The Astrology of February features Venus and Mars with Neptune, Chiron and Uranus. Mars, still retrograde, remains a powerful factor in this month's astrology, made more so by slowing to nearly a halt in the first degree of Leo as he prepares to station in early March. A retrogradeMars means that we will have more time for reflection than for action. Or to put it another way, that to undertake any action now means that we will do so with greater difficulty than usual, and with an introspective flair, so that it is a better time for journaling than for accomplishments.
The most exciting news coming our way in February takes place once again during the powerful mid-month time of the New Moon. This time the New Moon lineup includes Neptune and Chiron in close conjunction and only a degree away from the New Moon degree, along with Mercury in the early degrees of Aquarius where it opposesMars. The connection with Neptune/Chiron, and with Uranus by semi-sextile, brings the numinous and otherworldly experience of our highest imaginings and also of our deepest internal wounding much closer to the surface of our personalities. In addition, relationship concepts are stimulated and invoked, including the sex relation, since Mars in his retrograde is fully implicated in this powerful configuration.
A lighter side of this mid-month period emerges as Venus enters Pisces to join Jupiter, giving us an exalted vision of what beauty and love could really be were the simple and soulful desires of our deepest nature to be fulfilled. By month's end, when the Full MoonconjunctsJupiter, a sense of optimism might prevail, if only for a little while, and encourage us to remain calm in the center of the storm of circumstance that is shaking up our entire culture.
Venus and Jupiter in conjunction in early Pisces are also involved at the time of the February 13th New Moon in a double-Yod to Mars and Venus. The New Moon accompanies an almost perfect inconjunct of both Mars and Saturn to Venus/Jupiter. Mars also forms an inconjunct to Pluto, creating two Yods or finger-of-God formations focused on Mars and Venus. What is therefore emphasized at this mid-month time is the concept of right relationship between men and women, and indeed for all of us between each other. This New Moon therefore represents an amalgam of both physical and non-physical energies, bringing in considerations from beyond this earthly plane. This is a powerful statement, from which can all partake, of the interaction of the numinous with the everyday life of the soul and the body – and within relationship.
Meanwhile the new planet Eris, symbolizing a fierce feminine warrior energy, and residing in Aries, is almost exactly square the nodal axis, while Saturn and Pluto remain in tight square with each other. This New Moon therefore has its dark side, even though it takes place just a day before the Valentine's Day holiday. This mid-month period represents not a Hallmark greeting card view of love but something deeper and more mysterious – and ultimately more meaningful for our continued growth as individuals. Only when we get in touch with the darker sides of our own natures will we begin to heal the wounds of our modern separation from the instinctual part of ourselves.