I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.
Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.
Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.
Robert E Brown
As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.
2020 is a bit of a challenge due to all the retrogrades.
In addition to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto doing their usual retrogrades, we will have Venus and Mars retrograde.
Venus retrograde in Gemini May 13 to June 25 - Money and love are sketchy and ding dongs from the past are sure to cycle back through our lives.
Mars retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 14 - Hold off on new projects. Let others start the fight. They are sure to lose.
New projects need to get off the ground if possible before the first Mercury retrograde February 16.
Harmony happens even with Mercury retrograde
Mercury in Pisces - mixed signals
Mercury moves into Pisces February 3, goes retrograde February 16 and backs into Aquarius March 4. Mercury in Pisces is dreamy, romantic, and confusing all at the same time. Pisces will be mercurial in that you are up and down and chatty and quiet. Mood swings will happen for all of us.
The best tact to deal with Mercury retrograde is to get projects and situations started up to the week before Mercury goes retrograde. While Mercury is retrograde February 16 to March 9 our intuition may be a bit off. Take it slow and don’t bet on a hunch. Of course you never want to travel or make a commitment of any sort while Mercury is retrograde. That includes signing contracts. Once Mercury backs into Aquarius March 4, we are sure to have technical difficulties. It seems that the software companies have a habit of releasing software updates while Mercury is retrograde. Then a few days later they have to release a fix.
February 16, 22, 23, 25, 28, are days when Mercury will jerk our chains. The same occurs March 1, 4, and 8.
The harmonious part of the month is that Jupiter in Capricorn is sextile Neptune in Pisces February 20. This aspect is exact this month and again in July and October. It brings prosperity, good will, and inspiration. Now is the time to use your talents. Think about what you want. Jupiter and Neptune are ready to produce results for us.
Of course we are still feeling the effects of Saturn conjunct Pluto. So many of us are changing the rules as to how we live. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the poster children for Saturn conjunct Pluto as they change the British Monarchy and the Windsor family structure.
Mercury is sextile Uranus February 5. Surprising events bring new awareness. Don’t be surprised if someone calls to tell you he or she just reinvented the wheel or that they want to apply for the Mars mission. This happens again on the 28th when Mercury is retrograde. The course is sure to be changed.
The Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Pisces February 25. There will be lots of talk about pie in the sky stuff especially while the Moon is void from 8:12 am to 12:47 pm CST. Wing it as any plan will go awry.
Mercury and the Sun are sextile Mars February 24 to 26. Much can surprisingly be accomplished as long as you are going back and correcting something that has already been started.
Venus in Pisces - Love is boundless but please close the bathroom door
Venus is sextile Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn February 2 and 3. Venus combined with Pluto and Saturn at this angle provides us with sensible passion. We all need boundaries and this keeps us from falling off a cliff in love with the wrong person.
Venus in Aries February 7 to March 4 - Of course I love you, but I love me more.
While Venus moves through Aries our love and affection is daring and our actions are bold. We have the courage to flirt with the one we want to date. This bodes well for Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, Gemini and Aquarius. The rest of us do well to take it slow so that we don’t get labeled stalker especially when Venus is square Jupiter at the new Moon February 23. Those who use common sense are sure to be received well at that time.
Venus square Pluto February 28 and Saturn March 3 brings any honeymoon to a halt. Jealousy, power struggles, and honey’s issues are heavy now. Try to remember when love was a many splendored thing earlier in the month.
February 9, the Full Moon at 1:33 am CST at 20 Leo
A full Moon in Leo means drama and sentimentality. Some of us will purr while others will demand attention. Leo has something controversial to say or just has a hissy fit. Scorpio is ready to sting while Aquarius vows to have better habits. Taurus has a family event you would normally choose not to attend. Aries will be off to have fun and romance while Sagittarius is planning to travel or is already away.
Mars in Capricorn - Yes we know who you are and that you think you are the boss.
Mars moves through Capricorn February 16 to March 30. Many of us, especially Aries, will be promoting ourselves, our cause, or a product. This is a good time to do business especially if you are Capricorn, Aquarius, Virgo, Taurus or Capricorn.
When dealing with Mars do follow through and don’t be pushy.
Mars is trine Uranus in Taurus February 21. Think out of the box and do your own thing. New and different ways of doing the same old task can really work now.
Sun in Pisces. Turn down the volume and dim that overhead lighting.
While the Sun moves through Pisces February 18 to March 19,
we are ready to finish with winter. This is a great time to go within to recharge before the days are maxed out with daylight. Listen to your intuition. Since Mercury is retrograde you want to listen very carefully because this can be a confusing time. You know, two fish swimming in different directions? That is the symbol for Pisces. Just as when Mercury entered Pisces February 3, we will feel up and down about this or that. Go with the flow starting February 22 when the Sun is sextile Uranus. Follow the signs and do whatever it is a bit differently.
The New Moon February 23 at 9:32 am CST 4 degrees Pisces.
The Moon loves to be in Pisces and this new Moon offers the kind of cycle that is a new beginning. We will undergo a renewal some where in our lives. This new Moon is sextile the new Moon eclipse that occurred December 25/26. That which began at that time will get a bolt of energy to move that special new beginning along. At the same time Venus is square Jupiter. As mentioned above do not be so enthusiastic that your intended is put off. This can be a lucky lunar cycle. Make a wish! It will come true and you can have harmony while Mercury is retrograde.
2020 Mercury Retrograde
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June 17 to July 12
Oct 13 to Nov 3
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