Forecast for Feb. 8 -14, 2016

The Year of the Fire Monkey zaps us awake and into action. Desires expand and seek physical satisfaction. Chocolate sales skyrocket. Hearts open and connect. And just in time for Valentine’s, breathing room returns.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for Feb. 8 – 14, 2016  (6:14 minutes). And in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for the 2016 Aquarius New Moon: Awakening to Action

February 8, 2016
6:38 AM PST / 9:38 AM EST / 2:38 PM GMT
19 Aquarius 15

The Aquarius New Moon motivates us with the subtlety of a lightning strike. Recent weeks have radically, permanently altered our perspective on much that is fundamental to our existence, including, and most especially, ourselves. This Moon awakens us into just how much we’ve morphed. It carries incentive — in fact, a mandate — to act on that awakening, suddenly, brazenly, unapologetically. It’s shifting change into higher gear, from internal to external, from subconscious to intentional, and from “Nope!” to “Yes, please!”

Though the timing may be sudden or unexpected, this action has been a long time coming. It’s erupting out of the rubble of the past four years, on ground that has been worked over by Uranus, agent of unpredictable change and the Aquarian Moon’s ruler, and Pluto, agent of unavoidable change.  Structures, goals, relationships, foundations and more have collapsed or shape-shifted drastically, and are still in the early stages of replacement or reconstruction. Both of the cosmic change agents play a role in speeding that process along with this New Moon.

Opportunity is rampant for extricating our individual selves from both the rubble and any lingering constraints that are inconsistent with our newly honed perspective. These openings come from a cooperative link between Uranus and the New Moon, which invites you to see and be yourself more clearly. (Think of it as sharpening your personal Bat signal, so that the people looking for it will recognize you.) Breakage is part of the picture, and so, probably, is leaping into an action that you might not take if you thought about it much. Permanent damage is not likely, though, at least not to you. Besides, what is set into motion now has a air of inevitability to it. Stabilizing Saturn is moving toward an easy flow with Uranus, which will be exact by the end of the year.  Current break-outs and breakthroughs are the first stages of a process that will only build and ultimately accelerate.

Pluto has a helper at this party, too, adding to the inevitable and life-changing nature of this New Moon. The cosmic shove (or boot) in the backside comes from Mars, the planet of action, churning the deep, dark waters of Scorpio. Since they are Pluto’s home base and Mars is their traditional ruler, this shove is far more than a playful suggestion. Intense, non-rational impulses and issues are at work, of will, power, stakes, fate, money, trust, reciprocity, mortality and compulsive desires.

Even though Aquarius is an intellectual sign, cellular-level desire pulses through this New Moon, which is vibrating from the union of Mars’ lady love, Venus, and Pluto on the 5th. We’ve tasted something we do not want to live without.  Primal forces are stirring that override reason and steer the action. We’re in the throes of the sort of feral instinct that throws lovers in bed, whatever the cost, or causes a wolf to bite off its paw to get free from a trap. Cue “Moonstruck.” Or, for a less violent inspirational image, the “Amok Time” episode of Star Trek, in which Vulcan mating rituals turn Spock animalistic.

To some degree, we’ll all be running amok. The huge, nigh on unstoppable energy feels like the aftermath of a long period of hibernation, when every fiber of your being is screaming to come back to life. The surge is larger than a mere moon phase, but more like a new page on the calendar, like New Year’s or spring. Not surprisingly, this New Moon has links to both.

It marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey, a lively, unpredictable force of nature that is appropriate for this Moon’s ruler, uncontainable Uranus in the fire sign of Aries. The vitality is so palpable it will likely hit you whether you celebrate the holiday or not. The force may feel at times like kundalini awakening and rising, much like a seed bursting from its shell and sprouting through the ground in spring. Chalk this up to the many aspects amping up the fire of Uranus (sextile to the New Moon, inconjunct from Mars, trine from Saturn), in the middle of  the sign of spring.

A lot is going on, and it sets the story arc of the year. True, this Moon could have some messiness and complications. They’re transitory. The gifts far outweigh an uncomfortable conversation or two. It’s an exciting, exhilarating turning point, yanking us out of stuck places, shattering armor and chains (largely in our thinking), sending us running toward what we want (instead of away from what we don’t want) and challenging us to live our own lives, please. That doesn’t necessarily mean, alone. Deepening intimacy is in the mix for many of us. Being yourself is key.

 

Learn more in my astro-overview for 2016.

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Forecast for February 2016

February has the feel of a sped-up movie montage that takes characters through years in the span of seconds. Our hearts and relationships are in for a quite a journey. Throw your arms into the air and remind yourself to enjoy the ride, because spoilers: No matter what happens along the way,  the ending scenes hold the potential for sweetness and stability.

The month starts slowly, but intensely. It’s as if we’re coming out of hibernation, and primal urges are coming to as well that hunger for attention and feeding. They’re rumbling out of the subconscious and our very cells and taking the steering wheel from our conscious minds.

We’re not inclined to resist. After last month’s retrograde took Mercury back and forth across Pluto’s clarifying scythe, we’re viewing life and ourselves drastically differently. We recognize these urges and what they are calling us to do. And besides, they’re on now-familiar turf: areas of life that have been in flux for several years, where we are in the early stages of building into new and improved structures.

So we’re likely to be adults and cooperate. Clean out the basement. Push structural work along.  Desires and, in some cases, relationships will only take on more defined contours, perhaps from constraints, perhaps from an awareness of the need to act responsibly.

Still, caution can go only so far before it heads out the window. Those primal urges are in control by the first weekend, trysting time for the two rulers of desire and money, Venus (earthly level) and Pluto (beyond mortal control.)  This is not a sweet Valentine’s prelude; it’s a gotta-have-it-or-die vibe, hot, heavy and life-changing. “It” doesn’t necessarily mean possession or consummation; it can just as easily mean an argument or ending. Except there’s little easy about this. Messy is more like it. Passions flare. Relationships shape shift ferociously and permanently. Everything has longterm consequences, because Venus and Pluto are dancing across the new and improved infrastructure that’s been taking shape for you. Adding to the finality, the goddess of love demands an act of liberating rebellion from radical change agent Uranus on her way off the dance floor. Something’s gotta give; something’s gotta break.

There’s no time to clean up the wreckage before the Aquarius New Moon fully awakens us on February 8. Its explosive, invigorating force feels like the year has started at last. (No coincidence, it launches the Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey.) It motivates us to fierce, scary, exhilarating action (those urges again). In its aftermath, desires expand even more (as if that were possible, but yes), take form and deepen (ditto).

And then, poof! Communications and interactions lighten up and shift into observer mode, as Mercury and then Venus move into Aquarius (on Feb. 13 and 16).  We can be with each other without clutching, and stand back enough to gain objective perspective. Valentine’s Day feels like a relief after the previous weekend; pressure off, people talking sanely. The Sun’s entry into Pisces adds gentle notes, on the 19th.

The time, space and inclination to clean up — remember the wreckage? — arrives with the Virgo Full Moon on the 22nd. No matter what the weather is doing outside, we’re feeling a spring cleaning urge within. In the days following, tidying up is likely to carry over into your thinking and communications. We’re enjoying an internal cohesiveness that makes it easy to identify, convey and go after what we want.

The end of the month brings door-opening information and a happy paradox. Transcendence is on the house for everyone, whether that means a religious experience, feeling at one with all of creation, falling in love with love, ourselves, or a special someone, or otherwise escaping the gravitational pull of earthly reality. That coincides with an offer to bring form and stability to a heart’s desire. Which, come to think of it, may not create a paradox at all, but more of a chicken-or-the-egg scenario. Either way, you’re likely to be smiling as the month’s movie montage ends.

 

Learn more in my astro-overview for 2016.

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