Aquarians are both radical and immovable at the same time. They will often espouse a social or religious movement such as feminism, Buddhism or environmentalism and then remain committed to it for the rest of their lives. Those born under the sign of the Water Bearer often look to the future and have fine minds and a higher vision for society.
Featured Sign – Aquarius
From the 21st January to the 19th February the Sun travels through fixed air sign Aquarius, noted for its egalitarian nature, progressive ideas and humanitarian bent. Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac with keywords “I am different” and “I am detached”. Aquarians are both radical and immovable at the same time. They will often espouse a social or religious movement such as feminism, Buddhism or environmentalism and then remain committed to it for the rest of their lives. Those born under the sign of the Water Bearer often look to the future and have fine minds and a higher vision for society. Many Aquarians excel in the areas of science, technology and politics. At best they use their cool headed idealism to serve humanity. Negatively, Aquarians can be detached and aloof with a rebellious or fanatical streak. In medical astrology, Aquarius rules the calves, ankles and general circulation. When Aquarians are out of balance they can suffer from varicose veins, sprained ankles, irregularities of the heart action and fluid build-up. The Aquarian colours are turquoise, aqua and silver. Aquarius’s greatest lesson is to learn to care for and relate to individuals rather than groups.
Year of the Monkey
The Chinese celebrate their New Year on the eve of the February new moon (8th) and welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey. Those born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004 are all born in the Year of the Monkey.
Known for their curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness, Monkeys areforever playful, witty, charming and crafty and love a practical joke. Even though their intentions are good, their desire to have fun at the expense of others can land them in some sticky situations. Most monkeys love children and animals and enjoy an active social life. They make good friends, fine neighbours and caring parents, mainly because of their love of communication. In business Monkeys are renowned for their creativity and problem-solving ability. They make good negotiators and excellent employees, being naturally conscientious. In love, Monkeys are naturally flirtatious, but no matter how far they roam, they always return to their favourite tree!
2016 will be a year when those born in the Year of the Monkey can really shine, both personally and professionally and overcome any recent setbacks or obstacles. For the rest of us 2016 is a year to get in touch with that mischievous inner child and become more light-hearted and playful.
February New Moon
The February new moon falls on the 9th in air sign Aquarius teaching us about the power of the collective and the importance of unified effort to reach a goal that benefits the group or community. There’s an old African saying: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.’ As 2016 gets underway, think about how you could pool your gifts and talents with others and release control. And with the new moon forming a stressful angle to wilful Mars in Scorpio, this could prove harder than it sounds!
Mercury in Aquarius
Mercury, the planet of ideas and communication, enters the brilliant and quirky sign of Aquarius on Valentine’s Day and will remain there until early March. Emotions take a back seat to intellect during this time, and mental pursuits tend to be more appealing than spiritual ones. This is a great time to look at your life from a different angle, brainstorm new ideas and gain new perspective. The one thing to watch out for is hurting or neglecting other people’s feelings while pondering all those brilliant ideas …. not the best strategy for Valentine’s Day!
February Moon Calendar
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
New Moon 9th
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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