The transits in three sentences:
- The first and third week of the month are good to initiate new projects.
- The Emotions Center is very present this month: many feelings can come up. Good to find creative ways to express them.
- Until Feb 21 Mercury is retrograde, mostly in emotional gates. Take a deep breath before speaking about feeling matters.
Here in the mountains everything is under a thick layer of snow in February. But the days are getting longer and underneath the snow life is preparing for an outburst in spring.
The transit Chart for February gives me a similar impression.
There is a layer of restraint – Pluto in Gate 61 keeps insisting to find our own truth before we act, and Saturn, in Gate 41 until Feb 18, imposes reality checks on our ideas. Yet underneath that life is teeming.
The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are all in the same part of the sky. In astrology it is the sign of Aquarius. The five Human Design gates in this area form two Channels, the 19-49 and the 30-41, which both connect the Root and the Emotional center. Between them is Gate 13, the Listener, one of the directional gates.
The Directional Gates
There are eight directional gates and they correspond to the eight directions of the compass rose, which you may also recognize from Feng Shui or from the world view of many native peoples.
In Human Design, they are the gates of the Self Center, the one that gives direction to your life. This is true also if you don’t have this center defined. They look like the spokes of a wheel.
The original dates of the Celtic festivals are when the sun is in the gates of the Self Center. The sun is in Gate 13 on Feb 2. This is the Celtic festival of Imbolc, situated between Midwinter and the Spring equinox. In the northern hemisphere, it marks the first stirrings of spring, after being purified by the cold of winter, which has taken away all things non-essential.
So you can look what winter has taken away from you, or more broadly, what life has taken away from you in the last months. And for many of us there have been losses – of loved ones, of our freedom to move, the loss of money or job security, or of our health. It can be a lot to take.
While honoring these losses, which are real, see if there is also a perspective where the loss has brought you closer to something essential in you. Perhaps a deeper sense of security, that comes from within, or how precious life is, even on this troubled planet.
And then look from that perspective if there is a new sense of direction, a fresh beginning. Something you want to nourish now, so that it can grow stronger and come above the ground in spring.
Back to these five gates in Aquarius. The sun moves through them in one month – this year from Jan 20 to Feb 18. It’s about the same for Mercury and Venus. The outer planets however are slow, so they will be in this part of the sky for a longer time. Jupiter all of this year, Saturn until the end of 2023, and Pluto will enter the first of these five gates in 2024. Pluto is the slowest planet and brings deep, collective transformation.
So the next years will have a strong ‘Aquarian flavor’. From the viewpoint of the ancient Celts, it is Imbolc time, a period where we will experience collective and individual loss, which can lead to a fresh beginning. We will need to mobilize the inner strength and understanding to let go of what is taken away, stay with the feelings it may bring, and allow ourselves to blossom into parts which are as yet unknown to ourselves. It’s like pruning a tree, and we are the tree.
This month’s transits
In February, the two channels in these gates, 30-41 and 19-49, have various activations until the 20th. The first is called the Channel of Recognition (Jan 26-Feb 7 and Feb 13-18), through which new experiences want to come into the world. It’s a good time to start new projects, with Saturn in Gate 41 helping us to keep our feet on the ground and stay practical.
The second is the Channel of Sensitivity (Feb 4-12 and 17-20). Here we want to approach the other and melt with them. It’s easy to become co-dependent; good to remember that through the other we actually long to approach the divine within ourselves. Touch is important in this channel. If you need to be socially distant, see if you can be in touch with the elements: air, water, earth, fire.
After the twentieth, Jupiter and Saturn will be in gates 13 and 19 into March. More about that next month.
A final note: from Jan 31 to Feb 21 Mercury is retrograde. During this time mind your words, especially in feeling matters. Sometimes the best way to let love flow is to stay silent.