Cosmic Calendar Highlights - February 2015


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Highlights of the February 2015 Cosmic Calendar

By Mark Lerner

When a calendar month begins – like the current one – with Mercury in Aquarius still sliding in reverse mode in the zodiac while the Moon, in its own natural abode of Cancer, enters a 28+ hour void uncertainty cycle, it is hard to rev your engines and get plenty of traction on the road of life. Let’s not forget that giant Jupiter went retrograde on December 8 and doesn’t turn direct until April 8. Therefore, Mercury and Jupiter, the traditional ruling planets of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – key signs of communication and transportation – are presently traveling in counterpoint to the always forward-moving Sun and Moon. Many astrological students center their attention on Mercury’s three annual three-week reversals every year and forget about the many shifts, back and forth, of Jupiter, Saturn, the three outer planets, Chiron, and the four main asteroids. [By the way, Venus will retrograde this year – from July 25 to September 6 – and during its reversal will unite with Jupiter on August 4.]

Despite the peculiar start of February 2015, the enlightening Full Moon arrives on February 3– energizing the 15th degree of Aquarius (Sun) and Leo (Moon). According to the eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar, the middle degrees of the fixed power signs (Taurus; Leo; Scorpio; Aquarius) are Gates of the Avatar – his way of saying that they hold enormous spirit-soul enhancing power, due to their all being 45-degrees away from the starting point of the four seasons (astrologically 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). And this Full Moon has Jupiter within a few degrees of orb – adding qualities of Providence, Benevolence, and Optimism to this particular solar-lunar crescendo.

Wednesday February 11 finally calls a halt to Mercury’s most recent retrograde cycle in Aquarius. The Messenger of the Gods planet will take a couple of days to really gain any daily speed, and therefore it is important to understand that the more positive themes related to this celestial body don’t simply arrive by the bushel load right on February 11 and 12. By February 25, Mercury will be cruising along at 1 degree per day and during April 6 to 20 Mercury will be traveling at 2 degrees per day. Eventually, this year will see Mercury retrogrades in the two other air signs (Gemini and Libra) from May 18 to June 11, and then September 17 to October 9, thereby rounding out a Grand Triangle in the air element.

Wednesday February 18 is highly unusual as a second Aquarius New Moon arrives just moments before the Sun enters Pisces. However, the combination of a New Moon and the Sun entering another zodiacal sign minutes later can represent a great surge of spiritual force since we are dealing with the shift from the last air sign to the last water sign. And during the following three days, first Mars and then Venus will both leave Pisces for fiery Aries, leading to their conjunction on Saturday night February 21. Anytime Venus and Mars unite, there can be a wide variety of creative, artistic, and romantic fireworks.

Partly because this is a short month, we have the unusual synchronicity in how February ends aligned with how February begins. This month began with a 28+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle in Cancer and it concludes with a 29+ hour void-of-course Moon cycle in Cancer. A lot of astrological students don’t utilize or believe in the void lunar phenomenon, but February 2015 is filled with some very lengthy ones, and especially from February 21 onward. Do some homework and read up on the void Moon so you can work with its erratic favorable nature and avoid its quirky problems.

Copyright 2015 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.





Mark Lerner has been a professional astrologer since 1972.
He publishes Earth Aquarius News, an online astrology journal
with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
writing the Daily Cosmic Calendar since 1981. More about Mark.

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