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EcoAstrology: Aquarius New Moon
February 4-8: Mercury-Mars-Neptune conjunction (2º Pisces)
February 9-10: New Moon 11:20 PM PST (22º Aquarius); Chinese New Year
February 10: Venus square Saturn (11° Aquarius–Scorpio)
February 12: Mars conjunct Chiron (9º Pisces)
February 18: Saturn turns retrograde (12º Scorpio; direct on July 7 at 5º Scorpio)
February 20: Sun conjunct Neptune (3º Pisces)
February 23: Mercury turns retrograde (20º Pisces; direct on March 17 at 6º Pisces)
New Moons are no moons, when we see only stars at night -- a time to exhale, to look at how far we have come, and where we are heading. New Moons are optimal times to plant new seeds, both literally and figuratively. But before we plant, we must choose what we want grow, and we must clear the ground for planting. We are currently seeding not only our personal intentions, but a new 26,000 year cycle, and so are involved in much longer and more profound transitional phase.
Many of us are deeply tired. We are dealing with colds, flu, and other symptoms of release and recalibration, as our bodies force us to take time out and time inward. This month Mars, Mercury, the Sun and Venus move into Pisces (on February 1, 5, 18, and 25 respectively), encouraging us to turn the volume down on our outer lives, so we can tune into higher dimensional realities, where we remember our soul intentions and receive vital spiritual guidance. Be proactive in scheduling extra quiet and rest, so your body doesn’t have to hobble or flatten you. Much is happening on subtle energetic levels, which will become more apparent on the physical plane in the next few weeks. Use this time to imagine and dream, as well as look for ways to make those visions a reality in your daily life. "Be the change you wish to see in the world." (Mahatma Gandhi)
This New Moon highlights the sign of Aquarius, symbolizing the quest to realize our individuality and our interdependence. In Capricorn, we develop integrity, self-discipline, and stewardship. In Aquarius, we strive for equality, collaboration, and progress. Where do you want most to make a difference? If you ruled the world and could change one thing, what would that be? Who shares your visions and ideals? Where do you need to “Think Different?" Together we change the world. If you haven't seen how Estonia sang its way to freedom, watch the The Singing Revolution trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgHX7bu-TWk.
Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, semi-squares the Sun and Moon and conjuncts the asteroid Pallas, urging us to break free of old patterns, especially around gender, so we can fulfill the unique role each of us has to play at this critical juncture on Earth. People with Aquarius, Uranus, and/or the 11th house strongly emphasized in their birth charts are system-busters, way-showers, lightworkers on assignment to assist humanity’s evolution. This is no easy job, since we are born with spiritual amnesia regarding our origins and purpose. Many people have struggled with alienation, feeling like a black sheep or an outsider, not realizing that there are millions of others like them who have incarnated as agents of change. The sooner we embody who we really are, the easier it is to find our spiritual kin and fulfill our mission. If you have felt like a "stranger in a strange land", read Barbara Marciniak’s Bringers of the Dawn, Ken Carey’s The Return of the Bird Tribes, or Dolores Cannon’s The Three Waves of Volunteers.
This New Moon closely squares the lunar nodes, showing us what we must resolve in order to move forward. The transiting South Node in Taurus represents the need to redefine our values. Liberated from attachments to material wealth, we discover that love, not money, is what makes us happy. The transiting North Node in Scorpio symbolizes the need to make the unconscious conscious; to recognize that life mirrors back to us what we have disowned and projected onto others. Facing our fears and our shadow, we learn the difference between addiction and power, drama and intimacy, being good versus becoming whole. The Sun’s square to the lunar nodes asks: To what and to whom have you given your power? Where are you not fully walking your talk? The Moon poses: What are you longing for? What are your feelings and your body telling you to change? This New Moon also squares the degree of the previous solar eclipse, which occurred on November 13, 2012 at 22° Scorpio, urging us to act on what we’ve learned since then.
On February 4, Ceres, named for one of the forms of the Great Goddess, ended her retrograde phase which began on October 31, 2012, giving a green light to applying what we have learned since then about balancing our masculine and feminine sides. The need for women to own their power and for men to open their hearts is further emphasized by Ceres’ trine to this new moon, as well as Venus’s square to Saturn on February 10. For inspiration, watch the PBS documentaries on Women, War, and Violence at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/uncategorized/women-war-peace-documentary-shorts/.
The Chinese New Year begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014. This is the year of the Black Water Snake, symbolizing transformation and the power of the feminine. Black represents the Great Mystery, the unknown, and the unconscious. Water is the element of emotion, cleansing, and nourishment. The snake is an ancient symbol, long associated with goddess traditions, wisdom, and healing. Snake years represent a turning toward introspection, intuition, and dealing with feelings, fears, and self-mastery. This is a year of shedding old skins, releasing what is no longer in alignment with who we are and where we are going. For more, visit http://www.chineseastrology.com/2013snakeyear.html.
Saturn takes its yearly turn retrograde on February 18, moving backwards until July 7. Whenever any planet turns retrograde or direct, its archetypal energy is greatly amplified. With Saturn, we are hitting a wall in one or more areas of our life; we’re at the outer limits of our resources or know-how, and need to make real, not just cosmetic, changes. Saturn represents boundaries, goals, commitments, and a big reality check. Whatever is not working and unsustainable is "intuitively obvious to the most casual observer"as my wise math teacher Mrs. Rubly would say. Saturn retrograde in Scorpio signals a period of needing to either heal or end relationships, as well as transform how we deal with money, accountability, and power.
We in all in transition -- each person, each being, on this amazing planet, at this amazing time. We are birthing a new species and a new world. Be gentle with yourself. Be gentle with others. Remember: "You are the template, the prototype of a new and universal species, part solar, part material, both temporal and eternal, the species that will span the gulf between the visible and invisible, bringing new worlds into form. Through you a new and unprecedented cycle of creation will occur.” (from The Third Millennium by Ken Carey)
Stephanie Austin M.A. is a professional astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, please visit www.EcoAstrology.com.
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