Hold onto your seat—we are in a month of change. We move into February still on the portal of the January 31 Full Moon Eclipse, and approaching the Solar Eclipse New Moon of Friday, February 16. Eclipses trigger sudden movement forward in whatever direction we happen to be moving, or if we are stuck in inertia or addictive patterns, can lead to a bottom-out effect that pressures us to face the need for change.
Even as I write, MoveOn.org is transmitting their People’s State of the Union, and the Mexican media is covering the disappearance and beating of a teenage activist at the hands of police. (Likely due to this pressure, he has since been released.)
Sun will be in Aquarius, sign of freedom, during most of the Eclipse windows (which are particularly intense for 13 days before and after each one), making February a month of release. From Thursday, February 1 through Sunday, February 18, Mercury, planet of thought and communication, is also in the sign of the Water Bearer, accentuating our gift of independent thinking. This influence is good for social connection, expanding a website, web work, and communicating our unique ideas.
With these gifts, there is a sense of urgency to use them. Ruler Uranus is nearing the end of a transit through Aries—sign of “I am”—that, since 2011, has been putting us in touch with our need for authentic identity. An area of our lives or certain habits had become stifling to our true selves, and we felt pressured from within to somehow recover a more authentic identity.
We have likely made a freeing decision or two over the last seven years, and hopefully acted on it. Yet in typical earthling fashion, we are apt to have dragged our feet. Come May, Uranus will be finishing his mission in Aries to enter Taurus, sign of abundance and security. This month is a cosmic signpost that can help us release the weights around our ankles and reaffirm our true identity and direction while the activist planet is still campaigning for our right to be ourselves.
During the first two weeks of February, the portal of the recent Full Moon Eclipse in Leo blends with that of the mid-month’s New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius. Leo is about our creative legacy, the work of self-expression that balances out Aquarius’ universal inspiration. These are the days to ask if our way of forming this legacy….