FEB. 19 to MARCH 2, 2014
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20th 2014
On Thursday you should be sure to pay attention to dreams (including daydreams) when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms trine with the Sun and later with dreamy Neptune. This combo occurs only twice a year, so tune in to your inner self.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21st 2014
On Friday you will be able to clear away all work from your desk in a flash when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD engages in positive configurations with Jupiter, Pluto, Venus and Saturn while squaring off against Retrograde Mercury. The planets invite you to get your work done early and enjoy an upbeat evening.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22nd 2014
On Saturday ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is at right angles to the Sun. This is the SAGITTARIUS THIRD QUARTER MOON, which we call the SACRED STAR phase in Antinous Moon Magic. In the midst of confusion and chaos, the Spirit of the Star touches the top of your head and conveys sudden and total clarity. This Spirit is never deceived by appearances. Meditations and rituals conducted during this lunar phase are ideal for discerning clarity in opaque situations, for clearing the mind of nebulous distractions and for seeing clearly into other worlds ... the perfect night for clairvoyancy.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23rd 2014
Sunday is the perfect for dreamscaping ... consciously shaping your dreams ... when the Sun aligns in perfect conjunction with Neptune in dreamy Pisces. The Sun/Neptune alignment occurs only once a year, and rarely in the intuitive sign of Pisces. Combined with ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD, this is the perfect night for clairvoyancy.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 24th 2014
On Monday the new work week gets off to an eager and productive start when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms a dandy sextile with Mars and Neptune.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25th 2014
On Tuesday love goddess Venus forms a sexy sextile with determined Saturn — an astrological textbook recipe for stability in relationships. It is a proven fact that marriages, partnerships or even business deals which are made during a Venus/Saturn Sextile are good for the long haul. In fact, they are almost impossible to break. So be careful what you put your signature to.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26th 2014
On Wednesday the Earth will rumble and shake when over-exuberant Jupiter forms a 90-degree square right angle to impatient Uranus. This is like the Tarot card "The Tower" which shows a bolt of lightning destroying a mighty rampart. If you have been aiming too high and living in a dream world of Jovian optimism, then you will get a powerful jolt back to reality via Uranus. The good news, of course, is that you will not have far to fall if you have kept both feet planted firmly on the ground all along. It is a reality check. A big bad reality check. Many will tumble and fall. But you won't fall far if you have had those two feet of yours rooted in reality.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27th 2014
On Thursday the three-weeks of waiting are nearly over when Mercury slows down to a standstill — and starts slowly moving forward again. For the past three weeks s RETROGRADE MERCURY has spawned confusion in communications and commerce. About three times each year, Mercury the communications wizard turns into Mercury the fast-talking con man. This is the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, and it lasts about three weeks. But it is ending now. However, because Mercury is standing still and only barely inching forward again, it would be best to wait until Monday before signing major contracts or making major expenditures. By that time, Mercury will be surging forward at full speed again.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28th 2014
On Friday night ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with the Sun for the gentle PISCES NEW MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic this is the lunar phase we call the DOG MOON of fidelity, friendship and faithfulness. The Spirit of the Dog Moon is loving and supportive friendship. This Spirit is loving and faithful, comforting you with familiarity when you see yourself reflected in this Spirit. It is the perfect combination of comfort and stimulus to grow and provides a wonderful companion that walks with you through life, helping you define and refine who you are and who you choose to be every day.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY MARCH 1-2, 2014
Saturday and Sunday will not be the easiest weekend of the year because both Mars and Saturn stop dead in their tracks, do an about-face, and begin moving backwards. "Retrograde" periods of any planet are times of unease. But Retrograde Mars and Retrograde Saturn are times of potential peril. Mars will be retrograde from March 1 to May 20 — 10 weeks! Saturn will be retrograde even longer — from March 2 to July 20!
When a planet is retrograde, it appears to be moving backward in the sky from the perspective of the Earth. Of course, the planet is actually continuing in its usual orbit, and the retrograde effect is a kind of optical illusion. Since perspective is so important in astrology, however, retrograde planets do correspond to recognizable meanings.
Mars is the planet associated with the Warrior archetype. It is therefore the planet we look to when we want to know about assertiveness, aggression, determination, and action. Mars is also closely associated with sexuality — not the love and romance aspect of sex, but the more instinctual, desire-driven side of it.
Retrograde Mars is usually is considered to be a poor time to begin a new sexual relationship, but there is no reason to abstain altogether for ten weeks. The underlying meaning of Mars retrograde is that energy is lacking — and that's why new sexual relationships are seen as being doubtful: the desire may not last.
The same goes for Retrograde Saturn. Relationships started now tend not to have endurance, nor do jobs or leases or such material things as repairs. House repairs undertaken now will need to be re-done before long. A new car will wear out or break down soon.
It is also thought to be a poor time to begin a new job. Now, with a down economy, it is unlikely that many people who are looking for work would refrain from taking a job that was available, and that is not necessary. However, jobs that begin on Mars and/or Saturn retrogrades often fail to live up to expectations and energy seems to be dissipated: Bill Clinton was sworn into office for both his terms with Mars retrograde.
The one bright spot this weekend is a glowing trine aspect between the Sun and fortuitous Jupiter. This configuration provides a big, bright ray of hope which helps you to keep your spirits up. While Mars and Saturn are holding down both of your legs, Sun/Jupiter keep your head high and your eyes focused on the stars.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between March 3rd and 9th when we come to the Gemini First Quarter moon ... the lunar phase we call the JACKAL MOON in Antinous Moon Magic. Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Jackal in Antinous oracular arts is the embodiment of cunning and skill and sleight-of-hand and being slightly dodgy and sneaky but also being incredibly adept and learned in the ways of the world. The Gemini First Quarter Moon is the March moon of the Trickster, who taunts and teases, who plays tricks, who leads the soul through dark and treacherous passages ... who is more treacherous than any Underworld foe ... but whose cunning enables him to bring his charges to their goal. Meditations and rituals carried out tonight are best suited for looking beyond the the veil of lies and deceit that others (or we ourselves) throw over our eyes to prevent us from seeing clearly. This is also a very good night for finding canny and cunning solutions to difficult problems ... strategies for out-smarting those who seek to pull the wool over our eyes .... More details next time ....