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February 23 to March 1, 2015
MON: Saturn square Sun; TUE: Saturn trine Venus; WED: Saturn trine Mars, Neptune conjunct Sun; FRI: Pluto quincunx Jupiter; SAT: Venus conjunct South Node; SUN: Uranus sextile Mercury, Jupiter opposite Mercury
As we wrap up the month of February and get ready for the even more profound planetary interactions scheduled for March, many are sensing that something on a grand scale is on the move. The common remark I've heard from clients and friends this past week has been some variation of "I know there's a big change coming up, but I don't know what it is."
IT'S ALWAYS "INTERESTING" to work with the effects of the transpersonal planets -- Uranus, Neptune and Pluto -- because while their impact can be felt on very personal/human levels, their higher purposes always involve increasing our knowing of who we are beyond the limits of the personality. As we successfully work with the demands of these outer planets, we move into a higher perspective of our life purpose here on Earth.
So, yes, during this ongoing Pluto-Uranus square, we're seeing lots of what looks like chaos (Uranus' specialty) and power struggles (Pluto's milieu). And yet, from a higher perspective, chaos opens our minds to perceiving in new ways and illuminates alternative solutions, since our usual ways of handling issues no longer seem to work.
AND WHAT ABOUT power struggles? From a higher perspective, power struggles reveal where we give away our power -- whether to a challenge, or an authority figure, or to fear itself. Situations that feel like major crises ultimately open the door to large-scale changes and a new level of empowerment for those who are willing to walk through the fires of transformation.
It will be helpful to remember these higher purposes and perspectives as we begin the month of March and start to work even more closely with the energies of the final Pluto-Uranus square, exact on March 16-17.
SATURN is a major player as we begin this last week of February. On Monday, Saturn forms a challenging square aspect with the Pisces Sun, bringing us back to reality if we've been pretending that the rules of physicality don't apply to us.
But, if we heed Saturn's advice about being responsible and realistic on Monday, we can feel more supported and productive on Tuesday and Wednesday. On these days, Saturn forms helpful trine aspects with Venus and Mars (both in Aries). These trines support us in making progress when we take action that is in agreement with our true knowing and wisdom (Saturn in Sagittarius)
And, with the Neptune-Sun alignment on Wednesday, we can keep our creative vision alive while also wearing our practical shoes.
THE PLUTO-JUPITER quincunx aspect on Friday tells us there is need for an attitude adjustment, if we are to take full advantage of potentials now. Being the slower-moving of the two planets involved in this aspect, Pluto is ultimately running the show, while the faster-moving Jupiter represents what needs to be altered or eliminated.
Although Jupiter in Leo has many positive attributes, we always look for what could be considered "negative" qualities when determining what a quincunx aspect is requiring us to change. In this case, some of the behaviors that we might want to alter or eliminate include over-dramatics, showing off or boastfulness, or allowing our actions to be driven by the need for attention and approval.
In their place, we may want to embody more of the positive traits of Pluto in Capricorn: confident self-reliance, the ability to take a responsible leadership role, and the courage, patience, and insights that will be needed if we want to successfully reform established systems.
THE WEEK ENDS with some lighter aspects. As Venus aligns with the South Node on Saturday, watch for people from the past to come forward, either literally or in your memories and dreams. There may be important learnings available through remembering these relationships, both in how they succeeded and how they did not.
On Sunday, Mercury forms aspects with both Uranus and Jupiter, emphasizing this day as more social, more communicative, more optimistic, and more insightful. With all the Saturn duties and Pluto-Jupiter adjustments earlier in the week, this would be a great day to find something enjoyable, different, and interesting to do!
Photo: Auroras over Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, on February 17, 2015 (credit: Marketa S. Murray, posted on SpaceWeather.com)