Current Planetary Influences


    This month begins right after January’s full blue moon lunar eclipse on the 31st. So the first part of February is the conclusion of the moon cycle and according to Tibetan and Chinese calendars it is the end of the year. There could be a strong sense of urgency to complete projects and work so that the New Year and new moon cycle that begins in the middle of the month is met with ease. Breathe in Calm as you proceed.  

   The year of the male Earth Dog begins on February 16, 2018 in Chinese and Tibetan Astrology. This particular type of astrology does not necessarily foretell the future but indicates what the year will be like for each of the animal signs. In western Astrology we do solar returns and the updated with progressed and transit charts to determine trends for the year. In Chinese Astrology the forecast for the year is all about the possible interrelationships each of the animal signs has with the particular animal of the year.

  For some the year of the Dog will be full of good fortune and for some – especially those who were born in the year of the Dog this could be a challenging year. I think that the year of the Dog highlights pact relationships and some will find their expectations and assumptions could influence reactions that are not so friendly. Reflect on what you expect from another member of your pact (family, community, etc.). You might find that you are assuming a particular response. You can modify your response and reaction by reflecting.

   President Donald Trump was born in the year of the Fire Dog. The Fire element indicates that he is very pro-action.  It is believed that this upcoming year could have many obstacles for him since it is the return to the Dog year. In particular he is likely to be in trouble with his wife and intimate relationships.

   He really has his favorites and wants his pack of loyal friends to join and support him. Troubles with relationships are likely this year in part because he is a “Dog” but also because of his western astrology as well.

   His natal 12th house Mars and Pluto act as a nemesis constantly reminding him that there are competitors out there who do not like him and will act as enemies. He is inclined to feel paranoid with this planetary combo in his birth chart. His electric and unique behavior doesn’t help the situation. (Moon out of bounds and Uranus conjunct his Gemini Sun are indicators of an electric and erratic persona.)

    Currently and for the next 5 months he has his progressed Moon conjunct his natal Pluto in the 12th house. This often causes an internal fear of rejection and abandonment of those he loves (and in particular, his wife). Couple this with the solar eclipse of February 15 focused on his Mars of 26 degrees Leo (opposed by the Sun/Moon of 27 degrees Aquarius) themes of paranoia and fear of abandonment turns out to be a continued theme for the year.

   The problem with Pluto is felt like the rug is being pulled out from under his feet; however there is always the beneficial power of Pluto to activate transformation and seeing the truth for those who dare to face the truth. For now, Trump could be experiencing sadness which we may not actually view as he reads his scripted speeches but as he writes down his feelings on twitter it is a different story.

       Another concern for 2018 is that it is said that it is not a good year for health prospects for Dogs and this is especially true for Donald Trump since the February solar eclipse is right in his 6th house, the house of health. It is thought that people born in the Dog year will more likely get injuries to arms and legs or a bloody accident due to radical tendencies. Finally it is wise that Dog year people pay attention to their respiratory system.

   People in his pack who are Dragons, Goats (Neil Gorsuch is a Goat), Roosters (speaker Paul Ryan is a Rooster) are probably least likely to be loyal and part of the pack mentality. Currently, these people seem to be very much on his side. Time will tell.

  On a positive note, Kim Jong Un is a Rabbit and it is said that Dogs and Rabbits are compatible. This seems strange to me as I watch my dog run after rabbits as if they are prey to attack. However, I like the possibility that they can be compatible. 

   Other important considerations for this month are that the long term square of transiting Uranus and Pluto are finally released in February. This has been a long cycle that started in 2009. We have seen many governments dismantle and change with this cycle and individual lives have been oriented toward change as well. It might be fitting to sit and ponder what positive changes have taken place in your life as well as where changes are still needed. Because Uranus represents the collective hopes and dreams for a better future, the square with Pluto has been about rebellion but also about huge shifts in our collective consciousness.

   The truth that Pluto has been pointing to is that there are many areas of mis-use of power in government, workplaces and even churches and schools. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for a better future and so many have these past few years.

   Finally, the Solar Eclipse this month is going to affect many individuals in the way they perceive their freedoms, their rights and their concern for all walks of life and all cultures. It is a time of healing and facing the truth and being with courage.

   One thing is certain every minute counts. This is a time to release what doesn't serve you any longer and to engage in new ventures. It is a time to balance the practical with the ideal and honor what is sacred. Finally, it is a time to respond to life with positive and confident thoughts and actions.


    Last month we had 2 full moons and we begin this month under the glow of the Full moon super moon of the 31st of January. This month we have the New Moon in the middle of the month and next month – March – there will be another month with 2 full moons (so-called “blue moons” but the color of the January 31 moon was a red-tinge.)

  This month the moon stays void of course many days during waking hours and for at least 4 hours so I have listed them below.

February 1 – Moon void/course from 4 AM to 12:14 PM MST

February 3  – Moon void/course from 1:08 AM to 2:48 PM MST
February 5 – Moon void/course from 11:47 AM to 8:56 PM MST
February 10 – Moon void/course from 9:39 AM to bedtime
February 13 – Moon void/course in early AM to 8:13 AM MST
February 15 – Moon void/course from 2:06 PM to 7:43 PM MST
February 17 – Moon void/course from 3:15 PM to 5:06 AM next day
February 20 – Moon void/course from 5:12 AM to 12:13 PM MST
February 22 – Moon void/course all day
February 24 – Moon void/course from 12:59 PM to 8:07 PM MST
February 26 – Moon void/course from 2:53 PM 9:43 PM MST

  On all of these days it is best to be extra conscious and centered with your activities – especially if driving a car or working with machinery of any kind. The void can be a positive time for healing sessions, practicing Yoga and meditation, reflecting and working with positive affirmations. This is generally not the best time to start something new or try learning something new. When the Moon is void of course it is not a time to start learning or doing something new. It is easy to forget your wallet, phone, purse or keys while the Moon is void of course. Take your time and be aware of hidden meanings and experiences.

February 10 to March 6 – Venus in Pisces

    Venus is all about enjoyment of the senses and social encounters. With Venus in Pisces the emphasis is likely to be focused on emotional connections to people, nature and the arts. It is a time of the year to deepen healing venues and to cultivate your spiritual practice. The awareness of how fragile and precious life is will beckon each of us to fully appreciate the moment of beauty that is in the NOW. Overall, there is sensitivity to peaceful co-existence – animal, nature, environment, and human. We all share the same sky and all need clean water and air.

February 11 – Moon at apogee

    The Lunar apogee is similar to a waning Moon phase when the energy is contracting and the Moon is farthest from the earth. People tend to feel more anxious with this phase because they are aware that there is less and less time to get things done. Be patient, be patient, be patient… stay centered and fill your heart with light. Take responsibility for your actions and be with peace. 

February 15 – 27 degree Aquarius New Moon solar eclipse– (1:52 to 2:06 PM MST)

    The New Moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and brings with it a sense of wonder and energy for renewal. The Sun, Mercury and Moon are at the end of Aquarius and Venus and Neptune are in Pisces. This line-up of planets could create a sense of personal renewal but because of the many squares conflicts and doubts are going to be experienced as well. Because this is a solar eclipse the 27 degrees of Aquarius, Leo (opposition sign) Scorpio and Taurus (square signs) are eclipsed and where a focus is in your chart.  

    The focus will have differing emphasis for each of us but for the collective there is an overall seeking of idealism and hope. The collective consciousness is weary of the mis-use of power and polarization. Peaceful co-existence is highlighted with Venus and Neptune conjunct in Pisces. Because the Moon and Mercury are conjunct the asteroid Juno I think there will be many more women writing and speaking for justice this month. Finally, because Vesta is conjunct Mars and Mars is square Venus and Neptune there will be conflict within the community of women.  Mars could influence men to begin to speak up for fairness and equality amongst men and women; which is likely to spark various questions about how can the home become the nurturing place with more equality all around.

    The Sabian symbol for the Moon is “A tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter” has as the keynote “Knowledge and skill used in its natural surroundings for the satisfaction of vital basic needs.” The key thought is that we are at a time to have intelligent foresight about our natural resources and to become more efficient.

    My thoughts about this symbol coupled with the astrology is that we are at a crossroads regarding our natural resources and that if we join together no matter what we look like or no matter what our gender or race we can apply great intelligence and foresight for a better future. Aquarius wants us to find a way toward a better future for the benefit of all.

February 18 to March 19 - Sun in Pisces

    This is a time of the year when release and renewal are highlighted. The days are getting longer and with that come hope and enjoyment of nature. Imagery in the arts with imagination are highlighted. There could be new discoveries in areas that encompass vibrations and outer space. This is a time to dive deeply into spiritual and mystical awareness. It is a time to shine a light in dark corners of the mind and heal old wounds. Finally, this is a great time to enjoy photography and film making.

February 18 to March 6 - Mercury in Pisces

  The Sun in Aquarius lights up ideals and the love of poetry and mystical thinking. Creative and imaginative writing and speaking in metaphors will be accessed easily. Some might find this is a time to put closure to an old issue or problem.

February 23 – first quarter Moon in Gemini

  This is the time of the month when form emerges. We are in the waxing phase of the moon and are encouraged to do and take action. The key concept here is that there is tension between self and group. When tension is felt action is generally taken. Keep thinking that the tension is about creating the pearl – the pearl of wisdom and the pearl of merit. This is a time to be creative with ideas and take pioneering steps in your life. Overall, communication will be the pathway to accomplishment.

February 27 – Moon at Perigee

    The Moon at Perigee is when the Moon is closest to the earth and is similar to a building or waxing time of the Moon.

  Coming up in March we once again have 2 full moons – so another blue moon occurs which is a rare occurrence.

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