Astrology Arizona Newsletter for February 2021
Welcome to the Astrology Arizona (AAZ) newsletter! Here’s what’s up with our New organization and the Astrological forecast for February!
Welcome to an entirely new organization. Our name is Astrology Arizona, a group dedicated to a wider Aquarian intention which we expect will create a welcoming Aquarian vibe for members present and future.
We are still welcoming feedback about potential future speakers and topics for group discussion as we expand the focus of our monthly programs. We envision our 21st century group being a point of light to help students of Astrology who want to know more in the coming 20 year Aquarian Era which began at the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius. We’re excited with the possibilities for expanding how we do what we do with an eye to greater interactivity with fellow students of Astrology and more discussions on a wide range of astrological topics.
February, Bill Nastasiak, Astrologer
As Our next meeting on ZOOM will be on February 20, featuring our e President Bill Nastasiak. Bill takes the lead in analyzing the birth chart of Astrology Arizona and coordinating the discussion of this momentous event!
For you astrologers who want to cast this chart, this pioneering new organization has a birth chart on the Aquarius New Moon, coinciding with the Chinese New Year of the Metal Ox, at 1:27 pm, February 11, 2021, in Phoenix, AZ.
We’ll be taking a look at the celestial map of this double Aquarius entity using a variety of methods! Bill has done extensive work on analyzing everything from midpoints to planetary weightings, and it promises to be an interesting (if advanced) astrological presentation! Robert will also offer commentary, as well as a brief explanation of the qualities of the Chinese Metal Ox.
Admission to this presentation will again be by donation, but please let us know ahead of time that you want to attend so we can send you the link to the webinar!
March, Matthew Currie, Astrrologer
Our March 20 presentation on International Astrology Day features well-known Astrologer Matthew Currie giving us a presentation on “Dealing With Skeptics: Defense Against The Dark Arts 101."
Matthew has been a practicing professional astrologer for 25 years, and is known for his essays in defense of Astrology in response to James Randi’s public vendetta against Astrology under the guise of being a scientific skeptic. We are sure this will be enthusiastically welcomed by any and all of us who have had to deal with skeptics in the past, and is sure to be both entertaining and informative! As this resumes our presentations by outstanding guest Astrologers, admission will be $10 for members, and $15 for non-members.
We and countless other groups around the nation are doing our astrological presentations using ZOOM webinar technology. To anticipate a question, no, you don’t have to have a camera or microphone to attend a ZOOM webinar. All you need to attend is internet access and speakers. 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.
Despite all the problems associated with the pandemic, we were still able to give some outstanding presentations in the past 6 months, and are gearing up for more great offerings throughout 2021!
Our January 23 presentation featured our regularly scheduled “Astrological Predictions for 2021.” This year Robert solicited comments from 29 astrologers of different disciplines from across the nation and around the world for the first part of the presentation, then Mary Katherine gave an outstanding presentation of her take for the year, and Robert closed with an overview of various astrological factors in play throughout the year. We had great attendance and a good time was had by all!
A Few Notable Aquarius Celebrities
Franklin D Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart, Paul Newman, Copernicus, Bob Marley, Sir Thomas More, 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 20th century.
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN FEBRUARY 2021
SUN – 13 Aquarius to 10 Pisces
MERCURY – 27 Aquarius back to 12 then forward to 14 Aquarius
VENUS – 30 Capricorn to 4 Pisces
MARS – 13 to 28 Taurus
JUPITER – 11 to 17 Aquarius
SATURN – 6 to 8 Aquarius
URANUS – 7 to 8 Taurus
NEPTUNE – 20 to 21 Pisces
PLUTO – 26 to 27 Capricorn
TRUE NORTH NODE – 19 to 16 Gemini
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN FEBRUARY 2021
MERCURY STATIONARY RETROGRADE – January 30 at 27 Aquarius
VENUS ENTERS AQUARIUS; February 1
SUN/MERCURY INFERIOR CONJUNCTION; February 8 at 21 Aquarius
NEW MOON – February 11; Sun and Moon at 24 Aquarius
CHINESE NEW YEAR – February 11; Year of the Metal Ox
SUN ENTERS PISCES; February 18
MERCURY STATIONARY DIRECT - February 20 at 12 Aquarius
VENUS ENTERS PISCES; February 25
FULL MOON – February 27; Sun 9 Pisces, Moon 9 Virgo
Until next month (or whenever we meet again, since tomorrow is never guaranteed)
Robert Wilkinson, Astrologer; AA President
Editor, AAZ Newsletter
AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF FEBRUARY
by Robert Wilkinson
This year the month of February features
1. Mercury retrograde with a theme of adding to, or committing to something new, better, and expressive of the spiritual values “linking generations of seekers for the highest,” and
2) Saturn square Uranus all month, putting pressure on planets or points we have near 6-10 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
As I told you last month, Jupiter’s transit of the first half of Aquarius in January and February heralds what will be crystallized by Saturn throughout 2021. What Jupiter opens, Saturn will structure as it rumbles through the first half of Aquarius this entire year. So regard the changes, turning points, and braking actions we’ll experience from the square as necessary for us to “break on through to the other side” throughout this year as Saturn “makes real” all which Jupiter promises this month.
February begins with the very intense Sun square Mars, continuing the run of major squares between inner planets in Aquarius and Mars/Uranus in early Taurus which will end when Venus conjuncts Saturn and squares Uranus. That said, please remember Saturn square Uranus is in play all year and activated three times, showing a friction which will last through February 2022!
The first activation occurs this month from 8 Aquarius to 8 Taurus; the second occurs in June with Saturn retrograde at 14 Aquarius square Uranus at 14 Taurus; and the third happens just after the December Solstice with Saturn direct at 12 Aquarius and Uranus retrograde at 12 Taurus. These waning (upper) squares between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus mark the culmination of the cycle of these power planets which was set into motion when Saturn conjuncted Uranus in 1988. Interestingly, in 1999-2000 Saturn in Taurus made its waxing (lower) square to Uranus in Aquarius, so it would seem that this year activates conflicts dating back 20 years.
This month continues the “delayed activation” of a new form of our “graduation into a new realm of Being” promised by Mercury this time last year and activated by Mars in May. The 29th and 30th degree of Aquarius are a “transfiguration zone” and the area of entry into the coming Age of Aquarius. This month the Sun activates a new form of transfiguration in our lives around February 16-18, with Venus bringing a new value to the process between February 23 and 25. Mercury “brings the news” March 14-15, and Jupiter blows it wide open into new truths, new adventures, and new visions of the future on its first pass between April 28 and May 13.
Past as Prologue
In March 2020, Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius “primed the pump” for the 20 year Aquarian Era which was launched by the Grand Mutation at the December 2020 Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice. That Jupiter conjunction with Saturn also set a new 200 year Era into motion, moving global energies out of Earth and into Air. As I mentioned last month, we’ve left 200 years of conjunctions in Earth signs (which should diminish the rampant materialism dominating our planet), and moved into two centuries of the qualities of Air, which are less dense than Earth. Some of the qualities which will develop are relatedness, receptivity, versatility, movability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals.
The 2020 Summer Solstice Solar Eclipse is still facilitating a grand reorientation in our lives, accepting new allegiances and life directions, and the December 2020 Solar Eclipse at 24 Sagittarius is still helping us remove blocks to our happiness. We’re still "under the beams" of the Solar Eclipses we’ve been through in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and as all Eclipses are “cosmic recyclers” removing that which we no longer need in our lives, take note of where you have 1 Cancer and 24 Sagittarius, since we’re aligning ourselves with a larger reality in the first, and finding happiness in the second.
As with the last several months, Uranus continues to biseptile Pluto, anchoring a 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I’ve termed The Grand Irrationality. This represents the very hard edge of revolutionary change we’ve been going through for a while, and it’s activated every time a planet or the Moon moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration. This month it is only stimulated by the Moon, though March will see multiple activations as the inner planets conjunct Neptune and septile both Uranus and Pluto.
All the septile-series aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality,” an evolutionary configuration which has been active since 1994, at my main website http://www.aquariuspapers.com, explaining 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 24-28 Capricorn, 16-20 Pisces, 6-10 Taurus, 28 Gemini-2 Cancer, 19-23 Leo, 11-15 Libra, and 2-7 Sagittarius.
If things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect in the mix. During this time, if things get crazy, just go slow and be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; all we must do is be clear about what we’re doing and why while being balanced, moderate, and caring along the way. Even though it is difficult to reason with unreasonable or irrational people, we still have the power to respond in productive ways, as these are points of choice and change where we determine our future destiny.
Mercury retrograde this month is showing us how to “go back to the future” as it reviews all the Aquarian information brought to us by the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, and itself last month and this month. This Mercury retrograde period will help us take a new look at our Aquarian response to life, as well as our spiritual values which link us across generations. See what you need to commit to while doing research, rehearsal, review, renewal, and all the other Mercury retrograde associations.
Remember sometimes delays and reconsiderations can prove valuable in providing different perspectives on how to move forward after Mercury goes direct at the end of the month. As the theme of the direct station is evaluating our level of awareness on the great evolutionary “ladder of Life,” by the end of the month we’ll know what we aspire to, who we need to help us to the next level of awareness, and the need to leave some things from our past behind. You can find out more about Mercury retrograde in Aquarius in all the houses by coming to my website, since there are numerous articles on it there. You can also learn more by getting my pioneering work A New Look at Mercury Retrograde.
Primary Action Beats for the Month
We begin with the Sun square Mars, putting pressure on 9-13 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Pisces. Focus your enthusiasm, and try not to get misdirected. Feb 3-4 brings T-squares requiring us to show good Leo traits. Venus conjuncts Saturn and squares Uranus, finishing the run of squares from Aquarius to Taurus on Feb 5-6, followed by Mercury retrograde square Mars on Feb 9-10. Just remember that transit to transit aspects should not be taken personally, as they are universal energy phase relationships that each of us responds to in our own way.
The second third of the month begins with the very favorable New Moon conjunct Venus and Jupiter, indicating that late February and early March will bring huge benefits to those who can utilize their experience, intelligence, and managed emotions to demonstrate their self-discipline and dispassion. As the theme of the New Moon involves “the constructive use to which difficult past experiences can be put as examples” for those who are struggling with their emotions and passions, it seems the last half of the month is about communicating techniques of how to manage our feelings on a social level.
The middle of the month shows Mercury retrograde conjunct Venus and then Jupiter, Mars sextile Neptune, with the first Saturn square Uranus exact on February 17. That means the entire month is volatile, since the “hot zone” for this square is two degrees on either side of exact! The second third of the month closes with Venus square Mars on the 19th, and Mercury going direct on the 20th.
The last third of the month should be relatively efficient, calm, and productive. The only major events of that time are Mars trine Pluto, and with the Moon transiting Cancer through Libra, there’s maximum harmony, productivity, stability, and ease of flow as it configures with Pluto in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, and Mars in Taurus, each time creating a “four note harmonic chord” between Earth and Water signs, benefiting any planets or points we may have in the last half of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.
This is the tenth month of the North Node in Gemini era, showing that our line of greatest evolutionary development is through seeing the many ways to learn and communicate a given thing, especially with an eye to assimilating diverse ideas from diverse sources. Themes this month include finding “seed ideas,” integrating our body, feelings, and mind in the “upper chamber of consciousness,” and transmuting physical vitality into the power to create new ideas and perspectives while not getting lost in abstractions or apprehensions. Use new perspectives to reorient, value what protects you, and participate in collective renewals.
As I offered last month, lighten up, brighten up, and face the future in the area of your chart where you have Aquarius, since that’s what’s opening for everyone! We were “baptized in fire” during the non-stop Cardinal sign conflicts of 2020, and can use the non-stop friction of the Taurus/Aquarius square to launch new visions, new models, new interactions, and new teamwork this year. Use the favorable Fire and Air aspects being made from planets in Aquarius to release powerful new stabilizing forces through Taurus, and for those with planets in early and middle Water and Earth signs, use the harmony of the ongoing Uranian liberation to release forces for greater good where you have Aquarius in your chart.
A greater good opens for all who are receptive to participating in a greater contribution to their society or the world. This is the time to see a more abundant way to contribute to a greater good, managing our material and nonmaterial resources to imagine a greater role benefiting a greater number. Use the squares from Aquarius to Taurus to honor your strength, courage, determination, and ability to attract your heart’s desire by being clear about what you want and what you don’t.
As Leo and Scorpio continue to be the solutions to any problems generated by the squares, show heart, take heart, trust the heart, strengthen the heart, and radiate the Love you ARE to your world. BE the power of your inner Spiritual Warrior who never fears and cannot be defeated. This is the time to show strength, determination, focus, and willingness to expand into the new, the innovative, and future-oriented projects.
Everything’s been compressed in the houses where we have Capricorn and Aquarius, and now we begin to expand into a greater group work. Just keep in mind that we're all more aware, capable, and stronger together than we are separately. Use the Sun in Aquarius to see the light of how you can contribute to a greater social life, a wider future, and a more enlightened and ideal fellowship with others. A new era has dawned, so leave the Earth and fly free into the Air of what’s opening as the Grand Mutation expands its promise.
Until next month (or whenever we meet again, since tomorrow is never guaranteed)
Robert Wilkinson, Professional Astrologer
and President/Editor of the AAZ Newsletter
(For those who are interested, it's pronounced with a "long A" as in "days" without the d)
AN ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF 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 now move from the Aries to Capricorn squares of 2020 to the Taurus to Aquarius squares of 2021! All of us with planets in the last 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn have had enormous changes in 2020, just as those who have planets in the first 10 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius will have enormous changes in 2021.
We are now back in a period of Uranus biseptile Pluto, generating two 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 biseptile represents a hard edge of revolutionary change which will be triggered by future conjunctions and septile-series aspects to Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus!
As I explained in the overview, all the septile-series aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” If things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect active somewhere. Because Saturn will square Uranus pretty much all of 2021, we can expect some intense conflict to come. We will get a front end look during the inner planet squares in January and February.
The solution to any fixed problem will be to generate positive Leo and Scorpio energy, so be strong of heart, clear minded, focused, and creative. There are other keywords as well, so take a new look at the qualities associated with each of these signs so you can provide integrative energies in 2021! All of us will have to find focus, disregarding lesser and unimportant things through knowing what’s really pertinent in situations. While sometimes we’ll have to make hard choices, this will help us know our heart.
While you're here, if you don't already know about it, please consider checking out my book
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Because Saturn is in its home sign of Aquarius, it remains the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. That makes it a dominant force through April 2022. Because Jupiter is now in Aquarius Saturn continues to be a major presence on the planetary stage as a final dispositor sharing power with Mars and Neptune.
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 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” into our new quality of Being awakened by Uranus over the past 18 months.
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 3 month occupancy of the first two degrees 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.
This book was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers. 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 read any section of this book you will find new 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.