We begin today with the Full Moon going exact in Leo during the early hours before dawn. Then the Moon in Leo makes a trine to Mars in Sagittarius. What feels as if it is simmering beneath the surface of your skin, quickening to a rapid boil, waiting to be expressed or let loose? The Moon trine Mars, both in fire signs, bolsters our courage and confidence, igniting our passion and determination to take the actions we know that it’s time to take. Then the Moon ingresses into Virgo, shifting our attention to the pragmatic matter of taking that which we learn and putting it into practice. With Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, in antithesis and fall in Pisces, the details may not feel clear, but we are being given the opportunity to trust that there is utility in attending to our personal and collective emotional lives. What if your feelings are not getting in the way of what needs to be accomplished? What if your feelings are actually sensible guides to that which requires our attention and that which needs to be done? The Moon then makes a trine to Uranus in Taurus, activating our resources for both adaptability and innovation. As you translate the lessons of your own emotional tides into tangible, material processes—“this is what I feel and this is what then needs to be done”—it may be that there are patterns that need to be broken, conventions that are no longer useful, or sedentary circumstances that are no longer in service to that toward which your feelings are guiding you. Be willing to do things differently if that is what your emotional well-being requires.
Today the Moon moves through Leo with no major aspects as it approaches the Full Moon on Sunday. The Moon will appear to be at its fullest tonight as the opposition goes exact in the early pre-dawn hours of Sunday. So, if you do any work with the Full Moon—rituals, spells, meditations, communion with the sky, reverence for cycles of change—tonight will be opportune for these practices. As the Moon moves toward fullness, it does so in the sign of the Sun and with reception from the Sun. However, the Sun is in its antithesis or detriment in Aquarius. While Leo calls us toward blazing authenticity, the sustained radiance of allowing our full selves to be seen, celebrated, and loved, the Sun itself is in a sign in which it has less resources for illuminating that which it signifies. Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, and in this sign, the Sun is limited, constrained, or even made marginal in some way. This Full Moon may be a time to find how we are capable of shining brightly not in spite of the ways we have been limited or marginalized, but because of those challenging experiences. How have repression, regulation, or constriction introduced you to parts of yourself for which the world is most in need? What if the qualities and facets of who you are that have been the least supported or affirmed are the ones that those around you most need to see and celebrate? For this Full Moon, how might you not only lavish attention and affection on your whole self, but also specifically honor, acknowledge, and affirm the parts of your experience of yourself that you have been most conditioned to ignore, conceal, or minimize? What if doing so is not only in alignment with your own well-being, but also that which you have been given to offer to the well-being of others?
Today the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto then Saturn in Capricorn. What if, as Elizabeth Gilbert has written, “We are all walking repositories of buried treasure.” Inasmuch as Pluto may describe our hidden traumas, the tragedies entombed in our underworlds, such dark places no doubt also hold some of our greatest gifts, the treasures beneath the traumas and tragedies waiting to be unearthed. How can you feel your way beneath the systems and social norms that structure your relationship to both your own body and the harm that you carry in order to uncover the riches within you? Venus ingresses into Aries—the sign of its antithesis or detriment. Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and union. Aries, ruled by Mars, is a sign associated with individuation and impulsive assertion, always prepared to meet conflict head-on. As Venus moves through Aries, it may be more challenging to avoid conflict in our relationships. If things heat up or become enflamed, use this as an opportunity to clarify what each person wants, staying curious about what needs and desires are driving the conflict, and potentially responding more effectively once those drives are in the open. The Moon then ingresses into Leo and directly into a trine to Venus. Leo reminds us to show up fully in our blazing authenticity, shining brightly in our dazzling brilliance. How might you experience love more fully if you were to share more of yourself with those around you? The Moon finally makes a square to Uranus in Taurus, and how we have been willing to show up as and for ourselves in the past may no longer be sufficient. We may find ourselves propelled into more honest authenticity than we had yet imagined, requiring more trust and more courage.
Today the Moon in Cancer opposes Jupiter in Capricorn. How can you trace the ways in which you aspire to grow and establish yourself all the way back to your origins? How have your earliest experiences of safety and security—which may have been stable or unstable, reliable or unpredictable—shaped the kind of life for which you are working and your access to experiences of abundance? What if you could locate abundance within your body right now, in this moment, and send it back to your youngest, most vulnerable self, the feelings of: “You are more than enough. There is more than enough.” The Moon then makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces. Waves of inspiration may flow easily today, and you may find yourself returning to the moments, people, and experiences that set us along your path. Allow yourself to revisit the nourishing waters of those who have inspired you, in memories and visions and dreams. You may find that those wellsprings continue to offer resources for the life that you are bringing into being.
In the very first minutes of Wednesday, the Moon in Gemini opposes Mars in Sagittarius. This aspect challenges us to find balance between our inquisitive, nurturing, receptive instincts for caretaking and our grand, expansive, assertive, willpower. Can we temper our own relentless striving with curiosity, with sensitive listening to our own bodies and how others are expressing their needs as well? Mercury in Pisces makes a sextile to Uranus in Taurus, and we may anticipate news, messages, or ideas that cannot actually be anticipated in advance. Notice what words or exchanges come into your life today that potentially disrupt what you were thinking and open up new possibilities for how to proceed. The Moon in Gemini makes a square to Venus in Pisces. In Hellenistic astrology, this is a condition of bonification, the Moon overcome by exalted Venus, and we may find immense support from those around us or those we love. If there is a challenge to this aspect, it may take the form of asking for what we need in order to feel safe and secure. The Moon then ingresses into its domicile of Cancer, moving swiftly into a sextile to Uranus and a trine to Mercury. In Cancer, the Moon has the resources needed into order to nurture and nourish. We may feel more sensitive and capable of caring for others and ourselves. Revolutionary Uranus may inspire radically innovative practices of care. In Revolutionary Mothering, Alexis Pauline Gumbs writes, “In order to collectively figure out how to sustain and support our evolving species, in order to participate in and demand a society where people help to create each other instead of too often destroying each other, we need to look at the practice of creating, nurturing, affirming, and supporting life that we call mothering.” What revolutionary approaches to creating, nurturing, affirming, and supporting life might you put into practice today? Mercury in Pisces trine the Moon in Cancer invites us to share the wisdom of our feelings, to translate and transmute our practices of care into practices of self-care, to learn from our practices of self-care what we can ask for and offer to others.
Today the Moon in Gemini makes a trine to the Sun in Aquarius. This is a time to get curious about that which enlivens you, that which nourishes and supports your capacity to shine brightly and offer that which is life-affirming to others. This could be a topic of conversation with trusted friends and loved ones, or it might be a prompt for your own journaling or reflection. The Sun is in its antithesis or detriment in Aquarius, which means that it may not have all the resources in needs in order to fully illuminate that which is meaningful in our lives, but what brilliance it has to offer is coming to support the Moon in Gemini this morning. Today may bring the embodiment of purpose with ease, which could also be posed as a question: what am I doing today that is easily in alignment with my purpose? The Moon then makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. We may find our thinking becomes clouded or that our sensitivities to non-ordinary states of reality intrude upon the practical tasks of the day. If you find that the invisible interferes with the manifest, consider how you might adjust your activities to accommodate the presence and influence of the unseen. Intuition may supersede reason, as the expanse of feelings—your own and the collective’s, which may not be separate—flood rationality. You may get further if you allow yourself to be carried on the tides of mystery, although the destination may remain uncertain.
Today Mercury moves into Pisces, the sign of both its antithesis and fall. Whereas Mercury is adept at managing and communicating detailed information and clear ideas, Pisces is the mutable water sign ruled by Jupiter: oceanic, expansive, never simply one thing, always flowing in other directions and possibilities. It can be a difficult sign for Mercury. Pisces is also where Mercury will station retrograde on February 16, so this area of our charts and lives will undergo review in the days ahead. Just as Mercury ingresses into Pisces, the Moon enters Gemini in an exact square to Mercury but with reception. In Gemini, the Moon stimulates our curiosities, our desires for social connections, and for exchanging ideas, but the square from a challenged Mercury may describe being overwhelmed by too many ideas or feelings, perhaps such an abundance that it’s difficult to follow any one direction well. Finally, Venus in Pisces makes a sextile to Saturn in Capricorn. Venus is in its exaltation and Saturn is in its domicile, so both planets offer one another considerable strength—effulgent love and the stability of commitment. Judith Butler writes, “Commitment would not involve inflexibility, but would entail an agreement to make oneself anew in light of the unexpected demands that challenge one’s commitment. If one is committing one’s love, one is not making the commitment once … if the commitment is to be alive, that is, if it is to belong to the present, then the only commitment one can make is to commit oneself again and again. ‘I love you and I choose you again and again.’” How might you commit your love again and again in ways that remain renewable, adaptable, and responsive—in agreement to make yourself anew in commitment to this love?
Today Venus in Pisces makes a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto draws us toward the intensity buried beneath the surface, and sextile Venus, we may be given the opportunity to make love in the underworld, by which I mean to practice loving those parts of ourselves or one another that we have hidden, repressed, rejected, or ignored. How can we invite the healing waters of Pisces into those places we have abandoned or rejected? What are the relationships in which we can trust another to love what we ourselves have struggled to accept? The Moon in Taurus makes a sextile to Neptune in Pisces, a dreamy, supportive invitation into softening our edges and finding where bodies blur at their boundaries, flowing in and flowing out from one another. Then the Moon makes trines to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn. What roots you deeply into your own sources of power? Audre Lorde reminds us that the erotic is a resource of power within each of us “firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling … The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings.” As the Moon trines Pluto, how can you follow the roots of your unexpressed and unrecognized feelings to access the depth of power available to you in the interval between your initial sense of self and your strongest feelings that exceed order or reason? As the Moon trines Saturn, we can also ask: what are the containers or structures we need to put into place in order to access such erotic power within our bodies, in order to support our ongoing experience of pleasure, safety, and well-being?
In the earliest hours of the morning, the Moon in Taurus makes a conjunction to Uranus in Taurus. This is a quaking and disruption of the felt and material body, a moment of crisis and transformation. Alkistis Dimech writes of dancing as a magical art, describing, “I hurl myself into the unknown, I encounter the other in my body.” Uranus may break open some dimension of your body or your body schema today. What freedom might become available if you were to hurl yourself into the space of that breakdown or breakthrough? Then the Moon makes a square to the Sun in Aquarius, entering the waxing quarter phase of this lunation cycle. Something new is coming into view, a way of being and becoming a body in a world to come. When you feel down into the hidden places of your body, what Dimech describes as the “occulted body,” what is beginning to emerge? What seeds or sensations that were planted at the New Moon are sprouting and insisting on another way of seeing or understanding yourself and the world? Finally, the Moon makes a trine to Jupiter in Capricorn, reminding us that even the small, subtle shifts to which we can become aware hold the potential for substantial growth and expansion in the days ahead. How might you celebrate abundance within what might seem limited, the immensities within the miniscule?