February 2012 - by Mac McLaughlin •
In Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Cassius explains the law of karma simply and accurately when he proclaims, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” According to the mystics, the whole world is a play made up by the karmic impressions stored in the mind of the people of the world. We know that karma represents the law of give and take, action and reaction. The familiar axiom, “As you sow, so shall you reap,” is another attempt at explaining the laws of karma. The stars and planets are woven into the fabric of our beings. They are the representatives of karmic distribution in accordance to our give and take and make-and-break ledgers congealed and played out in the present incarnation. The beautiful people among us that seemingly have it easy, as they glide along life’s path radiantly successful with great families, are experiencing the positive bounty of generous and good actions from previous lives. Conversely, the souls that performed negative, non-loving and violent activities come back into this life with severe karmic difficulties – not as a punishment, but to help them evolve spiritually.
Let’s take a look at some of the karmic energies destined to unfold in the month of February. The ancients had the night sky to study and ponder. They noted different energies prevailed according to the star group or nakshatra the moon was moving through. From that, they could decipher what type of energy would befall mankind. The full moon on February 7 takes place in the nakshatra called Ashlesha and from what I have studied this nakshatra really doesn’t have a lot of positive connotations. Suspicion, paranoia, collusion, conspiracy and many other not so nice aphorisms seem to dominate the energy coming from this star group. We get to see the underbelly or nasty side of human behaviour. One writer says Ashlesha represents the power to inflict poison. Sharp, venomous attacks take place and many things are hidden and waiting to be discovered. Plus the moon is full and, no doubt, we will find out soon enough what it is all about.
The new moon on February 21 takes place in the early degrees of Pisces and is conjunct with Neptune. On the positive side of the coin, Pisces/Neptune energies convey wisdom, kindness, creativity and compassion. On the negative side of the ledger, we have distortion, deception, confusion, lies and misdirection to feast upon. A few days after the new moon, Mercury opposes Mars (February 23) and this is an indicator of unrest, anger and confrontation. Sabre rattling, nerve jangling threats and counter reactions will be the case; just name the place and let’s see what unfolds. Neptune/Pisces energies rule over the seas and oceans and with all the tension going on in the Strait of Hormuz we can use our imaginations as to what will take place. Yes, we are in the belly of the beast whilst we travel the rocky road of the Kali Yuga. When the great saint Kabir stepped on to Earth, he discovered no one was happy. How can we be happy when we’re so disconnected from our higher self? Not to despair, we are on our way home. Love will come our way when our hearts can no longer stand the cruel suffering. A change of heart is needed. The mystics teach us love is the only commodity that increases when given; all other types of giving lead to depletion.
Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.
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