February 2020 Astrocast

Retrograde Planets: 


Mercury (12:53 Pisces - 28:17 Aquarius) 16 February - 9 March 2020

(Shadow until 31 March 2020)

Uranus (06:36 0 02:39 Taurus) 12 August 2019 - 10 January 2020

(Shadow until 26 April 2020)

Neptune (18:43 -15:55 Pisces) 21 June - 26 November 2019

(Shadow until 17 March 2020)

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Date: 9 February 2020 Date: 23 February 2020
Position: 20:00 Leo (Strongest influence for those born ~12 December) Position: 04:29 Pisces (Strongest influence for those born ~26 November)
Natural House: 9th Natural House: 4th
Influences of the 9th house include your philosophy of life, beliefs, expectations, legal matters, higher learning/academia, publication, other cultures, religion, politics, long-distance travel and relocation. This is where you process the information you receive and either reject or accept it into your opinions. You may expand your view of the world or be more inclined to socialize. Look for a culmination or shift to a new phase that relates to something in this part of your life. Influences of the 4th house include your home environment, cultural roots, memories, endings, and new beginnings. This is where cycles can begin or end, so it covers a plethora of possibilities. With a New Moon, it's more likely to be a beginning.  It's an excellent time to begin a new endeavor of any kind or to focus on one of those other areas such as home improvement, getting together with family, working on your personal history, or even doing one of those DNA tests to learn more about your origins. For some fun ideas in the family history department, checkout Whobeda's (a.k.a. Marcha Fox's) "Family History Fun Factor" on Amazon.

The Full Moon on 9 February occurs in Leo. If you look at the chart for this lunation, you will see that all the planets are clustered within half the zodiac by sign, which is rather lopsided, to say the least. The Moon is on the other side, opposing the Sun. This particular zodiacal pattern is known as a bundle/bucket and  has interesting effects on those born with such a planetary configuration. They tend to be rather self-contained and their means of expression in this case would be the Moon, making it emotional and likely to be a bit ego-centric.

There is one favorable aspect with this lunation which comprises a sextile between Jupiter and Neptune. This is a somewhat comfortable partnership since both have connections with Pisces, i.e., Neptune its modern and Jupiter its traditional ruler. Jupiter is not very well placed in Capricorn, however. Jupiter encourages expansion of all kinds. While some consider Jupiter fortunate, this is not always the case. In general, he's pretty neutral, much like Mercury. He simply expands what he touches. Thus if it's a favorable aspect it turns out nicely, if it's a bad aspect with a malefic planet, then not so nicely. In the worst charts I've seen for storms and such, Jupiter is usually involved. Capricorn is a sign that tends to be restrictive. It's energy is conventional, organized, responsible, and authoritarian. When you think about it, it figures that such things and governments and corporations are naturally ruled by this sign. Therefore, Jupiter is under strong scrutiny in this sign. It may be a good thing for governments and corporations, but not necessarily for the rest of us. Jupiter is related to justice and philosophy as ruler of the 9th house, so this could have some interesting effects.

Neptune is in Pisces, which he rules, as noted above. Thus, he is much more comfortable with his location that Jupiter. This sign is idealistic, compassionate, free-floating, if you will, as a water sign, but not always clearly stated or realistic. Thus this sextile between these two influences has interesting implications. This is an easy energy exchange which suggests a favorable blending of the two influences. In theory, both sides will be heard and a reasonable outcome will result. For example, it could be favorable to any charities trying to attain legal status or finding corporate donors. It could also be useful to anyone with a dream they're trying to shift to reality that requires the assistance of someone in a position of authority. However, there are some speedbumps to be overcome as well.

Saturn and Pluto are also in Capricorn and conjunct. This will be in effect for a while since both are outer planets and slow-movers. Saturn rules Capricorn while Pluto, which generally relates to power and control, is rather comfortable there as well. Pluto functions well for exposing corruption as well as in power struggles. Resolving old unresolved issues is another area in which his energy is useful. This conjunction is semi-sextile Mars for this lunation. This aspect tends to bring an annoyance or irritation. The good news is that with some effort it can often be turned to a blessing in disguise. Mars is in Sagittarius where he has been stirring up a few things that could lie in the social justice domain such as protests regarding the power and control exercised by governments and corporations. There is a strong polarization of political factors these days which certainly fits with this energy.

Another semi-sextile connects Venus and Uranus. Venus has just entered Aries where she is in debility. While Venus' nature tends to be receptive and benevolent, in Aries she's more aggressive going after what she wants. She may not quite be a warrior, but she's easily irritated and impatient. The connection with Uranus will make this propensity even more unpredictable and potentially explosive. As the ruler of love and money, this could stir up a few things in this department, but remember the "cloud with a silver lining" potential if you put some effort into it.


The New Moon is on 23 February in Pisces. As mentioned earlier regarding how the planets are clustered together on one side of the zodiac, this is still the case and even tighter than earlier as Mars has entered Capricorn. Only four signs contain planets, i.e. Aries, Taurus, Capricorn, and Pisces with the majority in the latter two. Probably the most interesting aspect in this lunation is the sextile pattern that connects the lunation, Mars, and Uranus. Pisces is a compassionate, dreamy, and potentially unrealistic sign. As the one that represents the 12th house, it is also the residence of self-defeating behaviors and hidden enemies. I consider it the house of angels and demons. Thus, this energy can go to either extreme. Mars is in Capricorn where he is exalted. This is because his energy finds discipline and order that directs his impulsive energy in a constructive way. Uranus is in Taurus, another odd combination of energies. Uranus relates to surprises, unexpected events, explosions, rebellion, breakthroughs, technology, and unconventional views. Taurus, as an Earth Sign, is slow, steady, and slow-moving. HOWEVER, think about all the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have occurred and you can see one way this energy expresses itself on the mundane level. Uranus and Mars are in trine, suggesting favorable forces for moving mountains, either literally or figuratively with both those planets obtaining assistance from the New Moon in a sign that really can't be trusted.

As if that's not enough to consider, Saturn and Pluto are still conjunct, as noted above and Mercury is now retrograde, which will be addressed in the following sextion. Neptune and Venus are semi-sextile, which suggests annoyances related to love or money, which of course are usually a dollar a dozen, anyway. This implies confusion or deception, misunderstandings, and perhaps getting stuck with something you really can't afford. With Mercury retrograde, this is definitely not the time to start something new much less make a major purchase.


Mercury stations retrograde on 16/17 February, depending on the timezone in which you reside. Mercury is already in trouble in Pisces where he is in fall. Mercury likes detail, precision, clear communications, and organization which is not to be found in Pisces. This can be great for your imagination, but not rational thought, largely due to the huge emotional component present in any Water sign. Then, as if that's not already difficult enough, add retrograde movement. This is analogous to doing the backstroke in a large body of water. Furthermore, the station chart has a partile square with the Moon in Sagittarius. There's more emotional energy to deal with combined with a philosophical component or perhaps a holier-than-thou attitude.

Jupiter and Neptune are sextile, as noted earlier for the Full Moon. This influence will now be internalized or perhaps reversed, if decisions were made that related to that influence.  As always remember that making a major purchase and even some minor ones is ill-advised at this time. This especially applies to anything electronic or mechanical, but in reality, that covers a lot more than you may think. I purchased a cat litter box one time when Mercury was retrograde, which you would think would be fine. What can go wrong with a litter box, right? Well, it had a lid with a swinging entry door, which fell off within the first few days. Even clothing has a "mechanical" element with regard to the stitching holding it together. I was crazy enough to start writing a novel when Mercury was retrograde, even though I knew that was not a good time because things started then usually never worked out or encounter a significant delay. That was years ago and it's still sitting there while I've moved on to other projects and have no idea when I might ever get back to it.

Mars is already trining Uranus, as described for the New Moon, so that explosive energy is ramping up. Sure, it's a trine, but they are not always fortunate, either. All it indicates is an easy flow of energy, which between two malefics, tends to turn out badly. Venus and the Moon are in trine, which is a bit friendlier, though neither is in a particularly good sign. This looks as if it will relate to rethinking the benefits of a relationship and engender some lively discussions that probably won't be particularly fruitful. With that much fire and emotion, those "discussions" could get rather loud.

The main thing to remember is this is a time to rethink, reconsider, revise (good for editing), or re-plan. Don't start anything new, sign any contracts, or buy anything that can wait until at least March 9 and even later, if possible.

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