February 17, 2011

February 2011: For the New Moon in Aquarius: February 2 to 18, 2011

Head's up everyone... tomorrow/today is a FULL MOON! and a powerful one at that. I've been feeling the intensity for the past couple of days. So just be prepared relax and observe. I just came across this GREAT PIECE!!! It's long but worth the read.

February 2011 New Moon in Aquarius

"Be careful what you wish for.
You might get it."
– Anonymous

Feb.02 – NEW MOON in AQUARIUS (13:53 of Aquarius)

One need only tune in to the news these days to see an example of how Aquarian energy under pressure can manifest! As I write this, Egypt is in an uprising, echoing Tunisia's revolution just weeks before.

Not surprisingly, Egypt's Sun is currently being squared by transiting Uranus, often considered the modern planetary ruler of Aquarius. (The Arab Republic of Egypt was declared on June 18, 1953; time unknown.) And also not surprisingly, Egypt is coming up to its second Saturn return this year—Saturn being the traditional ruler of Aquarius.

Aquarius is not always so volatile. It is also visionary, looking to the future, focused on the Collective and technologically friendly. People born with strong Aquarius in their charts are typically individualistic (if that's not a total contradiction in terms). They are free spirits who hear the beat of a different drummer and take joy in inspiring others to do the same.

On the other hand, Aquarius is also associated with revolution, rebellion and nonconformity. Aquarius being a Fixed sign, this can bring out obstinacy and defiance. Its Fixed quality of tenacity can be a dedication and commitment to a higher vision, or it can become adamantly defiant regardless of reason or consequence.

This New Moon in Aquarius is in extremely close conjunction to Mars. That alone is enough to bring out the more volatile side of Aquarius! This New Moon isn't merely interested in ensuring the right to be free—it is determined to make it happen NOW.

Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman once astutely wrote, "Talking about a revolution sounds like a whisper." Mars is not a patient energy, and when it hears the hum of Aquarius' freedom song it wants to crank up the volume. Uranus and Jupiter are still conjoined, with Jupiter now in Mars' own sign of Aries—and this "let's-liberate-the-collective" duet is only too happy to help turn the crank.

What freedom song are you hearing lately? Freedom is often seen as an ideal, but living it can be tricky. When you've been living inside a cramped box for too long, liberation can sound like the answer to all your problems. But once you're out of the box, then what?

Releasing what as been pent up can often destabilize other parts of your life, which now much adjust and adapt to this change. The ripple effects can be unexpected and perhaps even unwelcome. That instability could also allow unhealthy or detrimental impulses to come out of hiding. For example, a recovering addict might be tempted to relapse if their life changes dramatically. Even if it's a positive change, the unfamiliarity could be disorienting to the point of losing the focus on one's healing path. So this liberation could be a mixed blessing.

Enter Saturn in Libra, the agent for stability through equilibrium. Saturn is the handle of the New Moon chart, and is trine (120°) to the Sun-Moon-Mars conjunction. It suggests that this New Moon can bring deliverance from bondage, but it also needs to be balanced and grounded by a more serious, cautious, responsible and structured energy. A kite can leave the limitation of the ground and fly high, but if it isn't anchored with a strong string that's held tightly by the flyer, it will be carried off by the wind and lost.

The trine aspect to Saturn means this stabilizing energy is available if you reach out for it. The fact that Saturn is the handle of the chart also means that if you don't reach out and utilize that Saturn energy, the liberating energy of Aquarius could easily spin out of control and out of reach.

The rest of the chart is in a tight Bundle distribution encased by a square (90°) between Venus and Jupiter. Venus is in Jupiter's sign of Sagittarius, giving a love of exploration and a fresh perspective; yet the square to Jupiter can also bring out a love of excess. This also suggests difficulty establishing balance because what is being balanced just keeps expanding and shifting around.

And yet, with all this dynamic energy, this bundle of planets contains a subtle, complex and sensitive structure that can give it a very creative and positive focus. There is a fascinating aspect pattern that Huber astrology calls a Magic Cap. (Aspect Pattern Astrology) It consists of 3 consecutive semi-sextiles (30°), interlocked by sextiles (60°) and a square (90°). It gives imagination, receptivity and a congenial manner; for example, it appears in the natal chart of pioneer animator Walt Disney.

In this particular context, it could bring a surprising yet understated network of structure amid the chaos. Think of it like fractals which are organized patterns created from randomness. Whatever chaotic, confused, disordered or unruly situation you find yourself in is actually embedded with creative patterns that have more structure than you may realize.

To access that subtle level, it may be necessary to straddle the fine line between love and lust, daring and debauchery, inspiration and impulse. This requires a precarious point of balance that perhaps can only be maintained if you're willing to take a risk and keep moving, even without knowing what to expect next—but the challenge is find the midpoint between being creatively spontaneous versus carelessly reckless.

It's like walking a tightrope—you'll need a sturdy pole to balance yourself with. That's where Saturn in balancing Libra comes in. So what or who is your Saturn? Not the Capricorn Saturn that tries to keep you on the straight and narrow by limiting your options, but the Aquarius Saturn that enables you to keep one stabilizing foot on the ground while dancing to that different drumming beat.

Feb.17 – Sun conjunct Neptune (28:22 of Aquarius)

This can be a time of great creative ability by taking unfamiliar or little-used sources of inspiration and channelling them into self-expression. This may or may not be "creative" in the artistic sense of the word, but definitely can involve taking an inspired approach to problems and challenges. It is a great time to be romantic, creative, intuitive/psychic or spiritual. Just remember that inspiration still means you have to work for the results. Don’t confuse intuition with being able to take divine intervention for granted. You may experience profound faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe under this transit, but don't just assume you'll be granted everything you wish for. What you pick up from others and your environment can also become mixed up with your own wishful thinking, making it hard to tell where you stop and the rest of the world begins. However, hope, optimism and imagination spring eternal. Your sense of self can become infused with a sense of vision and having a mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. Enjoy it while it lasts, as this transit only lasts a few days, but do a careful reality check before you act on the magical possibilities before you.

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