Let joy and self-love be the center of your focus this month.
What is Chakrastrology™?
Editor’s Note: Chakrastrology is based on the principle that each of our chakras (energy centers) is ruled by a planet, and that by working with both, we experience greater health and well-being. This wisdom is rooted in ancient texts and brought to life in a modern context. By looking at our chakras in terms of the planets, we get a major advantage in working with them and in seeing what’s influencing them now. For more information on Chakrastrology, scroll to the bottom of this article.
February provides us the cosmic opportunity to fine-tune our relationships with our loved ones just in time for Valentine’s Day. All month long, Jupiter lights up our psyche and asks us to work more deeply on our sacral chakra, the ruler of intimacy, emotion, passion and creativity. This is a great time to examine who you are in relationship, and who you would like to be in relationship.
Because this work is personal, it does not matter whether or not you are in a relationship, or even necessarily who your romantic partner may or may not be. The work to be done this month is on the most valuable person in your life: yourself. You are called to amplify your self-love and self-care to a level that your energy communicates the wholeness and passion of your true nature.
Many of us stumble into a relationship when we look for someone to “complete” us, or be our “other half.” Unfortunately, this means that we always lack something, and leaves us co-dependently seeking someone else to fill that void. This unhealthy (yet very common) pattern is easily shifted when we focus on the things that make us most attractive. Nurturing our self-acceptance and affirming our wholeness is what helps us to attract the type of relationships that nurture our soul. Whether that means attracting a new partner, or reigniting the flame of a current relationship, turning our attention to these matters represents a turning point for us, as individuals, as well as how we relate to others.
At the beginning of the month, Jupiter makes a powerful challenge to our feminine, nurturing aspects (regardless of gender), and gives each of us good reasons to ask, “Am I engaging my sensuality enough?” and “Do I take ample time for pleasure?” Starting the month with some self-exploration on these levels allows you to discover how you need to be nurtured, what feels good to you and indulge in your passions. The result of this is developing a repository of things that light your fire … and knowing you can do this for yourself whenever you please!
The lingering effects of the Leo full moon on January 31 add some lusty flair to the first two weeks of February. If there is someone you have your sights set on, perhaps try on your new self-acceptance as a way to attract that person into your inner circle. If he or she doesn’t respond, then it’s a good sign that person would be more interested in fixing someone who is broken. If the energy of your wholeness is attractive to that person, then perhaps you have found yourself someone whose wholeness complements your own!
As we progress into February, the Aquarius new moon on February 15 is a time to step outside of your comfort zone, shed your old habits and move into your fullness. Jupiter’s influence still prevails, and encourages us to activate the other elements of our sacral chakra energy, like our passion and creativity. Flashes of inspiration yearn to be followed. Creative urges cannot be ignored. Think big! And take your bolstered self-assurance for a spin as you manifest the best version of you.
The second half of February also encourages us to take care with our communication, whether chatting with others, or our own self-talk. So much work is done in the beginning of the month to pay attention to the way we treat ourselves. Let’s extend that intention throughout the month in the way we speak to ourselves, and the way we communicate our joy to others. If negative self-talk gets in the way of your everyday life, it’s time to stop it. The meditation for this month helps to turn detrimental thoughts around. Having a clear mind paves the way for clear, uplifting communication to everyone.
Jupiter’s most prevailing quality is that of joy. Let joy be at the heart of your thinking, your speech, your interactions, your relationships and all your endeavors. When our sacral chakra is in alignment with joy, then we create joyful abundance that benefits all!
The sacral chakra is ruled by water, so any activity that immerses you in water is balancing for this month’s energy center. Try taking a bath with essential oils and candles, include swimming in your weekly routine or take an Aqua class at your local 24 Hour Fitness. The sacral chakra is located at the pelvis and hips, so anything that gets your booty shaking is really helpful in energizing this sacred area! Activities like Zumba, dancing or even hip openers in your yoga class are very beneficial.
For a quieter, more personal practice, keep a small vessel of water on an altar at home. Choose a bowl or a chalice that suits you, and every day, pass your hands over the top of the water as you send any negative energy into it to be absorbed and transformed. You can even make showering a sacred practice by visualizing any blockages or stuck energy in your sacral chakra washing down the drain!
February Chakrastrology meditation
When considering the energy of the sacral chakra and Jupiter, there is a tendency to move outward and lose ourselves in taking care of others, or seeking something from our relationships that in fact, we must provide for ourselves. The work we do on ourselves is most important for creating the foundation for any good relationship to thrive. To that end, this meditation helps to alleviate negative self-talk to encourage confidence, wholeness and the knowledge that “I am enough.”
- Sit in meditation and place a cup or bowl of water in front of you.
- Close your eyes, and place both hands on your lower belly to physically connect with the sacral chakra. Direct your focus to the lower abdomen, and draw the breath there and into your lower back.
- In rhythm with the breath, silently repeat the mantra, “I am enough.” As you say this phrase over and over, notice what sensations arise in your body. Move your hands to any other area of the body that needs attention as you repeat this mantra, giving yourself the tender loving care your body/mind/spirit complex asks for in response to this powerful statement.
- When the time is right, bring your hands back to your lower belly, and draw three deep breaths into this area.
- Close your meditation by writing on a piece of paper (or setting it as alarm on your phone): “I am enough.” Remind yourself throughout the day of this powerful truth!
Mantra of the month: “My energy expands into wholeness and joy, including those around me.”
Sacral Chakra smoothie recipe: Orange juice, mango, peach and coconut water.
February’s Chakrastrology focus
Sacral Chakra + Jupiter
Focus: Emotional balance
Location: Sacrum, lower belly, sexual organs
Core mantra: I am enough.
Sanskrit name: Svadhistana (meaning: “her favorite standing place”)
Jupiter’s energy of expansiveness, playfulness and sexuality dominate our sacral chakra. It emphasizes the emotions located here, and reminds us that our emotions are fluid, changing and that joy and intimacy are the antidotes to stress.
More on Chakrastrology
The ancient wisdom of the chakras reveals that there are “energetic hot spots” within the body where we store our experiences, emotions and beliefs. When we don’t examine these deeper elements of the self, then eventually imbalances in these areas manifest as physical sensations like tension or chronic pain. This is the inherent link between mind and body, and the chakras provide us a road map for unlocking it!
To take this understanding further and to see how our chakras are being influenced by the outside world, we look at their connection to the planets, which are yet another ancient body of wisdom. In alignment with the alchemical idea “As above, so below,” we watch the planets above us for insight into what’s happening within us. For millennia, astrologers have witnessed the influence of the planets on our day-to-day lives.
By recognizing the intrinsic links between the planets and areas of our body (the chakras), we also get invaluable information about how to optimize our health and well-being. This comprehensive system, known as chakrastrology, bridges the gap between outer and inner, and helps us make sense (and greater health).
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