January 26 to February 2, 2012
The first week of the Aquarius zodiac month reminds me that days are getting longer. It won’t be long before we see the morphing of the seasons; mountain bluebirds show up in the West End shortly after Valentine’s Day and by then, spring equinox is little more than a month away.
Down here on the Tropic of Cancer, the slender slip of a waning crescent Moon rises in darkness above the salty Sea of Cortez like a lone happy-face smile or exquisitely shaped bowl of glowing amber light. The 23º latitude puts the Earth-to-Moon perspective in perfect balance, there is no visible tilt or slant; it’s a luminous cup waiting to be filled with dreamers’ dreams, lovers’ hopes and children’s wishes. It’s the fertile receptacle of ancient myth and witch’s brew, the cosmic mother, the goddess of night.
In the first hour of January 23rd the Sun and Moon came together at 02º42’ Aquarius to form the exact conjunction aspect of an Aquarius New Moon. That same day at sunset, the world marked the advent of Chinese New Year 4710, lunar year of the Dragon. Wow! It’s another chance for yearly resolutions and fresh starts. An opportunity to redefine, refine and recommit to programs of self-improvement and self-care; a celestial window for rebirth, regeneration and renewal. And this time, the window is framed in the electric-blue colors of Aquarius; the picture is one of idealistic vision and evolutionary intention. All beneath the maternal, shimmering moonbeams of lunar love and light.
We have reached the Julian Calendar year count of 2012. The Chinese lunar year count is 4710. 2+0+1+2 = 5. 4+7+1+0 = 12 and 1+2 = 3. 5+3 = 8. According to Mayan and other Mesoamerican teachings, we are currently living in the 5th World or Sun, giving birth to the 6th Sun. This is a time of great responsibility, creativity and power, when we are being asked to live our lives as consciously and intentionally as possible. Numerologically speaking, we are at a point of great cosmic choice, when what we do, say and think has an immediate effect and infinite resonance upon the planet Earth, the universe and cosmos.
May we walk in beauty and live in peace. Blessings…awake!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
The Sun’s entrance into unconventional Aquarius reminds the Ram that things are not always as they seem. Look for the quirks, questions and solutions that most people overlook and consider outlandish. Think outside the box, travel the road less traveled. Most of all, surround yourself with people of visionary light, good intention and right action.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
You may be called upon to come up with a solution for a group or society, take on a leadership role or guide others through a rather stormy sea. Whatever the manifestation, combine compassion with your naturally inherent talent for making practical, realistic choices and decisions, for the good of all concerned. Calm composure is your ally. Follow the signs.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
With man-of-war Mars now retrograde in Virgo, your solar 4th house of home and family, you may find yourself retracing steps or revisiting situations with parents, siblings or children. And they may not be all that pleasant! Focus on patience and cultivate compassion as you practice techniques or exercises that promote a sense of inner peace. Stay calm.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Sweet Venus in mystical Pisces encourages Moonchildren to imagine the world as you wish it, practice creative visualization and ride a magic carpet to your dreams. Dive into the depths of soul and psyche via the magical and supernatural. Discover the personal freedom of healthy boundaries, as you say “no” to what hurts and “yes” to what doesn’t.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
With the sun now firmly planted in Aquarius, your solar 7th house of significant others, take a good look at who and what you are committed to. Are you showing up for and sharing your life with people you trust, honor and admire? Accepting total responsibility for the current condition of your relationships is true power. Change what you can.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
The most dramatic and powerful planetary pull for the Virgin lies in the recent retrograde motion of macho Mars in your sign. For many weeks you have been tussling with themes of ego, anger, motivation and desire. Now you are being provided with an extended opportunity to do and get it right! This is not a joke. Be totally attentive at all times; do your best!
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
You may feel a sudden loss of steam or the desire to surrender. Nothing wrong with that! Consider whether you’ve been fighting a losing battle and whether or not winning is actually an illusion. As the preeminent Peace Warrior of the zodiac, follow the path of least resistance, get in synch with the universe and just take care of you! One day at a time.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
The Aquarius sun time is both exciting and challenging for the Scorpion. And with sweet, seductive Venus now moving through dreamy Pisces, you may find it’s just the oomph you need to make that call or take that leap of faith in love. Good things come to you from the outside world this year. Get out and see what the hood and the world have to offer. Enjoy!
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
A professional desire or position may return or reinvent itself this week and month. In all cases, this is a call to review and reconstruct career goals and intentions, clean up and fix up all areas of work and achievement. You may feel pressure and as a boss, and/or a recurring issue with employees must be readdressed. Be calm, be cool and focus on the facts.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Discussions and short trips regarding personal responsibilities and issues of security or income are likely as planetary emphasis in your solar 2nd house of money pushes buttons and pulls the chain. Do your best to think out of the box, look for unusual solutions and simply try something different. Utilize compassion, seek divine assistance and keep the faith.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
You may find yourself on the road, on the phone or simply out and about visiting, discussing and exploring as your birthday month begins. Enjoy the world and the awesome beauty of the Mother Earth as you celebrate another revolution around the Sun. This is your time to begin again, renew personal vows and intentions; put your best foot forward. Go forth!
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
Velvety Venus in Pisces provides you with plenty of compassion and understanding when it comes to others’ disappointments and struggles. Good fortune has gifted you with the inherent ability to calm the waters and provide safe harbor in the storm where loved ones are concerned. You’ve been here before and you know what to do. Thank goodness!
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.