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.

February 2019

February opens with Mars at home in Aries forming a square to Pluto in Capricorn. This creates a big time power struggle as some of us push to have our way. This is intense. The big guys of life that were on the same side now are vying for who gets to be top dog. This could be a clash of the titans.

At the same time we are in the dark of the Moon until the new Moon February 4. Many of those titans who will do anything to get their way, will do so undercover. Pay attention as those who want their way will divert your attention to one situation while manipulating another in order to get what they want.

Mars crosses Uranus February 13 while squaring the North and South nodes of the Moon. Mars and Uranus create explosive behavior but also a need to break free of limitations in our lives. Some of us will act up and act out in an effort to individuate. On the world stage we will see some revolutionary behavior. Explore your alternative self with new ways of dressing and behaving. Mars square the nodes creates a great deal of tension and uncertainty. The past is being released but so is our vision of the future. What we want is in flux and that can be confusing for many of us. Negotiate the change that needs to take place. A lot of positive progress can happen if we will let go of our egocentric self while blending our needs with the needs others. Unfortunately, Mars in Aries is impatient and often childish so these days will be hard to deal with when that behavior arises. This is not the time to shoot yourself in the foot.

Those of us born in the later days of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are most affected by Mars and Uranus. Events will throw us for a loop and we will not be able to go back to the way we were.

Mars moves through Taurus February 14 to March 31. Once Mars moves into Taurus our actions and behaviors become more patient. This is especially easy for Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Taurus' fellow fixed signs Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius are challenged by blocks to your progress. Employ Taurus’ stubbornness in your quest to accomplish what you want to get done.

Venus in Sagittarius is trine Uranus in Aries February 2. This is great time to connect with people from different walks of life. If you have a “type” you will be attracted to people outside of that parameter. Do something different now. Since it is the dark of the Moon, you may want to step out into are area of life that you would not usually venture. No one will notice so get over yourself.

Venus moves through Capricorn February 3 until March 1. While Venus moves through Capricorn we are more logical and business like with our feelings. Use wisdom as opposed to flying by the seat of our pants where business, love, and money are concerned.

Mercury in Aquarius is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius February 3. This is ideal for planning and learning. Just don’t set out on any adventure or project until after 7:03 am CST. Remember its still a waning Moon so really its best to wait until the 4th after 3:04 pm CST to start anything new.

The New Moon is February 4 at fifteen degrees Aquarius at 3:04 pm CST. This new Moon in Aquarius is one that ushers in new friends and easy associations that can go the distance. It is halfway between Saturn and Neptune.

Remember that Saturn Neptune were exactly sextile on January 31. Saturn is structure and responsibility while Neptune is our ideals. Saturn brings form to our ideals expressed by Neptune. Aquarius has to do with freedom and letting go of restrictions. The new Moon combined with Saturn and Neptune is a kickstart to bringing substance to what we truly yearn for in life. The Saturn Neptune influence lasts into April. This can bring very positive situations to our lives if we steer ourselves with good sense, compassion, and integrity.

During February 7 to 9 the Sun in Aquarius is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius while Mercury in Aquarius is sextile Mars. Mercury is also sextile Uranus in Aries. This is a productive time for considering innovative ways to get what we want. Our efforts and enthusiasm will generally be accepted by others.

February 17/18 Venus in Capricorn is sextile Neptune in Pisces and crosses Saturn in Capricorn. The Sun is sextile Uranus. Make a wish but make sure you are ready for the responsibility that your wish will bring when it comes true. What you want will happen but not like you think. Let go of expectations.

Mercury moves through Pisces February 10 to April 16. The transit is so long because Mercury is retrograde March 5- 28. While Mercury is direct in Pisces, our thoughts are based more on intuition than fact. Listen to your heart.

The Sun moves through Pisces February 18 until March 20. While the Sun moves through Pisces we feel more like being as opposed to doing. Listen to your intuition and let the divine forces guide you. While we will feel compassionate, we must avoid being doormats. Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio can go with the flow while the rest of us will be dealing with challenges large and small. Ask your angels to intervene when the going gets tough. They are on standby waiting for your call now.

The full Moon February 19 is in Virgo at zero degrees at 9:54 am CST. This full Moon is trine Mars while Mercury is crossing Neptune and sextile Saturn. Put your mind to manifesting and visualize that dream come true. Is it love, money, or a new job you want to create? Make your vision board or whatever else you do because the stars are rooting for us on this full Moon. That goes double for those of you born in the last three or first three days of any sign. Enjoy the good vibes!

A square aspect between two planets is usually difficult and there are mountains to climb. However, Mercury square Jupiter February 22 is optimistic and brings opportunity to grow or travel. This is excellent to have just after the positive full Moon. At the same time Venus is conjunct Pluto February 22 and Mercury is sextile Pluto Feb 23. These aspects bring a serious quality to all relationships. Love can deepen and separations can happen. It will all be for the best.

The Sun in Pisces is sextile Mars in Taurus February 27. Get active here at the end of the month. Summer will be upon you before you know. Maybe take some swim laps. Get up off the couch. Take a look at your finances and make some positive adjustments.