By Lena Stevens
The words that came to describe February were so numerous that I finally came to rest on the one theme that will be the most helpful. The other aspects and themes will be addressed in the discussion of the month and will emerge also in the full and new moon updates.
The main theme for February is Keep it Moving.
This month requires a certain circulation of energy so that things don't get stuck. There could be a tendency for you to become mired in the quicksand of the instinctive center, afraid to move forward, sideways or backwards. You could be like a deer in headlights, frozen in fear and not knowing where to turn so you just dig in, close your eyes, and hope it will go away. It won't. Not this month.
In a river if you get caught in an eddy, you have to paddle backwards upstream to get back into the current. If you are facing an obstacle sometimes it is prudent to back away from it so you can choose another route around it. There is grace to movement when it winds curvaceously around and does not follow a straight line. Likewise you should approach your life this month like a marshal arts dance, offering no resistance but stepping sideways, backwards and forwards following the flow of events.
This month we definitely feel the instinctive part of the moving center. The bottom of the barrel of the subconscious is being scraped and scoured and a lot of instinctive residue is floating to the surface. It is imperative that you do not get riveted on this subconscious matter or blow it out of proportion. It is easy to get bogged down in feeling victimized, martyred or self-deprecating especially when you are facing old patterns, and the past has come up to haunt you. The good news is that certain situations and experiences will force you to look at who you are and what you want for yourself. There is desire to dissolve what's old and break free of it once and for all. The not so good news however, is that there may be some karmic debts to pay along the way before the freedom can be realized and this may be uncomfortable especially for the ego. It is a month of taking responsibility for what you have stored in that barrel as only you can, and allowing yourself forgiveness and compassion; allowing yourself to give it up and turn it over to spirit so you can start creating something new and wonderful in its place.
A ski instructor once pointed out that in order to make a good easy fluid turn on the snow, you must first finish the last turn and then completely unweight your skis and get off the edges. Only then can you gracefully fall into the next turn. The weight of the fall into the next turn sets your edges into the new direction until you are ready to turn again. And you keep it moving. If you are headed straight for an obstacle it is counter intuitive to completely let go of the weight that gives you your edge and your stability. However if you don't, you will end up running into the obstacle and turning away will be that much harder. And if you fall it makes it even more difficult to do anything. I thought this was such a great analogy to how change should happen. If you want to change direction you need to unweight your attachment, give it all up, and fall into the next direction with no effort but one hundred percent commitment. Those who are hunkered down in their old patterns and too afraid to let go will certainly run into the obstacles and end up crashing and falling down.
The theme of "keep it moving" is important in the face of all the things that could become fixations in the amount of energy they take. Beware of fixating on judgments, things you think you know, things you think you don't know, having it a certain way, concrete plans, beliefs about yourself, beliefs about others, beliefs about the world, and especially judgments directed at self around some of the instinctive material surfacing from the bottom of the barrel. Some of you may be going through some hard lessons this month and will need to remember to stay in integrity and to give it over to spirit. Un weight yourself from your story and your position, and any righteousness, expectation, blame and disappointment. Once you are free, you can then look at all the creative terrain available to you and fall gracefully into the next direction.
The theme of keep it moving is important on all levels not just around psychological issues. Keep the body moving with walking, dancing, swimming, biking, skiing, chi gung, tai chi etc. Keep your mind moving by watching that you don't get stuck on one set of thoughts or ideas. It is good to keep asking, "what if?" questions and to stretch yourself to think outside the box. This is a highly creative month despite the challenge of the instinctive aspects.
Emotionally you can keep things moving as well by not becoming attached to your reactions to situations. Allow yourself to feel, and then to feel differently, and yet again to feel something else. Be flexible, be very, very flexible, and ready to unweight yourself at any moment in order to choose that next turn with grace and ease and confidence.
A good conversationalist will keep a conversation moving, never becoming stale or redundant, never faltering; one thing leads to another and then another. Your life this month should be like a good conversation or a beautiful ski run or a magnificent dance or a harmonious piece of music or a stream of water finding its way around the obstacles, constantly moving. The bottom line is: if it is moving, it isn't stuck.
Another important aspect of the month we will be dealing with is Boundaries. Because there is both a desire and support for dissolving old patterns as well as for moving ourselves to a higher spiritual plane, the issue of boundaries will definitely be revisited. The dissolving nature of the times wants to eliminate boundaries. It wants to loosen the imprisoning nature of artificial boundaries that have caused separation and isolation. It wants to dissolve the limitations and structures that have been upheld and supported by boundaries. It wants to move us with compassion into a higher spirituality where we can experience being one and not separate.
This is critical territory as good personal boundaries are essential in discerning what is yours and what is not. How do you allow yourself the experience of being one and not separate while still having good boundaries?
It is important to learn to be discriminating which begins by knowing yourself better. Through your lessons learning what works, what does not work, what is yours, what is not, who you are, who you are not, and what your personal dreams are as opposed to someone else's. We mentioned responsibility. Being responsible for your own discipline of following through with what you said you wanted is a personal boundary. If you make a decision a choice or set an intention, your own follow through is a personal boundary you set with yourself. You take responsibility for what you said you wanted. This month the desire for better boundaries may be in reaction to the dissolving of existing boundaries and the ensuing lack of structure. And some will need a little help in loosening some of their own calcified and hardened boundaries that no longer serve.
It is a heart-centered time and a real opening to spirit is possible despite the movement and instinctive aspects. A yearning for connection and community is also in the air. So always remember to come from your heart whether you are dissolving or setting boundaries or learning hard lessons or making graceful turns of change. Approach everything with compassion and optimism. It really is a spectacular time we are in of such opportunity for keeping things moving in the right direction.
How the month shows up:
This month is focused on the self and an excellent time to clean house especially when subconscious material rises to the surface from the instinctive center that no longer serves you. You will know when this happens by how you feel. If you feel disjointed and off center, something is up. The way to work with the opportunity to clean out the instinctive centered house is to be accepting of what comes up and then to be proactive with what action you take. It doesn't matter if you cannot identify the exact patterns. They may be so incongruent that it may be difficult to know what it is you are looking at.
Pick something tangible in your life and use it as a reference point to represent whatever you may be dealing with. Clean out your files, your garage, a storage room or a junk-drawer. Get rid of something old you have kept for sentimental reasons and recycle used clothing. Especially clean out something that you have held on to that belongs to an old dream of yours or someone else's. For example if you are holding on to sports equipment of your grown children; trophies, ribbons etc., give them to your children if they want them. You may be surprised at how much more you are attached to those old dreams than they are.
Focus on your environment and keep the energy moving, keep it clean, keep it changing. The constant movement of energy will help you to continue moving forward yourself. Remember you do not have to understand with your mind what anything is or means. "Think" with your heart and you will be better off. Move towards feeling good. If you are not feeling good, something needs cleaning, dissolving or changing. The opportunity for attaining freedom from the old baggage is great this month provided you don't get stuck and you can stay out of Martyrdom.
Relationships are important this month as they provide the barometer and the mirror for what needs attention. Beware of taking things personally and beware of what effect you may have on others, as this may be a sensitive time where reactions are strong. The dissolving aspect of the month will help in dissolving patterns in relationships that are not healthy or dysfunctional. This of course may lead to the actual dissolution of certain relationships. Some may even take the support of this time of movement as an opportunity to leave the planet if they feel complete with their karmas and lessons.
Use the movement and dissolving factor to forgive the past and dissolve all attachments to old wounds caused by relationships (which covers about everything). It is a tremendous opportunity to insert new patterns, perceptions, understandings, routines and experiences into current relationships as well as to welcome new relationship energy in. Boundaries will play a big part in relationships this month as well. Boundaries that are too porous will invite unwanted attention and make you susceptible to matching pictures. A matching picture is a recognition of a pattern in another person that is similar to one you have or have had in the past. Usually a matching picture is a trigger to look at something in you that was triggered by the other person. Sometimes exploring a matching picture can be useful but often it is an unnecessary distraction that can derail you from your focus.
On the other hand, boundaries that are too rigid may keep you stuck in old patterns and not allow for new relationship energy to come in. Often rigid boundaries are caused by stubbornness and a fear of losing control and giving your power away to a higher authority. Remember to keep it moving….
The environment will keep moving and the year of wind will insure that there is no stagnation. Because of the instinctive aspect of the month look for new discoveries of toxic waste and whistle blowing around environmental practices that are out of integrity. The good news is that there will be a renewed commitment to righting these wrongs as they also symbolize toxicity on a personal level. Whatever get done with regards to the environment will also have a personal symbolism to it. As people become interested in cleaning up their own personal psychological and emotional environment, this will affect the clean up of the greater environment.
In terms of weather this month, water is the element of the month. Look for unusual water activity and a focus on the oceans, tides, storms, drought and flooding. Water pollution becomes an issue as well as water and fluids in the body that can show up as water retention and circulatory issues. Make sure you are drinking good water and plenty of it. It may be a good month to have your plumbing flushed or your car
Radiator serviced, and remember to pay attention to anything in your personal environment that pertains to water, circulation and movement.
HEALTH AND THE PHYSICAL BODY
We already mentioned water and circulation as aspects for the physical body this month. In addition pay attention to the kidneys as they process water and are also affected by fear and anxiety. The adrenals will probably be in need of a lot of support especially in the aftermath of the solar flare activity last month. If you are feeling unusually fatigued and a bit off in your digestion and focus, you probably need adrenal support. It is also not a bad idea to support the thyroid with an iodine supplement.
On another note, those of you who have struggled with physical issues whether chronic illness or weight problems, have the opportunity this month to dissolve these patterns and change your perception and perspective. Just remember to keep everything moving especially the physical body.
FINANCE, PROJECTS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESS
Look for lots of changes, additions, deletions, restructuring, shutting down projects, starting new ones, redesigning current situations and moving either away from something or towards it. If you keep the perspective that nothing stays the same and embrace the theme of keeping it moving you will have an easier time navigating especially when there are surprises or sudden change. A little bit of effort goes a long way this month as well. If you put some effort and intention into something it will pay off. We are in a highly creative time where manifesting can occur almost overnight. The challenge will be to stay focused and out of the mire of the instinctive center and Martyrdom. It will also be a challenge to find the balance between what has to break down and dissolve, and the boundaries that are necessary for holding a new creative venture together.
The best way to navigate is to give everything your best to the best of your knowledge and abilities and then to be flexible in the outcome. If you need to change something, do it without resistance. If you need to eliminate something, be ruthless. The main thing is to keep the energy moving. If your business or partnership feels stale and stagnant, infuse it with something new; a new product, a new routine, new ideas or a new environment.
Finances will also respond to movement this month. Move some money around into different accounts or change some of your investments. Be generous and generosity will come back around. Think about increasing the amount you are comfortable having, spending and making.
POLITICS AND GLOBAL ISSUES
The best way to support global issues and politics is to be accepting of changes to ideas and ideals, platforms, promises, and plans. We are the biggest enemy of change. We have a habit of wanting to hold others to what they said or promised. We have gotten attached to our expectations, both negative and positive ones and that attachment and mind set leaves very little freedom for something else to occur. It is very important this month to keep everything moving in a way that keeps things fresh and new. It is a good thing to change your mind and to be flexible. We have no idea what we are capable of creating and manifesting if we would just get out of our own way. Watch cynicism and Martyrdom in the political arena as well as in the personal one. If you react negatively to something, move off of that reaction to one side until you feel something else.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
February 1-6: A slightly chaotic and unfocused time where you may feel one day that you have everything under control and then on another day you feel completely overwhelmed. The instinctive center is at work here and probably giving you lots of food for thought. You may experience self-judgment or irritation towards others. The boundary issue may come up as well. Astrologically we have an event with Neptune on February 3
That begins to anchor a time of major dissolving of old structures. There is a desire to better oneself spiritually and to raise the quality of life and experience. Keep things moving, move your body, clean something out and complete a project even if it is small. This will give you a much-needed sense of accomplishment in this unfocused time.
February 7: Full moon is at 2:57PM Mountain Standard Time. If anything is really stuck in your life right now it will show up in its full glory. Use the influence of the full moon to identify what it is and to move something that will begin a shift in the situation. It could be communication in a stagnant relationship, it could be changing something in your work or it could be finally making a decision you have been putting off. Honor this movement with moving something around in your immediate environment at the least get some fresh flowers for your home.
February 8-13: Things are moving very quickly during this time. You may feel inept at keeping up with all the change. Beware of the need and desire to keep track of everything in a rational way. You will not be able to do it so enjoy the freedom of giving it over to spirit to take care of. This is an important time to learn to trust the divine order of events, as some of them will not make much sense. Keep things moving and allow yourself to enjoy the chaos by feeling the creativity of it instead of the disruption.
February 14-20: Patterns of the subconscious may float to the surface out of the instinctive center as they are triggered by movement, change and events. Look for support when you need it and use the community aspect of the month to reach out to others. You are not alone is the mantra of this time frame. You could experience some confusion as you try to sort out what is yours and what is not. This is a time to practice having good and appropriate boundaries so as not to be processing anything that is not yours. Revisit your personal dreams and keep resetting your priorities, your thoughts and your feelings as you keep things moving.
February 21: New Moon is at 3:37PM Mountain Standard Time. This new moon is a time to recharge. You will feel like resting, getting more sleep, taking all the movement down to a standstill. If you have been struggling with something that has you constricted and confused, this would be the time to let go, unweight your position and give it over to spirit so you can turn yourself into another direction. Whatever it is, let it go. Then ritualize it by letting go of something you have been holding onto from the past.
February 22-29: This could be a very prosperous and creative time where many things that you have put into motion and kept the energy moving on, could come to pass or at least be nicely moving forward. This will depend on how focused and disciplined with your boundaries you have been able to be. You can especially see results in anything you have done that addresses the physical body and its health and well-being, your finances and new projects and partnerships. You may be feeling highly creative and experiencing a great sense of satisfaction and happiness with your life or you may still feel like there is a lot of subconscious material still to process. Make sure you have humor, make sure you have balance and make sure you are moving your body, your thoughts, your emotions and your stuff!
Have a wonderful month!