Forecast for February 2017

Long-Term Shifts in 2017

2017 kicks off with a set of planetary alignments that began in December 2016 and which guarantee this year will be a hot mess.

Jupiter’s move into Libra places him in square to Pluto, opposed Uranus and sextiled to Saturn. It seems Jupiter is busier than usual this year, blowing things out of proportion as he often does so well. Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus could lead to explosions—both figurative and literal. We’d best step away from any and all blast radiuses we may be near. And Jupiter square Pluto can run to extremes of hot and cold, up and down, positive and negative. It can also bring on a surge of power-hunger. Watch world leaders and other public figures to see how they wield this energy.

Saturn squares Chiron this year, which could feel downright oppressive to those receiving this transit directly. Such individuals are forced to re-experience old wounds and then take responsibility for them. Doesn’t sound easy, does it?

The only respite in all of this is Saturn’s harmonious connections to Jupiter and Uranus. Saturn’s trine to Uranus suggests that innovators will have to slow down to the pace of Luddites and the Old Guard may actually interest themselves in the cutting edge—as long as it’s not too edgy. This could mean changes that are slower, but more sustainable. And when Saturn sextiles Jupiter, wisdom can occur because growth and expansion, while limited, can translate into real, physical progress instead of just so much hot air.

All in all, it may be a noteworthy year. Guess we’ll all find out.

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 2017.

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

On February 5, Jupiter turns retrograde at 23º Libra, signaling that a time of growth and confidence is at hand, especially for those born on October 16, January 13, April 13 or July 15 of any year at all. It’s time to make an inward journey to discover where in your life you need to grown and expand this year. Read about Jupiter’s 2017 journey this year.

There are 2 eclipses in February, which you can read more about below. Both have several harmonious connections to other planets, so this eclipse season is not as challenging as many in the past have been.

Venus is slowing down, getting ready to go retrograde in March and take us all on a journey to discover more truthful and assertive relating. More about that next month when it begins.

Saturn has begun powering through its span for the year Read about Saturn’s 2017 journey here and see the diagram to find out how it affects you.

This Month’s Free Teleclass: The Moon in Aquarius

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

If you’ve got the Moon in Aquarius in your natal chart, your nurturing style may seem cool, even standoffish, to others who don’t really understand your nature or how to respond to your need for space. One-on-one interactions can easily leave you overwhelmed and drowning in a friend’s emotions, feeling trapped or even claustrophobic. You believe that needs are a burden that should be spread around among many, not heaped on a few, and your reliance on the safety net of many friends (rather than one) illustrates this ethic. You’d like to receive as well as give this kind of respectful distance but it seems that all too few of those around you get it. You were born not to nourish individuals, but communities. And you are prone to insomnia and must cultivate good sleep habits in order to get the rest your delicate nervous system needs.

More about the Moon in Aquarius here.

Register for a free teleclass all about YOUR Moon sign.

If you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out:  How to use Astro.com to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

Mercury proceeds forward (not retrograde, i.e. backward) at a good clip this month, helping human projects and plans progress smoothly and easily. This is a great time for making swift, easy progress on projects of all kinds that involve paperwork and communications. Set writing, contract-signing and paperwork deadlines this month with confidence. To make good use of Mercury Direct, look at This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.

Seasons

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 19th 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.

Lunations

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

Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in 22º Leo: Friday, February 10, 2017

February’s lunar eclipse involves a self-centered Leo Moon supported in a Grand Trine with Saturn and Uranus. These fiery-placed planets are not going to hold the Moon back but the Sun in Aquarius (with help from Jupiter in Libra) has other ideas. The mood is one of grandstanding and large gestures—but does all this sound and fury signify anything? Sometimes a blowhard just wants attention and doesn’t care if the audience is bored.

New Moon/Solar Eclipse in 8º Pisces: Sunday, February 26, 2017

February’s Solar Eclipse could constitute a real spiritual cleansing or just some old-fashioned escapism as the Sun descends into the self-disintegrating world of Pisces. Juno in Capricorn and Ceres in Taurus are on hand to assist in the proceedings, offering Earthy solutions to a Watery problem. But how can they help one who is used to finding his answers at the bottom of a bottle? And what wisdom does Neptune, ruler of this eclipse’s sign, have to offer?

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

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2/1/2017, Mercury sextiles Chiron: Communication can be the first step towards healing. Help others find their own voice.

2/2/2017, Mercury squares Jupiter: People may be especially prone to exaggeration today or promising things they can’t deliver.

2/3/2017, Venus the Love Goddess enters Aries, sign of the warrior. Sometimes love is a battlefield indeed.

2/5/2017, Jupiter stations retrograde: Libras, Aries, Cancers and Capricorns, get ready for the next phase of growth.

2/7/2017, Mercury, planet of thought and communication enters the fast-paced sign of Aquarius. It’s time to think radical thoughts. Mercury is in Aquarius until February 25th.

2/9/2017, Sun sextiles Uranus: Today’s it’s easy to tone down the rebellion and reactivity and just fly your freak flag gently.

2/10/2017, Mercury sextiles Venus: Got a tough issue to tackle with a loved one? Diplomacy and friendly communication are strong today.

2/10/2017, February’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse at 22º Leo is likely to bring big personalities out into overblown expression.

2/11/2017, Sun trines Jupiter: What fills your spirit with adventure? Find ways to expand yourself, whether it’s travel or learning new things.

2/13/2017, Sun sextiles Saturn: Self-reliance is liberating. It’s good to know that you can depend on yourself in the face of any challenge.

2/16/2017, Mercury sextiles Mars: What great ideas do you have that need to be put into action? Now’s the time to turn thoughts to deeds.

2/18/2017, The Sun enters Pisces tonight: The center of our Solar System enters the watery sign of Pisces. How do you feel connected to the cosmos?

2/20/2017, Mercury sextiles Uranus: Make sure to find some time to jot down those brilliant ideas. Yes, a few of them are brilliant!

2/21/2017, Mercury trines Jupiter: How do the details add up to form the big picture? Today the grand and the small work together seamlessly.

2/22/2017, Mars squares Pluto: Overly ambitious people can be prone to self-sabotage. Don’t let the pressure to win burn you out.

2/23/2017, Mercury sextiles Saturn: Thoughts and communication may be more profound today. Immerse yourself in weighty subjects.

2/25/2017, Mercury the Communicator enters the spacey sign of Pisces: Great for imagination, but challenging for focus!

2/26/2017, February’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 8º Pisces may cause some people to confront their escapist behaviors.

2/26/2017, Mars conjuncts Uranus: You may be feeling extra impulsive lately. Remember to look before you leap.

2/27/2017, Mars opposes Jupiter: Be careful to not overextend yourself today. You may feel robust enough to take on everything, but you must prioritize.

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