Friday, April 17, 2015

The Slow and Steady Burn: New Moon in Aries 2015

The Man on fire at the annual Burning Man Festival; photo
by Aaron Logan, 2004.

New Moon @ 28 Aries 25' 
2:57 PM Eastern
11:57 AM Pacific

This month the New Moon plants its seeds in the tropical sign of Aries. We have made it through the recent eclipse passageway, and we’re likely on some new or altered course. What was revealed to you with the past lunar cycle? Who have you met? How have the people around you changed your perspective? This New Moon occurs at the 28th degree—considered an anaretic degree, the place where energy is building and working its way toward a new experience.

There may be some restlessness or excitement about a new adventure. Aries craves challenge, risk, and stimulation. You may feel the need for something new with this lunation, as the collective energy supports confidence and a kind of pioneering spirit. Mars, the ruler of this New Moon, is currently moving through Taurus, a sign that traditional astrology would label as an unfavorable place for Mars to be.

Taurus is not Mars’ preferred territory—that much is certain. However, when looked at from an evolutionary perspective, we can see that what makes us uncomfortable is sometimes good for us, sometimes efficacious for soul growth. So, whatever you decide to jump into during this lunation, just remember that it may be a little awkward, and it may feel like you’re slightly out of your element, but with wisdom you may realize that to grow, you sometimes have to put yourself into environments that challenge your usual ways of being.

The primary goal of the modern, astrological perspective is to attain a sense of balance and integration within ourselves. Exposing ourselves to foreign environments or people often helps to balance us out; we take on qualities that can temper our extreme positions and viewpoints. While Aries and Mars usually prefer to jump right in and make things happen, Taurus favors the slow and steady route. So, there may be the prospect of an adventure, but things will be a lot easier if you’re mindful of the need to take your time.

With Venus square Neptune, there is a need to take our time to listen—really slow down and listen, or we might miss some important cues from our environment. The collective psyche is heating up with potential and anticipation, but it would be very wise to emphasize the moment—really take a look around. Notice the people in your life, and make the effort to really connect, share and experience what it is that’s right before you.

In a world so saturated with technology, we often forget the power and beauty of genuine human connection—touching, talking and sharing. We certainly can’t stop the world from changing, but we can preserve those intimate moments and make it a point to set them aside. The end result, the climax, is never really what we’re really after; it’s always the experience and how it changed our soul. So remember that as you move forward this New Moon.  

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Something Larger Than Yourself: Total Lunar Eclipse in Libra 2015

Windmills generating energy on the way to palm desert;
photo by Chad Woodward, March 2015.

Total Lunar Eclipse @ 14 Libra 24’
April 4, 2015
8:05 AM Eastern
5:05 AM Pacific

This month’s Full Moon culminates in the tropical sign of Libra; it also happens to be a total lunar eclipse. Eclipses are subtle and mysterious events that often correlate with some kind of transition into a new way of being, acting or thinking. Something deeply internal begins to shift and you may find yourself approaching situations in a new or different way. This is the gift of the eclipse, and it’s up to you to respond to that urge to change something within yourself and make some progress.

This particular eclipse, like many eclipses, has a strong transpersonal feel to it. That may have much to do with the sign of Libra, but also its contact with the now fading Uranus/Pluto square that touches the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse axis. By transpersonal, I mean to say that this eclipse points to changes and insights catalyzed by those around us, in our intimate and personal lives, as well as the collective archetypal forces that urge the individual to take part in something larger than his or herself.

Perhaps this eclipse invites you to put down your defenses and consider the insight of someone else. It may be some small suggestion or viewpoint, but it could have the effect of greatly altering how you see yourself and your unique situation. Equally, you may feel called to take part in a larger cause, movement or creative work that touches a broader audience of individuals outside of your personal life. 

Often, those people who irritate or trigger us the most offer us a valuable gift and lesson. Every person we encounter is a window through which we view some fragment of ourselves. And every person is a window through which the greater self comes to know itself. In other words, you are not truly a separate being, but each of us an aggregate of some greater being or psychic organism that we perceive in a fragmented form.

Mars and Venus in Taurus alongside this Libra lunar eclipse help to calm and soothe the collective atmosphere, particularly the hyperactive and potentially volatile energies of the Sun, Mercury, Uranus and the South Node in Aries. This is a moment to pause and slow down—to listen to the subtle cues within your environment and from the people around you. This is also a potentially transformative as well as catalytic eclipse, but one that invites you to embrace a more inclusive attitude.

As you pass through this final eclipse passageway, take some time to reflect on what is changing within you. As with all Full Moons, something is reaching a head or breaking point, and if we’re open to the flow, we can move forward from many stagnating situations. The day of the eclipse is also a moment conducive to self-reflection and observation of your surroundings. 

While you may feel compelled to go it alone, try to see where a helping hand could make your journey smoother and more efficient. While we are on this Earth, living our lives, we must remember that ultimately, we are in this together, whether that is obvious or not. 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Big Bang and the Gates of Hell: Total Solar Eclipse in Pisces 2015

Timeline of the Universe; image by NASA/WMAP Science Team; modified
by Ryan Kaldari.

Total Solar Eclipse @ 29 Pisces 27'
March 20, 2015
5:36 AM Eastern
2:36 AM Pacific

Physicists suggest that the universe was birthed by an explosion. This is the basis of the big bang theory of cosmic origins. Exactly what catalyzed such an explosion remains a mystery. Perhaps such explosions happen all the “time” (somewhere outside the universe itself); some creating new universes while others fail to stabilize, but such a concept truly boggles the mind since “time” itself appears to be relative and ultimately nonexistent.

The linear perception of cause and effect, what we might call karma, may not be how things (ultimately) operate in the larger scheme of things, whatever that may look like, but from our point of view, things happen and there are consequences. According to modern theoretical speculation, the past cannot be changed. What has happened is somehow set in stone and there’s no way to change it. There’s no going back.

Then again, we may be living on a particular timeline of which there are many. We could, hypothetically speaking, visit the past, but it wouldn’t be the exact same past that we experienced before. There may be infinite past timelines from which we could visit, but never the one “we” actually experienced. Pondering such things is quite a feat of mental gymnastics and at this point in space and time it serves us very little beyond mere amusement.

Going with the predominant cosmology, the big bang, we assume that something catalyzed the universe into existence. Astrological theory suggests that at a fundamental level, the universe is a fractal and inherently holographic. The ancient axiom, as above, so below, illustrates this truth rather simply: that everything in the universe is a reflection of everything else.

Assuming this to be a relative truth (at least from our perspective), then your life is a microcosm of the universe itself. Your birth was a reflection of that initial explosion that catalyzed the universe into existence; it was your own personal big bang. Then, following this line of thought, the procreative process that led to your existence somehow mirrors the procreative process that seeded all of existence. Maybe, the big bang is some kind of giant, cosmic orgasm.

That certainly fits with the Hindu cosmology or even that of Gnosticism. Astrological theory also asserts that the universe that we perceive is cyclic, not really linear. Each cycle contains the template of the former, but changes and mutates as it goes. This would be the underlying assumption of evolution. The tropical zodiac conforms to this perception. Aries symbolizes the beginning while Pisces lies at the end.

This month, on March 20, a total Solar Eclipse occurs at the 29th degree of Pisces, symbolic of the gestating explosion that seeded the universe itself. This final degree, known as the anaretic degree, has a powerful symbolic meaning that relates to the culmination of one process and the beginning of a new one. Solar Eclipses are poignant statements suggesting a collective breakthrough and transition into new realms.

In other words, you are crossing a threshold with this eclipse and symbolically entering a new landscape that may be similar but not quite the same. Coincidently, or synchronously, the vernal equinox coincides with this eclipse here in the northern hemisphere. For those below the equator, the autumnal equinox commences many hours after this eclipse. No matter which side that you stand on, the equinox is a balancing and integration point where day and night are of equal length. Some part of you is giving birth. Some part of the collective is giving birth.

Pisces is the culmination of all that was and will be. It is the point of no return, where we reap the consequences and wisdom of all past actions. As we pass through this dark of the Moon, alongside this darkening of the Sun, the unconscious momentarily trumps the conscious—the awareness of self, the ego. This eclipse is incredibly ego-dystonic, in an archetypal sense.

In layman’s terms, it reveals that which we are not consciously aware of and that which the ego may find incredibly threatening. That may be a frightening omen, but it needn’t be so. You are more than an ego—far, far more. Ultimately, you are the soul of the universe and your separate existence is merely a blip in the process of the universe coming to know itself. You are significant and insignificant all at once.

Ah, the paradox of existence. On a personal level, you are invited to peer into some dark spaces to see what you can let go of. This is a moment of personal and collective surrender. That equates to some kind of sacrifice. Hypothetically speaking (because we can’t even begin to test it), at the end of each life, the ego must be surrendered. The individual identity must give way to something else.

That process requires an immense amount of trust. According to mediums, psychics, parapsychologists, and hypnotherapists (all those labeled charlatans on the Quack Watch most wanted list)  we learn that after death, the soul confronts a choice: to step into the “light” or remain attached to its past identity. Sometimes that choice is not always so clear, depending on the nature of one’s death, be it sudden, tragic, or premature.

Though eventually, through some natural process we could not fully comprehend in human form, the soul comes to understand that it no longer resides in a body and that it must, eventually, move on. It must come to trust what it does not understand in a fragmented form. As the Sun and Moon conjoin, and as the Moon’s declination is such that it fully obscures the Sun, it opens a portal to the light. It invites us to process the cycle we have been pursuing and to trust the cycle that emerges now.

Assuming that the world doesn’t come to an end (I’m not predicting that by the way), then life will go on as it always does. Nothing too significant will be noticed externally (with the exception of some probable events on the world stage), but  inside of you, deep, deep inside of you, there is an eclipse that invites you to peer a little deeper so that you can come to know your true existence a little more.

Instead of looking outside for change, take this moment to simply listen to the silence of the universe for it speaks volumes to those wise enough to hear it. What happens “out there” happens “in here” too. In fact, unbeknownst to the ego, the external landscape is a metaphor of what is hidden and beyond plain sight. If you listen, if you trust, then new life awaits you.

While the past cannot be changed, while our karma is set in motion, we can change how we respond to the consequences. Unlike the past, the future may not be quite so set in stone, but like the past, there may be almost limitless possibilities; each one somehow similar in an archetypal sense. As Tennessee Williams supposedly said*, "Everything could have been anything else and it would have had just as much meaning".

*Quoted in the film, Mr. Nobody (an existentialist's wet dream).

Closing the Gates of Hell

June 2012 kicked off the first of seven squares between Uranus and Pluto. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Whether or not you have, its presence has been rather obvious on the world stage. The contact of these two outer planets appears to correlate with profound cultural shifts and changes as well as upsurges in violence and oppression.

Pluto, the god of the underworld, symbolizes the threshold to the truly ego dystonic realities which often appear as nightmare worlds beyond the conscious perception of ego. While that sounds rather unpleasant, Pluto is a messenger of the unconscious. While there are some 150,000 objects like Pluto orbiting beyond Neptune, Pluto seems to act as an ambassador of this Trans Neptunian Realm, and as such, has a special place in the astrological pantheon.

Unlike other TNO’s (Trans-Neptunian Objects), Pluto reaches within the orbit of Neptune at particular points along its orbit around the Sun. This means that Pluto has the ability to reach into the conscious reality and “impose” its messages to the ego directly. Pluto’s archetypal influence is very obvious in reflecting on the past three years or so.

Uranus, named after the sky god, has a definite link to the Promethean mythos, the Greek titan that brought “fire” to humanity. Uranus’ discovery correlated with the rapid development of electronic technologies as well as democracy which was catalyzed by the enlightenment ideals of the mid-17th and 18th centuries. Uranus symbolizes the human urge to transcend the limitations of the natural world—to defy the natural as well as cultural status quo.

That Uranian urge has led to liberating as well as frightening creations. The proper use of Uranus requires wisdom and maturity. Without it, it can become a destructive force on the planet. The dark side of Uranus is hubris and apathy. As Pluto and Uranus have come to the tension of the square aspect, a harmonic that indicates stress and challenge, it has brought to our collective awareness the horrors of untamed hubris.

Pluto reminds us that as much as we think that technological and ideological innovations have kept the chaos at bay, it will always seep through the cracks that we choose to ignore. The cycle of Uranus and Pluto has shown us the dark side of human nature and the limitations and dangers of our technologies. While Uranus urges us to reach for the stars, we must not forget where we came from and what nurtured us through our evolution.

These contacts often correlate with the collective desire to return to some idyllic agrarian state in an attempt to compensate for our increasing disconnection from the primordial womb. In stark contrast, it equally correlates with rapid technological and scientific advancement. 

These two currents, while always active unconsciously, rise to the level of collective conscious perception as these two planets come into contact. In your personal life, this cycle has likely correlated with rapid changes and accelerated growth, especially if Uranus and Pluto came into contact with natal placements in your birth chart. The double current is an opportunity to return to natural roots while embracing the convenience and ease of modern advancements.

It is also an opportunity to gain a renewed respect and connection for both currents that exist within you. While the square is a struggle to integrate, often manifesting as a battle within the psyche, it works to strengthen each end of the polarity so that it works harmoniously. Pluto and Uranus made their last exact square on March 16, though Pluto will turn retrograde on April 16 and inch very close to another square before both planets officially move on.

In other words, the gates of hell haven’t closed entirely, but we are bidding farewell to the nightmare for now as it slowly fades from our collective and individual awareness. We are also within the process of integrating the lessons that this cycle presented us. Remember, Pluto, ambassador of the unconscious, presents those things that lie in our blind spots. The more nightmarish  it appears, the more urgent the need that we acknowledge it.

When we face the dark, uncomfortable truths, we bring light and awareness to that which we have denied and we inch ever closer toward wholeness,  but there is always a choice. You can remain in the dark and allow the nightmare to devour you, or you can take the challenge and rise above the darkness to discover that the demons are merely angels in disguise. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Karma Yoga: Full Moon in Virgo 2015

A wheat field at dawn; photo by Florian Siebeck.

Full Moon @ 14 Virgo 50
1:05 PM Eastern
10:05 AM Pacific

The current lunar cycle blossoms in the tropical sign of Virgo, a sign we associate with the pursuit of perfection and purification. Not all Virgo dominant individuals will color coordinate their closets or date all the perishable items in their fridge, but each has a deep appreciation of orderliness as well as competence.

Every strong Virgo personality seeks to develop skills or talents that can be of use to the world and that can contribute something of value to the community. Virgo’s main objective is indeed perfection, whether that is the perfection of helpful skills, talents, or the betterment of themselves on physical, psychological or spiritual levels.

As the Full Moon illuminates the Virgo archetype, it highlights that Virgoness within each of us. It brings to the surface the human desire to contribute something to improve the lives of others; though Virgo teaches that every healer or servant must learn to heal and serve themselves. How can you give what you lack yourself? That is the Virgo conundrum.

And yet, there is that fine line between personal work and one’s duty to the community. How do you know that you’ve healed enough? When does personal work become stagnating, isolating you from your greater purpose and social responsibility? Obsession and neuroticism are usually good indicators. On the opposite end, burnout and exhaustion will cue the hyper diligent to momentarily withdraw and recharge.

And every Full Moon has two sides to the story. The polarity of Sun and Moon reveals an archetypal dichotomy seeking resolution in the collective psyche. The Sun in Pisces conjunct Chiron opposes the Full Moon—inviting you to practice empathy and compassion, to witness the reality of another soul leading to a potentially profound attitudinal shift.

As Carl Jung once said, “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

The cluster of planets currently transiting Aries may prompt you to push yourself beyond a threshold though hopefully, not as far as to cause injury or harm. Mars’ conjunction with the South Node of the Moon is burning up old “karma”—that is to say, generating a restlessness to move past that which hindered you in the past.

There is newness in the air it seems; perhaps that is the prospect of an adventure. That which is emerging on the horizon is fresh and promising. But wisdom reminds you that it is in no way devoid of danger or challenge. Perhaps, unconsciously, that is the exciting part of it. For every life and incarnation there is risk and stress. That’s simply a part of the deal.

That is, perhaps, something the soul accepts as it jumps into each fleshy vessel. And Pisces counterbalances Virgo’s ideals of perfection. At the end of each life, the soul witnesses the memories fade into a diaphanous steam. What matters most is not the world of form and substance, but how the world changed you—what it burned into your soul. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Boiling Point: New Moon in Aquarius 2015

A boiling lake in Yellowstone National Park; Photo by Brocken Inaglory.
Earthquakes in 1978-1979 turned this cool spring
into a boiling caldron averaging at 164 degrees F.
New Moon @ 29 Aquarius 59'
6:47 PM Eastern
3:47 PM Pacific

The Sun and Moon conjoin once more in tropical Aquarius, marking the second Aquarian New Moon this year. We get an extra jolt of that Aquarian influx just to keep things fresh and to renew any stale perspectives. Mercury’s retrograde cycle is officially over, though we are still in the shadow phase (until March 3), putting on the final touches to what we may have revised or reconfigured.

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to see things differently or to establish a new creative approach. If you did, you’re probably feeling anxious to put some things into action or to set off in a new direction. What better time than now on this Aquarian New Moon? For New Moons signify a subtle new beginning and the planting of fresh seedlings.

The feeling of anxiousness, even restlessness, may be particularly pronounced with this lunation since it occurs at the anaretic (29th) degree of Aquarius. The final step of any zodiac sign is imbued with anticipation. A new phase awaits us on the other end, but something has to blossom and culminate beforehand. Mars, also on the anaretic degree of Pisces, accentuates the anaretic nature of this New Moon—which is to say that something is coming to a boil in the collective psyche.

Such a feeling suggests that something is about to explode with this lunation. It’s as if this New Moon signals the green light to jump into action and tackle what it is you desire to achieve. Aquarius, of course, suggests that you put aside any fears of ridicule or social disapproval. To liberate yourself from what others think or believe is something Aquarius thrives on and teaches.

Humans are social creatures no matter how introverted one may be. Transcending group-think and peer pressure can be one of the most challenging of human experiences. It’s a basic human instinct to want to please others, to hunger for approval and social validation. But true individuality demands that you piss some people off. And there are tactful and mature ways of doing so.

Mars enters Aries on Feb. 19—at which point you may feel free to be ruthlessly direct and less passive aggressive. Mars’ drifting conjunction with Venus in Pisces hasn’t helped to relieve that tendency either, but their conjunction in Aries on Feb. 20 is likely to bring more clarity and focus about what you really want and desire, as well as an urge to take some risks and push past any resistance that’s been holding you back.

This New Moon invites you to begin a new journey. That requires that you make some kind of commitment as well as entertain a strategy. While plans are always likely to change in time, it never hurts to have a rough template for the future. In fact, to have a working outline of the end result is essential for any new adventure if you wish it to be successful. Don’t hold back either. This lunation favors big dreams and fanciful speculations. The gods are feeling spritely and frisky. They’re throwing you serendipitous encounters and a synchronicity or two just to spice things up. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Love Binds the Universe: Full Moon in Leo 2015

Image by NASA via Wikimedia Commons.

Full Moon @ 14 Leo 48' 
February 3, 2015
6:09 PM Eastern
3:09 PM Pacific

Gravity is the binding force of the macroscopic universe. Without it, nothing would coalesce—planets wouldn’t form and stars would collapse. It is gravity that holds this whole thing together. The orbits of the planets around the Sun, the spiraling cycles of stars around the galactic center, and the movement of galaxies around their own aggregate gravitational centers—all would cease to exist in gravity’s absence.

According to Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, objects with mass occupying space leave an imprint within space itself, creating a field around it that pulls surrounding objects (with less mass) toward or around it. From our perspective, the Sun is the center of gravity in the solar system; though we know that the Sun itself is subject to the larger gravitational fields generated by other massive objects as well as the galactic center which it orbits entirely roughly every 250 million years.

That’s quite a bit to take in, and it’s a perspective that serves us very little from our subjective viewpoint here on Earth. For our purposes, we know that gravity keeps our feet firmly planted on the ground. That’s all we really deal with. It may be equally enlightening to realize that gravity is a constant force, much like the speed of light. So, while physicists have given it a name and have painstakingly described it through mathematical equations, we still don’t fully understand it.

Perhaps, gravity is like love—binding all things together in a way that nothing else can. Gravity may feel limiting, keeping us stuck in a specific time and place, but it’s the very thing that increases complexity and fuels the evolutionary process. From an occult or astrological perspective, the Sun is the very heart and engine of the mind itself—the center of gravity of consciousness. And so we come to a very powerful realization: gravity exists only in the mind as does the Sun and all the stars that we see in the sky.

Imagine that. When you look up at the sky and notice the Moon or the planets (with the exception of certain trans-Neptunian objects like Pluto) all orbiting along a specific plane—you are witnessing the Sun’s gravitational field as it extends outward through the solar system. But that very field is something the mind itself has created, which doesn’t make it any less awesome or real. At the end of the day, the mind’s perception is all we really know and fully perceive.

The entire Universe is contained in the mind. This is the heart of the “how” of astrology, and something those with an overtly scientific mentality will never fully comprehend. Astrology works because the planets, the stars, and even the fictitious tropical zodiac all exist in the mind which is inseparable from waking consciousness. The solar system is a mind map because it is the mind--as are the laws of physics which must change as our perception widens and becomes all-encompassing.

This month's lunar cycle culminates in tropical Leo—the sign we associate with the Sun. It also conjoins Jupiter—the largest planet in our solar system with a gravitational force that actually rivals that of the Sun. When I think about this Full Moon, I think gravitas and magnanimity. As the current lunar cycle culminates, it carries tremendous weight and force that is rather attractive—in a gravitational sense.

This Full Moon is about picking up the pieces, pulling things together, regaining trust, confidence, and channeling powerful creative energy and enthusiasm toward positive goals or objectives. This is rather quite fitting because we are a little bit past the midpoint of Mercury’s retrograde cycle, which often has us deconstructing something to ultimately build it back up—whether that be an actual project, palpable thing, viewpoint or perspective. So, this Full Moon kind of pulls it together in a way that will leave us feeling a little more grounded and rooted.

Gravity is also a supporting force. By keeping our feet firmly rooted to the Earth’s surface, we have this sense of something that supports us, that holds us all together. While we may not understand it, we have learned to trust this mysterious force; we allow it to guide us. And ditto with love. While equally mysterious, we must trust the flow of love in our life and allow it to guide us as well, wherever it may lead us. Gravity, love, creativity, desire and passion—they are the forces that keep us coming back to this place in time and space, but perhaps, they are equally the forces, that once exhausted, will ultimately set us free. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Transcending the Consensus: New Moon and Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2015

A man entwined in the coils of DNA; scraperboard drawing by Bill Sanderson,
1990. Wellcome Library, London.

New Moon @ 0 Aquarius 09'
Jan 20, 2015
5:14 AM Pacific
8:14 AM Eastern

In times such as these, it becomes increasingly pertinent to question reality, and above all, to question authority. Human beings have entered a new landscape precipitated by a paradigmatic shift unique to the current historical timeline. That shift came about rapidly when William Hershel realized that a tiny dot, that appeared to be moving, was not a star, but a planet, a new world beyond the temporal boundary of Saturn. And Earth was never quite the same.

When Uranus was finally acknowledged, an electrical surge permeated the planet and awakened humanity to a new realization: there is something beyond time and space and we can access it--we can harness it. No longer were the “higher realms” something that an elite faction of kings and priests had exclusive dominion over. It was available to all, but it came at a price.

The acquisition of higher knowledge requires hard work, commitment, an open-mind, and immense responsibility. When the mind widens to something that challenges its conditioned beliefs, it can be shocking and sometimes overwhelming to the psyche. It’s no wonder that the “tree of knowledge” was forbidden by God in the Garden of Eden, or that the fire was a heavily coveted treasure amongst the Olympian pantheon.

The modern, tropical sign of Aquarius, which holds space for this New Moon, derives its symbolism from the constellation of the Water Bearer. Tropical Aquarius and the Water Bearer are not the same things but are archetypically linked. The Greek myth of Prometheus, who stole fire to give to humanity, derived from an ancient Mesopotamian tale of Enki—who saved a few choice human beings and other specimens from a great deluge against the commands of other Gods.

Modern astrologers attach the Promethean mythos to Uranus and by extension Aquarius, because Uranus just doesn’t quite cover it. Sure, the sky god is an appropriate symbol for Uranus, but its innately rebellious and revolutionary streak can have no other origin, in an archetypal sense, then Enki and Prometheus. Thus, those born with a strong Uranian or Aquarian nature seek out the unusual and are rather acquainted with the notion that to acquire truth and understanding, one must transcend the consensus, one must challenge conditioned perceptions.

If it weren’t for this realization, we wouldn’t have the world we have today. We wouldn’t have this technologically-driven society, the scientific method or the template of democracy (however roughly adhered to). We are here now. We are moving towards the stars and there’s no going back. But just because something beyond Saturn was discovered, doesn’t mean that the consensus group-think doesn’t still exist. Saturn, while no longer the last step in our collective, evolutionary process, is still there and must be respected. We must respect our boundaries and limitations if we wish to survive, but Uranus and Aquarius remind us that the knowledge and potential, to transcend them, exists within each of us.

As the Sun and Moon join together at the entry of Aquarius, and Mercury comes to a standstill before its retrograde cycle, we’re invited to seek the unusual and challenge our perceptions in a way that allows for an expansion of reality. This New Moon suggests that to bring something new into our lives we must do things differently. We must think in some new and unusual way.  Change is refreshing, but also terrifying. Defying our personal or collective beliefs is difficult work because it threatens who we think we are and what we have come to identify with.

If you want to achieve great things, if you want to transform stifling circumstances, you have to transcend your perceived limitations by taking that first step off the precipice of time. Mercury’s retrograde motion reminds us, however, that there’s no need to rush. We can take our time. In fact, Mercury’s retrograde through Aquarius (Jan. 21 through Feb. 11) is a time to gradually get comfortable with these emerging insights and realizations.

Saturn is the traditional or primary “ruler” of Aquarius. Saturn recently moved into Sagittarius (Dec. 24), though it will retrograde back into Scorpio (June 16) once more before fully committing to Sagittarius (Sept. 19, 2015). Saturn in Sagittarius will assist us in finding our place in the world and in solidifying our faith in the universe--on a collective and subtle individual level (unless it touches some point of personal significance).

As this New Moon commences, Mars and Neptune are separating from a conjunction in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius. This presents the challenge to persevere in the face of the unknown, in the face of fear. Aquarius needs to shake things up, and our hesitancy to do so now is completely justified. What if we upset things? What if we offend other people in the process?

In order to find our place in the world and the universe, we have to take some risks. It isn’t always easy, but the rewards are worth the challenges. To be true to ourselves sometimes requires that we make other people or even ourselves uncomfortable. There is no getting around that fact. We are creatures of comfort and we like predictable routines. But those routines so often cause stagnation and prevent us from moving forward.

The evolutionary process moves on with or without us. While ultimately non-linear, the universe, that we perceive, is ever changing and guided by some unfathomable intelligence. The Aquarian double current is the twofold pathway to wisdom and understanding. There is a way upward and downward, and both paths are essential for soul growth and maturation. Whatever we choose in life, we’ll learn from it and ultimately grow.

To the ego, there is a right way and a wrong way, or a more or less ideal way to go. But to the soul, all experiences provide us with lessons and all choices lead us eventually to wholeness. There is a very personal, paradigmatic shift approaching for each of us with this lunation. Can we defy our fears to see what’s behind the veil of our illusions? Can we trust the universe enough to provide us with the experiences most needed to further our evolutionary growth? Only time will tell, but the more receptive we are now, and the more willing we are to accept the unthinkable, the less painful or shocking it will be.

Retrograde Logistics

Mercury turns stationary retrograde the day after this New Moon. All the usual advice applies here. Don’t freak out and there’s no need to go lock yourself in a closet for the next three weeks. Life goes on when Mercury turns retrograde. We make decisions and choices just like any other time. But we may want to reconsider rushing too hastily forward at these times, especially because we’re in a process of revision and reassessment (basically anything with a re prefix works well at these times).

Mercury retrograde is a time to be particularly mindful and conscious of what you’re doing and to have an open-mind. As human beings, we’ll never have all the knowledge that exists. Our perceptual frameworks are constantly changing and being revised. It’s during these times that the universe invites us to see things differently and to expand our personal and collective points of view. That often happens quite unexpectedly during a retrograde, so be prepared for it.

During Mercury’s stations (in this case the days of and surrounding Jan. 21 and Feb. 11) things can get a little hectic and glitchy. This usually applies to electronics, machinery, and equipment. Because Aquarius is a sign we associate with technology, we can expect this to be exceptionally pronounced more so than usual (though Mercury retrograde is often hard to predict, so don’t hold that against me here). Just be extra mindful of your communications around these times and make sure that things are clear and well-explained.

Misunderstandings and miscommunications are another common Mercury retrograde hang-up and they can sometimes end up quite costly. But these are also rather exciting times. The mind is getting debugged and our timeline rearranged. And to quote author Lewis Hyde, “the agile mind is pleased to find what it was not looking for.” It’s the sudden and unexpected paths that are the most rewarding in life, and Mercury retrograde is notorious for throwing them our way. 

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