Friday, February 18, 2011

Astrology Intensity from Stephanie Austen

Important alignments:
February 17: Sun conjunct Neptune
February 18: Full Moon; Venus square Saturn; Sun enters Pisces
February 19: Sun conjunct Chiron
February 20: Mercury and Mars conjunct Neptune
February 21: Mercury enters Pisces
February 22: Mercury conjunct Chiron; Mars enters Pisces
February 24: Mars conjunct Chiron
February 25: Jupiter square Pluto

We are experiencing profoundly transformative effects from several recent solar flares, the strongest in 4 years, with more to come. According to Phil Chamberlin at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory: "This is the first of probably many more X-class flare to occur over the next 2 to 4 years, as we reach the peak and then descend back down from solar cycle 24 maximum."

From the Hathors, via Tom Kenyon: "Your Sun, the solar star of your planetary system, is increasing its energetic potential and is entering a period of increased volatility, solar flares and magnetic storms. While these actions will create real problems for you in terms of your telecommunications and weather patterns, there is also an immense evolutionary potential within this solar activity..."

And from The Group, via Steve Rothers: "We tell you that just recently the critical mass of humanity has now shifted in favor of love over fear...anytime you see a solar flare, it will be felt in your own magnetic, emotional structure on planet Earth roughly 76 hours later...let this energy come in and go through you, leaving you cleansed instead of upset or in drama..." Spend extra time in nature, meditation, creativity, and rest if you are feeling unusually tired, out of sorts, and/or stressed; this is a significant evolutionary 'rewire'.

The next full moon peaks on Friday, February 18 at 12:36 AM PST at 29º Leo-Aquarius. This is the fifth of five full moons in a row occurring at the end of a sign, catalyzing important revelations and breakthroughs, major endings and beginnings, for everyone. This is also the first of six SuperMoons this year, when the Moon is both at perigee, its closest approach to the Earth, and at syzygy, in line with the Sun and Earth. Gravitational tugs and the morphing of the Earth’s electromagnetic field are intensified, facilitating greater shifts in consciousness as well. (Other SuperMoons will be March 19, April 17, September 27, October 26, and November 24, 2011.)

Aquarius is the sign of the individualist and the inventor, the rebel and the reformer. The archetype of Aquarius dares us to question authority, to remember that we are part of a larger whole. The 11th sign in an archetypal cycle of 12 is innovative, democratic, and synergistic; no one person has the answer, but each person has and is part of the solution. Aquarius reminds us we are never alone, that there are many other like-minded souls who share our ideals, and that together, we can and will change the world.

Leo is the sign most concerned with the discovery and expression of one’s authentic self. Leo is associated with the Sun, the star at the center of our solar system, as well as our own solar plexus, the center of the body, and with the heart, the central pump of our life force. The spiritual task of Leo is to act from one's center, from the heart, from the Light within. This full moon illuminates what needs to be center stage now in our lives, and what we were born to do at this amazing time on Earth.

Mercury, Mars, Ceres, Neptune, and the Sun are all in Aquarius during the peak of this full moon, emphasizing the need for progress, equality, and teamwork. The Sun’s placement between the ongoing Neptune–Chiron conjunction signals a spiritual revolution — a change of heart, as well as a change of mind. Einstein noted that a problem cannot be solved at the level at which it was created. Our current social, economic, and environmental crises cannot be resolved from the mindset that generated them. We are being forced to think and live out of the box, as the centuries-old structures supporting patriarchy, materialism, and “might makes right” topple around us. There is no going back. We have passed the 11th hour, and this Full Moon with five planets in the 11th sign illuminates where each of us is being called to make a difference.

Bright ideas and joint efforts flow, as both Mercury and Mars conjunct Neptune on February 20 (29º Aquarius), and as the mythic Messenger of the Gods and the God of Passion move on to rendezvous with Chiron at 1º Pisces on February 22 and 24 respectively. Venus squares Saturn (17° Capricorn–Libra) just a few hours after the peak of this Full Moon, urging us to re-evaluate our strategies and priorities, especially in relationship to the Earth and each other. The fact that Venus and Saturn are also in mutual reception (when each planet of a pair is in the sign the other rules) strengthens the cosmic imperative to love and respect each other and our planet. Jupiter makes its third square to Pluto on February 25 (7° Aries–Capricorn), heralding another wave of far-reaching developments and disclosures. A square marks a turning point; this alignment, along with everything else, confirms that we are poised for yet another quantum leap, individually and collectively.

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