Astrology

February 2019: Into the Woods Across Misty Seas

The Astrology of February 2019 is characterized in part by Venus in Capricorn, the planet of love entering a tangle of tough planetary forces that she must battle through. Recently blessed by the priestly Jupiter in Sagittarius, she will ultimately prevail, but it will take her all month to traverse this sticky territory.

Along with our heroine’s journey into the dark woods, we have a squirrelly Mercury who is preparing to be Retrograde for most of March (starting on March 5).

Mars changes gears mid-February when he enters slow-plodding Taurus. The second half of the month is sticky, unclear, and slow going. By focusing on endurance rather than instant gratification, we can successfully take advantage of these strange skies.

Some Encouragement, a Wink and a Nod: Venus in Sagittarius (January 7 – February 3)

Venus has been in Sagittarius since January 7, which has been an uplifting influence. Venus is a planet of love, relationships of all kinds, matters of value, self-worth, beauty, and comfort. Sagittarius is bold, flirty, ambitious, and idealistic.

Venus here throws some glitter at the most beneficial transit of the year, the positive growth cycle of Jupiter in Sagittarius (November 8, 2018 – December 2, 2019).

For the first few days of February, Venus completes her first run through Sagittarius, having benefited us especially when she met up with Jupiter himself on January 22, the day after a most powerful Lunar Eclipse. Their meeting was a healing balm and a nod of encouragement after an intense end to a longer-term Eclipse cycle.

Just as we say goodbye to the growing pains of February 2017 – January 21, 2019, we were given a little blessing kiss by Venus as she was arm-in-arm with her jovial friend, Jupiter. We can rightfully and positively move forward into new avenues of growth now.

Venus was Retrograde last year, which means that she won’t have a Retrograde season in 2019. As such, she is now moving at a faster clip. She is in her warrior phase, rising ahead of the Sun.

Since she’s moving faster, she’ll make it all the way around the Zodiac and back to Sagittarius before the year is through. We will receive the blessing of Venus and Jupiter again in November.

On February 2nd, Imbolc, we are given the promise of Spring to come as we mark the midway point of the Winter season. Venus gives us a wink as well, facilitating deeper, longer-term changes that are taking place.

Into the Dark Woods: Venus in Capricorn (February 3 – March 1)

After this last bit of philanthropy, Venus heads bravely out of the warm presence of Jupiter and into the dark woods of Capricorn on February 3. Here she will remain, meeting three monsters in her path, until she gets to the other side on March 1 (just in time for the Northwest Tarot Symposium!).

Venus in Capricorn is both sensuous and industrious – a lover of material comforts, especially those that convey status and respectability, she will work hard to produce results for herself. What makes this transit difficult now is the copresence of Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node.

The first monster our beloved heroine must face is Saturn in Capricorn on February 18. This can bring up heavy feelings, low self-esteem, boundary problems, and obstacles in relationships.

This coincides with Mercury’s obfuscating drama with Neptune in Pisces the same day (more on this below), echoing a Mercury Retrograde period we recently experienced from November 16 to December 6, 2018.

Look out for mixed wires and communication fails, especially those that make you question yourself or your own self-worth. These may be similar in nature to what you experienced during that last Mercury Retrograde period. Try not to be too hard on yourself during this time.

The second monster in the woods that Venus must face this month is Pluto on the 22nd. Venus is given an opportunity here for regeneration, revelation, and purging at a deep level. Pluto is a harbinger of gnarly transformations, a phoenix rising from the ashes of his own destruction.

Venus may have to dodge some shadows and obsessive admirers here, people who don’t have her best interests at heart. It’s a good time to watch out for possible power plays and handsome devils, as well as to keep an eye on our own tendencies toward obsession.

The third and last challenge for Venus this month comes on the 25th of February – the South Node. This is the karmic “letting go” spot. Venus will be forced to reconcile with all that she has finally outgrown, and she will have to snip some wires of attachment now.

Unburdened, she can at last travel to clear skies as she enters group-minded Aquarius on the 1st of March.

New Moon in Aquarius (February 4), Full Moon in Virgo (February 12)

The New Moon this month falls on the 4th, freeing us from a mighty Eclipse season. The New Moon is in Aquarius, affirming that we have gained ground in the Leo / Aquarius sectors of our charts and are ready to start a totally new chapter. What is your new vision for the place where Aquarius lives in your chart?

We open this new chapter just as Venus enters Capricorn (see above). The warrior princess’s trip through the forbidden forest thus colors this entire Moon cycle. We will be called to grapple with what the new vision looks like in a very practical, material sense. As we do so, we will come up against our own limitations and illusions.

The First Quarter Moon is in Taurus on February 12. This is a grounded influence that encourages our reflection on the physical components of our plan. At this time it is appropriate to focus on creature comforts and surrounding yourself with things of beauty – nature, art, good food, pleasant company. Check in with how you’re feeling in your body and tend to your temple.

The Full Moon is in Virgo on February 19, just a day after Venus meets her first shadow (Saturn) in Capricorn. Again we’re seeing that the focus this month is on Venus and her difficult journey past the three malefics, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn.

Here we are given a clue as to what kind of energy will help us through the Venus and Saturn conjunction. With the Full Moon in Virgo, we can channel our energy into practical tasks that can help clear our mind: cleaning the house, for instance. Sometimes having a physical task that is also productive and sees results in the end is therapeutic.

If you are feeling down around the 18th – 19th, try directing your energy toward some organizational tasks. Getting your ducks in a row may help you feel better during this time.

The Full Moon coincides with the Venus-Saturn conjunction as well as the first of three Mercury-Neptune conjunctions (see below) – meaning that not only are we more prone to critical and negative thinking, but we are also more likely to misread other’s communications and see things that aren’t really there.

During the Full Moon, negative and critical thoughts may emerge more easily. Don’t over-analyze the situation if you can help it. Try to channel that Virgo nervousness into a detail-oriented task that doesn’t involve picking yourself apart.

We then see a Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius on the 26th. This leaves us with a hopeful gaze toward Jupiter – letting us know that despite what darkness we find in the month, pushing through it will lead to positive growth.

Again, this lunation happens right after one of Venus’s connections with the three baddies in Capricorn: the South Node. Therefore the work that Venus is doing this month is directly tied in to the lunar cycle. By the end of her work, having let go and released what she can, Jupiter gives a kind wave and reminds us that Venus has his blessing and she will again see the light.

Mercury in Pisces: Sailing the Misty Seas – Without a Map or a Compass (February 10 – April 16)

On the 10th of February, Mercury enters Pisces, wandering aimlessly for an unusually long time on the misty seas – until mid-April. Mercury is a planet of communication, technology, learning, commuting, and thinking.

In Pisces, Mercury is not particularly clear-thinking or rationally-minded. It is here that Mercury most likes to daydream, imagine, and drift idly. Be aware of Mercury’s transit through Pisces and how this may be affecting your ability to focus. It is, however, a great time for thinking outside of the box and developing creative ideas. This is an ideal time to be building your vision of what you want to create in 2019.

Mercury will spend a longer time than usual in this sign, due to the impending Mercury Retrograde (Mercury gets lost at sea and turns back, wandering for most of March – starting on March 5). During this time, Mercury will collide with the master of illusion and confusion, Neptune, 3 times – on February 18, March 24, and April 2.

The first unreal connection between Mercury and the sea god happens on February 18 – just as Venus meets her first monster in the woods and we approach the Full Moon. It’s as if Mercury, sailing in the fog, comes upon a sea monster; but he has to struggle with inconsistencies that raise the question: is the monster real or a figment of his imagination?

During the next 2 months and starting on the 10th of February, there is an increased chance of muddled thinking, miscommunication, and confusion. This is a surreal and slippery transit that may cause conflict between the real and the unreal.

Mars and Uranus in Aries: A Mighty End to Another Big Transit (2010-2019)

Mars is a planet of action, assertion of self, independence, leadership, movement, and productivity. In Aries, Mars has been on fire – getting shit done, acting intuitively on his impulses, and moving forward unimpeded.

Since the beginning of the year (New Year’s Eve, actually), we have been given a mighty push forward by an exuberant and energetic Mars in Aries.

Mars has one more punch to give while he’s in his home sign of Aries. This is his last contact with Uranus in Aries on February 12. An explosive and energizing alignment, Mars and Uranus in Aries represents the last spark in a cycle that has been in effect since 2010/2011 – Uranus in Aries.

Uranus first dipped into Taurus in mid-May 2018, effectively starting a new 7 year cycle. However, due to Retrograde, Uranus left Taurus and went back into Aries, revisiting the cycle that thus stretches from 2011-2019. Where Aries lives in your chart is an area of your life that has been receiving shake-ups, revolutions, and innovations from Uranus in Aries during this time.

Uranus will enter Taurus again without another look back in March. February is the last little bit of the Uranus in Aries cycle, and the Mars-Uranus conjunction on February 12 is its last hurrah.

Mars in Taurus Changes the Pace from Fast on Fire to a Persistent Slow Push (February 14 – March 30)

Once Mars enters Taurus on the 14th, there is going to be a considerable change in pace to our activities. Everything is going to slow down. Instead of rushing ahead fearlessly, we are called to sink our feet into the earth and really find our bearings.

Mid-February energies call for a change of approach to how we’re doing things. Think slow and steady wins the race. Focus on persistence and sustaining force. Whatever you have achieved since New Year’s Eve, now is the time to make that achievement solid by making it more consistent and slowly building it forward.

Endurance will be important now when it comes to our activities and ambitions. Mars in Taurus encourages you to protect what you have.

The Wounded Healer: A Shift from Boundlessness and Disillusionment to the Development of the Self

Chiron enters Aries on February 17. Chiron represents our wounds and ability to heal others through our own experiences of grief and loss.

Since 2011, Chiron has been in Pisces, highlighting sensitivities around toxicity, illusions, melted boundaries between self and other, and addiction. Focus has been placed on healing through dreams, art therapies, and soul consciousness. We come to understand ourselves and feel our pain through our connection to the collective.

With Chiron entering Aries, we are going to see a shift toward developing the self. Instead of wanting to merge with others, sensitivities come up around defining differences between self and other. We must discover our own personal identity, likes and dislikes. Thus boundaries become more pronounced.

February Timeline

February 2 – Imbolc

February 3 – Venus enters Capricorn

February 4 – New Moon in Aquarius

February 10 – Mercury enters Pisces

February 12 – First Quarter Moon in Taurus, Mars-Uranus Conjunction in Aries

February 14 – Mars enters Taurus

February 17 – Chiron enters Aries

February 18 – Venus-Saturn Conjunction in Capricorn, Sun enters Pisces, Mercury-Neptune Conjunction in Pisces (1 of 3)

February 19 – Full Moon in Virgo

February 22 – Venus-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn

February 25 – Venus-South Node Conjunction in Capricorn

February 26 – Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius

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