New Moon in Aquarius
February 15/16, 2018
Sabian Symbol for 28º Aquarius:
“A tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter” This degree symbolizes intelligent foresight. It refers to the use of natural resources for insuring humanity’s well being. — from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases © 1973 Dane Rudhyar
Highlights of the Solar Eclipse at 27º Aquarius 08′:
A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon with tremendous impact. The Sun that gives us life and lights our path is joined briefly with the dark and mysterious qualities of the Moon. The Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine anew, beginning another cycle in the spiral of our personal development. This is a south nodal eclipse, suggesting that we are being called to use previously learned skills and talents in new ways and that the opportunities to do so will come through others.
The last time there was a solar eclipse close to this degree was February 16, 1999. Think back to the personal themes in your life during the late winter and early spring of 1999 and review the progress of your personal growth over the last 19 years.
This Aquarius lunation cycle begins on a note of anxiety, the result of unexpected changes and feelings of being manipulated. Although unsettling, it can be an opportune time for those able to put aside their irritation and approach things from a new perspective (Sun, Moon, & Mercury sextile Uranus; Venus semi-square Pluto). Unpredictability by those in authority escalate feelings of instability leading to a free flow of opinions being voiced from all sides (Sun & Moon septile Saturn; Sun & Moon conjunct Mercury). Duty and responsibility require courtesy and perhaps a sacrifice (Venus sextile Saturn; Jupiter semi-square Saturn). Uncertainty about what is true inhibits action (Mars square Neptune).
Aquarius Lunation Cycle, February 15/16 – March 17, 2018
The New Moon in Aquarius begins a 29.6-day cycle supporting group involvement and humanitarian ideals. Follow up on opportunities via friendships, associations, clubs, and civic associations. This is the cycle for igniting your creative genius. Use it to review and develop your hopes and dreams. Imagine all the amazing ways there are of achieving the future you desire.
Our advice for this cycle:
The period surrounding eclipses is always turbulent. The key to this cycle is the ability to remain calm under duress. Temper optimism with reality to ensure the best outcome. Focus on kindness.
The cleansing process of the last cycle has opened the space for reinventing dreams. Aquarius correlates to Renewal on the Medicine Wheel. Continue the process of bringing the annual cycle to completion while re-imagining the future.
Get in touch with your wishes. Reawaken your hope and find inspiration by releasing the fear of being different and embracing your uniqueness. Trust that what makes you different is in service to your purpose.
Explore there questions for additional insight:
- How can you serve humanity?
- When do you feel most rebellious and why?
- What triggers your idealism?
- How do you express your individuality?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were a little less detached or a little more progressive?
- What organizations are you affiliated with and what is your role within them?
- Examine your friendships and social connections. Are they nurturing and supportive or draining and subversive?
Affirmation for this cycle:
My creative inspiration is awakened by the unconventional.
Quote for this cycle:
“Spontaneity is being present in the present.”
~ Terence James Stannus Gray AKA Wei Wu Wei, (1895 – 1986), English theatre producer and author.
More on the Zodiac sign of Aquarius including the astrological, tarot, medicine wheel, and miscellaneous correspondences.
A mandala is a powerful device for creating and focusing on sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print out and color our mandala based on the geometry of the Aquarius New Moon on February 15/16, 2018.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her Luna See email newsletter.
CJ Wright at Auntie Moon offers daily insights and other good lunar tidings at her website, plus she has monthly lunation cycle workbooks. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions on her web site. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Lynda Hill takes a thorough look at the Sabian Symbols active this cycle.
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