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2nd New Moon in Aquarius
February 18/19, 2015

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Here's the chart for the 2nd Aquarius New Moon, which is also the Chinese New Year of the (Yin Wood) Sheep, also referred to as the Chinese New Year of Green or Wooden Goat.

Check our calendars for the exact time and date in your zone.

 

Aquarius
Aquarius is associated with brotherly love, ingenuity and innovation. The house holding Aquarius in the natal chart shows an area of our life where individual freedom is extremely important. Aquarius is an intellectual sign ruled by the planets Saturn and Uranus, with an emphasis on abstract thought and idealism. Issues around social welfare, science, and futurism become emphasized during Aquarius.

New Moon at 29 degrees Aquarius 59 minutes:
This is the second New Moon in Aquarius. The first one was at 1 degree of Aquarius and this one is at 30 degrees. Approximately every 3 years there are two New Moons in a sign. However, two New Moons in the sign of Aquarius are rare, occurring less frequently than once every 200 hundred years.

The Moon moves into Pisces less than a minute after the New Moon and the Sun follows 2 minutes later. Therefore we can expect the qualities of both signs to be prevalent. Like the last lunation cycle, the overriding mood is one of idealism and unconventionality. There is an emphasis on freedom of expression, which if thwarted can lead to rebellious behavior. Creativity and originality are highlighted by a busy mind with frequent breakthroughs and insights. Additionally we have the influence of Pisces, which is associated with compassion, imagination, mysticism, spirituality and unconditional love. This combination provides us the unusual opportunity of blending compassion with humanitarian principles, heightening our intuition, and creatively reforming our intentions to accommodate our ideals.

Mercury sextile Saturn:
Communications facilitate organization.
A great time to analyze your activities for greater efficiency.

Venus conjunct Mars:
This combination highlights beauty and desire, stirs the passions, appreciates initiative, and has the tendency to rush romance.

Uranus square Pluto:
Unexpected obstacles to cooperative unity are exacerbated by a struggle between the ideals of democracy and plutocracy. It is a conflict between the individual's need for independence and freedom of expression versus the governing powers' need to maintain control. Restructuring is necessary, but the methods are in argument. At the worst it is a battle of wills. More optimistically, it is a crisis of consciousness leading to an exciting transformation of collective ideals.

This is the final square in this long-term aspect. It is exact at 15 degrees 18 minutes of Aries and Capricorn on March 16, heightening the energy throughout this lunation cycle.

Philip Sedgwick gives the following advice about working with this aspect:

Find the zone in which you perfectly function as a complete freethinking spirit. No need to be roped in by social rules that fail to fit your nature. No need to be so rebellious that you become revolting. Avoid Plutocratic urges and invoke the generosity of Pluto. Reach out to those who intend to make things better on the planet while following that path yourself. Those who get shaken out of the Tower (a la the Tarot) are those clinging to structures, situations and concepts that do not further [humanitarian goals].

Darkstar Astrology provides an in-depth look at the Uranus-Pluto square.

Our advice for this cycle:
Take all communications seriously. Dive into a new passion. Look within to see what gifts you have to offer in service to others. Imagine a better future for yourself and for the world. Have faith in your vision.

Review questions you explored for personal insight last month. Perhaps you'll come up with different responses:

  • How can you serve mankind?
  • When do you feel most rebellious and why?
  • What triggers your idealism?
  • How do you express your individuality?
  • Where and with whom would life be easier if you were a little less detached or a little more progressive?
  • What organizations are you affiliated with and what is your role within them?
  • Examine your friendships and social connections. Are they nurturing and supportive or draining and subversive?

Affirm: I am inspired and at peace.


Attune to the qualities of Aquarius with a 3-minute tarot meditation on The Star.

The Star is the flow of cosmic energy coming to Earth to be made manifest. It depicts the depth of inner consciousness that is attained through meditation. It teaches us to release our fear of isolation and to love and serve humanity.

Confer with The Star to increase self-confidence or to generate a new flow of energy and resources.

Attune to the qualities of Aquarius with a 3-minute tarot meditation on The Fool.

The Fool represents the passion and purity of purpose found in all beginnings. Cloaked in trust and innocence, he teaches us to look up and reminds us to act on our ideals. The archetype of Eternal Youth, he is Every Human on the path of life.

Confer with The Fool at the beginning of anything new.


Quote for this cycle:
"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
~ Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) German humanitarian, theologian and philosopher, 1952 Nobel Peace



A Mandala is a powerful meditational device for creating sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or color the Aquarius Mandala for this cycle.

You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.




Please check out Lynn Keefer's Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process. Click on the mandala below or the link above to see a larger version of the January Aquarius New Moon Mandala she colored last month and read about her experience with the exercise. The energy flows in beautifully from one cycle into the next.


Read more on the nature of this lunation cycle, along with how it relates to your Sun sign.

Visit our free on-line Moon Phase Calendar, where you'll find moon phase and sign information in your choice of 15 time zones. We are pleased to add 3 new editions: Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and Western Australia (also good for China, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore).

If you use and like our calendar, please click on the Facebook icon in the upper left corner of the time zone you use. Speaking of Facebook, we invite you to visit our page facebook.com/ZodiacArtsLunarPhases, which is updated at each of the 8 phases with information on how to work effectively with the current phase.



In addition to what you can find at our web site, there are some outstanding astrology resources on the web in the form of blogs. We encourage you to visit and/or subscribe to the ones listed below:

Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Drozda follows solar, lunar and numerological cycles. Keep up with her updates on her blog, Following The Moon, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.

CJ Wright at Auntie Moon writes about Ritual for the New Moon in Aquarius and other good lunar tidings. She also has two great videos: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions and Symbols of Aquarius and Uranus.

Margaret Koolman's New Moon insights can be found at her web site, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.

Jessica Shepherd at Moonkissd.com has a perceptive article about this month's New Moon titled Aquarius New Moon: The Rebel and the Victim.

April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is excellent at putting the current cosmic conditions into relatable, practical terms. We recommend her latest, Aquarius New Moon: The Greedy Cusp.

Stephanie Gailing is another of our favorites. You can visit her blog or receive her weekly entries in your mailbox via an e-mail subscription. She usually shares her insights on the new and full moons. We also recommend her book, Planetary Apothecary. Here's her post on the Aquarius New Moon.



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