In the Stars February 15-22, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Aquarius

A number of planetary shifts hover in the week ahead, as the Sun moves into Pisces; and Mars and Venus move into Aries. We’re just a month away now from the precise Uranus-Pluto square of March 16, the last of these seven squares over the past few years pulsing with revolutionary change. The invitation beckons for each of us personally to seize this opening to step boldly into the changes we want to make in our lives. Each week when the Moon highlights this square, there is a thrust of dynamic change energy available. Consciously use these weekly thrusts to make the big changes in your life that you want to make. This week they occur on Sunday, the 15th and Saturday, the 21st.

Sunday, February 15, is crowned with the weekly dynamic, challenging energies of the Moon’s light on the tightening Uranus-Pluto square. Honor the surprises and messages that may be delivered through edgy situations. To what do you need to pay attention and change?

Monday morning’s benefic lunar sextiles to Venus and Mars give a grounded, energetic, and creative start to the week. The Moon is Void-of-Course for a few hours (12:17-4:13 PM Pacific Time), and then it moves into friendly Aquarius. Allow time for bright ideas to fill your head—or bring them on over evening conversations with friends. The Moon continues in Aquarius through Wednesday afternoon. A lunar sextile to Uranus encourages freedom and independence. There are some edgy aspects with the Sun and Pluto and Uranus during these few days that could stir up trouble or creative movement, so use the energy wisely for change.

A New Moon at the very last degree and minute of Aquarius (29:59) governs Wednesday. This is just a brief pause away from both Sun and Moon entering the watery, ethereal sign of Pisces. The Sabian symbol for this degree (Aquarius 30) is: “Moonlit Fields, Once Babylon, are Blooming White.” This illuminates the fruits and innocence of the past. It calls for a reverence for the past and an honoring our ancestors. This is the fifth of six consecutive New Moons either at the first or last degree of a sign tropically. This pattern suggests that we are in a period of initiations and seeding new pathways. Also, this New Moon is the second of six SuperMoons this year, where the Moon is both at perigee (closest to the Earth) and syzygy (aligned with the Sun and Earth). SuperMoons generate strong electromagnetic pulls. In addition to stronger pulls on the tides and tectonic plates, they can foster shifts in consciousness. Pay close attention to the messages coming through your emotions. This New Moon is at the exact Midpoint of the tight Uranus-Pluto, adding even more power to this dynamic change energy.

This New Moon in Aquarius also marks the Chinese New Year on Thursday, this one being the Year of the Wood Goat (also called Sheep or Ram). The Chinese Year of the Sheep is known to be a creative, peaceful period, in which we are encouraged to simplify our lives, curb our spending, and express our creativity and artistic gifts. Dynamic Mars on Thursday enters cardinal fire sign Aries, the sign it rules, where it will sizzle and take action for the next month, through March 17. In Aries Mars is hot, quick, and bold. Time to fire up your exercise regimes! Get moving–quickly! Mercury-sextile-Saturn delivers clear thinking and sensible problem solving.

Friday afternoon Venus and the Moon both move into Aries, the bold and fast first fire sign of the zodiac. This trio of the Moon, Venus, and Mars in Aries makes for a sizzling hot weekend. Take a romantic risk! Embark on a bold adventure! Start a new project! It’s a weekend for new forms of pleasure. Nonetheless, do keep your cool, as tempers can get easily overheated.

Saturday is potentially extremely explosive as the Moon lights up the Uranus-Pluto square. Use this very bold energy positively to blast away a part of your life you no longer need like a bad habit, or to burst forth into a revolutionary change. The Moon’s trine to Jupiter will help make good things happen!

The Moon is VoC for 24 hours from Saturday evening to Sunday evening (4:36 PM Saturday-4:28 PM Sunday Pacific Time). Take a vigorous hike on Sunday. Then with the Moon in pleasure-seeking Taurus Sunday evening, savor a delicious dinner at a beautifully set table and marvel at your many accomplishments and adventures over a fiery weekend.

The Week in Short
Sunday: Step into the big bold change being called out.
Monday: Grounded, energetic, creative start to the week. Brilliant ideas in the evening.
Tuesday: Think freely and move dynamically with change.
Wednesday: New Moon at end of Aquarius. Honor your past but step into the amazing possibilities of your future.
Thursday: Chinese New Year of the Wood Goat. Mars into Aries: fire up your exercise regimes. Clear thinking abounds.
Friday: Fiery hot day heats up an active weekend!
Saturday: Super bold, dynamic day! Take action!
Sunday: Take a vigorous hike; Moon VoC. Enjoy a pleasant evening with good food and company.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (January 27-February 21)
1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.
2. Create an inspiring musical playlist.
3. Write a poem or a song.
4. Give to your favorite charity.
5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.
6. Let your heart sing!
7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.
8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.
9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.
10. Create! Create! Create!

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet and before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are: Pacific Standard Time:
Monday, February 16 12:17-4:13 PM (Moon into Aquarius)
Wednesday, February 18: 3:47-3:48 PM (Moon into Pisces)
Thursday, February 19 at 3:01 PM through Friday, February 20 at 3:13 PM (Moon into Aries)
Saturday, February 21 at 4:36 PM through Sunday, February 22 at 4:28 PM (Moon into Taurus)
Monday, February 23 at 6:57 PM through Tuesday, February 24 at 8:54 PM (Moon into Gemini)
Thursday, February 26 at 12:43 AM through Friday, February 27 at 4:50 AM (Moon into Cancer)
Saturday, February 28 at 9:53 AM through Sunday, March 1 at 3:34 PM (Moon into Leo)
Tuesday, March 3 at 12:47 AM through Wednesday, March 4 at 3:58 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Thursday, March 5 at 10:36 AM through Friday, March 6 at 4:52 PM (Moon into Libra)
Sunday, March 8 at 6:24 PM through Monday, March 9 at 6:10 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Wednesday, March 11: 12:46-4:30 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Friday, March 13: 4:11-11:40 PM (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT :
Monday, February 16 20:17 through Tuesday, February 17 at 0:13 (Moon into Aquarius)
Wednesday, February 18: 23:47-23:48 (Moon into Pisces)
Thursday, February 19 at 23:01 through Friday, February 20 at 23:13 (Moon into Aries)
Sunday, February 22 at 0:36 through Monday, February 23 at 0:28 (Moon into Taurus)
Tuesday, February 23 at 2:57 through Wednesday, February 24 at 4:54 (Moon into Gemini)
Thursday, February 26 at 8:43 through Friday, February 27 at 12:50 (Moon into Cancer)
Saturday, February 28 at 17:53 through Sunday, March 1 at 23:34 (Moon into Leo)
Tuesday, March 3 at 8:47 through Wednesday, March 4 at 11:58 (Moon into Virgo)
Thursday, March 5 at 18:36 through Saturday, March 6 at 0:52 (Moon into Libra)
Monday, March 8 at 2:24-14:10 (Moon into Scorpio)
Wednesday, March 11: 19:46-23:30 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Friday, March 13 at 23 through Saturday, March 14 at 6:11 (Moon into Capricorn)
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2 Responses to In the Stars February 15-22, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Aquarius

  1. The Uranus-Pluto square has symbolized more upset, violence, and “revolution” around the globe than I can ever remember since I was old enough to keep up with world news and to be strongly interested in politics. No one could have missed it all — horrific and ongoing pain and suffering in the Middle East and in parts of Asia (like Afghanistan). I wonder how the years closely leading up to the Uranus-Pluto square show up in astrology. All the events correlating with the Uranus-Pluto square have not been necessarily “bad,” of course, unless we look at all uprisings and revolutions as bad. For instance, Russia is sitting well with amazing Vladimir Putin in charge. I recall seeing his moving back into Seat No. 1 in the nation on Russia Today (rt.com). That was utterly astounding to me — the pomp, the amazing military formations, the immensely beautiful architecture of the government halls.

    I don’t mean to trail off onto Russia now, but I do have a question that lingers in my mind. So many of us have experienced very harsh circumstances with this set of transits, representing virtual “revolutions” in our own lives. HOW, then, do people turn these often irritating and even dangerous actions and experiences represented by the Uranus-Pluto square and suddenly have “wine and roses” as a result? Won’t it take quite some time after this exact square on March 16, 2915 to do the real work of re-working our lives and affairs that the square greatly upset? I havem’t met many who have described the effects of the Uranus Pluto square as representative of joy and bliss in their daily lives! I get the impression that most of us will be re-building our lives in the areas that the Uranus-Pluto squares have hit upon. Further, we have all the time of this set of squares to be separating — i.e. we’ve experienced them “applying,” but even at the climax of the transit on March 16th, we must have a long haul to go as the separating of this pattern.

    I only used affairs in Russia to describe some of the Uranus-Pluto square in its applying movements vis a vis an occasion that appeared to “show” what was a very positive event (positive to the people involved) represented by this amazing square. If I look at Syria; Iraq (which now hosts ISIS and will apparently be involved with American “policing” which was supposed to have stopped); many of the countries of Africa; quite significant discontent and financial burdens in Europe, as well as Western Europe’s dislike of the result of its years of pursuing “diversity; Egypt, left under a brutal dictatorship after having just revolted among two prior ones (this based on “religion” for the most part; I got to know an Egyptian man heavily involved in these revolts when I was in Madison, Wisconsin summer of 2013). I could no doubt go on and on with the names of nations and people who have been heavily involved in very distressing revolts, If I even just think of the discontent in Germany and France, Greece, Scandinavia, the Ukraine (which puts a sad cap on the Russian progression generally), we see the regret about past politics, the discontent about how things currently are, and the big questions about how the EU countries will solve the newly expressed anger against the years of immigrants that they now feel are ruining their national identities, economic stability, etc. The “era” we live in doesn’t seem to me to be one that will “turn calm” overnight.

  2. Cathy Coleman says:

    John,
    You’re right about the integration time needed for the Uranus-Pluto square after the last square on March 16. Thanks for this question. I’ll address it in a future blog.–Cathy

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