The new moon in Aquarius was exact at 6:39am PST this morning, harkening in the Year of the Red Fire Monkey in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese New Year begins on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. I find the interplay between the Chinese zodiac and the zodiac of Western astrology to be quite fascinating – there are so many layers to dig into within each system, and when we merge them together we are given a broad, holistic view of our astrological make-up.
The new moon is conjoined with the sun in Aquarius today – wild, rebellious and determined. Aquarius is the fixed air sign, very mentally stimulating as well as firm in its views. Aquarius is ruled traditionally by Saturn, the taskmaster and disciplinarian, but the modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the planet of innovation, transformation and disruption. This speaks to why Aquarius is able to contain such driven and focused energy, while at the same time remaining eccentric and untamed.
The Chinese New Year always occurs with the new moon in Aquarius, but the Monkey can straddle the spectrum of Aquarius deftly, for he is naturally wild and free, but also ambitious and mentally astute. In particular, the Fire Monkey is a yang animal with the most yang energy of all the Chinese elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Wood).
We are being invited into this new moon cycle and into this Chinese New Year with a high level of intensity, intellectual passion and a need for revolutionary change. What will you set yourself free from this moon cycle? What kind of big picture liberation do you want to experience in your own life this year? The Red Fire Monkey is here to facilitate empowering metamorphosis on a micro/macro, personal/political scale in 2016. Here we go!
Our sun in Aquarius experienced a hard square to fiery Mars in Scorpio early yesterday morning, and today the new moon herself is squaring the red planet. This is challenging energy that is bound to unearth hard feelings like anger, fear, resentment and jealousy. Yuck, yuck, yuck! It is time to tune in and observe. Mars likes conflict, and as the traditional ruler of Scorpio, he is very powerful in the deep waters of the Scorpion. In a square aspect with the sun and moon, he is literally banging on the doors of our consciousness and demanding that we deal with the crud and the sludge that we generally prefer to keep buried. The intensity of this configuration is flowing over us like a mood, but it sets the stage for the current moon cycle.
As we go within and get quiet with the new moon, and as we plant the seeds of intention for the next 4 weeks, there are elements to be reckoned with that might not feel at all pretty or convenient. However, the uncomfortable elements (shadows, if you will) being unearthed by Mars in Scorpio are truly necessary to our growth and development at this time. May we let the lightness and global vision of Aquarius steer us towards working with our shadows to connect in deeper ways and take in the bigger picture. In the words of Maya Angelou, Aquarius knows without a doubt: “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.”
If you are seeking an astrologer at this time, I can refer you to 2 amazing astrologers/intuitives in the Seattle area:
*Megan Skinner (www.meganskinner.com)
*Stephanie Gailing (www.planetaryapothecary.com)
Or online, I continue to learn so much from:
*Chani Nicholas (www.chaninicholas.com)
*Ainslie Faust (www.astroainslie.com)