Astrology 2/1-2/7: Sunbeam

Astrology 2/1-2/7: Sunbeam

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The Sun shines out across a new week and a new month and, accordingly, new possibilities flit about in its beams. The Sun’s work during the first half of the week helps stabilize the results of a chaotic January. The second half of the week, though, holds challenges both new and old. Though Mercury has finally pulled free of his multi-week engagement with the Uranus-Pluto square, Venus replaces him, hitting the same intense note one final time. Meanwhile, the week’s end also holds the Sun’s square to Mars in Scorpio, announcing a set of challenges that will color the months to come.

Digging Out

rubbleshovelThe week begins with Mercury taking leave of the Uranus-Pluto square, which he hovered around for the entire second half of January. Although still well within the terrain of the retrograde, this time his movement is forward. Thus we’ll spend much of this week digging out rather than digging deeper. Not only is Mercury now direct and clear the Uranus-Pluto square, but he is also on his way toward a helpful trine with Jupiter in Virgo, which he completes on Saturday (10:44 AM PST).

This third and final trine with Jupiter will serve to highlight the ultimately reconstructive nature of Mercury’s retrograde cycle. You cannot build anew without sweeping away the rubble. Look for overdue structural improvements and technical upgrades to finally be completed.

 

Helios’ Progress

The Sun is of central importance this week, as not only does it aspect several planets, it’s potency is also enhanced by another pair of factors- the quintet of planets visible just before dawn, and the Sun’s passage across one of the great spokes of the year.

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For the last week, as well as the next three, all five visible planets precede the Sun’s daily rise, heralding the return of the day each morning. In the Hellenistic phase of astrology, planets which rose in the pre-dawn hours were seen as an honor guard, heralding the luminary’s daily emergence. These planets, referred to as “spear bearers,” were seen as announcing and clearing the way for the return of the Sun, lending the Light greater power and prestige than normal.

Sister Sun

The many spear-bearers have gathered to announce the Sun at a special moment in its yearly cycle. This week the Sun moves through the 15th degree of Aquarius, marking the midway point between the preceding Solstice and the coming Equinox. Mid-winter in the Northern hemisphere and mid-summer in the South, this point in the annual Sun-Earth cycle is recognized by virtually every culture.

The Sun moves across this point on Wednesday the 3rd this year, the same day that the Sun completes its sextile with Saturn. Yet the actual date changes a bit from year-to-year, and most celebrations of this cross-quarter fix it to a particular calendar day. This station of the Sun is recognized in a secular manner with the February 2nd celebration of Groundhog Day in the United States.

stbrigidThis cross-quarter point in the North is also commonly known as Imbolc, from the traditional Gaelic celebration. It is also seen as one of the eight Sabbats in many witchcraft traditions, and is celebrated in both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions as the feast of the Presentation of Christ at the Temple.

This Gaelic tradition recognized Brigid, later St. Brigid, as the central spirit of the holyday.  Ruler of the bright, active half of the year, here we see the Sun as a woman, royal and bright. Though the Greco-Roman tradition usually pictures the Sun as male, cross-culturally it is not at all uncommon to find the brilliant orb imagined as female.

While the winds of winter blow cold across the surface and the sky keeps to glacial greys and blues, something stirs beneath. Though the cold of Yin dominates the visible, the seeds of Spring, of growing Yang, stir beneath the surface, to prepare for their inevitable ascent during the season-to-come. Here the spirit stirs within the shell of matter, announcing the invisible quickening of the forces of renewal.

In the global South, the situation is reversed. At the height of summer, the lady of light announces her plans to relent before the heat which enlivens becomes the heat which destroys. The seeds of Autumn are thus sown quietly, as day cedes time to swiftly growing night.

Reset Button

Thus, bestriding one of the year’s great spokes and heralded by a quintet of spear-bearers, the Sun’s work is of the utmost importance this week. After a January in which much did not go according to plan, this week offers real potential to bring affairs back into alignment with our intentions. This potential for positive order is further attested to by the Sun in Aquarius’ sextile with Saturn in Sagittarius on Wednesday (10:17 AM PST.) Though the Sun- source of light, life and joy- and Saturn, lord of limitations, structure and obligation, are not powers easily reconciled, the circumstances under which they connect this week are nearly ideal, for they are not only in an easy aspect, but also mutually received.

Though it passes away by week’s end, the Sun’s sextile to Saturn offers the breathing room to get organized. For the many whose New Year’s resolutions have been delayed by January’s mess, this is a chance to begin implementing new and more positive order. If you’ve been too busy, confused, or upset to put new habits into place, the first half of the week is an excellent time to commit to a new and better way.

Meeting the Future’s Gaze

candleWhile the first half off the week sees the Sun bestride the cross-quarter point and sextile orderly Saturn, as we move toward the weekend, Sol makes a pair of more intense contacts. On Saturday, the Sun in Aquarius completes her sextile with innovative Uranus in Aries (8:38 AM PST) and, more troublingly, a square with potent Mars in Scorpio that night (4:07 AM PST). Aspected both by Mars and Uranus on Friday and Saturday, and coinciding with Venus’ configuration to the Uranus-Pluto square, the potential for bellicose outbursts is heightened considerably.

Mars in Scorpio’s superior square to the Sun in Aquarius suggests that the order established earlier in the week is due to be challenged. With Mars comes the blistering pace, the angry word and the forceful hand. Thus we light a flame and shine a better vision onto the future, but we do so while looking upon the clearly illumined face of the next set of challenges. The Sun and Mars will maintain their square quite tightly throughout the weekend and in to early next week, when the New Moon in Aquarius will serve to further spotlight Mars’ influence. The red planet will be the principal source of challenges for much of this year, and so it is best we meet his gaze sooner rather than later.

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While the Imbolc Sun takes meetings with Saturn, Uranus and Mars, Venus has her own important matters to attend to. As the now-direct Messenger departs the Uranus-Pluto square for the gentler embrace of Jupiter, Venus follows fast on his heels, making her way down through the same chthonian depths Mercury dwelt within for the second half of January. Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn on Friday (5:14 PM PST) and then squares Uranus in Aries on Saturday (2:02 PM PST).

Venus’ journey brings the heart to bear on the issues which Mercury raised in January, offering moments of crisis, catharsis and deep understanding. Truths emerge, though some of them may be troubling. Venus’ conjunction with Pluto and square to Uranus can pressurize the emotions, and will certainly oversee more than a few volcanic outbursts. Friday night, which sees the Moon conjoined to both Venus and Pluto, has an especially high capacity for drama. Make space for what needs to arise, and give others the room their processes require.

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
Aries: The Ram

This week the Sun illuminates the connection between your long term goals and the company you keep. Are the folks around you supportive of your aspirations, or are they obstacles along your path? Now is the time to work on creating greater coherence between your social network and the goals you’re aiming for.
Later in the week, things get more complicated. Venus creeps toward the heart of January’s professional complications, while Mercury pulls away. Both insight and some catharsis may well be in order here.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun-Saturn sextile this week highlights the relationship between your professional life and your commitments to others. There is an opportunity here to inspect and affirm the relationship you have with the people on your team. If they haven’t been doing their part, they may need to be reminded, and if you haven’t- well- its time to start. Trust grows out of mutually honored commitments.
Meanwhile, Venus closes in on a conjunction with Pluto over the weekend, revealing the final piece of information you’ll need to decide on both your direction and destination. There may be one last bit of drama here, but there are also answers.

Gemini: The Twins

This week offers you some perspective on the relationship between your long term goals and the people in your life. Your direction and journey are both important, but few desire to walk a path totally alone. Have you left enough of yourself available to those important to you? Take some time out this week to reconcile paths and partners.
While Mercury pulls away from the Pluto-Uranus square, Venus progresses toward it, making contact with the volatile configuration over the weekend. Here Venus augurs one last set of revelations about the nature of teamwork, agreements and contracts.

Cancer: The Crab

This week the Sun highlights the manner in which your work goals and habits are impacting others. It may be that your industry is having a positive effect on those close to you, or that you’re not pulling your own weight. Regardless, the first half of this week offers a chance to consider the issue, and reconcile your labors with those of your team mates’.
As we move towards the weekend, the skies get a bit more complicated. Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn and then squares Uranus in Aries, which may well augur a bit of catharsis within your significant relationships. Though a blow out is certainly possible, it is unlikely that things need to go volcanic. If you need time to work through intense feelings over the weekend, by all means take it.

Leo: The Lion

This week highlights the amount of energy you’re allocating to your personal relationships. It may be that you’re spending too much of yourself trying to keep up with work, or conversely, you might be investing too much of your energy to relationships. Regardless of which is the case, this week provides an opportunity to bring things back into balance.
Later in the week, Venus crosses the Uranus-Pluto square. This configuration may coincide with one last micro-crisis concerning your health and/or workload. However, Venus is the last of the planets to cross the sensitive square this season, and as the chaos from Mercury’s retrograde cycle continues to dies down, it will become increasingly easier to bring order back to your affairs.

Virgo: The Virgin

This week offers an opportunity to bring things back into proper alignment. Your patron planet, Mercury, is direct now and further empowered by a trine to benefic Jupiter. Furthermore, the Sun and Saturn are co-operating to spotlight any issues that have developed between your work and living spaces. You may need to draw a more clear distinction between home and work in order to keep the contents of one from oozing into the other.
Finally, Venus’ conjunction with Pluto and square with Uranus later in the week is likely to see you revisit January’s questions about what you’re allocating your energy to. You may need to clarify exactly what you’re willing to invest in, and what you aren’t.

Libra: The Scales

The week begins with the cross-quarter Sun illuminating the relationship between your regular schedule and the energy you have at your disposal. Does your lifestyle provide you with the energy you need to get everything done? If not, you may either need to scale back your obligations or find a way to increase the amount of mojo you have to throw at things.
Meanwhile, Venus’ conjunction with Pluto on Saturday highlights your living situation and familial relations, providing the final installment in January’s series of questions and concerns surrounding home and family.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

This week shines a light on the relationship between your living situation and the resources currently available to you. Such illumination provides the possibility of better reconciling any friction between the two. What does it cost to keep the lights on in your fortress of solitude? You may need to cut back on expenses, or, conversely, you may find that you can afford to deck out your hideaway a bit more lavishly.
Later in the week, Venus’ passage across the Uranus-Pluto square suggests a possible interruption to your regularly scheduled activities, as well as a few revelations about the importance of nailing yourself to a weekly regimen.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The first half of the week contains an opportunity to reconcile the promises you’ve made to yourself with the actual limitations of your schedule. Spend a moment considering how much time and energy it will actually take to accomplish what’s on your plate. There is no shame in admitting that some goals may need to be delayed, or in recognizing that you’re going to need to set a more disciplined schedule to keep up with your aspirations.
Meanwhile, Venus’ conjunction with Pluto suggests the discovery of some previously hidden data of financial import. Though buried treasure is a faint possibility, it is more likely that its that water bill you accidentally threw away. Still, Venus’ pass over Pluto and Mercury’s simultaneous trine to Jupiter provide the last piece of the puzzle you’ll need to get your money right this season.

Capricorn: The Goat

Now that January’s shitshow challenging configurations have come to an end, the heavens are ready to ease up on you a bit. Well, almost ready. Venus’ conjunction with Pluto in your sign over the weekend may bring about a messy catharsis, but it is the last scheduled bit of serious drama for a while. Sure, there are some financial matters to attend to, but these are likely to be quite manageable, even if there are a few stressful moments suggested. There’s a real opportunity this week to reset your trajectory. To the chaos within and without, bring the light of order.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The first half of the week provides an opportunity to reconcile who you want to be with the kind of company you’re keeping. Does your network serve to support the person you’re aiming to be, or does it pull you sideways? Furthermore, are you living up to your obligations to others? Can you? It’s worth re-examining the social contracts you’ve signed with people, even if only to affirm them.
The weekend holds some challenging configurations. In particular, Venus’ pass over the Uranus-Pluto square suggests a volcanic set of emotional influences, which may make for a dramatic moment or two, especially on Friday night. If your mood goes strange, give yourself the space to figure out what’s trying to emerge.

Pisces: The Fish

This week holds an opportunity to reconcile your mental health with your professional duties. The intense pace which Saturn in Sagittarius has set for you has likely not improved your habits, and this week offers an opportunity to put yourself back on the straight and narrow path to world domination.
The second half of the week is bit more complicated, though. Venus’ conjunction with Pluto may trigger some of the issues you’ve been having with social expectations. You may want to go inward over the weekend rather than out on the town.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

4 Comments

  1. Brooke 4 years ago

    How old were you when you got into Astrology and what made you become interested? I like your unique style of writing.

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      Austin Coppock 4 years ago

      Hi Brooke! I was about 19 when I started exploring astrology. I was initially interested in astrology as a method for mapping human psychology, but it ended up becoming quite a bit more than that!

  2. Eric 4 years ago

    From the gaping Underworld, to the Stone, to this steady return to Light, all has been steadily, and to a point, dreadfully, accurate. It’s as if you’re writing to my subconscious, and it’s nodding in response “Yep, see? Told you”, with a raised eyebrow, and a dry face.

    I like how you took note of the inverse experience, in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s something I thought much of, when I was traveling there years ago, seeing the Crescent Moon with it’s points up, rather than towards the side…

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