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- FEBRUARY 2022 ASTROLOGY UPDATE >>>>>>>>>> by Roy Neal
- ESOTERIC TREE SYMBOLISM >>>>>>>>>> by Bruce Johnson
- IN HONOR OF AQUARIUS, THE WATER BEARER >>>>>>>>>> by Roy Neal
FEBRUARY 2022 ASTROLOGY UPDATE
by Roy Neal
We begin the month of February with the New Moon in Aquarius on Tuesday, February 1st. This New Moon signals the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Tiger. Unlike the steady and plodding Ox of 2021, the Tiger will be quick to mark and defend it’s territory.
Carefully thought out plans and strategy will prove successful as Mercury returns to direct motion in Capricorn on Thursday, February 3rd. The Tiger will be in stealth mode stalking it’s prey for most of this month as Venus, Mars and Pluto continue their transit in the earth sign of Capricorn.
Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces remind us to trust our intuition and follow our spiritual guidance. Kindness, compassion and helping others will nourish our soul.
A First Quarter Phase Moon in Taurus on Tuesday, February 8th reminds us to prioritize those actions and relationships that will produce the greatest amount of personal and professional value.
The awakening of new perspectives and perceptions will commence as Mercury enters the sign of Aquarius on Monday, February 14th. The Moon will be in Leo so we may find innovative ways of communicating our feelings to those we love this Valentine’s Day. The amplification of our emotions and feelings are likely to intensify as we experience a Full Moon in the sign of Leo on Wednesday, February 16th.
We benefit by focusing on music, meditation and movies as the Sun enters the water sign of Pisces on Friday, February 18th. Time spent relaxing in a hot tub or jacuzzi could be physically restorative and favorable.
A Last Quarter Phase Moon in Sagittarius on Wednesday, February 23rd invites us to explore new perspectives and philosophies by expanding our understanding of foreign cultures and their spiritual traditions. The transit of the North Node through the Capricorn decan of Taurus for the first six months of 2022 reminds us to invest our time and energy into those relationships that facilitate an experience of personal and economic value.
Roy Neal is a professional astrological counselor with a private practice in the Denver area. If you would like to know more about how this month impacts you personally call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.
ESOTERIC TREE SYMBOLISM
by Bruce Johnson
Tree symbols have existed in numerous forms throughout history, and communicate a wealth of inner meaning to the one who studies them. Let’s begin with the World Tree, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, sometimes called the Tree of Knowledge.
The World Tree, also known as the Cosmic Tree or the Mundane Tree, symbolizes the central axis of the universe that links all planes together with its roots, trunk and branches. The World Tree signifies the macrocosmic unity of all creation manifesting in diverse forms. Cosmic Trees can be either right-side-up, or up-side-down depending on the philosophy they’re connected with. When drawn up-side-down like the Sephirothic Tree, they are always indicative of the Emanation process. The Mundane Tree is often seen blended with the Tree of Life into one central tree expressing the qualities of both trees.
The Tree of Life when not merged with the World Tree, is frequently depicted in a duality with the Tree of Knowledge, or in some cases, with the Tree of Death. The Chinese sacred tree Sung-Ming-Shu, like the revered Indian banyan tree, fuses the Trees of Life and Knowledge into one tree. The Tree of Life is active, solar, unitary in nature, linked with the heart, and corresponds to the pole of spirit, and the white column of Solomon’s Temple. In Gnostic doctrine, the five light-radiating trees existing in Paradise emanate from the Tree of Life. The Trees of Life and Knowledge of Good and Evil are pictured on The Lovers Tarot card.
Both the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge can be fruit-bearing trees. In the third labor of Hercules, he attempts to acquire the highly desirable golden apples from the sacred Tree of Wisdom in the Hesperidean Garden. The Garden of Righteousness from the Book of Enoch, like the biblical Garden of Eden, contains various fragrant and beautiful trees bearing fruit. With no specific Tree of Life, the aromatic Tree of Knowledge is the central tree in the Garden of Righteousness. Its fruit resembles fine grapes, endowing great wisdom to whoever eats them. The Tree of Knowledge depicts duality, the pole of matter and the black column of Solomons temple. It is passive and lunar in nature and corresponds to the mind.
The primeval symbol of one or two serpents wound around a pole, tree or cross can be seen in the imagery of India, Egypt, Greece, and elsewhere. Hindu art shows the cosmic serpent Sesha coiled around the central world axis. Egyptian serpent/pole symbols include- a crowned snake atop a T-shaped pole [Tau cross], and a serpent-entwined Staff of Hermes topped with a falcon head and solar uraeus. Serpents, as symbols of Life and Wisdom, can be combined with World Trees, Trees of Life or Trees of Knowledge. The Hellenic Tree of Life named Gogard held a snake within its boughs. A 100- headed dragon/serpent guarded the Tree of Wisdom diligently sought by Hercules. The Caduceus or Staff of Mercury includes two snakes symbolizing balanced opposing forces, intertwined around a central vertical pole. A serpent spiraling around the branches of the Sephirothic Tree is a well- known symbol to Kabbalists. Some versions of the Alchemical Tree symbol incorporate one or more serpents or dragons, either protecting the tree, or dwelling in it.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
IN HONOR OF AQUARIUS, THE WATER BEARER
by Roy Neal
January 19 to February 18
The Sun enters the sign of Aquarius on Wednesday evening, January 19th.
Aquarius is an air sign ruled by the planet Uranus. Currently the planet Saturn is transiting the sign of Aquarius. Saturn is known as the old ruler of Aquarius. This was before the planet Uranus was actually discovered. Saturn is known as a planet of structure and limitation. Before Uranus was discovered Saturn was thought to be the outer most planet in our solar system.
Then came the awakening. Uranus is often called the “Awakener.” Uranus represents change and revolution; a new way of thinking and new inventions such as the telephone, electricity and other scientific discoveries that have contributed to our modern world.
The astrological house associated with Aquarius is the eleventh house of friends and social awareness. The Aquarian soul is independent and unique. They can be a good friend and are often attracted to groups, social causes and progressive organizations and ideologies.
Roy Neal is a professional astrologer with a private practice in the Denver area. If you would like to know more about how this month impacts you personally, call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.