The stars are bright in the dark velvet sky at the time of the New Moon on February 11 when we reach a pause—a stillness in the cycle that rules seas, emotions, and the patterns of expansion/contraction on earth. At this time, we move into the void before moving into another cycle of lunar light and darkness.
Like branches on a tree or the sounds of birds in air, there is movement everywhere like winds blowing from several directions at once. Aspects with air influence the mind, thought, and communication, and they change and alter with Uranus’s influence—with its up and down oscillation, a ride on a Ferris wheel that can be uplifting or exhausting. (The feelings and outcome are affected by our consciousness, karma, and thoughts, which alter the turn of the wheel.)
With six planets in Aquarius, it’s an airy forecast for the New Moon. Air rules the mind, visuals, the conception and repetition of thought. The sign of Aquarius influences humanitarian issues, brilliant insights, the collective, and also fixed views of life. Many planets placed in Aquarius square Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) create tension and an erratic feeling, but Uranus also rules the higher mind, and it prefers shifts into expanded consciousness.
One of the most beneficial, astrological aspects—Venus (love) conjunct Jupiter (expansion)—is found in the chart. It acts as a reminder that any state of love—personal, universal, or the marvelous feeling, which comes with connection—can mitigate the strange Aquarian energy. Love brings us into present, it opens the heart, and it allows us to receive answers for the universe. Beyond this, it lifts our consciousness into a higher frequency where “reality” responds in a better way. It’s another way of connecting with the quantum field.
The squares between Sun (life), Moon (emotions), Mercury (communications), and Venus (love) and Mars (action, male) tend to exert pressure but fail to give clear answers and direction. It’s helpful to know the frustrating and semi-conscious frustration subside when the planets move into a different geometry in a few weeks. For the moment, it’s wise to prioritize actions that align with the soul and creating a better physical reality as they provide answers and energies that come from within the self—and don’t alternate with the “weather”. (Temporary upsets are normal at this time. The trick is finding the part of the self who remains calm and connected; answers tend to come in a place of stillness.)
Mercury remains in retrograde in Aquarius until February 21, adding to the mix of changing thoughts and subconscious projections. It can take our thoughts back into the past, reviving old patterns and forgotten feelings. Mercury retro can bring confusion, or it can lead to clarity that old perceptions are not necessarily true. Again, much of the challenge is about circumventing the chaos of the lower mind by tapping into universal messages and truths.
Mercury (thought), Venus (love), Jupiter (expansion), and Saturn (limitation) in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is the place of the quantum field and sudden dynamic change. Squares create pressure, and these squares ask for plans for the future. They also ask for a clear gaze at the issues and thoughts that hold us back from our inner perfection and the expression of our gifts. The higher collective of humanity rises when we express new thoughts through our inner gifts. (Mars and Uranus are in earth signs, indicating that some of the answers may come from connection with the earth.)
Mars (action, male) trines Pluto (subconscious, transformation). Trines are harmonious, bringing energies together in a helpful, supportive way. The aspect heightens determination and courage; it builds intention. It teaches the right use of power and can create opportunities for expression and action.
Overall, it’s a time of confusing change. The mind tends to move from one topic to another with less focus than usual. Squares with Mars and Uranus cause tension and mild upset. Mercury retrograde adds confusion. However, Venus (love) conjunct Jupiter tells us to go into the heart and focus on love. Mars (action) trine Pluto gives courage and determination to stay on the path and seek right actions.
- The stellium–a group of planets in one sign such as the six planets in Aquarius—creates erratic thoughts, tension, and a focus on future. Thoughts may swing wildly from one subject and/or project to the next.
- Grounding helps. Spend time with the earth. Notice the sky, the shape of trees, and the movement of the clouds. Walk when possible.
- It’s important to stay focused, and Mars trine Pluto can give the strength and determination to move into our next phase of being.
- It’s okay to feel confused, lose things, or feel distracted. Meditate daily to achieve a clear mind.
- Whenever possible, stay in the heart. It’s one of the answers to the energy in the New Moon chart.
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.
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