February 2019 Astrology Forecast

February 2019 Astrology Forecast Calendar

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

February Lunations

  • 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
    • 2/27/18: Sun sextile Mars at 9°2′ Pisces-Taurus

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    Venus Cazimi

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    Venus Cazimi

    On October 26th, 2018, Venus will form an inferior solar conjunction, exact at 3°06′ Scorpio (at 1:05:03 PM ET). In other words, Venus retrograde will closely approach the Sun, transferring, via orbit, between the solar rays and Earth. Simultaneously, Venus will cross perigee, lying on the same side as the Earth in our solar system.

    Once per synodic cycle of 584 days, the Sun-Venus conjunction heralds the terminal of Venus’ apparition in the evening sky. This transition ushers her renewal as heoia, or morning star, over the forthcoming weeks. However, celestially scorched amidst the Sun’s beams, Venus will remain invisible until she reaches 6° in distance from the Sun.

    Sun-Venus conjunction, exact at 3°06’ Scorpio.

    As Venus retrograde approaches the heart of the king on 10/26/18, she will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).*

    Cazimi: In The King’s Heart

    When a planet is ‘in the heart’ (enkardios) of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet to qualify as Cazimi, with earlier authors (such as Rhetorius) attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on the tighter value of 16 arc minutes. 

    Venus Cazimi Election

    Notice shift from 12th to 11th.

    Ingressed in a sign said to indicate extremes, this Cazimi is unlike that of Mercury in Virgo, where the latter remained ‘protected’ due to domicile. Conversely, Venus retrograde in Scorpio is in her adversity/ ‘detriment’, and, as a result, ruled by Mars, the nocturnal malefic and traditional ruler of Scorpio. Therefore, for the purposes of this election, it is critical to make the best use of this brief Cazimi portal, if one chooses to work with this planet in isolation. As a general election, this is not unfavorable for friendships, organizations, and creativity (or even children). A somber yet responsible presence is framed by diurnal Saturn in the first (in his domicile) while Venus Cazimi is overseeing the 5th and 10th places, respectively. The Moon, as a prominent co-signifactor in traditional/ electional astrology, is exalted at 27°47′ Taurus in the subjectively positive 5th place with reception to Mercury. Although separating, the waning Moon’s nearly exact opposition to Jupiter (27° Taurus-Scorpio) and Mercury, can pose challenges. Contrary to the sect in favor, Mars is, of course, the most challenging energy, poised in the second place at 18°11′ Aquarius. There is slight mitigation as he is overcome by both benefics via sign-based square. Still, this is not a suitable election for finances. Comparing the initial ‘Venus Cazimi’ election (exact at 3°06′ Scorpio) to this latter option, waiting is essential, as is working within a limited portal, in order to actualize the potential of Venus Cazimi in an objectively positive (11th) place.

    Under the Beams (Versus Cazimi)

    Because of the numerous articles/ posts egregiously using terms such as Cazimi and Under the Beams in an interchangeable format, let us clarify the following: a planet under the Sun’s beams is not Cazimi/ in the heart of the Sun. While a planet is momentarily shielded by the Sun’s rays during Cazimi, it is debilitated under the Sun’s beams, once it has ventured past the 16′ range (or 1°, depending on preferred value).

    To note Lilly, “a planet is said to be under the Sunbeams, until he is fully elongated or distant from his body 17 degr. either before or after him.” Here, Lilly is providing his definition of a planet degree range while it is under the beams of the Sun. Note that he extends his value for Cazimi to that of 17′ (as opposed to 16′).

    In contrast, a planet is in Cazimi “when he is not removed from him 17 min. or is within 17 min. forward or backward, as the Sun in 15.30 Taurus, Mercury in 15.25 of Taurus: here Mercury is in Cazimi, and all Authors do hold a Planet in Cazimi to be fortified…” In Lilly’s example, Mercury is in Cazimi at 15°25 Taurus, 5′ in value from the Sun.

    The purpose of clarifying these fundamental concepts is to deflect the potentially deleterious effects of incorrectly working with the current Venus retrograde in Scorpio. To reiterate, Venus is simultaneously retrograde, in detriment, and overseen by a nocturnal malefic (Mars). This is not an opportune time to undertake new ventures: not only is Venus in a state of introspection and purgation, but her Cazimi portal is too brief to produce tangible results. For the impatient, we notice this actualization come November.

    References:

    Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

    Houlding, Deborah, Skyscript

    Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

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    Venus Conjunct Pluto

    Venus Conjunct Pluto

    Roland Penrose, Winged Domino (Portrait of Valentine), Oil on canvas, 60 x 44 cm., 1937.

    Venus Conjunct Pluto In the Natal Chart

    As indicated by the Judgement card, Pluto, the metaphorical Judge, went direct on September 31st, as if positioning himself to oversee the wayward waltz of Venus retrograde. Aside from planetary transits, however, the natal union (or conjunction) between Venus and Pluto is as intensely purgatorial as that of Venus’s retrograde in Scorpio.

    The Natal Conjunction: Coiled Roots

    The natal conjunction consists of an 8° orb between two planets, increasing or decreasing in strength relative to the orb’s exactitude (0°), or distance (8°), respectively. When planets conjoin, a merging or energetic blend occurs between both planetary influences, causing their characteristics to intertwine like coiled roots at the base of a tree. As a result, their energies form an inseparable relationship, which is partially why the natal conjunction is deemed significantly potent. Although conjunctions are generally considered challenging aspects, as is the case with the Venus-Pluto conjunction, not all conjunctions are created equal, and this is highly dependent on the planets involved in configuration. However, for the purposes of this article, the conjunction is challenging in its inability to differentiate between two energies, as a result of their significantly close proximity.

    Note: Aspects should not be isolated in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

    Correspondences of Venus in Traditional Astrology

    Venus is the traditional domicile lord/ ruler of Libra and Taurus, exalted in Pisces (degree of exaltation: 27º Pisces), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Aries and Scorpio, and in depression/ ‘fall’ in Virgo. She is the ‘positive’ manifestation of the phlegmatic temperament, which is cold and wet. In Hellenistic astrology, Venus finds her planetary Joy in the fifth house. She is of feminine gender, occupies the nocturnal sect, and rules precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, and copper. Her colors are white and green and she is said to be oily (‘greasy’) in taste. She is considered the lesser benefic in traditional astrology, although her (benefic) energy is more pronounced in nocturnal charts. As a benefic, Venus affirms or says ‘yes’ to her planetary associations.

    Venus Conjunct Pluto

    Johannes Vermeer, The Seamstress

    Meaning of Venus in the Natal Chart

    Venus’s nature is reconciliatory, she is the benefic that oversees the subjectively positive affirmation of love, intimate relationships, friendships, and marriage. She governs the fine arts, including painting and the process of mixing pigments. Likewise, she rules over singing, pleasant sounds, melodies, and the production of music. She oversees scents including the perfume industry. Venus is joy, laughter, and merriment. She is said to grant assistance from royal women or relatives, securing auspicious reputation when functioning cooperatively. Venus nourishes in her capacity to grant and reciprocate pleasure [Brennan, p.178].

    Correspondences of Pluto in Astrology

    Pluto is an outer planet (often referred to as ‘transpersonal’ in modern astrology). *While the traditional rulership scheme, based on planetary distance from the Sun (ie., Saturn governs Capricorn and Aquarius because both signs are farthest from the Sun), modern planetary assignments appear to be more archetypal. Pluto is said to be the modern ruler of Scorpio (in modern astrology), exalted in Aries, but authors differ regarding Pluto’s signs of detriment and fall. In modern astrology, Pluto is often deemed the ‘higher octave’ of Mars. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was once deemed the ninth planet, during an epoch that witnessed the spawn of nuclear/ atomic power, deleterious dictatorships, and The Great Depression. The word Pluto is derived from the Greek ‘plutos’, meaning wealth.

    Meaning of Pluto in the Natal Chart

    In the natal chart, Pluto signifies the elimination and renewal process through regenerative progression. As a planet of extremes with clearly punctuated heights and depths, it is responsible for the pulverization of all psychological residue hindering spiritual transcendence. Paralleling Hades’s helmet of invisibility (worn upon fleeing the underworld), the metamorphosing power of Pluto is often inconspicuously cloaked and filtered through hidden psychological layers. Because of its discovery during the development of atomic power, Pluto has the pulverizing capacity to discharge concealed energy. While Pluto certainly possesses an annihilating force, it can equally be wielded into reconstructive growth and personal power.

    Venus Conjunct PLuto

    Francis Bacon, Two Figures, oil on canvas, 1953, 60 x 45 ⅞ in. (152.5 x 116.5 cm)

    Venus Conjunct Pluto in the Natal Chart

    The natal Venus-Pluto conjunction often describes a native seeking to dissolve their core identity through excessively intense relationships. Crisis-related patterns incessantly emerge in relationships, and it is often this type of energy that is being drawn into the native’s life by their own subconscious volition. While fidelity is quite pronounced with this aspect, rarely will a balanced, serene union maintain the interest of a Venus-Pluto native, as the insatiable urge to explore depth and complexity overrides the otherwise reconciliatory nature of Venus.

    Although the grasp of Venus-Pluto wields a forceful, magnetic pull, it can simultaneously repel, depending on the partner’s own resonance with Plutonian themes. Severity and depth pronounces the quality of responses generated in Venus-Pluto relationships, and it is difficult for these natives to contemplate the possibility of pursuing a partnership that offers emotional tranquility and lightheartedness. The mark of the Venus-Pluto conjunction punctuates extremities, for its fuel is the adrenaline of intensely consummating experiences. In essence (and in what appears seemingly contradictory), their sense of security is subconsciously immersed in these life-devouring unions. The material resources afforded by Venus are happily sacrificed with the Venus-Pluto aspect, becoming emblems that validate the native’s interminable affections.

    For creative types, the Venusian production of art often alludes to Plutonian themes otherwise shunned by conformity. Provocative, dramatic, depth-riddled undertones saturate art used as a vehicle to explore controversial subject matter. Because Venus is responsible for artistic endeavors and, in this aspect, she is fused with the energy of Pluto, creative expression is driven by the same intensity and passion that permeates relationships.

    Re-emerging patterns of intimacy enveloped in emotional crises will surge until, at last, the native grows conscious of their root origin. Once aware of the reasons why exhaustive, emotional intensity is so vital to the breath of their relationships, the native begins to shift behavioral patterns in favor of more constructively sustainable partnerships. Implemented wisely, the lessons of subjectively traumatic relationships can help forge the foundational core of authenticity.

    Resources:

    Lilly, William, Christian Astrology III.

    Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology.

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    Taurus Ascendant

    “To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

    The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

    The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

    Taurus Ascendant

    Taurus: The Bull

    Taurus Ascendant: Venus as the Chart Ruler

    The feminine, earthy, fixed Taurus Ascendant embodies the nocturnal expression of Venus. As the planet of reconciliation, love, beauty, and artistic expression orchestrates the Taurean Ascendant, Venus will have a potent connection to the native’s body, appearance, personality, and physical vitality. As the Venusian Bull concretizes a more earthy manifestation, the Taurus Ascendant is energetically resourceful: paused reactions couple a resilient stamina. Mirroring the practical, earthly side of the benefic’s rulership (Venus), Taurus Ascendant nourishes the body and mind through the tactile senses, comfort, its physical possessions, and artistic expression. The Taurus Ascendant thrives in harmonious environments and partnerships, seeking to unify or reconcile. As the earthy Venusian Spirit, Taurus projects the image of Venus via grace and refinement. In a fertile sign, the physical constitution of the Taurus Ascendant (in isolation) is generally fuller, said to be blessed by the star of Venus. 

    Of Venus-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

    ‘A round face, and not large, fair Hair, smooth, and plenty of it… a lovely Mouth and cherry lips, the Face pretty fleshy, a rolling wandering Eye, a Body very delightful, lovely and exceedingly well shaped, one desirious of Trimming and making himself neat and complete both in clothes and Body… a steadfast Eye, and full of amorous enticements.’          

    The placement and condition of Venus in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the ascendant, natal Venus, Venus retrogrades, including first place, and Venus profection years. The house ruler of Venus also directs the expression of the Taurus Ascendant. For example, if Venus occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Scorpio, the native may not approach life as a typical Taurus Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Mars occupying the first house of Taurus will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the Ascendant. Fixed stars such as Algol and the Pleiades (conjunct the Ascendant) can impact the otherwise traditional Taurean Ascendant. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Mars in the natal chart. 

    *Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart. 

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