February 15—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Some of the final wisdom of this Aquarian lunar cycle comes today in the form of noticing internal and external critics. The influence of the Moon in Capricorn is to plant our feet firmly on the earth, with an eye for evaluating how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go. Capricorn and Aquarius (the sign influencing our intentions for this lunar cycle) have an uneasy relationship. As long as these signs can keep things objective and dispassionate, Aquarius appreciates Capricorn’s wisdom. But if for a moment, Aquarius feels that Capricorn wants to make Aquarius follow the rules, their collaboration can fall apart. Information from the past, from elders or experts, and with an eye on mastery, comes our way today. How easy is it for you to surrender your rebel stance to hear this wisdom? Letting ourselves pause before displaying outrage over feedback could serve the long-range vision. The Moon triggers the Uranus/Pluto square. Pluto has been transforming Capricorn since 2008. Exposed in this transformation has been all the ways we oppress ourselves and all the ways we’ve been oppressed by others. If the Aquarian lunar cycle has reawakened your passion for rebellion, it may be difficult to sit still today. This phase of the Moon reminds us to include mystery and paradox in our toolboxes for change.
Monday, February 16. The influence of Venus and Mars is strong this week. Right now, these two planets are almost conjunct at the end of Pisces. The exact conjunction (at 1 degree Aries on February 21) could set off fireworks of passion. After all, Venus and Mars represent the classic pair of lovers. Venus is the enticer; Mars the pursuer. Venus invites us to experience pleasures more deeply. Mars drives our wills and passions. When these two energies conjoin, there is little reservation. We know what we like and we know what we want. Right now, pleasure and desire wear opalescent colors of Pisces. In a few days, the costume for the lovers will be designed by fiery Aries. Notice what is bubbling up from your unconscious. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel. Be curious about everything. Hidden beauty and ecstatic connections are possible. When the Moon enters Aquarius this evening (CST), we get a chance to form mental constructs (words, systems, plans) informed by inspiration from the Lovers.
Tuesday, February 17. Most of us are quite good at belittling our contributions. Notice when you think your efforts are unimportant or that what you do doesn’t really matter. The quincunx between Jupiter in Leo and Chiron in Pisces is calling our attention to how each of us makes a difference. We can reframe our notions of effectiveness and compassion today. The Moon’s opposition to Jupiter contributes to of seeing this pattern in a new light.
February 18—New Moon: Dreaming. A unique lunar cycle begins today. The Sun and Moon conjoin at 29 degrees Aquarius 59 minutes in the chart for this “Supermoon” New Moon. You may remember that the last lunar cycle began at zero degrees Aquarius. Today’s lunar cycle begins with only one more minute of Aquarius remaining. We couldn’t possibly be closer to the end of a sign than this. So really, this lunar cycle begins on the liminal cusp between Aquarius and Pisces. The cusp of two signs is a potent portal. We haven’t entirely left Aquarius behind nor fully entered into Pisces. Take a moment to sense into the what this feels like. Look behind and see the electric hues of Aquarius vision and look ahead into the opalescent mists of Pisces surrender. With a beginning like this, the experience of this cycle promises to be very Piscean—that is fluid and a bit mysterious.