My last post here was on January 26, at the very end of the Capricorn lunation cycle. The Chinese Year of the Rooster began the next day with the New Moon in Aquarius on February 27, 2017. The year of the Rooster is special to me because I am a 1945 Rooster and David is a 1957 Rooster. That 11.5-year difference corresponds to our natal Jupiter cycles (natal Jupiter conjunct at 0º and 1º Libra).
The year began with my commitment to enroll in a year-long art journaling practice called “In the Stars”. The practice began with the Aquarius New Moon with the focus on the Sun in the natal chart. So far I have spent hours each day painting, drawing, or writing about my insights. I would say oddly, except for the fact that the sign of Aquarius is known for being unusual, this cycle had a soft beginning. My movement was severely limited by my foot injury providing me with plenty of time to sit in quiet contemplation. There was also a lot of social activity with a house guest for two weeks and the celebration of David’s 60th birthday.
My inspiration for the Aquarius cycle was the celebration of the year of the Rooster and reflected an empty and open space for my intentions to develop. As an afterthought, the color red that I normally associate with action, appears to me now to be a signal to stop and reorient. The Sabian Symbol for 18º Cancer, the position of my natal Moon, is “a hen scratching the ground to find nourishment for her progeny.”— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases © 1973 Dane Rudhyar
My inspiration for this Pisces Lunation Cycle began with a purple and gold scarf from India I’ve had since the early 1970’s. I’ve used it to bundle and read my Jamie Sams Medicine Cards for the last 25 years. Symbolic to me of the sacred aspect of Pisces by its long-term use to facilitate my intuition. It is in the process of disintegrating, another Piscean quality. I placed a stone that felt Piscean to me on the left, a small ocean sculpture with a Moon pin and a Moonstone to the right of a Carnival Glass bowl in which I placed my most recent oracle deck acquisition, The Awakened Soul Cards.
My intention was to draw cards from the oracle to use as journal prompts. So far I’ve drawn two: Grounding and Meditation
The “In the Stars” exploration this month is focused on the natal Moon. I drew some timed self portraits, explored the feelings of my Cancer Moon in the 3rd house via a mixed media collage and lots of writing. I thought I would be sharing much of it here but I’m finding myself feeling a bit too vulnerable. Still processing.
Lunar themes galore.
Watching the year unfold in a new way.
Something is cooking. I feel the magic afoot.
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere is officially March 20 this year, that’s the day after tomorrow, a week later, the New Moon in Aries begins the astrological New Year.
A time of fresh starts and new activities.
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