Astro Doings February 2011

Hi Everyone

Hope you had a good January.  February looks to be rather quiet, which is welcome, I’m sure.

No planet changes direction during the month.  Saturn will continue to move in retrograde motion through Libra — from 17 to 16 degrees — a real speed demon!  Anyone with planets at 13 to 20 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Aquarius and/or Gemini may be more sensitive to this transit than others.  (Also folks with planets in Pisces or Taurus.  For them this transit will require adjustment, depending on the planets involved.)

Jupiter entered Aries in late January and is now in a very close, albeit challenging, relationship to Pluto.  As Saturn moves backwards (or so it appears) he tightens the Cardinal T-Square that I’ve talked about before.  He is still pretty far way, but their relationship will get closer as time goes on.

The Sun enters Pisces on February 18 at 7:25 p.m.; we also have a full Moon early that morning.  The new Moon is Wednesday, February 2nd.

“Wrong” Horoscope

A word (or several) about all the hoopla in the press about the “wrong” horoscope. Your horoscope is NOT wrong — and this is not new.  Astronomers and Western astrologers have argued about this for years.  There are two ways to view the zodiac, which is the ring of constellations that lines the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun over the course of the year.

Eastern astrology uses the sidereal zodiac, where the signs approximately align to the sky constellations of the same name. The signs therefore run between dates which are different from those used by most Western astrologers and include a 13th sign. So of course as the Earth wobbles in the heavens, the position of these signs changes.

Western astrology is based on a zodiac whose points of reference are the tropics. Tropical astrology is based on the idea that early astrologers (mid-to-late first millennium BCE) defined the signs according to the seasons in which the sun rose in them. The underlying philosophy is based on the Earth’s (and therefore our) relationship to the sun, not to the stars.

Hope this helps!  Please feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.



“The sun shines not on us, but in us.”  — John Muir

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