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2017 FIRE PHOENIX (Rooster) YEAR
The new Moon on January 27 2017 began the year of the Fire Phoenix. Chinese New Year is the 2nd new Moon after winter Solstice. Phoenix year is most fortunate for Phoenix, and for Phoenix’s most compatible signs Ox, Snake, and Dragon. Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo. Time for good feng shui.
FEBRUARY is Water TIGER MONTH
The new Moon on January 27 begins Chinese New Year and the lunar month of the Water Tiger. Tiger month is always the first month of the Chinese lunar year. This new Moon is in Air sign Aquarius, and Tiger correlates to the western sign Aquarius.
Tigers are powerful, brave, passionate, strong, and direct. The Water Tiger is unique because the element Water brings sensitivity and empathy to Tiger. Water balances Tiger’s aggressiveness, and brings calming energy.
ECLIPSES in FEBRUARY
The full Moon on February 10 was a lunar eclipse in Fire sign Leo, and the new Moon on February 26 is a solar eclipse in Water sign Pisces. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, so the full Moon eclipse concerns Leo issues of creativity, and the new Moon Pisces eclipse concerns issues of spirituality.
FULL MOON ECLIPSE
The full Moon on February 10, 2017 was a lunar eclipse in Fire sign Leo. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, so this full Moon eclipse concerns Leo issues of creativity, courage, and self expression. Five planets are in Fire signs, and it’s still the month of the Tiger for the next two weeks, so pouncing on opportunities and taking action is fortunate.
The full Moon trined Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, creating a lucky grand Fire trine. People are more realistic about goals than in 2016 Fire Monkey year, and you can build on your current foundation to create something new. Mercury is not retrograde until April 9 so this springtime is ideal for creativity and action.
Romance is favored as Venus conjunct Mars in Aries bringing love, passion, and a spark of romance. Plus it’s a good time to smooth out relationship issues as the full Moon wanes.
Many sextiles between Air and Fire signs bring harmony: Mercury exalted in Aquarius sextiles Venus to more easily communication emotions, and inspires writing and poetry. Jupiter in Libra sextiles the full Moon and Saturn for warm feelings, maturity, and depth of awareness. The Sun in Aquarius sextiles Saturn and Uranus to organize your thoughts, expand your perception, and be open to new learning.
Jupiter is opposite Uranus and squares Pluto in Capricorn in a cardinal T-square. Ambitions are aroused in this Fire Phoenix (Rooster) year, but discipline may be required to follow rules or work within limits.
MERCURY RETROGRADES 2017
Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrograde during a Fire Phoenix year can be ideal to focus on detailed tasks and catch up on financial matters.
December 19 2016 – January 8 2017 in Earth sign Capricorn. Time to review and organize finances, focus on earthly matters, and gather together whatever feels scattered as we complete this Fire Monkey year. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 27 that begins a new lunar cycle, and is Chinese New Year of the Phoenix (Rooster).
April 9 – May 3 in Earth sign Taurus. Good to follow up, get grounded, and complete tasks. Be thorough and take your time. Venus is retrograde in Pisces this month, making a harmonious sextile to Taurus who loves art and beauty. So time to enjoy the finer things of life. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on May 25 that begins a new lunar cycle.
August 12 – September 5 in Earth sign Virgo. Excellent for detailed analysis and review. Mercury is comfortable in its rulership sign Virgo. Plus Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo, so 2017 Phoenix year energy works well with Virgo’s cerebral approach. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 19 that begins a new lunar cycle.
December 2 – 22 in Fire sign Sagittarius. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 16 2018 that begins a new lunar cycle.
LUNAR MONTHS in 2017 Phoenix Year
There will be two Phoenix months in Phoenix year, both Earth Phoenixes. In western astrology, there will be two new Moons in Leo.
New Moon in Aquarius January 27 starts Water Tiger month and year of the Fire Phoenix.
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces February 26 starts Water Rabbit month.
New Moon in Aries March 27 starts Wood Dragon month.
New Moon in Taurus April 26 starts Wood Snake month.
New Moon in Gemini May 25 starts Fire Horse month.
New Moon in Cancer June 23 starts Fire Sheep month.
New Moon in Leo July 23 starts Earth Monkey month.
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo August 21 starts Earth Phoenix month.
New Moon in Virgo September 19 starts second Earth Phoenix month.
New Moon in Libra October 19 starts Metal Dog month.
New Moon in Scorpio November 18 starts Metal Pig month.
New Moon in Sagittarius December 17 starts Water Rat month.
New Moon January 16 2018 starts Water Ox month.
New Moon Solar Eclipse February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.
OUTER PLANETS IN TRANSIT
The farther from the Sun, the slower the transit:
URANUS IN ARIES
Uranus, planet of radical change and revolution, is in the leadership sign Aries until May 2018. Uranus is the planet of rebellion, the urge to break away and be free, especially when expressed through the pioneering spirit of Fire sign Aries. Aries correlates to the powerful Dragon so anticipate fast change, revolution, and evolution all over the world. Uranus is known for erratic mercurial activity with flashes of insight and genius. Uranus is a higher vibration of Mercury.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
Neptune, planet of inspiration and dreams, is in watery sensitive Pisces until spring 2025. This is a perfect pairing of the ocean god Neptune who is naturally most comfortable in any of the Water signs Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio. Neptune in Pisces brings creativity, intuition, and spiritual connections. This sets the tone for an entire generation, the new Piscean Neptunians.
I do not agree with internet postings that suggest Neptune in Pisces is bad and means drug addiction, illusion, and fantasy. Instead, bring on the new wave of creativity and inspiration from spirit, dreams, and inner worlds. Neptune is a higher vibration of Venus.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Pluto, planet of transformation, death, and rebirth but also wealth and riches, is in practical earthy Capricorn until spring 2023. Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld, a god of wealth because the riches of the Earth are in his domain: gold, silver, oil, diamonds, minerals, and precious gems. The world plutocracy, governments run by wealthy men (plutocrats), can now be transformed. Pluto is a higher vibration of Mars.