Sunday, February 1. Nesting urges that began yesterday apply today too. The Cancer Moon triggers the Uranus/Pluto square early this morning, perhaps making for a restless night of sleep. Agitation around safety concerns could be the reason. Cancer helps us to know what is really important to us, what we would defend at all costs, what ensures our survival. These things are important, yet we might be caught in needless anxiety over them. Relief comes through watery transits. The Moon trines Mars in Pisces; perhaps a good cry helps release worries. Don’t be afraid of your emotions today. Venus conjoins Neptune, both in Pisces. This emotional resonance is a counter balance to the Aquarian mental focus of the lunar cycle. Where do you find balance and connection?
Monday, February 2. Imbolc. Some Pagans celebrate the cross-quarter sabbath of Imbolc (or Candlemas) on February 2. There is a connection to Groundhog’s Day here, too. This turning point of the year in the Fixed sign of Aquarius represents a time to forecast the future. The question, What will the weather bring in the next six weeks? coincides with the Imbolc practice of setting intention into the seeds of the growing year. Thoughts are on the future and the ways our actions in the present can create the future we envision. The Sun is bolstered in this intention with a favorable aspect to Uranus in Aries. It really is a day to infuse our dreams with visionary energy. The Moon in fire sign Leo makes a favorable connection to Saturn in another fire sign, Sagittarius. We are encouraged to put sustaining structure under our dreams. Tomorrow’s Full Moon begins to be felt late tonight (CST) when the Leo Moon opposes retrograde Mercury in Aquarius. We are encouraged to think outside the box. Try a new strategy.
February 3—Full Moon: Illuminating. Astronomical Imbolc. This year, the Leo Full Moon happens on the same day as “astronomical Imbolc,” when the Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius. (See yesterday’s forecast for information about Imbolc.) The mid-point of a Fixed sign is a powerful point of focus. All Fixed signs have a purpose of stewarding the resources of the season and the element associated with that sign. For Aquarius, it is the element of air in the season of visioning. Mid-winter is a good time to begin looking at seed catalogs and planning actual and metaphorical gardens. Coupling the intensity of this mid-point with the higher energy of a Full Moon gives special importance to this day. Every Full Moon is an opportunity to integrate opposite signs. The mid-winter sign of Aquarius is opposed by the mid-summer sign of Leo. The spark and light of summer holds an important illumination for us right now. Aquarius and Leo are creative signs. Aquarius uses the gifts of mind to fuel creativity. Leo uses the gifts of fire. For Leo, fire means the spark that feeds our egos and our passions. We long for significance and to contribute our personal talents to the benefit of others. Aquarius takes that focus on the community and asks us to imagine greater freedoms and authenticity for each individual within the collective. Leo gives Aquarius passion; Aquarius gives Leo a bit more dispassion. The balance point is discerning where we matter as individuals and where the whole is more important than the parts.
February 7—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. The Moon enters Libra today. Libra’s scales help us to weigh the experience of this lunar cycle thus far. What are you noticing about your thought habits? Has slippery Mercury retrograding through Aquarius tripped you up in any way? Have you crossed new bridges of insight? A major focus for me this lunar cycle has been to pay attention to the integration between mind and heart. This is the moment in the lunar cycle when we share the gifts of whatever we’ve been working on. With the Moon in Libra we turn to the significance of our relationships. Sharing is not a one-way street; how do we ensure balance and fairness? Are we as willing to receive as we are to give? Can we ask for what we need? Assess these qualities in your life because they influence a greater whole. Imbalance in relationship affects our dreams and visions (the Aquarius theme of this cycle). There are no difficult aspects today. Minds are supported, foundations are supported, and even our emotional depths are supported. Sharing the struggles, we are not alone even though winter can be an isolating season. Sharing the visions, we need each other. Sharing the joys, we delight in each other.