Thursday just before 4:39 pm EST is the Aquarius New Moon: the Sun and Moon in a conjunction. It occurs against the backdrop of Venus stationing the next day; in that context, the Sun and Moon seem to be about harmonizing your conscious and subconscious in a way that allows you to clear a little space for whatever messages Venus is offering.
The trick in doing so, however, may be to avoid getting too stuck or fixated on any one particular way of perceiving yourself.
Consider this very simple improvisational dance exercise: as you dance within your own space, you notice any time you find yourself ‘doing the same thing’ or beginning to ‘fix’ a pattern of movement. As soon as you observe yourself doing so, you change how you are moving.
A movement exercise such as that is not about choreographing steps to be followed, but neither is it about a purely intuitive flow. It is a mix: spontaneous, intuitive movement starts to crystallize in its form, but before it sets completely, its crystallization is recognized, allowing a choice to be made to allow a new impulse to change the course of movement.
The dance exercise is a little arbitrary and extreme for literal application to life, but it gives an illustration of how quickly and unconsciously a pattern can set itself, how consciously one often must make a choice to change, and the necessity to allow some unexpected yet authentic impulse (intuition, synchronicity, gut feeling, desire) guide the next step.
Aquarius is a sign traditionally ruled by Saturn (fixed structures, limitations, responsibility) and more modernly by Uranus (the spontaneous spark of life force that shatters those structures). So it is a very forward-thinking sign that can stick with the great new thing to the point that it becomes ubiquitous.
The good thing is, even the Moon in Aquarius does not load the process up with a lot of emotional weight. That can feel maddening in interpersonal relating when one person operates from their emotions and the other has an Aquarius Moon; but for the purposes of trying new things and breaking the proverbial mold, that detachment is an asset.
Making a sextile to the New Moon is Uranus in Aries, suggesting there is perhaps some extra spark available in the ‘unexpected insights/upheavals’ department for this particular lunar restart button. You’ll have to be open to noticing it and make the effort to follow the impulse, however.
Also challenging any desire to make and set plans for what the New Moon will mean for you is the asteroid Pallas, making a quincunx from Virgo. A quincunx is one sign off from an opposition, and tends to be marked by continual adjustment. Pallas in Virgo is partly about thinking up a precise strategy, but the Sun and Moon (your ego-consciousness and intuition) may keep sidestepping it.
All of this seems to be designed to keep you on your toes and flexible, even in the midst of social conventions to ‘commit’ and conform (Aquarius is also the sign of groups). And the reason for staying on your toes looks like Venus stationing direct in Capricorn.
Since the solstice, Venus has been taking us on a tour inward and backward of past loves, values, resources and states of receptivity. In some cases we’ve been shown what we’ve outgrown or are finally ready to leave behind. In other cases, we’ve been reminded of what we’d forgotten we possessed or embodied, for the purpose of reclaiming it.
The New Moon Thursday is preparing the ground for Venus in our lives, urging us to be fully aware of what Venus is showing us, so that we can choose the next step consciously: repeat, reclaim or release.
Meanwhile, Venus is part of a fascinating five-planet conjunction right now consisting of Narcissus, Pluto, Venus, Psyche and Persephone, all within 2 degrees. Eric will have more to say about this cluster in Capricorn and the Venus station in his Planet Waves FM broadcast; do be sure to give it a listen.
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