February is a dynamic month for shifts with relationships, business, and financial matters as Venus is forming major aspects with Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus in the first half of the month. Mercury is in retrograde for most of the month while Internal tensions are building and urging us to create a new path forward with Uranus and Saturn squaring each other through all of February.
Mercury in Retrograde
January 30th - Feb 20th
Hearing about Mercury retrograde has gained popularity in the mainstream with the most common theme being a “warning” against doing certain activities during this 3 week period. I find what is most alive regarding Mercury retrograde is holding an awareness that anything you make a firm decision on during this period, may have to be re-worked again after Mercury goes direct (starting February 21st). Therefore, a clearer thinking process around decision making becomes more available when Mercury is out of retrograde.
People often find more challenges and issues with communications, electronics, travel, etc… and you may find it takes longer to get from point A to point B, or there’s more back and forth communication before things become clear. Often, I see Mercury retrograde as an offering to surrender, trusting things will work out in the end, and taking the unexpected “scenic route” shows you something delightful you wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Let go and allow an alternate way of “getting there” to manifest.
Use this 3-week retrograde time to finish up old projects that are lingering out there, taking up psychic space, not allowing you to cleanly move forward in life. Spend time with these activities and you will find ease towards completing them. Clean out closets, garages, workspaces, donate items, etc… In other words, clear out the physical clutter, which will clear out mental clutter and allow you an opportunity to start anew when Mercury goes direct on the 21st.
Let's take a look at all the Venus energy this month ...
Venus draws beneficial things towards us and connects to the aspects of life associated with love and beauty: relationships, the beautification of our homes/environment, as well as attracting money and business into our lives. Matters related to all kinds of partnerships, business, and finances may come into the spotlight in the first 2 weeks of February.
Venus moves into Aquarius on February 2nd and comes to join up with both Saturn and Jupiter, respectively, with both of these planetary players adding their signature energies to Venus’ beatific qualities mentioned above.
Venus conjunct Saturn (in Aquarius)
February 4th - 8th
Venus conjunct Jupiter (in Aquarius)
February 9th - 13th
All the while...
Venus in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus
February 5th - 8th
Let’s break it down...
In early February, Venus is going to come together with Saturn and their energies will blend. In astrology, this is called a conjunction. When Saturn and Venus conjunct on Feb 4th, you may find yourself wanting to get more serious about matters that need working out in your relationships or close personal business partnerships and finances. In other words, any aspects in your relationship life that have been unresolved, or hanging out in the periphery, needing attention, will come into focus and urge you to take grounded consideration and attend to the matters at hand. This process can bring security through the needed practical processing of issues that are emerging in relationships. It can also bring clarity about dimensions of relationships that are in need of ending or of fundamental transformation. The sobering Saturn sensibilities come together with Venus to bring our realms of love and beauty and opportunity to shakedown and shift through the needed conversations.
It will be a time to get real!
During the 4th through the 8th, It could feel a little heavy in these areas of life, but ultimately it will help you come to clarity around what needs figuring out. With Saturn involved, there’s a layer of firm resolve coming through, one way or the other.
At the same time, Venus is making a square with Uranus. This can provide an extra emphasis on your needs to create new pathways forward in relationships, whether it’s about staying together and working it out or moving apart. If there are feelings of restriction, lack of freedom, and potential boredom in a relationship, then this transit will create enough tension around this to want to shift into something else. Again, this could be about finding new ways to be together that are more fulfilling or recognizing that it might be time to part.
As Venus moves on from these aspects with Saturn and Uranus, it will move into making a conjunction with Jupiter on February 9th. Again, conjunction means blending the planetary energies of 2 or more planets into one unified force. As Venus and Jupiter come together, this conjunction opens up the weighty, heaviness, felt from the previous days, into something more positive and expansive. Therefore, on the 9th - 13th, you may be able to create more optimistic outlooks in regards to these Venusian realms of close relationships in love and or partner situations that you have found yourself in at the beginning of February.
Saturn square Uranus
January 21st - March
Strongest during Feb. 16th - 27th
Squares are challenging aspects between 2 planets where one planet might obstruct the expression of the other. Saturn holds the key to the energies that embody cultural and family traditions, and brings structure and planning and to areas of life requiring serious grounded thinking. Uranus brings new ideas, flashes of inspiration, revolutions, and transformations. As you might imagine when these planets come together in a Square, our old ways of providing structure and grounding will be challenged and faced with a strong need for a fresh new approach.
A square between Saturn and Uranus create tensions around breaking free from the status quo. Ask yourself what areas of your life are you going along with that might not be coming from who you truly are? Where are you still conforming for the sake of tradition, but need to break free from? If there’s great tension inside yourself around this aspect, then during the whole month of February, you may be feeling the need to release yourself out of situations you’re in that aren’t really you anymore.
Let yourself break free!!
Collectively, this energy points to the old way (Saturn) being challenged by the new way (Uranus). At this time we can see this drama unfolding strongly on the “World Stage” in our cultural and political shifting sands, and also in the realms of our persona lives. There’s quite a bit of tension around this, which will be active through mid-March when the energy around the square aspect starts to fade.
We can all agree that the “normal” we had is changing and if you’re still in the resistance of finding a new way forward for yourself in all of this, it will be met with great tension while Saturn and Uranus are in the square aspect with each other. By tuning in to your own internal compass, you might discover that you are being asked to get more creative and allow yourself to open to new ways forward in 2021.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 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.