February 2013 Astrology – Henry Seltzer


February 2013

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of February features Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Chiron and Neptune, together with a Pisces line-up of planets that takes place in coordination with the February 9th Aquarius New Moon. All month, from the evening of February 1st on,  Mars is in the very interesting and mystical sign of Pisces, where there is definitely a softer and more subtle approach to his feisty and normally outer-directed energy. It’s as though that energy were turned inside and tuned to distant dimensions – more appropriate to poetry and music than to the active and assertive nature bordering on aggression that is normally associated with the fiery Red Planet.

Mercury joins Mars in Pisces around the time of the New Moon, and closely conjoins Chiron as it does so, making a tight triple conjunction, which is additionally within orb of conjunction with Neptune in the early degrees of the sign. Saturn is stationing in the mid-month time frame, in trine with these three planets, and in bi-quintile to revolutionary Uranus, to which the stodgy and conservative energy is antithetical. Revolution is in the air, as it has been for these last few years, and there is also a considerable conservative backlash that is becoming even more intense as this second climactic year in a row – 2013 – gets underway.

Jupiter is also nearly stationary in the sky at this time and therefore more powerful, having recently completed its station to direct motion as the month begins. This would be a celebratory time frame were it not for the Saturn emphasis and the square between Jupiter and Chiron that is quite close as the month begins, and that remains with 2 degrees of exact until April. The Virgo Full Moon takes place on February 25th with the Sun conjuncts Chiron and the Sun and Moon make a T-square to Jupiter.

In the final weekend of the month, on Saturday, February 23rd, Mercury retrogrades in Pisces, in conjunction with Mars. The Mercury Retrograde period of time, famous for missed connections and mechanical breakdowns, is thus underway just as the extremely powerful Virgo Full Moon also appears on the scene. We are drawn even more to the inside. The retrograde lasts five weeks or so, even past the station to direct motion on March 17th, since it has still at that point to make up its lost zodiacal longitude. This entire period is a great time for reflection and looking within, not so great for direct action.

We are facing enormous change, both as a culture and individually, as we struggle to keep up with what is going on in the society that surrounds us, and in the light of further revelations that we keep encountering. We are getting more conscious, and it is a spiral, so that we continually return to the same place that we started, but with a little more awareness.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). Life continues to amaze and inspire you, Aries, to the point that you are wondering where it will take you next. As you continue to catch lightning in a bottle socially, and as your visioning for a better future outlook continues to grow and morph, you are paradoxically more than ever invested in the unseen world of your internal process. Day-dreams can be useful and open you to new possibilities. The meditative stance that you are holding space for can guide you if you allow it to. You are engaged in nothing less than a thorough-going reassessment of what you stand for and how to plug yourself in, as appropriate to your inner purpose, and you win when you are able to relax and let yourself go into the flow.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  Your cosmos continues to surprise and confound you, Taurus. Even as you revel in outer world pursuits, it is essentially a mystical space in time that you are entering over the course of this monthly cycle. You are also likely to encounter potentially painful issues with group dynamics, rumbles of interpersonal dysfunction that come back to haunt you. These may in fact stem from old patterns that you are more than ready to outgrow and only need one more push of conscious recognition to do so. Acceptance and honoring these dark places is one vital key to moving beyond them so that they are no longer so major. You have a wellspring of intuitional information. New perspectives are flooding in, as well, to take advantage of as you grow in awareness.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for you Gemini, and a rather strange one. You will be tested in ways that you had not fully imagined before now, and that mere logic does not give you the glimmer of a handle on, with important repercussions in the outer world of business and professional persona. A vague and subtle sense of spiritual purpose is slowly gaining ground over mundane concerns, and that is confusing to them. This becomes even more pronounced the last week of the month with the retrograde of Mercury through your career sector. You are striving as usual for the gold ring of achievement, but with a difference. Although somewhat preoccupied by run-of-the-mill issues and goals, you might also be able to say, with the poet, that “everything is holy now.”

CANCER (June 21-July 20) These are potent times for you, Cancer, the culmination of the last several weeks of changes and challenges especially in the way that you practice the art of relationship. This month could find you somewhat reclusive in terms of outer-world connection – preferring instead to inhabit a space that is expansive on the inside – and if so, it might be for the purpose of getting into closer touch with yourself at these inner levels; exploring the vast, dim and yeasty reaches of your unconscious process. You are discovering new avenues of higher mind connection that take you on a trip that is not physical but is instead a journey to the center of the personal unconscious portion of your very own universe.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an interesting, exciting and challenging period for you, Leo, one in which your curiosity is highly aroused. It is a stimulating time both intellectually and also spiritually. Ideas are your friends right now, and partners in your life are extremely important as well, in part because of the additional perspectives that they bring. You are a seeker after truth, and find yourself in favor of a new way of life that will clear some of the cobwebs away between what you have and what you are actually wanting. Home and family is another important area for you right now, and issues there pave the way for you to establish your own sense of where you are headed, perhaps by offering a contrasting sense of limitation that enables you to see exactly where you need to break away.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Virgo. You are enjoying life in general and feasting on your relationship dynamic in particular. Things are likely to be going well for you these days in terms of your outer world pursuits, which are both fortunate and spiritually motivated. Surprises abound, and the flow of brilliant ideas is constantly renewing itself. This is also an incredibly active month for the key relationship in your life, both business and personal. Your participation in this important area is idealized, potentially painful and a bit confusing. The higher purpose is that you explore more fully your inner connection with your own deep process. Toward month’s end you are likely to be spending loads of time with concentrated visioning -and revisioning – of what relationship, for you, is all about.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are entering into a joyous mode of discovery, Libra, and yet also recognizing limitations in what you are trying to achieve. You are taking a strong stand on making the relationships in your life really work for you long term, as well as experimenting in this important area. Restrictions on the resources that you need to move forward, including financial ones, have the unexpected benefit of concentrating your energies, as you adjust your priorities and find new avenues of self-expression. By month’s end you could come to realize that your most important product lies in your determination to start figuring out who you truly are, at the deepest possible level, and what this soul knowledge implies about where you need to be heading in your life.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a crucial time for you, Scorpio, in the midst of a crucial year. Your very sense of identity is shifting in a way that is confusing and, at times, scary. The potential transformation implied is daunting, but you might reflect that you cannot really hold onto the past; that life itself is change. You are continuing to explore your deep and largely unknown parts in an even more intense way, and it is slowly bringing you into closer touch with yourself. This is a difficult but entirely rewarding evolution that you are attempting now. Vague and inchoate sensations are being treated with a dose of practicality and ordinary real-world logic in a largely successful effort to form a useful amalgam that partakes of both, and that will take you through.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an important time for you, Sagittarius, and a good opportunity to be getting spiritually more centered. It is also likely a confusing one as well, when many of your old approaches are no longer working and yet when new potential ways of being in the world are only just being born. Partnership is very much up for you right now, as you concentrate on adopting an attitude toward significant others and your relationship dynamics in general that makes for a closer match with soul-purpose. This is a period of transition – difficult in the sense that worn out patterns that no longer serve you are being peeled away. This is indeed a painful time, and yet in another way of retelling the story, your days are suffused with light.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) These are amazing days of recognition and of acceptance, Capricorn. The time of your rebirth is upon you as it has been, at least in some sense, over these past weeks and months, and the next phase of your life is unmistakably entering in. This involves new ways of seeing and of being and while it represents a giant learning experience that is only just beginning, involves as well sense of familiarity that feels like coming home. Inner meets outer, and service shines, both in the sense of community and regarding friendships that you favor, and that represent a necessary and important key to what you are attempting. The door to your future is now open, and, no matter how hard you might try, can no longer be closed up upon itself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a challenging and rewarding period for you, Aquarius. The recent Full Moon from the last weekend in January brought you good fortune and opportunity, although perhaps also a sense of mixed blessings. You have an important opening now that leads to greater public recognition, and yet the increased responsibility that is involved there could feel like more than you can reasonably handle. You are reassessing your intellectual horizon. Something is shifting deep inside you in such a manner that many of the certitudes you have counted on thus far could no longer apply. You might feel like you are struggling to replace them, but the best bet for you right now might be that you have faith in your process and let go and just surrender to it.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an extremely vital month for you, Pisces, as you navigate the choppy waters of this special period of time. The cosmic forces swirling around you have their vortex in life changes that have been underway for you for several months – subliminally recognized although perhaps not consciously acknowledged – and that are still far from complete. Personal development dominates, as well as issues of home and family. As you tread your path forward, you are searching for a way to connect your head and your heart, and obviously this is not easy. A concentration of planetary energies in your identity sector creates supreme focus on spiritual evolution as the driver. Your most important product now is your own soul-level understanding of what it is that you are actually up to.


Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.


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