In February, we enter the revolutionary heart of Aquarius. Having emerged from Capricorn’s intense darkness, the Sun reaches its midpoint, known as Imbolc or Candlemas, between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. We again become aware of our light. Unlike the inviting radiance of May and the sultry glow of July, February’s sunlight is chilly. Like it, the Water Bearer’s brand of brightness is colder and more objective than the Sun of the later seasons. Ruled by Uranus the awakener and Saturn the builder, Aquarius wants to break out of the darkness, take down what doesn’t work and lay the groundwork for something different.
In 2021, this something is different indeed, with a stellium in revolutionary Aquarius the likes of which have not been seen since February of 1962. The stellium fulfills the promise of the Great Conjunction of December’s Winter Solstice, when Jupiter and Saturn entered Aquarius—a conjunction that signified the beginning of a whole new cycle for the next 20 years. In one way or another, we all feel like water bearers, carrying new light for the world.
This may sometimes feel like a bit much, as Aquarius can stimulate a Messiah complex. But following our mission and speaking our truth requires confidence, even if we overdo it sometimes. Like the life stirring in buried seeds at Imbolc, we awaken to our power as agents of change.
In mid-February, the two rulers of Aquarius, surprising Uranus and stalwart Saturn, square one another. On the one hand there’s a push for change, and on the other, some kind of resistance. Traditional values will be challenged, conservative factions will react, and on a personal level, there’s apt to be an openness to change accompanied by delays or issues of timing, as in “Yeah, let’s do this… but wait a minute, let me get things worked out first.”
With Saturn in Aquarius, the work of change will prevail, and ideas that once seemed wild will be integrated into the fabric of tradition, and even the legal system. As we’ll see a bit further on, this square can facilitate new tendencies in business. On the other hand, it reminds us to exercise discernment, avoiding the fanaticism that sometimes takes hold of Aquarius. Not everything that’s new is good, and not everything familiar is disposable.
This month, the New Moon in Aquarius of February 11 triggers the alignment, supporting progress in revolutionary directions.
On February 12, the Chinese New Year of the Ox brings another wave of change. Since January 2020, the year of the Rat had accented intelligence and adaptability, while Ox—who has similarities to the western sign of Taurus—is steadfast, stubborn and hardworking.
Throughout February, Mercury will be retrograde and in shadow, indicating that the changes we’re experiencing aren’t entirely new; rather they fulfill tendencies that were previously set into motion. Rather than being a month in which to make new commitments, sign agreements, or get an entirely new idea and act on it, February’s best for advancing with changes and projects we had begun sometime in the past. Reassess, revise, restructure, renew, and revive those intentions.
This retrograde, in Aquarius, also deepens our powers of research. We can find missing pieces, see through false or incomplete versions, and gather knowledge and connections required for their completion.
On Thursday, February 18, Sun enters Pisces. After the Aquarius Sun’s river of mental activity, this will be a sort of calming influence that moves some of the energy from our discursive mind into our sensitive subtle being. But just as we’re sliding in the twelfth sign’s mode of rest, party or retreat, we are called back into the fray by an excellent week for action, love and prosperous endeavors, capped by the Snow Moon in Virgo that helps us discern and ground…. Learn all about February 2021, with tips for your Sun and Rising signs … SUBSCRIBE!