February 2018 – Feeling Compassion and Empowerment

Important astrological energies for the month of February 2018:

  • Partial Solar Eclipse (NM) with Sun and Moon in Aquarius occurs on February 15, 2018.

Feeling Compassion and Empowerment

By Misty Kuceris ©2018

It may seem strange that there is no full Moon during the month of February 2018. That’s because there were actually two full Moons during the month of January 2018: on January 2, 2018 and on January 31, 2018 which was also the first eclipse of the year. Also, the new Moon which occurs this month is actually an eclipse and may feel obscured from your life. For this reason, the month of February starts with Venus forming a square to Jupiter on February 4th.

Aspects from the faster moving planets to Jupiter, especially when they are in square to each other, are very interesting. They can go either way. They can be a beneficial aspect or a malefic aspect. When Venus forms a square to Jupiter, you feel the need to understand and expand on your value systems. You want to view the world through your ethical perspective. You don’t want other people to tell you what to do or how to interpret the meanings of life. If you seek to understand the truth and realize there is more than one way to approach the world this can be a very beneficial aspect.

However, there is also a tendency to want to push the boundaries and establish your own sense of being when Venus forms a square to Jupiter. You push hard. You may try too many things all at once. And, you may decide that taking risks is all right. If you are willing to take risks without understanding the consequences, this aspect could become a malefic and put you into jeopardy. The choice is yours to make.

On February 6th, Mercury forms an opposition to Ceres retrograde and Venus forms a sextile to Uranus.

When Mercury forms an opposition to Ceres retrograde, it’s important to listen to what other people have to say. You may want to help people, but you need to realize that sometimes they are looking out for their own interests. It’s important that you don’t compromise to the point that you give away something that’s important to you.

It’s good that Venus forms a sextile to Uranus later in the day. While you may not have paid enough attention to what others said earlier, you may now get new information that can help you make the right decision. You also feel a sense of compassion for others because Venus is in the sign of Aquarius which is ruled by Uranus. You want to help friends through giving them the support they need.

When Mercury forms a conjunction to the Moon’s South Node on February 9th, you may run into old friends you haven’t seen in a while. Or, you may discover some information of value that you didn’t know. This is a good time to look at past events in order to understand how to handle current situations. You’ll even find that you can resolve old problems with new ideas.

On February 10th, Mars forms a trine to Ceres retrograde and Venus enters the sign of Pisces.

There is a symbiotic relationship between Mars and Ceres retrograde. Mars represents the god Hades who abducted Persephone, the daughter of Demeter which is represented by Ceres. For this reason, Mars often represents the desire to take things without asking. Meanwhile, Ceres represents the need to prevent people from grabbing what is not theirs to have.

Since this aspect is a trine, you understand that it’s important to work with others in order to solve problems. You can’t just take what you want. Instead you need to consider what is important to everyone involved. You may even be the driving force in solving personal problems so that everyone feels satisfied with the resolution.

As Venus enters the sign of Pisces later in the day, you feel even more compassion to help solve problems. You understand what the other person is going through. You even understand any fears they may have which prevent them from solving problems in their life. Just remember that while you are willing to help others, it’s important to also take care of yourself.

As with the square between Venus and Jupiter which occurred on February 4th, the square that Mercury forms to Jupiter on February 13th can either be benefic or malefic. It’s all in how you handle the energy.

The positive aspect of Mercury forming a square to Jupiter is that you want to learn as much as possible and you push yourself to gather this knowledge. You try to go beyond the limitations which other people set.

However, you need to guard yourself against the negative energy of this aspect. Sometimes in your search for knowledge you accept anything that you hear without regard to the truth. You may even find yourself rationalizing facts to make them fit your perception.

If you can discern the difference between fact-based information and misinformation, you’ll be able to use this energy in a positive way. You may also find that you can inspire other people to understand a very important concept.

Before the second eclipse of the year takes place on February 15th, Mercury forms a sextile to Uranus. Meanwhile, Venus forms a sextile to Saturn following the eclipse. For this reason, both of these energies will be part of the eclipse energy.

When Mercury forms a sextile to Uranus, your mind is open to new ideas. You feel as if you can understand anything. You’re willing to seek new information. You may even find that your mind is operating so fast that you can’t keep up with everything. Just be careful that you don’t become so scattered that your mind is distracted and you end up in an accident.

The second eclipse of the year is a partial solar eclipse which means that it takes place during the time of the new Moon when both the Sun and Moon are in the sign of Aquarius. This eclipse isn’t visible in much of the populated regions of the world. It will be seen in Antarctic, the Atlantic Ocean, and southern South America. It is part of the Saros Cycle 150. Because the eclipse isn’t visible in most of the populated regions of the world you may not see the impact it has. However, if you are a Leo born or Aquarius born around the last few days the Sun is in this signs, this eclipse will have an impact on how you view the next direction of your life.

Normally you would look at your life from a new perspective. You would look at situations which you’ve had difficulty resolving and find new ways to approach old problems. But, with the Moon about to go void-of-course after this eclipse occurs and with the eclipse in general you may have difficulty coming up with new solutions. Part of the reason that you may have difficulty coming up with new solutions is that Mercury just formed a sextile to Uranus and you feel a bit scattered.

Understanding your relationships with other people is very important. You want to make certain that you aren’t losing your personal freedom. With the eclipse forming a conjunction to Mercury and a sextile to Uranus, you may want to discuss matters with others, but you need to be cautious with your words. You don’t want to give too much information away.

When Venus forms a sextile to Saturn a couple of hours after the eclipse you want to approach your relationships with compassion. You want to help solve problems in a practical manner. You also realize the importance of other people taking responsibility for their actions.

On February 17th, Venus forms a quincunx to Ceres retrograde, Mars forms a square to Neptune, and Mercury enters the sign of Pisces. This can, and probably will, be a confusing day.

Venus represents the passionate side of love while Ceres retrograde represents the calculating side of love. Both planets want what’s best in relationships. But, how they approach relationships is different. Add in a quincunx aspect and this difference is magnified.

Venus wants to just get involved and find a way to bring passion to the situation. Ceres retrograde is normally a bit skeptical of accepting relationships without some sort of compromise. At the same time, Ceres is in the sign of Leo which indicates there is a desire for not to be so serious. So, you could be sending out conflicting signals to people you’re involved with. Or, you could be receiving conflicting signals.

When Mars forms a square to Neptune you don’t know what to do. Your energy is low. You feel scattered. You have difficulty taking action. If possible, pull back and don’t do too much right now. And, if you meet someone new today, be very cautious in that relationship because not all is as it seems. If you have to have a meeting where negotiations are involved, try to reschedule the meeting for another day because you’re not going to get the truth.

As Mercury enters the sign of Pisces on February 17th, you feel as if you don’t want to say too much. Mercury isn’t comfortable in the sign of Pisces, its detriment. Mercury wants to share information, but Pisces wants to withhold that information. You may feel a little confused about your goals. But, if you are a creative person, this is an excellent time for you.

As the Sun enters the sign of Pisces, there are five planets in that sign (the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, and Chiron). You need to show compassion for other people in your life. At the same time, you also need to balance this compassion with self-protection. You don’t want to be a victim by helping people to the point that you aren’t taking care of your own needs.

On February 21st, Venus forms a conjunction to Neptune while Mercury forms both a sextile to Saturn and a quincunx to Ceres retrograde.

With Venus forming a conjunction to Neptune, you may feel as if you are ready to find your soulmate. You may seek perfection in love but you may also be misguided in your quest. When Venus forms the conjunction to Neptune, you need to be very careful in how you approach relationships. Not all is as it seems. You may also be projecting your concept of the other individual and not see the person that is there in front of you.

Also, when Venus forms a conjunction to Neptune you need to be very careful with finances and any legal documents. You don’t have all the information in front of you and you may find that you are signing a contract with hidden costs.

It helps that Mercury is forming a sextile to Saturn a few hours later. Now you are willing to listen to what is being said. You may be able to discern the difference between honesty and deceit. You’ll also review contracts and look for those hidden costs or any other information that is being withheld from you.

As Mercury forms the quincunx to Ceres retrograde you may become more disturbed because you realize that not all is as it seems. People are trying to withhold information from you. They are trying to put you into a position where you are giving away more than what you’re receiving.

You need to continue being cautious with contracts on February 22nd when Ceres retrograde forms a quincunx to Saturn. Initially you may think that you see all the details. But the more you look into the information the more you learn that not all is as it seems. Don’t make any compromises today because you could lose too much.

February 25th is another day where you need to be very careful with contracts as Mercury forms a conjunction to Neptune. Once again, important information is being withheld from you. Once again you need to read everything carefully. There is also a tendency, when Mercury forms a conjunction to Neptune, for other people to try and charm you into seeing what they want you to see and not what is really there.

Situations, especially dealing with contracts, improve on February 27th and February 28th.

On February 27th, Venus forms a sextile to Pluto. You can see things more clearly. You understand the finances behind contracts. You also can shift through the garbage that may be included in the contracts to get to the real dollar figures.

When it comes to relationships this is a good day. You feel empowered to ask for what you need. You have a high level of charisma that other people respond to. You also show a passion for what you believe in and that inspires other people to interact with you.

As the month of February ends, Mercury forms a sextile to Pluto on February 28th. Once again you feel empowered. You are willing to say what you need to say. You are also very focused in your goals. You know how to negotiate and you know when to let go. This can be a very powerful day.