The Dawn of the New Moon in Aquarius

The Moon this Week

The Sun just entered the sign of Aquarius on January 19 where it will stay until February 18.

Before the New Moon in Aquarius on January 27, the Moon will travel through Sagittarius and Capricorn. We can expect the next few days to be full of heated debates and self-righteous dialogues as the Moon applies to a conjunction with Saturn. At its best, Saturn in Sagittarius can be about having faith in our convictions which help fuel our ideas and bring some structure to what we believe in. At its worst, Saturn in Sagittarius becomes dogmatic and fanatical, imposing its point of view in a one way preaching of its truth, testing the solidity and validity of our faith. Since the ruler of the Moon in Sagittarius is Jupiter in the sign of the scales (Libra) the debates and conversations will most likely revolve around equality and inequality, justice and injustice, right vs. wrong, relational issues and the delicate balance of it all.

14681630_349623085381204_4707930193170140835_nThe Moon will also briefly square Mars at 29 degrees of Pisces as it prepares to ingress in the sign of its rulership of Aries. Note that both the last decan of Pisces and the first decan of Aries are ruled by Mars – emphasizing the martial qualities of this time period.

The Moon moves into the sign of Capricorn on Wednesday January 24 at 17:43 EST and will make some lovely aspects mainly a sextile to Neptune in Pisces and a conjunction to Mercury in Capricorn which could bring some conversations around the topics of healing, compassion and mercy. Thursday promises to be a day filled with challenges as the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in the early morning hours and then square Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. Thursday evening the Moon sextile Venus in Pisces, applying a balm on the heat of the last few days.

With the Sun in Aquarius, the desire for freedom and independence is very strong. Freedom of thoughts, freedom of speech and the tendency to rebel against the existing structures while also wanting to reform and bring about new and better ways of doing things. Feeling left-out of the conversation and the impression of not belonging anywhere could permeate the next month while the Sun travels in Aquarius. Themes of exile and frontiers could set us apart which in turn could create a state of disillusionment and alienation.

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Take a Breather

The time preceding the New Moon is called the Dark Moon and it describes the Moon when it is invisible against the backdrop of the Sun. It is the last phase of the lunar cycle before it begins again.

Astrologically speaking, the last 3 days before the New Moon represent a time of rest, of letting go, of sorting out and making space for what is ready to begin in the upcoming month. The days leading to the New Moon are best spent nurturing and resting the body in preparation for the month ahead. One of the best way to spend the next few days, is to seek space and get out for a hike, stretch and relax. Stretch the mind, stretch the body and seek openness. The desire for change is strong but judgmental and self-righteous behaviours might be even stronger, creating division and arguments instead of unity. This can be depleting or draining instead of being productive. Use this Dark Moon period to regroup, tie-up loose ends and finish things. New ideas and new ways of doing will naturally start emerging in the process and you will be fresh and ready to tackle February which promises to be a big month.

The New Moon on January 27 at 19:07 EST is in the sign of Aquarius and its ruler Saturn in Sagittarius will be square to Venus in Pisces. This indicate tension between certain structures in our lives, our beliefs, our values and our ability (or inability) to find sweetness amidst the harshness and difficulties of these times. Feeling limited and opressed while seeking or craving beauty and exaltation. Our ability to find what brings us together (Venus) versus what divides us (Saturn) will set the tone for the month ahead. Since Aquarius is linked to innovation, perhaps now is the time to begin applying new and better ways of doing things.

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The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
-Alan Kay

A point of saturation

Venus/South Node in Pisces at the moment. Have some compassion for yourself. It can feel like a strange mixture of love and disgust all at once. Some ugliness will surface and that’s fine. It’s a bit confusing and it might seem like the light is there but somehow just out of reach. Tolerance and patience for whatever state of mind you find yourself in will help. No need to jump to conclusion about your shortcomings or some other imagined faults. It might hurt a little but there is no need to nail yourself to the cross. You’re going to be ok.

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Venus in Sagittarius: The appeal of the uncharted

 

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If you love someone, set them free…

Venus just left the dark and brooding waters of Scorpio for the promised land of Sagittarius.
The year begins with our gaze set in the far distance and we are filled with unrestrained hope  for all our future ventures. Venus in the fire sign of Sagittarius gives us momentum and a need to feel the potentiality in the mundane. She will travel through the sign of the archer until January 23rd titillating our desires for more freedom within our relationships and a need to expand beyond what we already know.

Venus in Sagittarius is her own master and she will not be tied down by a possessive partner. Fresh air runs through her veins and she is always ready to explore uncharted territory.
She is a mixture of casual and haste, enthusiastic and liberated with a broad smile and a sparkle in her eyes. Her love is one for the vast spaces and the wild unknown. Let her roam and she might come back.

 

Lilith speaks

I tossed and turned all night…

Seeing the Lilith glyph in my head, making connections between charts, transits, people, events. Not awake but not sleeping, something else. My dad calls it working at the office, I call it the Mercury-Pluto conjunction; obsessing over something until their insides get squeezed out.

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Earlier yesterday a friend that lives close by dropped by my house. I hadn’t seen him in a year or so. He told me he just wanted to lay down on my couch and listen to me talk about his chart. His life is not going the way he wants to. He has a child with a woman that he loves…loves to hate.  He is miserable. He hates his life and he hates her. They are not together anymore. Friends with benefits, or maybe more like foes with benefits in this case.

I pulled out his chart: Mars rising in Aquarius, Uranus on the midheaven…it make sense, it’s impossible to talk without him cutting me off. I recognize myself. Fuck the World he says.

Venus conjunct Lilith in the 12th house. That’s harsh man. Now I get it. That’s his blind spot; he loves to hate. Aphrodite meets a beast it’s fun, it’s wild…until it turns sour, then it’s really destructive. In love with chaos, like a descent into the underworld through the medium of love. It could be a nice opportunity but one does not leave the realm of Hades without a few scars.

To get another clue I looked at his ex (the mother of his child) chart. I had it from a few years ago when she was still living around here. She is born with Lilith rising conjunct her Ascendant. You can’t make this up. So simple, so elegantly played out. This man is in love with Lilith what else can I tell him?

The symbols speak for themselves.
They contain a whole world of experience and sensations.
A key that unlocks a door.
It’s a delicate matter.

Life is mysterious

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Saturn-Venus-Heart Constriction

It’s Saturday. Samedi. Saturn day! The Moon is still in Taurus and will briefly oppose Saturn and then move into Gemini later tonight.
Venus in Leo is applying to square Saturn in Scorpio.

It’s Saturn time baby

Venus and Saturn are an odd pair. We can think of Saturn as having to be mature and assuming our responsibilities and Venus as our desire for beauty and ease.
Venus adorns herself with love-surrounded by the intoxicating smell of a thousand roses.
Saturn wise and reliable is dedicated to the task of turning lead into gold.

When Venus and Saturn are in a hard aspect like this it could be that you have to work extra hard to find the sweet spot (Venus) within your current limitations (Saturn).
Or it could be that you have been so liberal with your time, going out, socializing and having fun. Running away from some important matters and now you have to deal with the bill and the paper work and it sucks.

How much compromise do you make for the sake of long term benefits? Can pleasure and responsibility coexist? Is your patience being tested?
What kind of relationship do you have with relationships? With Saturn/Venus relationships (to ourselves and others) are under scrutiny.

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Painting: Anatomy of the heart by Enrique Simonet Lombardo, 1890

There has to be a happy medium between instant gratification versus restriction and control.
Too much of too little can leave you famished.
Too much cake will make you sick.
Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?
What does your heart seriously desire?