January 30, 2014
1:39 PM PST / 4:39 PM EST / 9:39 PM GMT
10 Aquarius 55
This year’s Aquarius New Moon has the subtlety of a corral gate opening and horses running into an unconfined field.
You’re not likely to hesitate when a barrier moves out of the way, or a key dangles before you, or incentive erupts to leap out of the safety of the known and into a personal adventure.
The weather may still be under the heavy hand of winter, but the doldrums are in for a good shaking off. This Moon is full of surprises, breakthroughs, brilliant ideas and blasts of excitement. They come out of the blue and turn your experience of reality on a dime (in hair-pin turns, at that).
The volatility has staying power, too. The urgings you follow now will percolate for the next 12 months, and heat up again (and how!) in the fall. This New Moon is Chinese New Year, marking the start of the year of the horse. (See first paragraph above.) While the last two Chinese years immersed us in deep, dark, often unpleasant waters, this one sets a different tone from the start. The traits of horse are a guiding metaphor for the energy of the year, portending powerful, at times unbridled, movement.
The rearing and raring qualities will flare up again in October, when a round robin of energy known as a grand trine roars through the fire signs. This week’s event, like that energy in the fall, stoke your desire and ability to put your own individual stamp on the ongoing change and restructuring that has been running rampant in your inner and outer worlds.
This Moon has the cooperation of the ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, the cosmic wild card, rebel, and awakener, and the agent of volatile, unforeseeable change. He is locked in a several year battle with Pluto, lord of death and rebirth and the agent of unavoidable change. Pluto has been receiving the brunt of the attention and energy since Christmas, with deep level restructuring being forced to the surface and into awareness. The balance of focus and power is shifting now, quickly and radically.
Uranus’ helpful link to the Aquarius New Moon inspires and excites actively participating in the ongoing restructuring — standing up, fighting back, stepping out of the norm and taking risks that scream, “What do I have to lose?” These actions and reactions have a pronounced hair-trigger quality, which means the direction you are looking will affect and largely determine the direction you leap.
Fortunately, the past six weeks have delivered encouragement and opportunity galore to choose that direction consciously and wisely. Pluto’s lead role in the major activity since Christmas (the cardinal t-square and Capricorn New Moon) has cut a lot out and given a sharper, narrow focus on what is most important. Re-evaluating the worth and long-term viability of relationships and more has also been ongoing, too, because of the retrograde of Venus, the ruler of all we hold dear (love, money, beauty, creativity, values).
The final hours of that retrograde are imprinted on this New Moon. Venus stations direct the next day. What you have revisited, revalued, and learned during her retrograde is part of the platform from which you will spring to action. You put away some toys, desires, trifles, goals and connections, while remembering or discovering the value of others. This process prepared you for (and bodes well) for catapulting into life-enhancing directions now, rather than landing on dead-end streets.
If you’re still caught up in letting go, Uranian bolts will likely break you from it. More information may help as well. The New Moon is tingling with the possibilities of that. It takes place just before Mercury, ruler of our minds and information flow, leaves the objectivity of Aquarius for the empathic, we-are-one waters of Pisces. He’ll back back in Aquarius shortly, however, after he goes retrograde next week.
The long process of looking backwards is winding down. Your gaze is shifting to the future, and so are your footsteps. Next month’s Mercury retrograde will bring certain topics back up for further research. The underlying question will not be “Where have I been?”, however, but “Where am I going?” And sometimes, after the fact, “Where have I leapt?”
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