In the Stars February 11-18, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Solar Eclipse, Chinese New Year of the Dog

This week is full of powerful astral alignments, holidays, holy days, and the symbolism of new beginnings. Shrove Tuesday, celebrated as Mardi Gras, is the day before the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent, known as Ash Wednesday. The observance of the Christian tradition of Lent calls for a sacrifice, just as Christ was sacrificed on the cross. Some people practice a discipline of giving up something for lent such as eating meat or sugar. Ash Wednesday happens to fall on St. Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate our love relationships. On Thursday, February 15, a partial eclipse of the Sun occurs at 27:08 degrees of Aquarius on February 15, which also marks the Chinese New Year of the Dog. At the end of this week on Sunday, the Sun shifts from Aquarius to Pisces, the last sign in the zodiacal cycle.


In contrast to Saturday’s optimistic, explorative, but indefinite energy, Sunday is made for focus, work, and attending to responsibilities. You can tackle a big project, and yet relax a little in the evening in preparation for a strong work day Monday. I’ll be celebrating my recently deceased brother at a festive memorial in Houston. The energies support a serious and honorable farewell.

Monday’s Moon-Pluto conjunction packs a powerful punch. This is a day to engage vigorously in work. A benefic Moon-Jupiter sextile widens our perspective, and gives optimism. You could continue to tackle the big project that you started yesterday. As the day wears on we may veer off course with the Moon-Uranus square in the evening. Keep an open mind, and be prepared to turn sideways to take advantage of new ideas and opportunities.

Mid-week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the Moon is in Aquarius, the fixed air sign symbolizing progressive ideas, new perspectives, and friendly relations with all. Aquarius calls us to the higher plane of perspective, inclusion, and acceptance. Tuesday the Sun forms a benefic sextile to Uranus, amplifying themes of invention, innovation, and appreciation of diversity. This Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, the day before lent that claims celebration, just before the sacrifice called for during the period of Lent that begins the next day. In preparation for the Chinese or Lunar New Year on Friday, those honoring that tradition clean house and beautify it with fruits and flowers.

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is also Valentine’s Day. It is also the darkest night of the Moon. Astronomically, this is the time of the month when we want to withdraw from the busy world, incubate, and prepare for the rebirth in the light of the New Moon. Yet, Valentine’s Day is the day for the expression of love. You may want to make this a simple Valentine’s Day, one to stay close to home. Mars makes a benefic sextile to the Moon, calling us to express our ardent feelings for those we love.

A Partial Solar Eclipse occurs Thursday when the Sun and Moon align at 27:07 Aquarius, near the South Node, Mercury, and Juno. We are called to see the bigger picture through access to our higher minds. We can transform our thinking and re-envision. This New Moon also calls us to let go of something that no longer serves us to make way for something new. Mercury and Juno, the asteroid symbolizing mate and marriage, are also eclipsed. Drop into deeper communion with yourself, your thoughts, and your relationships.

The Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16, the day after the New Moon in Aquarius. The Moon conjuncts Venus and Neptune, heralding a beautiful energy of compassion and kindness.

“So what can we expect from the upcoming year? The Dog is an ethical and idealistic sign, and the year that bears its name will also bring increased social awareness and interest in society’s less powerful members. Any tendencies to take, take, take will be replaced by a widespread sentiment of generosity and selflessness. In general, we will all be imbued with the Dog’s keen sense of right and wrong.”

Saturday is an active, visionary day with numerous aspects. The Moon is in uplifting, dreamy Pisces. The Moon is Void of Course at 2:13 PM PST until Sunday morning. This would be a good day to relax, tend your garden, and then enjoy a romantic dinner with your beloved.

The Sun enters Pisces tropically on Sunday morning, ushering in a month of self-reflection, solitude, meditation, and tuning into the greater vibration of the cosmos. Venus entered Pisces the evening before, amplifying the energy in this effusive direction, as Venus is exalted, or highest functioning in Pisces. The month ahead supports compassion and contemplation, and listening to the subtle, intuitive messages that come through.

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The Week in Short:

Saturday: Moon VoC all day from 8:38 a.m. to 6:21 p.m. PST. Take off on an adventure, and explore something new.

Sunday: Work day! Focus and tackle a big project. Relax a little in the evening, and appreciate all that you accomplished.

Monday: Industrious work day boosted with optimism. Expect some surprises.

Tuesday: We are called to inclusion, vision, and innovation, and the acceptance of all diverse beings.

Wednesday: Dark Moon. We want solitude, and yet it is Valentine’s Day. Go for a simple celebration close to home.

Thursday: Solar Eclipse: let go of old patterns that no longer serve and embrace the new regarding communication and relationships.

Friday: Chinese New Year. Vision, compassion, and kindness are available.

Saturday: Uplifting, dreamy day. Moon VoC at 2:13 p.m. PST , so do things that don’t require connections such as meetings.

Sunday: Sun enters Pisces, ushering in a day and a month of kindness, vision, and creativity.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (February 10-March 6)
1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.
2. Create an inspiring musical playlist.
3. Write a poem or a song.
4. Give to your favorite charity.
5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.
6. Let your heart sing!
7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.
8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.
9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.
10. Create! Create! Create!

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, February 12 at 9:43 p.m. through Tuesday, February 13 at 7:11 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, February 15: 1:05 p.m.-6:42 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, February 17 at 2:13 p.m. through Sunday, February 18 at 4:05 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, February 20: 3:11 a.m.-11:12 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, February 22: 3:46 a.m.-4:07 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, February 24: 11:58 a.m.-7:06 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, February 26: 1:51 p.m.-8:42 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, February 28: 3:13 p.m.-9:57 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, March 2 at 3:50 p.m. through Saturday, March 3 at 0:20 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, March 4 at 10:19 p.m. through Monday March 5 at 5:23 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, March 7: 0:55 a.m.-2:03 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, March 9 at 6:27 p.m. through Saturday, March 10 at 1:52 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)


Tuesday, February 13: 5:43-15:11 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, February 15 at 21:05 through Friday, February 16 at 2:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, February 17 at 22:13 through Sunday, February 18 at 12:05 (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, February 20: 11:11-18:12 (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, February 22: 11:46 through Friday, February 23 at 0:07 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, February 24: 19:58 through Sunday, February 25 at 3:06 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, February 26 at 21:51 through Tuesday, February 26 at 4:42 (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, February 28 at 23:13 through Thursday, March 1 at 5:57 (Moon into Virgo)

Friday, March 2 at 23:50 through Saturday, March 3 at 8:20 (Moon into Libra)

Monday March 5: 5:19-13:23 (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, March 7: 8:55-22:03 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, March 10: 2:27-8:52 (Moon into Capricorn)


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