Greetings on this day of the Aquarius new Moon. This will occur at 4:07 pm PST Friday, January 27th at 8° 15’ of Aquarius. On a general chart for the West coast of the US this transpires in the 7th house of the chart. The 7th house is about interaction with the other. At a basic level this is related to the experience of coming out of oneself to engage and learn with others by listening and sharing experiences to understand potential opportunity to grow personally and collectively. Many folks have portrayed the 7th house partnership process in terms of relationship, and this while true, is not the only factor in play. More importantly where this occurs in a particular house placement in your chart is the area of life that it would be most beneficial to set intentions for that arena to manifest during the next cycle of life. The Sabian symbol for this 9th degree of Aquarius is: (AQUARIUS 9°): A FLAG IS SEEN TURNING INTO AN EAGLE.
KEYNOTE: The dynamic incorporation of new social values in individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and greatest significance of these values.
This symbol nearly duplicates the one for Sagittarius 12°, but in this fivefold sequence it has a somewhat different meaning, especially since the last term of the mysterious transformation (i.e. the crowing of the eagle in chanticleer’s fashion) is omitted. All that is implied here is the vitalization of a powerful symbol, its embodiment in a living reality, i.e. in a person able to fly in consciousness to the highest spiritual realm. The archetype is given living substance and wings. The Image has become a Power.
This fourth stage symbol, as usual, gives us a technical suggestion. To “see” the new archetype, to perceive the new standard of value with one’s mind is not enough. The seer must become the doer. The impersonal is dynamized and brought into focus. We have here the ACTING OUT of the vision.
Personally I am excited by this new Moon as it transpires within a very short window of my solar return at 6:33 pm MST where I am currently. Come along with me as we consider the astrology energetic of this time frame….
The current configurations are: waning opposition of Uranus in Aries to Jupiter in Libra still quite strong; Mercury applying to conjunct Pluto at 15° and 17° of Capricorn; Venus applying to conjunction with Mars in the last degrees of Pisces; and Venus just by a few minutes separating from a square with Saturn at 24° of Pisces and Sagittarius.
Since not all of you can make heads or tails out of the astro-speak I will attempt to paint a picture for you to follow in your own worlds.
The Uranus Jupiter opposition has been in effect for some time and will continue for a little while longer. Uranus in Aries I doing its 8-year cycle there. Jupiter in Libra is about a year in duration. Aries is the archetype of the individual with a strong overlay of the impulsive, initiating and sometimes “hello world here I am and I am ready to start something” attitude. There is a raw sense of newness to Aries. Libra on the other hand is that beginning step we all must begin as we step out into the collective and discover we are not all the same. Uranus spins a wheel of unpredictability into any situation with a touch of rebelliousness to shake things up substantially. Jupiter, the largest planet in our grouping of space, seeks to enlarge everything it encounters. To put this succinctly currently the individual is trying to locate something that will keep them from upsetting the apple cart while there is a push to facilitate meaningful interaction with others that will enhance why we have been drawn together. The opposition factor is applying some tension to this format as they both arm wrestle for supremacy.
Capricorn is the archetype of the executive or the one attempting to call the shots of what is required to maintain a positive forward direction. The mountain goat attempts to ascend the mountain of possibility. Mercury is there dancing with Pluto brings together how communication potential is engaging with the most potent transformational energy of all (Pluto). How one engages (or not) with the Pluto archetype can be either quite devastating from the deconstruction side of the equation or powerfully transformative in a re-birthing process. Both of the Plutonian factors are required as sequential steps for active life. Mercury in this mix is asking for some conversation about this process at the collective level. So these days there is a lot to mull over and not advisable to just keep it to yourself. We are being required to step up to the plate and are counted on as there is a lot at stake.
Here is the Sabian symbol for the degree where Mercury will conjoin with Pluto:
(CAPRICORN 18°): THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A BRITISH WARSHIP.
KEYNOTE: The protection afforded to individuals and groups by powerful institutions in charge of maintaining order.
This symbol reflects conditions prevailing in the past when Great Britain’s fleet was policing the seas under the international principle of the freedom of the seas. Times have changed, but the concept remains valid. Power is required to maintain social order and relatively peaceful interpersonal as well as international relationships. Alas, this power can easily be misused under the pretext of preserving “law and order.” justice and compassion must balance social power, and especially the power of privileged groups. Where this symbol appears, the need for protection may be in evidence, or it may be a warning against using power for selfish advantage.
This is the third symbol in the fifty-eighth fivefold sequence. It brings to us a realization of the ambivalence of POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers.
Pisces is the ultimate sign of the zodiac. It is in this profoundly deep oceanic realm that we are brought into the consideration of what it means to each of us to engage with what we are discovering is our soul or spiritual core reality. Venus, that beautiful bright evening celestial ornament these days, sings to us to inspire our artistic sides that may express itself in fine art or effective interaction with others from as simple as a love relationship to partnerships for many reasons. She chases Mars our action hero who will move out of Pisces into Aries where there will be a substantial energy uptick beginning tomorrow. Mars can as well be seen as a warrior and landing back in it’s home turf of Aries it will be helpful for each of us to set a trajectory for meaningful battles going forward. I definitely am not instigating thoughts of war, as there are magical arenas of peaceful transition that do not rely on overt destruction as their methodology. This is very important at this time of transition as there will be those who lean into the fight side of existence at all costs but one might wonder about the objectives. Venus and it’s very receptive qualities will not be able to catch up with Mars any time soon even though it moves into Pisces itself on February 3rd. The reason for this is because she is going to be slowing down this month and going retrograde in early March. I think the key factor to keep in mind for this new Moon is that Mars and Venus, while still in Pisces, provide us a small but important window to setting in motion a context within which we enfold the larger cycle we are part of.
Our last yet vital consideration is the separating square between Venus and Saturn. Saturn can be referred to as the teacher planet. It is often referred to when one is considering life lessons. These are the ones that can change the direction of ones trajectory if one is paying attention to the signs. They are so important that if you miss the opportunity they will come around again to see if your ready to go thru the necessary changes in your personal discovery. I am being pointed on this one as today as the day began Venus and Saturn were exactly square which is an aspect that has been in the works for the last week or so. Squares can be problematic. In this case we have Saturn in a fire sign and Venus is in a water sign. It is an elemental thing. Fire and water do not easily do the dance in quite the same fashion. Since nothing exists in a vacuum, even in astrology, the two signs of Sagittarius (Saturn) and Pisces (Venus) are both ruled traditionally by Jupiter. So one could perceive that Jupiter is acting as a middleman to this aspect. Since Jupiter is in Libra that is ruled by Venus the aspect of congenial relationship is like a trump card in this consideration. Yet, there may still be some tension in the air as Saturn in Sagittarius is attempting to facilitate a format that is aiming at folks engaging in consideration of meaningful context when it comes to multicultural interchange of ideas vs. at the same time there are those whose rigid interpretation of dogmatic religious formats have interpreted their chosen direction as being superior to anyone else’s and would fight to the death to prove it. Venus’ swim in the oceanic depths of Pisces has been doing a dance with eternity and the potential for agape love with all of creation.
This Saturn/Venus dance may seem to be waning but the retrograde motion of Venus will once again bring this square factor into play when they once again square each other on April 10th of this year at 27° of Sagittarius/Pisces. I am posting the Sabian symbols for both Saturn and Venus when they reconvene the square. As you read them pay attention to the potential for right use of this energy signature if we play our cards effectively with our intention setting for this new moon cycle we are beginning.
(PISCES 28°): A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON REVEALS A VARIETY OF FULL-GROWN VEGETABLES.
KEYNOTE: The full satisfaction of the individual’s basic needs.
This symbol would seem a duplication of the preceding one, but if it is related to the first of this five-fold series (Phase 356) it’s meaning becomes clear. What is stressed now is not the full moon itself or its light, but the moon’s power to call forth the instinctive urge for growth; many things respond in many different ways. The symbol refers to a typical garden, not to a field. Such a garden contains a variety of plants, herbs and vegetables grown specifically to fill an equal variety of human needs and tastes.
In this sense the third symbol of this seventy-second sequence combines the meanings of the first two. It is a symbol of ABUNDANCE, an abundance fitted to individualized requirements and wants.
(SAGITTARIUS 28°): AN OLD BRIDGE OVER A BEAUTIFUL STREAM IS STILL IN CONSTANT USE.
KEYNOTE: The enduring elements in a society which reveal its ability, to significantly link the genius of its individuals to the everyday needs of the collectivity.
This symbol brings together, as it were, the essential values implied in the two preceding ones. The mastery over material factors of a few imaginative and trained individuals enables their community to remain well integrated and able to function easily in the best possible environment. The work of these sculptor engineers allows their people to develop a relatively permanent culture. A tradition is built which enables men to link their outer nature with the highest vision their leaders can conceive and objectively demonstrate.
This third symbol of the fifty-fourth sequence also suggests the way in which the works of man can blend harmoniously with natural environment in producing beautiful and enduring shapes of profound meaning. Reacting against the ugliness of our commercial and chaotic cities and highways, today we tend to long for “wilderness.” But the combination of natural beauty and human skill and imagination is the true ideal to strive for. As Keywords we might use the title of an excellent book by the architect Claude Bragdon: THE BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY.
Okay, as if that is not enough this is the beginning of the Chinese new year that is the year of the fore rooster. If you want to read more about it here is a link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2577084/chinese-new-year-2017-when-animal-fire-rooster/
I am not well versed in the Chinese system of astrology but must admit since it is my birthday this year at the beginning of this set of cycles I will be investigating.
Sorry for the lengthy consideration but there is a lot coming to focus on many different levels currently and I did not want anyone to miss out on these opportunities. On a side note I was present last evening as my mother in law took her last breath of this current incarnation and am sending her on her way with the rest of her soul’s journey. There are no mistakes and I had set in motion last year to be in this part of the world for some dental work in Tijuana and close enough to experience this transition here in Phoenix. Life works.