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New Signs Feature

Stardate, February 2018, and a new Sun signs feature coming soon.

First, did you miss the lunar eclipse on January 31st?
Here’s a link to timeanddate.com’s live stream of the event:
https://www.timeanddate.com/live/
It takes a while to prepare to play, and music starts near the end of the preparation, but if you don’t like it, you can mute it with the screen’s volume control.

Timeanddate.com is is a very helpful site for astrology students, astrologers and travelers. They cover three hundred years of eclipses world-wide:

On our eclipse pages we supply times, dates, and loads of information about 300 years of eclipses worldwide. Don't forget to check out our picture gallery and tune in again on July 27/28 for the second total lunar eclipse of 2018.

You can also look up time zone changes anywhere in the world on this site, see what time it is anywhere, and a lot more, including a downloadable calendar.

Ingresses in February:  PST zone
Venus enters Pisces, Feb. 10 at 3:19 pm
Mercury enters Pisces, Feb. 17 at 8:27 pm
Sun enters Pisces, Feb. 18, 9:17 am


The Moon in February:

Feb. 7, waning quarter, 19 Scorpio
Feb. 15, new Moon, 28 degrees Aquarius (Sun and Moon both there),  1:05 pm.
Partial solar eclipse, 12:52 pm.
Feb. 23, waxing quarter, 5 Gemini

The Moon rules the tides on Earth, and our emotions. When it’s full or new, people’s emotional “tides” in general are running high.
* This is particularly true for you if, in your birth chart, you have Cancer rising, or the Moon in the first house, or a Sun-Moon conjunction or opposition in any sign. Any of those natal configurations tends to turn up the volume on that person’s emotions.
* Wherever 12 degrees of Leo or Aquarius lies in your chart, you’ll be feeling the effects of Jan. 31’st full Moon on those degrees for approximately another month, and you felt them starting about a month before Jan. 31, too.

This month I’m not listing the Moon’s void of course (VOC) times, but I highly recommend http://www.moontracks.com for them, and lots more about the Queen of the Night.

The main reason I’m not working with the VOC Moon this month is that
I wanted to write some Sun sign forecasts, to be posted soon.

Good to know before you read yours:
* Sun sign forecasts are superficial, in that they are written as if everyone was born at sunrise and therefore has the same Sun and Ascendant (rising) sign.

* They are superficial, in that I assume whole-sign houses for everyone, as well as everyone’s having been born at sunrise.

What are whole-sign houses? If you have Aries rising, for example, I assume that all 30 degrees of Aries are your first house, all 30 degrees of Taurus are your second house, all 30 degrees of Gemini are your third house, etc.

What are the houses themselves? They’re the 12 divisions that astrologers make in a chart, like a pie sliced into 12 portions. Each has an interpretive meaning, usually more than one. Astrologers disagree about which method of division to use. There are many.

Unless the writer is completely inventing his or her forecasts and doesn’t base them on astrology at all, newspaper horoscopes also make these assumptions. Next they consider what house the Moon is currently transiting if you were born at sunrise and if all your houses are whole-sign houses. They may not look at much besides the Moon that day, too.

The Moon is important! Besides its rulership of emotions, it’s said to rule events on the Earth, our daily routines, and our bodies, especially its functions that happen automatically, like digestion. Plus our imagination, how we nurture or were nurtured, and the subjective side of our natures. But there are many more planets and factors besides the Moon to consider in a birth chart.

That’s why newspaper Sun sign horoscopes are superficial!
1. One person in 360 was born exactly at sunrise.
2. Of that one person in 360, only 1 in 30 had the first degree of their Sun sign rising.
3. It’s complicated! Again, a birthchart has many, many more factors than your Sun and its position in your houses. There are 12 signs of 30 degrees, 12 houses usually of a varying number of degrees, and anywhere from seven planets on up to however many asteroids or deep space objects the astrologer wants to include. Also, there are the angular relationships or aspects formed by those 7+ planets and the nodes of the Moon (where the plane of the Moon’s orbit crossed the plane of the zodiac). Astrologers don’t all use the same aspects, and we disagree about how close an aspect has to be to exact before we start feeling it.

Then why do Sun-sign-only forecasts persist?
The Sun is a powerful, powerful force in your birth chart and your nature. Never underestimate its influence in your psyche. It’s the normal, healthy, psychological ego, the part that’s in the driver’s seat most of the time that we’re awake. Its sign shows what sorts of processes we need to go through to have a healthy ego, a healthy Sun. To be sane, and not merely sane, but also flourishing. It’s like a big battery that powers up the rest of the chart. Sun sign astrology has been around and popular for a long time because the Sun is, arguably, the strongest and most potent part of a birthchart. Or it should be . . .

If you have a weak Sun, you don’t know who you are, what you want, where your energy naturally wants to go—making it difficult to access, and possibly interfering with your immune system and your mood—where your boundaries should be, and the difference between you and other people, particularly your significant others.

Feed your Sun with the experiences and attitudes (sign) and circumstances (house) it needs, and you’ll thrive. Optimal sanity makes it easier for all the rest of the chart—all the rest of you and your life—to function well, to create, to be generous, to “shine” on others and the world.

Okay, the Sun sign forecasts that I’ll post for February are superfical, as described above. However, I’m looking at the other planets’ actions, too, not just the Moon’s.
And the Sun itself is such a vast and potentially empowering force in our natures that it doesn’t hurt to examine where its vitality and influence may be felt in our lives, regardless of the generalities in Sun sign forecasts.

One more thing. I love to write, and I want to make these forecasts fun to write and read, and therefore easier to remember than if they were just dry prose and jargon. We learn best when our emotions (Moon) are engaged, and the Moon (with Mercury) at least co-rules memory.