ASIACT Astrology - February 2017
‘You are brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring. The Earth could not afford to send recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done’ - Paul Hawkins
For most of February the Sun, representing where we need to shine, is in Aquarius, the sign most associated with the dawning of a new age. The symbol for the Water-Bearer is a man bent down on one knee balancing an upturned, open-ended urn upon his shoulder. The image signifies the human capacity for channelling cosmic consciousness flowing down from above. The core wound of the Aquarius part of us is to feel like an outsider – of feeling isolated, abandoned and in some way feeling like a stranger in a strange land. We search for connectedness, true contact and grounding. By being in a position of feeling like an outsider looking in at the world and the people around us, we are given the possibility of increasing our objective knowledge, of seeing the bigger picture of life on earth. Our healing journey is the process of putting each thing we observe in the world, including ourselves, into a larger context and seeing how it fits in. As without so within and this is also an outer reflection of our inner predicament: each external piece we link with the whole is a piece of our self we put back into the larger context. We begin to see our place in the world. We begin to feel as though we belong. Our sense of contact with others and with the cosmos at large grows.
The archetypal journey for Aquarius is ‘a new beginning for spirituality, to get in touch with the star’, the keynote for Bottle 17, Troubadour 1 or The Hope Bottle, green/violet. We are in the initial throes of the Age of Aquarius and this bottle offers the hope that this Age heralds the spiritual transformation (violet) of the heart (green). We could grow to love our aloneness as well as our connectedness, realising that the former provides us with the space in which we are able to make further connections and in which to see an even larger picture of life. The return journey aligned with the sign of Aquarius is represented by Bottle 95, Archangel Gabriel, magenta/gold, ‘The messenger from the stars so that we may get in touch with our true purpose’. Our true purpose is to awaken, to become ever more conscious that we are part of a celestial grid, that we are all connected. In essence we are consciousness and it follows that our true purpose is to become more of who we are, to take our place in the firmament of life amongst the stars. The gift in the Aquarius part of us is the gift of objectivity, of being able to stand back and glimpse the view from ‘on high’. The gift of aloneness in which we can, paradoxically, be in silent communion with the Universe. (Martin Lass).
Eclipses propel us to make huge shifts within our psyches. Solar eclipses facilitate shifts in self-perception and the way we place our self within our reality, lunar eclipses activate us on a more subconscious and emotional level – invariably exposing motivations that have been the level of our awareness. The Lunar Eclipse on the 11th at 22° 28′ Leo is a penumbral eclipse where the Moon passes through the edge rather than through the centre of the Earth’s shadow, and yet its electromagnetic and gravitational effects exert a profound influence. Vicky Wall ascribed Bottle 5, The Sunset Bottle, yellow/red to Leo; Bottle 22 is a more intense version of Bottle 5 as it is yellow/pink – it is called Rebirther’s Bottle or Awakening. ‘A re-birth means a re-birth in Spirit whereby we come to a point of emergence to live the life from an ordinary point of view but with a different understanding in relation to the game of life’ Equilibrium Resource Cards.
Our Sun contains 99.8% of the total mass of our solar system. Solar winds of highly charged particles stream to the Earth at one million miles per hour. For a few minutes (usually twice a year) that continual flow is blocked by the Moon 400 times smaller than the Sun, but amazingly also almost 400 times closer to the Earth. As the Moon moves in in front of the Sun, the interruption of electromagnetic support can facilitate a huge shift within our psyches. The more receptive we are to this upgrade of our circuitry, the easier it becomes to spiral up to the next octave of consciousness. Solar Eclipses are powerful New Moons and this month occurs on the 26th at 8° 12′ Pisces. During this New Moon the Sun and Moon are joined in Pisces by Mercury, Chiron, Neptune and the asteroid Pallas Athena pointing towards the central issue facing humanity at this time: to expand our view from duality to unity, from living in fear and isolation to living the greater truths of love, joy and interconnection. Bottle 3, blue/green, Heart Bottle/Atlantean Bottle is the Bottle for Pisces - a bottle that could support us to reconnect our head with our heart, once again bringing a mindfulness that we have both a body and a soul. We return to our wholeness and holiness and experience heaven on earth. (In February 1998 there was a Solar Eclipse at 7° Pisces. What was important to you back then? What could you do differently this time round?).
Whenever a planet turns retrograde it appears to hover for a week or two over a small section of the zodiac intensifying its archetypal message. On the 6th Jupiter turns retrograde at 23° Libra. The Guardian Angel For that day is Mehiel, the angel that aligns with Bottle 88, Jade Emperor, green/blue – the same colours as the Heart Bottle no less! Perhaps a change of heart is on the cards?! Jupiter represents our capacity to receive abundance in many forms and to return our inner abundance to the world in the form of our divine design. Jupiter in Libra encourages us to question the roles we play and the beliefs we have about relationship. How acceptable is it to express feelings, needs and fears? What parts of our self do we still deem unacceptable and thus hesitate to share with others? As Jupiter will also be covering old ground (it only turns direct on 9 June at 13° Libra) we will be compelled to re-view all our relationships, to see where we might be clinging to unhealthy patterns and where we need to find more balance so that our actions are of mutual benefit to all parties.
Our support this month comes from a positive sextile (60°) between Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (discipline). Sextiles, well-managed, keep us alert to opportunity and ready to put our developing abilities into action. Jupiter in Libra believes in fair play whereas Saturn in Sagittarius supports diversity. Saturn in Sagittarius aids us to realise how good things can be if we have more trust in ourselves, Jupiter in Libra wants to include others in our personal activities and this combination will help us to strive towards incorporating the all-of-us yet to keep our standards high and remain inspired.
‘How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us’ - Rainer Maria Rilke