February 2012 Astrocast

Key Events:  

Full Moon (18:32 Leo): 7 February 2012

New Moon (02:42 Pisces): 21 February 2011

Retrograde Planets

Mars (23:05 Virgo - 03:41 Virgo):  24 January 2012 - 14 April 2012

Saturn (29:30 Libra - 22:46 Libra): 7 February 2012 - 25 June 2012

Easy Reference

Sun   Moon  Mercury   Venus   Mars   Jupiter   Saturn   Uranus   Neptune   Pluto  

1st House   2nd House   3rd House   4th House   5th House   6th House   7th House   8th House   9th House   10th House   11th House   12th House

Aspects     Sign Rulers     Fire-Earth-Air-Water     Cardinal-Fixed-Mutable

Eclipses  Solar Returns  Retrograde Planets

Lunations and Long-Term Aspects

The Full Moon on February 7 is in Leo, your 2nd house of income, finances, possessions, needs and pleasures, indicating a culmination or shift in phase is coming your way in this part of your life.  At this time the Sun is in Aquarius, your 8th house of transformations, sex, death and regeneration, intense experiences, debt and shared resources, which will highlight this area of your life as well.  It thus appears that money matters will be the focus at this time, though not necessarily in a bad way.

Mars is retrograde in Virgo, your 3rd house of thoughts, ideas, neighbors, siblings and local travel.  This could stir up a variety of things.  Mars provides energy and drive so while retrograde this is internalized, making it more difficult if not impossible to express.  This can bring frustration or stir up suppressed anger.  Things which you didn't think bothered you may be erupting, or possibly simply simmering beneath the surface, putting you in a grumpy mood for which you can't define a reason.  This is a time to rethink a variety of things or perhaps examine a relationship with one or more of your siblings.  If there are old, unresolved issues with a sibling or possibly a neighbor these are likely to come out during the next several months. 

Pluto continues to plod through Capricorn, your polar sign and 7th house of close relationships.  This includes your significant other, close friends and relatives, business partners, competitors and business professionals with whom you have a one-on-one relationship such as your financial advisor or attorney.  If your birthday is right around July 1 Pluto is opposing your natal Sun which will undoubtedly be stirring things up in this part of your life in one way or another.  If there is anyone in this part of your life whom you would do well to sever relationships with it is highly likely to come up during this time.  You may also discover all sorts of dirty little secrets about people as Pluto has the knack of unearthing anything which has been buried.  This is the time to take care of any unresolved issues, once and for all.  Pluto is about exposing corruption so that it can be cleared away and allowed to heal.  It may seem like a volcanic eruption at first, but later the grass grows back and the ground eventually becomes fertile again.

Neptune goes into Pisces early in the month which brings all sorts of energy to this fellow Water Sign.  Pisces is your 9th house of higher education, legal matters, your philosophy of life including your beliefs and expectations, religion, politics, other cultures, long-distance travel and so forth.  Seeking escape and inspiration in this part of your life is greatly favored, especially now that Neptune is further enhancing the Piscean environment.  Enlightenment, dreams and visions will be easily accessible, but also be aware that what you see or discover may not be real but literally a figment of your imagination.  Again, this is not a bad thing as long as you're aware that what you're perceiving may not be real.  If your birthday is right around June 22 this effect will be the strongest since Neptune will be trining your natal Sun.  This is an excellent time to meditate on what your deepest beliefs are and further define them at the spiritual level.  Profound insights and understanding are highly likely which can help you with any challenging situations.

Speaking of challenging situations, Saturn retrograde in fellow Cardinal Sign, Libra, may be stirring up a few at home.  Saturn is exalted in Libra, which softens his effects such that the more positive side comes out such as discipline, responsibility and organization.  However, while retrograde you can still expect delays and restrictions to arise.  If you feel as if your home situation is stuck this can explain it.  Libra is your 4th house of home environment which also includes your cultural roots, memories and endings.  Saturn's trine to Neptune, however, can help you gain very useful understanding of the situation, whatever it may be.  A change of direction may be indicated as well.

Jupiter is in Taurus, your 11th house of friends, groups, organizations, networking and goals.  This will motivate some practical expansion in this part of your life, but the opposition with Saturn is going to temper it somewhat.  You may find that increasing your activity in this part of your life is held back by obligations at home.

The New Moon on February 21 is in fellow Water Sign, Pisces, as defined above.  This will bring something new into this part of your life, even if it's intangible, such as a new belief.  If you are fortunate enough to be taking a long voyage at this time it should be quite favorable and prove very inspirational.  With the Sun, Moon, Neptune and Mercury all in Pisces you can expect a dreamy influx of ideas, though there is also the possibility for some confusion.  Absorb all the inspiration you can and then sort it out later.

By this time Jupiter is trining Pluto, even though he is still opposing Saturn.  This aspect is diminishing, however.  The trine to Pluto implies that someone new in your circle of friends may provide some insights into any relationship issues currently on your plate.  You may encounter someone who has experienced a similar problem and can offer some useful advice.  The 11th is also the house of goals, so this may also help you determine an approach to resolve the situation.  Jupiter rules your 6th house of work, health, service and pets, so this may apply to that part of your life as well.  Uranus is currently in your 10th house of career so you can expect some changes and perhaps even surprises in that part of your life as well.  Venus is there through the first week in March which can bring some benefits your way.  This would be a favorable time to make a presentation, ask for a raise, or bring favorable attention to yourself in some way.  The 10th also includes your public image, reputation and status, which can also be nicely affected.

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