Astro-Notes on February 29, 2012 – Leap Day

February 29 is a special day, known as Leap Day in the Gregorian calendar that has been added every 4 years since it

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was first introduced over 2000 years ago to those years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as the current year, which will therefore have 366 days instead of the usual 365. In addition to the gift of great creative inspiration we may receive today, there is the old Irish tradition of women proposing to men on this day, which is meant to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

Aspect-wise, we have Venus in Aries engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate to the North Node in Sagittarius (semi-square to the South Node in Gemini), demanding from us to evaluate our long-term future prospects anew for which we need to get our priorities straight and our self-esteem up. A sense of fulfillment and personal satisfaction will be achieved once we pursue a direction of growth that is right for us and are courageous enough to take a few risks and to try new approaches, even if that means that have to start over. We just need to know that we can always be greater, go further and reach beyond. The more we love ourselves and look forward to venture out from our comfort zone, the easier it’ll be to move on. This is the lead-up to the First Quarter Moon that will transpire at 8:21 pm EST. As the waxing Gemini Moon squares the Pisces Sun, the resulting crisis in action is a test of our indestructibility (keynote for the Pisces New Moon) that challenges us to escape from ‘spiritual death’ (petrified tree trunks lie broken on desert sands was the Sabian Symbol for the Pisces New Moon) by following the flow and walking on.  

Tarot card of the day is the “4 of Pentacles”, signifying the need to hold onto what we have achieved so far. Control can be gained by overcoming our present obstacles and by taking charge over our life and creating order where it is needed. We are urged to let go off anxiety and count our blessings. Our situation is not as bad as we fear. So, let’s take a leap of faith on this Leap Day.


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