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Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday 2/10/2013: New Moon in Aquarius

The New Moon in Aquarius officially begins at 2:20AM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Next week will be about planting seeds to turn your intentions into reality. Around the 17th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 25th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on March 4th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on March 11th.

A New Moon in Aquarius suggests a need — or an opportunity — to break free of limitations to your unique individual expression. Aquarius is an airy/mental, organizing and  humanitarian energy that seeks to be of social significance, often serving a social cause on one fringe or another. The Aquarian need for breakthroughs and/or breakouts can be shocking or at the very least, disruptive to the status quo.  How are you planning to shake things up, to break free, to express yourself without compromise during this lunar cycle?

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This New Moon occurs at 22 degrees of Aquarius, so it will be more active in your life if you were born around  the 10th of February, May, August or October…or if you have a planet at 22 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. This New Moon energy suggests a spark of inspiration that aims to be helpful and liberating in a big, attention-getting way. I say this because in the chart for the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are not connected any other planets in the chart. They are isolated — which suggests to me that certainly in headlines, we are likely to see a number of declarations of independence or breakthroughs that are challenging to integrate. It would not surprise me if the most startling events involve women/the feminine/maternal. These will likely be countered by a few mind-boggling efforts to impose control.

In contrast to the isolated Sun-Moon conjunction, there are plenty of connections among the rest of the planets, suggesting a spirit of — if not cooperation — then certainly communication. A pile-up of planets in watery Pisces, challenged by expansive Jupiter in information-junkie Gemini suggests grand visions and/or delusions (take your pick) initiated with boundless energy. The major challenge to the vision is one of seemingly stubborn, fixed cost. If cuts need to be made, planetary patterns for this cycle do suggest practical solutions can be found to produce a functional Plan B, if the parties involved can be more sensitive and flexible.

For some reason, the Crosby, Stills & Nash song “Find the Cost of Freedom” has now popped into my head, demanding it be shared. So here is the original (on glorious crackling vinyl); here is a shorter, recent concert version (still glorious) and here is the backstory to the song, which was written in the aftermath of the shockingly disruptive Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the mid-60s. As regular readers know, we are just beginning a potentially more disruptive period of several years, marked by the current Uranus-Pluto square. Apply this song to themes we’ll be seeing at a national and global level during this lunar cycle.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon supports the concept of  dreams we create to embellish, cushion or cover a hard reality. For 22 Aquarius, we find “a rug placed on the floor for children to play”.  Think about it. With gratitude to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for pointing out that the nature of play (Latin ludere) is “to go beyond bounds of normal containment” — and that is what you are encouraged to do over the next four weeks. Test your limits — and if you can’t play for the fun of it, make it a science project (Aquarius is very tech-savvy). Perhaps your focus may be to simply embellish or cushion a space where you can comfortably play, which for me means creating a more ergonomically correct workspace so I can calculate charts and write forecasts. What about you?

You’ll have plenty of time to mull over your grand scheme for play on Sunday, as the Moon goes void-of-course at 2:20AM ET…not to enter Pisces (more dreams!) until 4:20PM ET. Do something physical while you are mulling,  especially if you were born around the 26th of February, May, August or November…or if you have a planet at 6 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. Otherwise, a potentially bombastic connection between Mars and Jupiter may make you insufferable.

Finally, for those who are curious, here’s an explanation of the origin of the Sabian Symbols. If you are not conversant in the language of astrology, just accept the premise that in a New Moon chart, the Sabian Symbol provides a clue to the agenda for the whole cycle. I see this a lot in the headlines.  For example, last month’s symbol was “a general acknowledging defeat gracefully,” and Lance Armstrong finally admitting he doped was one of the biggest stories. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 1/11/13: New Moon in Capricorn

The New Moon in Capricorn officially begins at 2:44PM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Next week will be about planting seeds to turn your intentions into reality. Around the 18th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 26th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on February 3rd, we can review our achievements (or lack thereof), tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on February 10th.  This concludes a very brief 411 on the lunar cycle and how you can make it work for you. You are most welcome, and a tip jar will be passed around at the end of this forecast.

A New Moon in Capricorn suggests an opportunity to make things happen. Capricorn is an extremely enterprising, social-climbing energy which means business like no other sign in the zodiac. Capricorn knows how to use resources (including people) to get what it needs, which is to move things forward. What are you intending to move forward during this cycle?

This New Moon energy suggests a spark of inspiration that aims to be practical, yet is also idealistic in a big, attention-getting way. I say this because in the chart for the New Moon, mental Mercury (ideas) is linked with Sun and Moon, but none of those three planets are connected any other planets in the chart. They are isolated — which suggests to me that certainly in headlines, we are likely to see a number of fabulous ideas proposed that are challenging to integrate. Maybe they’re too just big to be fully accomplished at this time. And my hunch here would seem to be supported by the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon, which is “a general accepting defeat gracefully.”

For those who are curious, here’s an explanation of the origin of the Sabian Symbols. If you are not conversant in the language of astrology, just accept the premise that in a New Moon chart, the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the New Moon often sets the agenda for the whole cycle. I see this a lot in the headlines.  For example, I had a feeling of foreboding when I wrote the New Moon forecast posted on July 19th, 2012, because the Sabian Symbol was “a violent storm in a canyon filled with expensive homes”. Not only that, but aggressive Mars was in a volatile aspect with ruthless Pluto and shocking Uranus, suggesting an explosive event would disrupt the status quo. And just after midnight on July 20th, the Aurora shooting occurred — and dominated the headlines for the whole month. Coincidence or conspiracy?

OK. So. “A general accepting defeat gracefully”. How do we apply this in real life? What can we expect? First, a strong suggestion of the old saying, “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game”. Integrity, honor, reputation will be key to success, regardless of the outcome of the quest. Even if the quest fails, you will be considered successful if you act with integrity and are wise enough to know when you must surrender to a higher power. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee observes that “a general symbolically acknowledges defeat by surrendering his sword…relinquishing all intention of directing an attack; disarming conflict”. Look for these themes in the headlines and in your own personal world. One way I see this manifesting will be in the debate around gun control in United States, which is getting especially heated now that action is being threatened….

One other strong pattern in the New Moon chart is Venus (referring to women, social expression, aesthetics, finance) in a challenging pattern with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. We experienced this pattern last year during the weeks of August 13th and October 29th — — read the posts for those weeks for a recap of expectations and actual news events.  In a nutshell, this pattern suggests sudden attractions and alliances with unusual partners; unconventional social expression and sexual orientation; social expression that is intense, witchy-bitchy, and/or emotionally cathartic. In your own personal world during this lunar cycle — and especially over the next week — be open to connections and communication with others that break old established patterns and/or clear the air. You are especially affected by this Venus-Pluto-Uranus tension if you were born between the 24th and 31st of December, March, June and September…or if you have a planet between 4 and 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.

I will write another post later for the rest of the weekend and a recap of recent news I simply must point out as being perfectly in synch with planetary patterns. For now, the Moon goes void of course at 2:44PM ET, not to enter Aquarius until 4:01AM ET on Saturday. Chill, baby, chill….and contemplate how you can be that disarmingly graceful general who is setting the tone for this New Moon. For helpful hints, you might pick up a copy of The Four Agreements, whose simple rules could ensure you never, ever fail:

1. Be impeccable with your word.

2. Don’t take anything personally.

3. Don’t make assumptions.

4. Always do your best.

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To be continued…