Aquarius New Moon

Aquarius New Moon January 27: Time for a new perspective

Aquarius new moon 2017The New Moon in Aquarius occurs on January 27th. Aquarius is the sign of social justice and rational thinking – it inspires us towards independence and innovation.  At the New Moon the Sun and Moon align to merge the conscious Self as represented by the Sun with the instinctive emotional patterns of the Moon.  This linking up of these two luminaries is the beginning of the lunar cycle – the Sun solarizes the Moon and infuses it with a new energy, symbolically offering us a new beginning ourselves. This is a time of new beginnings and a time when our new intentions can take hold, helping us to start anew.

Aquarius is an air sign – detached and concerned with matters of the intellect, Aquarius encourages us to see the world in a reasonable and rational way.  This perspective helps us towards a clearer vision of the world and a need for social justice and equality.  Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus – the lord of radical change and innovation, and an opposition (aspect of tension) between abundant Jupiter and Uranus is embedded in the chart and encourages greater expansion (Jupiter) of our ideals (Uranus) and new ways of looking at the world and new patterns of living.  A harmonious trine from Saturn (strong foundation) enables us to construct these new patterns in ways that will enhance our lives.

The airiness of the New Moon combines with the fact that four planets are in Pisces which is a very watery sign – this helps us to integrate the intellectual brilliance of the Aquarian influence with the sensitivity and imagination of Pisces.

Creativity abounds under this New Moon, but a challenging Venus aspect (Venus is sandwiched between Chiron and Mars) will put stress on our relationships and interactions with others.  Hurt feelings (Chiron) and disagreements (Mars) are likely if we turn our attention away from our own individual aspirations and endeavors, if only for a few days.

The Aquarius New Moon allows us to see our world through new eyes and breathe fresh life into all of our endeavors.  Enjoy! 

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By | 2017-01-24T08:15:17+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

Brilliant Aquarius New Moon February 18th

Aquarius new moonIf you know the artist who created this work please let me know!!  The Aquarius New Moon on the 18th takes place at the 29th degree of Aquarius just a few minutes before the Sun enters Pisces.

Aquarius is symbolized by the “water bearer,” but Aquarius has nothing to do with the watery realm of emotion.  Rather, it symbolizes the cleansing effect of water which purify and cleanse every aspect of human existence so that it can be illuminated and refreshed.

This is the second of two New Moons in Aquarius: the first one was at the first degree of Aquarius and this one is at the last degree. The New Moon is typically representative of a brand new beginning, but in this case we have a brand new beginning at the end of a sign which is also a completion of sorts. Aquarius lifts us above the day to day mundane reality of life on earth and gives us the perspective that comes from detachment and reason, free from emotion.

This lunation makes an inconjunct aspect to Mars in Pisces – a somewhat awkward and challenging aspect that provides tension with no possibility of resolution. Aquarius asks that we transcend the personal in order to serve humanity, but the inconjunct aspect to Mars makes that more difficult and could create inner tension for a few days.  Mars represents the aggressive force and is not happy in Pisces anyway, so the next few days could be somewhat difficult as we attempt to assert our will (Mars) but emotions (New Moon and the Pisces influence) get in the way.

The Sun enters Pisces immediately after the New Moon, and there is an energetic shift that will melt resistance and encourage flow and a more harmonious approach to life.  In the meantime, prepare to enter the bathing power of the Aquarius New Moon and be reborn into a new beginning!

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By | 2015-02-18T13:25:58+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Moon|0 Comments

Mercury retrograde at the Aquarius New Moon, January 2015

Aquarius New MoonMercury turns retrograde on January 21st where it will encourage us to look back rather than forwards and see where we need to reflect, retreat, relax, or revise.  Mercury of course rules the mind and the way we communicate with others and generally process information, including the vehicles for that communication such as our technological devices and travel timetables.

Mercury retrograde is a mainstream concept now and even the New York Times, which as recently as 2006 pooh-poohed the idea that a planet appearing to move backwards could be a real thing.  Times have changed, and I like to think that’s largely because of the explosion of REAL astrology on the Internet, and the most recent article in the New York Times is more supportive of the concept if not totally enthusiastic.  The lack of enthusiasm can be blamed on astrology writers who admonish readers to put everything on hold while they hide from their lives until the retrograde is over, which is silly and unhelpful.

To understand the illusion of its movement means to realize that we are not at the center of things, that there is a reality beyond the one we see. (For astrology bloggers, this is less a problem than further evidence of the planet’s wiliness — as if its dangerous power is drawn less from what the planet actually does or is and more from the story of our confused efforts to understand it.)

There is a wisdom behind retrogrades that encourages us to take a breath and stop what we are doing, if only for a moment, and look back at our lives before forging ahead with something new.  Mercury isn’t the only planet that retrogrades, but it does so more often and therefore is more newsworthy.   Mercury will turn direct again on February 11th.  Yes, there are shadow periods as Mercury slows down and invites us to slow down as well, but there is no magic number about when these start or how we will be affected by the retrograde.  Finding time to be more present in our lives and cultivating a sense of humor when things go wonky, which they will, will go a long way towards helping us successfully navigate these times.

We also have a New Moon in Aquarius to precede Mercury’s retrograde turn.  The modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, which I like to call the “higher octave” of Mercury.  Where Mercury rules the human mind, Uranus rules the higher mind – intuition, awareness, consciousness.  Aquarius is ruled by the higher mind – intuition and advanced consciousness are its domain.  Under the Aquarian influence we are lifted far beyond the personal into a more transpersonal and transformational perspective that provides reason and knowledge.

This is the third New Moon in a row that has occurred at the very first degree of a sign, doubling the symbolic new beginning.  The New Moon marks a new lunar cycle, and at zero degrees Aquarius there is a sense of being washed clean and emerging into a new awareness.

This New Moon aligns in a harmonious sextile with Saturn, helping to ground us and use that innovative inspiration in a more practical way.  This New Moon opens up a window of consciousness that can help us to envision our lives completely differently, and with a new awareness that can begin opening doors for us.  Mercury is stationary at the New Moon, at a complete standstill like a moment frozen in time.  If we pay attention now, we can see all the way to infinity.

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By | 2015-01-19T12:12:14+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Moon, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Burst into awakenings: Aquarius New Moon January 30, 2014

The way to the New Moon on January 30 is paved by a harmonious sextile aspect from the Sun to Uranus today (January 29th).  The Sun bestows life-giving energy and positive life force, and when it harmonizes with Uranus, the planet of awakening and change, there is a blossoming of potential that stirs the soul and inspires a departure from the ordinary.  Anything is possible now, but under the opposition from Jupiter to Pluto we must  be very mindful of our thoughts and longings, because you just might get what  you wish for.

Both of these influences are embedded in the chart for the Aquarius New Moon – a “double whammy” Aquarius influence because the Sun and Moon are both in a harmonious sextile to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius.  This is a time to shatter old paradigms and venture into the unfamiliar.  Break out of your routine and create something new in your life.

This New Moon is a “Supermoon,” a lunation that occurs when the moon is at perigee (closest to earth).  The term “Supermoon” is in common usage now, even by astronomers, but it was first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle to whom I like to always give credit.  When the Supermoon is a full moon, it appears larger than life in the sky – a powerful presence that connects us intimately and powerfully with the lunar instinctive side of our nature.  When the Supermoon is a New Moon it is not visible in the sky and therefore its influence is different than when the Moon is full. This is the second New Moon Supermoon in the month of January.

As the beginning of the new lunar cycle, the New Moon is a time to begin something new.  Early in January the Capricorn New Moon encouraged us to build structures that support and ground us – this time the Uranus/Aquarius influence of this New Moon supports and enhances the sense of new beginning and encourages us to break free of restrictions that hold us back.

Under the influence of Aquarius and Uranus every one of us has the potential to be a visionary.  Change begins from our intention and beliefs, and as we break out of the box of old patterns of belief we are able to create a new life for ourselves.

Venus, stationing as it prepares to turn direct, is in a conjunction to Pluto this week, intensifying our interpersonal relationships but encouraging us to embrace everything in our lives with greater passion.   Difficulties in partnerships will be resolved now, one way or the other, before Venus turns the corner to travel direct once again on January 31st. As Venus begins to pick up speed in her forward journey it will be easier to leave the past behind as we open more fully to the promise of the future.

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By | 2014-01-29T07:34:47+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Moon|1 Comment

Aquarius New Moon, February 10, 2013

Aquarius New Moonart by Kagaya.  The Moon is New in Aquarius today, offering up an opportunity to surrender all of the trappings of personality that culminated at the Leo Full Moon two weeks ago and opening up to a more universal perspective.

At the New Moon the energies of the Sun and Moon are fused, linking the solar conscious ego to the instinctive lunar heart of the soul. Conscious and unconscious, exterior and interior – there is a fusion here that provides us with an opportunity for a new beginning in the sign in which the lunation falls.

This New Moon is particularly powerful because of an exact square between the Sun and Moon to the North Node which makes this a bit like an eclipse. The lunar nodes are like signposts to destiny – they suggest events that are fated and point the direction in which our soul needs to travel. When a lunation is in a tight alignment to the nodes it signifies a pivotal point in our life so attention should be paid to any signals that are received at this time.

Aquarius is the inventor, the humanitarian and the scientist.  There is a cold idealism to Aquarius which enables us to look past our individual desires and needs to see the brilliant potential of a broader view. This is not a time when feelings and emotions will be honored – instead the higher mind takes the forefront of human experience.

A challenging square from Mars to Jupiter culminates at the New Moon, activating both planets to greater expression. This is a time of high energy, in which our passions (Mars) are given free rein (Jupiter) and we are energized by the imaginative force of Mars in Pisces.

The Aquarius New Moon is all about awakening to new realities – letting go of outmoded ideas and philosophies that no longer serve us so that we can gain new understanding and move into a different reality that is more true than our previous one. A conjunction of Mercury to Chiron during the New Moon suggests that we may be more prone to mental exhaustion at this time unless we take care to find rest and rejuvenation as a part of this major restructuring of our energetic pathways.

A square from Venus to Saturn during the New Moon peaks on the 11th and will likely make it somewhat difficult to connect with others during this experience.  There is a desire to connect, but the actual work of finding common ground is more difficult. This is a good time for solitude and inner exploration, or else working on a group level rather than in a one-on-one situation where intimacy is required.

Aquarius opens the doorway to intuition and insight, but this may require some attention and focus on our part.  Quieting the chatter of the lower mind can aid in this process as we allow the New Moon to wash away the past and encourage us to begin anew.

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By | 2013-02-10T07:52:19+00:00 February 10th, 2013|Moon|1 Comment
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