2013 Aquarius New Moon
And Chinese New Year of the Water Snake
By Dale Osadchuk
09 February 2013 11.21pm PST
10 February 2013 at 2.21am EST and 7.21am GMT
It was the eve of the Rest and Cleansing New Moon celebration. It had been snowing for two days and the path to the Star Temple was impassable. Snowy Owl and Shooting Star did not know how they were going to reach the Sacred Space in time to hear Sister Moon’s message. Then they heard the sound of voices behind them. It was Red Thunderbird Warrior and Runs With The Salmon. They were wearing snowshoes that allowed them to walk on the top of the snow without sinking and they each carried a pair for the sisters to wear.
Snowy Owl and Shooting Star quickly put on the snowshoes and the four friends easily walked the path to the Star Temple. The sisters were grateful their friends had come to join them and had found a solution to reach the Sacred Space. They realized in some situations it was important to work together and find a way to solve the issue whatever it might be. As all four settled in the Star Temple the air was very still and all the snow muffled any sounds that might distract them from hearing Sister Moon’s message.
Sister Moon spoke from the darkness. “This is the friendship New Moon. It is a time for sharing with one another in joy and love. When you humans are able to do that nothing is impossible for you understand that all two leggeds are your brothers and sisters. When you treat each other with Loving Kindness the whole Universe is filled with joy. That is the focus for this New Moon cycle.”
Sister Moon fell silent and the four friends felt grateful they were able to be together to hear the message. They sat for a long time and felt the blessings of friendship.
This is the Rest and Cleansing New Moon. Here in Ontario the past two days it snowed continuously. I am sure all those people who were caught driving in the snow ending up not being able to navigate the hills or highway on-ramps wished they had stayed home. It was traffic chaos. Sometimes we just need to listen to that voice that says “stay home”. Fortunately I was able to do that.
Aquarius is the sign of the visionary and connects us to the Cosmos. Its key phrase is “I know”. We all come from the Stars and this New Moon is the time to reconnect with who we really are and give our gift to the world with joy and love. It is also the sign of friendship and groups so connecting with people of like mind is emphasised with this Moon cycle. Our Animal Totem guide is Otter, curiosity, playfulness, sharing, joy, and love. This New Moon asks us all to focus on our spiritual vision of a world where Loving Kindness is the power that connects us all.
Aquarius is also about individual freedom and the ruler of this New Moon is Uranus in Aries, personal freedom. It is not about breaking free from something out there it is about finding your inner joy which sets you free. Uranus is working in harmony with Jupiter in Gemini, expansion and growth of your spiritual vision. He is also sextile Venus in Aquarius, giving your gift to the world. Work with the positive vibration of this New Moon and find your joy.
Wisdom Keeper is the Clan Mother who guides us. She is the keeper of planetary memory and all Earth records, particularly the stone and crystal kingdoms. She is the guardian of sacred traditions, sacred points of view, and honouring the truth in all things. She teaches us the value of friendship and the importance of our connection to all our relations. She teaches us to be fully present in the moment and to follow our dreams and vision. More of her story can be found in the 13 Original Clan Mothers and Earth Medicine, both by Jamie Sams.
Aquarius, along with Leo, is found on the Tarot Constellation of Strength. It is the principle of balance between the material and spiritual planes. The theme is courage of your convictions, acknowledging the strength within, COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF AND ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR CONNECTION TO SOURCE. We have capitalized the latter for this is what Aquarius emphasises.
Aquarius is only found on the 5th Ray of Concrete Knowledge and Healing. This is the Ray of doctors, chiropractors, and dentists who practice western medicine but also the Ray of alternative healers who practice energy medicine to facilitate mind, body, and spirit alignment.
The Archangels who guide us at this New Moon are Raphael, the shinning one who heals, and Mary, nurturing Divine unconditional love. Whenever you call on them they will always answer.
Embrace the energies of this freedom loving New Moon and find your joy. We are heading into a Pisces overload at the end of February. At the Pisces New Moon of Mar 11 we will have 7 planets in the sign of healing, forgiveness, release, and completion. If you find your joy it will guide you through the fog that is sure to be created. Pisces and its ruler Neptune are associated with fog and uncertainly but also illumination.
To discover how to maneuver through the fog I am available for astrology sessions. Contact me at email@example.com to book your session.
Here are the Moon phases and planetary activations. All times are 75 west longitude EST. We have included the day and time the Moon changes signs.
Aquarius New Moon and Chinese New Year of the Water Snake- Feb 10- 2.21am EST- The theme of the Aquarius New Moon is to live your life in a joyous way and share your lightness of being with the world. That is your greatest gift to give for it is the gift of love for all. The year of the Water Snake supports you to shed the old emotional wounds and become the healer you were meant to be at this most powerful time on the Earth Mother. Otter, sharing joy and love, is the guide for this New Moon cycle.
Mars in Pisces square Jupiter in Gemini- Feb 10- 3.12am EST- Mercury in Pisces conjunct Chiron in Pisces- 9.53am EST- Moon enters Pisces- 4.20pm EST- conjunct Neptune in Pisces- 8.29pm EST- The best way to work with all these Pisces activations is to find time to be quiet and listen to your inner knowing. When you do it is your Soul Essence Self, Creator, and Great Mystery guiding you. And remember you are always supported by the Source of All That Is.
Venus in Aquarius square Saturn in Scorpio- Feb 11- 1.42am EST- Moon in Pisces square Jupiter in Gemini- 3.33am EST- These aspects are asking you to identify where you are backing yourself into a corner. Squares are opportunities to do things in a new way especially when it involves your spiritual path. Venus square Saturn asks you to release what no longer serves you especially regarding relationship patterns. Moon in Pisces conjunct Mars in Pisces- 4.57am EST- conjunct Chiron in Pisces- 6.34am EST- conjunct Mercury in Pisces- 9.00am EST- sextile Pluto in Capricorn- 10.40am EST-trine Saturn in Scorpio- 12.03pm EST- All these Moon aspects are considered to be harmonious influences. When the Moon visits Pisces the theme is healing, forgiveness, release, and completion. Whatever was activated with the earlier squares should now be easy to release.
Mercury in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn- Feb 12- 1.00am EST- Mars in Pisces conjunct Chiron in Pisces- 11.52am EST- Mercury in Pisces trine Saturn in Scorpio- 2.15pm EST- This continues the theme of ease and flow from yesterday. If you are feeling challenged know it is your ego hanging onto something that no longer serves you. Connect with your Sacred Center and the ego will not be what directs you. There is a lot of the water element being activated today and emotions can be an issue. But all this water also means your intuitive knowing is strong if you listen to it.
Moon enters Aries- Feb 12- 8.51pm EST- Moon in Aries is like waking from a long sleep. It can inspire you to begin something new and exciting. Just remember Mercury has entered his retrograde shadow so whatever you begin now will take a while to actually be realized. Use this Moon energy to share time with people of like mind. That is what this Aquarius New Moon cycle is asking you to focus on. Whatever you focus on do it with joy.
Moon in Aries conjunct Uranus in Aries- Feb 13- 8.06am EST- sextile Jupiter in Gemini- 9.01am EST- Aries Crescent Moon- 3.47pm EST to Feb 17- 3.32pm EST- The Crescent phase is about expansion, growth, and manifestation. The early morning (EST) Moon aspects to Uranus and Jupiter support action but we remind you that Mercury (our thoughts and perception) wants to take it slow. Use this phase to focus on a new vision that can manifest once Mercury clears his retrograde shadow which will be April 06. I can hear all the groans!!! The lesson for Moon in Aries is patience. Moon in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn- 4.34pm EST- inconjunct Saturn in Scorpio- 5.58pm EST- With these challenging aspects it is best to put things on hold. Tomorrow is a better day.
Moon in Aries sextile Venus in Aquarius- Feb 14- 12.51am EST- sextile Sun in Aquarius- 10.35pm EST- These are wonderful aspects for Valentine’s Day if you are celebrating with partners and friends. If you are spending time alone focus on expressing your gift to give to the world with inspired creativity. You are being supported by the energies today to do that.
Moon enters Taurus- Feb 15- 5.08am EST- sextile Neptune in Pisces- 10.13am EST- When the Moon visits Taurus the theme that is activated is about personal power or a better way of saying it is to become empowered. Taurus rules the throat so speaking our truth in a loving way is emphasised. The sextile to Neptune means we are guided by Source when we do. Mars in Pisces sextile Pluto in Capricorn- 1.17pm EST- This is a very transformational influence and we can deepen our connection to our inner spiritual power with this activation. Mars is usually about action but when he visits Pisces it is about looking within. Moon in Taurus sextile Chiron in Pisces- 9.59pm EST- This is a very healing influence. If you have issues connected to feeling empowered in your life this aspect can help you release them.
Moon in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn- Feb 16- 2.21am EST- This continues the transformational and healing energy from yesterday. Trines are aspects of ease and flow. If you are feeling stuck it is your ego hanging on to old hurts that you need to release. Remember we are in the Moon Cycle of sharing our Lightness Of Being with love and joy.
Venus enters the Underworld- Feb 16- approximately 3.00am EST- This ends the Morning Star cycle that Venus has been on since June 12, 2012. The theme has been to heal issues of duality within ourselves and in our relationships. Venus now becomes invisible in the night sky and is said to be in the Underworld. This is an opportunity to heal the shadows which still haunt us. She will guide us from her invisible place in the Cosmos until May 07, 2013 when she becomes Evening Star. While in the Underworld Venus visits Aquarius until Feb 25 (focus on sharing and love) Pisces until Mar 21 (focus on Soul Work) Aries until Apr 15 (focus on being your true self) and Taurus until May 09 (focus on inner power). When she is on her Evening Star journey she guides us to experience at-oneness-within. She will be an Evening Star until Jan 17, 2014.
Moon in Taurus sextile Mars in Pisces- Feb 16- 3.13am EST- opposite Saturn in Scorpio- 3.44am EST- These two aspects might create confusion in relationship. The sextile to Mars will make you feel that everything is fine but the opposition to Saturn will emphasise duality especially because Venus, the planet of love, has just entered the Underworld and the theme is to heal duality within. Mars in Pisces trine Saturn in Scorpio- 11.14am EST- Moon in Taurus sextile Mercury in Pisces- 1.21pm EST- square Venus in Aquarius- 5.48pm EST- Again we have a series of aspects that contradict. Mars trine Saturn and Moon sextile Mercury will make you feel you are in the flow but the square to Venus asks you to identify what needs to be changed so you can really feel empowered in your relating.
Taurus First Quarter Moon- Feb 17- 3.32pm EST to Feb 21- 6.45pm EST- This is the make a decision, take action, and breakthrough or break free phase. Whatever blocks you from living your life with joy this is the time to make the decision to break through the issue and break free. Moon enters Gemini- 4.50pm EST- square Neptune in Pisces- 10.19pm EST- When the Moon visits the sign of the twins a struggle between logical thinking and intuitive knowing is emphasised. The square to Neptune will help you know if you are making conscious choices by listening to your intuition or if it is your ego that is in charge. It’s not that the ego is bad it can just make choices that are not for our highest good.
Moon in Gemini sextile Uranus in Aries- Feb 18- 5.49am EST- conjunct Jupiter in Gemini- 6.54am EST- This is an opportunity to let our intuitive guidance direct us. Later today the Sun enters Pisces and activates The Big Winds Time. We will need to listen to our inner voice to make it through to Spring.
Sun enters Pisces- Feb 18- 7.02am EST- As we mentioned we now enter The Big Winds Time. It can be a time of connecting with the mystical but also a time of uncertainty and confusion. Neptune in Pisces is the planetary guide for this Sun Cycle. The theme will be what is true, what is not true, WHAT CAN NEVER BE TRUE. Cougar, coming into your spiritual power, and Wolf, the power of change, are our guides. Moon in Gemini square Chiron in Pisces- 10.39am EST- I always see aspects to Chiron as the opportunity for healing. Ask yourself what in my life is keeping me from my joy? Then heal and release it.
Saturn in Scorpio turns retrograde- Feb 18- 12.02pm EST- We now have the opportunity to review issues of limitation and restriction we have encountered since Nov 2012. Saturn will be retrograde until July 08, 2013. The theme is to release what no longer serves you and experience transformation. The thing about Saturn is he is a task master. If you try to ignore the issue he will just keep putting it in front of you. If you do the work he will support you to create a new foundation for your life. Moon in Gemini inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn- 2.56pm EST- inconjunct Saturn in Scorpio- 4.15pm EST- square Mars in Pisces- 8.02pm EST- All these aspects can create confusion if you are trying to move forward. Use these influences to identify what you want to release. Saturn will support you.
Moon in Gemini square Mercury in Pisces- Feb 19- 6.39am EST- This continues the confusion from yesterday. Use this square to identify how you want to experience joy in your life. We are close to the actual Mercury Retrograde so this is a good time to focus within rather than trying to make things happen out there. Moon in Gemini trine Venus in Aquarius- 1.48pm EST- This is a nice aspect for friendship gatherings. Communicate with those of like mind and you will feel supported and understood. It is also a good day for journaling your thoughts and ideas so when Mercury leaves his shadow in April you will know what you want to act on. Remember Mercury Retrograde is about redefining and realigning your life.
Moon enters Cancer- Feb 20- 5.45am EST- trine Sun in Pisces- 10.04am EST- trine Neptune in Pisces- 11.24am EST- square Uranus in Aries- 6.52pm EST- trine Chiron in Pisces- 11.42pm EST- When the Moon visits her home sign emotions can get stirred up especially when she squares Uranus. That aspect is asking you to find new ways of expressing your feelings. The rest of the influences are very supportive if you are focused on your spiritual path. When you are connected to your spirit there are no challenges. It is your spirit that knows joy.
Sun in Pisces conjunct Neptune in Pisces- Feb 21- 2.19am EST- Moon in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn- 3.43am EST- trine Saturn in Scorpio- 4.52am EST- trine Mars in Pisces- 12.47pm EST- All these aspects support your spiritual journey even the opposition to Pluto is beneficial. It can help you transform old emotional patterns that block you from living joyfully. Cancer Gibbous Moon- 6.45pm EST to Feb 25- 3.27pm EST- Moon in Cancer trine Mercury in Pisces- 9.08pm EST- This is the analyze, adjust, evaluate, and redefine phase. The Moon in Cancer heightens the intuition so pay attention to that guidance rather than trying to “think” things through. The Moon trine Mercury is supporting you to listen to your inner knowing.
Moon in Cancer inconjunct Venus in Aquarius- Feb 22- 8.39am EST- This aspect might creative some issues with friends and family. Stay connected to your Sacred Center and whatever comes up you will be okay. Moon enters Leo- 5.12pm EST- inconjunct Neptune in Pisces- 10.48pm EST- When the Moon visits Leo the focus is on courage of your convictions and finding your inner strength. Rather than getting caught up in emotional drama (Leo likes drama) use this Moon energy and the inconjunct to Neptune to express your creativity. Leo is the sign of creation power.
Moon in Leo inconjunct Sun in Pisces- Feb 23- 2.33am EST- This is a repeat of last night’s energy. It would be best to concentrate on finding a way to express your creativity with this aspect. Mercury in Pisces turns retrograde- 4.41am EST- Here we go. The planet of our thoughts, perceptions, and how we communicate will be retrograde until Mar 17. Remember to put re: in front of everything you do. This is a time for looking within not acting on new things. A good idea is to keep a journal and when Mercury clears his retrograde shadow on Apr 06 you will know what is really valid. My astrological planetary guide says things should clear by Mar 26 but I have found with the last few Mercury retrogrades that the energy does not move forward until Mercury completely clears the shadow and that is Apr 06.
Moon in Leo trine Uranus in Aries- Feb 23- 6.00am EST- sextile Jupiter in Gemini- 7.14am EST-inconjunct Chiron in Pisces- 10.41am EST- inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn- 2.19pm EST- square Saturn in Scorpio- 3.16pm EST- The early aspects are favourable for action but remember Mercury has just turned retrograde and asks us to look within. The Leo Moon inconjunct Chiron and Pluto and square Saturn will be frustrating if you are trying to “push the river”.
Moon in Leo inconjunct Mars in Pisces- Feb 24- 2.40am EST- inconjunct Mercury Rx in Pisces- 6.53am EST- opposite Venus in Aquarius- 11.50pm EST- Yesterday’s energy continues with these aspects. Leo does not like feeling thwarted when it comes to taking action. But that is the ego acting up. The energy today says focus on your inner self and you will ease the frustration.
Moon enters Virgo- Feb 25- 1.52am EST- opposite Neptune in Pisces- 7.22am EST- inconjunct Uranus in Aries- 2.16pm EST- The Moon in Virgo is about introspection and integrity. Brown Bear, the healer, is our guide. Today continues the blocks to action we have been in since Feb 22. Use this influence to connect within. That is what the coming Virgo Full Moon is asking you to do.
Virgo Full Moon- Feb 25- 3.27pm EST to Mar 01- 5.38am EST- This Full Moon is very potent with all the aspects coming up. It is asking you to focus on mind, body, spirit healing and integration. There are 5 planets in Pisces at this Lunation getting us ready for the Pisces overload when Venus joins the group later tonight. Moon in Virgo square Jupiter in Gemini- 3.34pm EST-Sun in Pisces square Jupiter in Gemini- 5.26pm EST- Moon in Virgo opposite Chiron in Pisces- 6.47pm EST- All these aspects ask us to focus on healing ourselves so we can be of spiritual service. Venus enters Pisces- 9.03pm EST- When the planet of love is in Pisces she connects us to our mystical wisdom. She will be working through the guidance of Kwan Yin, the Goddess of compassion, until Mar 21. Let your compassionate heart be your guide in all that you experience. Moon in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn- 10.05pm EST- sextile Saturn in Scorpio- 10.51pm EST- These are very supportive energies that help you as you focus on your Sacred Center and the gift you are here to share. Remember Full Moons are about completion. So release whatever stands in the way of living your life with joy.
Dale Osadchuk is an Artist, Spiritual Astrologer, and Transformational Counsellor and is available for consultations in Sharon (just north of Newmarket) Ontario, Canada in person or by telephone. You can contact her at 905-589-0192. To receive her brochure of Astrological Sessions, New Moon Meditation Schedule or to be added to her free New Moon list contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org you can also find Dale on www.facebook.com www.TheRisingSun.ca and www.crystalwind.ca
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