February 12 to 19, 2015 Visible planets: Morning: Mercury, Saturn Evening: Venus, Mars, Jupiter
The waning Moon rises in pre-dawn darkness all week, its shape more slender with each passing night. The starry blue-black canopy of deep space shimmers above, a sparkling canvas upon which to showcase the graceful crescent of our Mother Earth’s favorite child. And then on February 18th @ 4:47 pm MST, the Moon and Sun align in the conjunction aspect of a late, late degree Aquarius New Moon. The Moon will virtually disappear on that day, reappearing the following evening as an almost invisible arc of lunar light, low on the western horizon at dusk, following sunset.
Taking place at 29°59’54” Aquarius – just 6 seconds shy of zodiac Pisces – we find the Sun and Moon – along with all of us – crossing the bridge from Aquarius to Pisces two minutes after the Sun and Moon conjunct. The last New Moon, which took place on Jan. 20th at 0°08’ Aquarius, formed just three hours after the Sun had entered Aquarius. Both of these New Moons take place “on the cusp” of two neighboring zodiac signs, emanating the energies of both and therefore pointing out that transition from one energy to another is a natural, evolutionary process of personal and collective transformation and metamorphosis.
The transition from Aquarius to Pisces expands our identity from being individual members of the human race to embracing our kinship with all Creation. Plants and animals, weather, wind and water, fire and air, the Earth and stars become our companions, brothers and sisters. We discover we are Family, living here together as One, flying through space-time in the eternal magic of now. We discover there are many realities, many levels of consciousness, visible and invisible forces that transcend our three-dimensional physical world. This New Moon calls upon us to move beyond the limiting confines of our preconceived notions and ideas, politics and religions, let go of judgment and ego-centered perspectives to see and experience life through the numinous eyes and heart of the Divine Cosmic Spirit. Good luck and may the Force be with you.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) As the last quarter Moon wanes its way toward Chinese Lunar New Year and night skies darken, stars shimmer and sparkle, inviting you to awaken sleeping hopes and dreams. Billions of people, billions of wishes and billions of galaxies, we are all here together, sharing the same time and place. This week offers the Ram the golden treasures of forgiveness, loving kindness and compassion. Embrace their grace.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) The last week of the Aquarius solar month and the first week of Mercury direct in Aquarius combine for a more progressive, proactive approach to life. An extended period of domestic attention and time with family is morphing into a good investment. You can see the results. Now it’s time to connect with people outside of house and home, see friends and explore new territory. Love is found wherever you go.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) A happy smile and a positive attitude are allies in general, but this week you find even more benefits in both. A fresh, new path of life awaits you. Issues of life and death, your most cherished hopes and dreams, as well as the high road of spirit are factors on your journey. The more you experience, the more you know. The more you explore, the more you discover. Research options and chart your course.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) As Valentines Day approaches, you may find yourself cooking and/or creating special treats for those you love. Keep your heart open and embrace the joy of giving. Not everyone is as talented as you are when it comes to crafting gifts and presenting them, so have fun. And remember, expectations can be a set-up for disappointment. Everything comes back, in it’s own way and time. Keep the faith.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) Good things come to those who continue to reassess creations and accomplishments over the last year, improving what needs improvement, fixing what needs repair and revising what needs revision. Expansion and growth are themes. Make sure you balance time and money equations along the way. The Jupiter influence often feels like the well will never run dry. Monitor the flow and conserve rather than waste.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Moving forward and getting it done are themes for the Virgin this week. Projects often take much longer than you expect, but the good news is you see tons of progress. You have come so, so far from where you started. Now it’s all about maintaining momentum and finishing the job. Valentines Day offers a happy respite from the daily grind. Just don’t put too much emphasis on it one way or another.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) The extremely late-degree Aquarius New Moon of Feb. 18th calls us to recognize our individual interconnectedness to the greater whole. And giving our unique and special gifts and talents to the world for its betterment is the rest. Take a good look around and see just how interdependent we are – consider the Moon, the stars and the Sun. Embrace the power of being you and be the best you can be. Share the love.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Happy Valentine’s Day and night shimmer with possibility and intrigue as both Venus and Mars in your solar 5th house of love and romance stack the deck in your favor. A combination of motivation and charm make you close to irresistible now, pursue what you want and don’t be surprised when you get it. Also take note of your new sense of personal freedom as you release resentment and embrace love.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) As the Moon wanes and Mercury moves forward, combinations of retreat and pursuit are common. Some things are best left on the shelf, while others benefit from action and attention. Emotional issues may need to settle and heal; turbulent water is hard to see through. On the other hand, where the path is clear and you are blessed with good intention and pure motive, go forth. Embrace the joy of goodness.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) Move in the right direction, take life one day at a time and keep faith that as long as you are good and do good, your life will be good. A long period of personal transformation reaches a glimmering milestone this week as the Sun and Moon come together in late, late Aquarius and initiate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Goat. Prepare for an extended period of personal and spiritual rebirth. Let your light shine.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Days shine and nights shimmer as the second of two consecutive New Moons in Aquarius take place. From beginning to end, this has to be one of the most important and powerfully charged zodiac months of your life. The people and partners with whom you have associated are angels and guardian spirits for you here on Earth. Honor them with the love, attention and admiration they deserve. Enjoy the joy of joy.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Starlight shimmers and darkness reigns as moonlight wanes. And it’s a perfect time to prepare for your upcoming birthday month and annual day of rebirth. Baby up and take the very best care of yourself possible. Rest, relax and regenerate. Contact guardian spirits and call upon your angels. Dream and daydream, imagine and envision. Everything you think, say and do is a contribution. Be the change you want.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com
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