New Aquarius Moon: On The March

Monday’s mid-degree Aquarius new moon marks the Chinese New Year (Earth Pig) and finds itself in the midst of busy personal planets with some potentially large implications. On February 3rd Venus left fiery Sagittarius for conventional Capricorn, on the 10th Mercury leaves inventive Aquarius for emotional Pisces and on the 14th Mars settles into Taurus. The trends getting underway now will reverberate throughout the year. That’s because each personal planet is pairing up with a powerhouse outer planet, Venus and Pluto in Capricorn, Mercury and Neptune in Pisces and Mars and Uranus in Taurus.

The outer planets are said to shape global events, and due to their long transits, their impact typically develops slowly. However, these unfolding alliances with the personal planets will bring their influences up close and personal. Remember that once Uranus moves back into Taurus on March 6th, the outer planets will remain in their respective signs for the next five to seven years. However, futuristic Aquarius is already giving us a glimpse onto the horizon. The fixed air sign also offers innovative solutions, ingenuity and unorthodox methodology. Ruled by erratic Uranus, it can signal a bumpy ride ahead. But, if you’ve been grappling with a tough nut to crack, this eccentric Aquarius moon may bring a blockbuster breakthrough. Either way, the new moon occurs at 1:04 PM PST on February 4th at 15 Aquarius 45.

Saturn Sextile Neptune: Informed Form Part 1

While stern Saturn and nebulous Neptune may seem like one of astrology’s oddest couples, there’s an exquisite, transformational power in their pairing. In 2019 they will form three exact sextiles, from January through November, and their meetings will color the entire year. If you’ve ever worked with rosary beads or a mala, then you innately understand this combination. Saturn gives us the physical structure (beads) and Neptune the connection to spirit (prayer). Practicing a spiritual discipline focuses our attention, opens up the channel to God (Light) and centers us. In a hyper busy world of seemingly endless distraction, ever shortening attention spans and tempers, and excessive drug use, a spiritual practice offers peace, clarity and purposefulness.

Another consideration of this transit is the elements that are present, earth and water. What is the material without the spiritual? What is the spiritual with no real-life application? In the three meetings of 2019, we are offered a dialog between these influential forces. And both planets are in their home signs, adding deeper resonance to their work. Neptune and Pisces have a reputation for getting too far out there, so much so that we become lost and incapable of accomplishing anything. At the extreme of addiction, we may lose the ability to even fuction in the world. Saturnian sobriety is an antidote. Achievement is the cornerstone of Capricorn, and Saturn rewards a job well done. You can think of him as the “A” you received in that course you had an epic struggle with, yet through your persistence somehow mastered. On the material extreme, the empty pursuit of goals or possessions at best yields temporary satisfaction. Upon attainment, the next mountain to climb emerges, but with no application and to no purpose. Interestingly this simply becomes another form of addiction, to more, whatever that more is. Neptune is sneaky like that.

This set of sextiles is offering insight and pragmatic wisdom. Through dedicaton (Saturn) and introspection, we can examine our underlying beliefs (Neptune), i.e. the operating systems we’ve been running on. Neptune’s oceanic presence can gently and slowly erode old places in the subconscious and their correlating, outgrown patterns in our lives. It can also help us download the Divine and install the needed cosmic upgrades, a clearer sense of our purpose. Ringed Saturn instills an awareness of time and limitation, and therefore creates urgency in our lives. Its austerity can steer us away from pointless distraction and towards the goals that have abiding meaning in our lives. The first sextile is on January 31st. Got beads?

An Eclipse To Remember

Lunar Eclipse? Check
Super moon? Check
Final eclipse of a series? Check
Blood moon? Check
Visible in the Americas and Europe? Check
Wolf Moon? Check

You may already be feeling the energies of this one, or you may be witnessing its considerable influence on people close to you. While technically this is strictly a battle between the Leo full moon and the Aquarius Sun, the other fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio are likely to also find themselves in the fray. This Super moon marks the culmination of an eclipse series that began on February 10, 2017 and included the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, known as the Great American eclipse. People born under the opposite signs of Leo and Aquarius have borne the brunt of its force for the past two years, and their fellow fixed signs, Taurus and Scorpio, have been challenged by the 90 degree squares these eclipses have formed to them. A las, the Grand Finale is at hand.

Typically what happens when an eclipse series comes to a sign or creates squares to it, issues needing to be dealt with are unearthed and they come to the fore. Eclipses are said to reveal what has been hidden. This propensity to drudge things up and force them to a head is compounded when we’re dealing with fixed signs. Like their name implies, signs of this modality are known for their steadfastness, staying power, and determination. Their centeredness and reliability make them our rocks. However, the shadow side for people with these otherwise laudable traits is their refusal to change. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that a path is no longer viable, fixed signs are the most likely to get and remain stuck. Change we must. It is natural for growth and essential for our spiritual evolution. But knowing that may not make things any easier. So, if this series has put its cosmic pressure on you or a loved one, there are ways to work with the celestial flow.

Examine the usefulness of your resistance, and be prepared to release that which is not serving you. If needed, seek support as you make adjustments. Try new things, be they activities, routines (especially those) or thoughts. Venturing into unfamiliar territory may be daunting, but there is Leo medicine in this final eclipse. Leo is creative, courageous and playful. Exuding warmth and enthusiasm, it rules the heart and spine and is ruled by the inextinguishable Sun. The effects of eclipses are said to take up to six months after the event to work their way fully into our lives. On the journey, we may both mourn what has been lost or what simply didn’t work out as hoped for, and experience rejuvenation as a new direction emerges. This time, no matter which of the twelve signs we call home, the key to our success is our ability to summon the bravery and nobility of the Lion’s heart.

The eclipse will take place on January 20-21st and will be visible in the Americas and Europe. In the United States, the moon will be full at 9:15 PM PST on the 20th. Witnessing a lunar eclipse, the ones that you don’t need special eye wear for, is mesmerizing and otherworldly. If you live someplace where the skies will be clear, I highly recommend bundling up and heading outdoors. This is a moment that you will remember.

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