February is always a lively month with its zingy Aquarian emphasis and this one starts with a brilliant grand trine in air between the Sun, the Moon in Libra and Jupiter in Gemini. The grand trine is a deeply fluid river of positive energy flowing through an equilateral triangle, joining its three corners in mutually supportive connection and so is a great aspect to enjoy, whatever the archetypes on each point. That this one links the core Sun and Moon and is additionally energised by the benevolent Jupiter speaks of a particularly good month, harmonious, forward moving and with a fresh breath of new possibilities and opportunities.
If only it were that simple! Wouldn't it be good having a month of restful, joyful, playful, easy experiences after the kind of year most of us had in 2012? It is true that there will be elements of this, experiences of this during the month but…….an exact square from the Sun to Saturn in Scorpio throws a spanner in the cogs, a meaningful spanner, but a spanner nevertheless.
Saturn is the voice of necessity, duty and responsibility, an often dour voice that speaks through inner and outer authority figures, the inner critic and through various forms of social control, conditioning, work ethics and rigid forms of masculinity. The Sun in Aquarius squaring Saturn in Scorpio can be seen as a carefree teenager having a hard meeting with a particularly noxious authority figure just when the going is getting good.
Only part of the above is true though, as Saturn at its deepest and highest is a voice of wisdom, like that in any good teacher, guide or leader. In this case, the grand trine is fabulous but so much air energy can get too cerebral, too heady, while Saturn in Scorpio has much to teach about our emotions, our shadows and our deepest power potentials. Generally, air energy likes the idea of getting to know these things but can get a bit queasy when it comes to the seriously messy emotional work that is required.
For this reason, Saturn will put the breaks on the Sun's expression to force us to refocus when we might be tempted to fly too high. The same with Jupiter energy - too much Jupiter can get exaggerated and wasteful, splattering energy all over the place and it's Saturn's role to provide the right checks and balances.
For these reasons we can expect a fair amount of to-ing and fro-ing between the two.
On a bigger than personal level, Saturn is providing potent, disciplined support to the transformative and healing urges of this time in our lives. In sextiling Pluto in Capricorn and trining Chiron in Pisces, he allows us to apply serious, concentrated purpose to all our efforts towards deep change, empowerment and healing. His gifts include the capacity to manifest inner and outer structures that support or express the new versions of ourselves that are emerging from the rubble of old identity. In relationship to the subtler work of Chiron in Pisces, he is that part of ourselves that can hold us as we go deeper into places of great vulnerability and soul level woundedness. His surface facades can be clunky and rigid but underneath, particularly in Scorpio, he has the subtlety to give us the strength and courage to go deeper into places we would normally avoid.
The intensity around our relationships continues into this month, with Juno the goddess of marriage still conjunct Pluto and with Venus conjunct the ever-potent Medusa. The gorgon who turns men to stone is not the best look for great intimacy but this popularised image of her is her enraged face distorted by ages of persecution and violation of the sacred feminine. In her healed form, she is a beautiful and erotic angel of the deepest unconditional love, who also demands the kind of relationship quality that disciplines like tantra long for. It is indeed fortunate that she and Venus also form a parallel grand trine from the end of Capricorn to the Moon and Jupiter, as we are more likely to see her shining face.
The masculine parts of self are in for an interesting ride this month, too. As the Sun separates from the Saturn square he will travel with the fabulous Eros in the second week, while the warrior god Mars goes on a quest through the watery Pisces to be tested by Neptune, Chiron and Hygeia in turn through the month. Mars into Pisces with Neptune in the first week is like Frodo wading through the swampy plains of Nindalf, full of psychic treachery and sucking vapours but forcing the development of subtler perception before he acts.
Mars combining with Chiron in the second week is about the purification of anger, rage and aggression, as well as a potential initiation into more of the sacred warrior.
The final meeting with Hygeia, kundalini goddess of healing, on the 23rd has more of the quality of a gift, a healing re-unification with the mystical feminine.
In the spirit of Aquarius then, it will be an interesting month!
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 32nd year of private practice. www.sacredlawfirm.com.au
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.