February 2016

Robert of Mayflower’s Astrological News and Views
February 2016

Mayflower Bookshop (248) 547-8227
Robert Thibodeau, Astrological consultant to the Stars.

February 2nd is Candlemas and Brigid’s day, an ancient festival of inner sparks of spring, the subtle return of the Goddess Natura. Inwardly in our etheric body we can feel a  sparkling kiss of the goddess, a sense of enlivening energy and good vibrations, a tingle of something new and renewing. It is the goddess of wisdom and cyclic return, the eternal return of day consciousness, summer light, insight, mind of outer nature, rhythm and melody . One can feel an inner subtle shift in the light warmth of spring coming.  Candlemas or Brigid’s Day is the half way point from spring equinox to summer solstice. The growing light of the Sunshine and longer day is the candle and spark of life in our heart’s subtle breath connected to the cycle and breath of the world year. Its a good old Pagan holiday, the call to light, a time to invoke our inner light to converse and come out and play. Yes its coming!
With the light of the world a spark in our heart, each of us is participant in the future evolution of the world. By the way we live, think, feel, act, we vote for the future world! We are spiritually in conversation and relationship to all of life always..
With inner and outer reflection, we mediate, meditate, and gain wisdom. Taking a pause to look and ponder such invisible visibles, a subtle inner sense  may awaken allowing this festive time to reveal itself in all its subtle wisdoms. The grand cross of solstices and equinoxes, and their half way points, have always throughout time helped connect us to the wisdom of nature and our inner participant to such great mysteries of life. Candlemas is the halfway crossing of winter solstice depth to spring equinox arisings. Now at Bridgit’s Crossing, Candlemas, just below ground in roots and bark arises the tree sap, and  the subtle return of the green goddess, bringing flowers, butterflies, bees, color, garden and birds’ song. At this time of ‘Brigid”s crossing’, from the inner to the outer breath of the world. One can attune within with one’s Soul, to the Soul of the World; to the One Life of Higher Love and Light, wisdom and understanding,love and compassion. The World Breath is the revelation of the Christos too. As Sophia Wisdom, It is the kiss and return of the goddess (Persephone, Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Isis Sophia, and more). At times felt more within for sure till Spring Equinox, but be insured its in light feeling and sense of relationship , a belonging to all life sense of inner warmth and arising. A sense of being at one with it all; ‘at-tone-ment’; while moving and grooving with the cycle of the year as a whole and in each part. Each of us through the circles and cycles of life must keep tuning and retuning our instrument inwardly to the big macrocosmic world picture without. Each day must be discovered anew.
In musical nomenclature, one tunes into the initial tone or tonic of the year at winter solstice or Christmas. One then feels or attunes to the third at Candlemas. Spring plays the 5th,and Summer Solstice the Octave or offering of flowers scent and color to the wisdom stars. Winter,Spring, Summer. The 3 Primary Colors work to Summer’s 7 fold colors, a similar metaphor.Yes, its a bit metaphysical and philosophically romantic as Hermes and ancient Greek Philosophy of Soul;but none-the-less, its healing and invigorating to be in such attunement with the earth, the cycle of the World Breath. After the summer solstice, in this musical metaphor, Autumn or Fall Equinox to Christmas/Solstice is the return from the octave in musical intervals, to the 5th and 3rd, bringing the Higher Self, the Christ or Christos or Hermes, experience, back into incarnation. See Steiner’s True and False Paths for further insights on this.
The yearly world breath is  now just rising below earth surface about to ‘a-rose’,arise, in its ascendency or ascent. Psyche or Persephone’s return from the underworld is another mythopoetic notion of the same beautiful spirit soul wisdom of the times.Human beings can, in their psyche (soul, psychic, sensitive etheric or astral body) take a look and  breath of new awareness to such,attuning to a coming into being anew each season and year. Early Spring blessings and arisings everyone! May renewed insight and grace, healing and light, be yours, Blessings. Love the earth and all living in peace,
robert of mayflower

ps. for further research read Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Cycle of the Year’, or his ‘The Four Seasons and the Archangels’
as well as HP Blavatsky’’s ‘The Esoteric Character of the Gospels’, or Manly Hall’s ‘Secret Teachings of All Ages’. More info on cycle of year and theosophy of the rosicrucian in relations to western hermetic and tibetan buddhism in my book ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’
Robert of Mayflower’s
Astrological and Spiritual Insights for February 2016
Mayflower Bookshop (248) 547-8227

Feb 1st Moon conjunct Mars makes for aggressive talk and action. A ‘bang em up shoot shoot’ or ‘crass crash trash’ mentality at times, stormy and moody. Good for Bravado and bold to the point speech that cuts to the point (for those not angry and gray). Moon in Scorpio brings karmic intensity and intensified emotional psychological mood. Mars squared by Sun on 7th, so Monday Feb 1st may give early warning about what’s up for coming week- where the main issues, hotspots, hot heads; where the fight or need to fight. Good for courage and bold action, but ‘bad’ for rash action, anger, and premature hastiness.

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”
-Oscar Wilde, from Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

Feb 2nd to the 8th , Mercury and Venus in Capricorn square Black Moon Lilith in Libra. Is an intense sensuous and smart woman the secret behind, or the undoing of, every man?! Clear thinking and kind feelings negate selling out to power and fear grasping seductions or lust for escape. Working for higher love/truth/harmony with others no matter what the cost seems now more important then ever to one’s own and the world’s higher integrity, truth, and spiritual nobility, value. The mind and heart seek redemption from past deeds by working into future virtues. Sun trine Lilith 7th and 8th brings new light and insight to dark places in ourselves and others. Amazing Grace and Soul Redemption for some; for others, further ways to escape oneself and one’s true work and love.

“Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid.”
-Oscar Wilde, from The Critic as Artist.

Feb 3rd Mars sextile Pluto with Moon in Sagittarius conjunct Saturn. Strong urge to change up mood while keeping strong familiar bottom line. Urge to rewrite past, others work to change future. Coming to intellectual ultimates and decisions affecting next 3 to 4 days.

“There is no thing more precious than a human soul, nor any earthly thing that can be weighed with it.” -Oscar Wilde, The Model Millionaire.

Feb. 5th into 6th. Friday’s Venus conjunct Pluto brings wild intense conclusions and results. Endings and new beginnings, feelings of being pregnant with something, even a project. Can be deep love, can be fear of love. Dark forebodings. Feelings of frustrated thinking and slow or no results. Things slowly brewing for last week or two bring troubles for some, for others resolution. Secrets come to the surface or hide deeper in the dark or unconscious. Need to face the shadow and embrace everything with long winded patient love compassion willingness to learn new ways. Weird jealousies and psycho drama plague and wreck the otherwise sensuous art and aesthetic of times, persons, and things. Intense love or lack of it with this aspect. One can now come into a new sense and need for creatively deepening love and freedoms self obtained. Time for freeing exchanges. But also a dangerous time for sense of being sucked down into carrying wrong burden and doing wrong work. Here it takes time to process and fix things. One may come to ultimate solution resolution, or cry for further changes.
Feb 6th, Mercury trine Jupiter, Venus square Uranus; some jump for joy while others just jump into projections. A need for creative change, new freedoms and renewed sense of healing or purification. Some exit, others feel no exit available. Still others get yanked out of sorts for a few days having missed the right turn a ways back and now suffering consequences. Sudden ideas and creative urges may spark your days with amazement, or throw you into a new maze or labyrinth of entangled weavings hard to explain to those not in it with you. Some run, others in it for the long run. Avoid fight or flight, take deep breaths, ask the question ‘What would Jesus or Buddha do?’.If all else fails, try doing nothing and quietly listen with your heart till water arises from the sacred well. If you see a golden grail cup arise right before you, be a pure fool and take a taste. Be sure to say grace before and after though! Make a wish.

“A mask tells us more than a face.”
-Oscar Wilde, from ‘Pen, Pencil, and Poison’.

Feb. 7th Sun square Mars can crash or cash in, fight or flight, cast light or kill the light. Choose Jedi Knight! At higher octaves one speaks higher truths; some fall to argue, fight, and contesting. Here strong physical and emotional drive, outbursts, or assertive actions can over ride wisdom and temperance. Avoid conflict based on jealousy, attachment, emotional extremes, anger. Difficult aspect at times for travel or resolving opposite views. Accident aspects for some this and last few days into Monday’s New Moon. For others a time for all ahead go and doing good works, speaking one’s truth. Windy stormy weather? Or is it cutting through to the truth.

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” -Oscar Wilde

Feb. 8th New Moon in Aquarius, influencing next 5 days or perhaps even into full moon. Urge to break free, try new things, fall in love with anything including oneself! Aquarius rules friendships, hopes and dreams, love or career, travels, and higher self communications and contacts with original unique thinking.

“As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.”
-Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

Feb. 9th Moon conjunct Neptune gives indication of further weird events to come. See Feb. 13th, Neptune in sky squaring USA natal Uranus. Wildly idealistic future scenarios emerge as well as wildly apocalipstick commercials, apocalyptic salesmen, plague viruses, health issues, wild escape opportunities, space people, mother mary visitations and bombastic pronouncements and verdicts given before the evidence has arrived. Neptune can be the Great Mother, Compassion, Clairvoyance, and spirituality; but it can on the down side bring illusion, delusion, feeling drained and vamped out. Image of Sherlock Holmes meeting Alice in Wonderland at a fast food joint. Good drugs or medicines and bad drugs debated. Can be weird weather, flooding or storm, earth moving. (see Feb 13th for more).

“When we are happy we are always good but when we are good we are not always happy.” -Oscar Wilde, from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Feb. 10th Venus trine Jupiter (felt days before and bit after). Feelings of love, beautifying, appreciating others, loved ones/family/friends, Time for re-orchestrating, cleaning, beautifying, harmonizing, shining one’s best values and virtues true. Good day to shop, make decisions, connect, hook up, love, and be friend to all heart to heart, soul to soul. Good day to make plans for the future, heal, do yoga, meditate, play.

“Death is not a God. He only the servant of the gods.”
-Oscar Wilde, from La Sainte Courtesan

Feb.13th Mercury enters Aquarius, New original ideas enhance and further flower oneself and others. Strengthening long standing foundations of security aa well as renewing and making some aspects of your life renewed or novel new. Unique and creative new plans emerge. Mentally pleasing times, yet challenging of self and relations to grow in some new way while maintaining secure foundations. Neptune squares USA Uranus today (influence felt for weeks if not years). Neptune can bring melting or flowering anew. Neptune is high idealism, projection of big dreams and jumping right in. Neptune can Big Plans, but also easily falls into illusions and false fears, false dreams, false hope,wrong investment. Neptune needs strong review and practical realistic thought. Play it safe, play it real. Yet Neptune is good for the arts, music, fashion, fun feelings and play, travel and escape at times. False inflation or deflation could be at hand here. The economy and the presidential race may be fragile. This aspect can also portend of long transition from fossil fuels to more efficient less polluting energy, more ecologically responsive facilitation to challenges and problems facing world today. Need to become aware of what things and habits nourish inspire heal, and what drains, vamps, or betrays the future. Need to discover what is good for self and all. Neptune rules crazy wild escapades and bigger than life hollywood entertainment, political antics, frolic, and drama episodes. Neptune demands virtue, a mother’s love and compassion, and a purity of motive and action for right results.

“Nothing is serious except passion. The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.”
-Oscar Wilde, from A Woman of No Importance.

Feb. 16th Venus enters Aquarius. Novel feelings of love, sudden urges in coming weeks to be more creative, artistic, inventive, robust, and novel, like in a thriller with you as main actor accompanied by another main actor. Like Thoth and Hermes, Krishna and Arjuna, Christ and disciple, Moses and student; each of us has a sense of higher self and shadow, each of us converses with both angel and every day.

Feb 19th Sun enters Pisces. Wanting to not have to struggle as much, wanting peace and solitude of heart and soul to rule. Tendency to flow more, let go and let God, these coming weeks. Good thing is wanting to have peace and health, not wanting to struggle and fight. Challenge of Pisces ruled by Neptune is to see truth and the right work to do, rather than putting head in the sand and hoping troubles will go away by themselves without right action.

Full Moon in Virgo Feb 22. Avoid nagging and negative criticism. Constructive ideas beautify the heart soul to be strengthened, encouraging free acts of daring, love and truth. Teaching by example goes far here. Jupiter in Virgo opposes Chiron in Sagittarius this day into tomorrow, affecting week before and perhaps after. Healing of social identify, group, friends, family possible now. Negatively, an exaggeration of ill symptoms and a growing psycho drama of fear and ill will. Choose love and compassion, eternal Good/True/Beautiful. Work for the Good/True/Beautiful. Be it, don’t wait for it to come. Good time to heal up old wounds, lost friendships, regain one’s healthy heart and mind for learning, make future plans that will grow healthy spirit soul. Good time to take up new learning. Patience and selfless openness for truth and right working relationship to self and world around, brings good luck into workplace, physical health, travel plans, and future goals.

“Outwardly getting older isn’t so bad if inwardly we keep growing younger. After 30 we seriously need inner awakening, spiritual soul work, to continue growing younger. Refusing to learn lessons life offers is hardening to the flow and flowering of eternal spiritual awareness. In a willingness to keep learning, we grow ever younger in heart and soul, ever more capable of loving and receiving life’s gifts of joy.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi

Feb. 25th Mercury sextile Saturn. Urge to catch up, simplify, use common sense, patience to think and speak practically down to earth wisdom which lasts through time..
Quick wit, perky and lively conversation and thinking. Learning new things, or balking at such. Good time to play harmony to the ideal world round, Moon in Libra wants to work and play with others, yet still a need to be alone and contemplate, meditate..

“There is no sin except stupidity.” -Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
(perhaps the word here should me ‘ignorance’. -rt)
‘To ancient wisdom India, ‘Sin’ is acting out of separateness causing unnecessary suffering, suffering we don’t grow from. When each individual feels what everything and every other individual feels, the world will immediately cease warring and find peace.’ —Trebore Tau Bodhi

Feb 28th Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Dreamy day of future planning, travel, arts, music, friends, melting into the dream, beauty. Day of disillusionment or future dreaming and melting into.

“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
-Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Feb 29th Moon conjunct Mars makes for knee jerk reactions, aggressive assertive moves, perky right to the point speech. Need for patience and kindness, words simple clear, not over critical, attempting to speak only what is true, kind, helpful. Avoid over reaction or rash statements of anger. Drive and travel safely. Possibly a day to get lots done, busy and straightforward. Don’t be too busy to miss your stillness deep love within shining. Windy stormy weather or just cutting through to what needs be done.

“The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.” -Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

-Robert of Mayflower
is robert thibodeau,
astrologer, author, speaker, mayflower bookshop
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