“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha
February is ruled by the sign of Aquarius, where the New Moon will also occur on Sunday February 10th. Aquarius, an air sign, is known for its innovative and progressive ways, as well as it's deep drive to serve humanity. When I think of what it means to serve humanity, an image of a nun, monk or saddhu usually comes to my mind. I think of someone who has renounced their possessions and lives a life that is selfless and admirable. Yet when I dig a bit deeper into what service truly means, I am reminded of self-love.
Serving the world does not begin with giving up our homes and careers, but instead begins with a shift to truly love ourselves. To love ourselves in entirety – our bodies, our minds, our feelings, our spirits and souls. When we are fulling embracing and loving the self, the self ceases to control us, and we are able to share that love we omit with every creature we encounter.
As we approach the New Moon in February, let us choose one action of self love that we can commit to everyday. Let us serve our communities and world with love, and let it start with how we serve ourselves and care of ourselves.
February Astrology Dates To Know:
Mars Moves into Pisces: February 1st
Venus Moves into Aquarius: February 1st
Aquarius New Moon: February 10th
Sun Moves into Pisces: February 18th
Mercury Retrograde: February 23rd – March 17th
Virgo Full Moon: February 25th
Aquarius: Love planet Venus enters into your 1st house at the beginning of the month. This is a time to honor your beauty. Adorn yourself in your favorite clothes, get a new hairstyle, be creative with yourself. Your attraction magnet is very strong this month. Remember you attract what you are, so be exactly what you want from life, and watch life give it right back to you!
Pisces: This month Mars enters your 1st house which might make you a bit more fiery in nature than usual. Use Mar's placement and extra energy towards working out, exercising, and getting the ball rolling on all creative projects you have dreamed up for 2013!
Aries: Venus, planet of love, moves into your 11th house, the house of friendships and socializing at the beginning of the month, making this month potentially full of great social invitations and lovely time with some of your dearest friends. Make time to cultivate your friendships and allow them to be brand new each moment.
Taurus: The New Moon takes place in your 10th house, house of career this month! A very exciting time to stay focused on your career goals and welcome help to expand them into new horizons. With Venus also in your house of career, you have the potential to be a standout in your industry this month – don't be afraid to show people what you got!
Gemini: Jupiter is in your first house this month, and it is moving direct! Jupiter is the planet of abundance, optimism and internationalism. Think big! Where in your life would you like to expand? Set the intention with belief and trust, and be optimistic!
Cancer: Passionate Mars moves into your 9th house, the house of higher education, athletics and internationalism. With fiery Mars there, you have a boot of energy that would be well-used towards learning or towards travelling or exposing yourself to foreign places or people. They might have something quite special to offer you!
Leo: Planet Venus and the New Moon land in your 7th house of romantic relationships and partnerships this month. Instead of looking outward towards having someone fulfill your relationships, use this month to cultivate some deeper innerstanding and connection to your self. As you feel more connected within, it will truly bless all relationships that you dwell in.
Virgo: With Mars moving into your 7th house of relationships this month, you may notice a surge in libido. Use this surge in libido to focus toward your health and fitness. Use exercise as a channel for this energy, and if you have a special someone, share this energy with them as well!
Libra: With the New Moon and love planet Venus in your 5th house of creativity and romance, this is a great month to express yourself – paint, draw, write, sing, dance – do whatever allows you to feel free and expressive. As you are cultivating this energy, you may find some clarity around what you are wanting romantically. Be clear, and express what you truly want from your heart.
Scorpio: New Moon occurs in your 4th house this month, the house that rules the physical home and nurture. While you may live a pretty busy life, your Scorpio nature requires time to be and to go deeper into the psyche in order to be fulfilled with life. Take some time this month to go inward, to be quiet, and to go deeper into your heart and soul, and not just your thinking mind.
Sagittarius: This month's New Moon takes place in your 3rd house, the house of community, siblings and communication. Use this month to cultivate some clarity in your communication. Respond to the list of emails that you have been putting off. Get clear with people about what you need and do not need. Allow the clarity to guide you.
Capricorn: With this month's New Moon in your 2nd house, the house of earned income and self-worth, this is an exciting time of the year to get excited about YOURSELF! Take time this month to remember that you deserve all that comes to you. You are valuable to all the communities that you belong to, allow yourself to receive their gratitude in all forms!
Join Shirley for an Aquarius New Moon Telecircle by donation on Sunday February 10, 2013 at 8am PT/11am EST. Offer what you wish, and join in from the comfort of your own home with a mug of tea to create intention around the New Moon and build community. To register, click HERE
Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, 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