Sunday, February 23. The Sun makes its yearly conjunction with Neptune today. Even though the next New Moon (in Pisces, ruled by Neptune) doesn’t occur for five more days, the softening and flowing of the Pisces lunation has already begun. Tendrils of Aquarius intention expand into oceanic connection. I love to turn to Rumi’s ecstatic poems during this Piscean season. Just about any one of them will do. But, here are a few words to inspire: From “On Buoyancy” I saw you and became empty. This emptiness, more beautiful than existence, it obliterates existence, and yet when it comes, existence thrives and creates more existence! With the Moon also making a delightful connection with Mercury, write a poem of your own. You only have to show it to yourself.
Monday, February 24. We enjoy the gifts of structure and boundaries today. Sometimes, these very things chaff and confine us. Today, they are necessary grounding forces, which may help us to expand into change later this week. In fact, tomorrow may be a day of disruption and surprise, so take advantage of the Capricorn Moon (cardinal earth sign) and a helpful aspect between Venus and Saturn to find the structures and boundaries that support you. This is the third time since late fall of last year that Venus in Capricorn forms a sextile to Saturn in Scorpio. Venus has been helping us to find the form and boundaries within our relationships. Notice what you are learning about this for yourself today.
February 25—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Paradox is the closest thing to truth I know. As we think about our visions for the world, how does paradox inform you? We may be surrendering certainty under this phase of the Moon, but what fills that space when you are able to let go of opinion, needing to be right, or expecting others to embrace your vision? Without the safety net of certainty, what possibilities emerge? The Moon in Capricorn holds the tension between attachment to past forms and maintaining the larger vision that allows us to grow. Paradox is present when we both know and don’t know what our next steps should be.
Wednesday, February 26. The Moon returns to Aquarius today as we begin to bring this lunar cycle’s intention to a conclusion. What do you notice differently about vision, heart, change, and sustainability? Early this morning, Jupiter in Cancer forms a square to Uranus in Aries. We may be jolted once again into realizing that change is afoot. We get to claim what we most desire in our homes and hearths. We may notice more profoundly how these areas impact our lives. Another Rumi poem comes to mind: “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep.” Notice that you may have strong reactions, even anger, associated with wanting to wake up.
Thursday, February 27. Mercury is stationing direct tomorrow. Right before that happens, the Moon pays a visit to the trickster planet through a conjunction today. The days surrounding Mercury stations are the most likely for those classic Mercury retrograde mix-ups in communication and travel. Because Mercury and the Moon are in Aquarius (an air sign), the potential for our minds to trip us up is even greater. There is no point in expecting perfection, but notice where you may want to bring more conscious attention to your communication. The Moon also forms a square to Saturn. This aspect may create profound disappointment around communication failures, but it can also support us in making new communication agreements.
Friday, February 28. The Moon enters Pisces and we begin the process of flowing out of winter. The mutable signs (Pisces is mutable water) are the in between seasons, which occur right before we begin the next season. We are in between winter and spring. What do you need emotionally and physically right now to ease that transition? Mercury stations direct today. It is a good idea to be more patient and aware that some of us will not be as focused as we should be on things like driving or using tools and technology. This is a great day to practice compassion. The Moon is conjunct Neptune this afternoon (CST) while the Sun in watery Pisces is trine to Jupiter in watery Cancer this evening. Go with the flow. Be tender with yourself and others.
March 1—New Moon: Dreaming. As I said in yesterday’s forecast, the mutable signs (like Pisces) prepare the way for the next season. The spring season, which will begin during this new lunar cycle, may bring dramatic shifts in our world. Perhaps we will notice big changes in the world of politics or perhaps we will simply notice the profound change that happens every year at this time when the hours of daylight begin to exceed the hours of night (Northern Hemisphere). This is in itself a big change, which is helped by self-care and mindful intention.