This month’s early New Moon on the 3rd is Chinese New Year. It also makes a conjunction to fiery Mars in Aquarius which gives rise to a forceful trend during the following lunar phase. We may already have experienced volatile situations as demands for new ideals are expressed during the first week of February. This Sun, Moon, Mars conjunction also includes the asteroid Ceres, named after the Goddess who represents agriculture and food crops. As the Moon waxes to Full during the first two weeks of February, it may bring to light the impending global food shortages and inevitable conflicts over essential resources. These issues along with our own domestic financial and personal struggles are a legacy of the Saturn opposite Uranus dynamic of the last few years. This month sees one of the major heralds of change occurring. The asteroid Chiron enters Pisces on the 8th for an eight year period. It last sojourned through this sign during the 1960’s. Chiron, discovered in 1977 takes the name of the centaur healer and represents the deep emotional, psychological or cultural scars that prevent us from fulfilling our potential. Chiron’s journey through our natal chart describes the recovery from these wounds. On a mundane level, Chiron in Pisces previously oversaw almost a decade of revolution which changed the aspirations of entire populations. The zodiac sign Pisces represents divine chaos or the absence of imposed order and definition. It dwells in the realm beyond materialism and draws its sense of self from mystical roots. Whilst Chiron was in Aquarius the emphasis has been on our social systems and discovering where there is a “healing” required within those structures. The next several years will inspire us to look beyond our physical existence for strength as we search for what will heal our ailing spirits.
Jupiter, growth and abundance, moves into a difficult square angle to Pluto, power and control, on the 25th. Expect to see a culmination of rising tensions. Situations will occur where conflicts of interest arise and agendas are at odds as one side wants to out do the other to gain advantage.
Uranus finally moves from Pisces into Aries early next month which marks an intensification of the critical dynamic of the next several years. This astrological sequence adds to the overall evolutionary pattern emerging during 2012 -2015 when revolutionary Uranus makes a challenging square to transformative Pluto. This occurs in the innovative Cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn adding to the theme of a new era approaching.
The next Full Moon is at 29° Leo on 18 February at 8:36am and the next New Moon is at 14° Pisces on 4 March at 8:47pm