Welcome to February!
In the coming weeks, I am happy to report that there are no planets in retrograde until April, allowing for more ease and forward movement in your life. In the presence of all our planets in direct motion, Chiron also has positive aspects, creating opportunities for moving through deep layers of healing past wounds.
Feb. 1st - 2nd
Sun sextile Chiron
The first two days of February offer an opportunity to highlight and reflect on the ongoing processes of a more profound, long-term movement toward healing the roots of personal agency inside yourself. As the Sun makes a Sextile aspect with Chiron, “the wounded healer,” you have an opening for a harmonious pause to integrate with the deeper evolution of this time in your life. The wounded healer's energy relates to our ability to grow and transform through healing life’s wounds, and through this process, the healer that opens in ourselves can extend to helping others in the same way - a piece of what makes the world go around.
We do our healing work because we have to; as we heal a layer of ourselves, we can help others find wholeness in relationship with that same layer of awareness. The more we heal and become whole, the more we can help. We can’t help others with layers that are unhealed inside ourselves - this is the nature of the journey of the Wounded Healer.
Chiron has been solidly moving in Aries since March 2019 (with an additional Aries cameo during the summer of 2018). Aries influences a need for personal sovereignty and the ability to follow one’s path and life from a place of purpose. Notice the big picture in your life since the Spring of 2019 and possibly during the summer of 2018. Has a significant layer of healing allowed you to trailblaze a new path for yourself? What past wounds by the process of moving through them helped transform your life? What layers of Aries personal activation are still opening for you?
These last 3-4 years have been a potent time of transformation for many people; this transit offers a pause to explore what individual sovereignty and strengths are healing and growing more active in this period.
As the Sun shines the light on this energy during the first days of February, carve out some time to tune into this inquiry. Write it down, take notes, and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come. Taking some self-reflective time now will be a helpful guide for when Mars makes a Sextile to Chiron during 2/9 - 2/14, creating supportive energy to take more “healing action” on these over-arching themes (more on this below).
Feb. 3rd - 6th
Venus square Mars
Mars and Venus are both considered relationship planets. Mars enlivens the aspect of yourself that goes out and makes things happen. Venus connects you with others and to your capacity to allow life to come to you. (The doing aspect, Mars ~ The being aspect, Venus) When Mars and Venus come into a challenging square aspect with each other during the 3rd - 6th, an internal challenge might be brought to the surface around any unresolved tensions within your being/doing balance that need more intention and conscious awareness.
This Mars square Venus aspect could show up in many ways, and things might get animated as the urge to shift an old pattern you’ve been stuck in arrives. A conflict could arise in your relationship, possibly pointing to a deeper conflict inside yourself. Before making “it” about the other person, look to see what aspects of yourself are emotionally responding to the situation and explore the roots of those feelings living in your native emotional terrain.
Similarly, if you’re not being activated/triggered in a relationship with another, tune into your relationship with yourself. Are there parts of yourself that you are fighting? This Mars square Venus aspect might move you to witness how your “doing” and “being” requires balancing. Do you overwork yourself and have a hard time receiving help? Do you need to relax and “just be” more than you allow yourself? Are you overly relaxed and struggling to get yourself moving toward the things you need to do?
Bringing awareness to our process can help to harness the deep internal forces for conscious evolution. The Mars square Venus transit is a dynamic force that can help you get clear on internal patterns that, when shifted into a new way of responding, can help you sort out relationship conflicts.
Feb. 9th - 14th
Mars sextile Chiron
Mars is the planet that influences your movement towards anything you want to be doing or are planning on doing. Whether it’s how you move through your day, week, month, year, and life - Mars is your get-up-and-go and directs your energy into action. From Feb 9th through the 14th, Mars will be making a sextile aspect to Chiron, the wounded healer (read more info on Chiron in the above Sun sextile Chiron section).
A sextile aspect in astrology occurs when two planetary bodies or asteroids orbit and influence each other’s energy at a 60-degree angle — this mathematical angle creates an opening for activating each of the sky body’s highest and noblest qualities.
As a guide, read back on the above section regarding Sun Sextiling Chiron during the first few days of February. Recognize the healing potential available for personal sovereignty with Chiron in Aries. The 9th - 14th of February will be an activating time brought by Mars, getting additional wind in your sails to move through another layer as needed. Notice what is showing up in your life and what activities are positively stimulating you to move forward in focusing and healing your empowered sense of personal agency.
Feb. 9th - 11th
Mercury conjunct Pluto
While Mars and Chiron are in sextile, Mercury and Pluto will join their energies, making a conjunction in Capricorn. Mercury influences our thinking and communication, and Pluto, the ruler of the underworld, opens up the unconscious and gets us in touch with what’s operating behind the scenes of our feelings and actions. Things can seem more intense when Pluto’s involved in an astrological planetary equation.
When two planets make an orbital conjunction, they come together in the same sign and degree. Their astrological influences join forces and unite. During the 9th - 11th, Mercury and Pluto are in conjunction, and your communications can become intense. You may find yourself confronting something hovering below the surface. I encourage you to have that deeper conversation. Let the depths speak; clear out the pipes.
Mercury will have just gotten out of its post-retrograde shadow on the 7th. Forward movement with communication around things that need addressing may feel more active during the three days Mercury and Pluto are conjunct. Suppose you know that a coming conversion has the potential to become challenging or conflictual in ways that you truly want to avoid. In that case, I recommend waiting until after February 11th to have that conversation to avoid verbal power struggles that can also come up during this Mercury/Pluto transit.
Here’s a place astrology can help you make an intentional choice about entering or delaying a challenging rite of communication.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for over 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.