This is a significant monthly cycle for you, Gemini, one in which both birth and death are revealed – don’t these always go together' Although this might sound scary it is all just the fabric of your life unfolding. Your public roles are a bit confused and more than a little mystical to you now. Spiritual intelligence is part of every true act on your part, and your determination to forge ahead is endless. As you more fully examine the very structure of your life, you are also seeking the way to move beyond it, even though treasured things must be given up in this process. The New Moon of February 4th signals a 30-day period of journeying and discovery that can take many forms: travel, educational initiatives, other types of learning, expanded worldview. Partners continue to play an important role. All these explorations form a doorway through which you will emerge into your future self, that totally new phase into which you are just now being born.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
The month starts with Mars in Aries in your eleventh house of friends and groups, making a square to Pluto in Capricorn in the eighth house on February 2nd. Confrontations within groups and among friends may come up, but the benefit of understanding one another’s motives right now may also bring unexpected cooperation.
At the same time, Venus in Sagittarius in your seventh house of relationships is making a trine to Uranus in Aries in your eleventh house of groups and allies, which is also suggesting a moment of breakthrough, innovation, and originality between yourself and others. Given that Venus in Sagittarius is also making a square to Chiron in Pisces in your tenth house of career, it’s likely that this breakthrough will bring a wave of emotional intensity and healing insights into your professional life, as well. So, while there may be some unexpected disappointment between yourself and your colleagues or friends this month, you are going to grow and learn from these experiences and you may even deepen your relationships with key allies along the way.
On February 3rd, Venus will enter Capricorn and move into your eighth house, focusing on the assets and resources of others, which may come to your aid as the month progresses. An enhanced determination to descend into your depths, as you attempt to understand your own motivations and those of others, will be productive now.
On February 4th, the New Moon lands in Aquarius in your ninth house of long journeys and the higher mind, putting the spotlight on your spiritual life or the process of learning and expanding your horizons in the weeks to come. A highlighted presence of mystical and numinous Neptune in your career sector implies that spiritual consideration must come into play as you proceed with career choices, and that you must also beware of a degree of self-deception in these matters, over the course of this month.
Between February 12th and 13th, Mars will conjoin with Uranus in Aries in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and allies, just prior to entering the sign of Taurus on February 14thand moving into your twelfth house of dissolution and “self-undoing.” Be careful of the temptation to burn bridges or make impulsive decisions right now. While some relationships might be ready to end, the road ahead is far from clear, and Mars’ entrance into the twelfth house signals an interim period of struggle, inertia, or potential frustration for at least the next month to come. This influence will of course pass, but it’s important to prepare for the future by only taking calculated risks right now.
On February 18th and 19th, Venus will conjoin Saturn in Capricorn in the eighth house, bringing themes of commitment and love, finality and beauty, seriousness and grace. On February 18th, also, Chiron will also finally leave your career house and move into your house of friends, allies, and groups, where it will stay for the better part of the next decade, engaging you in a long process of healing and growth related to your social life and social circles.
Then, also on February 19th, the Full Moon in Virgo will land in your fourth house of home, family, roots, and property, shining its light on domestic topics and bringing a moment of culmination related to home and family. At the same time, your ruling planet Mercury’s conjunction to Neptune in the tenth house may signal a professional agreement, inspiring new vision, or moment of inspiration professionally that is fueling the changes taking place on the home front. Be careful of making any impulsive decisions right now in relation to both work and home. With Mercury and Neptune conjoining in Pisces, things may not be exactly as they appear, so take your time with big decisions and be sure to gather all the facts before making a move.
On February 22nd, Venus will conjoin Pluto in the eighth house, bringing upheaval, depth, power, and intensity into relationships or business dealings. As the month winds down, Venus will then move toward a square to Uranus in Aries in the eleventh house of groups and friends, once more indicating that you are ready for a significant changes to overtake you regarding issues of allegiance with colleagues or friends. Incidentally, it might be difficult for you to say whether your changes of this potent month are coming from a place of clarity or a place of fantasy, and you will want to pay close attention to this distinction. With your ruling planet Mercury moving through foggy Pisces this month, and conjuncting Neptune there in the Full Moon timing, you’ll do best to be as sober and rational as possible!
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The astrology of Haumea seems to be related to love of the natural world and to the fecundity of natural process. This archetype thus signals profound connection to Nature, connection to Source, and a form of natural charisma.
The astrology of Makemake is related to love of the natural world and to the activism associated with defending the environment. This archetype thus signals a profound connection to nature that is quite similar to the archetype of Haumea, his fellow traveler in the Kuiper Belt, with the same astronomical designation and also named from the pantheon of indigenous gods and goddesses.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.