chiron also involved at this time, we are invited to look beneath the covers of any form of self-limiting behavior and to examine how that behavior might originate in our prior conditioning, and whether or not we might be ready to transcend it.
The Sabian Symbols for each degree of the Zodiac were originally transcribed and interpreted by astrologer Marc Edmond Jones with the help of famed psychic Elsie Wheeler in 1921. This set of symbols, 360 in all, is highly interesting for the additional meaning that they convey to transiting events or natal charts. The symbol for the degree of Aquarius occupied by the February 6th Solar Eclipse is "A man unmasked" and as Jones writes can refer to the mental penetration of psychological process. His keyword is ANALYSIS. This first week of February will be an important time of self-discovery and of embracing the biggest possible picture, where in every human grain of sand we can see the larger galactic whole perfectly reflected, as we each exemplify the center as well as the periphery of our surrounding cosmos.
The Sabian Symbols for the second degree of Virgo and Pisces, representing the Full Moon and Sun degrees at the time of the February 20th eclipse, 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. We must allow the practical situation to dictate our behavior at the same time that we move beyond it, and above all pay close attention as we go through the mystery and the magic of this powerful time.
Meanwhile Pluto occupies the important Winter Solstice degree of 0 Capricorn and sounds a theme that will resonate for the entire year, in fact for many years to come. The Sabian Symbol for this degree, "An Indian Chief demanding recognition" speaks to the neglected master of events that is inherent in all of us, and that we can make the choice at this time to consciously recognize. Pluto's transit implies that personal organization and personal limitation are taking an unusual turn in this fledgling year of the new millennial age. Saturn is also trine the Jupiter-Pluto midpoint this month and we may well expect deep-seated and far-reaching changes in the very structure of our lives at this important time in the turning of the ages.
Transits to the U.S. Chart
Last month we noted that the last ten days of January would be climactic and perhaps chaotic ones for the campaign trail and indeed they have been. The recent endorsement of Barack Obama by Ted Kennedy amidst confusion over who was ahead and who was left behind among the Democratic contenders may be a watershed moment in American politics as the torch is passed from the generation that was in power during the sixties.
This month, the most important transits take place at the time of the February 6th New Moon. This eclipse New Moon forms a dynamic aspect to the U.S. Midheaven, while Pluto, newly in Capricorn, squares it, indicating that the process of government is up for transformation. The eclipse also triggers Neptune as it makes a trine with U.S. Mars and aspects U.S. Neptune, meaning that deceptions practiced in concert with the operation of this nation's military may be up for closer examination and review, or else for another round of illusion, depending on how you look at it. The war is certainly on everybody's mind these days as the candidates from both parties compete for the biggest collective set of available votes just one day prior to the Solar Eclipse. The economy has also recently come to dominate the position statements, which would correspond to the Second House of the U.S. chart, where – surprise – U.S. Pluto sits. No aspects are currently pointed its way, but the transiting position in square to the Midheaven does reflect back to the natal planetary position. Although the economy is prominent in the news at this time, there is also a rather benign feeling to this issue with the transiting position of the Jupiter/Venus midpoint, very positive, in opposition to U.S. Sun.
As far as the Lunar Eclipse two weeks later, since the Sun at that time is quincunx U.S. Midheaven while the Moon and Saturn aspect U.S. Venus, the configuration presages limitation and adjustment for the usual business of the country.