February! The longest short month of the year! We’re just starting the Chinese Year of the Horse, and there’s a Full Moon in Leo on Valentine’s Day.
I’ve been spending a little time with the Sabian Symbols recently. The symbol for February 1st (Sun at 12Aquarius12) is Aquarius 13: “A barometer.” We may need one considering a couple of the things happening this month.
If you’re looking for the free February Lunar Calendar, it’s at the bottom of this post.
Full Moon in Leo
If you take a close look at the February Moon phases, you’ll see there’s no New Moon. January had two and, since February is short, it won’t have one. That leaves February, ushered in by Aquarius, with only a Full Moon in Leo. Poor February, always getting the short end of the stick.
The February Full Moon of February 14th is called the Full Snow Moon in most almanacs. I have a proposal for you. Those of you in Hawaii or the southern hemisphere may find it hard to identify with the Full Snow Moon. Take a look around to see what Mother Nature is showing you. What would you call this Full Moon? Mark out Full Snow Moon from your calendars and almanacs and, in its place, write the name that suits your February Moon. I may call mine the Full Camellia Moon or Daffodil Moon. Maybe even the Full Narcissus Moon. I could identify with Full Snow Moon when I was a New Yorker, but it just doesn’t work in south Georgia. I think I’m leaning toward Daffodil Moon.
Maybe you’ll decide on Full Valentine’s Moon or Full Lovers Moon as a name. A Full Moon in February only happens on Valentine’s Day about every 19ish years. If you’re into Full Moons on V-Day, make haste. There won’t be another one until February 14, 2033.
If you’re moon gazing on Valentine’s Day, the star Regulus will be shining brightly in her beams.
Emotions can soar with the fiery Full Moon in Leo, so be prepared. Mars in Libra trines the Aquarius Sun and sextiles the Leo Moon which could easily create passion or, alternatively, temper tantrums. In the air element, it could be a Moon full of impassioned ideas or a major mental standoff without any action taken at all. All three planets are at 26°, so its really tight. Mercury and Neptune are conjunct the Sun, too, so for heaven’s sake don’t go telling lies.
What Else is Happening during February?
The Chinese New Year (January 30) ushered in the Year of the Horse. According to Raymond Lo, Feng Shui Master, it’s going to be a rough one.
The Year of the Horse, 2014, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements – with wood sitting on top of fire. . . According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter-relationship between the elements, wood produces fire and so they are on the productive cycle and have supportive relationship. Normally such mother and child supporting elements means harmony. However, it seems such theory may not be able to apply in 2014 as the nature of the elements are not that peaceful. Yang wood symbolizes a tree which is stubborn and sticking to principles, hard to compromise, and Horse is very powerful elements of fire energy bringing explosions and gun fire.
We may need that barometer, after all.
Imbolc is celebrated February 2. This is one of the four cross-quarter days, falling half way between the winter solstice and spring equinox. It’s also known as Candlemas, St. Brigid’s Day and, in some circles, Groundhog Day.
Mercury Rx February 6-28!
Mercury is in Pisces on February 1st, then turns retrograde on February 6. By the 14th, he’ll be back at 29° Aquarius. He’ll turn direct on February 28th at 18° Aquarius, travel through Aquarius again, and re-enter Pisces on March 17th.
The Sun enters Pisces on February 18th at 1:00pm (EST).
Here’s your February Lunar Calendar