This week in Auchterlonie on Astrology I’ll look at the third quarter Moon in Scorpio on Saturday, Feb. 15 and the period from Thursday, Feb. 13 to Wednesday, Feb. 19.
On my podcast I’ve got a look at Indigenous North American astrology, and the week of Sunday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 22. The website is https://www.lookingupwithbill.com/podcasts.html.
Now, the week ahead.
Thursday, Feb. 13: It’s another day of sexy generosity as the Moon in Libra and Mars in Sagittarius make friendly this afternoon. Then the Moon moves into sexy Scorpio tonight. But most of the day has a kind of stubborn quality to it courtesy of Saturn in Capricorn. For some this may be a scary Thursday. Fear is not an appropriate response. Honesty will conquer any challenge of this kind. It was Feb. 13, 1866 that Jesse James held up his first bank in Liberty Missouri. His take was $15,000 – an amount worth hundreds of times as much today.
Friday, Feb. 14: Happy Valentine’s Day! In spite of a restless night of sleep, this is a good Friday where the Moon makes six connections and most bring helping hands and smart ideas thanks to Jupiter in Capricorn and Mercury in Pisces. On this day in 1876 in Brantford, Ontario, a Scottish immigrant named A. Graham Bell invented the telephone. Most of Bell’s hundreds of other inventions have yet to find an application. And in 2010, Alexandre Bilodeau won the Gold Medal in the freestyle skiing men’s moguls event, becoming the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics.
Saturday, Feb. 15: It’s a serious, but positive start to the weekend as the Moon in Scorpio makes a 90-degree (square) aspect to the Sun at 5:17 p.m. It’s the third quarter Moon – a day of stubborn feelings butting against an energetic Sun. On this day in 2001, the first draft of the complete human genome was published in the journal Nature, changing the direction of medicine more profoundly than anything ever in previous history.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Today is the dreaded day when Mercury turns retrograde at 7:57 p.m., until March 11. When Mercury is retrograde we can expect trouble with communications and with communications devices. This go round the change happens at 11-degrees of Pisces and the direct turnaround is at 28 degrees of Aquarius. So the first part of it is more likely about confused thinking. And then on March 4, the devices problems are more likely. On Feb. 16, 1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb and finds the sarcophagus. I have held the gold mask in my hands on two occasions, when I worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Monday, Feb. 17: This is the slowest, dreariest start to a week I can ever recall. Still, the Moon in all-knowing Sagittarius makes for a positive vibe even if there’s not much going on. Canada’s seventh prime minister, Wilfred Laurier, died on this day in 1919. He was our first French-speaking prime minister.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Now here comes a very busy day! The Moon kicks it off by moving into Capricorn early in the morning. And the Sun winds it up by moving from Aquarius to imaginative Pisces to end the day just before midnight. There’s a lot going on and a lot of energy to burn to make things happen. Today is the birthday of the planet Pluto. US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh made the discovery on Feb. 18, 1930. While there has been debate in the past few years about Pluto’s classification as a planet, this is largely a ‘my scientists are bigger than your scientists’ kind of feud where the ones most interested in the Solar System all agree that Pluto is a planet.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Another busy day. This time with ideas dominating the activities. Remember Mercury is still retrograde so be wary that the ideas you’re discussing or thinking about are ideas that make sense and that you’re not being tricked into some sort of thought game in order to confuse you and get you on board.
Next week is the new Moon in Pisces on Sunday, Feb. 23. That and more, next week on Auchterlonie on Astrology, here in The Local.
Joni Mitchell said: “We are stardust. We are golden.” So shine on!