FEBRUARY 6 to 16, 2014
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6th 2014
On Thursday Mercury does an about-face and goes "backwards" as seen from Earth until February 28th. This RETROGRADE MERCURY phase is a time of 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. So RETROGRADE MERCURY will be serving up glitches and snafus in the Scorpio-related areas of passions, secret agreements, independence and dependability. If you are buying a new mobile phone, be sure to read the fine print about hidden costs. Planning to move into a new apartment? Check the kitchen and bathroom for tell-tale signs of mold before signing the lease. Remember over the next three 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!
But this is not all bad. I read just the other day that one acclaimed astrologer says that this is the best time to buy a USED car or second-hand garment or old TV set. The idea behind that is that RETROGRADE MERCURY is a bad time to undertake NEW projects or acquisitions, but that you can splurge on RETRO things. It's a Collectibles Queen's dream, I tell you!
If they are having a close-out sale on end-of-the-line big-screen TVs — this may be the best time to buy one. And if you completed all the pre-signing details on a new house or a new job prior to the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, then you can go ahead and sign on the dotted line. If you applied for a job two months ago and the boss calls you up now as says you've got it, then you got it under the pre-Retrograde conditions!
Or perhaps not. Astrologers are never entirely certain about such things. As the Empress Livia (wife of Augustus) said about her astrologer Thrasyllus: "Every good astrologer lies about the present. He tells the truth about the future, but lies about the present."
I'm telling you the truth about the fact that the next month or so will be difficult. But if you buy a crappy old used TV set today that turns out to be junk — well, I certainly wouldn't do that, not during RETROGRADE MERCURY, I don't care what any "expert" says.
I'm joking, of course. I'm trying not to scare you. People hear of RETROGRADE MERCURY and they want to put off all major decisions and hide under the bed for a month or so. As Emperor Hadrian knew, astrology is not intended to scare people. Hadrian was obsessed with astrology. He knew that astrology is intended to serve as a monitoring system or an early-warning system.
An astrological warning is like seeing a "Sharp Curve Ahead" sign on a dark roadway. Antinous-Mercury doesn't expect you to slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road and break down into sobs of fear at the steering wheel. No, he wants you to proceed with due caution, using the experience and skill you possess as a driver.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7th 2014
On Friday you may as well take the day off from work because Retrograde Mercury will do his best to create havoc with computer systems and parcel deliveries. In addition ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in opposition to Saturn, spreading a miasma of doom and gloom around the office.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8th 2014
On Saturday a party atmosphere prevails when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in hot aspects to Mercury and Neptune and a sexy sextile to unpredictable Uranus.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9th 2014
On Sunday the weekend party and harmony atmosphere continues as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in positive trines with the Sun and Mars.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10th 2014
On Monday the weekend party fades and you get slowly back into the grind of work efficiently and smoothly when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms positive aspects with Retrograde Mercury and with Neptune.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11th 2014
On Tuesday a lot of people are going to be rudely shaken back to reality when the Sun makes its twice yearly square aspect with down-to-Earth Saturn. But the jolt is worst only for those who have been deluding themselves into a false sense of reality. If you have kept your eyes open, you will hardly notice more than a mild bump in the road.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12th 2014
On Wednesday the devil is in the details when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms a trine with Saturn but is in a 90-degree square angle to Mars. In frustration, people will say hurtful things they don't mean and which they later regret.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13th 2014
On Thursday you can count on pleasant surprises when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms a trine with Uranus. You feel optimistic and upbeat and the little annoyances around you don't bother you.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14th 2014
Valentine's Day on Friday may be a bit downbeat when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD squares off against dour Saturn. You may not hear from the person you wanted to hear from. On the other hand, you can reckon on hearing from someone who truly and very deeply loves you.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15th 2014
Overnight Friday/Saturday we come to the lunar phase we call the LION HUNT MOON, the LEO FULL MOON. It is a reminder that Antinous slew a man-eating lion in Egypt. Antinous peered out into the barren wilderness with all its deep and hidden dangers. He charged forth, his bridle-reins in one hand and an adamantine-tipped spear in the other, and he faced the beast unafraid. For Antinous knew he would triumph over death. The Spirit of the Lion Hunt is the bravery of Antinous the Lion Slayer. To underscore the theme of courage and self-confidence, the Sun is aligned with Mercury and both are in a valiant trine with War God Mars.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16th 2014
On Sunday self-confidence continues to be the theme for this weekend when Mercury and Mars are in a trine while ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in positive configurations with Jupiter, Pluto and Venus. The Venus aspect enables you to build up the courage you need to approach that someone special.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between February 17th and 23rd when 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.... More details next time ....