Dark Moon in Aquarius — Lunar New Year

The Moon’s going dark again this weekend.

lunarnewyearWelcome the New Moon in Aquarius, and the Chinese New Year (which always lands on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice).

If you’re lucky enough to have a Chinatown where you live, go watch a parade, watch dragons dance, eat some traditional Lunar New Year food, buy and use some lucky red envelopes (traditionally used to give money to younger people and the unemployed), and celebrate. Good fortune, happiness and prosperity are universal, enjoy it!

It’s the year of the Black Water Snake, the Snake Sleeping in Winter. People born in the Year of the Snake are intuitive and wise, as well as being private and reticent. Snakes prefer living a peaceful life, and they do not like a noisy environment (must make those Lunar New Year parades challenging!). They’re excellent problem-solvers and thrive under tight deadlines.

The New Moon in Aquarius, February 9th, 11:20 pm Pacific

New Moons are great for setting intentions. But it’s helpful if the intentions match the energy of the sign. Aquarius, an air sign, functions in your mind, and maximizes and enhances your ideas as well as your creativity. This is the New Moon that breathes innovation and inspiration. You may find yourself thinking way outside the box, embracing your juiciest, and most outlandish plans, shooting for the stars! Don’t fight it, precious one, allow radical thinking and innovative genius ideas to flow with this New Moon.

The other side of the coin: you may feel ungrounded in all this far-reaching Aquarian energy. Stay connected to Mother Earth. Dance—feel your feet on the ground. Practice your martial arts. Get to a yoga class. Allow yourself to be supported as you explore and implement your most audacious and unconventional plans.

“Dance with your knees bent, lest you be taken for a corpse.”—Congolese proverb

We’re past the halfway mark between Winter and Spring, the time of new beginnings, and planting new seeds.

This is an excellent time to set goals, revisit existing ones, and begin projects.

The Aquarius energy will shine its cosmic and unconventional light on your plans, and if you take some time with it, you may gain amazing insights into the bigger picture and how things fit together—an opportunity to take a step back and gaze at the forest, even as you keep moving forward with each individual tree.

Suggestions for your New Moon working, for your business, for your body, for your soul:
Take some time, as close to the actual New Moon as you can to do this work. (Any time in the three-day-window of Friday-Saturday-Sunday will work just fine.) You can work at your altar, or be outside, or any place you feel connected to Spirit. As always, pick the one question that rises to the top, that feels most important, and take some time meditating on it. I find that in New Moon workings, dealing as we are with internal energies, it’s more useful to concentrate on one idea rather than many.

• What is your vision for the world, for your tribe, for your business? What is your role in that vision? What are you meant to do now?
• What is your inner wisdom telling you about your wellness practices that you can put in place today?
• What audacious new idea(s) are you ready to express? Can you heartstorm—by yourself or with others—to spur new ideas?

Be open to inspiration. The Aquarius Moon encourages us to pour out our visions, hopes, and dreams into the world—to sense the barren places that need innovation. We can be excited by the possibilities of change.

How are you dropping into the energy of this Aquarius New Moon? Please let me know in the comments.

The next Mercury retrograde is just around the corner

The facts: Mercury enters “the Shadow” on the 8th, goes retrograde at 19 Pisces on February 23. It then turns direct at 5 Pisces on March 18 (in shadow until April 6th). During Mercury’s retrograde cycles, this planet travels through the same span of the Zodiac three times. The first time through, it is going in direct motion (moving forward), then retrograde (looks like it’s going backwards), and then direct again.

Pre-Retrograde Shadow (February 8–23) is Mercury’s first pass through the Shadow. Mercury is still moving in its usual forward direction. This window is when you may become aware of what you will be dealing with in the coming retrograde cycle. Events and situations that arise for you during this time will continue to unfold during the retrograde itself.

Retrograde Period (February 23–March 18): This is the second pass through the Shadow, when the planet appears to be going backwards in the sky. During this phase you may need to slow down and rethink, reconsider, reevaluate, revise, research some actions or decisions you made during the first pass. This retrograde period is when the universe invites you—in ways big and small—to look at and deal with  the situations in your life that are not working well (which in this case may be Pisces-related issues). You might experience frustration or discouragement about having to detour away from your preferred path—or you might welcome this as a way of exploring new ideas and potentials. Unexpected change is the one thing you can reliably expect during the retrograde period.

There’s A Hole In My Sidewalk (Autobiography in Five Chapters)
By Portia Nelson

(1) I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

(2) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

(3) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

(4) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

(5) I walk down another street.

Post-Retrograde Shadow (March 18–April 6): Mercury is moving forward again. During this phase you apply what you’ve learned during the retrograde period. Ask yourself: What do you know now that you didn’t know before? How has this knowledge helped you decide what actions to take? Do you need to change your action plan or can you keep moving forward as originally planned, with the added wisdom you’ve garnered during this retrograde cycle.

What does it all mean?
• Look out for opportunities (sought and unsought) to pause and reflect about your actions with all things that Mercury influences—ideas and mental focus.
• Look at how you’re dealing with communication and information. Be extra-mindful before you click Send on your emails and tweets. Double-check schedules. Confirm appointments.
• Be prepared to do more research, take more time for consideration before signing on the dotted line.
• Leave lots of extra time to do things and to get to where you’re going.
• Expect the unexpected, and roll with it.
• Find the patience, grace and flexibility to deal with disrupted communications and inconvenient developments.
• If you must make important decisions during this time, try to build some flexibility into your plans to allow for later changes. Better yet, try to delay final or irrevocable decisions until well after Mercury goes direct.

How do you roll with the unexpected during a Mercury retrograde? Please let me know in the comments.


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  1. the new moon is a time for me to get out my ‘new moon wishes’.  I sit in sacred space (preferably out in the woods) under the dark moon and write out 13 wishes for the coming month.  I burn the previous months’ wishes after checking to see how many have come to be.  It’s a very simple ritual but effective.

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