Astrology Planetary Patterns for February 2017

February is marked by an ongoing T-Square between Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.

February is marked by an ongoing T-Square between Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. The T-Square really began at the start of 2017 and launched off this year. Let's walk through some of the symbolism of planets and what themes they are reflecting that are also reverberating through our political and economic environment.

Aries exemplifies a "me-first" philosophy. Aries understands the value of being selfish. "Selfish" today can be such a bad word. But acknowledging that each of us has an ego, a unique perspective, unique wants and values - is not bad. Our own personal individuality is beautiful and adds to the diversity of the world. And most of all, we tend to be more successful when we take care of our own needs and walk our own path. Aries seeks to connect us back to our personal power.

Uranus reflects how things are shifting, shaking up, loosening up. It reflects what's uncomfortable for us to acknowledge. It reflects an electric energy that is also awakening and benefiting us all to move toward being our best selves.

Libra is the symbol of the scales. It seeks balance between different parts. It places importance on acknowledging the dignity of all; it seeks to represent the voices often unrepresented; it seeks to bring harmony back into a system that appears too lopsided in one point of view or perspective.

Jupiter reflects our optimism; it reflects how we seek to be warm-hearted; it reflects how we seek to express our generosity and altruism; it reflects our vision for a better tomorrow. It also can reflect how things have come to be excessive. It can be over-the-top, as the largest planet in the solar system, and it has a tendency to inflate what it touches.

The core opposition here is between these two: Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. On one hand, Uranus in Aries is an energy that is shaking up and seeks to strengthen personal power and the right to be self-centered. On the other hand, Jupiter in Libra is an expanding energy that believes in the altruism of bringing balance, equality, and seeing value in perspectives outside of our own.

These energies don't work in isolation - they are really a polarity that is united. Making one bigger makes the other bigger too. Libra itself is very much the symbol of polarity. And in any polarity, there is a fulcrum - a point were they meet and are in balance. Really, it's possible to have the best of both worlds. Really, they can work together and that's what we're seeking in our personal lives as well as on a larger scale with this interplay.

The tug of war in this opposition is also met by Pluto in Capricorn in a square to both - representing thought systems and belief patterns that are undergoing transformation. Pluto's impact is both subtle and far reaching, representing how our collective mindset is shifting.

This is a T-Square that is ongoing for the whole month but there are a few moments to note. The Moon will be joining Uranus in Aries on Feb 1st. This may likely increase the emotionalizing of the impact of this placement. Note that the Moon meets Jupiter in Libra on the 15th. And on the 22nd, it meets Pluto in Capricorn.

On February the 8th, the Moon will complete the T-Square and it will form a Grand Cross in the sky, as seen below.

What can we take away from this energy pattern? Whether its playing out in your personal life or playing out on a collective level, I think its useful to understand and really meditate on the most positive aspects of every planet involved. It’s also useful to understand its potential imbalances so that they can be avoided.

Uranus in Aries seeks personal freedom. It knows in its highest expression that everyone is allowed to selfishly pursue their own happiness and that this pursuit of others does not impede on itself. It believes in its own right to pursue its wants and interests with electrifying directness - no need to beat around the bush.

However, it can be headstrong and reckless. The phrase “Move fast and break things” was coined by fellow Sun in Aries Mark Zuckerberg. It well symbolizes the energy of Uranus in Aries: it can be headstrong, too convinced of its own opinion, not spending enough time integrating in viewpoints from outside its perspective and being judicious as a result.

Jupiter in Libra knows of the value of being judicious, balanced, and cares deeply about being fair every step of the way. It values everyone being heard. It seeks balance more than power. It seeks to reach outside of its comfort zone of understanding and continually hold other’s needs in consideration.

However, Jupiter in Libra can be self-righteous, feeling that its knows the “best, most balanced system”. It can be loud, seeking to exaggerate or blow things out of proportion - sensitive to criticism and constructive feedback.

The two placements have much to offer at their highest expression and we all have much to offer by continually reaching for that. Best to all!