In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:13 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 1° of Aquarius. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 1° 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.
New Moons provide us with opportunities to set new intentions and have new emotional starts in the sign in which they occur. This month we are focused on the sign of Aquarius, which means that we may have new beginnings in the areas of friendships, social pursuits, group activities, and/or humanitarian efforts. Our need for freedom and equality may be heightened, and we may be called to stand up for what we believe in, particularly within our community.
Aquarius is a hopeful sign, and we are encouraged to look into the future with a brand new, positive vision. During this time, it can be helpful to brainstorm, socialize, and be willing to give and receive support. Although Aquarian energy values independence, it also focuses on being responsible for others. This New Moon may help us more clearly see that burdens don’t need to be carried alone, and we are often stronger when we band together for a common cause.
New Moons in Aquarius are often times when we will comfortably “think outside the box.” As an air sign, Aquarius provides us with an increased dose of mental energy, and we often are provided with increased objectivity and detachment. A word sometimes associated with Aquarius is genius. We all have a special gift, and if you know the house in which 1° of Aquarius is located, you may be given a clue about where you may be ready to share your special genius with the world and/or where you are ready for profound collaborations with others.
Sometimes the “outside the box” thinking of a New Moon in Aquarius is thought to be unrealistic. However, a stabilizing sextile (60°) between the New Moon and Saturn may make this a time when our unique ideas may actually be responsible, realistic, and useful. With slower moving Saturn involved, the outcome may take time to develop; but progress will occur if we can be patient. And although we all may feel more independent than usual, it may be helpful to make connections with older or more experienced people or those in leadership positions.
As is true with the preceding New Moon in Capricorn, this New Moon occurs within a few hours of the Sun moving into a new sign . . . this time the sign of Aquarius. Although 1° is often quoted, the conjunction between this Sun and Moon actually occurs at 0°08’ of Aquarius. When a New Moon forms so close to the beginning of a sign (i.e., 0°00’), it accentuates the power of the new beginnings. Aquarius is the sign most associated with humanitarianism, being a visionary, inventions, and being a change agent. Individually and collectively, we are being given a unique opportunity to move forward into a better future.
This potential for change is further emphasized by a rare configuration that occurs at the time of the New Moon. Uranus continues to be in a very close square (90°) to Pluto, but Uranus is exactly conjunct (0°) the South Node and is exactly opposing (180°) to the North Node. The Nodes are not objects but are locations in space that are derived from the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and Earth. This alignment may actually be providing the potential for a collective quantum leap in consciousness. Our world may be very different by the end of this year, and we may look back at this time period as one of the most important in human history.
The day before the New Moon (Monday, January 19), sees an opposition (180°) between Venus and Jupiter. It may be challenging to focus on routine tasks with hearts blown wide open by extravagant Jupiter. Many of us will feel drawn to engage in pleasurable activities, and this alignment also provides a wonderful energy of creativity and joy. But we need to be careful not to set our expectations too high and allow our romantic feelings to be over-the-top. The same day, Mars will conjoin (0°) Neptune, which will reinforce our focus on fantasy over facts. We may want to take compassionate action on a whim, and it could be hard to explain why we made certain decisions. But on the plus side, this alignment does favor inspiration, creative activities, healing, and intuition.
The day after the New Moon (Wednesday, January 21), Mercury moves into its first of three retrograde periods during 2015. This year, all three retrograde periods occur in air signs, which means this is a year when we are going to be more objective and more able to be a witness to what is going on around us. All Mercury retrograde periods are times when our mental energy and attention turn inwards, so external events are sometimes challenging (e.g., communication, technology, travel plans). This retrograde period sees Mercury appearing to move backwards in the sign of Aquarius (it will begin moving forward again on February 11). During this 3-week time period, we are being asked to focus on “re” words, such as reflect, reevaluate, and review. We may also reconnect with old friends or past group activities. Releasing old thought patterns is particularly emphasized. It’s important during this retrograde period to let go of anything that is holding us back from expressing our genius once Mercury turns direct again in a few weeks. Using meditation or any activity that allows us to quiet the mind will be helpful now.
The need for thoughtful reflection is reinforced by Venus’s move into Pisces on Tuesday, January 27, where it will remain until February 21. This is a sensitive placement for Venus. Personal sacrifice and spiritual love are emphasized, but we could easily get lost in the clouds of compassion now. Love is elevated from the personal to a spiritual level. Compassionate giving can be very healing, as long as we use sound judgment to determine where to bestow this wonderful gift. This movement through Pisces also magnifies Venus’s inspiration, intuition, and love for beauty.
On Friday, January 30, Venus will square (90°) Saturn, which may feel like a tourniquet has been placed on the flow of love, approval, and pleasure in our lives. Although this can be experienced as restrictive, Saturn’s presence is meant to help us remember that recognition and even true love must be earned. We need to focus today on being responsible within our relationships with others. Solid relationships and financial foundations often require hard work and can take time. On the same day, retrograde Mercury will conjoin (0°) the Sun, which can help us communicate clearly because our wants are aligned with our thoughts. Luckily, a sweet sextile (60°) between Mars in Pisces and Pluto will help bring a unique combination of gentle, assertive action and transformational, healing power that could allow sensitive matters to be dealt with graciously and sensitively.
Overall, this New Moon in Aquarius could be a pivotal time, both individually and collectively. It is likely that the choices we make now will have long-term consequences. This is an excellent time to use the Law of Attraction to focus on what we want for ourselves and for our world. We need to put our focus on the future and release any obstacles that keep us from shining our light in the world. Given Aquarius is an air/mental sign and Mercury goes retrograde in Aquarius the day after the New Moon, the release of any obstructive mental patterns is particularly emphasized. And keep in mind that there are “Two things to remember in life: Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people.” (Unknown).
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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 0°08’ of Aquarius
- Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5:13 a.m. PST
- Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 8:13 a.m. EST
- Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 1:13 p.m. GMT