"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Friday, February 8, 2013

New Moon In Aquarius & The Chinese Year Of The Black Snake

  The Sun in Aquarius is joined by the Moon early on Sunday, exact at 2:20am EST, for this month's New Moon, also kicking off the Lunar New Year which is known as the Chinese New Year. The year of the Snake is said to bring major developments in science, research and technology. Reflecting on the past, and asking important questions along with some shrewd planning, could bring significant gains later on this year! In the meantime, let's see what we have to deal with this week.

   At this darkest time of the Moon, just before it aligns with the Sun, we often experience a kind of holding pattern or a feeling of "what's next?" Today's Mercury (communication and movement) conjunction with Mars (energy and direction) in watery Pisces can add to that sense of unknowing. Pisces goes with the flow intuitively and planets moving through here are more highly attuned to impressions and emotional sensitivity. Pay attention to others around you who may be feeling insecure and try to be sympathetic and understanding. If you're the one experiencing these feelings, it may be a good time for a  retreat to a more spiritual sense of well-being - find a refuge where you feel more comfortable.

   Tomorrow, February 9th brings a challenging amount of feelings and communication all vying for attention, thanks to a square from fast-moving Mercury in Pisces to expansive Jupiter in Gemini. The elements of Air/Gemini and Water/Pisces are certainly on our radar screens with the BIG storm bearing down on the Northeast tonight... wind and water!! Then very early on Sunday, the aggressive action planet Mars will take his turn squaring off with Jupiter, another Pisces/Gemini aspect that will demand action! Pay attention to feelings of frustration and watch your words because once you release them, they'll be gone in the wind and who knows where they'll end up?!

   The official New Moon happens early on Sunday morning and brings together the outward energies of committees, groups and humanitarian organizations with instinctual behaviors, impressions and nurturing emotions. Whatever you FEEL drawn to doing that helps others or moves the collective forward, you can begin it between the New and Full Moon on February 25th. Find your people, your friends or associates and get together to brainstorm, plan and make things happen over the next two weeks. New solutions are necessary now!!

   The beginning of the work week finds us dealing with group needs and limited funds or secret agendas, as gentle Venus in Aquarius squares off with conservative Saturn in Scorpio. The affectionate nature of Venus here, is concerned for the welfare of all rather than an individual, but Saturn has to do some soul-searching to make a creative solution that works for everyone and not just an elite few.

   Take advantage of two harmonious interactions that intellectual Mercury makes on Tuesday, the first bringing an opportunity to make a big change that affects the status quo by lining up with transformative Pluto. The second aspect is a flowing trine to Saturn that will help bring gains through communication and research. Whatever you do that day, please don't squander any opportunity to release the past, or anything outmoded, including relationships that no longer serve, and make progress in building solid new foundations.

   Wednesday and Thursday show Mars taking more positive action by paying attention to undercurrents of the collective needs of the whole in order to address those issues you identified that need attention in the paragraph above. Just reread it with an eye to the future and you will know where you need to act compassionately and intuitively!
  
      Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!!

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