Dark of the Moon
New beginnings .
Dark of the Moon –
Plant a seed tonight.
Dark of the Moon –
What we envision
Will come to be
By the Full Moon’s light.
Okay, I tried to be wordless today, but there really is just too much going on!
So I am going to quickly post what my friends, Elisabeth Grace and Lynn Hayes have to say about this unusually powerful New Moon. And then, I simply must celebrate the birthdays of all you cherished Piscean souls.
So on this very magical day, may your rites be blessed.
From Grace Astrology:
At 6:47PM ET, the Sun and Moon both meet up at 29 Aquarius. Blink and you’ll miss it. Moon immediately goes void — but only for one minute. It enters Pisces at 6:48PM ET, followed by the Sun in Pisces at 6:50PM ET.
It’s rare to have two New Moons in a row in the same sign. January’s New Moon was at 0 Aquarius — the very beginning. This month’s New Moon is at the very end.
So we get a second chance to focus on Aquarian concerns, including (but not limited to): innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarianism, freedom, technogeeks, and the needs of the collective as opposed to the needs of the individual. Watch for new beginnings and endings in these areas.
A New Moon offers the opportunity to re-set your intentions for the next 30 days. Make a list; light a candle; plant those seeds…
In the chart for this New Moon, the Sun and Moon are approaching contact with Saturn in Sagittarius. At the last New Moon, there was an easy communication of humanitarian ideals and how they are to be achieved. This cycle requires an ambitious advance on those ideals — at the risk of rejection.
Practical — albeit emotionally detached — planning and communication is suggested by an easy connection between mental Mercury and Sagittarius. We’ve already noted the potential of Venus and Mars coming together with prominence at the very end of Pisces — plenty of emotional resources suggested here.
With Jupiter about to make the second of three exact trines to Uranus, we see the potential for ground-breaking initiatives. Look back to events happening around September 25, 2014 — that was the first trine of the cycle. The second will be on March 3rd. The third one happens on June 22nd.
Last, but hardly least, the revolutionary Uranus-Pluto square is inching closer to its grand finale scheduled for March 16th. And by grand finale, I mean the final release of tension between two planets symbolizing revolution and transformation on a collective scale. What does that suggest? Consider and compare events that happened before and after the three Uranus-Pluto conjunctions in 1965 and 1966.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “the field of Ardath in bloom,” or, as Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee describes it,
“…an open expanse flourishing with growth from an ancient era. ‘The field of Ardath’ is a reference to ancient Babylon and a mystic meadow symbolizing the blossoming of a mystical brotherhood….associated with ‘the cradle of civilization’…a meadow without specific identity or characteristics: a symbol for all peoples in all times.”
I find it intriguing that of 360 possible Sabian Symbols, the one that shows up at this time, when events in that part of the world formerly known as Babylon are approaching critical mass, just happens to be the Symbol that specifically references — at least on one level — that location. On another level, the Symbol refers to all of us, as we collectively approach the critical mass of the seventh Uranus-Pluto square.
It is a hopeful Symbol, as Bovee notes that “a whole field in bloom suggest richness and bounty beyond imagination.” A hopeful symbol (with a garden theme) is also presented in [our very own] Tarot Card of the Week. So, let’s hope…”
Then, the savvy wisdom of Lynn Hayes further illuminates this magical moment:
The Aquarius New Moon on the 18th takes place at the 29th degree of Aquarius just a few minutes before the Sun enters Pisces.
Aquarius is symbolized by the “water bearer,” but Aquarius has nothing to do with the watery realm of emotion. Rather, it symbolizes the cleansing effect of water which purify and cleanse every aspect of human existence so that it can be illuminated and refreshed.
This is the second of two New Moons in Aquarius: the first one was at the first degree of Aquarius and this one is at the last degree. The New Moon is typically representative of a brand new beginning, but in this case we have a brand new beginning at the end of a sign which is also a completion of sorts. Aquarius lifts us above the day to day mundane reality of life on earth and gives us the perspective that comes from detachment and reason, free from emotion.
This lunation makes an inconjunct aspect to Mars in Pisces – a somewhat awkward and challenging aspect that provides tension with no possibility of resolution.
Aquarius asks that we transcend the personal in order to serve humanity, but the inconjunct aspect to Mars makes that more difficult and could create inner tension for a few days.
Mars represents the aggressive force and is not happy in Pisces anyway, so the next few days could be somewhat difficult as we attempt to assert our will (Mars) but emotions (New Moon and the Pisces influence) get in the way.
The Sun enters Pisces immediately after the New Moon, and there is an energetic shift that will melt resistance and encourage flow and a more harmonious approach to life. In the meantime, prepare to enter the bathing power of the Aquarius New Moon and be reborn into a new beginning!
Here’s to new beginnings! In fact, if you are really feeling stale since we started the solar New Year Jan. 1, take heart!
Tomorrow gives us another shot at a fresh beginning, with the Lunar New Year. Check back tomorrow for an update.