Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Hebrew date is 20 Shevat 5777
Islamic date is 19 Jumada-I 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 1 Etz’nab’
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.18
Julian Day is 2457801
Today’s Birthdays: Phineas Quimby (1802-1866), Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951), Margot Frank (1926-1945), Otis Blackwell (1931-2002), James Ingram (1952), LeVar Burton (1957), Ice-T (1958), Christopher Eccleston (1964), Sarah Clarke (1972), Lupe Fiasco (1982), Elizabeth Olsen (1989).
“America used to do an outstanding job of educating its populace. We used to be No. 1 in the world. Used to be. I’m gonna say it again: We used to be. We used to produce people out of our public school system at a high school level that had a classical education that could compete on the world stage, and in fact, it made us the world leader. That is not true any longer. And if this nation wants to continue to consider itself the leader of the free world, then we need to do a much better job of educating our children.”
— LeVar Burton
Moon Phase: Moon is in Disseminating (waning gibbous) phase and enters Last Quarter phase on Feb. 18 at 11:33 am PST / 2:33 pm EST (19:33:03 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Pisces on Feb. 26 at 6:58 am PST / 9:58 am EST (14:58:19 UTC), and is an annular solar eclipse.
Corresponding Full Moon in Virgo is on March 12 at 6:54 am PST / 9:54 am EST (14:53:43 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on Feb. 18 at 10:52 am PST / 1:52 pm EST (18:52:08 UTC).
Sun Degree: 28-29 Aquarius.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Moon enters Scorpio at 10:41 pm Feb. 15 PST / 1:41 am EST (06:40:45 UTC).
Deucalion stations retrograde at 8:45 am PST / 11:45 am EST (16:45:16 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Ceres conjunct 1992 QB1 at 6:58 am PST / 9:58 am EST (14:58:29 UTC).
— Mercury sextile Mars at 10:15 am PST / 1:15 pm EST (18:14:42 UTC).
— Cyllarus opposite Pluto at 2:27 pm PST / 5:27 pm EST (22:27:31 UTC).
— Eros conjunct Eris at 2:48 pm PST / 5:48 pm EST (22:48:24 UTC).
— Sun opposite Rhiphonos at 3:27 pm PST / 6:27 pm EST (23:27:29 UTC).
— Pallas opposite Psyche at 7:25 pm PST / 10:25 pm EST (03:25:17 Feb. 17 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Feb. 16
(The Day of Animation) | Aquarius Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
It’s possible that you could get away with saying almost anything today. That is, saying something polarizing could still bother people, but there might not be much they can do about it that would directly affect you negatively. Even so, this is not free license to spout off willy-nilly. Rather, it’s a reminder to be very aware of what you do not know in any given situation. Karma has a long reach. If you’re going to go out on a limb communication-wise, it’s still crucial to do your due diligence regarding how to serve the highest good for all concerned.
Written in the Planets
Who says you have to save your lovin’ and sexy-time play for Valentine’s Day? That stuff is always in style, including when you’re flying solo (maybe even especially then). The universe is offering hints today: first the Moon moves into intensely passionate Scorpio. Then food-centric Ceres in earthy, sensual Taurus makes a conjunction to a point that’s about crossing thresholds. And then Eros, named for the god of love, makes a conjunction to ever-surprising Eris in Aries. If all of that is not a suggestion to say “to hell with commercialized holidays” and indulge in some self-loving today, then what is? Especially if you (or any part of you) has felt left out of the romantic hoopla. You might discover something unexpected about yourself; you might touch deep emotions; you might cross into a new level of self-nourishing. All of it has value — as do you.