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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