Micro-Forecast: February 18 to 24, 2019

As the Sun enters Pisces on Monday, February 18, a softening of energy occurs. The muddiness of the last few days lifts as Chiron enters Aries and stays for the next 8+ years. The last time Chiron entered Aries for its long run was between 1969 and 1970. With that thought, I saw a wonderful explanation of this specific cycle shift in www.astrodienst.com of February 5, 2019. I couldn’t have said it better and I feel it is so important that I am placing it in this week’s forecast, with the clear intent, that I did not say this, but that they did! So here it is:

The next few weeks will be marked by the entries of the planets Chiron and Uranus into new signs. Now there is no turning back. Chiron enters the zodiac sign of Aries on 18 February. In the next few years, he will draw our attention to the wounds inflicted on our will: to our fear of powerlessness. Perhaps he can teach us to resolve conflicts more openly without immediately becoming destructive. At the same time as Chiron enters Aries, there is a Full Moon with Sun and Moon in the first degrees of Pisces and Virgo. Act courageously and compassionately at the same time.

A few days earlier, on 14 February, combative Mars overtook the eternal maverick Uranus. The encounter takes place in the last degree of Aries, shortly before Uranus finally changes to the sign of Taurus on 7 March. This conjunction will probably lead to ill-considered steps now and then, whereby the effects of spontaneous emotional actions can only be grasped in full consequence sometime later. With the entry of Uranus into Taurus, a phase of consolidation begins: the unrest that has built up in recent years is now to be brought to material fruition.

The collective issue behind Chiron in Aries is about learning this thing called ‘patience’. There are many people who are impatient to get to the goal right now – the job, the house, the car, the stuff. Many people don’t stay in jobs longer than a few months because they aren’t being moved up fast enough, then they leave the jobs and find themselves going through the same routine over and over until, one day, in the far distant future, they realize that they should, perhaps, be more patient. But, of course, we will all know a lot more about that in about 8 years.

This is good news because it suggests a less muddied perspective than the perspective of Chiron in the last degrees of Pisces. Since Aries is the cardinal beginning of the zodiac and triggers major aspects of our human lives–careers, root families, our most personal relationships with others, and, of course, our own personal identities–then the ‘wounding’ that sometimes accompanies Chiron is more manageable. This is because the perspective is from the part of the mind that sees clearly what has to stay and what has to go. Of course, there will always be those hanging on to old thinking for both conservative and liberal thinkers. It isn’t about who wins anymore, but what can be done strategically to work together and reach a compromise (the shadow side of Aries is Libra – getting along so we can get things done!)

It is important to remember that Chiron was a teacher, who healed others’ wounds but could not heal his own. In Aries, this is warrior mentality, so those coming home from the many wars in the world, or, those who have become victims of wars may begin to see that war is fruitless because it reflects the lowest form of Aries, which is destruction. Perhaps as Chiron passes through Aries, the collective will move from this lower, less evolved expression of Aries into its more majestic expression of heroism. At least that is the hope.

The Full Moon on Tuesday, February 19 comes a day after the Chiron ingress, but it is in early Pisces and early Virgo. My hope is that with the Pisces/Virgo Full Moon included in this new cycle that more compassionate systems of global management are set into place. In our personal and professional lives, asks us to clarify the most important parts of our daily systems that need purging and what parts need nourishing. More on that after the Spring Equinox in late March. The spark, however, starts now.