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Astrology + Love“Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
Aquarius! Aquarius!” – performed by 5th Dimension

The month of February starts with a mighty start!  The Aquarius New Moon on January 30th, 2014 and the beginning of the Chinese/Lunar New Year on January 31st, 2014 all set the stage for February 1st to be infused with strength, wisdom, and momentum.  

Aquarius, which rules most of February is an air sign and is symbolized as the water-barer.  The water-barer is one is bares and brings life.  Some of my favorite heroes are born with the sun in Aquarius; Bob MarleyRosa ParksSusan B. Anthony, and of my own father Bruce A. Johnson and uncle Jaime S. Austria.  Aquarius is a humanitarian in its own way.  Aquarius is courageous and often unbossed and unbought.  I respect people who are willing to express themselves no matter how absurd they sound to other people.  Being fully expressed is FREEDOM.  A world that allows for the full expression of all people – of all races, genders, sexualities, religions, nationalities, and cultures is on that is both truly free and truly in a state of LOVE.  

It takes love to allow people to be free.  A person who loves them-self is free and loves the freedom of others (no matter what it looks/sounds/feels like).  As we start this New Year of the Horse in Chinese Astrology, I am reminded of the qualities of a physical horse – strength, endurance, gentleness, the ability to listen, and compassion.  Many people have challenging experiences with horses that creates fear due to horse’s physical strength.  Yet what I have learned from some of my equestrian friends is that the horse is always reflecting the person who it interacts with.  Horses are extremely sensitive to emotion and energy and they respond to what is around them.  
Human beings are extremely sensitive as well.  We are not only logical creatures, we are also psychic creatures.  We are sensory beings.  But we have found ways to protect ourselves from feeling too much.  We use social media, alcohol, drugs, and almost anything we can to dull our sensitivity.  But what the world needs is for us to all be in touch with our sensitivity The world needs us to FEEL and respond!  The world needs for us to open our eyes, ears, noses, minds, hearts and FEEL and react!  

horsesI hope this will be a year of strength for humanity, one in which we hold each other accountable for our actions, one in which we love each other fiercely and one in which we work toward our own freedom and the freedom of all beings!

Important February Astrology Dates:
February 2: Venus Moves Direct into Capricorn
February 7: Mercury moves into Retrograde in Pisces
February 14: Leo Full Moon + Valentine’s Day!
February 19: Sun moves into Pisces

 

New Moon Horoscopes (Read BOTH for Sun and Rising Signs):
 
Aquarius:  This month starts off with some new roadways paved for you.  Indeed you are on a journey and the life is ready to present it to you.  This is also a beautiful time for romantic love as well as for pacing ahead for the New Year.  Do not hesitate, now is the time.  Start projects, commit to your dreams, walk your path.
Pisces:  Life may seem a bit hazy and like a dream right now.  This past month’s Venus retrograde may have gotten the best of you, but with this new month you have the power to invest in yourself and your agency.  Listen to your intuition and also practice awareness around listening to your inner critic.  Remember your inner critic is not you.
Aries:  This is a social month for you.  With the New Moon in your house of friendships and society, you may quite be the belle of the ball.  However Aquarius reminds us that we are not obligated to do anything that is not aligned with our truth.  It is okay to say no, it is okay to practice being your truth.
Taurus:  This is the time you have been waiting for.  This is the time to strike while the iron is hot and truly commit to your life’s work/calling (not just your job).  I suggest a practice daily of refining your life’s work – working on a website, setting up meetings, writing – whatever is setting you up to be seen!  Go shine.
Gemini:  This is a perfect time and year to research or think about going back to college or a post-graduate program or packing up your bags to study the world through culture and people.  You yearn for more – more understanding and more wisdom.  It is all within you, take time to know yourself.
Cancer:  Secrets can be fun, but what would happen if you let your secret out?  What would happen if you told someone exactly how you feel or exactly what you want?  Sometimes letting go of a secret can bring us peace and a sense of freedom.  Practice sharing yourself and your deepest wants – no matter how taboo or scary they are.
Leo:  The New Moon was in your house of relationships and Venus has just moved direct so this is a powerful time to set some intention around relationship.  What desires do you have for a relationship?  Get clear about what you want, not what society says you should want – but what YOU actually crave.
Virgo:  This time of year is directed toward your job and your health.  Work-life balance is extremely important to making you awesome at your job and awesome in your friendships, relationships and other aspects of being you in life.  While you may feel very busy, be sure to set some clear times for self-care this month.
Libra:  Your creative juices are flowing this month.  Creative expression wants to come through you – through movements, words, sounds, paintings, food, whatever your medium is.  Set some time daily to allow yourself to create.  
Scorpio:  The Aquarian New Moon falls in your 4th house – the house of home, domestic affairs and mothering.  Let’s just say if you have been on the go the last couple weeks and months, this is a beckoning to come home, slow down, and get in touch with some self-nurture.  Being busy can be great, yet sometimes the soul needs us to slow down so that it can set the stage for some thing wonderful to happen.
Sagittarius:  February invites you focus on communication and not just communicating but also how you are communicating.  We are not only communicating by what we say but also by what we do NOT say.  Remember your words say a lot, but so does your silence – there is power in both.
Capricorn:  This month focuses on your 2nd house and your finances- your ability to earn and your sense of your own deserving to earn.  Leave behind any messy finances in the old year and set creative and clear budgets for 2014 and what you want to work toward with your finances.
 
 
Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a graduate student of psychology and teaches yoga and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to www.soulisticwellness.com