Welcome to the Astrological Forecast for February 2021
Mercury is retrograde and there is a pile-up in Aquarius.
February 1 – 7, 2021
February begins with a bit of a stand-off. The Sun in Aquarius squares Mars in Taurus. Both of these fixed signs can be pretty stubborn. The Sun takes an aloof position while Mars just attempts to plow through whatever obstacles might be in his way. At the same time, Venus is changing signs, and after separating from Pluto’s intense embrace, she moves into the much cooler Aquarius. In this sign, Venus is flirtatious, perhaps, but not particularly sentimental or emotional. Above all, in this sign, Venus is rational. As we will see, she is making a number of significant contacts as she is moving through this sign.
On February 5, Venus is casting a semi-square to Neptune in Pisces, before forming a conjunction with Saturn on February 6. Whatever fantasies Neptune might have held, they are likely to vanish into thin air. Venus is in a far more rational mood and not likely to be swayed by an emotional display. And given that on February 7 she forms a square with Uranus, trying to smother her with Piscean treacle is likely to have the opposite effect to what Neptune had intended. Also on February 7, Mercury, who is still retrograde in Aquarius, is beginning to form a series of aspects, the first of which is a semi-square to Chiron in Aries. It seems as though there is some reconciliation work to be done – a need to come to terms with things that were said in the past. Aquarius is a truth-seeker, eager to raise things up onto a higher level of consciousness. The fact that the very next day, on February 8, Mercury is conjunct the Sun, underlines the fact.
February 8 – 14, 2021
On February 9, Saturn sextiles Chiron, while the Sun semi-squares it. The Chiron theme continues. Healing can only take place once we acknowledge what has not been working and recognize and accept the fact that things must change. At that point, it is possible to take responsibility for one’s own part in the dilemma and make a responsible choice with the future in mind.
On February 10, Mercury squares Mars, which is not a good omen for cooperative talks. But the different positions are becoming crystal clear. On February 11, on the day of the New Moon, Venus conjuncts Jupiter. Quite likely this is the most optimistic and hopeful day of the month, with a lot of goodwill and optimism thrown in – despite the tension between Mercury and Mars.
In a way, this New Moon echoes the previous Full Moon, when Jupiter was also very prominent. The days leading up to Valentine’s Day look rather lovely. On February 13, Mercury conjuncts Venus, and both are within a degree of Jupiter. On February 14, Mars sextiles Neptune, while Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. Under such good omens, it is easy to get carried away and to stack hopes too high or, emboldened by confidence and optimism, take unwise risks.
February 15 – 21, 2021
And sure enough, the wheels are turning and February 17 brings us the first exact Saturn/ Uranus square, while Mars forms a semi-square with Chiron. For change to take place and healing to occur, actions have to follow words by means of actual demonstrations of goodwill. Otherwise, it is just empty talk. This square has been building up steam since the beginning of the month and is going to be operational for at least another week, possibly longer as the two planets are slowly beginning to separate. But, they will be back at it before long. (June 15 and December 24)
On February 18, the Sun moves into Pisces, the sign of the fishes. This sign can be quite ambivalent and shifty. Goalposts, previously thought fixed can seem like buoys adrift at sea. On the same day, Venus forms a semi-square with Chiron, which feels decidedly uneasy – especially as Venus moves on to form a square with Mars on the very next day, on February 19. But when Mercury turns direct on February 21 things are likely to move forward again.
February 22 – 28, 2021
On February 22, Venus forms a semi-sextile with Pluto and on February 25, Mars forms a trine with Pluto. These aspects suggest that the course will be set, but some of the details will not be in the open. Secret powerplays are likely.
On February 25, the Sun sextiles Uranus, while Venus moves on into Pisces. The rest of the month looks refreshingly tension-free: Jupiter forms a trine with the north node on February 26, the day before the Full Moon on February 27, which brings this month to its fruition. Although the Saturn/Uranus square still lingers through to the end of the month and into the beginning of March, it will gradually loosen its grip.