FEBRUARY 14 to 24, 2013
THURSDAY February 14th 2013
On Thursday — Valentine's Day — you increasingly feel a yearning to take break free. This yearning has been building up for some time (as you can see from the headlines) but it will intensify greatly in coming days as exaggeration-prone Jupiter and liberation-minded Uranus form a trine aspect. These two planets are so slow-moving that this break-loose, break-free mood will be at the critical point for the rest of this month, and it will recur later in the year.
FRIDAY February 15th 2013
On Friday major trine configurations dominate this power-filled day. Mars and Pluto are in a trine with each other even as the Moon, Sun and Neptune are also trining each other. This is perfect for the Feast of the Lupercalia — the ancient Roman fertility rite in which youths stripped off naked and wrapped themselves in wolf skins and ran around the Seven Hills of Rome in search of virgins to lash with leather whips — it's that kind of day!
SATURDAY February 16th 2013
On Saturday Mars and Saturn form an insightful and productive trine which permits you to take a new look at your life — and discover that your chronic self-doubts have no basis in reality, and that you have the wherewithal to go forward.
SUNDAY February 17th 2013
On Sunday the Valentine's Day and Lupercalia energies reach their peak when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is at right angles to the Sun for the Taurus First Quarter Moon which, in Antinous Moon Magic, we call the ANTINOUS AMOR MOON — is the moon of comfort and luxury and lovableness. It is the fresh bloom of love.
MONDAY February 18th 2013
On Monday the Sun leaves airy Aquarius and dives into dreamy Pisces for a month of intuition and daydreaming and looking inward. This introspective mood is underscored on Monday when Saturn does an about-face and goes Retrograde from February 18th until July 8th. The planet of order's retrograde period is a time to cultivate discipline, patience and self-restraint. When faster moving planets like Mercury or Mars go retrograde, confusion typically reigns. But that's not necessarily so with slower moving planets. Saturn Retrograde may actually help us see things clearer by shifting our focus from the external to the internal, which may even empower us to move forward! We have the chance to see what kind of internal and emotional factors motivate us ... including fear. Saturn in reverse means that the external boundaries we live within take a backseat to our rich inner world. We'll trust ourselves enough to question these boundaries, and because retrograde with any planet is a prime time to look back on our personal paths, we can examine failures and let-downs, learn from them, apply these lessons to how we'll conduct ourselves in the future ... then move on.
TUESDAY February 19th 2013
On Tuesday you may find it hard to get work done when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is at right angles to both Mars and Retrograde Mercury before going VOID OF COURSE during business hours — in the Americas. In the UK and Europe, the rest of us will have gone home for the day before the Lunar VOC begins, which makes for a restful evening of relaxation. The rule of thumb with a Void of Course Moon is that "nothing will come of it" — nothing bad will happen, but nothing good either.
WEDNESDAY February 20th 2013
On Wednesday you feel energized once ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD ends his long VOID OF COURSE hiatus and gets back to full energy levels with positive trines to the Sun and Neptune. If anything, you may have a hard time decided what to do first.
THURSDAY February 21st 2013
On Thursday the Sun has its annual rendezvous with dreamy Neptune and, because this meeting is happening in Pisces, it means your spiritual intuition is boosted to the max. This is an ideal day for vision quests and spiritual walkabouts.
FRIDAY February 22nd 2013
On Friday emotions run rampant when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD goes VOID OF COURSE for 20 hours — meaning that the work week ends on in frustration. You wait for phone calls and messages which never arrive, emails that vanish into your spam filter, and parcels which won't be delivered until next week. Remember we always say you should think of ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD as your favorite rock or pop star giving a concert. The VOC MOON is the break between sets. The singer goes back stage for a costume change and psychs themselves up for the next set. Meanwhile, the audience is waiting impatiently out front while video projections and doo-wah girls fill the interlude. That's what a VOID OF COURSE MOON feels like. Nothing much will happen during this VOC period. Nothing very bad will happen. But nothing very good either.
SATURDAY February 23rd 2013
On Saturday Mercury does an about-face and goes "backwards" (as seen from Earth) until March 17th. Usually Mercury spends only three weeks in watery Pisces, a sign that airy Mercury is least comfortable in. This year it will spend seven weeks in murky Pisces! That is a real case of "water on the brain" for most cognitive processes. Mercury goes Retrograde about three times a year (this year in February, June and October), spawning several weeks of computer snafus and communications glitches. The rule of thumb with Retrograde Mercury is that this period (from February 23rd through March 17th) is a bad time to sign contracts, start a new job or make a major expenditure. A new car bought during Retrograde Mercury will turn out to be a "lemon." However ... the rule does not apply to plans that were made prior to Mercury's about-face. If you ordered the car beforehand and had to wait until now for delivery — it will be fine. If you were offered a job beforehand but paperwork held up the contract-signing until now — you can sign on the dotted line without qualms. A Retrograde Mercury period is also a good time to re-work, re-edit, re-do, re-hash, re-finance and re-decorate — any "re-" operation involving going back and polishing up something which needed attention.
SUNDAY February 24th 2013
On Sunday you should enjoy a leisurely day free of major astrological aspects and complications before going back to work on Monday, when Retrograde Mercury in scatter-brained Pisces will create lots of havoc — lost files, lost keys, undelivered parcels, postponed travel plans — Retrograde Mercury does love to tease us mortals! Remember over the next seven weeks that MERCURY wants you to play his sly game to win — not to be a whining victim. Make him proud of the way you play his game!
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between February 25th and March 3rd when we come to the VIRGO FULL MOON which in Antinous Moon Magic is called the DIANA MOON. We recognize that the Moon of Diana is the Moon of Antinous. We venerate the Virgin, she who guides new life into the world, goddess of beasts, the mistress of the hounds, the archeress, the young Great Mother of Ephesus, the twin sister of Antinous the Gay God. More details next time ....