Independently united.

    There will be a New Moon at 12°19’ of Aquarius, a fixed, Air sign (antiscion 17°41’ Scorpio). This is the fourth in a series of five New Moons in a row at 12° of the relative monthly sign.

    This lunation has all the planets enclosed within the Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis perhaps indicating that our destiny is in our own hands. Yet another lunation chart with a heavy Earth element to it and no Fire. Could it be that the practicality of our plans (whatever they may be) is bogged down by the retrograde motion of Mercury which is however already slowing down to station direct on February 4th? The planets are infact ocuppying only four of the 12 zodiacal signs: Capricorn (Mars,Venus, Mercury and Pluto), Aquarius (Moon, Sun and Saturn), Pisces (Jupiter and Neptune) and Taurus (Uranus).

    Saturn, the dispositor of this New Moon, is also in Aquarius and still squaring Uranus (freedom as we remain inside our own comfort zone is not easy to obtain). OOB Mars, exalted in Capricorn, is applying a sextile to Jupiter in Pisces, it might seem easy to stubbornly pursue a goal but what if that goal was just a blown-up illusion? Venus, parallel to Saturn and Sun, is also separating from a trine to Uranus, charm and accomplishment but with a hidden quirky edge, you may get or give more than you bargained for maybe?

    New Moons are excellent moments to do a reality check, asking ourselves where we are at the present moment in time and where we would like to go, particularly regarding the matters of the house where the New Moon falls in your chart and thus set our relative intentions for the month ahead. Also involved with this New Moon are people having angles or planets in the fixed signs of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio.

    The New Moon falls on the 11th-5th house axis in traditional astrology; participating in groups vs individual creations, democrats vs autocrats, scientists vs artists etc.

    Whilst this New Moon might be used to release emotional attachments that restrict our freedom in some way it also reminds us that we are not alone and that by involving ourselves with others we can change the world. Another point to consider during this Moon phase might be how to strengthen your network of friends (11th house) as you reflect on your own unique talents (5th house).

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this the Father’s Son Moon. He suggests that all New Moon archetypes are children and youths and, as such, that there is a youthful quality to their emotional natures. Thus, the Father’s Son represents the Golden Boy, being the father’s heir and hope. On this New Moon, Kaldera suggests that we examine our feelings about our own personal father (or mother if she was career-minded or externally-orientated instead of concentrating on the home). Or, we could look at our attitudes concerning the “Fathers of Society” and how “their” rules and regulations have or have not any value for us at this present time. However, if we are at unease with these guidelines, we might ask ourselves whether we have had or have the courage to openly disclaim them or if it pays us in some way (and which way) to follow them blindly.

    The Sabian symbol for 13° Aquarius: “A barometer.” Indicating the ability to discover basic natural facts that allow us to plan in advance for action.

    For the antiscion at 18° Scorpio: “A path through woods brilliant with multicoloured splendour.” Indicating the exalted feeling of a work well done and a truly consummated life.

    What intentions are you setting under this New Moon?


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 202-256, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 261-262, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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