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Solar Eclipse in Aquarius, Feb 2018

Chart for the Solar Eclipse in Aquarius
Chart for the Solar Eclipse ~ New Moon in Aquarius

Collaboration is not about gluing together existing egos.
It's about the ideas that never existed
until after everyone entered the room.
~ Anonymous

Feb.15 – SOLAR ECLIPSE ~ NEW MOON in AQUARIUS (27:07 of Aquarius)

This Solar Eclipse is just 1:45 away from being opposite the big eclipse we had last August 21st. That one was in Leo and this one is in the opposite sign, Aquarius.

So, if the Leo eclipse was conjunct the whatchamacallit in your chart, this one will oppose it, and vice versa – each being about initiating and culminating a process of growth. If the Leo one squared the whosiwhatsis in your chart, so will this one – the square aspect being a stressful, challenging energy. And if the Leo eclipse trined your jigamathingy, this one will sextile it, and vice versa – either way being a cooperative, easy flowing energy.

So...... say hello (again) to whatever themes came up in your chart that began around last August!

If you're groaning with the memory of icky events from that time, that's a signal that you encountered a big step in your transformational journey. And with all the learning about that situation you've gathered since then, you now have even more skills, resources and understanding at your disposal that can help you navigate those choppy waters or even minimize the turmoil.

Or, if you're scratching your head and wondering what eclipse-worthy thing happened last August (other than the United States and southern Canada losing their partying collective minds over a spectacular total eclipse that cast a shadow from coast to coast), then the eclipse might have brought more positive changes and transformations.

Negative events do tend to be the ones we remember more often, so if you don't remember anything dramatic, it could be because the eclipse was working more in the background or with a gentler, subtler hand in your life. Look instead for resources, skills, well-being, health, recreation and/or creative energy that have developed, improved or changed since last August.

Partial Solar Eclipse, June 1, 2011

So: what is this eclipse about? Well, for starters it's not very dramatic, as eclipses go. It's just a partial eclipse (not a total eclipse like the one in Leo), with the Sun not even half-covered. That said, I've seen some pretty impressive effects from partial eclipses, especially if they interact with your chart in a big way, so I wouldn't count this one out just yet.

However, you'll have to go all the way to Antarctica to see this eclipse at its maximum, which I guess could be dramatic in itself but maybe not quite what you had in mind. Or, you could see a partial view of the already-partial eclipse if you're in southern Chile, Argentina or the Falkland Islands. But even from there, the Sun will most likely just dim a little.

So, not exactly a thrilling light show in this one ...which I suppose is fitting. The August eclipse with all its pageantry and celebration perfectly expressed Leo's flare for the dramatic, whereas this February eclipse seems to fit Aquarius' cool demeanour.

However (and this is important if you're in a viewable area), since the Sun is not fully covered during this eclipse, it is crucial that you do not look into the Sun trying to see the eclipse, or you can seriously damage your eyes.

The symbolic cultural meanings and legends of the Dog are the crystallization of the collective wisdom of the ancient people. They are a combination of natural elements and mythical elements, and it's not advisable to either deny or accept them completely. It's wise to understand people's attitudes toward the Dog through this mysterious veil.
~ Chinese Zodiac Sign of the Dog, China Highlights

Astrologically, any Solar Eclipse is also a New Moon, and therefore this eclipse starts a new lunar cycle that lasts until the next New Moon on March 1st (or 2nd if you're east of the Greenwich line). February is a short month and due to a quirk of timing, unless you're in the far-East (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, etc), this Solar Eclipse will be the only lunation (New or Full Moon) in February.

That's unusual, since we typically have both a New and Full Moon each month. Is this astrologically significant? I would say no, even though this lunation happens to be an eclipse. Let's put it this way: having too few lunations in a calendar month is no more or less significant than having one too many (e.g. a so-called Blue Moon).

The New Moon in Aquarius also marks the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog. The Chinese New Year always begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, with extremely rare exceptions when the New Year's New Moon happens to land in the first degree of Pisces. Comparing the Chinese New Year dates in Wikipedia to the New Moon signs in Solar Fire, the last time this happened was 1871 and the next time won't be until 2034.

Science, my boy, is made up of mistakes,
but they are mistakes which it is useful to make,
because they lead little by little to the truth.
~ Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

In general, Aquarius is that quirky sign that seems to defy the stereotypes. Although the Aquarius symbol is called the Water Bearer, Aquarius is an Air sign, not a Water sign. Those born under its skies tend to have a reputation for being cerebral, intellectual and even a little nerdy, which is consistent with being an Air sign.

Aquarius fresco

Aquarius is also a Fixed sign, which typically means someone who is stable, consistent, tenacious, and finds change awkward to adjust to. And yet, Aquarian people are often coolly detached, highly individualistic, radical in their pursuit of change, and eager to break every rule in sight. Focused on the future, Aquarius may seem impatient to leave the past and present behind.

Doesn't sound very Fixed, does it? There is a Fixed nature to Aquarius, though, if you know where to look for it.

To some extent, this paradox shows different sides of Aquarius through its two ruling planets: Uranus (regarded by many as a modern ruler) and Saturn (the original ruler before Uranus was discovered and disrupted all that lovely but rigid Saturnian structure).

I think Aquarius is a complicated sign, full of contradictions that ultimately work best when held in a dynamically flowing balance. Wherever Aquarius shows itself in your chart, your experience of that house, planet, point or sign is likely to be a bit complicated too.

Saturn's governance of Aquarius shows itself through objectivity and structure. An example is the scientific method, fitting since science is associated with Aquarius, Saturn ensures that adequate and impartial testing maintains reliable integrity and a clear focus on the central purpose of proving your theory. On the other hand, Uranus seems to be a better symbol for the vision, genius and happenstance that have led to many great scientific breakthroughs ("breakthrough" being a very Uranian word!).

We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity,
not in conformity and coercion.
Conventionality is the death of creation.
~ Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

Aquarius is also connected to our experience of groups, from friends and associates to clubs and the global Collective. Ironically, Aquarians themselves are not always comfortable in group situations unless they're leading it with their own vision.

In a group environment where everyone has equal footing, an individual may feel their uniqueness becomes diluted or indistinguishable from the dominant group identity. This may be difficult for the individual but good for the masses, since it signifies the principle of equality that Aquarius is known for.

Saturn seems to reflect a certain repression of distinctiveness within the members of the group, and keeping a level of sameness within the group is necessary to ensure the group doesn't fragment apart. On the other hand, Uranus seems to take this to a new level with the implication that consistency within the group means everyone is equal; everyone contributes something valuable and essential to the whole.

On the other hand, it takes a strong sense of self to participate in a group without losing who you are and being overtaken by Groupthink. Here, Saturn is our ally by helping us develop a solid sense of maturity and inner strength, and Uranus inspires us to remember that beyond the sameness that we share with others, each of us is still unique.

However, Saturn may also overdo the structured aspect of group cohesion, slotting each member in a rigid pigeon-hole and assigning a rank and value based on their position in the hierarchy. Uranus may also have destructive potential, for example if a subset of the group seeks radical change that will force the entire group in a direction that most do not want to go. Neither of these planetary energies are necessarily good or bad, but can have a significant effect on the group and make it difficult for the individuals within the group to function effectively.

Which energy do you feel more comfortable with – Saturn or Uranus? A Saturn preference may lead you to seek stability, preferring to limit the range of change so that the ground around you isn't constantly shifting beneath your feel as you step through your daily life. Your appreciation and preference of this may develop as you get older, Saturn's qualities being cultivated over time.

On the other hand, Uranus is more spontaneous and dramatic, which can appeal to us more in our younger years since we may not see the long-term implications of radical changes (which Saturn shows us over time). Uranus impulses tend to rise to the top of our priorities when we reach a breaking point and just can't accept things as they are, but collateral damage can result if our reactions and actions are so sweeping that some of the good that could be salvaged gets thrown out with the bad.

We see this in society, for example, when a subset group wants to steer everyone in a different direction. We live in a time when many different factions have been vying for control over which destination society should move toward and how it will get there.

So: How do you feel when a group you identify with has their hands on the societal steering wheel? Excited? Relieved? Inspired? Safe? And how do you feel when a group contrary to your preferences and values takes control? Angry? Defiant? Despairing? Resigned?

These times are perfect to explore and get to know how you work with and experience Aquarius energy in your life and yourself. Your instinctive reactions will likely resonate with where Aquarius is in your chart, how Saturn and Uranus are placed and aspected, and what is going on in your 11th house and with the planetary ruler of the sign on its cusp.

It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique.
It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune
and handle it right, your perceived failure
can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.
~ Conan O'Brien

The chart for the Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Aquarius presents several planetary alignments to assist and provoke us in our exploration of Aquarius energy.

Mercury cnj Solar Eclipse

Mercury is tightly conjunct the Sun and Moon conjunction, which is likely to bring out the more cerebral side of the Aquarian energy. You may find it easier to be a bit detached in how you perceive things around you, which can help you be more objective, rational and open-minded. This can help you think more clearly, seeing what is really happening as opposed to narrowing your focus to see only what you want to see. Allow a detached part of you to observe the behaviour and attitudes of those around you as well as in yourself, in order to learn more about how you and others function within a group context.

Uranus is in a friendly, cooperative sextile (60°) to the New Moon and Mercury, which can help bring out your Uranian side: individualistic, spontaneous and open to new possibilities. Under this energy, it can be useful to venture outside the norm and let your impromptu creativity come out and play. Ideas and inspiration could leap into your awareness, showing you options and opportunities that were hiding in your blind spot.

Sun-Moon-Mercury sxt Uranus sqr Jupiter

On the other hand, Jupiter squares the Sun, Moon and Mercury (90°) indicating a potential for going overboard with all that sextile fun and games. Mars also forms a prickly sesqui-quadrate aspect to Uranus (135°), emphasizing the potential for over-reaction and instability.

So, there's a risk of spontaneity erupting into erratic impulsiveness. The intent to express your individuality might come across more like stubborn defiance or egotism. Reaching out for freedom might seem more like an urge to crash to the ground anything that looks like it might be in your way. And discussion that seeks a fresh perspective could turn argumentative, as you discover you might be more attached to your old way of looking at things than you realized.

Chart inside Jupiter qcx Uranus

Uranus and Jupiter are quincunx to each other (150°), indicating the need to get a solid grip on a truly enlightening philosophy that can help you understand the broader context of whatever is happening inside or around you. All planets of the New Moon chart are contained between Jupiter and Uranus, so their aspect ultimately shows a quest to find an inclusive and effective umbrella under which all arguments and viewpoints can co-exist together without leaving anyone out in the rain.

However, this is a quincunx aspect, and getting the quincunxed planets to see eye to eye can be like trying to get two magnets to connect through their repelling poles. Every time you think you're getting closer to consensus, it mysteriously and frustratingly slips away.

Saturn sxt Venus ssq Jupiter

Saturn is in a stressful semi-square to Jupiter (45°), on their way to the second of three passes (Dec.22.2017, Mar.14, 2018, Sep.03.2018). One way this can play out is that one part of you is seeking nailed-down conclusions while another part of you longs to explore knowledge for its own sake leading to a more holistic wisdom.

On the other hand, Saturn is allied with Venus through a lovely, cooperative sextile aspect (60°) which is partile (exact-to-the-degree). This may make it easier to accept and adapt to changes in the world around you and be less rigid about your conclusions. Friends and lovers could provide a refuge of stability and comfort, provided you're able to truly be in that space with them without constantly disrupting it by bringing fresh anxiety in with you. In other words, make an effort to avoid stirring the emotional pot for a while and take time to just be centered and grounded.

Mars sqr Neptune

And to cap it all off, we have Mars in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces (90°), which could make it awkward to know how to react to what's happening. Mars in Sag aspecting Neptune loves to explore the unknown, fight for a higher sense of justice and aim for the most majestic point it can find on the distant horizon.

Mars, Saturn, Pluto parallel

On the other hand, the stressful square aspect could mean that beautiful castle you're heading for turn out to be just another rock formation. Or, you might be inclined to defend the underdog, perhaps seeing yourself as a bit of a hero, only to find that your damsel or dude in distress isn't quite as virtuous and worthy of your help as you thought.

The lesson of this aspect is to be aware of your assumptions in how you spend your willpower and honourable efforts, and to be willing to see the truth beyond what you want to see, and then to adjust your actions and intentions accordingly.

In addition, there is a close parallel between Mars, Saturn and Pluto. This is a potentially volatile combination, given the more difficult side of their energies: Mars' love of defensive reaction, Saturn's my-way-or-the-highway demands and Pluto's heavy-handed pressure for control. On the other hand, Pluto's transformation and empowerment can combine with Saturn's discipline and moderation, and Mars can set these into constructive motion through intention and action.

It is a well-known established fact throughout the many-dimensional worlds of the multiverse that most really great discoveries are owed to one brief moment of inspiration. There's a lot of spadework first, of course, but what clinches the whole thing is the sight of, say, a falling apple or a boiling kettle or the water slipping over the edge of the bath. Something goes click inside the observer's head
and then everything falls into place.
~ Terry Pratchett, Sorcery

This Solar Eclipse in Aquarius challenges you to examine how you assert your individuality within the context of the life that goes on around you, from friends to society to the global Collective. In what group situations does your sense of self shine well or emerge spontaneously? When do you find you might be pushing a little too hard, trying to live up to an ideal that you're not quite in sync with?


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What helps you come back to a grounded sense of self again, when you've overextended yourself or when your sense of self has been disrupted? Which friends or group situations help to remind you who you are? And which friends and group situations challenge you to step outside your comfort zone to try on a new view of life, of the world, of yourself?

What kind of world do you want to help create? What ideals and vision for the future do you want to imprint on your own life and the world around you? What is one thing you can do now that will add value and beauty to your world to nudge it toward that vision? And what message would you like to give the world, your friends or yourself that can help let go of the destructiveness of the past and embrace a positive vision of the future?

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly
of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly
with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot,
the only home we've ever known.
~ Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Feb.15 – Mercury sextile Uranus (25:23 of Aquarius/Aries)  (Feb.16 in AU)

There is potential for brilliance and excitement under this transit. You may be more spontaneous, upbeat and eccentric than usual. If you are used to a fairly predictable lifestyle, it is a time when you may be inspired to experiment with something out of character. If you are used to being whacky, zany and impulsive, this transit can provide opportunities to express this. You may have an increased ability to "think outside the box" if you stretch your mind a little, and there is the possibility of having an "ah-ha!" experience, when answers and realisations fall into place. There is also the possibility of being mentally restless, so that it's hard to slow down your thoughts or apply yourself seriously to your responsibilities. Your attention span may be a bit short for a couple of days. This energy can be used to consider new ideas that seemed outlandish or impossible before, and see new potential in them.

Feb.15 – Venus sextile Saturn (06:15 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Feb.16 in AU)

It is possible to find some stability in your relationships and finances under this transit, especially if you are willing to negotiate fairly and realistically. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and budgeting, and to invest in hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and your interaction with others. Commitment and structure may be easier to approach and achieve than if you take risks now. Your self-worth can benefit from this transit because you may be less inclined to give in to mood swings. On the other hand, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Feb.17 – Mars square Neptune (13:21 of Sagittarius/Pisces)

For up to a week before and after today, you have a chance to discover and work with your blind spots and the hidden motives that trip you up. It may feel like you are spinning your wheels or "shadow-boxing" and not even sure why. You may be fighting a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (yours or someone else's). You might also be trying to apply a concrete solution to an ambiguous situation, and then wondering why it isn't working very well. Responding to conflicts in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way can be tempting under this transit, since you may not know how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express toothless anger. Part of the problem may be that you are fighting against your own idealism, and resisting the acceptance that the other person or situation can't be the way you want them to be. Feelings of disappointment or helplessness may trigger much deeper feelings from your unconscious, making it difficult for you to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. It will probably help to work on owning your feelings, needs, longings and (hidden) agendas. Being honest with yourself about what's really going on inside you will go a long way toward increasing your empowerment.

Feb.17 – Sun conjunct Mercury (28:47 of Aquarius)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.

Feb.17 – Mercury enters Pisces (until Mar.06)  (Feb.18 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

Imagination, dreams, creativity and intuition are more easily accessible while Mercury floats through Pisces. You may be more impressionable, appreciative and open to ideas that previously had seemed improbable, unrealistic or silly. This is a good transit for any creative work – writing, music, artistic projects, or just putting ideas together in new ways. Problem solving could benefit now, because it may be easier to think beyond the limiting boundaries of the situation. On the other hand, it might also be easier to become caught in confusion, ambiguity or ambivalence, since the sharp edges of definition may be easily blurred or distorted. This is a time when the "Right Brain" – the intuitive, creative and non-rational side of the mind – can be more active. As a result, meditation, dreams and daydreams may be more accessible. Unfortunately, illusion and deception might also be more convincing and enticing, since critical and objective thinking could be a bit harder to maintain. You might also experience some mental lethargy and need to give your mind a rest. Try going to a movie, or read an entertaining novel, or spend some quality "alone time" with yourself. Or, take a long walk in a park or by a body of water, where you can enjoy the luxury of just appreciating nature and "being" instead of "doing." Some harmless or entertaining escapism can be a great way to give yourself a mental vacation – just don't get stuck there. Explorations of spiritual experience and thought can also bring new insights and inspiration under this transit.

Feb.18 – Sun enters Pisces (until Mar.20)  (Feb.19 in AU)

Happy Solar Return to all Pisces! While the Sun travels through Pisces we all have a chance to attune ourselves to our intuitive, creative, spiritual and reflective nature. This can be a time when dreams may become more important, meaningful or frequent, as the unconscious swells into consciousness. It is a time to spend quality alone time with yourself away from the noisy world, so that you can tune in to the still, small voice within. This might be done through meditation, prayer or seclusion. Although not necessary to do in seclusion, you might also connect with that inner space through music, art, dance, yoga, Tai Chi or walking a labyrinth. This is a non-rational space (not necessarily the same as irrational) that emerges from the formlessness of the unconscious full of possibilities for manifestation. Pisces holds the gateway to our source of creativity and our spiritual Source. It points the way to the Great Unknown, where all life begins. Therefore, while the Sun is in Pisces, we have a chance to meditate on our relationship to this womb of creative energy. So try your hand at writing poetry. Or, try drawing or painting, especially with your non-dominant hand. Immerse yourself in a warm bath and listen to the most beautiful music you can find. Walk through a labyrinth, or walk through a forest. Take some time to just BE.

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Feb.19 – Mars trine North Lunar Node (14:52 of Sagittarius/Leo)  (Feb.20 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Today, and up to a few days before and after, you may find that all the lights seem to be green for you to move ahead and take action. This might be a spontaneous impulse to seize the moment, or it could be about taking the next step in a project or process that you've been planning and carefully considering. It could also be a time when your emotions are more easily expressed. There may be someone who is urging, inspiring or rousing you to take this action. It's up to you to decide if this is wise and in your best interest, and if so, the best way to make this happen.

Feb.21 – Venus conjunct Neptune (13:31 of Pisces)

This can be a time of romance and dreamy desire on one hand, or deceptive manipulation and self-serving negotiation on the other hand. At its best, this transit can inspire enormous creativity and healing faith in love and abundance. We can be extremely open to the loftiest possibilities of our close relationships and our ability to attract what and who we desire. However, it may not be as easy to assess these areas in light of the realities that must be dealt with in order to realise that potential. We may find it easier to have faith in the power of negotiation – that the Universe will ensure our desired outcome – but it is also easy to slide into wishful thinking that loses touch with the reality of the situation. If you are considering a major change involving income, investment, spending or resources, it is probably a good idea to do a reality check with a trusted friend or advisor. If you are starting a new relationship or negotiating changes to an existing one, it might be wise to take a long-term view to wait and see if your dreams really will come true or if your hopes are colouring your thinking a bit too much. A reality check with a trusted friend might also help with this. This transit begins a new cycle that brings these issues into our lives to explore and gradually unfolds over the next 12 months (approximately).

Feb.21 – Mercury sextile Saturn (06:45 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Feb.22 in AU)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically.

Feb.25 – Venus square Mars (18:10 of Pisces/Sagittarius)

Your receptive, diplomatic side is arguing with your assertive, decisive side. The result is either a battle of wills between your Yin and Yang, or a new creative energy that harnesses both. This could manifest in the form of relationship problems, financial struggles, arguments about control, or you are propelled to take action with plans that have been percolating for a while. If you're usually more comfortable with your Yin side (receptive, diplomatic), you might feel a bit backed into a corner or forced to negotiate under pressure. If you're more at home in your Yang side (assertive, action-oriented), you may feel compelled to blunt or sheathe the sword you would prefer to smite your enemy with. Either way, this is about balancing the two sides and finding a new cooperation that works for both.


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Feb.25 – Mercury conjunct Neptune (13:39 of Pisces)

The imagination soars under this transit! Possibilities seem richer, insights appear more magical and creativity flows like liquid honey. Your intuition is likely to be more fluid, and you may even have psychic experiences. Dreams may be more vivid and active, including daydreams. You may feel a need for quiet meditation or just being alone with your own thoughts. Your mental focus may seem a bit blurred, although in the outer edges you may catch a glimpse of ideas and possibilities that you don't ordinarily notice. It can be an inspiring time if you are involved in creative activities, like artwork, music, writing and other creative forms of communication and self-expression. This is a time when your "Right Brain" (intuitive, creative, non-rational) may be very active. In fact, it might be a bit difficult to bring a sharp focus to your "Left Brain" (logical, rational, realistic). Your judgment and ability to be objective may be off, and you could be more prone to wishful thinking and flights of fantasy. If you're making an important decision now, it may be wise to do a reality check with a trusted friend before you commit yourself.

Feb.25 – Sun sextile Saturn (07:04 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Feb.26 in AU)

You have an opportunity now to make some progress in obtaining results in your projects, career, ambitions and creative expression. It is possible to tap into a disciplined mindset, which can be used to take some steps toward goals that you're trying to manifest. You are surrounded by potential to achieve this, although it will not simply be handed to you – you will still have to work for it. Your mind and purpose are likely to be clear and strong now, enabling you to be decisive and productive. Leadership, management and organizing abilities are potentially high right now. Asserting your authority in a situation that calls for it can be done successfully, as long as you don't let yourself become rigid or bossy. It can be a good time to learn or practice new skills, or to apply yourself to any kind of serious study. It is also a time when you could formulate some solid plans for future projects or make some progress with current undertakings. Make the most of it!

Feb.27 – Venus sextile Pluto (20:34 of Pisces/Capricorn)

Close one-on-one relationships with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) could possibly benefit by being taken to a deeper level now, through creatively combining balanced harmony with deep connection. Just be careful that intimacy and bonding don't go over the top into obsession or domination. There is a brief opportunity now to become more authentic in how you relate to those close to you and how you establish a balance of power with them. The trick is to do this without trying to suppress, control or overpower the other person's interests. Financially, it is a time when you may have an opportunity to profit in your dealings with banks, insurance companies, taxes, and other institutions that deal with collective money.

Feb.28 – Mercury square Mars (20:15 of Pisces/Sagittarius)  (Feb.20 in AU)

Fiery speech, argument and hot debate characterise this transit. This could come in the form of conflict, or it might be stimulating and challenging – or both! One thing to watch out for is that you may have a short fuse for a temper, and the same may be true for others around you. It can be a time when you blurt out things you later regret, or you might finally find the courage to do something that's long overdue. The problem is that one can easily look like the other, and what feels like courage in the moment might look more like reckless haste in retrospect. Harsh words can't always be taken back, so keep a grip on your objectivity and better judgment while you're verbally fighting the dragons. Use this energy to stoke your motivational fires, and use your ideas to generate positive action. It can help to pace your mental energy like racing a horse, which can harness abundant energy to fuel your decisions, courage and resolve.

Feb.28 – Mercury sextile Pluto (20:37 of Pisces/Capricorn)  (Mar.01 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.

Mar.01 – Venus trine Jupiter (23:07 of Pisces/Scorpio)

Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. The flow of attraction (whether that is magnetizing people, things or opportunities) is riding a strong current right now. You could find it easier than usual to get the resources and abundance for whatever you need right now. On the other hand, "your eyes may be bigger than your stomach" (as mother used to say), meaning your desire may magnify your sense of need beyond what is wise. You may be tempted to spend, flirt or bluff your way through situations, preferring to ignore or avoid hardship, boundaries or drudgery. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but be careful you don't get your hopes up so high that you set yourself up for disappointment or make promises you can't keep. It's probably wise to balance this easy flowing energy with some discretion and good judgement.

Next Update:  FULL MOON in VIRGO. Available by March 1, 2018.

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