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February 2014: a glimpse into the future

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February is a month of change as is every month, but the Uranus-Pluto square this month will bring major and potentially disruptive transits, with a theme on the unexpected as Jupiter in Cancer opposes Pluto and is square Uranus, so we will get our first glimpse as to what the Grand Cross of 2014 that astrologers everywhere are watching will bring in April, when it becomes exact along with Mars. It is important to watch things this month as by doing so we get a glimpse into our future, personally and on the world stage.

Typically Jupiter is the financial planet and as it, along with Venus, oppose Pluto through February 6th this represents a tremendous burst of energy that amped up as Venus went direct after a 6 week retrograde at 13 degrees of Capricorn, square Uranus at 9 degrees in Aries.

This set off the Uranus-Pluto square once again and as the case this time, and every time this powerful square is set off, we will see major events happening that are of importance in the world, along with many changes that occur in individuals lives as the Uranus-Pluto square sets off sensitive points in our own charts, creating major turning points in our personal lives.

Venus rules love and money, and changes in relationships have occurred for many that involve major adjustments one way or another. This is the time where the karma of the relationship becomes revealed for what it is. Venus-Pluto is an obsessive transit and Pluto often deals with the dark undercurrents and issues we would rather avoid. For some this can be a dark awakening about love, or represent those with a burning desire to be reborn or rebirthed in some way or to do so through their relationships. Venus is direct now, but things may remain somewhat unclear in relationships as Venus is in its post retrograde shadow period until March 4.

As both Venus and Jupiter rule money, both planets are in opposition as we begin the month and Venus-Pluto also relates to issues that concern women, love and emotional issues that can become overwhelming personally. This should lighten up after February 6, if Venus-Pluto-Jupiter is affecting you in this manner,

On the money front we started the month off with the stock market having gone through its biggest upheaval in more than a year and the US stock market lost more than 300 points February 3. Until February 17, Jupiter is in opposition to Pluto, exact, and by February 17, Uranus is square Jupiter, exact through March 6, so money matters and finances can become erratic, and Jupiter-Uranus generally deals with unexpected events, twists and turns. The financial markets may be changeable and volatile all month. This transit also gives rise to rebellions, volatile situations, extremist behaviors, plane crashes and accidents, situations involving electricity and computers, war like behavior, along with risk taking and changes of plans in general. The Olympics begin February 7, and the Russian town of Sochi is not a safe place to be.

February 5-8 Mercury is conjunct Neptune, and Mercury retrogrades at 3 degrees of Pisces on February 6. Mercury/Neptune is a foggy and unclear influence and the combination can be deceptive in many respects. Nothing may be exactly as it seems. Believe half of what you hear and check out facts before coming to a decision. Better still, don't make solid plans/decisions at this time, not to mention Mercury retrograde is no time to make commitments or begin new projects. This transit is significant as it will last 4 days or so, and on the positive end it can be creative, and you may be intuitive or you could have significant dreams. This could signal unusual weather conditions involving water. Be careful of accidents due to fog, water or unclear thinking. Mercury retrogrades February 6-28 in Pisces, then back into Aquarius February 12.

Mars remains in Libra all month, moving very slowly as it will soon retrograde on March 1, at 27 degrees of Libra. It reaches its stationary retrograde degree on February 20, and we will feel the effects as Mars begins its backward motion. If Mars is aspecting your chart between 23-27 degrees of Libra in February it will have a marked effect now for better or worse as Mars transits will move much more slowly than the norm. Mars entered his 'shadow period,' when the energy starts to shift on December 25, 2013. It will remain in this sign until July.

During a retrograde Mars energy is lower, tempers flare, accidents occur and if you initiate new projects on a retrograde Mars they may well fizzle when Mars goes direct on May 20. Equipment can break while the God of War is retrograde, and best not to buy expensive equipment at this time either.
In Libra, Mars is considered 'at its detriment,' meaning the energy doesn't work well or is impeded, and people may seem more fractious, angry or passive aggressive.

February 10-11 the Sun squares Saturn, and this is a difficult transit. This is not the best day for important meetings or events. We may feel tired or uninspired, and prone to confrontations. We could see major events in the world at this time with the other major transits.

The full moon occurs February 14, at 6: 53 p.m. EST at 26 degrees of Leo. On one hand this is the perfect full moon for Valentine's day as Leo rules the 5th house of love affairs, on the other hand Leo is a fire sign and explosive, and if things aren't going well it could signify and ending of some type.

Russia's chart is highlighted during this full moon and worth watching. In the US chart this moon opposes the US natal moon so look for unrest and upset among the people around this moon. Using the Sagittarius rising chart it falls in the 8th house of death and transformation. The 8th house also rules the financial world and taxes, and we could see some type of attempted transformation in this area, but with a retrograde Mercury (and Mars) nothing would be permanent, or without further change

February 18, the Sun enters Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac and the mutable sign of winter when the weather can start to change. Being the 12th sign Pisces is more about completions and endings. Pisces is the most spiritual and ethereal sign of the zodiac and we will operate in this realm for the next 29 days.

February 19, Mercury will square Saturn for the second time. The first square occurred January 25-26, but this time Mercury is retrograde making it more difficult. If the above days were important in some way, you may have similar issues on this square or be dealing with the same situation again.

February 23, the Sun conjuncts Neptune, and like Mercury conjunct Neptune, this day and the several surrounding it are likely to be unclear, foggy, and there may be a lack of clarity, somewhat like February 5-8 when Mercury conjuncted Neptune. Don't jump to conclusions or make plans on this day.

February 24, Venus sextiles Saturn and this is a beautiful transit for business or your social life. While it has a pragmatic approach, nevertheless, stability can be present to build a strong foundation.
February 28, Mercury goes direct at 9:00 a.m., EST, starting the stationary direct motion that will last through March 4. Once again, plans may change, glitches occur, and best to wait for the energy to level out before beginning to make new plans.

Also on this day, the Sun trines Jupiter, a positive, upbeat and even lucky transit for some, and a good night to celebrate!

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