aquarius new moon

collage by Emily

Wednesday’s New Moon is WEIRD. The Sun and Moon will unite at the last minute of the last degree of Aquarius – 29 degrees, 59 minutes (3:47 pm PST). Moments later, both will shift into Pisces. Since the New Moon coincides with the Moon’s perigee – when it travels closes to Earth – it’s also a super-charged Supermoon. And it’s Chinese New Year, initiating the Year of the Sheep.

Flavored by the last two signs of the zodiac, this New Moon asks us to clarify and commit to our vision for the future (Aquarius), but also to be willing to dissolve, surrender, and allow our plans and ideas to morph into something beyond what our little minds can figure out (Pisces).

The New Moon is loosely conjunct Neptune (at 6 Pisces), activating the Saturn-Neptune square. This square reinforces the New Moon’s blending of Aquarian and Piscean energies, as Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, while Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces. According to astro-genius (and Pisces Sun) Rick Tarnas, Saturn-Neptune contacts inspire:

neptunedisenchantment and disillusionment – in both the negative and positive senses…. These include not only loss of faith, discouragement, social alienation, and sense of existential meaninglessness but also the empowerment that can emerge from confronting an illusion, shedding a faith that is no longer viable, waking as if from a dream, lucidly recognizing the consensus madness, demystifying the received version of reality.” (Cosmos and Psyche)

The New Moon also activates another major planetary alignment – the square between Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, and Pluto. The pressure is intensifying as we approach the seventh and final exact square on March 16, culminating a process of radical transformation that started in 2012. The New Moon occurs at the midpoint of (i.e., halfway between) these two planets.

That awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes seemingly stuck place in-between the old and the new seems to be part of the territory of the Uranus-Pluto square. Two consecutive New Moons at the 29th degree – next month’s will be at 29 Pisces, the last degree of the zodiac – punctuate this theme. The last degree of a sign, called the anaretic degree, represents a culmination of energies, and can carry a feeling of urgency or crisis. The last degree of Aquarius has to do with the urgency of knowing, trusting and following our own truth, breaking free from the hive mind and taking the risk of being our freaky selves, so we can give our unique gifts to the collective.

aquarius new moonWe’ve been working with these Aquarian themes over the past month. The previous Aquarius New Moon, on January 20, coincided with Mercury turning Retrograde in Aquarius. Mercury is Direct (moving forward) again, as of February 11, but we’re still “in the shadow” until March 3 – a phase of integrating the information, insights and perspectives gained during Mercury Retro. At last month’s New Moon, all the information wasn’t in yet; now we’ve got what we need to move forward.

For more insight into what this Aquarian-Piscean New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 29 degrees Aquarius. (If you don’t know how to do this, check out this post from a previous Aquarius New Moon.) The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: shake up your perceptions and open to new possible futures; take action to bring your dreams and ideals into reality; surrender having to know how it’s all going to play out and just take the first step; free yourself from realities that are no longer true to who you are and what you value.

– Emily Trinkaus