Dear Seekers and IX Keepers,

Traditionally in February, the focus is on romantic love. This year, we are choosing to go deeper to bring awareness to the core, foundational love that underpins all love. It’s the love that comes from our connection to the Divine, Mother Earth, and all beings.

As the IX Crystal Equinox says, “As you fill your inner self with love, you will radiate love, kindness, and acceptance naturally to all around you.”

This month, may we consciously tune into the forces of love flowing in and out and all around us. For this is why we are here – to give and receive love with the highest intentions for balance and harmony.

It is our greatest hope that this month’s Compass nourishes your consciousness with inspiration and content designed for your body, mind, and spirit on your journey of growth. We are here, with you and for you.

With Love and Light,

Instituto Xilonen


About the Name
Equinox refers to the two days a year when day and night are both the same length of time.

About the Crystal

Equinox is an Amethyst Crystal with Smokey Quartz, Clear Quartz, and Hematite inclusions. Amethyst gives Equinox an overall soothing and calming energy. The additions of Smokey Quartz and Hematite provide additional grounding support, helping us to connect with our bodies and the physical world, while Clear Quartz acts as a spiritual amplifier. 

Carrying the unique properties of all four Crystals, Equinox helps us integrate our spiritual experiences into the physical world to find stability, unity, and peace. With Equinox acting as both a connection to Spirit and a grounding anchor, we are able to move through obstacles and bring our visions into the physical world from a rooted and sure center.

Message from Equinox

“Take in all that this Earth and Universe have to offer. Breathe in the light, the love, the beauty all around you. Spend time in nature and allow your senses to be delighted. 

“God has given us great beauty and endless love. Breathe it in. Fill your inner being with love. Receive love from all sources available to you. This is my message to you and I will help you to open your individual portals to absorb and ingest beauty and love. 

“As you fill your inner self with love you will release love, kindness, and acceptance naturally to all around you. Imagine the light works and beauty we can create together if many of us do this. Hold me in your heart and watch it expand with joy and love.” 

Affirmations from Equinox

“As I breathe in the beauty and endless love all around me, my heart expands with joy.”

“My senses are delighted by spending time in nature.”

“As I fill myself with love, I release love, kindness, and acceptance to all around me.”


By filling ourselves with soul-level love, we expand and grow from the deepest truth of who we are.Crystals amplify our ability to receive and share this love with the highest clarity and intention.


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By Demitra Vassiliadis

The New Moon on February 1st is in liberating Aquarius, ushering in a lunar cycle that can free us from the constrictions of the past. Two days later, on the 3rd, Mercury’s retrograde comes to an end, inspiring us to take a final look at all that we discovered and uncovered while Mercury was traveling backward.

We are in the opposite shadow of both the Mercury and Venus retrograde this month as the Aquarius Sun and Saturn in Aquarius call us to unfetter our souls and our love. Therefore here at IX, we are focusing on inner-love for expansion this month, cultivating the love that opens our hearts and minds beyond previous borders.

Aquarius, the Sun sign of the month, is the sign of humanitarian love. In the classical tradition, it is one of three forms of love: Philos, the love of humans as brothers or sisters, Eros, romantic love, and Agape, unconditional love. This month the Aquarius Sun and Saturn call us to Philos, the friendly love of our fellow humans, while Valentines Day on the 14th calls us to celebrate the magnetic pull of romantic love. Both are supported by Agape, the all-pervasive unconditional love that is the Divine foundation of the Universe, and all other love.

During February, we are still working on our internal and external foundations as Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Pluto, the transformer, all journey through responsible, foundational Capricorn. We are called to dissolve within our core all that is not aligned with our true love and genuine desire as we invite the liberating Aquarius Sun to reveal our authentic inner foundation of Divine Love. This opens inner and outer portals to all other forms of true love, as it dissolves constriction and expands our entire being.

On Valentine’s Day, the mighty Leo Moon inspires the manifestation of fierce love, authentic desire, and courage as Mercury heads into Aquarius, encouraging our highest expression of friendship and humanitarian love. Massive Jupiter and Neptune are also blessing us with waves of Divine Love and inspired vision as they journey through Pisces, the sign of Higher Love and Compassion.

The Full Moon in Leo on the 16th brings the lunar tide of love to its crescendo, calling us to build our inner home on a foundation of mighty love that opens our hearts, dares much, and conquers all! 

Two days later on the 18th, the Sun enters oceanic spiritual Pisces, illuminating our dreams while inspiring us to release all that stands in the way of their manifestation. The final two weeks of the month are perfect for all forms of cleansing, blessing, and releasing. It’s an ideal time to gently and with tender compassion, surrender to the outgoing lunar tide all that keeps us from the expanded love and inspired vision that is calling to us even now and will grow in the months to come.

With Love and Blessings,

Demitra Vassiliadis
Heaven To Earth Astrology


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