Music of the Spheres
Astrological insights by Susan Heinz
Astrology for February:
We begin February with the Sun in mental, airy, Aquarius, a time of connecting with others, collaborating, envisioning creative possibilities and visionary activism! The Full Moon casts its light on February 7th, in radiant Leo, while the Sun joins Mercury. This is a good time to express yourself, and communicate ideas. Forward rushing Mars is now retrograde, like a dam building up energy, holding back movement. Watch where in your life, things slow down or you lose interest. With Mars retrograde in Virgo, we must move toward goals with a measured step, attending to details, being grounded, and refining our habits into more efficient and healthy patterns. Use the time to review appropriate action, and refine day-to-day interactions. Let yourself sink into your breath, so you land at a deeper place within, from which your actions can emerge. The warrior within you is being tempered and strengthened for the tasks ahead! Find your center in all actions and encounters. During the first week, relationships will feel the tension and passion of each person’s different needs. Sometimes you feel the forcefulness of another. Sometimes you feel the intensity of your needs. Let yourself step back and observe the dynamics then respond for best results.
Neptune enters Pisces on the 3rd, until 2026, marking an important shift in the cultural consciousness. Neptune was last fully in Pisces from 1848-1863. As we enter the biggest evolutionary edge that humanity as yet to confront, (the destruction of our planet or supporting life enhancing systems), Neptune enters the sign of the collective unconscious, the oceans and waters of life, the sign of refugees and mass movements, spurred by either unconscious fears or wholistic attunement. We will see crucial issues arise around the seas, oil, fishing industry, prisons and hospitals. When the sun enters Pisces on the 18th and joins Neptune on the 19th, this is perfect timing to create space for artistic inspiration and reverie, for spiritual connection, and ritual. Time to connect with our interrelatedness and oneness, beyond separation and polarization.
Saturn goes retrograde on Feb 7. With Mars and Saturn both retrograde, we can contemplate our routines, our inner conditioning, and replace destructive ones with positive life affirming ones. This will support our intentions in the year. Frustrations, conflicts and polarizations may take place. Time to step back, quietly reassess, get grounded, practical, and move forward with alertness. We are in an alchemical phase of heating and cooling to temper our creations into more conscious manifestations of goals. Ride the slow long wave, downward, clarifying, reviewing and upward, with focus, discipline, and perseverance.
With Saturn aligning with Neptune, great timing this month to balance discipline and focus, with imagination, creativity or spiritual concerns. The New Moon takes place on the 21st with 4 planets in dreamy and compassionate Pisces. With Pisces and Neptune so emphasized, altered states are easily moved into, so watch drugs and alcohol, keep grounded and in your body. Dream a new dream for yourself, our world. Give yourself to volunteer or service work.
Twelve opportunities for February:
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This is the month for deep review and sorting as you begin on a new and inspirational path. Retreat to a quiet space for a time, on or close to the New Moon, the 21st, for healing, reflection and feeling your deep feelings.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): There has been a standstill and a sudden turn of events. It is time to deepen in your heart and carefully, meticulously, express yourself. You feel the joys and sorrows of life. You can dip into the unconditional love that surrounds you with friends and community
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This is the month to sort through your home, simplifying, simultaneously deepening your experience by clearing the past. At the full Moon you tap into a radiant vision, a direction. This is the time to be of service to others as you merge your imagination with creative or spiritual endeavors with others.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This month you review the powers of your mind, it’s positives, its negative, a great cleansing process is taking place to bring in self love. Through this you create new beginnings and/or receive inspiration that leads you on your life path, in exciting ways.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This month gives you the opportunity to deepen the feeling of self worth and self love. It’s like your mind is sorting through many details, remembering and feeling. You are balancing your sense of self with your sense of another. You will receive some very clear messages. Later in the month you are flooded with compassion and understanding.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): You have come to a sudden standstill in your path. Rest and revitalization is very important, as this gives you time to more deeply understand what your needs are and the process of realigning you are involved in. Relationships can now balance between compassionate focus and healthy boundaries.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This month you need time alone. Time to sort through many thoughts, and feelings, time to refine what you love to do, to edit, to move into precision with how to create. You clear out hidden spaces. Go away with your lover and enjoy each other in a new way! Bring out a Valentine surprise. Or someone unexpected will send love your way.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Maintain a careful balance this month between your sense of responsibilities and allowing openness of heart to share with others. This is a time to carefully review your goals. There is the need to slow down with friends and community commitments so you can more clearly know what is next. Attend to your health and honor your body.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This is an excellent month to review your work, your life direction. You may experience a more public review and an honoring of what you do. Walk in the “beauty way”, find that harmony with work, life and nature. At the full moon, share your feelings with your family as love and compassion can grow.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): You experience a turn around in your attitudes of life, or belief systems. You are seeing relationships, yourself, and situations in a new way. This will continue to unfold over time and build a new foundation in your life. Be as fluid as possible now while your Capricorn strength will carry you. Change is afoot.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): This month you feel the scintillation of creativity and new insights. Something is beginning in your life and yet you are called also to very deep contemplations. It is good to review, carefully sorting through your interface with others, whether in love, or business or finances, as you experience the feelings of others. Share your feelings and dreams later in the month, because they come on strong.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): This month your imaginative powers are increased. Your ideals are heightened. You are keen to be of service and are like a beacon of concern for the welfare of humanity. At the same time it is best to carefully respond in relationship to others. You are in the process of refining how you work and are present with others.