The Pisces New Moon just before 3 am EST Saturday conjoins asteroid 291 Alice to the degree. In the experience of your humble servant, 291 Alice is an object which reliably says “look here.” Given the place New Moons hold in astrology, combined with how Alice has consistently worked for yours truly, looking no further than yourself and where you are is your indicated best practice as February rolls into March.
Every New Moon is the more-or-less monthly conjunction of the two most important objects in astrology — the Sun and Moon. A conjunction is two objects at the same place on the zodiac and in the sky.
Every conjunction represents (among other things) the beginning of a new cycle for the two objects involved. In the case of the Sun and Moon that cycle has a special name — lunation.
In her article for the February/March issue of The Mountain Astrologer, Dr. J. Lee Lehman observed how lunations (along with eclipses and ingresses) are “the big three events of mundane astrology.” Eric has also cited lunations as an important factor in describing his process of composing the best horoscopes in the world.
Since experience verifies how the unfolding and outcome of any cycle is often contained in the beginning, any New Moon is worth paying close attention to. If you add an asteroid, such as 291 Alice, which serves to draw your attention to a place and time, you have doubly reinforced how you should observe both your personal circumstances and aspects to the Pisces New Moon closely, to get some idea of what’s about to unfold for you.
First off, and most obvious as a form of double reinforcement, it is not often that a calendar month and a lunation begin at the same time. The indication of such a seldom seen concurrence is that March itself will develop somewhat along the lines of how it begins.
Assuming the indication of a lunation and a calendar month beginning at the same time is a valid one, it’s a great chance for you to work with the flow of the astrology by spending the first hours and days of March being the change(s) you want to see in your life. If you look closely at your “here” as the weekend begins, and make even a few small starts modeled on how you want your life to unfold during March, the payoff should be worth your while.
Assuming any validity for astrology, it is also worth your while to examine what other aspects the Pisces New Moon will make besides its conjunction with 291 Alice.
When practicing astrology, it’s important to prioritize the classical planets (those visible to the unaided eye — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) as a close second to the luminaries (Sun and Moon). Practicing such a prioritization for the Pisces New Moon immediately recommends that you “look here” to how the conjoined luminaries will form a precise (to the degree) water trine aspect to near-stationary Jupiter, 120 degrees away in Cancer.
The trine from the Pisces New Moon to Jupiter highlights the two trends Jupiter is a part of right now: (1) the unprecedented and powerful grand water trine with Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Scorpio; and (2) a huge reshuffling represented by four classical planets (Mercury, Mars and Saturn, as well as Jupiter) changing the apparent direction of their movement before the end of March’s first week.
Since the trine aspect (especially a water trine) emphasizes flow, the best way for you to work with the next luminary cycle is to remember how long-term trends will not suddenly dissipate as you endeavor to be the changes you want to see in your life.
Moving down astrology’s priority list to other sign-ruling planets, the Pisces New Moon’s close aspects to both participants in the era-defining Uranus-Pluto square doubly reinforce once again that you should not attempt to change the world overnight. Rather “look here” to where and what you are. Begin with yourself for how to seed the impending lunation.
Last but not least, the Pisces conjunction of Sun, Moon and Alice will precisely oppose yet another asteroid — 4946 Askalaphus. Looking across at the Alice-Pisces New Moon from Virgo, Askalaphus will be a symbolic reflection of what appears to be an auspicious, rather than ambitious, lunation in the making.
Mark Andrew Holmes has opined that, “The asteroid Askalaphus seems to do with the ability to be silent or discreet.” Reflecting on Mr. Holmes’ interpretation further reinforces a coherent theme that is consistently established by aspects from the Pisces New Moon to Alice, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. That is to say, look no farther than “here” during the month that matches the lunation.
So, make a good start on March this weekend. Look to, at, and immediately around yourself for the best places to apply your efforts, and you will be less likely to end up a fool when April comes around.
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