Under the Jupiter-ruled first decanate, February emerges with the Saturn-surveyed Moon in the bounds of Mercury. Post Cazimi, Mercury is now blindingly under the beams, and will enter its pre-shadow phase on the 19th, coinciding with this month’s Full Moon. Seemingly bifurcated by Mars, February’s celestial composition formalizes on 2/1/19 with the friction of Mars confronting Pluto via square at 21°39′ Aries-Capricorn, squaring the ascending node at 26°32′ Aries-Cancer, and finally, conjoining Uranus at 29°11′ Aries, directly prior to its ingress into Taurus.
In the Martian terms of Sagittarius, Venus completes a jubilant trine to Uranus before committing to Capricorn’s structural stoicism. Ingressing into the Sea Goat on 2/3/19, Venus’ affirmative qualities grace the sector of one’s chart signaled by Capricorn. This ingress will impact nocturnal charts more poignantly, and can help calibrate charts burdened by Saturn’s more sobering lessons. While this shift from fiery, Jupiter-ruled territory to the solidified boundaries of earthy Capricorn are seemingly somber, the practical objectivity of Venus in the Sea Goat can elucidate and concretize endeavors. However, as elaborated below, contention can surface, partly resulting from Mercury’s condition in Pisces.
This month, simultaneously starting their journeys in the bounds of Venus, both Mercury and Mars ingress into their detriments, Mercury into Pisces (2/10/19) and Mars into Taurus (2/14/19). Stationing retrograde come 3/5/19, the Messenger in Pisces nearly foreshadows March’s mercurial challenges. Prior to this, on 2/19/19, Mercury conjoins Neptune at 15°34′ Pisces, the first in a sequential trio, and enters its shadow phase before its sextile to Saturn at 16°55′ Pisces-Capricorn. As for Mars, on 2/14/19, the red planet is graciously hosted by Venus. In Taurus, the Warrior must abide by the benefic’s reconciliatory rules, a foreign concept to the naturally severing properties of (malefic) Mars.
Nine sextile configurations forge February’s trajectory, beginning with Mercury-Jupiter at 18°15′ Aquarius-Sagittarius and ending with Sun sextile Mars at 9°2′ Pisces-Taurus.
As it began, February’s terminal is chiseled by the Capricorn Moon as Venus completes her journey through the Mars term of the Sea Goat. The notable air-void further accentuates the mercurial labyrinth that must be delicately traversed. On 3/1/19, Venus squares Uranus at 29°47′ Capricorn-Aries before ingressing into Saturn’s diurnal domicile (or sequel) in Aquarius.
Exploring February’s Elemental Air-Void
Essentially, the air affinity is akin to the third-person perspective of a book’s narrative, or a bird’s eye view of a moving picture: impartial surveillance of any given scenario.
In both mundane and natal astrology air-voids are cumbersome to navigate when the remaining elements are heavily activated. In other words, experiencing life through the active/ dynamic (fire), emotive (water), and material (earth) spheres can conceal the subtlety of air. If we look to its qualities, air is, comparatively, easily dissolvable against the remaining elements. Personal detachment is challenging, since the experiences are consumed in immediacy.
Since the unifying properties of air are compromised, uncooperative behavior can beget unsatisfactory partnerships, as hesitance surges when adjusting to new people, ideas, and insights. An amount of distrust and suspicion is applied to purely intellectual pursuits and people. In essence, the main air-void obstacle stems from the inability to objectively approach internal and external circumstances.
Air-voids are often linked to delicate nervous systems with psychosomatic manifestations. When ideas fail to be assimilated (mentally and emotionally), irrational reactions can surge. While the body’s response to inconceivable ideas can produce physical ailment and aggression, these reactions are intended to abolish threat. Physically, excessive air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitized nervous system. Consistent meditation and restful, recuperative retreats are necessary for replenishment and the prevention of cerebral exhaustion. Additionally, it is imperative to implement a change of scenery away from the quotidian in order to escape from systematic preoccupations, second thoughts, and interminable plans.
February 2019 Ingresses
2/3/19: Venus ingresses into Capricorn
2/10/19: Mercury ingresses into Pisces
2/14/19: Mars ingresses into Taurus
2/18/19: Sun ingresses into Pisces
2/4/19: New Moon in Aquarius: At 15°45′ Aquarius, as the luminaries apply to a Jupiter sextile, the new Moon is copresent via degree with Mercury. In the background, the ongoing Saturn-Neptune sextile is exact. Likewise, the luminaries, in aversion to Saturn, Venus, Pluto, and Neptune, sextile the Mars-Uranus conjunction. Via sign, a Mars-Saturn square is activated. In the bounds of Venus, the New Moon falls under the Mercury-ruled second decanate.
2/19/19: Full Moon in Virgo: At 0°42′ Virgo the perigee syzygy is in the bounds of Mercury, under the Sun-ruled first decanate. As the Moon’s ruler is ingressed into its Piscean adversity, the full Moon punctuates Mercury’s fleet-footed urgency with an ethereal sublimation. In Mercury’s bounds, the full Moon falls under the solar-ruled first decanate.
February 2019 Astrology Calendar
2/1/19: Mars square Pluto at 21°39′ Aries-Capricorn
2/2/19: Venus trine Uranus at 28°55′ Sagittarius-Aries
2/3/19: Mercury sextile Jupiter at 18°15′ Aquarius-Sagittarius
2/3/19: Venus ingresses into Capricorn
2/4/19: New Moon at 15°45′ Aquarius
2/7/19: Sun sextile Jupiter at 18°56′ Aquarius-Sagittarius
2/7/19: Mercury sextile Mars at 25°40′ Aquarius-Aries
2/9/19: Mars square Ascending Node at 26°32′ Aries-Cancer
2/9/19: Mercury sextile Uranus at 29°5′ Aquarius-Aries
2/10/19: Mercury ingresses into Pisces (adversity/ detriment) I
2/12/19: Ascending Node stations direct at 26°24′ Cancer
2/13/19: Mars conjunct Uranus at 29°11′ Aries
2/14/19: Mars ingresses into Taurus (adversity/ detriment) II
2/17/19: Venus sextile Neptune at 15°29′ Capricorn-Pisces
2/17/19: Ascending node stations retrograde at 26°29′ Cancer
2/18/19: Sun sextile Uranus at 29°21′ Aquarius-Aries
2/18/19: Venus conjunct Saturn at 16°46′ Capricorn
2/18/19: Sun ingresses into Pisces
2/19/19: Mercury conjunct Neptune at 15°34′ Pisces
2/19/19: Mercury sextile Saturn at 16°55′ Pisces-Capricorn
2/22/19: Mercury square Jupiter at 21°06′ Pisces-Sagittarius
2/22/19: Venus conjunct Pluto at 22°17’Capricorn
2/23/19: Mercury sextile Pluto at 22°18′ Pisces-Capricorn
2/25/19: Venus opposite Ascending node at 25°58′ Capricorn-Cancer
2/26/19: Mercury trine Ascending node at 25°58′ Pisces-Cancer
Roberto Echaurren Matta, Here, Sir Fire, Eat! oil on canvas, 1942
Full Moon in Gemini: Tempering the Twins
Heralding the bifurcation of singular experience, pulverizing the illusory blueprint of solidarity, November’s Luna illuminates the starry Twins of Castor and Pollux. Unfurling the illimitable boundaries of dual existence, Gemini’s urgency stems from the necessity to engorge itself with unembellished, mobile perception. Without time for complacency or dogmatism, Gemini whirls to amalgamate experience, embracing both the chaos and splendor of earth. It sprints past singularity, past the shatterings of solidity, anxiously unearthing the capacity to encrypt life.
As the airy trigon’s initiator, what, then, propels the mutable Twins? Unrestrained by the margins of meaning and interpretation, the raw facts of human perception are Gemini’s ultimate terminals.
The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. As key participants of this lunation, the double-bodied signs require the calibration of overt flexibility. Piscean Mars, a cautionary sphere of boiling plasma, poises at the Full Moon’s precipice, portending the necessary temperance of ferocity. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options.
Roberto E. Matta, Black Virtue, oil on canvas, 1943
Gemini Decan I: The Scribe’s Art
At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon’s decan is surveyed by Jupiter and Mercury. Unencumbered by the material sphere, the first decan of the Twins curiously explores the infinitesimal scope of cerebral consciousness. Agrippa portrays the Twins’ first decan as “serving another”, one that “granteth wisdom”, along with “the knowledge of numbers and arts in which there is no profit.” Unrestrained by earthly gain, a vast cerebral pleasure erupts. Here is the amplification of service through the vehicle of knowledge. The mind’s elasticity is stretched to interminable limits, gorging itself with a broad scope of abstract sciences, arithmetic, literary skills, and craftsmanship.
Picatrix forges this decan as “the art of the scribe, [that of] reckoning, of giving and receiving [i.e., trade], and of the sciences.” Again, in Paul Christian’s History and Practice of Magic, decan I of Gemini denotes an “aptness for unprofitable abstract sciences”. The first decan of Gemini combines the amplified wisdom of experiential Jupiter with Mercury’s amalgamation of unfiltered knowledge. Yet throughout these depictions, the joy of learning excludes material profit: the rare scribe is satisfied with the pleasure afforded by wisdom.
Fixed Star Alcyone: A Starry Inner Eye
At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon conjoins Eta Tauri, known as Alcyone, the indicator star of the Pleiades, and corresponds to the third lunar mansion. A controversial star and the brightest of the Pleiades open cluster, Alcyone forms part of the seven stars in the shoulder of the Bull. According to Ptolemy, the nature of Pleiades is akin to the Moon and Mars, echoing this lunation’s caution against potential injuries resulting from impulsivity. In Christian Astrology, Lilly lists the Pleiades as culprits for ocular issues, a prediction echoed by Robson, Ebertin, and Rigor. According to Brady, Alcyone is also linked to the visionary skills of mystical insight and wisdom. The polarizing extremes of this star can be gleamed, for example, in the charts of Jim Jones and Leonardo Da Vinci, where the former native’s ‘spiritual’ quest is warped in judgmental barbarism. Contrastingly, Da Vinci’s inventions and visual art expand the visionary elasticity of Alcyone.
The industriousness of Alcyone, currently at 0° Gemini, echoes the essential nature of Al-Thurraya, the third lunar mansion whose tropical boundaries extend from 25°42’ Aries – 8°34’ Taurus. Positioned in the Mansion of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, this mansion augurs abundance. Noted by Warnock in Mansions of the Moon, although Al-Thurayya is a positive indication regarding career-based prosperity, beauty, and creativity, there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence, a cautionary reference to this lunation’s Moon-Jupiter opposition. 
Roberto Echaurren Matta, Lumiere Noir, oil on canvas, 1942
Full Moon Aspects
Moon Opposite Jupiter, Mars Square Jupiter
This lunation opposes Jupiter, ferociously emblazoned by a Mars-Jupiter square. While the Moon-Jupiter opposition inspires liberation and voluntary initiation, it parallels the third lunar mansion’s caution against intemperance. Excessive literal and metaphorical desires of the material sphere require moderation, while disputes stemming from the assertion of personal freedom are stimulated. The overt mutability of this lunation can manifest as an anxiously deep inquiry into foundational aspirations. While a disquiet temperament can saturate the trajectory of current goals, this lunation is best occupied by measured contemplation.
The Luminaries and Mars ‘Upon the Tenth’
Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Known as ‘upon the tenth’ in Hellenistic astrology, a planet in the tenth sign relative to another planet forms a superior square. In this lunation, Mars is upon the tenth and in a superior square relative to the Moon. The nocturnal, angular Moon readily mirrors the ferocity of Mars, alerting the surge of possible tensions and grievances. For the discouraged minority (despite Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, as general transits cannot tailor to the exclusive needs of a native’s chart), the Moon-Mars square suggests deliberate and serene action in the face of hidden aggressions.
Mercury Retrograde as Dispositor
Under the Sun’s beams and conjunct Jupiter, Mercury retrograde disposes this brumous lunation from the Archer’s angular stellium. As messenger, Mercury utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter. As an oratory lord, Mercury indicates the necessary mental prowess to initiate gnosis. When dignified, Mercurial Gemini is not merely a proficient speaker, he embodies the voice of truth echoed by wisdom. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.
Roberto Echaurren Matta, The Disasters of Mysticism, oil on canvas, 1942
The Aftermath of the Mercury-Neptune Square
Seemingly independent of this lunation, the Mercury-Neptune square saturating most of November’s backdrop separates, levitating the fog of deception. As a result, blazing the nebulous veil, scorching through the illusory masquerade of deceit, a myriad of previously occult truths surface. While temporarily discouraging, these insights can fortify the underprivileged to commence anew. Now, the gelid candour of earthly wisdom is a sober reminder of the eternal shift between cruelty and grace. The pendulum sways in rhythmic unison to life’s stoic endpoint.
A Divisive Nation: The Full Moon’s Echo
This lunation’s expression extends its divisiveness to the results of the 2018 United States elections. Held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, as the Democratic Party secured control of the House of Representatives and broadened gains at the state level, the Republican Party expanded its presence in the Senate. Indeed, A ‘modern’ nation is uncompromisingly cut at the core by race, education, and region. Increasingly, the U.S. is bifurcated by dual constitutional ideologies and lifestyles. Since 1968, the U.S. has projected a divisive entity, cleaving control of the national government between the Democrats and Republicans. This unyielding polarity contrasts the predominant exclusivity prior to 1968, where the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Presidency was entrusted to the same party per election.
Bust of Tethys
Tethys: The Ocean’s Empress
At 0°52′ Gemini, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Tethys. Often described as a personification of the sea, Tethys is also identified with Thalassa and Amphitrite. Tethys, whose name is derived from the Greek word têthê (meaning ‘nurse’ or ‘grandmother’) is one of the Titans, and the daughter of Uranus and Gaea. She is the wife of Oceanus, birthing the river gods and three-thousand water goddesses, or Oceanids.Gemini’s illimitable nature, as illustrated in its first decan, parallels Tethy’s abundant offspring.
In Greek vase painting, Tethys appears accompanied by Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, and her fish-tailed husband Oceanos. In mosaic art, she is depicted with a small pair of wings on her brow, signaling her role as mother of rain-couds. With clouds and the wings on Tethys’ brow, the element air is emphasized, as is its levitating quality (associated with Eurynome, Queen of Heaven). The incremental nature of Gemini’s first decan, as a singularity that branches into thousands (as Mother Creation, in connection to Protogenos Thesis), is repeatedly referenced by Tethys’ children, including the Oceanids and Venus.
“Tethys I call, with eyes cærulean bright, hid in a veil obscure from human sight;
Great Ocean’s empress, wand’ring thro’ the deep, and pleas’d with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose blessed waves in swift succession go, and lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the Sea serene to play, in ships exulting and the wat’ry way.
Mother of Venus [Kypris], and of clouds obscure, great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my pray’r, and make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosp’rous breeze, and waft them safely o’er the stormy seas.” – Orphic Hymn to Thalassa (the Sea) or Tethys (The Hymns of Orpheus, translated by Taylor Thomas, 1972)
Gemini Talismanic Stones: The Agate and Chrysoprase
While Gemini is said to govern striped stones such as Howlite, its talismanic stones are the Agate and Chrysoprase.
The Agate is a variety of quartz found in different colours, often with alternate layers of red and white known as “ribbon” Agate, also of a milky white. The latter can be artificially colored and, as a result, is obtainable in bright greens, blues, and various tones of grey-purple. Additionally, the Moss Agate is considered favorable for the sight, and was once used by physicians when composing lotions and ointments.
Chrysoprase, like the Agate, is a variety of quartz that acquires its name from the Greek words meaning “golden leek,” in reference to its color, which varies from an opaque yellow-green to a light white-green. Its color can fade from lengthy light and sun exposure, but is remedied if dipped in a solution of nitrate or nickel. According to Albertus Magnus, a Chrysoprase formed the Amulet of Alexander the Great, and Chrysoprase was much used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for signet rings and cameos; and also by the Egyptians, who set it with lapis lazuli. The virtues attributed to the Chrysoprase are said to impart cheerfulness, remove uneasiness, and afford protection to its wearers. It also bestows assiduity in good works, removing greed, covetous desires, bringing success in new enterprises, and true and faithful friends. It is also worn as an amulet against rheumatism and gout.
Full Moon in Gemini
Dioscuri, The Twins, or Castor and Pollux, are the two principal stars of the Gemini constellation. Deemed part divine and part human via conception, the brothers’ dual nature is illustrated via myth. “They were the sons of Leda. Pollux and Helen were the children of Zeus, and Castor was the son of Tyndareus, also the daughter of Clytemnestra.”  The true meaning of Castor and Pollux, however, is etymologically derived from the Latin word castus, implying chastity, while Pollux means to defile or pollute. As the self’s bifurcation, The Twins are the dual centers of consciousness.
The cerebrospinal system carries the physio-chemical electricity associated with the energy of Mercury. As messenger, Hermes utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter, a combination allocating the necessary mental prowess to deliver gnosis.
The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options. Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.
The 2018 November Full Moon in Gemini occurs on the day of Venus, November 23rd, 2018.
At 8° Sagittarius (decan I), the full Moon is emblazoned by the fiery ferocity of Mars. Sparked by spirit-blaze, this lunation ignites the psyche’s potential liberation from varied realms of restrictive experience.
Forming a grand (fire) trine with Arian Chiron and the Leo North Node, this lunation has the power to pulverize façades, erupting the healing properties of truth. By aligning one’s inner guidance with devoted vulnerability, the ameliorating potential of this trine is activated.
At 9° Sagittarius, fixed star Antares conjuncts Luna, further accentuating the Mars-Jupiter energy of this scorching lunation. Antares, the royal scarlet star of Persia at the core of Scorpio’s constellation, consists of the words Ant and Ares, where the “former means against, or in opposition to, and Ares is the Roman name for the planet Mars and Aries” (Carey). ANT-ares refers to the de-structive energy of Mars, also known as Ta Who, or the Great Fire. Mythologically symbolic of extremes, Antares cautions against self-sabotage via unresolved obsession. However, thematically, this star generates success via transformative regeneration, and, in paran with the moon, a willingness to confront penumbras. In parallel, Jupiter (Sagittarius’ ruler, now retrograde in Scorpio), proposes that the ferocious fire of this lunation is suitably steered into illuminating the psyche’s shadow. Jupiter encourages the expungement of antiquated belief patterns. It facilitates the release of repressed growth by confronting fears and liberating the Self from mental impediments.
The Full Moon is one of speed and erupted vision, birthing ideas through the imagination’s velocity. This decan stirs scenes of physical and mental swiftness, potently swaying in accordance with inner vision. In the Yavanajataka, the imagery presented is that of “a man whose bow is drawn and whose speed is as violent as a horse’s. He has a knowledge of chariots and weapons…” The bow, vehicle for the body, transports swiftness toward its intended target. Analogous to the arrow or bullet, dissuasion is futile once the will’s motion is set, although mobility must eventually cease. Despite the planetary urge for swiftness, Mars’ conjunction to the Aquarian South Node cautions against over-exertion and the necessity to regenerate one’s vitality by adjusting trajectories to a measured pace. Augmenting the internalizing influence of Jupiter retrograde, Mars, ruler of Scorpio, is in retrograde shadow (as of May 12th). Instead of reliance on external acceptance, the preferred path fully aligns with heart-centered authenticity.
The blazing lunation’s journey is cleansed by the brilliant billow of a grand water trine (perfected the following day as Venus reaches 15° Cancer). Jupiter’s trine to Piscean Neptune evokes the potential for potent spiritual expansion, perforating portals to higher consciousness. Cancerian Venus, occupying a third water sign, fosters compassionate grace and altruistic love with depth of emotional expressiveness. Expanding concordance, the Full Moon sculpts a Mystic Rectangle, fortified by the lunar nodes at 7° 33′ of Leo and Aquarius, accentuating elemental fire (Leo and Sagittarius) and air (Aquarius and Gemini). The Fire-air combination is an exceptionally creative pairing that harmonizes ideas, inspirations, and plans with the capacity for execution.
This lunation’s precipice, forming a potent yod with the Gemini Sun and Leo North Node, is governed by Saturn, the final dispositor of this Moon’s chart. The Timekeeper’s somber lessons echo an inner serenity of surrender and wisdom in knowing that the highest possible outcome is naturally embedded in the essence of experience. While Kronus’s cold rings may stir fear in attempts to control life’s natural oscillation during this Full Moon, elevated potential is accessed through the soul’s relinquishment of boundaries from barred experience.
The Sagittarius Full Moon occurs on May, 29th, 2018, at 10:19 AM ET.
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