Artwork: Daniel Martin Diaz-Alchetron
The Sabian symbol of the 16th degree of Aquarius where this lunation takes place is a big business man at his desk. The image immediately brings up mental images of the president of the US, fathers and judges and who we think of as holding power and influence in the western world. It is an image narrow in scope, not including the vast diversity of humanity. This is an image much under fire recently, and as new moons mark new beginnings perhaps this is an opportunity to expand that image to include women, people of color, trans, younger generations and the not so traditional leaders.
Aquarius shifts perspectives high, seeks solutions through collaboration and organizes at greater levels of acuity. Aquarius is loyal to their relations, an active member of their community and yet independent unto themselves. The Moon’s rebirth in the Sun in this sign welcomes intentions regarding working with groups of people, organizing multi-faceted endeavors, responding to the unexpected in life, and our communications and beliefs.
Are we prepared as a species to begin to work together harmoniously in the face of global disaster? We may worry about natural disasters, but we are facing collective extinction as a species. Can we pool our human ingenuity and work together to self-organize and work towards a solution? If we wait too long we will not have a choice, and the task will be greater. This New Moon is asking questions like this and is an opportunity to set personal and collective goals around our ability to organize and manage ourselves.
Saturn, currently in Capricorn, rules this Moon and is still in sextile to Neptune in Pisces. Let the visions you hold or draw down for the seeds of this lunar cycle come in the form of dreams, poetry and music. Let them be mystical and hopeful yet grounded in practicality. Aquarius break boundaries and works for the collective vision. Neptune washes clean and infuses with compassion. Saturn grounds us into reality and manifests in the material realm. If integrity is in check, this New Moon is powerful for manifesting some dream you have been nursing into reality that requires group collaboration with organization and crystal vision precision.
Venus is in Capricorn and nurtures relationships that are practical, reliable and effective at maintaining stability. Loyalty is bolstered for everyone through these placements. Are we ready to show up and do our part in the work we are faced with each day? Whether we are a mother, child, employee or manager, we are each an integral and indispensable part of the vast stream of life. Each person is a cell in a greater body performing vital functions, fulfilling critical roles that maintain the life of our entire species.
Mercury is recently reborn through his Cazimi (journey to the heart) with the Sun and filled with optimism and new seeds to plant. He is very close to the new moon and lends the brilliance of the collective mind to this lunation. What do we need to communicate in our lives? How can we communicate better with the people in our lives? What blocks you from speaking your truth? Are there beliefs you have that keep you from speaking your truth? And how well do you listen to what others are trying to tell you? Mercury in Aquarius is a great time to practice not taking things personally, and staying focused on the goal you have in spite of what others are doing, so long as we are not working against others, but seeing where we are always working together, even when on different tasks.
When we practice seeing the world from the perspective of Spirit things begin to shift. Deep inner and personal work is important, but a complete life also includes purpose found through our service and work in transpersonal realms. Even if our work is done in private, it is eventually reaching another person. If our work is intangible, it is affecting other people. If our work is in nature, it effects the world each human has to live in.
Aquarius is sometimes called the self-actualized man/woman because this archetype is about work beyond the personal realm. Leo, its opposite is about the individual creative process, Aquarius is where we share this out into the world if you have a vision of a New Earth, a new idea, a grand undertaking- let this Moon inform your mind with those visions which are based in your personal truths, the quest for freedom, the desire to consciously co-create the world you want to live in. Aquarian vision does not make the individual less important than other individuals, but it does not forget the whole either.
There comes a time when we become educated enough with ideas new to us and once foreign that we can no longer continue to be the same people we once were. There is a lot of talk about manifestation and quantum reality, but have we truly absorbed what this means? The Tibetan Buddhists knew long before the western scientists that this waking life is like a dream whose symbolism can only be interpreted by us. We can choose to go through life gathering evidence to support the reality we were given, or have adopted through survival and trauma, or we can wake up to the fact that only we decide what each symbol means to us. Consciousness is the force that has manifested all of reality from the Prima Materia, what will you do with yours?