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Friday, February 5, 2016

New Moon in Aquarius and Chinese New Year

The new moon in Aquarius and the Chinese New Year both occur on February 8, 2016.  This is major stuff folks, as we usher in a period of huge transformation and change.  The Chinese New Year is the Year of the Monkey, which promises a year of ambition and adventure coupled with a sense of humor.  Many of us have felt like our New Year’s resolutions were on hold due to Mercury retrograde, so we now have an opportunity to get back on track with the official start of the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.  The monkey is associated with Sagittarius in Chinese astrology, so we will get a jolt of fire energy and enthusiasm to blast us out of our inertia and winter doldrums.
The new moon occurs in 19 degrees of Aquarius at 9:39 a.m. on February 8th.  Uranus in 17 degrees is smiling on this new moon with its sextile to both the sun and moon, ensuring that change can happen lightning fast.  Mars in 18 degrees of Scorpio is squaring this new moon, giving it a rather edgy vibe.  Don’t be surprised if these changes feel as if they are forced upon you.  But Mars is also sextiling Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  This aspect tends to center us and fuels our determination and courage.  This new moon will encourage us to take risks because avoiding change is not an option these days.
I don’t think that I will be exactly snoozing through this new moon myself. I have still been feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde in shadow: I literally can’t wait until February 14th when it is FINALLY out of the shadow and we have a complete green light to move forward.  I have been experiencing problems with my astrology software, the sound on my tablet, and yesterday our fire alarm blasted for over two hours.  I’ve also missed connections with some clients.  So this shadow period is very real and personal for me.  As for the new moon in Aquarius, it falls in my 5th house but conjuncts my Mars in the 4th house.  A boost of creativity is always nice, but there are also some home improvements underway at my house.  And Mars is conjunct my Sun in the 2nd house, so perhaps there will be a little boost of energy to secure additional income or resources.  Of course, this new moon is also squaring my Scorpio sun, which should provide more edginess and impetus for change.  In recent weeks during the official Mercury retrograde, I have been contemplating teaching Reiki and perhaps starting a weekly astrology class.  I definitely have been feeling rather impatient and restless, so this new moon on my Mars and transiting Mars on my sun in the 2nd house may jolt me into action.
There will be a pretty intense planetary buildup to this new moon which is set in motion on February 6th.  The moon is still in Capricorn on that day and both Venus and the moon conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, which is definitely not for lightweights.  This is accompanied by a square from Uranus in Aries which can deliver more surprises and conflicts.  Strong emotions regarding relationships, finances and value may erupt.  Venus and Pluto interacting always tend to generate their fair share of drama. The moon enters Aquarius on February 7th, and the Aquarius Sun squares Mars in Scorpio.  What a fitting aspect for Super Bowl Sunday with all of that offensive and defensive energy!
We are also still benefiting from the ongoing alignment of Jupiter conjuncting the north node in Virgo as it guides us intuitively on our path. The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am channeling that north node and Jupiter in Virgo energy by offering my Reiki services. If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off.  Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body. 
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