NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS- Change is still in the air and Mercury retrograde is around the corner (January 30, 2014)

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday, January 30.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 11° of Aquarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 11° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

After the incredible intensity of the January 1, 2014 New Moon in Capricorn and the recent Full Moon in Cancer, we are being given a cosmic break from the barrage of energy that many of us have been experiencing.  Yes, we will still have a lot of cardinal energy swirling around us, so taking action will still feel better than sitting back and observing.  However, Mars has moved to a position that isn’t activating the ongoing t-square involving Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter.  Consequently, we may still find that change is occurring in various areas of our lives, but we won’t feel compelled to act quite as much.

That’s not to say that we won’t be aware of this New Moon in Aquarius!  New Moons always provide us with an invitation for a new emotional start and a chance to set new intentions in the sign involved.  As is true of all astrological signs, we can choose to express the higher or lower energies of the sign.  Key words for the higher expression of Aquarius are independent, inventive, humanitarian, social, tolerant, and intuitive.  Key words for the lower expression of Aquarius would include rebellious, eccentric, scattered, and stubborn.  Being an Aquarian myself and having 2 Aquarian siblings (and several other relatives and friends), I can attest to the fact that all of these descriptions can be accurate at different times and with different Aquarians!

An Aquarian New Moon often introduces a time when we want to begin to work with others toward the highest good.  We are looking toward the future, and we long to make that future a better place.  The Aquarian energy does have a tendency to make us feel responsible for everything and everyone, which can be draining.  And although the Aquarian need for individuality and freedom can counterbalance that need for service, we do have to find a balance in order to be happy and healthy.

The Aquarian energy also represents rational intelligence.  Our focus typically turns away from “reality” and toward “ideals.”  We may feel called to stand up for what we believe to be “the truth,” and we begin to see ways in which we can stand stronger together than we can apart.  Interdependence and interconnectedness are part of the Aquarian energy, and we need to find places where we belong and people “of like mind” (and hearts).

Luckily, the Sun and Moon form a sweet sextile (60°) to the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus.  This positive flow of Uranus energy at the time of the Aquarius New Moon can assist us in making necessary and desired changes in our lives.  We may also experience a deluge of bright and innovative ideas.  Some of these ideas will be worth keeping, and some won’t.  But we won’t have any shortage of possible solutions to even long-standing problems.

However, this New Moon in Aquarius occurs just 12 hours before Jupiter (in Cancer) and Pluto (in Capricorn) forms an exact opposition (180°).  And both of these planets are part of the ongoing t-square configuration in which Uranus (in Aries) squares (90°) both of these planets.  (T-squares form a right triangle in the sky.)  Anytime 2 of the planets in a configuration, such as a t-square, are exactly aligned, it supercharges the entire configuration.  T-squares are often times of major turning points, and for several days before and after the New Moon, we may see family/domestic issues coming to a head.  Power struggles, letting go of past hurt, and/or dealing with deeply hidden fears are all possibilities.  On a societal level, we may see a deepening investigation of beliefs that might inhibit humanity from moving toward a world that understands that there is a difference between the use of power and the use of force.

The day after the New Moon in Aquarius (Friday, January 31), is an active day astrologically.  In addition to the exact opposition between Jupiter and Pluto described above:

  • Mercury moves out of heady Aquarius and into emotional Pisces.  Due to the upcoming retrograde period (see below), Mercury will be moving in and out of Pisces until April 8.  Mercury in Pisces will often soften our words and bring compassion to our communication.  However, it can also feel like a fog has descended on our brains and make us feel like we can’t see anything clearly anymore.  Our imagination, though, will be very active, and we will find ourselves much more intuitive than usual during this time.
  • Venus stops its retrograde motion and begins moving direct again.  We will slowly begin to see progress in partnership issues, obtaining what we desire, and finishing up beautification projects.  And Venus becomes a key player in the t-square described above because it is closely conjunct (0°) Pluto, and therefore, it is in opposition (180°) to Jupiter and squaring (90°) Uranus.  The planet of love will maintain this position for 5-6 weeks, which will likely put our focus on partnerships and alliances, both personally and professionally.  Pluto’s presence in the mix means that anything that was being covert or hidden may be brought to the surface.  And the involvement of Uranus will help us all think outside the box when it comes to finding new solutions and setting new goals.

On Thursday, February 6, Mercury begins its next retrograde period, which will last until Friday, February 28.  As is the case whenever the planet of communication makes this change in direction, it is an opportunity for us to focus on “re” words, such as revisit, revise, reorganize, reflect, and reconsider.  Because our mental focus is turned inward rather than outward during this time, mistakes can happen.  It is best to follow the usual Mercury in retrograde precautions and make sure you double (and triple) check details, especially if they involve documents such as travel plans or contracts.  We also need to be patient with each other because we may see more snafus involving communication of all kinds, both oral and written.

On this same day (Thursday, February 6), Jupiter makes its second of three trines (120°) with Chiron.  The last was on August 21, 2013, and the final trine will occur on May 14, 2014.  This very positive aspect is excellent for healing wounds.  And given that Jupiter is part of the cardinal t-square discussed above, the healing energy of Chiron will very likely be intertwined with the changes that are occurring in our lives at this time.  We may be more open-minded than usual to new experiences that allow the healing of our body, mind, and/or spirit.  It is not unusual now to discover a new sense of hope.  Restoring a new level of peace and harmony in our personal lives and within our relationships is possible now, but this comes not through changing our external circumstances but through healing our own inner wounds.

Overall, this New Moon in Aquarius is asking us to reflect on ways in which we feel guided to give back to the larger whole . . . to humanity.  The activated cardinal t-square will continue to push us toward needed changes in our lives and in our society, and often these changes will involve sudden insights (Uranus) that shine light into what previously were shadowy areas (Pluto).  Relationships of all kinds will be in the spotlight, and once Mercury begins its retrograde period on Thursday, February 9, we all need to be patient with ourselves and others when it comes to communication.  But working together is key now, and as was so profoundly stated by Mother Theresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”


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New Moon at 11° of Aquarius

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014, 1:38 p.m. PST
  • Thursday, January 30, 2014, 4:38 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:38 p.m. GMT