Dreams will get you nowhere; a good kick in the pants will get you a long way. ~Baltasar Gracian
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
February is another rich and dynamic month. It really starts off with Neptune’s entry into Pisces on the 3rd–a true watershed in time. But there’s still so much else going on and we’re still getting pulled in very different directions at the same time, so we’d be wise to pay close heed Neptune’s christening and launch party. We’re working on undoing old and outdated versions of our selves, but already we’re supposed to be blasting off into very new territory and forming new conglomerates of being, and even integrating them into our habits. It’s a whole lot, but when is it ever not?
Venus opposes Mars on the 1st, frothing up latent tensions but offering a profound chance to let things go. The realities of life often don’t live up to their corresponding fantasies: We could choose to feel like a victim of this supposed travesty, or we could choose to release the fantasies and work to find more joy in what actually is, however endlessly mundane it may be. Work with what you have and be patient regarding progress.
Neptune moves into Pisces at 10:52 am Pacific on the 3rd to stay, where he won’t be done until 2026. A ritual of openness to the watery depths that this change promises would be wise, like a swim in the ocean. This is obviously going to be a long process, but we can help it along by getting in the mindset of surfing the waves. There’s a lot of paddling out, duck-diving waves and then waiting and, hopefully, getting zen-full before going with the appropriate momentum for a sweet weightless journey. More practically speaking: It’s a good idea to let go of our illusions and delusions and accept or even embrace the standard humanity of it all by chopping wood and carrying water, and then chopping more wood and carrying more water. Ritualize the practices of awareness so that they permeate your whole realm. But don’t expect an immediate tidal shift; these things have their own timing and don’t appreciate being rushed.
Mercury conjoins the Sun on the 7th, pushing us into newer brain territory; new ideas, new conundrums, new solutions and some new challenges. This centers around whether we are patiently excited about the projects and growths at hand, or if we rebel and get annoyed at the lack of immediate reward for our efforts. First the tree, then the fruit.
Saturn stations retrograde on the 7th. He will remain in apparent backwards motion until June 25th. This is a potent revision period that will hover over us like a hawk. We may have added some new ways of looking at people and our relationships, but now it’s time to actually dismantle and discard the old versions that have passed their expiration dates. The idea is respect, maturity and especially taking responsibility for our own issues and not projecting them onto others. Super easily said, right? But we either do what we can in those regards or the world will push us into it in ways we wouldn’t like as much. We choose.
The Full Moon is at 1:54 pm, also on the 7th, in 18 degrees of Leo. It feels rather dramatic, but preferably more like a play put on by children in which we are the children. Definitely stay aware of yourself and dance, play and laugh to process this energy instead of reacting to others and getting pulled into un-fun drama. Pour your heart into something, with passion, even if it’s just cardio.
Venus moves into Aries on the 7th, where she will remain until March 5th. This adds some spiciness to the whole mix; calling us to shake it up and keep it moving into fresh territory or risk the ever-so-dangerous boredom beast to come of out lurking. Dance, hike, run, try some new stimulations, be creative and dance some more. But really be present with everything; extract the essence from each bite.
Venus conjoins Uranus on the 9th, offering us some beautiful fireworks, in proportion, of course, to how much we have been working on our stuff. It’s generally a breakthrough or breakdown scenario, and often something has to be broken down to facilitate the breakthrough. But five ways or another, this is demanding a reconfiguration of our constituents into a greater and more unique awesomeness.
Mercury trines Saturn on the 13th, giving us a measuring stick to see how well things have been going. Now, unsurprisingly, this can be counter-intuitive in that some times having a shorter to-do and to-cleanse list is a sign of great progress. There usually aren’t cakes and surprise parties where Saturn is involved.
Mercury moves into Pisces on the 13th, where he will stay until March 2nd, and then return during his retrograde from March 23rd until April 16th. This could be a confusing time with intricacies and subtleties that elude explanation. The short version is that the frontal lobe, our standard inner narrator, has to relax and take time off so the more ancient parts of our brains can do their bits with some peace and quiet. It’s better to do this with ritual and practice than with more mindless distractions like television, games or whatnot. If we succeed, we may just get some useful information from our under-brains.
Mercury conjoins Neptune on the 13th, giving a healthy taste of what this new Neptune placement has in store for us. I would say we’ll be receiving the first syllabus, but it’ll probably be a lot more free form and intimidating in its own special way: lack of direction. Don’t indulge the mind by imagining things to be clearer and more specific than they are. Swim with it.
Venus squares Pluto on the 15th, frothing up the urge to purge. It’s time to let go of more non-essentials and other clutter, within and without, to make enough room for what’s to come. Bring light and air to the recesses.
Mercury sextiles Jupiter on the 16th, allowing for more mental lightness and optimism. Think big and do look towards distant prospects and goal posts. But stick to mostly conceptual grounds because most is still in flux.
The Sun trines Saturn on the 18th, asking us to approach the present happenings as what they are and not for the more theoretical future results. It’s tricky, because we should stay determined and consistent for the obviously good; but also be keenly aware of where we may be setting ourselves up for challenges to our motivation.
Mercury sextiles Pluto on the 18th. This is sort of a trash pick up day; if you can get the cans out to the curbside, then much can be taken away more easily than having to lug it to the dump. It hinges on long ago ideas and events that are still unduly influencing our current optimization efforts. Be you now, not what you remember of you then.
The Sun moves into Pisces, also on the 18th, pushing us down the river for another ride to We-can’t-tell-where. Take pleasure in the mystery of what we can’t see and work on strengthening your forgetfulness of the hard times and dark places. Refresh and spring clean from within.
The Sun conjoins Neptune on the 19th, launching us into a quandary for some self-fermentation. Break yourself down into smaller more accessible pieces, fundamentals, mix together and let stew and ripen. The product may be a private mystic awareness that could infuse all we consume with depth and richness. Auto-kim-chi-ify.
The New Moon is in 2 degrees of Pisces at 2:35 pm on the 21st. This is a very rich Piscean pile up, with Mars across the way, like a beautiful drill sergeant screaming “be human.” We may be tempted to drift around and avoid being here in ourselves. However, this is a super prime chance to dive headlong into our bodies and down to our cores. It would be appropriate to take a break from the grindstones, for sure, but don’t undermine anything either. A ritual of private and personal wholeness would be great. Do you.
Mercury opposes Mars on the 23rd, lighting a fire in our minds. This can be used to slash and burn our silliness and our tendencies to react to things, like bad drivers. Oh, right, do be very careful driving or anything dangerous really, because we are all being tempted towards impatience and distraction. So, stay calm and practice mental centering when temptations, or frustrations, arise.
The Sun sextiles Jupiter on the 25th, lending some lightness, either towards the end of the tunnel, or closer if all has been going well. We should still definitely be exploring our depths, but this is reminding us to bring with us the awareness that it’s for healthy purposes.
The Sun sextiles Pluto on the 27th, plunging us a little deeper into our nooks and crannies if we work with it. It’s more old versions of self stuff to be jettisoned: most particularly regrets and obtuse fantasies of how things could have been on a different trajectory. For all we know, this could be the better and easier version, so let it go.
So, yeah. It should be another interesting voyage into uncharted territory. We may have read the brochures, but we can’t really be prepared for the adventures when they finally launch upon us. February does promise some impressive progress for those who truly seize the opportunities to auto-recycle and venture beyond their comfort zones. Just stay aware; too much distraction and you may not notice some of those traps in the trail. May we fare well.