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

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Astrology of February 2014 - Fast Forward



The Astrology of February 2014

Fast Forward

January Recap


Governments have been solidly gridlocked over a broad range of issues for more than five years. In recent months, this gridlock has begun to ease noticeably. 

This easing came about as people stopped thinking in partisan political terms and began thinking in moral and ethical terms and taking responsibility.

In January, debate and activism at the grassroots level accelerated recovery from gridlock. Individuals at the community level took common cause and evoked remedial action from governmental. The development has distinctly spiritual and moral overtones.


A Bridge Over Troubling Waters

The burgeoning scandal in New Jersey is a case in point.

In September, several traffic lanes were unexpectedly closed on the George Washington bridge, reputed to be the busiest bridge in the world. The four-day lane closing "turned the entire town of Fort Lee, NJ into a parking lot.” It caused long, painful, costly delays, impeding commuters, commercial traffic, children traveling, to school the movement of public service and emergency vehicles. All of this coincided with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Local newspaper reporters and local and state leaders found evidence indicating political misbehavior behind the lane closings - implicating the governor’s staff and supporters and, apparently, the governor himself.
The scandal quickly grew, as evidence suggested a pattern of abuse. Suspicions multiplied and accusations flew. They soon drew the attention of the national media and the US Department of Justice. At this writing, evidence against the Christie administration is mounting.

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, was a rising Republican star, widely expected to run for president in 2016. His reputation has been badly damaged. His fate will undoubtedly affect the political and economic balance of power in the United States and possibly the world for years to come.

In general, we are seeing activism and significant movement on many important issues at the state and grassroots level - the legalization of pot, the legalization of gay marriage, movement against fracking, against drug testing for welfare recipients in Florida, against voter suppression and so on. It is spurring action on the national level.

Initiative Shifts to the Grassroots

In February, the issues and the social and political dynamics are familiar. What is new and important is the accelerated evolution of personal and public attitudes. February sharply enhances our awareness of the inner workings of our own minds, showing us more than we are prepared to deal with, perhaps. It also magnifies the role of grassroots activism.


February’s Chart - Mooning Around

February's chart includes numerous influences that speed up the process of change and adaptation.

There are seven moons during the months of January, February and March: three in January, one in February and three in March. Two of the moons in January are so-called Supermoons. In other words, there is one extra moon.

In any given 30 day period, there are three moons. To get a better sense of the overall arc of events I based February's analysis on a chart combining:
  • The New Moon on January 31st, a Supermoon
  • The Full Moon on February 14th, late on Valentine's Day,
  • The New Moon on March 1st.
All times are GMT.
Accelerated Personality Updating

The Moon governs the short term cycles and processes in our lives. Of special concern here is the process by which we weave or blend new experiences into existing mental and emotional patterns. This process weaves the past and future into a seemingly seamless whole.

That one extra moon between the beginning of January and the end of March and the two Supermoons will intensify this process noticeably.

On the upside, our personal attitudes will evolve much more quickly; we will change and adapt more rapidly, allowing faster progress in our lives and in the world around us.

On the downside, the acceleration and intensification of the integration process will cause conscious and unconscious mental processes to interfere with each other. Normally unconscious processes will intrude on conscious processes and vice versa.

As a result, we will be especially aware of our many conflicting attitudes, both old and new - of how changeable and arbitrary they can be. Our minds will generate multiple, conflicting responses to the same event, some old, some new; we will have to consciously choose which competing reaction we will express.

Or we can use this unusual window into the workings of our own mind to better understand ourselves and make needed changes. People are already experiencing this phenomenon.

As noted, the extra moon and the two Supermoons are not the only influence that will accelerate and deepen change. Other placements in February’s chart also speed up the evolution of our thoughts and attitudes adding to the mental overload.


If Not Us, then Who . . .

One structure in particular illuminates the meaning of February 2014. It is a deceptively humble triangle, highly energetic, very exact and powerfully placed.

Mars is at 25° Libra  in the 11th; the Moon is at 25° Sagittarius in the 1st, near the ascendant; retrograde Mercury is exactly conjunct ("combust") the Sun at 25° Aquarius in the 3rd.

This triangle concentrates force in the individual personality, in general, and the individual conscience in particular - the individual is considered as part of a community, throughout. The exactness of the triangle and its angular placement grants it an overriding influence, heightened intensity and generally high energy.

It points to a robust, spirited consensus for social justice emerging rapidly and forcefully at the grassroots level. In February, there is no comparable influence affecting government signs and houses. The initiative has shifted almost completely to the grassroots - to the 99%.

This triangle will change government because it will change the attitudes of the people governed. Just how peaceful or violent this change is will depend heavily on the health of of the relationship between the government and those governed.

A Closer Look at the Triangle

A stellium surrounds each of the bodies forming the triangle, coloring the influence of each of these planets.


  • The stellium that includes Mars, at the uppermost point in the triangle includes:

    • Mars and Vesta closely conjunct in Libra in the 11th, the natural house of Aquarius. Vesta, representing passionate dedication, conjoins Mars, representing the aggressive pursuit of a goal. Libra in the house of Aquarius speaks eloquently of social justice.

    • Ceres and the North Node precisely conjunct in Scorpio, also in the 11th. Ceres governs nurturance issues, broadly defined. The North Node reliably indicates “the right thing to do.” 

    • The precise conjunction of Ceres and the North Node equates being moral with the nurturance of everyone: being moral equals nurturing others. This, again, is in the natural house of Aquarius, the sign of universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

    • Saturn in Scorpio in the 12th, close to the 12th house cusp. Saturn represents rectitude and authority. The 12th house, the natural house of Pisces and Neptune, represents spirituality, religious creeds, metaphysical truths and idealism. Scorpio represents shared resources and responsibilities.

As a whole, then, the stellium produces a surge of idealism reinforced by moral and spiritual feelings, all expressing as a desire to nurture, assist and share more equitably with others. 



  • The stellium surrounding the Moon in the 1st house, in Sagittarius, at the apex of the triangle, includes:

    • Pholus, Ixion and the Ascendant closely conjunct in Sagittarius in the 1st. Ixion represents the criminal abuse of power. Pholus represents cronyism. With Ixion, a wholly unsavory character, Pholus suggests cronyism and corruption entrenched in high places.

    • The Moon in Sagittarius exactly conjunct Quaoar, which is conjunct Pholus, Ixion and the Ascendant in the 1s, all in Sagittarius. The Moon represents public awareness or mass consciousness. It is conjunct Quaoar, which represents creative chaos and the dissolution of existing patterns. This conjunction says that public opinion will turn fluid, shifting rapidly, radically and irreversibly.

    • The Point of Substance in Capricorn in the 1st. The Point of Substance represents moral vulnerability and feelings of guilt. Placed here, it suggests that we will feel morally responsible for the wrongs we see surround us.

    • Venus and Pluto loosely conjoined in Capricorn. Venus and Pluto conjunct point to a thorough realignment of loyalties. All alliances suddenly become fluid and changeable.

This powerfully placed stellium points to a transformation in public consciousness. People begin to note the prevalence of corruption in public life and the extent to which their own inaction makes it responsible. Old, well-established patterns simply break down; new precedents will be set, establishing new patterns. 

Here, again, the scandal burgeoning around the governor’s office in New Jersey is a good example. This alleged abuse of power (Ixion) would once have been considered business as usual. Increasingly, the alleged abuses are being looked at as the gross, crass abuses of power that they might prove to be. The public conscience is roused and action will be taken. 

Increasingly, the scandal in New Jersey seems like a harbinger of things to come.



  • The stellium surrounding the exact Sun/Mercury retrograde conjunction in the 3rd house includes:

    • Retrograde Mercury exactly conjunct, or “combust,” the Sun in Aquarius in the 3rd. Retrograde Mercury combust the Sun brings intense focus on our own behavior. People examine their conscience, search their souls and generally take stock of their lives and the direction it is headed. They sense the time is right and conditions are favorable for personal reform.

    • Both retrograde Mercury and the Sun conjoined Nessus. Nessus governs our moral independence, our ability to resist social pressure. It turns guilt incurred by succumbing to social pressure into physical symptoms. It serves as an additional impetus for reform.

    • Neptune conjoined Chiron in Pisces. Chiron and Neptune combine to heal wounds, grievances and conflicts that block our access to and impede the flow of higher spiritual influences. They help us break boundaries, transcend old limitations and create space in our lives for exploration and growth.

    • The stellium bridges the Aquarius/Pisces cusp. Aquarius adds a reforming impulse to our intensifying spiritual aspirations. Pisces adds a spiritual dimension to our reforming impulse.

    • All bodies in this stellium are in the 3rd house of community relationships. This influence works on a community-wide level.

This stellium is about communal uplift rooted in personal reform.

Faster and Faster Forward

Taken as a whole, this triangle marks a powerfully transformative moment. It puts our ideas and attitudes, indeed, our very personalities, in flux and moves us in a decidedly Aquarian direction.

This triangle, like this overall chart, leads us beyond political and economic reform to soul searching and thoughts about how we can better align ourselves and members of our community and ultimately our nation with the expectations of our higher selves.

Those clinging to the past, or trying to hold the rest of us prisoners in the past, have a reckoning in store.