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Happy New Year! Happy New Moon!

Year of the HorseDark of the Moon
New beginnings
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Plant a seed tonight
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What we envision
Will come to be
By the Full Moon’s light.

Gung Hay Fat Choy, y’all!

New Moon: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm EST

Today is a day of HUGE potential and power! For starters, it’s the New (Super)Moon in Aquarius, heralding the Lunar New Year — officially celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world’s population; and unofficially, a lot more than that!

If you have been wishing you could get a fresh start after some possible missteps since the Jan. 1 New Year’s, your wish can be granted on this most auspicious day!

Popularly (but inaccurately) known as Chinese New Year’s, it is celebrated in countries all over East Asia and arrives on the New Moon of Aquarius. This year ushers in the Year of the Wood Horse. How perfect for our Chariot Tarot Year!

Chinese astrologer Susan Levitt notes,  “[The] Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. This new Moon starts a Fire Tiger month so new energy arrives with a roar.”

She continues:

“Horse and Tiger are best friends (along with Dog) so right away the Horse energy is in synch. Even retrograde planets won’t slow down the lively energy of Horse and Tiger. Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto are in a square that could cause chaos or confusion.

“But the strong Horse thrives on chaos and action. Problems? Under the influence of the Horse, just keep moving forward and create change. Last year, the Water Snake was the time for thoughtful contemplation. Now in the Horse year, it is the time to act!  Horse year luck is strong for Horse, Tiger, Dog, and Sheep.”

The Black Moon

Being the second New Moon in a calendar month, this is also a rare “Black Moon.” We may be more familiar with Blue Moons, which is when there are two Full Moons in a month.

Astrologer Dikki Jo Mullen notes, “Usually occurring every two and a half to three years or so, the Black Moon comes when a month has two New Moons (instead of the usual single New Moon). The double lunation is associated with higher consciousness, hidden wisdom, the deepening of communication with the angelic, fairy, and spiritual realms. Light a black or silver candle and meditate on the magic of other dimensions.”

This presents us with a spectacular opportunity for a fresh do-over, for this new year. The New Moon’s energy can assist you with letting go of past habits, attitudes and physical items that no longer nurture you. This month, you have a double-whammy of power and potential.

Aquarius New Moon and the Horse

Tomorrow, Venus, the Goddess of Love, ends her six-week retrograde, but Simone Butler admonishes us to “hold our horses before doing anything rash, especially where relationships are concerned.” The rest of her post, along with the other articles in Mooncircles, is terrific. You’ll probably recall that this is also the site for the always-wonderful Three-Minute Moon Ritual.

Want more? I hope so! Because you would not want to miss what my good friend Lynn Hayes has to say about this New Moon’s fantastic energies:

The way to the New Moon on January 30 is paved by a harmonious sextile aspect from the Sun to Uranus today (January 29th). The Sun bestows life-giving energy and positive life force, and when it harmonizes with Uranus, the planet of awakening and change, there is a blossoming of potential that stirs the soul and inspires a departure from the ordinary. Anything is possible now, but… (click here to continue.. )

And last but not least, words of wisdom from awesome visionary, Dan Furst. Here is, in part, what he has to say about this new magical Moon:

This Dark Moon forms a 60° sextile to Uranus in Aquarius, and mollifies somewhat the tension of the ongoing 90° square between Uranus and Pluto in Capricorn.

In the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic tree calendar used by devotees of the faerie path, this second New Moon following the December Solstice begins Luis, or rowan month. The rowan is considered especially efficacious for protection, healing and divination.

Curiously, a lunar New Year festival period of roughly three days, beginning at the New Moon during Aquarius month, was celebrated in ancient Europe for many centuries before Julius Caesar fixed the start of the New Year at Jan. 1 on a 12-month solar calendar. This became the basis of the 16th-century Gregorian calendar, now the standard for time reckoning in Europe, the Americas and other lands colonized by European explorers.

The implications of this — that all the peoples of Eurasia once lived by a single lunar calendar, but were split from each other when the new solar calendar divided West from East, solar from lunar, intellect from intuition, masculine from feminine, etc. — is at the root of the cultural rift that has separated orient and occident ever since.

In ancient Eurasia, peoples everywhere celebrated this festival as one of the three great turning points in the cycle of the Triple Goddess, the moment when the aged Wise Woman transmutes back into the Virgin who carries new life. Patriarchal religions have since taken over the show, but whether they can long continue to produce it remains to be seen, as the new Aquarian Age favors neither male nor female, but a complementary balance of the two.

And so we also prepare for the celebration of this powerful transformation known as Imbolc, coming in just two days. We honor the Goddess Brigid, and the Maiden’s rebirth.

Meantime, may your Moon rites be blessed, and all your wishes and new beginnings simply splendid!