Today is Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Hebrew date is 21 Shevat 5777
Islamic date is 20 Jumada-I 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 2 Kawak
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.19
Julian Day is 2457802
Today’s Birthdays: Rene Laennec (1781-1826), Louisa Lawson (1848-1920), Tommy Edwards (1922-1969), Barry Humphries (1934), Mary Frances Berry (1938), Gene Pitney (1940-2006), Karl Jenkins (1944), Rene Russo (1954), Michael Jordan (1963), Denise Richards (1971), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (1981), Bonnie Wright (1991).
“There are two views of the woman’s suffrage question commonly discussed, the justice of the measure, and its expediency. Few doubt its justice, many question its expediency, and yet, being just, what does all else matter? Suppose that the right to vote lay with women only, and that the progress of the world was bringing expansive thoughts and hopes of a happier future into the minds of men. When men perceived that this right was unjustly with-held from them, and felt that their individual manhood was title enough to this right to a voice in decisions affecting all, would they tolerate discussion as to the expediency or wisdom of the measure? Would they stand by and hear the women conjecture how men might perchance misuse the concession if granted, would they quietly wait while political factions summed up the chances of the support of the new voters? No, they would say ‘Curse you — it is my right. What business is it of yours how I use it?'”
— Louisa Lawson
Eric begins this week’s Planet Waves full edition with a comment on the present social atmosphere of sheer absurdity. We’re between eclipses right now, and hot on the heels of the next one the Sun will be conjunct Nessus. Eric shows how getting back to reality is about rediscovering your own humanity and desires.
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: 29-30 Aquarius.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury square Bienor at 9:42 pm Feb. 16 PST / 12:42 am EST (05:41:53 UTC).
— Juno square Elatus at 10:06 pm Feb. 16 PST / 1:06 am EST (06:06:38 UTC).
— Eros opposite Jupiter at 11:33 pm Feb. 16 PST / 2:33 am EST (07:33:26 UTC).
— Vesta square Echeclus at 2:17 am PST / 5:17 am EST (10:17:25 UTC).
— Sun sextile Pholus at 8:25 am PST / 11:25 am EST (16:25:09 UTC).
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If Your Birthday is Feb. 17
(The Day of the Battler) | Aquarius Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
A ‘runaway reaction’ (heck, runaway anything) is not usually something that bodes well. However, there are times when it can be very helpful for a seemingly small cause to have a big effect. For example, if you need to embark on an important (but intimidating) goal or if you need to establish a new pattern in your life, you might appreciate it if your minor action takes on a life of its own. Act with integrity and full consciousness — but do act — and positive results down the road might surprise you.
Written in the Planets
What do you get when big, beneficent, retrograde Jupiter in Libra opposes the asteroid Eros (god of love) and Eris (Little Miss Chaos) in Aries? One possibility might be difficulty in expressing your erotic energy in a direct and generous way toward another — thanks to the retrograde factor of Jupiter, and the subversion factor of Eris. Another possibility is that you could lean on the ‘internal review’ facet of retrograde Jupiter and the ‘self’ theme of Aries to offer yourself some TLC — especially toward any parts of your identity you tend to neglect. When you tend your relationship with yourself, it opens up your ability to show others the same loving kindness.