-Thich Nhat Hanh, Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh
Monday, February 6. Jupiter in Libra stations retrograde today. Jupiter has carried the banner of justice since entering this sign in September 2016. Today it is appropriate to pause and consider what has transpired since then. Jupiter represents belief and hope. It fills our questing hearts with a deep desire for truth. All beliefs and truths benefit from reflection and reconsideration during the retrograde cycle. Mistakes get to be reworked. We hone our skills at sharing our truths. This inward motion can strengthen our resolve and help us adapt. Jupiter moves retrograde from now to early June. Do not lose hope just because things are complicated.
February 7—Gibbous Moon: Budding. Mercury enters Aquarius today for only two and a half weeks. This spurt of Aquarian vision may be brief but it will be intense, and not necessarily in a bad way. Think: jolts of insight, new pathways of consciousness, sudden inspiration, and strong desire to speak truthfully and transparently. The lunar intention seeded at the New Moon in Aquarius on January 17 is almost ready to blossom. At this budding stage, we feel pregnant with possibility. Air and fire qualities are getting the green light right now. For some, this speeding up of thought and action is exciting, for others it can be overwhelming. As we make our adjustments to the lunar seeds we’ve planted, we learn more about our intentions. The Moon in Cancer (cardinal water sign) challenges us to slow down to tend to self and others. Where are you rooted? What will you defend? This sense of protectiveness runs through the day with the Moon making a square aspect to Venus and Mars in Aries (cardinal fire sign).
Thursday, February 9. This lunar cycle was seeded in the sign of Aquarius at the New Moon. As the Moon enters Leo today, we get the full perspective from the opposite side of the zodiac. Tomorrow, this opposition culminates in a Full Moon lunar eclipse. Oppositions are expansive; we get the whole picture from a broader perspective. We are encouraged to account for opposing points of view, desires, and impulses. The Leo/Aquarius impulse is to find our authentic places in community. Leo seeks to know personal impact. Aquarius seeks to manifest collective visions of authenticity and freedom. Ego meets collaboration. Creativity meets revolution. This energy is electric. Because of the air and fire emphasis of these signs, the energy is also unsettling and impulsive. Other transits only emphasize these qualities. The Sun in Aquarius is sextile to Uranus (the co-ruler of Aquarius). We may have a hard time discerning the usefulness of our ideas today. Everything seems brilliant and we want credit for our ideas! The Moon is trine Venus and Mars in Aries, encouraging a desire to break down barriers and forge ahead. Leo rules the heart center. This is the heart that gives courage, the heart of loyalty, the heart of passion. Notice this fire and let it feed your creative endeavors.
February 10—Full Moon: Blossoming. Lunar Eclipse. This lunar cycle is about love, the fierce love of truth and transformation. Love awakens the sleeper. It clarifies what is important. It grounds us into life. To lead with love through tumultuous times is to be a warrior of the heart. This warrior will not be deterred by distractions or anything else that obstructs a clear vision of the beloved. This Leo Full Moon presents an opportunity to feel more deeply into whole-heartedness. Clear-hearted vision arises from the darkness that briefly crosses the face of the Moon. Shadows and light play together to reveal what matters most. Passions are high.
Saturday, February 11. When the Moon enters Virgo, our feet finally touch the ground. The last two days have been fiery. Now it is time to clean the house and organize the pantry—literally or metaphorically—you choose. Every prayer, every desire of defiance or intention, needs to be supported by action. What will you do today to support your dreams? The Sun in Aquarius makes a trine to Jupiter in Libra. Our dreams are large. Our hopes are enormous. Pragmatic action will help ground them into reality.
Sunday, February 12 The Virgo Moon continues to help focus our passions in a pragmatic direction. Strength and support come from a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Balance between fantasy and reality come from the opposition of the Moon and Neptune in Pisces. Pay attention to your health. Pull back from over-commitments.
Monday, February 13. Brief roadblocks from a square between the Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius this morning (Central time zone) may discourage us, but optimism builds later in the day as we commit to working harder to overcome those setbacks. The Sun in Aquarius is approaching a sextile to Saturn. This aspect fuels our thoughts and visions for the future. The Moon in Libra for the next two days, reminds us that beauty and balance are vitally important to manifesting our dreams.
February 14—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Contrast the sentimental love of Valentine’s Day with the fierce love of transformation. This lunar cycle, I’ve been growing the seeds of love. This love reveals my true self, encourages self-love, and speaks the truth no matter how vulnerable it feels to do so. This love is the force that can change the course we are on right now. Do you feel it? This love includes complexity; acknowledging anger, frustration, and fear is part of the truth we feel. There is also compassion and desire for justice, as well as commitment and daring. This phase of the Moon bears the fruit for this lunar cycle. What have the seeds of love grown in your life?
Wednesday, February 15. As the Moon conjoins Jupiter today, try not to let problems become larger than they need to. Jupiter can push us over the top, but it can also remind us of our values. In Libra, we value balance, we value justice, we value beauty. Let these values guide you. As the Moon opposes Uranus, we may be tempted to panic or push ourselves too hard into change. One of the lies we are told is that if we don’t do it now, we will never get another chance. Whatever it is for you, there will be more chances. As we immerse ourselves in love, may our choices and actions gain power and wisdom.
Thursday, February 16 How much do you want change? How far will you journey to create lasting change? The Moon in Scorpio asks us to commit passionately to our deepest desires. The journey through this desire will transform us. Today, Mercury in Aquarius, the instigator of awakened change makes a favorable contact with Mars in Aries, the willing warrior. We feel a sense of momentum building. The willingness to change ourselves is the first place to start.
Friday, February 17. Messages come from many sources and in many styles. With the Moon is Scorpio, these message could seem dark, soulful or even frightening. Emotional awareness is communicating with us. With Mercury in Aquarius, the messages might contain brilliant insight and abstract analysis. With the Moon making a square to Mercury in Aquarius, the friction may be between our feeling natures and our intellectual natures. This friction creates the possibility for fascinating and meaningful synthesis.
February 18—Last Quarter Moon: Setting seed. The seeds of intention planted at the New Moon on January 27 now yield seeds of their own. What wisdom has been gained from this journey? This phase of the Moon is about evaluating what we’ve learned and how we’ve evolved. As we continue to adapt to crisis and change, the pace of incorporating new information and responding to it is accelerating. Our bodies cannot keep up with a constant state of arousal and alarm. At this turning point in the lunar cycle, what are we learning that will help us maintain equilibrium as we continue to resist tyranny and injustice? The questing nature of the Sagittarius Moon encourages the search for meaning. The Sun’s ingress into Pisces shifts the focus from the cerebral understandings of Aquarius to the felt sense that our emotional experiences are shared. It is possible to feel another’s pain and joy as our own. This enhanced sense of connection is heart-opening. From this open state, what do we know now about the love that transforms? This question, and our answers to it, will only deepen as the Moon wanes through the last week of the Aquarius lunar cycle.
Sunday, February 19. The Moon in fire sign Sagittarius sets off Venus and Mars in fire sign Aries. This Venus is a warrior for love. She may be a little coarse and lacking in grace, but she is fierce when it comes to the love that transforms. We’ve been experiencing this daring Venusian energy since early February when Venus entered Aries. Venus will spend more time here than usual since Venus will retrograde back through Aries on March 4. During this time, we develop a better relationship with this ally of resistance and rebellion. Because Venus usually governs our instinct to smooth over the rough edges and play nice, this Venus in Aries tells us that we need to develop new instincts. It may not be easy, but love can include authentic anger, especially if it is the anger that motivates us to lead more boldly with love. Think of Mars in Aries as an amplifier for this energy. The Moon also contacts Neptune in Pisces by square. Perhaps today’s fire will illuminate confusion and allow our hearts to feel more fully the complexity and wonder of life.
Monday, February 20 Events today seem to lead to one shining moment. Mercury in Aquarius makes an encouraging sextile aspect to Uranus in Aries. This is the planetary influence of eureka moments. Find a way to anchor your insights and breakthroughs. The Moon in Sagittarius adds sparkle and zip. Fire and air signs have predominated this lunar cycle. There have been pluses and minuses with this energy. Notice how quickly information is traveling right now. Notice how easy it is to inflame passion and anger. Fires can illuminate, purify, and transform. They can also burn out, just like our bodies and our wills, if we do not tend them carefully. With appreciation for fire and air, use the positive aspects today between the Moon and Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn to assess and sustain your energy.