This first New Moon of 2020 and the first New Moon of the decade is in the air sign, Aquarius, ushering in a very auspicious energy shift following the intensity of the last two eclipses and the Saturn/Pluto conjunction exact on January 12th (see my Full Moon in Cancer Update 1/10/2020) The Chinese Lunar New Year coincides with this New Moon falling in the sign of the White Metal Rat. Rat is the first animal sign and connected to water, especially rain. Rat is very intelligent and uses its resourceful thinking for survival and quick-witted problem solving under pressure. The energy of the White Metal Rat year can be utilized as global weather problems increase. This is the year to think responsibly and act accordingly!
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All New Moons are new beginnings, and this New Moon also marks the beginning of a New Year, new decade, and new cycle. Aquarius is an air sign and asks us to “think” responsibly. It is also the sign most equated with personal freedom and independence (ruled by the planet Uranus); therefore, breaking out of old patterns of inequality and power abuse (on every level) is the karmic lesson. Aquarius signifies the importance of community, collaboration and “group “consciousness.
This New Year 2020 began with a tumultuous wave of astrological energy signified by the Saturn/ Pluto conjunction in Capricorn (survival issues): cataclysmic firestorms, devastating weather patterns, the threat of war and the ousting of a sitting president all set the stage for an extremely challenging year, if we are not ready to face our collective shadows and bring them to the light. With this Aquarius New Moon, humanity is learning the karmic lessons of balancing Heart and Intellect; personal power with group mind. We are entering a point of critical mass balancing lessons going back to Atlantis, in the Age of Leo 13,000 years ago. The sign Aquarius (opposite the sign of Leo) is the “Water Bearer” of the zodiac, but what he pours is not liquid, but energy. We receive the “elixir of the gods” as electromagnetic frequency. Our brains get “amped up”, and new neuronal pathways open up. The brain and the heart must be connected (Leo and Aquarius) for enlightenment to occur as symbolized in the human-headed Lion Sphinx of Giza, the major stargate portal that connects humanity with its past and possible futures. We are already shifting into the New Age, of Aquarius, but the transmutation process is not an easy one. We, humans, are responsible for the New Earth we are creating. Let us do it through Love, Wisdom and Cooperation.
The Aquarian New Moon is an air sign which symbolizes intuition and perception. Aquarius is the sign of the progressive thinker, the bohemian artist, the political reformer, as well as the scientist, the astrologer, the computer whiz, and closet rebel. If you have the Moon in Aquarius, this is your personal New Moon. Aquarians are usually very cool, calm and collected personalities, which make them very interesting to other people. They can also be great humanitarians working for a cause or philosophy, whether it is in the arts or sciences. Famous Moon in Aquarius personalities: John Lennon, Lady Diana Spencer, and John F Kennedy, Jr. Although they are “group minded” with a diverse array of friends, Aquarians often prefer to be alone. You can usually find them working alone, but in the midst of a crowded, bohemian coffee shop. The Moon in Aquarius heightens our intuitive abilities. It’s a great time for an astrology reading, reiki or crystal energy work.
If you have any planets in early degrees of Aquarius (or Aquarius rising in your birth chart), you will also be affected by this New Moon. You are more receptive to receiving (or giving) information on a body/mind/spirit level. Your inner radar is working at plus ten! Trust your inner voice at this time. We all have a soul purpose, and an authentic self, which differs from what family, friends, or society have imprinted on us. Take a personal inventory; are you following your own path? We all have responsibilities and duties in life, but self -expression does not necessarily have to be stifled in order to take care of them. Voicing your opinion and taking a stand on something that you believe in can make a difference in the world around you. (Just be sure to allow others the same privilege). Creativity comes in many forms. Dare to be different. We don’t all have to be successful artists, but volunteering your time and energy to a worthy cause is a rather unique way to share your talents with others. In this age of technology, our thoughts and ideas can be transmitted globally in a matter of seconds; it is important to remember that “with knowledge comes power AND responsibility”.
The New Moon is a great time to set goals for the future and to expand your vision. Aquarius is all about evolution. This is the time to move past fear, break free of old limiting beliefs and breathe new life into your cells. The message of this New Moon in Aquarius is “Know Thyself”.
Sun/Moon in Aquarius Square Uranus in Taurus:
This aspect can be quite challenging, but also quite invigorating, if we know how to “go with the flow”. We can definitely “expect the unexpected now”, so stubbornness, rigidity, and inflexible attitudes can cause major downfalls. Although Aquarius energy can be likened to a “breath of fresh air”, sometimes opening a long “stuck” window can create a bit of chaos in the atmosphere. The confusion stirred up by political “house-cleaning” is one manifestation, as well as ever-increasing turbulent weather such as cyclones, tornadoes, etc. We may see an increase of news stories concerning technology and national security problems. A positive use of this aspect would be technology to harness wind power for energy consumption. On a personal level, be open to new ideas and new situations in your life, as you may gain some new insights concerning old problems, especially in the house where the sign of Aquarius falls in your birth chart.
Venus and Neptune conjoin in the sign of Pisces showing us the way out of chaos and confusion is through compassion, spirituality, and the arts. Taking care of our bodies is a necessity, not a luxury now. Healing comes in many forms. Follow your heart!
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Egyptian Goddess Nut /Dendera Temple
In ancient Egypt, the sign Aquarius was associated with the Sky Goddess Nut, whose body arches over earth to form the vault of heaven and the heart of the Milky Way. In the hieroglyphic system, the sacred water jar was the symbol of the Goddess Nut, as well as the feminine principle. This key symbol, the sacred vessel, represents the womb of the Great Mother, the Grail of cosmic consciousness. Inside her chapel at Dendera Temple, the ancient Egyptian New Year was celebrated as the star Sirius rose in the heavens. It was a time of renewal, hope and optimism that the Great Goddess would bestow her blessings on the land through the abundance of the life-giving Nile. If Isis is the World Mother, then Nut is our Star Mother. Like the Star card in the Tarot deck, she gives us hope for the future. She is the harbinger of the New Age of Aquarius. A new world is being born.