February 1st: Mercury stations direct at 21:45 Capricorn at 02:10 am EST, Pallas in Gemini semi-square Eris in Aries (05+/20+), Moon ingress into Taurus at 05:08 pm EST
Right at the beginning of the new month will Mercury station direct in Capricorn at a degree he last visited on December 26, 2008. Thus, the celestial messenger has led us back all the way to something we might have started with the event of the Capricorn New Moon, which can be taken as the seed impulse or base chart for the year 2009 and can therefore have relevancy for the entire year. As this particular lunation cycle unfolded, we might have felt that this project somehow went off on the wrong foot. Therefore, during Mercury’s retrograde we were given the opportunity to retrace our steps and to experiment with our ideas. Fresh inspiration together with bright visions of the future was most likely conceived with the inferior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury prior to the latter’s regress into Capricorn. From there on, we might have followed systematically a concrete plan we’ve outlined with firm determination and as the outcome of some serious thinking, whereby we focused on what is feasible momentarily. Listening to the voice of reason, a few realizations might have been sobering, but fortefied our will until we’ve reached another turning point together with the shifting of the energy that permits us to pursue a strongly self-propagating course. Pallas’ semi-square to Eris pushes our true identity to the foreground and in the arena amidst competitive bidding and maybe even outright animosity. Let’s just remember that words can only hurt if we let them get to us. This is a cross-quarter day; one of the fire festivals in the wheel of the year, named Imbolc or Candlemas and dedicated to the figure of Brigid, the Light-Bringer. Appropriately, our light can shine with renewed vigor. Prior to her Taurus ingress will the Moon sesqui-quadrate Ceres Rx in Virgo and square Mars in Capricorn from the sign Aries, which could ignite a few fires. To make this energy formidable we need to work it with skill and resoluteness. Thus, when the Moon enters Taurus we could’ve ensured that those flames will warm and comfort us.
February 2nd: First Quarter Moon at 14:15 Taurus/Aquarius at 06:13 pm EST, Venus ingress into Aries at 10:40 pm EST
The Moon’s waxing squares to the North Node and the Sun in Aquarius at the time of the First Quarter phase refer to a “crisis in action” that calls for perserverance and persistency against the odds for the blossoming of our creative gifts and individual talents. Sustaining our hopes, wishes and vision is a conscious choice and builds character, while we’re striving to fulfill our destiny and to find happiness and contentment in the process. In synch with the steadily growing daylight can our light ascend and climb to new heights. Our project or mission, “the child born out of an egg” and theme of the Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse, is still in its infant stage and in need of tender care and protection from the ‘elements’, as we navigate through a stormy, alien and unpredictable climate. Late in the night will Venus ingress the sign Aries and cross over the Aries Point, which will poke our fire, setting our smithery ablaze for crafting endeavors and stirring up our desires. Daring us to rejoice in the surge of life, Venus demands that we pay our tribute to the emerging lightforces. That’s how “the personal becomes political”. Due to her approaching retrogradation will Venus’ transit through Aries be slow and prolonged; a conquest through art and relating that facilitates a more upfront, courageous style, but also impatience, impulsiveness and competitiveness.
February 3rd: Saturn Rx in Virgo quincunx Eris in Aries (20+/20+), Juno in Aquarius semi-square Uranus in Pisces (05+/20+), Moon ingress into Gemini at 09:14 pm EST
Our passions aroused, we’re set to make our mark on the world. To be effective, we need to Self-promote. If we were used to a moderate, self-contained approach in the past, keeping us at a safe distance, this trait won’t earn us success in the professional sphere. Unlocking our authority, we have to tap the strength within and actively participate in the shaping of events in order to further our advancement. This is the second time these two planetary bodies come together to form this aspect. On Nov. 29th, 2008, when they first made this quincunx, Saturn was traveling in direct motion and Eris was retrograde. At that time, a matter that’s been causing us a state of inner discord and concerned our backbone or social standing saw most likely some form of adjustment. Now, the issue is coming up again, though with different overtones and that might result from our changed position. Juno’s tense aspect to Uranus refers to a relationship crisis we should address with a reformed attitude, conveying a stronger personality. In the morning will the Taurus Moon cast a square to Neptune in Aquarius, which could leave us in an uncertain, confusing condition and ruminating how to proceed. Preceding her Gemini ingress later at night, the Moon’s trine to Mars in Capricorn could bring an end to our dilemma and get conversations going, inclusive the ones we have with ourselves.
February 4th: Saturn Rx in Virgo quincunx Chiron in Aquarius (20+/20+), Juno in Aquarius sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Virgo (05+/20+), Mars ingress into Aquarius at 10:55 am EST, Chiron in Aquarius sextile Eris in Aries (20+/20+)
The planetary themes highlighted by this aspect configuration, that has been termed “boomerang” and consists of Eris in Aries, Saturn Rx in Virgo, Chiron in Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces, hint at larger cycles at work to which Juno’s octile aspects add increased pressure for a quick resolve. While the yod as base pattern has an aura of fatality associated with it, the boomerang provides another focal point and thus a better perspective and extra stimulus to reconcile the energies. At the center of this struggle is our sense of structure that seems to trigger a wounding issue time and again and this involves our sense of identity. A channel has been opened to lead us out of this situation and this comes about through liberation from the obsolete and obstructive so that we can present ourselves in a different manner and form relationships from a different platform. Change has to begin with us. In order to individualize we have to detach from the past, integrate the stuff we’ve learned through the lessons we mastered and orient us toward the future. Self-respect is very important in this context. It is the prerequisite to gain respect and acceptance from others. Responses and reactions are for the most part appropriate and complementary to the vibes sent out. Mars will ingress the sign Aquarius just in time to inspire modifications and alterations to our self-assertion and intentions. During this transit we’re also open toward new and exciting activities. There’s usually strong collaboration with others, but an unpredictable factor can provoke warring and other outlets for aggressive energies. From the sign Gemini, the Moon will cast trines to Jupiter and the North Node in Aquarius, facilitating understanding and insight into our future prospects. Her sesqui-quadrate to Mercury in Capricorn and square to Ceres Rx in Virgo lend realism and concern to moments of mental breakthrough.
February 5th: Saturn Rx in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces (20+/20+), Venus in Aries semi-square Sun in Aquarius (02+/17+), Sun in Aquarius semi-square Pluto in Capricorn (17+/02+), Moon ingress into Cancer at 11:05 pm EST, Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn (02+/02+)
This is the second time of perfection in the series of the Saturn-Uranus oppositions that will continue into next year, pitting the structuring principle against the reforming principle, conservatism against unconventionalism, conformity against nonconformity, government against the public, order against chaos, past against future. Conflicts may arise, requiring from us to take innovative steps and employ different methods. The first of these oppositions perfected on Election Day in the U.S., November 4th, 2008, when the people voted for change and put the first African-American into the highest office. In the meantime, Uranus turned direct and Saturn changed to retrograde motion. Thus, the confrontation is driven by inner solidity facing change from the outside. At the same time, Venus, the Sun and Pluto are entangled in an extremely challenging aspect configuration that pushes the issue to a breaking point. A test in courage might be in store for us, forcing us to express ourselves freely and unrestricted, showing off our individuality and displaying resoluteness, fortitude and originality in order to strengthen our influence. However, it’s a volatile combination. Tempers may flare up, leading to agitation in an uncontrollable emotional dance. Polarization will be strong and felt deeply, making it tough, if not impossible, to return to a balanced state. The Gemini Moon will touch off the boomerang configuration by forming a t-square with the Saturn-Uranus opposition, reemphasizing the need to speak up and out, preferably not in a shouting match.
February 6th: With the Moon now traversing Cancer moods can calm down, stim us yielding, soft and defensive. We could crave for safety, protection and nourishment. Her sesqui-quadrate to Chiron in Aquarius in the morning stresses the soothing of wounds, whereas her quincunxes to Jupiter and the North Node in Aquarius insist on emotional detachment to realign us with our quest so that we can sail toward new horizons.
February 7th: Mercury in Capricorn semi-sextile Neptune in Aquarius (23+/23+), Uranus in Pisces semi-sextile Eris in Aries (20+/20+), Mars in Aquarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn (02+/02+), Juno in Aquarius trine Pallas in Gemini (07+/07+), Moon ingress into Leo at 11:43 pm EST
These complementary aspects indicate adjustment. Decisions we’ve made lately during our negotiations appear to have been the right choices, which keeps us committed toward a certain strategy. As we ponder our next steps, we need to clear our mind in order to construct a mental picture from realistic assumptions. Building on hopes and prayers for positive developments will not suffice and presumably get us nowhere. Initiative on our part is required, including deliberate action that will infuse the cause with our energies. Keeping our motivation strong will empower us and propel us forward to stay the course. Inspiration could strike at any moment to hand us an important piece of the puzzle. There’s a good chance that we’ll get our act together in due time. A sense of anticipation accompanied by excitement is promised by the Moon in Cancer’s trine to Uranus in Pisces, whereas her opposition to Mercury in Capricorn can be interpreted as a sombering mood once we’ll face up to the facts.
February 8th: Sun in Aquarius quincunx Saturn Rx in Virgo (20+/20+)
The Moon’s ingress into Leo brings us into contact with our inner child. Her trine to Venus in Aries in the morning might lighten us up, arouse our affection and self-love. Surprise is in the air when she will cast a sesqui-quadrate to Uranus in Pisces, while her oppositions to Jupiter and the North Node in Aquarius could downright shake us up. Consequently, we might find ourselves in a state of inner turmoil that could result in rebelliousness. A quincunx between the Aquarian Sun and Saturn Rx in Virgo could conduce to summon the inner disciplinarian and restore self-control.
Love & Peace – Verena Donath@