Forecast for February 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

A gathering of four planets into Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune:  see this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter travels back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter will trine Pluto, oppose Chiron and square Saturn.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2016.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

In February of 2016, Neptune exits her 2015 span (see the diagram here) so if you’ve been experiencing a time of sensitization and otherworldly experiences, chances are that Neptune has been transiting something in your chart and it’s about to finish—while somebody else’s Neptune transit is about to begin. Other “finishers” include Chiron (finishing his 2015 span in March) and Uranus (finishing his 2015 span in April), while Pluto finished his last month in January. All this finishing yields a feel of letting-go, freshness and new starts as these planets move on into the degree-spans they will occupy in 2016.

By contrast, Jupiter and Saturn are in the thick of their spans. Jupiter is busy in the retrograde portion of his Virgo span this year and Saturn will turn retrograde in March. More about that when it comes next month.

This Month’s Free Teleclass: Saturn in Aquarius

Got Saturn in Aquarius in your natal chart? Don’t let fear of instability hold you back from being at the frontiers of innovation. What scares Saturn in Aquarius people the most? Social isolation and wasted genius. Their goal? A humanitarian utopia.
More about Saturn in Aquarius here.
Find out if you have Saturn in Aquarius by looking here. (If your Saturn is not in Aquarius, this page will tell you where it is.)
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Mercury Watch

Mercury is now direct, not retrograde. February begins with Mercury recovering from January’s retrograde stint in professional, goal-oriented Capricorn. Mercury begins March still slow but gets up to speed fairly quickly. On February 14, Mercury reaches the place where it went retrograde and begins to enter fresh ground. Perhaps Valentine’s Day will be attended by apologies and clearing conversations? Be kind, young lovers!

As February continues, Mercury proceeds forward at a good clip, helping human projects and plans progress smoothly and easily.  This page will help you make good use of it: This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.


February begins with the Airy Fixed sign of Aquarius, a social, chatty sign.  Aquarius is the season associated with the retreat of the dark and the increase of the light: many ancient holidays involving candle-lighting happen in this month.  Aquarius is consummately social, a networker, and loves to spread himself thin among all his many friendships. In Aquarius, we are drawn to participate in groups with whom we feel like-minded or a sense of kinship. Individuals with a strong Aquarian side often value friendship above all else. This year Aquarius runs from January 20th through February 18th.

On February 18th, Pisces begins.  Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac.  It is a sign of endings, representing the ocean of all being into which we dissolve and from which we are reborn.  It’s hard to talk about Pisces without getting mystical or misty-eyed.  Pisceans are the dreamers, the visionaries and artists of the zodiac.  Uncomfortable in the material world, your friendly neighborhood child of Neptune would rather swim in the waters of his or her own imagination.  And who can blame them?  It is a much nicer place to be.


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

New Moon in 19º Aquarius:  Monday, February 8, 2016

February’s New Moon in Aquarius generates an intellectual mood, forming a lovely sextile to Uranus and Vesta in Aries and a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. This Moon captures a trine between Saturn and Uranus which is barely within range—so enjoy it folks, because this one is fleeting. This is a great Moon for focusing your mind on projects that require both genius and staying power. Got a novel to finish? This may be the time.

Full Moon in 3º Virgo:  Monday, February 22, 2016

February’s Full Moon features a Pisces Sun conjunct Neptune and Ceres opposed a Virgo Moon. The presence of Ceres may bring up financial issues or body image concerns. Neptune can contribute positive images and dreams of how you’d like it to be—but you must squash the distorted, deluded views Neptune also brings. Virgo Moon’s realism pushes back against Piscean illusions. Keep it positive and be loving toward yourself—but you cannot afford to be lazy about these things.

February’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Hunger Moon.

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2/3/2016, Mars sextiles Pluto: Marry your obsession with your drive to achieve! Today you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

2/3/2016, Mercury sextiles Chiron: Today spend some time thinking through the organized steps needed to attain a long-held dream.

2/3/2016, Sun sextiles Saturn: Handle your responsibilities with dignity and integrity; the respect you crave will come naturally.

2/5/2016, Venus conjuncts Pluto: Do you attract good men, with whom you can plumb the depths of your soul, or Bad Boys who take you on a wild ride?

2/6/2016, Sun sextiles Uranus: How do you help and relate to your community as a whole? You will feel connected to whatever group you identify with.

2/6/2016, Mercury trines Jupiter: Be loud and proud! How can you use your big voice in a constructive way? How can you expand your thinking?

2/6/2016, Venus squares Uranus: You may need more personal space than usual. Don’t act too erratically with your loved ones–you may regret it later.

2/6/2016, Sun squares Mars: Are you being pushy and pigheaded or is everyone else being the problem? Honestly, it’s probably a little of both.

2/7/2016, Venus sextiles Mars: When was the last time you went on a great date? If you’re attached, plan something. If you’re single, start looking!

2/8/2016, Venus sextiles Chiron: What will heal your heart? Compassion? Understanding? Give it and you shall also receive.

2/8/2016, New Moon in Aquarius: In the womb of the mind, ideas are born when you focus. Let your mind expand to new adventures.

2/9/2016, Mars trines Chiron: There is action you can take to restore wholeness. Find out what it is and do it today. Don’t wait.

2/9/2016, Venus trines Jupiter: You may be feeling some pre-Valentine’s day romance under this aspect. Plan fun with your sweetie!

2/13/2016, Mercury enters Aquarius: the planet of communication is exalted in Aquarius. Brilliant ideas strike light lightening.

2/13/2016, Mars sextiles Jupiter: Feeling impassioned about something? Take a stand for something you truly believe in.

2/16/2016, Make some new friends when love-goddess Venus enters the community-oriented, progressive sign of Aquarius (till 3/12).

2/18/2016, Sun enters Pisces: Happy Birthday, Fishies! Your soul-yearning for the ideal is the mark of an artistic nature.

2/22/2016, Full Moon in Virgo: Look objectively at your body. Is your image of it distorted? Without criticism, can you love it as it is?

2/25/2016, Mercury sextiles Saturn: Today may be a better time to structure your existing ideas than create new ones.

2/26/2016, Mercury sextiles Uranus: Breakthrough idea alert! Yes, that’s right–that idea that you had today is brilliant.

2/28/2016, Sun conjuncts Neptune: Where do you end and others begin? Today people may cross over your boundaries. Find the lines, gently.

2/29/2016, Venus sextiles Saturn: Which of your friendships have endured all the way from childhood? Catching up with an old friend can be like re-discovering a part of yourself.

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