February 1st marks the midway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. In some climates, the very first seeds of the new year will be planted. Across the northern hemisphere, the return of sunlight is appreciable. The festivals of Imbolc and St. Brigid, held at this time, have long included the element of fire, to signify the return of warmth and light. In 2023, the full Moon, in the fire sign of Leo, will take place on February 5th. As it waxes, we’ll encounter several encouraging alignments and Venus will enter Pisces.
Though the Sun has moved into feisty Aries, Mercury is hanging back in peaceful Pisces for one final week. Indeed, Mercury will find itself at the center of a great deal of planetary activity during the next three weeks, as it ventures through late Pisces, all of Aries and into Taurus.
On February 20, 2022, for the first time in 246 years, Pluto will return to the exact spot it was at on July 4, 1776. In this post, astrologer Elizabeth Pendleton explains the components of this alignment and puts its significance into context. Elizabeth has been a professional psychic reader since 1998, and she has been writing about astrology since 2007. This article will help those unfamiliar with astrology to get their bearings, as the first of these major conjunctions unfolds. It’s 1776 again!