Astrology of February 9th, 2017: Meant to be Enjoyed

The day starts off very early with the void-of-course Moon in Cancer trining Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio in the wee hours.  I’ve already written a sizable amount about Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio here, both in relation to her current position at the critical 29th degree and in relation to this trine.  The short version is that this trine confronts us with the need to surrender to our deepest darkest feelings at this time, particularly our feelings of frustration and helplessness in the face of the larger forces in our lives that we can’t control.  This is not a recipe for victimhood; indeed, embracing the void is a necessary step in knowing the fullness of who we are and what we feel, and prepares us to claim our power to face the future by acknowledging and letting go of the past.  For those who aren’t awake at this hour like I am, this may be a fruitful time for dreaming, though I suspect that most will give themselves over to the deepest, darkest, most dreamless sleep at this time, a balm for wounded souls…

Less than an hour later the Moon enters Leo, and our feelings change from moody and self-protective to proud and self-expressive.  Leo rules the 5th house of self-expression, creativity, children, lovers, and pleasurable pursuits.  The Moon in this sign wants people to notice when we walk in the room, and for the next couple of days we are likely to see egos bloom, and in some situations may wind up with too many kings wanting the throne at once.  That said, over the years I’ve come to see that Leo tends to want whatever it considers its “lordly due” and as long as it gets that it is happy to be benevolent and generous, loyal to allies, magnificently self-assured, and bounteous just like the Sun that rules this sign, and when well-aspected happy to let others take the reigns in realms other than its most treasured.  Remember that what we consider our “lordly due” under this influence is within emotional, instinctive, and unconscious realms, and the tone with which that expresses itself will be moved back and forth in the ebb and flow of each aspect made within this lunar cycle.

The first of these aspects happens when the Moon in Leo opposes Mercury in Aquarius later this morning.  Those proud Leonine instincts may find themselves staring down our thoughts, our hearts pitted against our heads.  We may wish to leap into the fray in defense of a loved one only to find our words doing more harm than good.  Or our generosity may outweigh our other intentions for our wallets, and cause us to over-extend ourselves.  Or our desire to be rulers of our realms may bump up against our perceptions of our place within the social order, for better or for worse.  On the plus side, this is a time of heightened awareness of these dynamics and with it and increase in situations that will encourage us to seek balance between these forces.

Joyfully, the rest of the day’s aspects are likely to feed the best in Leo in terms of influencing our moods.  In late morning the Moon in Leo trines Venus in Aries, making us practically purr in response to affection and pleasure, and likely to be generous with the same in return.

The astrological event going hand-in-hand with the Moon’s entry into Leo today is this afternoon’s sextile between the Sun in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries, the same sign that Venus and Mars are both currently residing in.  This is a harmonious aspect, but is likely to add some electricity to the air for most of the day, so chances are that it will heighten the livelier effects of the Moon’s trine with Venus and the subsequent trine between the Moon and Mars this evening.

I tend to look at the energies surrounding astrological events as triggering chain reactions whose expression is based on the types of elemental forces at work, as well as the impact of those forces on each other and their surroundings.  With the exception of that last watery gasp of the Moon/Black Moon Lilith trine so soon after the witching hour, the elemental forces of these noted aspects today are all fire and the air that feeds fire, along with a significant dose of electricity.  Our communication today is likely to be highly technologically based as a result, and our passions afire in a big way, but also a distinctly socially-conscious way – chances are that we just want to play, but our games are not completely frivolous with that revolutionary Uranian energy at work in the same sign with our affections and desires and our focused pursuit of them.  The lion is on the hunt!  With the Moon trining Mars this evening following the Sun/Uranus sextile following the Moon/Venus trine, the atmosphere is likely to be both creatively and sexually charged, filled with a vest for life to make our hearts pound and remind us that we are still here, still strong, and for all its ups and downs life is still meant to be enjoyed.


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(All aspect times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.)

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