Another wonderful insight from Astrologer Teri Parsley Starnes. See more on her blog Follow the Moon. I had my chart read by her for my Solar Return this month and it was SO AMAZING! Contact Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to learn about booking a reading of your chart.
February 18—New Moon: Dreaming. A unique lunar cycle begins today. The Sun and Moon conjoin at 29 degrees Aquarius 59 minutes in the chart for this “Supermoon” New Moon. You may remember that the last lunar cycle began at zero degrees Aquarius. Today’s lunar cycle begins with only one more minute of Aquarius remaining. We couldn’t possibly be closer to the end of a sign than this. So really, this lunar cycle begins on the liminal cusp between Aquarius and Pisces. The cusp of two signs is a potent portal. We haven’t entirely left Aquarius behind nor fully entered into Pisces. Take a moment to sense into the what this feels like. Look behind and see the electric hues of Aquarius vision and look ahead into the opalescent mists of Pisces surrender. With a beginning like this, the experience of this cycle promises to be very Piscean—that is fluid and a bit mysterious.
This doesn’t mean that we just get to drift into dreamland for the next four weeks. There will be many jolts this month. For one, on February 19 Mars enters Aries, the next day Venus also moves into Aries, then the day after that on February 21, Mars and Venus conjoin at 1 degree Aries. Later this lunar cycle, Venus and Mars will be triggering Uranus and Pluto on the way to this pair’s final exact square on March 16. Since 2012, when Uranus and Pluto began their series of seven exact squares, we’ve been under pressure to reveal toxicity (Pluto) in our cultural structures (Capricorn) and to awaken (Uranus) to bold action (Aries) for change. Since this is the last exact square, the transits by Venus and Mars may be more significant than usual. Both Venus and Mars can awaken passion and action. We are much less interested in being nice. Impatience is high.
With that potential running through the lunar cycle it becomes even more important to skillfully use the opportunity that Pisces offers us to prepare for bold action and response. Pisces, as the mutable water sign, is more concerned with what we know from emotional cues than intellectual ones. Pisces as the last sign of the zodiacal year, represents the sum total of what we have experienced in all the ways humans can experience life. Yet Pisces also represents a transcendence beyond all that. It is a lot to hold. Few do it perfectly. Perhaps that is why Pisces can get lost in an overwhelming amount of perception, especially emotional perception. Escapism is a coping mechanism. This holds true for the collective ways of coping as much as for individuals. If we are going to use the revolutionary energy of Uranus and Pluto for useful change, it is important we learn to take care of our souls. This liminal lunar cycle that begins between revolutionary Aquarius and sensitive Pisces prepares us to be engaged in change as we learn what we need somatically to be healthy and happy.