by Maya del Mar
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Note: A VOC Moon period is when the Moon is making no further major planetary aspects before it changes signs. Moon and its aspects are strongly associated with our everyday behavior, and without those aspects to direct our course, we are left much more free to pursue our own ends in our own way. It is like youre driving down the freeway and find the road signs removed for awhile. On the one hand, plans may go awry, you may miss your exit; on the other hand, inner work is greatly favored as those external "instructions" are reduced.
Times used are EST, because the overall influences for the United States are centered in Washington DC. UT, or Universal Time, is the time given in ephemerii, and it corresponds to Greenwich Mean Time, the time used at the Greenwich Observatory in London, England.
I use Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight time in Daykeeper, which corresponds to the time used in the eastern quarter of the United States. To get UT, add five hours to EST, and add four hours to EDT.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1. Different phases of activity and feeling unfold during this day. We start the morning with our imaginations working overtime, under the influence of Pisces Moon. At the same time, perhaps we can penetrate Pisces murk and see some truths unveiled. We may feel uncomfortable or irritable, and connections with others may not move smoothly. The morning can be confusing.
Moon goes VOC at 11:06 a.m. EST, and remains void until it enters assertive Aries at 5:46 p.m. During this void time we may feel vague, undefined, and at loose ends.
During the void period, Mercury conjoins Neptune to begin a new one-year imaginative cycle. This will be a super-unpredictable year, with unexpected twists and turns. Pluto is conjoining the galactic center during the next two years, and getting a new impetus for renovation. Pluto and Neptune are parallel, and they have a quintile aspect as well. Many new seeds are being sown in our consciousness, and there is probably no better time for receptivity than a Moon void in Pisces. Take some time alone for contemplation and meditation, outdoors if possible. In years to come, this will be considered a major transition period.
And security in general will remain the major subject, for Vesta in Cancer trines Uranus in Pisces. Finances in particular are apt to occupy our minds.
Later this evening Mercury squares Jupiter in Scorpio, to finish showing us glimpses of the meaning of the prevalent Jupiter-Neptune square, which expands our vision. (But how?) In the meantime, Moon has entered enthusiastic Aries, and we are ready for some feel-good action tonight. We finish this day in an upbeat mood.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2. This is the first week of our New Moon in Aquarius, and we are setting new projects in motion. Go-getter Aries Moon has excellent aspects, and propels us right along. Tonight the arts hold appeal. This may be especially true because Venus, patroness of the arts, is stationing to turn direct.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3. Venus turns direct at 4:19 a.m. EST, with Moon still in assertive Aries. Venus herself is at 17 Capricorn, hovering right beside Mother Ceres in Capricorn. Ceres here takes care of, nurtures, the establishment, and Venus will be enlisted in this service. Venus also teams up with Jupiter in Scorpio, who works creatively with other peoples money and resources. This looks like a rather embedded Venus, reaching for Neptunes visions of the future, and filled with the support of the Capricornian institutions through which shes been retrograding.
In Washington DC at this time, Pluto and the Galactic Center are rising, showing that this is a moment of deep transformation. The Galactic Center is the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy, and a point where we can align with cosmic consciousness. It emits massive amounts of infrared radiation, which stimulate our unconscious. This activation permits the retrieval of information from the past. This may arouse uneasiness or tension. Again, take some time to meditate.
Moon goes VOC at 1:32 p.m. EST, and we may feel somewhat aimless this afternoon. At 8:3l p.m. Moon enters Taurus, a sensual and productive sign. Music is the great soother of Taurus spirit, and music is apt to attract us tonight.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4. This is a good weekend to plan on accomplishing projects, for chances are good regarding the possibility of completing them. Moon is in Taurus, which especially encourages building and beautifying, as well as shopping and food preparation.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5. First Quarter Moon at 17 Taurus occurs at 1:29 a.m. EST. Lets make something practical here, says Taurus Moon to Aquarius Sun. And Taurus has much help for its efforts. Jupiter lends its luck and optimism. Mars lends its energy. Venus, fresh and strong and direct, carries the benediction of Capricorns tradition. And Neptune provides the vision. We are starting to build something visionary. What is it in your life? What is it as a society? What is it as humankind?
The Sabian Symbol for 17 Taurus is
A SYMBOLICAL BATTLE BETWEEN 'SWORDS' AND 'TORCHES.' Refusing to depend upon the past, the seeker turns warrior, fighting anew the eternal 'Great War.' The spiritual light within the greater Soul must struggle against the ego-will that only knows how to use the powers of this material and intellectual world. There is no possibility of escape; it is the energy that arises out of the present momentthe inescapable NOWthat the daring individual has to use in the struggle. This is the dharma of this stage of human evolution: a stage of POLARIZATION OF VALUES.
Later today we experience Mercury squaring Mars. This impels mind and energy to work together. At the same time, Moon is conjoining Mars, and our feelings are sensitive and easily hurt. Mars-Mercury can lead to a sharp tongue and hurtful words.
Moon goes VOC at 4:00 p.m. EST.
All in all, this is an energetic, and possibly difficult, day. First Quarter says its time to get moving on our current projects.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 6. Moon is in Gemini for the next two days, and our minds are clicking along at a fast pace. Last Wednesday Messenger Mercury transited Neptune and Jupiter to help us understand their dynamic. Today Sun takes Mercurys place, conjoining Neptune and squaring Jupiter. Sun both vitalizes and gives direction. Monday, mind and imagination joined forces in a new cycle. Today the creative imagination is seeded for the next year. In both cases, Jupiter adds expansion, opportunity, and, in Scorpio, power and financial savvy. Problems here can be excess pride, over-optimism, and self-indulgence. Neptune can also be an energy drain. On the other hand, Jupiter always confers some luck. Today well feel expansive and lively.
Essentially, this last weeks Jupiter-Neptune connections can open our spiritual channels, and will work best when applied in that direction.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7. This is an extremely intuitive, psychic day. Open your mind to the universe, and find tranquility and harmony.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8. Moon opposed Pluto early this morning, and sleep might have been difficult. We might awaken with dream memories, or with far-out new ideas. At 10:04 a.m. Moon goes VOC, and at 11:33 a.m. it enters sensitive Cancer. We are more inward-focused, and feelings assume top importance. Tonight, at 8:22 p.m., Mercury enters empathetic Pisces, and our emotions are jelly. How about some sentimental music? Or working on Valentine creations? Mercury will travel through the mystical sign of Pisces through mid-April. Let your creative Muse speak loud and clear.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9. This morning we can be business-like and independent. Evening is a time for cuddling and snuggling in at home.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10. The energy of Mars can help propel us today, and we can accomplish much. Move on it, though, because at 3:53 p.m. EST, Moon goes VOC. We might want to start our exciting Full Moon weekend at that point.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11. With this Leo moon, we mean business. And we mean to have fun while were being productive. This is a serious, yet expansive and pleasurable day. Always, prior to a full moon, there is a special feeling of expectancy which adds an edge of excitement to our days. And Leo moon does enjoy drama and excitement.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12. Full Moon at 25 Leo occurs tonight at 11:44 p.m. EST. This day is a full-light demonstration of our old friend, the Jupiter-Neptune square. During the morning, Moon transits Neptune and Jupiter, just as Sun did on February 6. Except that Moon in Leo is coming from the opposite vantage point to Sun in Aquarius. Tonight that Sun and Moon will face off with each other for a finale of the grand sendoff which Sun and Moon are giving Jupiter and Neptune during this first half of February 2006.
Sun and Moon are also giving an exciting farewell to Mars, now almost through Taurus, as they enclose him in their bright pincers. This is the end of the Taurus leg of the fixed square, and it appears that the planets want to celebrate.
Now it is Chirons and Saturns turn to dominate the fixed signs, and they are just now moving into orb of their Aquarius-Leo opposition, which will be exact on February 20.
With fixed sign hard aspects, hard choices must be made. What choices are in your path? Certainly, for all of us, our choices reflect our values, which in turn determine the directions of our lives and of our society.
This will be a dynamic, illuminating, and creative day. The Leo Full Moon is a people moon. It tends to raise good feelings and a desire to socialize. It can be a good party time.
The Leo New Moon which seeded this Full Moon occurred on August 15, 2004. That was the day that President Chavez of Venezuela won the recall vote against him. The Saturn-Chiron opposition in Cancer-Capricorn, mentioned above, was exact then! Contrary to the U.S. election, the U.S. attempt to unseat Chavez and his democracy did not work.
Now the Chiron-Saturn opposition in Aquarius-Cancer sits right on the U.S. Nodes of the Moon, destiny points for the nation. Juxtaposed with the current Pluto conjoining the Galactic Center, we can have much insight now about the past and future of the U.S. This bright Full Moon is peak time for clairvision.
The Sabian Symbol for 25 Leo is
A LARGE CAMEL IS SEEN CROSSING A VAST AND FORBIDDING DESERT. Self-sufficiency in the face of a long and exhausting adventure. We need TOTAL INDEPENDENCE from our surroundings and UTTER SELF-RELIANCE.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 13. Moon goes VOC, still in Leo, at 6:48 a.m. EST, and perhaps awakens us as it makes that last aspect, a square with Mars, who is always ready for action. Since its Monday morning, lets try to hold onto that active spirit. Ive noticed that often the last lunar aspect before Moon goes void tends to stay with us during the VOC time. At 11:13 a.m. Moon enters Virgo, and we come down to earth.
FEBRUARY 14. Moon
in Virgo keeps us alert, and tuned into a busy day. Romance? Indeed,
but combined with individuality and independence. Mercury combines
with Uranus to open us to flashes of brilliance. This is excellent
energy for magical and intuitive work. Tonight we feel loving and
confident, and perhaps wanting to make a commitment to another.
FEBRUARY 15. Loving
feelings still hang over us this morning, but by afternoon our usual
Virgo moon industriousness takes over, and we plunge in to take
care of practical matters.
FEBRUARY 16. Moon
is in Libra, and we have an urge to connect with peoplebut
in a balanced and restrained manner. It is the perfect climate for
cordial professional or business connections.
FEBRUARY 17. Conversing
with others is a favorite activity while Moon is in Libra. Creative
projects are also favored. Today there is a particular appreciation
of both the arts and of the written word. Mars enters Gemini this
afternoon to add to the desire for communication. This is a communication
month in general, and from today through to the end of the month,
we find words pouring from us.
FEBRUARY 18. Enjoy
a pleasant morning while we still wear our cloak of socialization.
At noon Moon enters intense Scorpio, and a bit later Sun enters
mystical Pisces. Then we become introverted, and perhaps brooding.
For the rest of the day we may want to be alone. Best that way,
for in fact we are probably not good company. We may have an urge
to work hard, to really dig into something.
FEBRUARY 19. Moon
is still in Scorpio, but the mood is much lighter, and we even seek
out company. Today were curious about the world in general,
and especially what we can find that might be useful. Shopping or
garage sales may be attractive. Our intuition can draw us to exactly
what we need. And well get a good bargain. Tonight enjoy your
favorite club, with music.
We may be awake into the wee hours. Be careful with overindulgence.
On the one hand, we are drawn into it for pleasures sake.
On the other hand we may feel a tension from which we want escape.
We are also accident-prone tonight, so its good to keep our
wits about us.
FEBRUARY 20. A
loving aspect can waken us early this morning, and then Moon is
VOC in Scorpio for the rest of the day. After the last nights
partying, we may need this day for rest. Its Presidents
Day, and many of us can kick back and relax.
FEBRUARY 21. Last
Quarter Moon at 3 Sagittarius occurs at 2:17 a.m. This is a
mutable Mars Moon, meaning that it has a lot of energy which can
be all over the place. Direction is difficult. We will need to make
some choices, and this is a daunting challenge. Only spiritual guidance
is true and helpful now. Remember that at last quarter it is time
to let go of something. In the case of mutable signs, that something
is apt to be an idea, or a righteous principle. Later today, Moon
squares Uranus, and the beckoning of freedom can help us to release
This moon family began on November
23, 2003. Sagittarius is associated with the law, and that is
when the Senate passed the terrible Medicare Bill, paid for, designed
by, and benefiting the drug companies.
The Sabian Symbol for 3 Sagittarius is
PLAYING CHESS. The transcendent ritualization of conflict. Essential
to sociocultural living is the transmutation of mans natural
aggressiveness under most conditions of existence. Many rituals,
sports, and games have no other basic aim. In chess the struggle
between light and darkness is ritualized, ending in most cases
with the checkmating of the King, the ego, the conscious self.
In a dualistic world such a contest between polarized forces is
omnipresent. Here we bring to the objective consciousness the
basic realities in interpersonal INTERPLAY.
FEBRUARY 22. Moon
is in Sagittarius, we have loosed our bonds, and we are ready to
travel. This is a great day for an important adventure.
FEBRUARY 23. Capricorn
Moon encourages us to get down to business, and to attend to our
obligations. We can focus on tasks pertaining to people and things
which we love and enjoy. Mercury is slowing down now, and will hold
a nice long sextile with Venus through the rest of the month. We
can nurture what we love. This last week of the waning moon, with
Mercury and Sun in mystical, enchanted Pisces, can be a very special
time. Take it easy, and take time to appreciate Pisces subtlety.
FEBRUARY 24. Moon
continues in goal-oriented Capricorn with easy, loving aspects.
Do what you love. This coming weekend would be a great one for an
FEBRUARY 25. With
Moon in Aquarius we feel more definite, more outgoing, and more
gregarious. We may search for companions this morning. Its
a good morning to shoot the breeze at the local coffee shop. Come
afternoon, we may have definite errands in mind.
FEBRUARY 26. Yesterdays
friendly energy continues. Juno, Neptune, and Jupiter make an aspect
of what could be too-muchness. With all the water signs floating
around, it could be too much water. The Capricorn tie-in could add
cold. If youre headed for the mountains, be prepared for difficult
Conditions are right now for insightful, future-oriented visualization.
Take some time today to ponder what kind of inspiration you would
like to receive from the coming Pisces Moon cycle. Affirmation of
life is central.
FEBRUARY 27. Moon
enters Pisces early this morning, and runs into a square with Mars
at noon. This is dark-of-the-moon time, when we feel extra-sensitive,
and Mars will really give us hair trigger reactions. Use that sensitivity
to tune into yourself and your environment with intuition. Watch
out for being defensive and hostile. Regardless, you may feel irritable.
Best to retreat from the world during this vulnerable day.
New Moon at 10 Pisces occurs at 7:31 p.m. EST. It is during
the coming Pisces month that we imprint our models, our visuals,
for the coming year. We may appear to do less, overtly, but what
we accomplish on inner levels is our most basic work. Take time
to meditate. Turn to teachers or messages which draw you. Read.
Watch movies and videos, but be selective about your choices. Remember
that right now your psyche imprints all imagesgood, bad, or
indifferentdeeply, and draws from that reservoir in fashioning
New images, and new streams of consciousness, can flow through us
now. Science fiction may become reality. Uranus, who opens us to
inventions and new ideas, is conjoining Sun and Moon at 11 Pisces,
and in hours Moon and then Sun will pass over Uranus to open towhat?
A brave new world? Unpredictable Uranus is in its second new degree
of the month, and we do not have precedents.
In the chart set for Washington DC, this New Moon is in the sixth
house, along with Uranus and Mercury, also in Piscesand square
Pluto. Explosiveness is a theme, and weapons, as military tools,
are sixth house. New weapons are likely.
Neptune is associated with Pisces, and thus has special importance
now. It too has just entered a new degreeagain, no precedents.
Neptune is in this too-much situation, and this as well
adds to the idea of new explosive weapons. As does Juno being part
of the complex, for she tends to show up where there are victims.
This New Moon squares the warlike U.S. Uranus at 9 Gemini, as does
transiting Uranus. Transiting Mars in Gemini is moving to conjoin
that U.S. Uranus. The New Moon complex also opposes GW Bushs
Mars. The prognosis is not good. Saturn opposing Chiron shows structural
change, and Chiron has been closely related to nuclear developments.
Saturn conjoining the U.S. North Node means that the U.S. is assuming
its authority. And unfortunately, U.S. authority has come to be
best expressed behind a deadly weapon. No wonder Mercury and Jupiter
both need to turn retrograde within a few days, and rethink their
But today Mercury squares explosive Pluto, who sits at the foundation
of the Washington DC chart. And Jupiter squares Neptune, pumping
it up with dreams of power.
This New Moon sets the stage for the Eclipse Full Moon on March
14, which is squared by Pluto.
The Sabian Symbol for 10 Pisces is
PURSUES HIS JOURNEY, FLYING THROUGH GROUND-OBSCURING CLOUDS. Mans
ability to develop powers and skills which by transcending natural
limitations allow him to operate in mental-spiritual realms. It
evokes the achievement of MASTERY.
FEBRUARY 28. Pisces
Moon is very active today, the first day of its new cycle. So are
Mercury, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venusa formidable
combination. Quicksilver Mercury squares volcanic Pluto early in
the day, and Moon later cycles over both of those energies to tie
up loose ends. This can lead to irritability and storm rumblings
during the entire day. Communication is apt to have glitches. Some
energy does flow easily, e.g., Mars sextiles Saturn, which can be
a business-like and possibly ruthless combination. This is an up
and down dayrocky soil in which to sow the New Moon seeds.
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