Can’t believe that January is almost over, but February starts this week, so here’s what’s happening in the heavens.
Saturn: Our friendly taskmaster, guide, Dweller on the Threshold changes directions (goes retrograde) on February 7th at 9:30 a.m. He’ll be at the very end of the sign Libra (29 degrees) and he’ll be there for the rest of the month. All those with planets in late degrees Libra, obviously, Aquarius, or Gemini will experience this as a fairly easy (if Saturn is ever easy) transit. By late degrees I mean from about 24 to 29/30 degrees. Also those with planets in early degrees Scorpio, Cancer or Pisces will be affected by this change of direction because Saturn is so close to Scorpio. (He’ll enter that sign in October.) People with planets in Aries, Capricorn, Aquarius or Leo will also notice this change. A planet in retrograde motion is experienced more inwardly and Libra seeks balance (think of a teeter totter), fairness and relationship. When a planet changes direction it takes it a while to get moving in the new direction, so it just pulses energy until it starts moving. That’s why we may feel this more strongly than at other times. Saturn will change direction again in June.
The US has its moon in late degrees Aquarius, so Saturn’s change of direction may impact our emotional side, which is in the house of how we communicate. Republican debates perhaps — little communication, lots of emotion? Transiting Neptune (fog, illusion, lack of clarity, compassion) is still sitting on our national moon — has been there for quite a while, which is why we can’t figure out how we feel about things as a nation and/or why we get so emotionally involved in issues that may or may not be important to us.
Mars: will continue his retrograde trip through Virgo in February. Attention those with planets from 10-26 degrees Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius, Capricorn, or Taurus. Mars represents initiating energy – so if you’re feeling like your get-up-and-go got up and went this could be part of it. Virgo rules digestion and assimilation, so eat well. It also tends to get mired in the details, so take time to revisit the big picture in your life.
The full moon occurs on February 7th (along with Saturn’s direction change). The moon will be at 18 degrees Leo. The new moon occurs on February 21st at 2 degrees Pisces. The sun enters Pisces on February 19th at 1:18 a.m.
Have a great month!