"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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Aquarius New Moon,The Chinese Year Of The Wood Horse, And Mercury Goes Retrograde

   Tomorrow's New Moon in Aquarius happens at 4:38pm as Luna moves into conjunction with Sol. There's always another way to view or verse what is happening between the planets. We are used to saying, "it's a New Moon", but when is the last time you actually thought about what that means? The monthly alignment of the Moon with the Sun means that the instinctual, feeling nature of the Moon joins with the out-going energy of the Sun, bringing what is inner together with the outer, providing a focus for the lunar phase of the month ahead.

   This month's focus is brought to you by Aquarius, the Fixed Air sign of unconventional ways of thinking. Natives of the 11th sign of the Zodiac are inventive, original and friendly, requiring independence and valuing freedom above all else, even as they share their oft-times revolutionary ideas of what is in the best interests of the community as a whole! Getting together with others to brainstorm solutions, especially new ideas for breaking through obsolete patterns of stuck energy, is where it's at during this New Moon phase.

   Expect to see or be involved in group activities for the sharing of goals and ideals within your community during the next two weeks. This is the time to plant new seed ideas for subsequent growth! Certainly, there will be opportunities for gathering in unison with others to support the rights of individuals, whether that be in committees, humanitarian organizations or anywhere else that people get together to make a difference and connect with others, like church or social groups. On Nantucket, there will be an opportunity to gather on Valentines Day in connection with others worldwide for the One Billion Rising event that supports justice for women and children around the globe. Click here for more information about the 5 pm gathering at the Atheneum Library on February 14, 2014: https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingACK

   Networking is another means of sharing goals, thoughts and ideas with your friends and associates. The internet is one big web for reaching out and connecting with others through technology. Another way that Aquarian energy operates is via radio; information comes quickly and seemingly out of the blue through the airwaves. Intuition, invention and "just knowing" are other positive ways that information flows through this cool, winter Air sign. Won't you tune in to yours in the weeks ahead?! Logic and reasoning are also Aquarian hallmarks, so as long as you check your deep feelings at the door and don't expect any warm fuzzies from group members, you stand a chance of really accomplishing something for the greater good.

   According to astrologer Susan Levitt, the Chinese year of the Wood Horse begins on Friday, January 31st, bringing a chance for fast victories, unexpected adventures and surprising romances in the year ahead. Being decisive is a must in a Horse year as procrastination won't pay off. However, if not 100% sure in your decision, don't do it, because going down the wrong path will also be very quick! Energy is high and productivity is rewarded. It will be a year of BIG fluctuations in the financial markets, with wars and conflicts springing up around the world. Peace will return in 2015 during the Year of the Wood Sheep. Horse's cycle equates to June, or Gemini in Western astrology.

   Mercury turns retrograde on February 6th at three degrees of Pisces, going back to eighteen degrees of Aquarius before turning direct again on February 28th. During this three week time frame, do your research, review your plans and renew the commitments and connections that you already  made with others during January. Just avoid signing on the dotted line, making new commitments or buying cars, computers or any devices that have to do with communication and/or have moving parts. These things tend to break down during Mercury's retrograde cycle. No matter what you focus on, make sure you have all the necessary information to make smart choices!

    Remember, we live in interesting times, so stay in your heart, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground and know that all be be well!


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