Astro-Notes on February 2, 2014 – Groundhog Day

The month February began 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. She is the ‘Beloved’ , the ‘Lady of the Lambs’ that oversees the quickening of life and energizes the passage from the dark of winter (the crone Hekate) to the promise of spring.
With everything that was going on in my life, I didn’t have the time to write on my blog, as much as I wanted to be able to at least focus on the lunation cycle. Well, I had set up a New Moon manifestation workshop for last Thursday in the other building for which I had to get ready and was only able to do the Tarot spread for the Aquarius lunation before I had to leave. The spread was very revealing though and therefore, it didn’t really come as a surprise when some things changed. Circumstances conspired in such a way, (I so love this expression with Pluto in Capricorn in mutual reception with Saturn in Scorpio and ruling the North Node) that only a few people from our circle were able to attend and then 2 of them couldn’t even make it there. However, the rest of us truly enjoyed our small group and we chatted until late in the night, focusing on whatever inspired us at the moment rather than on the topic. However, the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon was: “During a silent hour a man receives a new inspiration, which may change his life. Keynote: The need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments – OVERSHADOWING of the individual consciousness by an inner, yet transcendent, power.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 255)
Thus, we were in sync with the cosmic weather and also pretty much ‘fired up’ mentally. Consequently, my laundry, which I had been putting off, had to be done on Friday morning and my work schedule didn’t allow for any spare time from then on until Saturday night when I was finally able to go through my mails. So typical for the fast-paced, change-imposing energy of the Aquarius New Moon coupled with the ‘racing spirit’ of the Wood Horse (the Chinese year that began on January 30th as well), developments would just take a life of their own and we had to ‘ride’ this energy. This morning was filled with lots of chatter again – first I heard from my daughter, who wanted to come for a visit, but with the weather and the road conditions as they are, it’s really not a good idea. After our long phone conversation I also reconnected with my girlfriend and now half of the day has gone by already. Astro-wise, the Aquarius Sun is in semi-sextile aspect to Venus in Capricorn, who stationed direct on January 31, and Mercury in Pisces is trine the North Node in Scorpio (sextile South Node in Taurus). So, this shows the personal adjustments, which have been made as the result of changing priorities and preferences and that this short phase of communication- and connection ‘craziness’ we had to accept and surrender to is now over as the ‘normal’ flow has been restored. We can even take a ‘brether’ from the busyness, if we feel like it. Another excellent example is the groundhog’s prediction regarding the length of winter. Although we received mixed results, I think we can agree that the winter will keep its strong, firm grip. By looking outside, it seems obvious that to hope for an early spring would be delusional at best. It’s winter wonderland here with no relief in sight.

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Pentacles”, a card that speaks of permanence, solidity and lasting conditions. It refers moreover to a climax in our foundational life, a culmination or achievement that allows us to make a commitment to a sustainable future. Do I need to say more?

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