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Here’s what’s up with our group and the Astrological forecast for February!
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Calling All Members!
It’s time for members to renew their dues for the year if you paid this time last year. We’re pro-rating the 2023 dues based on when you paid in 2022, so for example if you paid $36 in April, then you’ll only have to pay $27 to renew your membership through December 2023. If you joined in November you’ll only pay $3 to renew your membership through December 2023. As always, life members don’t have to pay anything, though your donations are always welcome.
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We have an Election Coming Up!
Yes, it’s time to begin our 2023 Astrology Arizona election for the next Board! We’ll be sending out an email after the holidays to members to let them know how it will be conducted. As all Board positions involve some measure of volunteer work for the organization, if you’re interesting in contributing, let us know.
How To Attend Our Events
We welcome all visitors to our presentations, so please join us! We and countless other groups around the nation are doing our astrological presentations using ZOOM webinar technology. If you want to attend future presentations, please go to the ZOOM website and download the latest software. Without the latest software, you may experience difficulty logging in. They release new versions often, so please upgrade before you join our discussions.
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A Look at Our Recent Presentations
Our July 23 presentation featured a return appearance by Tony Dickey who took us on a deep dive into The History of Neptune-Pluto Waves: 577 BCE through 2384.We saw how numerous Neptune/Pluto cycles were associated with major social changes during each conjunction, square, and opposition between these planets from 577 BCE right up to the current incarnation of that energy in play since the 1890s impacting us now and into future centuries.
Our August 20 meeting was an open forum, where the astrologers in our group discussed a variety of astrological questions, theories, and approaches. We had a lot of fun discussing many different topics from the coming Mars retrograde to US planetary returns to looking at charts. This was a great interaction between members and guests where everyone learned more about all kinds of things astrological!
Our September 17 presentation was typically Mercury retrograde, where we had a delay and a switch in topics. Bill Nastasiak gave the first part, where we took a look at certain key aspects in childhood which impact us as adults. The second part of the discussion Robert Wilkinson took us through a journey of Mars cycles between 2000 and 2024. We explored where the various Sun/Mars conjunctions and oppositions happened, as well as the stationary points, and took a look at how the coming Mars retrograde in Gemini will play out..
Our October 22 presentation featured one of Astrology’s “50+ year icons,” globally respected astrologer and author Ray Grasse speaking on a wide sweep of topics, including the US Pluto return and his new book, When the Stars Align: Reflections on Astrology, Life, Death, and Other Mysteries. It was a freewheeling conversation with one of America’s stellar astrologers, and was enjoyed by all who came!
Our November 19 presentation featured globally respected astrologer, author, and host of the FB astrological group KISS Michelle Young who presented on The Lunar Return in Astrology. She went through a tremendous amount of material about how Lunar Returns can be analyzed, and we look forward to her follow-up presentation in 2023 about Solar Returns and how reading those charts are both similar and different from reading Lunar Returns.
Our December 17 gathering was a free Solstice program for members and the public. Robert gave an astrological analysis of the Solstice chart about what we can expect in the next season and year, followed by a brief overview of the coming Mercury retrograde and the Mercury retrograde themes for each of the past 5 years.
Our January 21, 2023 presentation featured Predictions for 2023 by a group of skilled astrologers from around the internet world giving their take on what’s coming for the next year. We got some excellent predictions for the coming year which ranged far and wide. The second part of the session Doc Benton gave his take on the most important factors to keep in mind throughout the year.
What’s Coming in Our February Presentation
Our February 18 presentation will feature another Zoom meeting with Doc Benton giving us “An Overview of the Scientific Evidence in Support of Standard Astrological Theory.” Given Doc’s vast background in mathematics and science and his passion for astrology, this is sure to be a top shelf presentation giving us all useful facts we can put out into the world if challenged on whether there is evidence astrology works. You can find out more by going to his website at http://www.docbenton.com/
Future Programs Down the Road
Our March 18 presentation will feature another Zoom meeting with well-known professional astrologer Nick Dagan Best giving us a talk on “The Synodic Cycles of Venus and Mars.” Given Nick’s extensive work in that field, this is sure to be a very enlightening and useful presentation which will open up a different view of the many cycles in Astrology.
Stay tuned, since we have presentations scheduled for April 15, May 20, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, October 21, November 18, and our December 16 Solstice gathering. Our speakers include April Elliott Kent, Laura DesJardines, Tony Dickey, and other class acts! We know you’ll love the topics being planned, and we look forward to seeing you at our high-quality astrology talks offered by some of the best of the best!
We also welcome anyone with expertise in audio and video production to help us edit our recordings. While Robert has some professional expertise in the field, we’re open to others who would like to work with him in helping create a top notch professional library of our presentations.
Who we Are - Contacts
We are an astrology group based in the Phoenix metro area dedicated to the art and science of Astrology. Our organization is a New Moon double Aquarius exactly trine a Gemini Ascendant. Born the Year of the Metal Ox, our chart affirms a wider Aquarian intention and creates a welcoming Aquarian vibe for members past, present, and future.
We encourage your suggestions about potential speakers and topics for future monthly programs. We envision our 21stcentury group being a point of light to help students of Astrology who want to know more in the emerging 20 year Aquarian Era which began at the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. We’re excited at the dynamic interactivity we’ve had this past year at our presentations, and look forward to future exciting programs on a wide range of astrological topics.
Bill Nastasiak (Vice President and Education Director)
Robert Wilkinson (President and Editor of AAZ Newsletter)
Mary Katherine Kracht (Treasurer)
Jonathan Flannery, founder of the Traditional Astrologers FB group and keeper of the flame of Greco-Roman traditional astrology, recently dropped his body and joined the Cosmic Astrological Choir.
He was born on September 28, 1950, 6:19 pm, in Lodi, OH. We are told the time of death was around 3:45 am on January 22, 2023 in Huber Heights, Ohio. I found two pieces written about him which I’ve condensed for brevity:
Jonathan was a giant in the world of traditional astrology. He was devoted to research, and was a “scholar and a gentleman” in the true sense of both words. He was patient, detailed, and always helpful. His knowledge of astrology was encyclopedic, and he was always open to questions and answers. It wasn’t just his knowledge of the ancient tradition and the old books that was impressive, but the underlying principles of astrology and the sense of how any one facet of this knowledge integrated into the bigger picture.
Jonathan’s knowledge of astrology wasn’t restricted to traditional astrology. His knowledge of the various branches of astrology and modern developments was extensive. He was always respectful to astrologers of different persuasions and tried to bring calm and logic to any dispute. They say that “we stand on the shoulders of giants.”
Jonathan Flannery was one of these giants and he will be sorely missed in the astrology community and by family and friends.
From another: He was my personal astrologer, mentor, and dear friend. He was also one of my living Angels and he was always looking out for me …. I cannot say enough on how incredibly gifted this man was! Being both psychic and genius level smart he was a fountain of knowledge in both this world and the hidden ones. He knew more about astrology than most people could possibly comprehend and his method for reading the Tarot was unprecedented and in terms of timing uncannily accurate…. He was a kind and generous soul.
Thanks for being here, Jonathan. May your light shine bright in the halls of Shamballa!
A Few Notable Aquarius Celebrities
Franklin D Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart, Paul Newman, Copernicus, Bob Marley, Sir Thomas More, Sri Ramakrishna, Babe Ruth, Oprah Winfrey, W.C. Fields, Lead Belly, Gene Sharp, John Belushi, Sam Cooke, Susan B Anthony, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Jack Lemmon, Rosa Parks, Francis Bacon, Graham Nash, Lord Byron, Emanuel Swedenborg, Mario Lanza, Charles Dickens, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Merton, Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll, Jackie Robinson, James Dean, Phil Collins, Thomas Edison, James Joyce, Lee Marvin, Gertrude Stein, Sinclair Lewis, Marty Balin, William Burroughs, Alice Cooper, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Edith Wharton, Michael Jordan, W. Somerset Maugham, John Ford, Gregory Hines, Alan Alda, Bill Maher, Virginia Woolf, Norman Mailer, Yoko Ono, Alfred Adler, the great Theosophical metaphysician and writer Charles Leadbeater, and the legendary Evangeline Adams, who brought Astrology into the public eye early in the 20thcentury.
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN FEBRUARY 2023
(All the degree values listed in the next three sections are computed the same way Sabian Symbols are read; we always round up. 9+ = 10; 19+ = 20; 29+ = 30)
SUN –13 Aquarius to 10 Pisces
MERCURY – 18 Capricorn to 26 Aquarius
VENUS – 7 Pisces to 10 Aries
MARS – 11 to 19 Gemini
JUPITER – 7 to 12 Aries
SATURN –26 to 30 Aquarius
URANUS – 15 to 16 Taurus
NEPTUNE – 24 to 25 Pisces
PLUTO – 29 to 30 Capricorn
CHIRON – 13 to 14 Aries
TRUE NORTH NODE – 9 to 6 Taurus
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN FEBRUARY 2023
(Bold entries are the ingresses, stations, and lunations. Non-bold are significant aspects.)
NEW MOON; January 21; Sun and Moon at 2 Aquarius
URANUS STATIONARY DIRECT; January 22 at 15 Taurus
SATURN LEAVES SHADOW ZONE; February 2 at 27 Aquarius
SUN SQUARE URANUS; February 3 at 16 Aquarius/Taurus
VENUS SQUARE MARS; February 4 at 12 Pisces/Gemini
FULL MOON; February 5; Sun 17 Aquarius; Moon 17 Leo
MERCURY CONJUNCT PLUTO; February 10 at 29 Capricorn
MERCURY ENTERS AQUARIUS; February 11
VENUS CONJUNCT NEPTUNE; February 15 at 25 Pisces
JUPITER LEAVES SHADOW ZONE; February 15 at 10 Aries
SUN CONJUNCT SATURN; February 16 at 28 Aquarius
AAZ Meeting; February 18
SUN ENTERS PISCES; February 18
NEW MOON; February 19; Sun and Moon at 2 Pisces
VENUS ENTERS ARIES; February 19
MERCURY SQUARE URANUS; February 21 at 16 Aquarius/Taurus
MERCURY TRINE MARS; February 22 at 17 Aquarius/Gemini
VENUS CONJUNCT JUPITER; March 1 at 12 Aries
MERCURY CONJUNCT SATURN; March 2 at 30 Aquarius
MERCURY ENTERS PISCES; March
VENUS CONJUNCT CHIRON; March 3 at 14 Aries 2
AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF FEBRUARY 2023
by Robert Wilkinson
This year the month of February is full steam ahead! All the planets are in direct motion, moving forward with some accelerating quickly after their recent retrograde periods. This month renews the larger Aquarian pulse, giving new impetus to the long wave Aquarian cycles set into motion in all our charts in 2020!
Mars is finally direct after many months slow or retrograde! We now continue to re-trace the shadow zone from 9 to 26 Gemini a third time which will give us all a sense that things are moving forward. Hopefully what we’ve learned about a healthy Mars in Gemini expression in our charts will be made manifest in positive ways!
Because the inner planet conjunctions with the outer planet spiritual heavyweights renew many important cycles between January and May, expect some things to end with a new focus of spiritual energy for the year. The inner planets transiting the outer planet span is a time to pull the energies inward for these few months, with the Moon the key to effective expression. When the Moon is between Capricorn and Gemini, we’ll feel more “enclosed,” whereas when the Moon is between Leo and Scorpio, it will be the focus for all the other planetary energies as a nozzle pointing us to right action.
Remember this month is under two major influences which began in late January. As usual, we begin the month under the influence of the late January New Moon at 2 Aquarius, activating a mobilization which will “liberate us from adverse conditions through spectacular events” which spur us to action. As this was the SRX degree of Saturn in 2020 when the pandemic hit, the period of late January through late February puts the spotlight on those lessons, as well as the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius in December 2020.
That New Moon in the axis of the Ruler/Noble archetype has been on display since then, coming to some public expression at the Full Moon of February 5 at 17 Aquarius/Leo. That will assist the New Moon energies by helping us find “protective agencies” as we “sleep after our gold strike,” expressed in some form of active rebirth aimed at the release of energy.
When Jupiter entered Aries in May 2022 we launched into a new era which is flaming on quickly, renewing its fiery expression and accelerating like a rocket ship having revisited its conjunction point with Mars at 4 Aries in the third week of January. That conjunction began a 2 year cycle of learning how to enjoy life more naturally on our own terms. Jupiter moving through Aries gives an Aries backdrop to planets we have in Sagittarius and Pisces, as well as the houses where we have these signs on the cusp.
Saturn is now at the end time of its transit of Aquarius. Its entry into Aquarius between March and July 2020 shook up the world and galvanized us to action. Its re-entry in December 2020 preceded Jupiter’s entry into that sign by a few days, and their conjunction then created the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. That conjunction ended a 200 year Earth era and began a 200 year Air era, and set the social-cultural conditions for the greater Aquarian 20 year era now developing.
During all of 2021 and 2022 we’ve been learning how we want to contribute to a greater future-oriented vision, and how to manage our feelings and our individual spirituality. This month Saturn continues to crystallize what we need to learn about the second half of Aquarius, with the theme of “Management.” Its October station encouraged us in November to rise to some type of urgent need, “emergency,” or “an exaggeration of life problems.” The first week of February gives us a chance to add to something valuable in our understanding, the second and third weeks are about anticipating the future, and the last week begins the crystallization of a major transfiguration in our lives.
Planets Slowing Down, Speeding Up, or Shifting Signs
In February nothing is slowing down and everything is speeding up!
Mercury will accelerate rapidly all month, Venus remains at maximum cruising speed, and Mars is now direct and picking up speed for many months to come. Jupiter’s accelerating by the day, and Saturn’s picking up speed. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all direct and also speeding up. None of the planets will go retrograde until Mercury’s next retrograde which begins in mid-April.
In January three planets change signs. This month the Sun, ruler of Leo and Cancer, will give us two (Aquarius and Pisces), Mercury, ruler of Gemini and Virgo, will give us two (Capricorn and Aquarius), and Venus, ruler of Taurus/Libra, will give us two (Pisces and Aries). By March, we’ll see SIX planets changing signs in one month!
After its long retrograde, Mars is finally direct and picking up speed by the week! It went stationary direct at 9 Gemini, with a theme of being a Zen archer, sure in your aim as a result of your training these past few months. This will be a theme for this year and the next. Mars will continue to move forward in Gemini through late March, so adapt! Mars in Gemini is versatile, but can get too spread out in “multi-tasking” mode.
Mars is activating the house(s) where we have 11 through 19 Gemini. So the entire month, Mars is in the Libra decan of Gemini, ruled by Venus with an extra dose of the Sun. While Mars is in Gemini, the position of Mercury has been and continues to be important in how Mars expresses its energies.
Between February 1-10, Mars will prove agitating to those with planets between 11-13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Between February 11-20, it will have the same effect on planets between 13-17 degrees of the Mutable signs. And between February 20-28, it will agitate planets between 17-20 of those signs.
The main aspect in play between mid-January and mid-February is the powerful Mars biseptile Saturn, which continues to bring major turning points, choices and changes related to any planet we have near 23-27 Aquarius, 15-19 Aries, 7-11 Gemini, 29 Cancer-3 Leo, 21-25 Virgo, 12-16 Scorpio, and 4-6 Capricorn. The time trigger will be the period when the Sun conjuncts Saturn and biseptiles Mars, involving the rulers of half of our houses!
As I’ve offered before, when Mars is within a degree of forming or separating from a hard aspect with a planet, slow down and show deliberation and caution in how you use force. Hard aspects to/from Mars always require that we moderate or antidote impulsiveness and impatience.
This month the sign focus is on the signs occupied by the outer planets. The first 11 days Mercury continues to hold a Capricorn emphasis which then shifts to an Aquarian emphasis for the rest of the month. Venus in its exaltation sign of Pisces anticipates the other March transits through Pisces. By the20thVenus is already blazing a trail into Aries en route to its conjunction with Jupiter and Chiron.
So the first third is primarily Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces, and the second third is primarily Aquarius and Pisces, the last third is primarily Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries. So we’ll continue to have at least one planet in Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, with the primary emphasis on Aquarius and Pisces.
We’re Actors On A New Stage With A New Set
As I mentioned earlier, the Grand Mutation of Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius began a new 20 year Aquarian Era in December 2020, as well as a new 200 year era, moving global energies out of Earth and into Air. We’ve begun to grow beyond the materialism of the past 200 years and have entered two centuries of Air emphasis, with its qualities of relatedness, receptivity, versatility, moveability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals.
The 2020 Solar eclipse on the Summer Solstice has accompanied a grand reorientation where we have been accepting new allegiances and life directions, while the December 2020 Solar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius is still helping us remove blocks to our happiness. The June 2021 Solar eclipse at 20 Gemini has facilitated the end of irrelevant and extraneous ideas from our decision making process, and the extremely beneficial Total Solar Eclipse at 13 Sagittarius in December 2021 gave us a promise of major gifts and unique interactive opportunities which will be perfect for whatever we need. Rewards have come and more are coming these next 3 years!
We’re still "under the beams" of the Solar Eclipses we experienced in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, and these “cosmic recyclers” continue to remove all that we no longer need in our lives. Take note of where you have 1 Cancer, 24 and 13 Sagittarius, 20 Gemini, 11 Taurus, and 2 Scorpio, since 1 Cancer aligns us with a larger reality, 24 Sagittarius helps us find happiness, 13 Sagittarius gives us a new identity and love, 20 Gemini removes what cannot be assimilated or communicated, 11 Taurus will help us remove “weeds from our garden of Life and Mind,” and the recent one at 2 Scorpio is helping us release attachments from the past as we enter a more complex social experience.
Last May’s eclipses with Sun in Taurus have begun to shut down old value systems in that sector, as well as the Scorpio sector via the May Full Moon Wesak Festival eclipse. November’s Total Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at 17 Taurus/Scorpio is helping us tap our spiritual power and focus it through “hearing our inner God” and allowing our Higher Self to transform our lower self and our worldly expression. The Scorpio Solar and Lunar eclipses are already leading us to say goodbye to the past, giving up some old ideals, and finding a new perspective on how and when to do things. You can find out more about the Solar eclipse and Lunar eclipse by going to my site at www.aquariuspapers.com where there are numerous articles in the archives on how eclipses work.
As we study how successive Eclipses have affected various areas of our charts and lives, we can get a sense of the utility of these “Cosmic Recyclers” in removing what we no longer needed in those areas, creating a void which attracted new life experiences. They invite us to look back, and then forward, to see the continuity of “letting go, taking in, letting go, taking in” across the years.
The Grand Irrationality
In February, the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I’ve termed The Grand Irrationality is in play when Mercury forms a septile to Neptune and biseptile to Uranus between February 10-14, and again when Venus conjuncts Neptune and septiles Uranus in mid-month. These will activate all 7 zones, making the middle third of the month very intense as we move through the profound choices and changes indicated by these aspects. This heralds what will be triggered by the Sun and Mercury when they transit late Pisces in mid-March.
All of the septile-series 7thharmonic aspects from the inner planets to the outer spiritual planets represent turning points at the hard edge of revolutionary change we’ve been going through for a while. Obviously, this is activated every time the Moon moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. All septile-series aspects are non-rational degree relationships representing “forks in the road of destiny” in any larger cycle. I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality,” a configuration which has been active since 1994, at my main website http://www.aquariuspapers.com where I explain why all of humanity is forging its future destiny at this time. If you have a planet or point near any of the seven zones, your life is sure to be affected. In February these zones are around 1-5 Aquarius, 22-26 Pisces, 14-18 Taurus, 5-9 Cancer, 27 Leo- 1 Virgo, 18-22 Libra, and 9-13 Sagittarius.
During the periods these 7th harmonic aspects are in play, if things get weird or crazy, be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; just be clear about what you’re doing and why. Even though there may be interactions with unreasonable or irrational people, we still have the power to respond in productive ways.
As with “hard” aspects to and from Mars, if that planet (or really any planet) is involved in any non-rational aspect, whether one to our natal Mars or transiting Mars making a non-rational aspect to one of our natal, progressed, or solar return planets, it’s a time to be cautious during the period when the aspect is within a degree of forming or separating. Things have a way of getting strange during 7th harmonic aspects, so those are times to be especially deliberate and thoughtful in choosing our responses.
Primary Action Beats for the First Half of the Month
February begins under the influence of the late January New Moon at 2 Aquarius, putting the spotlight on that house in our charts. That New Moon was on a degree of some sort of “unexpected thunderstorm” which will mobilize us and free us from some “adverse situation.” This month is about fellowship and the birth of many things. As it’s on the degree where Saturn went stationary retrograde in the Spring of 2020, the focus from now until the next New Moon is on what we’ve been mobilized to do and what we’ve been liberated from since then.
From the beginning of the month, all the planets are moving fast or picking up speed, indicating the entire month should bring rapid developments, especially with Jupiter racing through the first part of Aries! The first week begins with Sun square Uranus indicating a need for clear thinking and acting without impulse or reactivity! Be true to your heart’s desire, and be wholehearted in dedicating yourself to fulfilling that.
February 5th brings the Full Moon at 17 Aquarius/Leo. This puts the focus on finding and using protective mechanisms as we rest after some labor, expressed as a heartfelt rebirth we share with others. This is a time to cultivate heart connections with others, though at some point it will necessitate a form of “expansion through sacrifice” because the Moon forms a Yod with Mercury sextile Neptune on February 6. The sextile will be productive for understanding how to be organized and disciplined to accomplish some ideal.
The second week of February opens with Venus exactly sextile Uranus, followed by Mercury conjunct Pluto, finishing the inner planet conjunctions with Pluto for 2023. This should help us “see to the core” of things and people, with an ability to cut through obstacles by seeing the most direct and efficient way to do something. Be alert for hidden agendas or a sense that there is more to be known than what we’re hearing or reading about.
Mercury then enters Aquarius on February 11, shifting the energies of Gemini and Virgo planets and houses in our charts, and renewing the Aquarian vision set loose at the Grand Mutation. The rest of the second week has Mars sextile Chiron, furthering our knowledge in anticipation of the new 13-14 year cycle about to begin when Jupiter conjuncts Chiron in a few weeks.
The second week finishes with Venus conjunct Neptune and the impending Sun conjunct Saturn, ending the 2022 cycles and beginning the 2023 cycles involving these inner planets with those outer planets. The Moon in Virgo for February 7-8 should be good for getting things done, while the Moon in Libra will bring mixed signals on February 9-10, ultimately resolving in an understanding.
Primary Action Beats for the Second Half of the Month
The second half of the month begins with Moon in Sagittarius and Venus conjunct Neptune which should be a fairly productive and inspired time. That’s followed by Sun conjunct Saturn and Mercury sextile Jupiter, making for a serious and expansive week. The Moon enters Capricorn on February 16, renewing conjunctions with the outer planets from February 17 through 27.
February 18 brings the Sun’s entry into Pisces. That means the period from February 16-19 we will experience the illumination of “the Transfiguration Zone” where the cusp of the Age of Pisces meets the cusp of the Age of Aquarius. As that transit anticipates Saturn’s transit of that same zone at the end of February and beginning of March, open to the larger transfiguration process in play since March 2020 and get ready to step into a new realm wherever you have late Aquarius and early Pisces!
The third week also brings us the New Moon at 2 Pisces on February 19, with the theme of self-preservation and the need for protection against unnecessarily assertive or aggressive social elements, and a suggestion to “lift ourselves to surer foundations.” As Venus sextiles Pluto and Moon conjuncts Saturn just before that Lunation, we’ll no doubt be seeing to the bottom of things in late February and the first half of March.
The fourth week of February kicks off with Mercury trine Mars, so use the last half of the month to get things done. Adapt with an eye to the big picture, find the right balance, rhythm, or perspective, and enjoy the momentum with the Moon in Aries from February 21 through 23. Keep it pleasant and steady with Moon in Taurus from February 24-26, and the end of February has such great aspects with Moon in Gemini I’ll wish you all a great time as we prepare for the major shifts in March! The end of February also is the time when Venus approaches its conjunction with Jupiter, so spirits should be very high at that time!
This is the thirteenth month of the North Node in Taurus era! We’re now in a time of our greatest development coming through the sign of appreciation, value, and enjoying the best life has to offer. The recent eclipses are already assisting us in letting go of strong feelings related to the past, as well as all which blocks us from going deeper into our connection to Source. With Taurus growth and Scorpio release, keep it simple and steady, showing what you know by releasing what needs releasing and attracting what needs attracting.
Mars conjunct Jupiter in Aries in late May 2022 began a 2 year adventure in opening to new ways of enjoying life and new freedom to be as authentic as we need to be. That cycle and other Aries cycles are about to be set into motion in March and April as the inner planets all make conjunctions with Jupiter and Chiron. This month helps us move out of the past and into the rapidly approaching future.
The Sun in Aquarius is a time to see the Light of “the greatest good for the greatest number” on material, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of life. This is an idealistic vision of how personal power when used within a group purpose can accomplish things we cannot achieve alone. The infinite potential of Sagittarius, having found structure in Capricorn, now moves into a future oriented vision of an ideal which can outlive us.
We now begin our third year of the new era, as this month renews the Solar and Mercurial Aquarian power and understanding set into motion in 2020. Having harvested the 2022 work in Capricorn, we’ve now reset the karma of the larger process and continue our journey into the Aquarian vision which will find its initial grounding when Jupiter is in Taurus. Since Aquarius and Pisces are active this month, see what must be forgiven to substantiate the new vision while leaping forward whenever possible.
The promise of the 2022 Aquarian energies are now tallied, with the new 2023 Aquarian energies powering up over the next few weeks. Expect rapid developments over the next few weeks which will build momentum for Saturn’s entry into Pisces and Pluto’s entry into Aquarius in March. As Jupiter is racing forward at maximum speed, face the future and don’t clutch as things rapidly accelerate. This broadens the Aquarian vision through direct action, and guarantees us a rapid expansion of awareness in our Aries sector in 2023. We are unique sparks of Light which are part of the greater infinite Light Field. The vision of 2021 has now manifested in a new iteration, with new visions and harvests coming the next few weeks.
As we’re now at the beginning of the third year of a new 20 year and 200 year cycle, remember a new era has dawned. Have courage and take the initiative to leave the Earth and fly free into the Air of what’s opening as the Grand Mutation expands its promise into the Divine transfigured ideal of a more just truth and future. This month brings the promise of adventures to come, so wield your spiritual powers of gratitude and appreciation for all we have and all which has brought us to exactly where we are, for better or worse. In any case, we stand at the end of the Pluto in Capricorn era, and soon will begin to experience the dawning of the coming Pluto in Aquarius era
We now stand on the threshold of transfiguration. Find your heart strength and open to finding new forms of genuine happiness appropriate for who you are now, and who you are becoming relative to just a few months ago.
The 2022 Capricorn and Aquarius transits began a new chapter of utilizing forms of personal power in Capricorn to serve the emerging Aquarian ideal. A huge part of the past died in 2021 and 2022 and a new expansive inspired energy came in via the Mars conjunction with Jupiter in Aries. The past is over and we all have begun our trek into a new world of new potential, new adventures, and new ways to enjoy being ourselves while doing our work of Destiny. Open to the abundance of the process of growth, since we are all on a rocket ship to the stars!
Until next month (or whenever we meet again, since tomorrow is never guaranteed)
Editor, AAZ Newsletter
THE GRAND MUTATION AND GRAND IRRATIONALITY
by Robert Wilkinson
Because Jupiter and Saturn have now entered Aquarius and made their once-every-20-year conjunction, we're solidly launched into a new 20 year and 200 year era! We have moved from the Aries to Capricorn squares of 2020 to the Taurus to Aquarius squares of 2021 and now face the future coming fast!
All of us with planets in the last 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn had enormous changes in 2020, just as those who have planets in the first 15 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius had enormous changes in 2021. Uranus and Saturn continue to put pressure on planets we have in the middle degrees of the Fixed signs.
We are still in a period of off-again on-again Uranus septile Neptune, generating two and sometimes three extremely powerful points of a 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I've termed "The Grand Irrationality." This will be activated each time the Moon or any planet moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. This septile-based "fork in the road" aspect is indicative of the hard edge of revolutionary change which will be triggered by future conjunctions and septile-series aspects to Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus!
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Saturn continues its long term occupancy in its home sign of Aquarius. While we’ll still be focused on the group work set into motion last year, we are now experiencing Saturn’s late Aquarius qualities. It was a major influence in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Because Saturn plays such a large part in our lives, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to master life on your own terms.
Remember that while Saturn can feel heavy, it is also our ability to take command of our lives and destiny by using Saturn’s virtues in the right way and time. Our ability to steer our “ship of personality” into its rightful “current of destiny” is in front of us, based in how we have prepared for our “role of destiny” heading at us like an express train!
In 2019 we awakened to "a new quality of Being," and rehearsed and perfected roles and skills we needed in 2020 and beyond as part of the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives. We’ve begun to crystallize present and future rewards, as well as new group work and roles opening new chapters in our “hero’s journey” since the Summer of 2019. It is helpful to regard the Saturn squares to Uranus in 2021-2022 as preparing us for the coming period when Saturn makes some long term very productive and specializing aspects with Uranus allowing us to craft a new individuality coming forth in 2022-2023!
I explain how Saturn and Uranus awaken us to our Higher Powers to take conscious command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and due to its occupancy of Aquarius, we have a preliminary instruction on how we can make a greater contribution to our civilization and come together with others in a great effort “ensouled by a great vision.” This will allow our “new quality of Being” promised by Uranus to come alive as expressions of our unfolding Higher Consciousness.
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will help you understand how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and your power to change negative karma to positive karma. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms
This book offers insights about your power to throw off all the attitudes and memories which hold you back from finding and living the life and purpose. If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.
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