I love winter and we just had a beautiful snowfall here in Maryland.
I have been writing about the Uranus Square Pluto aspect for the last five years. For a while there it looked as if Pluto was beating the crap out of Uranus. Uranus can be understood as Prometheus, the Liberator and Pluto as Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and individual rights and Pluto the planet of covert operations, secrets, major corporations and control on a large scale. Pluto has been blocking Uranus’ free expression. I was hoping once Uranus separated from Pluto, Prometheus would be able to do his work of liberation. They did separate in 2015 and are moving apart this year.
Here in the states the news around the presidential election has looked pretty dark with the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United opinion, which opened the floodgates to big money in politics, and the explosion of Super Pacs and secretive “dark money” whose sources do not have to be disclosed by campaigns. It looked like we wouldn’t have a choice in candidates and because of our corporate funded media, not realize there is no real choice between the Democrats and the Republicans both funded by Super Packs. On Election Day we would be back to “whoever wins, we lose”.
Enter Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. I’m sure they didn’t plan to work together but they are both dismantling the big money and media control -- Donald Trump refusing to go on Fox for the presidential debates -- Bernie giving speech after speech about Citizens United and corporate campaign contributions.
I am not saying Uranus will win the day; Pluto is a tough ole guy with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. But watching this battle is making this the most interesting campaign that I can remember.
Dates to Watch:
Feb 5 – Venus Conjunct Pluto at 16 Capricorn. This is not pretty. Aphrodite is head to head with the God of the underworld. Guess who will win? Relationships today could run into a big snafu. You are just dying to tell your friends of loved ones to straighten up and get real. You know exactly what is wrong with them. You better wait a while to get romantic. You are especially hit with this one if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) or the ascendant at 16 Capricorn.
Feb 6 – Mercury Trine Jupiter. A beautiful aspect for entertainment and intellectual pastimes. Have a Trivia Pursuit party. (are they still in or am I behind the times again).
Venus Square Uranus at 17 Capricorn/Aries. This aspect can really mess up the Mercury Trine Jupiter feeling. This leads to domestic conflicts because you are trying to tell others what to do and they are trying to tell you what to do. A real mess.
Feb 7 – Sun Square Mars at 18 Aquarius/Scorpio. This is good for quick efficient actions. Not good for signing important papers and in close relationships. You tend to be headstrong. You have an especially hard head if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) or the ascendant at 18 Capricorn.
Feb 8 – New Moon at 19 Aquarius. A New Moon is a good time to set new goals and Aquarius challenges us to find alternative ways to reach them. . Mars is square this New Moon; which means we may not have a peaceful month ahead. If you have personal planets or the ascendant at 19 Aquarius or Leo, you could get motivated and energized this month.
Feb 10 – Venus Trine Jupiter at 21 Capricorn/Virgo. Great aspect for investments and financial planning.
Feb 13 – Mercury enters Aquarius until March 5. You could get some really wacky cards for Valentine’s Day. Everyone feels zany and creative on this one. This entire period could be very creative for you especially in the areas of life ruled by the house that contains Aquarius. See Meaning of the Houses here.
Feb 16 – Venus enters Aquarius until March 12. Aphrodite may be a little kinky during this period. You may be attracted to odd balls. But if you are an artists, you would become more innovative during this period.
Feb 19 – Sun Enters Pisces until March 20. During this period we feel deep connections with others. We are compassionate and intuitive. But also Pisces can bring indecision. Pisces is an introverted sign so it is a good time to rest up and save your energy for March 20 when the Sun goes into active Aries.
Feb 22 – Full Moon at 3 Virgo. This is a culmination of things you started on the New Moon of February 8. This Full Moon covers two signs – Virgo and Pisces. We need to find a balance between Intellect and intuition. You may feel a split between rational, practical action and intuitive artistic expression.
Feb 28 – Sun Conjunct Neptune at 9 Pisces. You could get lost in the clouds today, you feel daydreamy. If you are a Pisces, you feel like this all the time.
OUTER PLANET TRANSITS:
JUPITER is now retrograde in Virgo and will move from 22 to 19 degrees this month. He goes direct on May 9, 2016. Jupiter is about growth and expansion especially in travel and education and also in the area of your life ruled by the house in your natal chart that holds 19 to 22 degrees of Virgo. When Jupiter is retrograde, there is inner growth. Studying on our own or meditating.
SATURN is in Sagittarius until Dec 2017. This month he will travel from 14 to 15 degrees of Sagittarius. If you have the ascendant or any personal planets at 14 to 15 degrees of Sagittarius or Gemini, you may be in store for some hard lessons around the issues ruled by the planet and the house the planet is in or rules. While Saturn is in Sagittarius, he is asking about your belief system, your hopes for the future and your travel plans
URANUS is in Aries until 2018. This month Uranus moves from 17 to 18 degrees of Aries. We feel a need for freedom and we want to make some radical changes in our life. I believe in “cooperating with the inevitable”. If you have Uranus in a challenging aspect to your ascendant or personal planets, go on a long vacation, move, or make some major changes in your life.
NEPTUNE (creativity, sensitivity, escapism, dreams) is in Pisces until 2026. He will move from 8 to 9 degrees of Pisces all month. A lack of focus, a sense of drifting or an inability to see a betrayal or disappointment until it's too late can be experienced by those of you with the Sun or Personal Planets at 8 to 9 degrees of Pisces or Virgo. For the enlightened out there, Neptune can also bring artistic, musical, creative expression, increased dreams and spiritual insights. Watch for some really inspired films to come out during the time Neptune is in Pisces. Also contact with the other worlds through NDE’s.
PLUTO is in Capricorn until 2023. This month Pluto is staying at 16 degrees of Capricorn. Everyone is feeling the urge to purge and to find his or her truth. Profound changes will be felt especially by those with Sun, ascendant or personal planets at 16 degrees of Capricorn or Cancer.