By Debra Infante
In February we begin to sense the impact of Saturn transiting its new sign of Aquarius. Mid-month the Sun joins Saturn in Aquarius with an emphasis on letting go of power struggles and creating spiritual community with others. On February 15, Venus enters Pisces its exalted sign and travels with Jupiter there, amplifying creativity and learning. At the end of February, Mercury transits Aquarius and joins Saturn with a focus on serious conversations.
Saturn, planet of focus and discipline, entered the fixed air sign of Aquarius with intensity in January. Now in February we begin to sense the impact this major two-year transit will have in our lives as Saturn slowly begins to stabilize as it moves more fully into the sign Aquarius. Saturn in the fixed sign of Aquarius helps us to focus on our vision of the future, and how our actions can benefit humanity. In general, our personal concerns are less important than the welfare of the whole. As Saturn is in a fixed air sign, we have to watch for a tendency to hold onto rigid opinions that are not easy to change.
The Sun enters Aquarius from February 12 through March 14, 2023, and joins Saturn there. The Sun and Saturn are not the best of friends, so there can be challenges with leaders or authority figures. Saturn will be traveling extra close to the Sun especially from February 13 to February 22, with the exact conjunction occurring on February 16 at 3 degrees Aquarius. When Saturn is combust the Sun we may find that truth and fairness may be in short supply. Make efforts to practice greater neutrality and equanimity in order to help correct and harmonize these imbalances of power. Be respectful of others and connect to your own inner authority for answers that open you to greater spiritual growth. The Saturn/Sun connection can create pressures with our career and we may overwork. Take personal time for inner reflection and rest.
Venus, planet of love, healing, and the arts, enters its exalted sign of Pisces on February 15, 2023 and remains there until the evening of March 11, 2023. Venus in Pisces generates greater compassion, peace, and kindness in our world, as we become more sensitive to the suffering and challenges we see all around us. We enjoy being more creative as Venus rules beauty and all types of artistic expression. Devotional practices and working with the heart chakra are highlighted as Venus rules the path of Bhakti Yoga. This is a time for self-love, healing, and gratitude while surrounding yourself with people who love and respect you.
Venus will be joining Jupiter in Pisces, and both planets are favorably placed in this sign. Venus is exalted in Pisces and Jupiter is in a sign it rules. These two planets will conjunct at 17 degrees Pisces on March 1, 2023. Jupiter and Venus are the two teacher planets (Jupiter is the teacher of the gods, and Venus is the teacher of the demons in Vedic mythology), so this combination brings opportunities to expand our knowledge from two different perspectives or levels of awareness. Maybe Venus and Jupiter can create greater diplomacy and less polarity in our world.
Mercury, planet of communications, enters Aquarius at the end of the month on February 27, where it joins Saturn, with the exact conjunction occurring on March 2, 2023 at 5 degrees Aquarius. The Saturn and Mercury conjunction enhances our concentration and we have greater mental discipline and stamina. Be clear and authentic with your communications and business dealings. Watch for any mental stubbornness or avoidance of sensitive feelings. This a good period for deep meditation practices, as we contemplate our place in the world.
Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has taught Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ from 2002 to 2020. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or firstname.lastname@example.org for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at http://ayurveda-sedona.com/yoga-and-vedic-astrology/about-vedic-astrology/