February 1 – Venus direct in Capricorn conjunct Pluto – a very dark sort of intensity to the feminine, love relationships going through testing, catharsis and transformation during the past week. Sexual, psychologically challenging, controlling, empowering, deeply moving issues emerging within love relationships, women, surgery, working with the powerful, controlling, birthing and transforming the feminine – in a good way!
February 6 – Mercury retrograde in Pisces conjunct Neptune – through February 28 – direct in Aquarius
So we begin this first Mercury retrograde of 2014 with a kiss to the planet of dreams, illusion, drugs, deception and imagination, Neptune, which is also the ruler of Pisces the sign where Mercury starts its walk about. This could trigger an interesting round of buried, secret, deceptive, “changeable” information and communication. Also, a plunge into your new “perfect plan” scenario. The emergence of the new dream, the next intention or goal of accomplishment emerges during the month of February. Enjoy the process of altering, editing, doubting and shape shifting the vision. Watch for a whole bunch of “a ha!” moments coupled with a deception revealed, a bubble burst, an illusion de-mystified, the whole time more secrets are being manufactured.
This Mercury retrograde requires detailed, awake awareness to balance the entrance into alternate reality. We’ll emerge at the end of February with increased perception of that which was hidden and a lot smarter about some sort of design, technology, software and or pharmaceutical, oil, chemical, gas, toxic situation that’s not quite cleaned up yet. There is probably a continuation of chemical, toxic and radio-active “spills”. Don’t avoid – find the issue, analyze it, clean it up and dream, write, paint, compose and dance a better way for the future.
Finding balance in doing for the self and doing for the relationship at the same time, mirrors the concept of Uranus in Aries (revolution and intense unique self expression) squaring or integrating with Pluto in Capricorn (cooperation and control and inclusion in a larger group or family). And these “drum beats” of change are perfectly aligned most of April again so look to April to be another ripple in the fabric of events always moving toward evolution and change.
This is a time of heightened personal development, getting very clear and specific about personal goals and instantly integrating those personal desires into the landscape of the whole. It may feel like so much pressure – pressure – pressure to be, to do, to perform and accomplish. Heed the clarion call of awakening the gentle awareness of “process”. It’s all happening so quickly, yet it still takes time and can be approached like Shiatsu as opposed to Rolfing. Easy does it. Stay awake, balanced and calm.