Astrology 2/22 – 2/28: The Body of Life

Astrology 2/22 – 2/28: The Body of Life
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The week begins with Monday’s Full Moon in Virgo, which colors Monday and Tuesday a brilliant silver.  During the middle of the week, the tone shifts to focus on Mercury’s constructive aspects with Saturn and Uranus.  Finally, as the weekend arrives, the ambiance becomes increasingly psychedelic, courtesy of the Sun’s conjunction with dreamy Neptune on Saturday.

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The Full Moon in Virgo arrives on Monday Though bright the night before and similarly luminous on Monday evening, the height of the Full Moon in Virgo actually occurs during the day for those living in the Americas (10:22 AM PST).  It is worth noting that this Full Moon will be our last lunation to go uneclipsed until April.

This Full Moon sees the Sun at 3’ Pisces and the Moon at 3’ Virgo.  Yet neither light is alone.  Neptune and the Dragon’s Tail flank the Sun in Pisces, while Jupiter and the Dragon’s Head attend to the Moon in Virgo.

The Full Moon in Virgo always speaks to the juxtaposition of bodies and dreams, facts and fantasies, and in doing so serves to illuminate the body of Life, the material vehicle for the numinous spirit. We look here at the embodied mind, which is neither machine nor ghost, but the strange union thereof.

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Though we are wont to imagine ourselves as the only union of matter and mind, many would have it that the World itself is just such a mixture, its creatures and substances different only by matter of proportion.

Dreams, suffused with the erotic desire to exist, seek bodies.  The material landscape of lives is thus both psychedelic and erotic, for it intersects at every point with the psychic one.  It gives satisfaction here and provides tension there, but always in relationship to the landscape within us.  The overlay of these two topographies is ever present.

e589a14987508d01f93264703729b4c6Our worlds are, as Freud might say, libidinally charged, shot through with the ley lines of our intention and desire.  Just as the body possess subtle channels and meridians, so too does the body of life.  These dragon lines and chakras are an invisible power structure tied to the visible arrangement of things.  This layered being can be accessed in a variety of ways, but the Full Moon in Virgo suggests the method of acupuncture- the transformation of the intangible by manipulation of the tangible.

Yet this art requires precision.  One is not stuck with pins randomly in the acupuncturist’s office, but in accordance with a precise roadmap of the invisible.  The doctor places the needles at the power points along these paths and rivers, altering the subtle traffic along them.

To bring this method to bear on the body of one’s life requires a similar understanding of the intersection of the subtle and gross.  The pile of clothes in the corner may in fact be a node of guilt and anxiety, and your day planner a point of avoidance and fear.  Or they may simply be objects.  One must dowse the surface of one’s life for the hidden wells of power and pain.  Having this understanding, small acts, like little needles, can serve to liberate vast flows of stagnant energy, restoring heath. This is the acupuncture of the body of life.


Mercury makes a pair of useful aspects this week.  In rational Aquarius since February 13th, Mercury sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius and then Uranus in Aries this week, spending the 24th – 26th crossing their mid-point.  This configuration puts Mercury in the perfect place to mediate between the responsible patterning which Saturn represents and the innovation and experimentation which is Uranus’ province.

This combination thus smiles over the creation and implementation of new structures.  Putting in place a new habit or getting on a better schedule is strongly suggested.  You can also wear this configuration like a set of glasses, looking at old problems from a novel perspective.  You may see answers where before only difficulties appeared.

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The Sun, in Pisces sin89b39bcc50b08989f49cab8c9b6ce0d0ce February 18th, approaches and then conjoins Neptune on Saturday, the 27th.  This yearly alignment sees the Sun’s light go multi-coloured and kaleidoscopic for a bit, its rays alive with psychedelia.

While Monday’s Full Moon in Virgo focuses on the intersection of spirit and matter, the Sun’s weekend conjunction with Neptune highlights the great distance which the mind can travel independent of the body.  The Sun-Neptune conjunction enables a wide variety of trance-states, and provides a launch pad for would-be psychonauts.  A celebration in honor of Dionysus would not be out of place here, nor would a variety of more conventional benders.

In addition to temporarily liquefying a number of veils, the Sun’s conjunction with Neptune gives us a chance to access our own hopes and dreams more clearly.  Though many are quick to disown these secret wishes, they have a quiet persistence which cannot be denied.  They shape people, and lives.

Yet 2016 is intent on testing dreams.  The series of squares between Saturn and Neptune this year highlights the friction between concrete pressures and fond wishes.  The Bifrost, the rainbow bridge which connects heaven and earth, has become a gauntlet, laid down to determine which dreams can cross down into the human realm, and which will have to remain among the stars, discarnate. This Saturday’s conjunction of the Sun and Neptune thus pings a process which will take much of this year to complete.



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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
Aries: The Ram
Taurus: The Bull
Gemini: The Twins
Cancer: The Crab
Leo: The Lion
Virgo: The Virgin
Libra: The Scales
Scorpio: The Scorpion
Sagittarius: The Centaur
Capricorn: The Goat
Aquarius: The Waterbearer
Pisces: The Fish
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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.


  1. Jen 7 years ago

    Perfect description and lovely images as usual. FMoon partile ASC for me so really appreciate the image of the silver beams. Thank you.

  2. Thea Glas 7 years ago

    You just about knocked me out of my chair with this one…so profound…more than the brain can process, but it all resonated deeply…

  3. ana 7 years ago

    if we incarnate to experience an erotic body, what about monks and nuns and the celibate?
    from formlessness into form and from form back into formlessness ,
    there are more ways of creation than giving physical birth

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      theAustin Coppock 7 years ago

      Hi Ana,

      My point was that the desire to exist in the first place is, in a sense, erotic. Physical lust is in its own way a shadow of that more primordial desire to exist in the first place. I did not intend to imply that the point of existence was fornication, but that the will to come into existence itself could be traced back to Eros, whose proper role far exceeds that of a bow-wielding child.

  4. Kate Plumb 7 years ago

    Thank you Austin. The images you evoke blow my mind. I am not fond of poetry. But your words I can understand and relish. Thank you again.

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