Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Monday, February 01, 2010

More on February 2010 - For Everybody



More on February 2010 - For Everybody

Respite and Reconciliation
February 2010 will be many things to many people. Some will experience it as turbulent and challenging. Others will see a month with a steep learning curve. Some will break boundaries and dramatically expand their horizons, and/or the horizons of others. Many will rest, recoup and regroup. Many will finally be able to understand, absorb and begin to implement important life-lessons - to get a handle on life issues that have long escaped resolution. Most will find themselves reaching out to people they might have been ignoring, or whose interests and points of view they might have been neglecting.

But M=many are concerned that friends, neighbors, employers, governments - all of the above - have, indeed, been sliding toward the brink of serious, life-changing trouble. This is an especially disconcerting and uncomfortable experience. Most will remember February for the relief they felt as they witnessed people pull back from the brink.

Many are disturbed by the fact that, instead of recognizing and solving problems, people have been increasingly blind to the real issues. They have stubbornly resisted the influence of sense and reason. They have butted heads ever more vigorously, stubbornly entrenched in their own mindsets, not seeing the need to change their thinking, to listen to others, to new ideas, to compromise.

Many will remember February as the month in which we all put our minds back on the challenges before us, began listening to each other and, together, began pulling back from the brink of crises caused, and made increasingly inevitable, by an unwillingness to listen to others.

But perhaps most important of all, many will remember February as the month that the walls between people began to come down and the world began a process of reconciliation, rediscovering of the beauty and power of cooperation. Many will wonder how they survived so long without it, or note, wisely, that most of the problems of the recent past arose from the absence of cooperation.

All-in-all, February will usher in a welcome change from the era of blind, headlong, often solitary, close-minded pursuit of poorly considered goals. It will see the re-birth of genuine , inclusive dialogue in our lives.
Safety amidst Turmoil
February will also provide the safety many need to explore, to experiment and discuss. Feelings will often run high as barriers come down and people probe the beliefs and tolerances of others. Tempers might flare as people encounter strange and challenging ideas. Some might be tempted to go to extremes in defense of their ideas, or in pursuit of their goals.

However, February will also set pretty firm limits on the size of mistake we can make, on the damage, or harm, we can do to ourselves or others. It will provide protection from the worst possibilities, as we open begin to open ourselves more fully to the feelings and ideas of other people.

And whatever else happens, the major events of February 2010 are likely to be primarily subjective in nature, the kinds of spiritual and psychological things that happen when people really begin to expand their awareness to include things they have been ignoring or blocking.

February will be notable for these things, but at the beneficial processes will extending throughout most of 2010 at one level of intensity or another.

A little heads up. The vibes will be significantly more challenging the second half of the year, beginning in July and August. In fact, why don’t you just take a moment right now to mark “Crunch Time” on your calendars for July and August?
A Chart Appropriate to St. Valentine's Day
It seems to me to be no accident that this new moon, which urges us to reach out to others, takes place while the Sun is in Aquarius. Also, using Greenwich Mean Time, this new moon takes place in the small hours of St. Valentine's Day.

The dominant theme of this chart is quintessentially Aquarian and quite appropriate to St. Valentine's Day. It pushes us to break down the barriers of insensitivity and misunderstanding between ourselves and others.

The Astrological Details
Generally speaking, the aspects in the February 14 new moon chart are inexact, or "loose." However, they are strong enough to be quite effective, especially when taken in combination and especially at the macro level.

The inexactness of the aspects could make the patterns discussed above a little more difficult to perceive, but they will definitely be there, perhaps masked by a little confusion.
The Engines of Turmoil
The chart for the February new moon on 02/14/2010 includes a separating square between Pluto and retrograding Saturn. It also includes a rather broad square between Pluto and Uranus. This adds up to a very, very broad T-squarish formation between Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.

Although the aspects are loose, in one way or another, the planetary energies are powerful taken separately and, despite the inexactness of the aspects, when taken together, will definitely make themselves felt.

They will most likely manifest in our lives as background pressure, minor events, warnings, near misses and other kinds of reminders of the difficult and dangerous forces that are still affecting the world - strong enough reminders to concern us and keep us 'motivated.'

There is also a fairly exact, fairly strong opposition between Mars and Mercury. This aspect will add an element of impatience and irritability to the goings on, unfortunately.
Irreconcilable Conflicts
There are also a cluster of quincunxes, or inconjuncts. Quincunxes are darned-if-you-do-darned-if-you-don't aspects. They keep us in continuous state of indecision as we try to balance conflicting and seemingly irreconcilable interests. Generally speaking, they lead to both frustration and a greater understanding of the issues involved. In the end, though, they pretty much for a lesser-of-two-evils kind of choice.

Several of the quincunxes form up into a yod, with Venus and Jupiter at the "action point", and Mars and Saturn at the base. Yods are kind of super quincunxes. They all but paralyze progress as people try repeatedly and largely unsuccessfully to find a balance between conflicting interests. Like the quincunxes, yods lead to deeper understanding but, ultimately, lead on to difficult and sometimes awkward or uncomfortable choices.
The Safety Net - The Good News
Finally, there is a system of semi-sextile, sextile and trine relationships that add up to a so-called mystic rectangle. Some of the relationships in the mystic rectangle are rather "loose," or inexact. However, they are strong enough to be effective.

The mystic rectangle will set a limit to the damage we might suffer as a result of wrong decisions or unwise choices. It will also help keep people on the proper course. But, most importantly, perhaps, the mystic rectangle will slowly but surely push all concerned to a higher level of understanding and a more admirable and effective level of choice, speech and action.
Mutual Reception Again
The mutual reception between Uranus and Neptune, though in the process of breaking up, is still very much in effect and dominates both the new moon and full moon dispositor charts. Dispositor charts, of course, establish the planetary power structure or chain of command (pecking order) in a chart. They tell us which planets will have the last word.

The Uranus/Neptune mutual reception is a highly subjective influence, supporting the widespread retreat into highly personal, often very narrow and rigid world views, or private universes.

The dominance of this mutual reception relationship tells us that this tendency will remain strong. But the other tensions in the chart, and the fact that the mutual reception is gradually phasing out, tell us that people are increasingly uncomfortable in their personal mental universes and are preparing to break out of them. This, in turn, tells us that the self-centeredness, closed attitudes and harsh partisanship that have so dominated recently will start breaking down.

People are preparing to start reaching out again, and feeling more inclined to take the needs and the ideas of other people into account than they have in many a day.

That is a good thing.

Happy Valentine’s day!
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