The Astrology of February 2013 and a Little Beyond
The Floodgates of Change
The December 2012 composite chart indicated that transformations at the macro-level would be increasingly linked to transformations at the individual level. Individuals would begin to reshape the world as they transform themselves. This focus continued in January and extends into February.
Beyond the Personal
February’s chart indicates a major turning point in the global battle between progressive and conservative forces. It pulls the rug out from under conservative forces. It empowers and inspires progressive forces. It strongly and aggressively supports negotiation and compromise. But it also indicates protracted debate and delay.
February reveals the melting pot facet of the new planetary arrangement. Sharply opposed ideas, highly polarized positions will be softened. Boundaries will blur and melt.
Transforming Collective Awareness
Asteroids, centaurs, transneptunian objects and such, play an important role in February’s chart.
Ixion, Pholus and Quaoar are in Sagittarius in the 1st near the ASC. Ceres, Lilith and Vesta are in Gemini in the 7th, straddling the DSC. They form a rough opposition across the relationship axis.
These non-traditional indicators tend to govern shared attitudes and responsibilities. They shape ethics, morality, politics and shared economic assumptions, for example. Personal relationships are already stressed by confusing and disruptive influences. Ethical, political, philosophical and other abstract issues will now complicate them even further.
Indicator by Indicator
On a practical level, this opposition divides fairly neatly along gender lines.
The cluster around the Ascendant, all in the 1st house in Sagittarius, has a distinctly masculine flavor.
- Ixion governs the public trust. It is often linked to treachery in high places. At this point in history, as in many others, more men occupy high office and such abuses are more closely associated with men.
- Pholus governs our response to peer pressure; we might be ethical in private, but do we maintain our principles when pressured by peers? Pholus suggests cronyism and corrupt interpersonal networks, gangs and cliques. Once again, historically, predominantly masculine phenomena.
- Quaoar governs the destruction of old forms, clearing the way for the creation of new ones. Quaoar is often linked to fixed patterns that help mask abuse. Here, it suggests efforts to adapt corrupt practices to suit new conditions.
Taken together, these indicators conjure up images of a corrupt, entrenched and, for the most part, still very masculine elite.
The cluster around the Descendant, all in Gemini, straddling the cusp of the 7nth house, has a distinctly feminine flavor:
- Ceres is associated with birth, death and nourishment - the fundamental facts of physical existence. It has strong feminine and 8th house resonances. Here, it evokes the battle over nurturance and other traditionally feminine issues currently raging in many countries.
- Lilith is is linked to women’s empowerment issues. Here, it resonates with the expanding and intensifying struggle for women’s rights around the globe.
- Vesta is linked to feminine spirituality, idealism and militancy. Here, it clearly resonates with the increasing idealism and militancy of the women’s movement, broadly defined.
This cluster in the 7th in Gemini points to a resurgence of feminist politics. It acts as a direct counter to the entrenched, male-dominated forces represented by the cluster on the Ascendant.
We should expect confrontations over nurturance issues generally, often with women squared off against the male-dominated establishment.
Gender-based patterns deeply embedded in our collective awareness will change dramatically and forever.
Sagittarius is the US rising sign. The confrontation indicated by this opposition will be especially apparent in the US.
Out of the Past
But there’s more.
Nessus is part of a sprawling stellium (including Venus, Sun, Neptune, Chiron, Mars, Mercury and, nearby, Uranus and Pallas) in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th houses governing personal, grassroots finances, community and deep personal psychology. The houses are in Aquarius, Pisces and Aries, respectively.
Nessus represents deeply ingrained guilt arising from actions in past lives. A sense of shared guilt will predispose us to reform.
Opportunities + Resistance = Defiance
A combination of aspects virtually guarantee that people will break sharply with the past, even if it means openly defying authority and openly flouting tradition.
- The composite Moon in Scorpio in the 12th forms a T-Square with the 2nd and 3rd house grouping (including Venus, Sun, Neptune, Chiron, Mars, Mercury and, nearby, Uranus and Pallas) and Jupiter in Gemini.
People realize that established community attitudes are blocking economic progress.
- The composite Moon in Scorpio in the 12th trines Uranus and Pallas in the 4th. Uranus and Pallas are semi-sextile Jupiter in Gemini in the 6th.
We can align personal attitudes with new realizations. We can easily adapt to changes in the workplace to improve our economic prospects.
- Saturn in Scorpio in the 11th, Pluto in Capricorn in the 1st and Neptune, Chiron, Mars and Mercury in Pisces in the 3rd form a small triangle.
People have confidence in their beliefs, in their power to heal and adjust to new circumstances. They are determined to move forward.
The T-square presents obstacles to economic progress from authority figures and established community attitudes. The trine and the sextile empower us to change our own attitudes in ways that insure our economic future. The triangle instills confidence and determination.
Combined, these aspects are bound to trigger defiance of authority in favor of one's own economic self-interest. The only thing standing in the way of economic betterment are a lot of outdated community attitudes.
Expect spirited resistance to authority from anyone, anywhere at anytime, including collective armed resistance.
But there’s more.
The Fogs of Change
February is drenched in mutable energy, increasingly so as the month progresses.
- Mutable signs are on all the angles. Sagittarius is on the Ascendant, Pisces is on the Imum Coeli, Gemini is on the Descendant, Virgo is on the Midheaven. Mutable energy pours into the chart from its most sensitive points.
- Mars, (2/4), Mercury (2/6), Sun (2/21) and Venus (2/28), the bodies that govern our basic attitudes and behaviors, all conjoin Neptune in February.
- Saturn is stationary/retrograde in Scorpio on February 18; Mercury is stationary/retrograde in Pisces on February 23. The effects of retrogrades resemble the effects of the mutable signs.
Note also that Mercury is pretty mutable itself. It governs two mutable signs (Gemini and Virgo) and is retrograding in mutable Pisces. Mutable Neptune governs mutable Pisces and is in Pisces. Mercury’s retrograde will amplify the already high levels of mutability in February.
The aspects discussed above indicate confrontation, rebellion and even insurrection. Doubtless there will be some of that.
However, all this mutability indicates adaptability, compromise, and negotiation on the one hand, and delays, confusion and complications on the other. Stationary/retrograde Saturn virtually guarantees that nothing important will get past the discussion phase.
So we can’t expect a quick, clear cut resolution of issues in February. People are feeling rebellious but the planets suggest that this feeling will move us away from confrontation and toward discussion and negotiation.
Defiant people will find a willingness to “work things out” from those they thought would oppose them.
Those who fear the consequences of defiance can draw encouragement from the mutability of February. They are more likely to find accommodation than resistance. They are more likely to trigger change than incur punishment. Just don’t expect immediate or clear cut results.
Long Term Trends
Recent charts, including February’s, indicate a progressive, populist trend. Two things indicate that this is a continuing, long-term trend.
- Saturn is headed further into governmental and institutional signs - Scorpio thru Pisces. It will take roughly 12 years for Saturn to return to the grassroots signs).
- The North Node, currently in Scorpio, is headed backwards into grassroots signs, Libra thru Aries. It will take roughly 14 years for the North Node to return to the governmental signs.
For more than a decade, under Saturn’s auspices, governments and other large institutions and organizations will receive increasingly harsh scrutiny. For a couple of years more, the grassroots will possess greater moral authority and, thus, greater leverage. Sentiment and the momentum of events will favor the grassroots.
All of the above is an astrological recipe for progressive reforms favorable to the grassroots and to women. It spells continuous setbacks for conservatives and those who occupy the halls of political and economic power.
Lives in TransitionAs I have so often said in the past, the overall direction of events is progressive and beneficial. However, change is always difficult; even mature, strong people struggle with it; many people just do not handle it well at all. Many nations, too, find change especially difficult.
These powerful, and powerfully transformative vibes are profoundly disruptive psychologically. Many of us will find ourselves exhausted. A great many of us will experience disruptive, life-changing events, or witness them in the lives of family, friends and co-workers. Others, hopefully a minority, will act out in bizarre, disruptive and sometimes violent ways. A great many nations will experience turmoil.
Never doubt that we are undergoing a global awakening. This is what global awakenings look like.