Technical Note

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Astrological Analysis - February 2012

The Astrology of February 2012

Leaving Kansas

Prior to April 2011, Pluto in Capricorn took a wrecking ball to many of the world’s economic and political institutions. It knocked our economic and political system into pieces which we haven’t yet been able to put back together.

Beginning in April 2011, Neptune began transitioning into its home sign Pisces for a new cycle of the Zodiac.  This transitional influence put what remained of our institutions in flux; their futures became increasingly uncertain.

Instability, dissatisfaction, dysfunction, uncertainty and outright turmoil has invaded every important area of our lives.  It has also had deep psychological effects on all of us.

By January of 2012, Neptune was busy making sure that conditions in the world “got to us” personally.  It began making all of these new, difficult realities part of an evolving, shared awareness.

In February, Neptune enters Pisces where it will remain until 2026. In February 2012, the deepest foundations of our personal and shared realities will begin to dissolve. Neptune will continue transforming the ongoing economic crisis into a cultural crisis, a crisis of values, a crisis of world views.

In following months, other energies will come to the fore.  March has an especially interesting energetic profile.  But for now, Neptune must remain our focus.

Bridging Past and Future 

Neptune mysteriously bridges the gap between ideas, emotions and external realities.  It brings seemingly random events into the embrace of human meaning and purpose.

Neptune’s realm is the place where past, present and future realities meet and blend.  Our higher selves use Neptune’s energies to weave our lives into the flow of future events. Neptune is important in
our unfolding karma. With Neptune now in its home sign, this mysterious energetic process will accelerate.  Karma is coming due.

Neptune Rules - The Great Blurring

In February, Neptune’s power is overwhelming.  February’s chart is all about Neptune.  Neptune overpowers the chart.

The focus of this analysis must be a small, tightly clustered group of bodies in Pisces in the 5th house: Neptune, Pallas and Mercury.

All three are less than a degree and a half apart. Less than half a degree separates Neptune and Pallas. That is a very tight cluster.

Pallas grants the ability to perceive patterns. Mercury grants the power to think and communicate clearly about them.

But Neptune blurs, obscures and dissolves patterns. Pisces, the home sign of Neptune, amplifies and broadcasts Neptune’s pattern- and, in the end, boundary-blurring power.

Clustered so closely together in Pisces, Neptune overwhelms Pallas and Mercury.

Pallas will provide vivid but fleeting, partial glimpses of rapidly changing patterns. Mercury will malfunction, jumbling and scrambling patterns.
We no sooner see a pattern than it blurs or vanishes. All efforts to think or communicate clearly about it are undermined.

This influence will also inject confusion into our thought, our communications, and our day-to-day transactions. At times, our lives could become one big Freudian slip.

This intensely Neptunian influence will affect our behavior, too. We will be more likely to do things that habit or custom might ordinarily have blocked.  Old habits will breakdown.  New, fresh perceptions and unexpected actions will be possible.

The Fifth House  of Fun and Games

This small but potent grouping of Neptune, Pallas and Mercury is in the 5th house, the natural house of Leo and the Sun. The 5th house is the house of friendship, play, creativity, drama and experimentation, among other things.

Fortunately, this rapidly rising tide of confusion and missteps will have a somewhat playful quality, at least at first.

However, Neptune is a polarizing influences.  It supports ideologies and, when people revert to ideology, sharp polarization is inevitable. Beginning in February, the already intense political polarization will accelerate.

Wagging the Dog

This intense Neptunian influence literally and technically dominates February’s chart.

The sign dispositor, pictured above, reflects a topsy-turvy, slightly absurd, but essentially Neptunian chain of command that reflects the 5th house emphasis.

In it, Pluto answers to Saturn, suggesting serious hardship, determination and hard work. Pluto and Saturn both serve gentle, loving Venus.  But realistically, gentle Venus couldn’t begin to govern Saturn and Pluto effectively.

Venus also governs an upbeat Moon and Jupiter combination.  But optimistic Moon and Jupiter can’t overcome the heavy negativity of Saturn and Pluto.

Venus, commanding this mismatched group of planets answers to feisty and impulsive little Mars.  Mars itself is ridiculously miscast as commander of Uranus and the Sun and Venus and the unbalanced powers that Venus supposedly governs.

This unlikely chain of command peters out under Mercury.  The disjoined array of energies turns into talk.  And it’s talk guided by a hopelessly confused Mercury, buried deep in the fogs of Neptune in Pisces.

Neptune is in command at the top of the chart. But, foggy, indecisive Neptune is, to put it mildly, not well-suited to command anything.

This dispositor chart suggests a highly unstable mix of optimism, despair, love, rebellion and idealism.  It points to a turbulent, indecipherable combination of emotions.

The somewhat absurd picture presented by the energy dispositor resonates strongly with the picture presented by Neptune, Pallas and Mercury closely conjunct in the 5th house.

This nonsensical, misaligned chain of command will defy any effort to impose familiar patterns on it, any patterns at all, really.

Our efforts to make sense of it will fail, but they will move us well beyond existing boundaries, definitions and patterns. Enigmas, paradoxes and dilemmas will multiply.

These unlikely planetary combinations, in an almost cartoon-like way, reflect our current experience back at us: we are struggling to maintain our important relationships and trying to keep a positive attitude in the face of often overwhelming challenges.  It reflects our experience in a way that forces us to re-think it, to re-think it deeply and radically.

As we begin to understand the absurdities in the current situation, our thoughts and emotions will become fertile ground for idealistic and revolutionary ideas.

Further Convolutions

The Sun, for its part, rules the house, or activities, dispositor.  All the activities in the chart would seem, then, to serve the ego-oriented purposes of the Sun, Leo and 5th house.

Since Neptune, is in the 5th house, the Sun’s natural house, that would seem to give the Sun some leverage in the chart.

But in astrology various signs, along with their houses and planets, rule other signs, houses and planets.  As it happens, Pisces (and Neptune and the 12th house) rules Leo ( and the 5th house and the Sun).

This cancels out any apparent leverage the Sun would seem to have over Neptune. The balance of power tips decisively in Neptune’s favor.

A strong, strongly Neptunian influence emanates from a house that Neptune also governs. The Sun, our ego, might have a say, but there is little doubt that Neptune will rule. Any advantage it might seem to have is illusory.

in practice, all these  overly subtle astrological relationships will make the logic of events that much more convoluted and, well, Neptunian.

Shared Power

In the energy dispositor chart, Uranus, Mars and Mercury stand between the Sun and  Neptune.  So Neptune shares its rulership of the Sun with, or delegates its rulership of the Sun to - Mercury, Mars, and Uranus. So although Neptune ultimately governs the Sun (the ego), the Sun (the ego) brings a feisty and rebellious, Uranian spirit to the table.

You Have Just Left Kansas 

Midpoint pictures usually point to some common characteristic in our experience of the chart.  In February, by far the most prominent midpoint picture is dominated by Uranus: Uranus exactly conjunct the midpoint of Jupiter and Neptune.

Jupiter brings its usual optimism and confidence to the table; Neptune brings its dreams, imaginings and aspirations.  But Uranus, the deciding planet, confronts both with newly emerging realities.  Our confidence and our aspirations are likely to rest on old assumptions, old assumptions that Uranus will upend, abruptly and without warning.

Uranus will upset confidence, imaginings and assumptions with new, as yet unsuspected realities. What we think and hope will be unceremoniously replaced by what is.

So, February’s chart will dramatically shift the foundations of our individual and shared realities. It will hold a mirror to our innermost thoughts and feelings. It will liberate us from outdated patterns.  All of this will possess a certain playful charm, or at least a certain poetic justice.

Most will take all this in the proper spirit. Many of us will enjoy this process of liberation.  Narratives of personal liberation will continue to play out.

But protest and reform efforts will doubtless intensify and escalate in confrontation and violence. Dissolving and releasing old patterns is a messy business at best.  Many won’t handle it well.  Some will fall deeper into crisis.

Stress levels will continue to rise, generally.  The craziness factor will also increase.

On balance, though, many who have been hoping and praying for big changes will be heartened by events in February.

In any case, there really is no going back. The past is well and truly behind us, now.


PSW said...

please hurry with the changes...i cant wait any longer

Carl B. said...

I understand how you feel. Truly. On the other hand, the changes in the lives of people around me are already pretty intense. I honestly believe it will intensify in February.

Iris said...

Thanks for posting the transcript for February, Carl. Always enjoy reading your interpretations.

I find Neptunian thinking to be influencing my imagination at this time. For instance, when I read the phrase "Freudian slip" in your post, an immediate image of Freud, smoking a cigar, dressed in a lace-edged nylon half-slip over his normal clothes sprang to mind. With a N Mercury trine N Saturn, my imagination usually runs along much more practical lines. I'm not given to vivid visuals of the absurd. Of course TR Uranus is conjuct N Mercury & TR Neptune is within orb, but still out-of-sign, to a square to N Saturn. This could be a lot fun in some ways.

Carl B. said...

I've had a few of those unusually strong cognitive misfires myself, already. I'm going to have to slow down and take those curves at a slower speed, methinks.

Mr Clark said...

I agree with PSW, the changes are taking forever... yes there has been enormous change already, and people are definitely changing their lifestyles... well the growing middle and poor classes ..but its still business as usual and movies like "Home", "Thrive" "Zeitgeist" and many more are warning of a major environmental and economic collapse that doesnt seem to materialize...

Im hoping this summers Uranus/Pluto squares get the ball rolling, for the sake of our natural world... but until I see that stock market crash because of subdued "growth" and "demand", i wont hold my breath!

Carl B. said...

I've been watching the planets closely now for 15 or 20 years. They take their sweet time, I can tell you that. As for the present situation, this is just getting started. I honestly no longer believe that the planets always have our priorities in mind. And they certainly don't seem to be concerned with our time table. And a whole lot of it is up to the human race.

Carolyn said...

I have really enjoyed your posts and your you tube videos. However I am confused about the theory behind your composite chart. How do you select the parameters for this composite chart?

Carl B. said...

Hello Carolyn. I simply do a composite for the new and the full moon to get a picture for the entire month. I had very good luck with composites in other contexts so I decided to try them for the monthly forecasts and the results seemed quite valid, so I went with it. I use Greenwich, UK as the birth place. I thought about it for years (literally) and then just tried it one day and the results seemed quite valid. I think the establishment of the prime meridian at Greenwich defined the geographical parameters of the modern era.

Carolyn said...

Thank you, Carl. It makes sense. I'll see how it fits with my experience, as well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply and your great work in general...
I see signs of a potential quickening of change in some long range views of other astrologers... Ray Merriman, a financial astrologer expert talks about Jupiter cycles and the movement of Jupiter out of taurus as a pretty big move, then Saturn will move into Scorpio later this year... combined with Neptune going into Pisces and Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and the approaching squares...
it sure seems like the heat is going to get turned up soon!

Carl B. said...

Things are about to go nuts, astrologically speaking. March's charts are very, very strange and powerful in unusual ways. I am still trying to get my head around them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carl, thank you for sharing all info. I would like to write you but not in publicly. if it's possible can you send me your personal email adress. and let me know if you analysis personal chart as well.
thanks in advance

Carl B. said...

You can always write me at

Unfortunately, I do not offer personal chart interpretations at this time. However, I am always willing to discuss general astrological conditions.

Anonymous said...

hello Dear Carl,first, thanks for all posting. I have a question, ; my natal saturn is in the second house(2 degree) in pisces. transit neptun&pallas are there too. transite pluto conjunct my natal merkur and venus as well. acctually let me give my chart info and wish you have time to look at it. (14 January 1965, 5:17 am Ankara/Turkey) my question specially is I am worry about my job. I will be so glad if you accept my request.
Best regards from Istanbul:)
F. M.

Carl B. said...


I am unfortunately not able to go into such detail. However, there are good websites that do offer free astrological readings, etc.

This link, for example:


will take you to a forum on my favorite astrology website where some astrologers volunteer such services.

Anonymous said...

Dear Carl, Thank you for your reply