The Full Moon on February 8th/9th is 20 degrees of Leo, forming a fire trine to Mars in Sagittarius. There is passionate energy surging up from the depths of being, which seeks for myriad forms of expression. Moods may be wildly fluctuating but whatever the circumstances may be there is a growing sense of hope beginning to shine through the darkness and turmoil that so many have been experiencing as of late.
The Moon is in conjunction to the fixed star Merak, signaling increased motivation to move out of stagnant situations. It also forms a conjunction to fixed star Ras Elasid Australis, whose stellar influence may empower us to bring forth our unique gifts. Enthusiasm is replacing apathy. Courage is growing out of a genuine desire to succeed.
During this time Mercury is approaching Neptune, slowing down to turn Retrograde in Pisces, so it may be difficult to get a clear read on certain confusing issues. Paradoxically, psychic impressions are so vivid right now that the challenge could be trusting what that inner radar is picking up on and what specific actions our intuition is suggesting that we take. Mercury Retrograde begins on February 16th, backing into Aquarius on March 4th and stations Direct on March 9th. It will reenter Pisces on March 16th and complete its transit here by April 11th. This is the time to dream bigger than usual because dreams, wishes and ideas are where many tangible changes begin.
Meanwhile, Jupiter is beginning to form a sextile to Neptune (February 20th) and a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn (exact on April 4th). These aspects are part of what is propelling us forward in a very trying year so far. Jupiter in harmony with Neptune broadens the scope of what is possible in what seems like the most impossible to improve areas of life. Imagination coupled with the willingness to try something new is often what leads to creative problem solving and breakthrough. Jupiter joined with Pluto is prompting radical change in the areas where things have gotten so extremely unbearable that there is no more tolerance left for some of the things that are draining our life force energy. This could imply a battle with someone or something that will simply not go out without a fight. It could also make us a bit more daring in what we choose to take on, with less fear of failure or mistakes.
Venus is also moving into conjunction with Chiron in Aries at the time of the Full Moon. Again what is being pointed toward is a pain threshold that is being reached. This is the kind of pain, often emotional in nature, that can kill the faint of heart. However, an unexpected gift is emerging from this long-standing pain and it is going to become very valuable in the future. For those survivors still hanging on, congratulate yourself for being a brave soul withstanding the feeling of being whipped around by tremendous forces on this planet.