Sunday, February 9. Mental energy is strong and challenged. Mercury stationed retrograde on the 6th. With the Moon in Mercury’s home sign, we may notice the difference between ordinary mental states and extraordinary ones. My personal belief is that Mercury retrograde periods are times when we are forced to access our non-dominant thinking strategy. If we tend to appreciate rational logic, then we have to use intuition more. If we prefer intuition, then we have to exercise our logic muscles. Gemini reminds us of polarity and duality and the ways we shift back and forth. Perception is relative.
February 10—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. The nature of this phase of the Moon comes from the relationship between the signs where the Moon and Sun reside. Cancer (Moon) and Aquarius (Sun) offer each other just enough dynamic tension that we are forced to make adjustments. The primary friction comes from the interaction of cardinal water (Cancer) and fixed air (Aquarius). It is too easy for either of these signs to dismiss the other. But when they make room for the other, the potential inherent in this lunar cycle goes way up. Air signs benefit from having a tether to reality and relationships. Otherwise, their inspiration becomes too abstract to be valuable. The Cancer Moon asks Aquarius to anchor to real emotional experiences. This is not a simple process. We need discernment to know when and how to pay attention to feelings, to know when fears are founded and when they are not, and to know when to solve emotional problems or simply let them be.
Tuesday, February 11. Emotional honesty may be difficult but could also be liberating. By this, I don’t mean emotional dumping on others. Emotional honesty today could take the form of being fully present to our own emotions and taking responsibility for them. This responsibility could mean having an honest conversation, or could be knowing when to keep that information to ourselves. The Sun in transparency-loving Aquarius squares Saturn in shadow-loving Scorpio today. This connection is rich with emotional information seeking a way to transform our world. Your soul is speaking.
Wednesday, February 12. The distinction between emotional knowing and intellectual knowing is more pronounced today. Mercury, which stationed retrograde in watery Pisces, reenters Aquarius. With the Moon moving into Leo, a new dynamic is needed. Think red. Think passion and play. If life has been feeling too serious lately, Leo energy provides the release valve. Laughter is healing and enlivens us.
Thursday, February 13. Tomorrow’s Full Moon is already felt strongly. The first indication is a feeling of daring to express one’s unique point of view. The Moon in firey Leo trines Uranus (ruler of Aquarius). This aspect encourages self-expression. Life force is strong. Begin to notice how self-expression interacts with collective creativity. This Full Moon is an opportunity to integrate the communal perspective of Aquarius with the personal significance of Leo. The two can seem to battle each other, but there is an opening to find the ways they complement each other. What are you noticing?
February 14—Full Moon: Illuminating. This will not be a quiet Full Moon—thank goodness! Mid-winter begs for firey expression. The more red, the better [See this week’s introduction]. Perhaps you are noticing the effects of repression. Something’s got to give. Where I live this is known as cabin fever.
Saturday, February 15. Did you feel the wild release of romance yesterday? Today’s Virgo Moon asks us to pick up the messy pieces of Full Moon exuberance. That is OK. After a release, we can feel a little fragile. Take care of yourself. Virgo brings a desire for healing and integration. The Moon opposing Neptune this morning (CST) gets the day off to a heart-full start. We can be grounded and connected to ever-widening spheres of compassion. Don’t be thrown. The Sun and Mercury retrograde conjoin today. This marks the heart of this Mercury retrograde journey. Unusual illuminations are all around. Pay attention.