CHANGE YOUR THINKING, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Think you know your mind? Where you’re heading? What’s coming next? Think again.
The Aquarius New Moon solar eclipse on Feb. 15/16 has surprises in store.
“This one will not follow the rules.”
Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology
Christina, Zodiac Poetry, elaborates on the journey ahead:
“The time is ripe for the beginning of the end. Not everything is compatible with the better future that Aquarius, the Water Bearer, incubates for us… Tomorrow starts now. It’s a journey that requires us to travel light and leave the deadweight in the past.”
The Aquarius New Moon also begins the Chinese New Year — 2018 is the year of the Yang Earth Dog.
Let’s look at what astrologers around the Web are foreseeing for this event.
The New Moon is a partial solar eclipse, visible only from Antarctica and southern South America.
It’s at the beginning (17 of 71) of a new cycle of South Node eclipses, called Saros 150. The series began in 1729 and ends in 2973. South node eclipses help us evolve into new paradigms by releasing old ideas.
Bernadette Brady writes in Predictive Astrology that “this family of eclipses is concerned with ideas and their enthusiastic expression. If this eclipse affects your chart, you may be flooded with ideas or options. There may seem to be an element of hate, but if you can go with the new ideas, they will have positive outcomes.”
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, explains how it works:
“A Solar Eclipse is a turbocharged New Moon. Generally, New Moon rituals are perfect for planting new seeds and starting afresh. We are essentially working on the blank canvas of the dark moon where our ideas can gestate in the new moon soil. But with an Eclipse, the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth. Therefore the lunar interrupts the flow of energy. It breaks our habitual behavior and gives us a kind of cosmic reboot.
“The Moon blots out masculine/left brain energy for a while, so the feminine/right brain is flooded with instinctual and intuitive energy. This makes the unconscious, conscious, like when you become aware that you are dreaming. During an eclipse, like the lucid dream, we get that same sudden feeling of hyperawareness. We could do anything!”
It’s also on the opposite side of the sky a last August’s total eclipse at the end of Leo. We can expect issues and matters from then to come back for completion or the next phase of addressing.
Put a Ring On It
The lord of the eclipse, Saturn, cautions us to grow up and act responsibly, doubly so now that he’s in his home sign of Capricorn.
At least you may not feel like you’re forced to go it alone. Says Jamie Partridge, Astrology King:
“Venus sextile Saturn increases your need for companionship. You will want to feel loved and valued by someone, but only serious and true love will do. With an existing partner you will look for reassurance or more commitment.
“New relationships are possible, but one night stands probably won’t interest you. You are more likely to attract serious types or those also interested in long-term commitment. Teacher-student type relationships are possible, or you may attract someone much older or younger.”
Mind Over Matter
Aquarius is an air sign, known for detachment and an eagle-eye perspective. Adding to this New Moon’s mental qualities is a close conjunction to Mercury, the cosmic messenger, ruler of our thoughts and information flow.
“New beginnings will involve a clear, possibly surprising, delivery of information.”
Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology
Thinking and communicating are central to this event. Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, explores the resulting interplay between the reason and intuition:
“Moon conjunct Mercury can be very naughty or very nice; this is the trickster we are talking about, after all. At best, the combination of logic and intuition gives great common sense. This is a shape-shifting combo with rapid mood swings. A whimsical thought process will prevail. This aspect finds it hard to get to the point but is very smart at observing the small details of everyday life. The Moon does a great job of adding empathy and soften the tendency to Nerd-out….
“Moon/Mercury is clever at spinning a yarn and has the feel of the magician about it. Thoughts are things we could conjure themselves up a beautiful community arrangement if we focus on our dreams for long enough.”
Christina, Zodiac Poetry, recommends observing the mind:
“With detachment, with a neutral gaze, from an unpassioned distance. To tear down its walls, probe it, dissect it. To embrace darkness and light. Finally, to dare replacing the stale, outdated notions it contains, with the unfettered, unconstrained voice of the future Self.”
Lightning in a Bottle
The cosmic awakener and liberator, Uranus, makes his presence known too. With his easygoing aspect to the Sun, Moon and Mercury, pay special attention to those flashes of insight – some of them may be especially inspired.
The link has exciting personal potentials, says Jamie Partridge, Astrology King.
“You can make positive changes to improve your life. This is a solar eclipse of freedom and choice, with exciting new ideas and technologies to give you a happier, healthier and more enjoyable life.”
My forecast foresees innovative approaches and wild cards.
“This Moon comes with a whack on the side of the head, knocking loose new perspectives, or unexpected information, or a plot twist that changes everything, or a startling “aha!” Brilliance is on tap, with the subtlety and light touch of lightning.
“Some of what it is targeting is the upheaval of the past eight years, while Uranus has been traveling through Aries. Since this is the last time that Uranus will be in Aries while aspecting a New Moon (he moves into Taurus in May), wrapping up overtones are likely in the news that breaks. Something could make sense now in a way you would have never foreseen.”
The interplay between Mercury and Uranus, two planets of mental perception, give this eclipse the properties of a camera, says Andrew Ifandis, Cosmos of Astrology:
“The sextile to Uranus operates like the flash of the camera. The eclipse itself is the opening and closing of the shutter.
“And there goes the seed, the birth of the original, the inspirational concept. Suddenly… unexpectedly… a “Eureka” as shouted by Archimedes.”
The More You Know
Don’t be surprised if you feel a crisis of faith as Jupiter in Scorpio sows the seeds of doubt during his tension-generating square to the New Moon/Solar Eclipse. Or worse, encourages you to believe in what you know isn’t true.
“[The Moon-Mercury conjunction is an aspect that calls us to assimilate and communicate our new ideas and perceptions, without exaggerations while avoiding at the same time any overwhelming or grandiose plans.”
Andrew Ifandis, Cosmos of Astrology
“The new development (or agreement or promise) will be big and bold. Limitless potential. Limitless excitement. Tons of room for growth. If this is a new relationship (or new relationship chapter) it will start off with a rush.
“A square from Jupiter can exaggerate, so you may jump in or say ‘Yes’ before you understand the whole story. Or, the massive promise may not pan out.”
Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology
“We have nothing to lose, and broader, enticing horizons to gain, says Jupiter, currently probing the depths of Scorpio, from where he hits the New Moon with a tense, compelling square. This formation asks us to be inclusive and comprehensive in our analysis – to hold the spiritual, psychological and emotional bottom line, to acknowledge our real motives and needs, and to allow our passionate hunger for experiences to lead the way. To turn our obsessions into power, our fear into strength, our chains into freedom.”
Christina, Zodiac Poetry
As for specifics, Elsa Elsa foresees:
“Big news that travels. Or shocking news around the world.
“Bright ideas that provide opportunity.
“A Change of heart (Sun), feelings (Moon), thoughts (Mercury) or perspective (Jupiter).
Reality vs. Illusion
Romanticizing is in the air as well. Or maybe it’s illusion. Or delusion. Don’t be surprised if you don’t know which way is up while Mars, ruler of our drive, squares off with Neptune, lord of transcendence, glamour and formlessness.
“Mars square Neptune means you should be cautious in relationships to avoid suspicion, deceit, lies and scandal. This is especially the case with sexual relationships because you may feel so attracted to someone, you become blind to their faults.”
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King
“The ardor of Mars in Sagittarius is somewhat diluted, due to the square he receives from formless Neptune in hazy Pisces. When in doubt between going against the grain and going with the flow, why not choose both?”
Christina, Zodiac Poetry
“This square speaks to the dark path ahead that accompanies all New Moons – the first few steps will be shaky. But that's ok, because you're not supposed to have it all worked out at this point. If you miss the path, you can always find it again.”
Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology
Like a tree that keeps growing, astrology’s always sprouting new ideas like new leaves. Not all astrologers use every method, but brought together, these other considerations add fascinating perspectives.
The planets are always moving across the background of stars; each star has its own tale to tell.
The New Moon/Solar eclipse is conjunct the fixed star Gienah in the wing of Cygnus the Swan. Fixed star maven Marina Macario notes that the swan is associated with Jupiter. The connection she draws parallels the Mars/Neptune potentials for seduction and deception:
“This time it is actually one of his animal disguises. Jupiter took the form of a swan to seduce Leda, Queen of Sparta.”
Asteroids & Minor Planets
The Moon’s asteroid company repeats the Venus/Saturn theme of treating relationships with respect and seriousness. The New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct Juno, goddess of marriage, and Hygeia, who evokes health and wellness.
I wrote in my own forecast:
“Unconventional and healthy ways of relating are probable outgrowths, and relationship shifts that have been brewing could suddenly lock into place.“
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, weaves the Venus/Saturn sextile into the workings of the asteroid pair.
“This is the perfect aspect to have with a solar eclipse conjunct asteroid Juno. It means this eclipse phase is ideal for getting engaged and married.
“The discussions and ideas arising from the solar eclipse about marriage, commitment and women’s health issues will be surprisingly frank, open-minded and insightful. There will be debate about modern, unusual and controversial family structures such as same-sex parenting and other nontraditional relationships.
“Hygeia adds the topics of health and medicine to the discussions on marriage and unions.”
The sky has even more to say on the topic of committed relationship. Both Venus and Saturn are inconjunct Ceres, goddess of grain, motherhood and natural cycles. Together, these three form what astrologers call a Yod, or a “Finger of God,” which places Ceres in the spotlight.
“Whatever you think is a higher power, you should feel pretty inspired by during the period leading up to the Solar Eclipse and then after. Themes are relationships with Venus being involved and Saturn for stability or commitment. It is pointing towards a traditional connection with Ceres.”
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology
Ceres is also the protective mamma, who seeks to free her daughter Kore (Persephone) after she’s abducted and raped by the underworld god Pluto. Expect the #MeToo movement to continue to pick up momentum.
Although this aspect might have its most obvious impact on people who have the Sun, Moon or other planets at 6, 7 or 8 degrees Leo, it may hold significance for all of us. Ceres, you might remember, was conjunct the Moon during the Jan. 31 Leo Full Moon lunar eclipse. The Finger of God may point to an issue from then that is getting stimulated again – and rebooted – now.
Each astrological sign can be divided into 10-degree three sections, known as decans. This New Moon/Solar Eclipse falls in Aquarius decan 3, which is ruled by the Moon and Venus.
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, views this decan as tricky territory indeed.
In this decan, “the Sun travels through the goat, the foal, the water-bearer, the swan and the male water-snake. This decan marries the swan’s unbridled imagination (and libido) with the transformative spiraling tail of the sea-goat.
“It brings the confrontation of the old with the new, so this is the most revolutionary and edgy decan of Aquarius. This is Aquarius at its most scientific and skeptical, but at the same time is open to exploring other realms, it just needs to test them out first.”
The decan’s impact on the New Moon is inherently uncomfortable. Her forecast explains:
“Austin Coppock calls this decan ‘The Knot.’ He says, ‘On a spiritual level this face represents disenchantment with the fabric of everyday life and its petty terrors. It is a divine discontentment, the same that (the Buddha,) Siddhartha Gautauma felt before he left his comfortable home.’
“Those touched by this Solar Eclipse come to peace with themselves with the fact that they will never really be accepted by society. It no longer bothers them too much as they know how messed up the system is.”
Over the years, astrologers have devised systems to assign meaning to each degree of the Zodiac. The most well-known of the past century are the Sabian Symbols, popularized by Marc Edmund Jones.
The Sabian Symbol for the 28th degree of Aquarius is: “A Tree Felled and Sawed to Ensure a Supply of Wood for the Winter.”
In his commentary on the Symbol, astrologer Dane Rudhyar explains: “In meeting the hardships inherent in an existence close to nature, strength, efficiency and intelligence are needed, but they are incorporated in a life in which every act can be part of a harmonious and beautiful ritual permeated with deep significance.”
The Aquarius New Moon falls in Lunar Mansion 26, which the Arab astrologers called Al Fargh al Mukdin (the Spout of the Water Bucket). Donna Woodwell of Donna Philosophica nicknamed it “The Muse.”
The mansion’s purpose is to inspire love and beauty. Donna advises:
“Create or be inspired by art or other forms of beauty. Pursue romance or other social engagements. But don’t waste time on what is boring or uninspired, or pursuit profit for profit’s sake.”
Summing It Up
The Aquarius New Moon solar eclipse promises to reboot our thinking and possibly our relationships and lives.
Keep an open mind. Watch for an influx of messages and communications. And remember: it’s a process, with more to be developed and revealed over the coming weeks.
Last Moon Phase: January Full Moon in Leo
Next Moon Phase: March Full Moon in Virgo
February New Moon Times and Dates:
San Francisco: Thursday, Feb. 15, 1:05 p.m. PST
New York: Thursday, Feb. 15, 4:05 p.m. EST
São Paulo: Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:05 p.m. BRST
London: Thursday, Feb. 15, 9:05 p.m. BST
Istanbul: Friday, Feb. 16, 12:05 a.m. TRT
Mumbai: Friday, Feb. 16, 2:35 a.m. IST
Tokyo: Friday, Feb. 16, 6:05 a.m. JST
Sydney: Friday, Feb. 16, 8:05 a.m. AEST
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