aquarius new moon

collage by Emily

Agitated, anxious, irritated, insomniacal? 40,000 things happening in your mind, but not so much manifesting on the material plane? Moving extremely slowly but simultaneously at warp speed? Me too!

We’re stewing/sizzling in the co-incidence of two highly charged astro-events – yesterday’s New Moon (5:15 am PST) and today’s Mercury Station Retrograde (7:54 am), both in electric, visionary, brainiacal, futuristic Aquarius.

While the New Moon sparks a dynamic new cycle into motion, a quickening of energies, Mercury Retro (until February 11) calls for slowing down, turning inward, rethinking the future and resolving the past. The new beginning signaled by this Mercury-Retro-flavored New Moon might be more of a return, resolution or completion. The assignment is to purify, transmute, dismantle what’s blocking the flow of truth, freedom and expansion. Revisit and release the past so you can more easily create your dream for the future. Empty out so you can better know your own truth.

In his latest newsletter, James Altucher talks about throwing away 98% of his stuff: “In a weird way,” he writes, “I feel like I have MORE simply because I have nothing left in my house.” (I wish he hadn’t thrown so much of his stuff into the landfill, but otherwise I’m on board.) Altucher, an Aquarius, is not an astrologer (as far as I know) but he’s totally in sync with cosmic energies – throwing it all away, freeing yourself from the past, being honest about who you are NOW. He writes: “I don’t want anything anymore. I used to. But not anymore.

uranusUranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, is sitting precisely on the Aries South Node, our karmic past, what’s blocking our evolution. Uranus on the South Node signifies an accelerated clearing of old patterns, and can also feel like our brains (ruled by Aries) are on overload, with the potential for short-circuiting. Unplug from technology and take a break from mass media. Lean into the North Node in Libra – what supports you in feeling peaceful and balanced – and separate from the technology, media, people, etc. that unnecessarily fuel your stress and irritation.

Aries-ruled anger can be productive when it’s genuinely coming from within yourself – it’s the emotion that fires you up to take action and set boundaries, and moves you forward on your evolutionary path. But Uranus on the Aries South Node can indicate anger coming in from the “group mind” that gets you all riled-up about something that has nothing to do with you and about which you can do nothing, leaving you feeling powerless and depressed.

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is in Pisces and conjunct Neptune – poor boundaries and victimy behavior vis-à-vis technology and what you allow to seep into your brain is the lower potential here. The higher potential is to energize your dreams, ideals and higher vision by acting on what inspires you. Consciously engage the power of your imagination through music, art, meditation, prayer.

aquarius new moonFor more insight into what yesterday’s New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 0 degrees Aquarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  look for and lean into the big-picture perspective; tune into and trust your inner truth; and plant seeds for experiencing more freedom, clarity, community and friendship.

For more insight into what this Mercury Retro means for you, find the house or houses containing 1-17 degrees Aquarius. The areas of life signified by that house (or houses) are where you’re invited to: revisit and resolve the past; rethink your dreams for the future; realign your future vision with your heart’s passion; use your intuition to access a radical shift in perspective; reenergize your genius, creativity and individuality; reconnect with friends and community; and remove what obstructs your clarity of vision.

Mercury is Retrograde until February 11, but we’re “in the shadow” (under the influence) until March 4. Mercury Retro is part of our inner, behind-the-scenes preparation for the seventh and final exact alignment of the Uranus-Pluto square on March 16, followed by a Pisces Solar Eclipse coinciding with Spring Equinox on March 20 – this is when 2015 really kicks into high gear. In the meantime, we can best prepare for this mega-rebirth by throwing out everything that is no longer true to who we are now, and clarifying our highest vision for who we want to become and what we want to create.

I’ll leave you with a few more Aquarian words of wisdom from James Altucher: “All the time I’m asked if you can be honest and still succeed in this world. Many people are skeptical. The answer is “Yes”. It’s the ONLY way to succeed and be satisfied.” (Two Weird Tricks that Save My Life)

– Emily Trinkaus

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