Astro-Notes on February 1, 2013 – Imbolc

The month February begins with a cross-quarter day, the festival of Imbolc, which honors the lengthening of day-light

and celebrates the coming of spring. It corresponds to an awakening of the Earth and all its creatures. As a festival of light, candles are lit at dusk and placed in every window of the house. Mid-winter has arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere! Hail the Goddess Brigid, the Light-Bringer and “Exalted One”! This great Celtic goddess has connotations with the Roman Vesta, who kindles the inner flame. Astro-weather-wise, Mars will ingress Pisces tonight at 8:53 pm EST, where he will be traversing until March 12, which corresponds to a phase when our approach is idealistic and colorful, because we strive toward unification, solidarity and unanimity, based on the intention to blend, mingle and flow with everything around us and our actions are carried out with imagination, expectation and receptivity. During this time will the male principle function in a rather passive-aggressive fashion, in covert, subtle and even ‘mysterious’ ways, bending and shaping at will. Another ingress is made by Venus to Aquarius at 9:46 pm EST, where she will be transiting until February 25, which refers to a period when our values, worth and relationships are subject to change and as a consequence, we have a chance to reform our self-esteem and upgrade our needs and wants together with our emotional and financial circumstances. The instantly formed semi-sextile between Venus in Aquarius and Mars in Pisces shows an adjustment in priorities to complement intentions toward closure.

Tarot card of the day is the “Ace of Wands”, suggesting an upsurge of ideas and imagination and the drive and energy necessary to undertake such projects. There is the promise of motion, direction and positive energy and thus, we could be feeling quite energetic and enthusiastic as well as optimistic and hopeful for the future. Today we’re driven by a strong, creative force, proceed with courage and confidence and expand our potential.

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