February has long been one of my favorite months. Even as a child, I would observe the passing season; always awed by the tone and harmony of color and light as day by day, a warm and friendly sun slowly overpowered the darkness of winter. Just like the spiral light of the season, this February has an amazing array of planetary events. And the action unfolds week by week, each time on a Sunday.
Sunday the 7th, Venus joins Neptune in the 25th degree of Aquarius. I like to think of Venus in Aquarius as an exotic lady with her favorite accessory being a pair of oversized electric blue rimmed eyeglasses. She is an artist, but also a connoisseur of the arts. And, oh yeah, that pesky wounded healer shapeshifter Chiron is hanging around. Now Venus has to get serious. Chiron demands hands on action in this meeting with others who would rather not get their flirty mitts dirty. Oh, it so much easier to be compassionate when you are not personally involved, but this time it’s personal.
Redemption is a word that I struggled for years to really comprehend the meaning of. Why is it important? Who says it’s necessary? Salvation, deliverance, rescue, release, liberation, and recovery are all synonyms for ‘redemption.’ Astrologer Liz Green begins her book, ‘the Astrological Neptune and the Quest for Redemption’ with this: ‘The longing for redemption is an ancient, strange and many-headed daimon, which dwells within even the most earthbound and prosaic of souls.’
I have come to understand redemption as a place inside where we are ‘right’ with ourselves and whatever power we consider to be our source – God. It has an affinity with consciousness. Personally, I think that many animals have some capacity of consciousness and therefore liberation; but rocks, although we love them, do not need redemption. And when it’s really right inside, our external world concurs, and it’s ‘OK.’ Your actions, your prayers, and sincerity of heart open the doors to redemption.
Neptune, Venus, and Chiron coming together on Sunday the 7th speaks to the healing power of our hearts and prayers in our personal lives as well as the world. Check in with your own capacity for sensitivity and emotional vulnerability to see if you are ‘right’ with your world. Are you healed deep inside, and do you have enough to go around to help others? In keeping with the impersonal quality of Aquarius, we heal best without attachment. On this day, cherish the white dove within your breast, and then let her fly away.