The Music of the Spheres: Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz: Astrology for February 2013
Astrology for February: The airy, mental sign of Aquarius brings us into February, favoring the sharing of information and working together in groups. The world-wide situation continues to feel the intensity of revolution and drive for lifting oppression (Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn). Rebelliousness and intense power struggles also continue to take place, as we navigate this seven year period, from 2008, in evolving new paradigms for economies, cultures, governments, societies and the environment. Everything that we tightly hold onto, based on fear, or inability to understand our total interrelatedness, will be challenged, while innovators and visionaries map out our futures.
As we move through this important transformative time, February highlights our emotional responses to change. Venus enters Aquarius in February aligning with Jupiter and Uranus, supporting enjoyable relationships and new alliances. Yet with Saturn in Scorpio and retrograding this month, all issues between people, and in societies, are challenged to go deeper, to keenly understand motivations and underlying destructiveness, to get to the essence of our emotional interactions. Time to focus on our imaginative, visionary qualities, and know our inner emotional states. Now we can choose more successfully how we create our interior and outer realities.
Mars enters Pisces on the 1st. Our motivations become harder to pinpoint, and more idealized. Our challenge becomes obvious when we feel victimized, confused, or move into states of denial. We must clarify our boundaries and take up what we are responsible for. The Piscean influence also promotes imagination, highlighting all artistic pursuits. The key is to bridge inspiration with pragmatic solutions. This is a fast moving time and must be navigated with deliberation and consciousness.
The new Moon in Aquarius takes place on February 9th, an excellent time to set intention, especially in regards to group projects. The Chinese year of the Snake or Serpent begins on the 10th. The year of the Serpent continues undulating ups and downs of last year, but provides more solutions to last year’s dilemmas. It promotes introspection, being a Water year. Seeking answers, and planning, especially works to our benefit, along with new technologies, inventions and discoveries.
The Sun enters watery, deep feeling Pisces on the 18th, with Saturn retrograding. It’s a time of pause, review, shaping new boundaries, reassessing our power and authority. Religious fervor and devotional attitudes and actions increase. On February 23rd Mercury goes retrograde in Pisces until March 17th. It is an opportunity for us to change habit patterns, and heal unresolved emotional issues. The full Moon in Virgo takes place on February 25th, as Venus enters Pisces. Now we must balance discernment of practical details with imaginative possibilities, staying focused and not dissipating our energy.
Twelve Opportunities for February: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This is an excellent month to retreat. Although enjoyment with others is prominent, it must be balanced with thoughtful retreat, meditation, or some kind of service. This can be a rich time for creating artistic or imaginative work. As an Aries, you will be well rewarded by examining your communication patterns and understanding your own emotional needs.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): This month highlights enjoyment of your work. Beginning something new is beneficial. Review your goals along with creative endeavors. The 1st two weeks of February, test your work relationships and skillfulness of what you are creating. Relationships are both enhanced and tested this month. Be thoughtful of the impact of your words.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This month, review your feelings about your work, your career plans, hopes and dreams. It is timely to discern what is working for you emotionally and what is frustrating. Focus your direction, through practical assessment of day to day routines. Where are you efficient and where are you wasting time? Enjoyment and challenge are equal this month. Challenge calls you to go deeper.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This is the time to attune to your dream, your spiritual or artistic goal. Take time to review what’s deeply meaningful in life. What is it you want, what is it you need? Create a plan toward this goal. Simplify. Make a 6 month to 1½ year strategy. Plant the seed, take the steps and anchor your dream.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Relationship is highlighted for you this month. New people come into your life if you put yourself into new situations. The first of the month tests your patience and clarity. What is it that you are feeling? A review takes place within relationship, especially within your emotional expectations and needs. You can now identify belief systems that help to support what is most meaningful in your life.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Since last year it may have been challenging to define your needs in relationship and set boundaries. Now you are at a powerful crossroads, possessing a more realistic outlook. You see your deeper motivations and needs as well as the other’s needs. You express a more positive clarity of your desires and needs as you give focus to your creative self. It is a great time for your expression.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This month, you experience both greater love and enjoyment, along with challenge in relationship. The best way to handle this is to have patience, refraining from immediate reactions. Creative, imaginative work is highlighted, along with reviewing how you are taking care of yourself. Keep your balance between physical well-being and sensitivity to illness around you.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): You have come into a time of increased responsibility, a time of accountability. You feel challenged in relationships in home or family as you are beginning a new domestic cycle. You can focus your attention on goals and outcomes in practical ways. Be careful of fearful thinking, or projecting blame. Look for strategies that support healing and clarity. Take your time.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This is a good time to move forward with projects and collaborations with others. There is much busyness and enjoyment on the home front and with the family. Now is a time of growth in your purpose. Periodic retreats continue to be beneficial, especially as you reflect on how your mind works with projections. Later in the month be careful not too overdo, or take on too much.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): February is an important month for setting limits upon your social interactions. There is a need to see clearly your goals, work with practical strategies, and self-discipline. This will greatly enhance your creative abilities and expression. The rewards will be felt especially toward the summer, where your hard work will lead to new fulfilling experiences. Continual step by step adjustments will best get you to your goals.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): As Venus swings into Aquarius, you feel its sweetness. Now is the time to attend to yourself. Evaluate your talents and resources, as you define and reevaluate your goals and purpose. You feel growth in love, well-being, and self confidence, especially as you refrain from pushing forward in work. Be practical with finances this month.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Now is a very creative and active time for you. You use your will more effectively and are more successful promoting a cause. The call is to decisive action, disciplined focus toward your goals, along with increased clarity in your authority and power. This is especially so as you periodically find a place of calm and objective insight into your unconscious motivations. Don’t take on too much, for best results.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 31 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah and astrology classes and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com