NOTE: The location of any planet is determined by the minutes and degrees within a sign. For example, a New Moon in Libra might be located at 22°16’ (i.e., 22 degrees and 16 minutes of Libra). Each of the 29 degrees (°) in an astrological sign is broken down into 59 minutes (59’); Normally, when calculating the degree of a New or Full Moon, most astrologers will round up any minutes to the nearest degree. For example, if a New Moon in Libra was located at 22°16’, then I would tell you that the New Moon was located at 23° of Libra. This is what I normally do in these Moon Updates, and this approach works most of the time unless the Moon is located at 29° and any number of minutes (e.g., 29°03’, 29°48’). To round up to the nearest degree will move the Moon to the next sign because there are only 29 degrees in each sign. This is the case with this New Moon in Aquarius and the New Moon in Pisces occurring on March 20. Therefore, I will not be rounding the degree upward in these two Moon Updates.
In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 3:47 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 29°59’ of Aquarius. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 29°59’ of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.
As occasionally happens, we are experiencing two New Moons in Aquarius this year. The last one occurred on January 20, about three hours after the Sun and Moon moved into the sign of Aquarius (0°08’). This New Moon is occurring at 29°59’ of Aquarius, about two minutes before the Sun and Moon move out of Aquarius and into the sign of Pisces. The 29th degree of any sign is considered a “critical degree”; a time when there’s one final push to clear up any issues associated with that sign.
But this New Moon is rare in that it is occurring at the very last degree and the very last minute of one sign before moving into the next sign. This provides us with a dynamic opportunity to blend the qualities of the two signs involved. Aquarius is an air sign, which is a mental energy that may make intuitive leaps but still requires proof. Pisces is a water sign, which is associated with emotions and total immersion in order to know when something is “true.” The objectivity and detachment of Aquarius can now be integrated with the subjectivity and emotional depth of Pisces. We may all see more clearly how we are both part of the human race (Aquarius) and part of something even greater . . . the plants, animals, Mother Earth, and even the Universe and the Divine (Pisces). We can merge our minds and our wisdom (Aquarius) with our emotions and insights (Pisces), and this can lead to intellectual understanding colored by spirituality and compassion. This is a portal; a time when we can understand that there are many realities. This can open up new pathways and possibilities for us individually and collectively.
This second New Moon in Aquarius is also the second of six SuperMoons this year, which is when the Moon is closest in its approach to the Earth (perigee), and the Moon is also in a very close alignment with the Sun and Earth (syzygy). This adds even more power to the New Moon by placing pressure for change on Mother Earth (e.g., tides, gravitational pulls) and on our psyches and unconscious. We may, therefore, experience larger than usual shifts in understanding when SuperMoons are present.
The day after the New Moon (Thursday, February 19), Mars moves out of Pisces and into its home sign of Aries. The energy of Mars in Aries can be impatient. When combined with the energy of this New Moon, we may experience a sense of urgency regarding putting the faith, compassion, imagination, dreams, and spirituality of Pisces into action. Luckily, a sextile (60°) between Mercury and Saturn the same day will help us think and communicate clearly about how we want to bring our dreams and ideals into concrete form. We just need to be a little cautious that the sometimes impetuous energy of Mars in Aries doesn’t result in reckless decisions. This aspect is better used to brighten our lives with possibilities that weren’t clearly present before.
Then the very next day (Friday, February 20), Venus joins Mars in Aries. Although we can be impulsive in our spending or affections when Venus is in fiery Aries, we will feel even more motivated to go after whatever we desire most . . . be that a person, thing, or even a state of mind. And the next day (Saturday, February 21), Venus and Mars are conjunct (0°), which will make for a day filled with both passion and romance. Even if you aren’t in a significant relationship, you will feel the urge to engage in whatever forms of pleasure you enjoy. Physical pleasures, in particular, are highlighted.
Monday, February 23, sees a sobering square (90°) between the Sun and Saturn. After the fun and romance of the weekend, this energy could feel a bit harsh because it brings a heavy dose of realism. We may feel blocked in our path, and sacrifices might be necessary. But this aspect does reward discipline and determination. Small, well-planned steps will be more productive than huge leaps.
A trine (120°) between Venus and Saturn the next day (Tuesday, February 24), provides us with an opportunity to be practical and sensible about our finances and matters of the heart. Our professional relationships can also benefit. We may solidify a business or personal commitment or relationship. Tangible help or solid advice may come from old friends or authority figures. This is a nice day to enjoy the simple pleasures of friendship.
Wednesday, February 25, could be an inspiring day. Neptune will conjunct (0°) the Sun and square (90°) the Moon, which would normally result in a thick layer of fog moving into our mental and emotional worlds that would obscure our vision. However, Saturn provides a stabilizing force by opposing (180°) the Moon and squaring (90°) the Sun and Neptune. Saturn provides us with disciple, direction, and commitment to helping and healing. Its presence will bring reality into dreamland by helping us stretch our limits and allow magic to enter our lives without causing any internal or external structures to crumble. Additionally, Saturn forms a beneficial trine (120°) to Mars in Aries, which will likely help us put our passion to productive use.
Finally, on Sunday, March 1, Mercury will sextile (60°) Uranus and be in opposition (180°) to Jupiter. This could mean that we are thinking a lot (Mercury) about our philosophical or idealistic beliefs (Jupiter), and we could come up with some ingenious, out-of-the-box solutions (Uranus). The same day, Mercury opposes (180°) Jupiter, which can result in overstating or overpromising due to our inability to see the difference between facts (Mercury) and our beliefs (Jupiter). However, it can also just as easily result in fresh concepts and playful words that help lighten the mood and support us in thinking beyond our usual limited vision.
Overall, this New Moon at the last degree and minute of Aquarius, is asking us to understand that we are all interdependent. We can achieve much more when working together collaboratively. Because the Sun moves into the sign of Pisces within two minutes of this New Moon, we may experience positive growth or expansion in the areas of our intuition, imagination, creativity, and all states of higher consciousness (e.g., meditation). Within about a month, we will begin feeling the effects of the final of seven exact squares between Uranus and Pluto, so this New Moon in the final degree and final minute of Aquarius supports us in evolving past our false perceptions of separation and toward a new understanding of interconnectedness that is associated with the sign of Pisces. We are being reminded that, “In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us, helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together.” (Anita Moorjani)
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
New Moon at 29°59’ of Aquarius
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:47 p.m. PST
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:47 p.m. EST
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 11:47 p.m. GMT