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In this series, I explore the ancient philosophy of the Hermetica and its relation to the spiritual practice of astrology.
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Venus is entering Capricorn. And don't fall asleep on Mars and Pluto.
* Remember that planets within three degrees of perfecting their aspect are engaging. Then the two planets perfect the aspect. Then the planets separate.
* The separation of the planets within three more degrees is often like the fruits of the transit falling of the tree.
* We are moving through a dark Moon period, but the New Moon comes through tomorrow. Look for the confrontational and cathartic energy of Mars/Pluto to intensify in the next few days as the new Moon cycle gets underway.
* Remember, the conflict and catharsis of Mars/Pluto is carrying over this month all the way until the Full Moon, as Mars goes from Pluto to a conjunction with Uranus. This catharsis is going to activate an upcoming moment of breakthrough, of radical assertiveness, of forceful departures from the norm, of personal power, defiance, and awakening.
* Meanwhile, Venus is about to enter Capricorn and begin a long and steady transit of Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus over the course of the next month.
* Venus in Capricorn brings maturity and grace, sobriety and eloquence, sturdy craftsmanship and dutiful love.
* Venus in Capricorn reminds us that love and separation go hand in hand. Real love requires real aloneness, and real aloneness requires the ache of real connection. The deepest fruits of solitude are found in the arms of a lover, and the deepest love is often found in distant or remote contemplation of the object of our love. So much is illusory. What lasts? Venus in Capricorn adores those things that endure and ring out with the mark of the lonely creator.
* Of course, there are those who confuse power for peace. What I can take, or what I have, gives me a temporary sense of beauty, love, or serenity. But Venus in Capricorn knows better. She knows well the halls of time and the granite glory of death, which she recognizes as the true adornment of all time-bound things.
* We are made beautiful not so much by what we have but by the poetry of how we lose what we have. Aging well and dying well, these are the inner experiences of Venus in Capricorn. She appreciates the past not for what it accomplished but for how it is constantly captured in wintry perfection, "it couldn't have been any other way."
* Venus in Capricorn sometimes confuses reputation with beauty and lineage or legacy for substance. To return to herself, she needs to hold the loose stones of a forgotten pathway. Hold them in her palms and remember the legacy and lineage of a circle without beginning or end, the smoothing of all things, even legacies.
* Venus in Capricorn reminds us that the work of creation is a demonstration of perfect mastery. It has never fallen short of perfection, but we do not have the capacity to fully appreciate it, or we neglect to appreciate it. We can develop the ability to appreciate the beauty of creation, we can grow our appreciating capacity, to the extent that we let go of the idea that we are the most masterful creators. As our appreciating capacity grows, creation glows within us, and we become the appreciating instruments of its handiwork.
Prayer: Increase our appreciation, and telescope the eyes of our heart, so that we may learn to see you farther out as you bring us further in.
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Here's your astrological overview for the month of February, 2019:
* February is toned by the culmination of Uranus in the last, anaretic degree of Aries. Even though Uranus and Pluto aren't creating an exact square, this is the last time you will see these two planets in a whole sign square between Aries and Capricorn, and that is significant. We've been watching these two planets dance together for the better part of the last decade, and Uranus' culmination in the final degree of Aries will likely bring a dramatic burst as it finally leaves the sign of Aries early in March.
* Uranus and Pluto bring both awakening and darkness, rebellion and upheaval, innovation and intense catharsis, power plays, and defiance.
* On February 2nd Mars will square Pluto, bringing the God of war together with the lord of the underworld. Watch for themes related to power, authority, violence, and aggression to be in the spotlight. It's a good time to confront whatever is most malignant or corrupt, but be careful of a "might makes right" attitude.
* At the same time, Venus in Sagittarius will trine Uranus in Aries while also squaring Chiron in Pisces (February 2nd and 3rd). This brings some levity and sensitivity to the situation, which may be a silver lining. Venus and Uranus in a fiery trine will excite a spirit of cooperation, even while emphasizing the same themes of power, strength, and will. When you add the square from Venus to Chiron in Pisces, there is an underlying emotional sensitivity that may contribute and create an opportunity for understanding, healing, and diplomatic breakthroughs in relationships.
* On February 3rd, Venus will enter Capricorn, indicating a shift from the house of Jupiter to the house of Saturn. All Venus ruled things may start to look and feel a little more grave, wise, sober, and mature, but also possibly a bit more rigid or depressive.
* On February 4th, the New Moon lands in Aquarius, another Saturn ruled sign, emphasizing the need to start thinking about the future or to start imagining the best way to dismantle outworn habits or ideas.
* Then, between February 12th and 13th, Mars will conjoin Uranus in Aries. This transit brings fireworks to an already explosive moment for Uranus. This has the potential to be a very forceful and erratic moment. Even the most passionate and courageous actions can easily fly off the handle. Be careful of the tendency for accidents, recklessness, and combative oneupmanship games. On the other hand, this surge of yang energy may easily create a breakthrough or "aha" moment exactly when it's most needed.
* February 14th, Mars then enters its exile in the sign of Taurus, a Venus-ruled sign that Mars naturally struggles with. Mars can be incredibly industrious in the sign of Taurus but also inert, rigid, and controlling.
* February 18th, Venus in Capricorn will conjoin Saturn in Capricorn, creating a terminal moment for relationships and agreements or social/business contracts of all kinds. Venus/Saturn may deepen a commitment, making something more serious, focused, and defined, or it may also indicate a moment of exclusion, elimination, or finality. It's a make or break moment for Venus and Saturn!
* February 18th, Chiron also moves out of Pisces and into Aries, where we will collectively and personally move from the themes of victims and saviors, redemption and loss of faith, to aggressors and heroes, personal power and the appropriate abdication of personal power for the better part of the next decade. There is a lot more to say about this. A video blog to come!
* February 19th, the Full Moon will fall in the sign of Virgo while Mercury is simultaneously in its fall in Pisces and making a conjunction with Neptune. When both personal empowerment and personal forgiveness are the most popular, and often shallow, spiritual memes in the world, it's hard to know whether we are trying to bolster a fragile ego or empower a maniacal ego, whether we are witch-hunting or being hunted. Sometimes it's just two sides of the same coin, turning over and over in our heads, until we remember how to utter a sincere prayer, throwing our silvery coin into the wishing well of the divine, where rather than asking for all of our wildest desires, we are finally asking, in sacred silence, "How can I serve?"
* Finally, on February 22nd, Venus will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn, bringing another intense moment for all Venus related significations: art, beauty, women, relationships, love, harmony, friendship, etc. This is a purgative, deep, empowering and overpowering moment. Remember, the last time Venus conjoined with Pluto, Oprah was giving her powerful speech at the Golden Globe awards and people were wondering if she would run for President (Venus was also cazimi). It's likely that we will see similar themes of feminine power, depth, and intensity, as well as themes of death, darkness, and resurrection related to this transit.
Prayer: May the two-headed coins of our egos be cast into the wondrous waters of your love, where they will find the deepest fulfillment, a humble role, lacking no importance, in your divine play.
It's the last quarter Moon today.
* With the Moon in her fall in Scorpio and the Sun in its exile in Aquarius, today presents us with the analysis of what is no longer working, of where the problems lie and of how they came to exist.
* With Mars and Saturn hosting the lights right now, and just separating from a square, we are getting a glimpse of the limits of our power or control. If we have over-endeavored, we might be feeling a vague sense of shame from not being able to live up to our own expectations or over-promising.
* Still, a better future is possible if we are willing to look to the future with a clear view of past misdeeds.
* We should be kind to ourselves. It's human to not like whatever we did five years ago, but now in this instantly archived digital world, it's five minutes ago. Needing time and space between periods of intense evaluation and scrutiny is healthy. Our goal-oriented thinking often leads to a bad habit of constant criticism. Constant criticism leads to distrust and isolation, which depresses us because we are creatures in need of love. We can't love if we can't let many things pass just as they are for as often as we try to "improve."
* While Scorpio can generate an aura of emotional intensity, Aquarius can try to rationalize or systematize those feelings, which sometimes leads to the intellectual justification of anger, rage, and aggression. It's actually easier to explore our motivations, to explore our emotional responses, with clarity and honesty, than to build intellectual fortresses out of them.
* During the winter months, when you stand outside and look at things, the most unflattering, muddy, bare, and grey reality stands forth. Seeing things as they are, we can either suffer from a feeling of hopelessness, "it's just too much to overcome," or we can get angry and ambitious, "I won't tolerate this. I will improve and perfect everything." The third option is to accept that this stark/wintry vision isn't at all how things are. No more than things are bright, rosy, and innocent in the Spring or perfectly mature and ripe in the Summer. The third option lets things pass and tolerates these changes, which do not last long and yet keep bearing witness to us without ceasing.
* For we know that every season is honest, every season lays bare the truth, in its own time, in its own voice and colors or lack of colors. And so letting go and coming forth do not disturb our minds or hearts but rather remind us of the road we are walking, an eternal path fraught with too much honesty, and far, far too much truth.
Prayer: You are far, far too much. Thank you.
In the month ahead, Uranus and Pluto finish their long dance between the signs of Aries and Capricorn.
Here's what to watch for:
* When Uranus enters the last "anaretic" degree (sometimes called the 'killing' degree) of Aries, it will be effectively finishing 8 years worth of a square to Pluto in Capricorn by whole sign.
* Meanwhile, Saturn is quickly approaching its conjunction with Pluto, which will finally perfect next winter.
* We are reaching the end of an era of upheaval, revolution, and catharsis signified by the planet of revolution, disruption, and liberation (Uranus) engaging in a combative square with the planet of darkness, upheaval, depth, power, and eruptive force.
* The "hard reset" of the approaching Saturn/Pluto conjunction is promising. It suggests the absolute necessity of starting over, of demolishing, deconstructing, and eliminating the rot behind the scenes or within the very bones of our lives. It may not be fun, but it's necessary, and it will provide us with a new foundation to operate from.
* As this historic Saturn/Pluto conjunction approaches, this next month is going to be a pivotal moment, a foreshadowing of the changes to come.
* Between February 1st and 2nd, Mars in Aries will begin the process of weaving Uranus and Pluto together by first making a square to Pluto. This will be an explosive moment, a moment of upheaval, power, force, and reckoning. We will be wise to avoid all "unnecessary" confrontations, power struggles, or reckless choices, while also making the bravest decisions we can, the decisions most likely to create the breakthrough we know we need. How we do things matter as much as what we do!
* Then, between February 12th and 13th, Mars will bring its encounter with Pluto into its conjunction with Uranus, sparking a moment of emancipatory power. Declarations will be made. Intentions will be laid bare for all to see. Competition and defiance, as well as force, disruption, and innovation will be crackling through the air like a live wire.
* This sequence of events will force us to play the cards we're holding in our hand, but again, it will matter how we play them. Too forceful, too much, too quickly, too defiant, too self-centered, and we'll create another stalemate, just as Saturn pulls toward conjunction with Pluto but then turns retrograde and backs away.
* So once more, the next month is like the prelude for a deeper and more complete movement that will likely take place within the next year when Saturn and Pluto finally get together. Until then, we should be content with organ blasts of clarity and crescendos of forwarding movement, matched by periods of darkness, uncertainty, and the long sounding notes of blockage and resistance to change.
* It's what we do with these waves of clarity and forward movement that matter. If we use them to help us plan, prioritize and move gradually toward our goals, then when the contractive periods come we relate to them differently. Blockage becomes the building of resonance. Resistance becomes a curious interlude. Delays become the careful attention to each note on the page, the fine tuning of our instincts.
* So beware the rush to completion. As the I Ching says about completing something... if the fox tries to cross the stream too quickly, it gets its tail wet: misfortune.
Prayer: Teach us the art of transformation. Protect us from the highs of growth and the lows of stagnation.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.