The February Planetary Illuminations report is posted and you can read it here in its entirety. If you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your newsletter with a simplified summary in easy to understand language, and if you’re not yet on my mailing list please sign up in the sidebar.
Meanwhile, here is an overview of the major planetary cycles for February:
As we begin the month of February the big astrological news is the opposition between Jupiter and Pluto. You can read more about that here, but the first phase of the cycle began in August of last year. Jupiter rules kingship and ideology; Pluto rules death and destruction that leads to regeneration so the role of this cycle in the global political landscape is evident. In our personal lives, Jupiter is aiding us in the rebuilding process that is part of the destruction/regeneration wrought by the Uranus/Pluto cycle.
The second phase of this cycle occurred on January 31st, and Jupiter and Pluto will not be more than two degrees apart until they next meet on April 20th with a big clash of cardinal planets that occurs in mid-April. The Jupiter/Pluto cycle means foundational changes in the way that you and I relate to the world around us. This is yet another phase in the breakdown and rebuilding process that has been underway since 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn, and Jupiter’s role is to expand our ideas of what is possible and aid in the transformation process. Jupiter ensures that rather than contract into fear, we expand into hope and vision.
Because Uranus is already in aspect to Pluto, Jupiter’s movements will take it into a square to Uranus at the end of February. Jupiter and Uranus are both freedom planets: Jupiter provides the urge to expand – Uranus the urge to break down barriers to justice. This dynamic helps to ensure that the process of change, both external and internal, is a continual one that inspires and demands our personal evolution into a more harmonious world.
Fortunately, Chiron harmonizes with both Jupiter and Pluto at this time, helping us to move through emotional blocks and fears, old patterns of thought and action which have held us back. Chiron brings up the old wounds and sorrows so that they can be released, aiding in our passage into a new world of being.
The element of fire is underrepresented throughout the month – only Uranus is in a fire sign (Aries) but it has no support from any other planet. Mars, the fire planet, is in Libra where the impulse is to go along to get along rather than to inspire action. Without the influence of fire the mood is more peaceful, but anger and resentments lack a natural outlet and can sometimes build up to be expressed in negative ways. Exercise and conscious attention helps to stir the fire within when the fire element is lacking in the astrological climate.
Mercury is in Capricorn and turns retrograde on February 6th. For the next few weeks we look backwards rather than forwards. Studying the past and making corrections where needed help us ultimately to look forward when Mercury turns direct again. This is not a great time to begin new projects, plan a trip, start a new job or make a major purchase. But life isn’t always convenient and sometimes we must – if you find yourself in that position be as careful as you can to make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed, that all communications are clear. Double and triple check your work. And then expect things to get glitchy anyway!