February 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for February 2013…

Review of Last Month

This post originally contained a long astrological analysis of Obama’s second inauguration and the Algerian Hostage crisis. However, given how long this section has become, I have added it to a separate blog dedicated specifically to mundaner astrology and the analysis of current affairs. That way, it doesn’t detract too much from the rest of the Astro-Insights column, and allows me to really get my teeth into a particular event or topic.

So to read my Astro-Analysis of January, please visit http://astroinsightsblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/.

Those who access the web via tablet or smart phone will be pleased to know that the site is optimised for mobile internet browsing – you’ll also find an RSS feed of my daily astro-insights and archive listings at the bottom of this page.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS – 10 February 2013

This month, we can look forward to the beginning of fresh annual cycle relating to ideological movements, personal independence and autonomy within relationships, connections made through social networking and group affiliations or collaborations centered around social enterprise or technology, care of the New Moon in Aquarius at 07h20 GMT on the 10th of February.

FULL MOON IN VIRGO – 25 February 2013

On the 25th of February at 20h26 GMT, a Full Moon in practical, helpful and modest Virgo brings a year-long cycle related to diet, health, editing projects or hand-made items to a conclusion.  It is also an excellent time to put the finishing touches to activities that require a keen eye, sharp mind and attention to detail.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO PISCES – 18 February 2013

The Sun is due to enter sensitive and perceptive Pisces at 12h02 GMT on the 18th of February.  Not long afterwards, the Sun conjuncts the planetary ruler of Pisces, nebulous and subtle Neptune, on the 21st.  This blending of assertive yet co-operative energy promises to add refinement, mystery, glamour and allure to creative activities and personal projects.  Taking the lead in photography, film-related, spirituality and philanthropic activities is well-favoured between now and next month.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout February 2013

During February, we can expect an increase in emphasis on all things Neptunian, care of the ingress of several planets, including the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus, into Pisces.  This is likely to re-introduce topics related to the ocean and other large bodies of water, spirituality, healthcare, especially drugs and palliative care, as well as creative art forms like photography and film.  Other themes likely to make an appearance are romanticism, escapism, addiction, illusion and deception.  Given that the annual Film Oscar Awards ceremony is scheduled for 24 February, it seems likely that this year will be an especially memorable, glamorous affair.

 Key dates to diarise:

  •  2 February – Mars ingress into Pisces
  • 4 February – Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces
  • 5 February – Mercury ingress into Pisces
  • 6 February – Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces
  • 8 February – Mercury conjunct Mars in Pisces
  • 9 February – Mercury in Pisces square Jupiter
  • 10 February – Mars in Pisces square Jupiter
  • 12 February – Mercury in Pisces trine Saturn sextile Pluto
  • 16 February – Mars in Pisces trine Saturn sextile Pluto
  • 18 February – Sun ingress into Pisces
  • 21 February – Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces
  • 26 February – Venus ingress into Pisce & second round of Mercury conjunct Mars in Pisces
  • 28 February – Venus conjunct Neptune in Pisces

 Days to watch out for are the 12th and 16th, which are likely to carry echoes from events that took place around January the 6th and 17th.  Given how much this astrological signature figured into the Algerian hostage crisis, it seems possible that we may experience related developments at around this time.

 Although February the 14th doesn’t look especially eventful, you can look forward to a very romantic spell between the 26th and 28th, when an exalted Venus unites with Neptune to sprinkle a little tenderness, poetry and fairy dust on love matters.

Mercury will retrograde for the first time this year, between the 23rd of February and the 18th of March, which is likely to play havoc with communication and travel, leading to a lot of confusion, as well as possible identify fraud and deception, so take extra precautions, especially with online purchases.

Saturn, the planet of limitation and manifestation, is also due to undergo its annual retrograde cycle, starting on the 12th of February.  Given that Saturn is generally considered to have a negative or inhibiting effect on situations, many interpret its retrograde period as a time when obstacles and restrictions temporarily lift, and you can enjoy a bit of breathing space away from heavy personal burdens or social obligations.  The ‘steady planet’ as the Babylonians referred to Saturn, is currently touring the sign of Scorpio which governs power structures, underground  tunnels and pipes, plumbing, recycling and other regenerative activities, such as antique restorations, as well as energetic healing of all kinds.  You may wish to revisit any related issues that have been put on hold during this retrograde spell, which will last until the 8th of July 2013.

As you can see, then Piscean energy is going to pre-dominate throughout the month.  This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what signs and planets are strong in your own natal charts – it’s more than likely going to be a good personal month if you’re a Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio but potentially a little challenging if you’re a Gemini or Sagittarian.  Relationships and one-to-one encounters will feature strongly for Virgo’s during February – just as well it’s Valentine’s month!  The other cardinal and fixed signs are less likely to be affected by all this activity, however.  If you want to work out what its ingress into Pisces might mean for you, then you should look at its transit through your birth chart and consider what houses and natal planets it contacts.

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January 2013 Astro-Insights

Your Monthly Guide to the Astrological Weather for January 2013…

Review of Last Month

This section originally contained an article about the November-December 2012 eclipses and the announcement of the royal pregnancy. However,  it had slowly taken on a life of it’s own, so I have dedicated a whole new blog to it.  Blog article on Prince William and Kate’s baby news.

Going forward,  if you’d like to read my new Astro-Insights blog, featuring an astrological analysis of the previous month, as well as occasional articles on interesting current affairs-related topics that call for in-depth astrological analysis.

Those who access the web via tablet or smart phone will be pleased to know that the site is optimised for mobile internet browsing – you’ll find the RSS feed and archive listings at the bottom of the page.

SOLI-LUNAR PHASES

Over the course of a year, the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun mark out the changing seasons, which affect not only the beginning of different natural cycles, but our moods and choice of activities; whilst on a smaller scale, the Moon’s phases make up the time-span of a month. In fact, the etymology of the word month, comes from the Indo-European word, ‘me(n)ses’, meaning “moon.” 1

During this period, the Moon also moves through the zodiac, with every progressive full or new moon cycle occurring in the sign more or less following that of the previous month.

Lunar Phases

NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN- 10 January 2013

This month a New Moon in Capricorn on the 11th of January at 19h44 GMT, will introduce a more sober and serious tone for the following four weeks – probably no bad thing after the retail frenzy of Christmas present shopping and the Boxing Day sales, not to mention all that festive drinking and eating. Now is a good time to start thinking about going back to work, regaining control over the family budget and thinking about what goals we’d like to set for ourselves during 2013. With the Sun, Venus and Mercury all joining the Moon in ambitious, determined and hardworking Capricorn at this time, it seems a powerful moment to make some New Year’s resolutions and then map out a plan for achieving these.

As an aside, this New Moon will occur just two days after the Duchess of Cambridge is due to celebrate her 31st birthday, making it especially significant for her on a personal level. She is currently in the Full Moon phase of her progressed lunar cycle, with the progressed Moon having entered Virgo, the sign related to health and practical details, in August 2012 – no doubt coinciding with the time when she allegedly began to cut out certain habits and foods from her regimen in order to increase her chances of conceiving. Her progressed Moon is also due to enter the 6th house of health, pets, habits and schedules in April 2013, which suggests that her focus is very much likely to be that of diet, health and changes to her daily routines for much of the year – quite apt, given that she is pregnant and that she seems to be having a difficult time of it healthwise as a result of her condition. Some newspapers have also reported that she purposely got her dog, Lupo, early so that it would not be jealous of any new arrivals further down the line – no doubt the training and preparations for this, along with the decorating of the couple’s new apartments in Kensington Palace will help provide outlets for these lunar inclinations.

In general, the progressed Moon is an excellent way to ascertain where we are likely to feel compelled to put our energy or what aspect of our lives we wish to focus on next. Knowing where your Progressed Moon is, both in terms of house, sign and phase, can often help to illuminate the upcoming direction or path that our lives may take in the immediate future. The Moon also rules emotions, and very often we know deep-down on an emotional or intuitive level that change is coming. Following the movements of the progressed Moon can help us to tune more clearly into the pattern of our own life cycles and make the most of that tide in the affairs of men that the poets often spoke about. If you’d like to know more about where your progressed Moon is, why not consider ordering a six or twelve month transit astro- report? For more details, visit my Astro-Reports page.

FULL MOON IN LEO- 27 January 2013

On the 27th of January at 04h38 GMT, we can look forward to a Full Moon in Leo. As the sign that rules leadership, personal charisma and self-confidence, as well as creativity and the performing arts, this Full Moon is likely to bring a personal or political chapter relating to these topics to a culmination or to a close. One can speculate that we might see a change of guard within a royal family or indeed, a country’s government around now.

Solar Phases

SUN INTO AQUARIUS – 19 January 2013

The Sun will enter Aquarius on the 19th of January at 21h52 GMT, thus initiating a new month-long cycle during which we can expect group-oriented or humanitarian activities to take centre stage, along with political revolutions, technological developments or inventions and the emergence of new social networking trends.

One thing worth bearing in mind is that, traditionally, the Sun is not terribly happy in Aquarius, as this is the polar opposite sign to its natural domicile or rulership of Leo. It naturally makes sense if we consider the fact that at this time of the year, the Sun is weak and it is very dark and cold. It is therefore not an ideal time to try and be too egotistical but instead, focus on the greater good of society and contributing to the welfare of groups to which you belong.

Planetary Events & Energy Shifts throughout January 2013

This month we can look forward to the stationing of Great Benefic, Jupiter, on January the 30th after several months of retrograde motion. This should mean an increase in progress when it comes to religious, moral, inter-cultural and legal exchanges and negotiations. Business transactions involving the media should go well after this date, whilst PR gurus can rely on more positive news coverage of key events, especially those involving politics, spirituality or commerce. We may also finally see some strides being made towards resolving the issue of press and media regulation vs. freedom of speech post-Levenson – something that seems to have continually been put on the back burner by politicians during 2012 whilst Jupiter was retrograde.

Before that date, we can also look forward to three key dates during January during which you’ll have the opportunity to gain a wider perspective or reach more of an understanding in relation to certain beliefs or nagging moral conundrums. The first date is the 4th of January when Mars in Aquarius trines Jupiter. This should provide you with the willpower, energy and enthusiasm to make headway in moving forward or restarting projects related to sports, travel or politics, especially if your intention is to bring about greater equality, democracy, fairness or improved rights to the masses, since both Jupiter and Mars will trine the Moon, the planet of the people, just prior to this transit.

Later, on the 23rd, a Mercury-Jupiter trine in the same signs, offers involved those immersed in protracted discussions or technical or scientific collaborations to finally identify a way to overcome long standing objections or obstacles to a publication, product release or commercial agreement in a way that benefits all parties and without incurring any further ethical objections.

Finally, a Sun-Jupiter trine, again in air signs, on the 26th should help to untangle a leadership quandary and make parents or those in charge feel more generous and benevolent than usual, and thus more amenable to doing favours, rewarding staff for their hard work or introducing new gadgets, machinery or software that might make work that bit easier. Overall, this is a day to indulge yourself or purchase some luxury items, especially those you have been eyeing up for some time.

Happy New Year!

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