The New Moon in Aquarius meets up with five – count ’em, FIVE – other planets in the sign of the Water Bearer, elevating us into the stratosphere. What happens when we get there is completely up to us.
Monday was my birthday, so I’ve been paying close attention to the astrology this week, noticing all these planets coming together in Aquarius and the impact it has on the collective, both conscious and unconscious. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are in Aquarius and it is a planetary board meeting in which each planet has original, innovative insights into what’s necessary in order for change to happen, but the focus differs between them.
In short: we are all tired of the status quo and ready for change – and knowing where to start is overwhelming and exhausting.
That’s where the New Moon in Aquarius comes in and asks us to feel our way through it. Aquarius is not a sign that’s known for emotional depth of feeling – air signs are more about intellectual processing, rationality and logic. They struggle to tap into their feelings and when they do, they are often asking “how” or “why” those feelings are present, because that analytical process is how they navigate through the world. I speak from personal experience, being an Aquarius Sun, Mercury, North Node plus a Gemini rising. It is a major challenge to simply allow feelings to exist and acknowledge them without examining them from all sides.
Chani Nicholas’ book, You Were Born for This, offers affirmations for the signs. Out of the Aquarius affirmations, the one I personally find the most helpful is
My emotions have their own logic.
The New Moon in Aquarius embodies this concept. It says to us, “Look, I know you might not fully understand why you feel how you feel. But you need to just accept that yes, you DO have feelings and yes, they won’t always be rational. Stop acting like your emotional experience has you trapped in an escape room and you have to break out within an hour.”
Use this new moon energy to simply be present. Let the thoughts and feelings flow through you – write them down in one long rambling journal entry, if you’re so inclined. Meditate with amethyst, moonstone or clear quartz.
Change is all around us, and all we have to do is step into it.
We are 5 days into the first Mercury retrograde for 2021 and it’s taken me this long to finally get this post completed. That’s my life as an Aquarius Sun/Mercury, with Gemini rising, when Mercury goes retrograde: plans go sideways, surprises pop up, technology can get wonky. How about you? How have you been forced to pivot lately?
While Mercury retrograde can be very challenging, it’s also our opportunity to slow things down and be open to changes. With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius, the sign of innovation and revolution, it might be more dramatic than usual. But we can channel this energy and make it work for us, not against us.
Mercury: The Basics
Because retrograde cycles ask us to review content, let’s review what we know about Mercury from mythology. Mercury (Hermes) is the messenger of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology. Zeus had a lot of affection for Mercury’s cleverness and entrusted him with several tasks. Mercury was the only god who could freely move into the underworld and was a psychopomp, guiding souls to the underworld. (To learn more about Mercury/Hermes, I highly recommend watching this episode of “Great Greek Myths.”)
In astrology, the term retrograderefers to when a planet appears to move backward through the signs. Retrograde cycles for the planets vary – and Mercury’s retrograde cycles are among the shortest, logging in at approximately three weeks. If it feels longer, that’s due to the shadow period, an approximately two-week period when Mercury is moving along a path that it will revisit later. There’s a pre- and post-retrograde shadow period: typically the post-retrograde shadow is not as intense as the pre-retrograde shadow and is more of a final review of everything that occurred during Mercury retrograde.
The dates for Mercury retrograde in Aquarius are:
January 15, 2021 – Mercury enters shadow period
January 30, 2021 – Mercury stations retrograde at 26 degrees Aquarius
February 20, 2021 – Mercury stations direct at 11 degrees Aquarius
March 13, 2021 – Mercury leaves shadow period
As I’ve said before, Mercury has an excellent marketing/PR team because so many people are aware of Mercury retrograde cycles and how it affects travel, electronic devices, and communication. Those of us with Mercury predominant in our charts (Gemini and Virgo Sun/Rising, in particular) may struggle the most when Mercury is retrograde. The beauty of studying astrology, though, is learning how how planetary transits and retrograde cycles may affect our lives, and finding ways to work with those energies. Being aware of upcoming Mercury retrograde cycles can help you prepare for them. When Mercury is retrograde or about to go retrograde, regardless of your personal placements, it can help to:
Create contingency plans for events that will take place during Mercury retrograde
Work on communicating clearly with colleagues, clients, customers about projects and tasks
Focus on listening deeply to others
Accept that plans may go sideways and you will have to be flexible in your response
As you’ve read in my previous posts about Mercury retrograde, Venus retrograde, and Mars retrograde, you know that retrograde periods are a time to move inward. It’s an opportunity to slow down and be reflective on what that sign rules. And since Mercury rules Wednesday, I encourage you to celebrate Mercury Retrograde Wednesdays for the remainder of this current cycle – and perhaps during the shadow period as well. From now through February 17 (and, if you’re so inclined, through March 11) spend the next couple Wednesdays honoring this versatile, multitalented planet with some very mercurial activities.
Activities for Mercury Retrograde Wednesdays: Aquarius Edition
Break your own rules. Aquarius loves a good dose of shock and awe, and with Mercury in retrograde in this sign now’s the time to look at the rules you live by and see if it’s time to break them – especially if those rules are keeping you stuck in unhealthy habits, beliefs or mindsets. I am NOT encouraging you to be unsafe or break the law! To borrow a phrase from reformer & activist John Lewis, consider where you can make good trouble in your own life.
Read about activists, revolutionaries, reformers, and innovators. Aquarius is the sign of revolution, reformation and innovation, and Mercury rules reading, so read books and essays written by or about folks such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Emma Tenayuca, Cesar Chavez, and Luisa Moreno. Online searches on activists will pull up even more names, so have fun with it!
Contact your local leaders. Advocate for your community by sending an email or postcard to your local, regional or national leaders about issues that matter to you.
Get outside. If it’s safe enough for you to do so, go for a bike ride or strap on some roller skates. Take a short trip by car to a place you’ve never been before. No matter your mode of transportation, make sure everything’s in good shape before you start: check tires & wheels, fill up the gas tank, have a paper map handy, bring a phone charger. And don’t forget your keys!
Write often, especially by hand. Get some paper and pen/pencil and write down what’s on your mind. Give it all to the page – it can handle what you have to rant or rave about. Read my post about daily writing rituals if you need some suggestions on how to start.
May this Mercury retrograde period bring you fresh insights into what is in need of change and upheaval in your life, and what changes you wish to bring about, whether it’s personally, professionally, regionally or globally.
Our first Full Moon of 2021 is in the sign of Leo. Aquarius, the sign that opposes Leo, is currently hosting the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. With all those planets in Aquarius, the see-saw is definitely weighted in favor of air sign energy. How do we reconcile the emotional drama and creative power of the Leo Moon with all that focused (Sun), chatty (Mercury), expansive (Jupiter), mindful (Saturn) activity in Aquarius?
Simple. We make room for everyone on the stage. We let the Leo Moon be the excited, committed director and producer of a visionary, innovative show about human nature featuring the comic clever stylings of Mercury, the hearty ebullient wit of Jupiter, the wry wisdom of Saturn and the booming presence of the Sun. The Leo Moon encourages all these planets to show & celebrate their strengths while in Aquarius – that’s just in its nature.
Moon in Leo
I’m always pleased when it’s a Full Moon in Leo – mostly because it’s either my birthday or it’s coming up very soon! Leo is a very celebratory sign, whether it’s about feting others or oneself. A friend of mine once joked that Leos make sure you know when their birthday is coming up – and as a Leo Moon, I can attest to this. (My birthday is February 8.) As soon as the Sun moves into Aquarius I begin talking about my birthday, I start the process of treating myself to presents, and I don’t stop until the end of February. This year, however, I am celebrating a big birthday, and because of the pandemic affecting any plans I would normally make to have parties with friends, I’m working that Leo Moon energy and make it a year-long celebration.
But enough about me – let’s talk more about the Moon and fixed signs. When the Moon is in a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), it takes on the qualities we see in fixed signs: determination, reliability, stability, and loyalty. These signs commit to their goals and follow through on them, even if it takes a long time. When we combine the fixed fire of Leo with the Moon, we may see dramatic emotional displays, grand gestures, and burning with passion for whatever – or whomever – they feel drawn to.
I’ve written in previous posts about oppositions in astrology, and how opposing signs want the same things but take different approaches to getting them. With fixed signs, we have two oppositions: Taurus-Scorpio and Aquarius-Leo. These 4 signs may not agree on everything, but because they share a desire to follow through on achieving their goals, they divide up the labor based on their area of expertise and know that as a team, the world is theirs for the taking. Makes sense, then, that fixed signs are symbolized on the World card in Tarot: Taurus the Bull, Leo the Lion, Scorpio the Eagle, and Aquarius the Man.
Flashback to August 2020
Take your mind back to August 18, 2020, when there was a New Moon in Leo. What did you call forth at that time? Did you focus your intentions on opening your heart, expressing your creative energies, or finding that place where your leadership abilities reside?
Now that the Moon is Full in Leo, it’s a good time to review any writings or readings you did during that Leo New Moon and see what has sprouted from those seeds you planted. If those intentions have borne fruit, then it’s time to say thanks to the universe for what you were able to achieve. Something still in progress? Use this Full Moon to work on manifesting movement toward those goals.
Crystals for the Leo Full Moon
You can place these crystals on your altar, if you have one, or in a prominent place in your home for 2-3 nights during the Leo Full Moon.
In the true spirit of my Leo Moon, I wish you a year of abundance and happiness, and may your shine never fade away!
The last week has been a busy one, astrologically speaking. To recap:
December 15 – Venus enters Sagittarius
December 17 – Saturn enters Aquarius
December 19 – Jupiter enters Aquarius
December 20 – Mercury enters Capricorn
December 21 – the Sun enters Capricorn, marking the beginning of the Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) and Jupiter is conjunct Saturn, aka the Great Conjunction
What does it all mean? To put it very simply, change is here – but it’s going to take some time to roll out.
I know enough about astrology to know that I couldn’t even begin to explain the significance of the Great Conjunction. With that in mind, I’m going to go with my strengths as a networker & gatherer of information and share links from several resources. These astrologers are extremely knowledgeable and can help you understand what’s going on astrologically:
The Winter Solstice is a great day for setting intentions for what you want to manifest in the coming months. If you’re new to intention setting, this article by Deepak Chopra is a great place to start with the process.
Be mindful that any changes you want to see, whether in yourself or in the world around you, will take time to manifest. Don’t let that stop you from setting intentions, though. When I first started on my spiritual path, I got an annual reading from a psychic who would always tell me, “Ask the universe for what you want, then get out of the way! Go get the oil changed in your car, paint your nails, just do something else!” I’m sure you can find plenty to do that won’t infringe upon the universe’s work. Cleaning is always a good option. I’m slightly joking.
Have a wonderful Capricorn season, and may your winter be everything you want and need!
Today there is a Full Moon in Aquarius, but what does that mean? Here on Earth, when we look up at the full moon, it appears to be shining brightly because of where the Moon is positioned in relationship to the Sun and the Earth. A full moon marks the end of a cycle. The zodiac sign where the full moon occurs provides insight into the aspects of life illuminated by that bright full moon. After a period of living in the shadows, those aspects have gradually moved into the light.
Moon in Aquarius
When the Moon is in Aquarius, there can be emotional objectivity and detachment. The Moon wants to explore feelings and emotions, which requires a deep dive into our experiences, beliefs and attitudes and how we feel about them. Aquarius is focused on truth and objectivity, which requires ascending into the heavens to see humanity from a global perspective. At first glance, a student of astrology might think the Moon in Aquarius is a frosty, emotionally detached placement.
However, if we keep in mind that everyone has feelings, but has different ways of showing and managing those feelings, then it’s a little easier to understand how the Moon’s focus on emotional response can extract Aquarius’s desire for truth. For example, the Moon may ask Aquarius, “How do you REALLY feel about injustice?” and Aquarius replies with “I am AGAINST it!” The Moon encourages Aquarius to show those feelings in the ways Aquarius feels most comfortable. The Moon says to Aquarius, “show, don’t tell.”
The ways an Aquarius Moon could show its feelings include:
writing a letter to local officials about an issue in the community
signing and circulating petitions
advocating for justice & equality through participating in demonstrations and protests
educating others through sharing articles & resources
Full Moon Tarot Spread
A full moon is a perfect time to reflect upon the lessons learned since the last full moon, and what you wish to call forth for the next cycle. I developed this Full Moon Tarot Spread several years ago and use it at every full moon. This spread shines a light on the shadows of the cycle that has ended and casts its glow into what is to come.
Full Moon Tarot Spread
Shuffle the cards and cut the deck as many times as you feel you need. As you shuffle, take several deep breaths and center your thoughts on yourself and your desire for deeper knowledge and foresight.
Lay out the cards in the pattern shown, or in rows of 3 cards each – whatever works easier for you.
Where you are right now
What influences you
What you have learned since the last full moon
What you are learning now
What you take with you into the next cycle
What you leave behind
What comes of following advice
What to expect at the next full moon
Tips on Making the Most of Your Reading
Write it down. I like to record my full moon readings in my journal, adding any notes or interpretations on the reading in a contrasting ink color. Before I begin the reading, I write down my current state of mind.
Take your time. Schedule a time to do your reading when you won’t be disturbed. I find that my full moon readings can be done within 24-48 hours of the full moon being exact and I still get a very insightful reading.
Focus your energy. Turn off your phone, music, TV, etc. Sit silently for several minutes before you do your reading. If you do any other ritual work with moon cycles, include the reading as part of your practice.
Yes, kids, it’s back. The planet Mercury goes retrograde at 10 degrees of Pisces starting on February 13, 2007 and goes direct at 25 degrees of Aquarius on March 7, 2007. For those of you who are new to Moxie’s astrology talk, here’s a recap:
Mercury (also known as Hermes) was the messenger of the gods in Greek & Roman mythology. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to play tricks. The planet Mercury rules all forms of communication. This includes e-mail, faxes, Internet, phones, text messages, and good ol’ U.S. Postal Service mail. Mercury also rules thoughts, concepts, ideas, and transportation.
Retrograde means that a planet appears to be moving backwards through the signs of the zodiac. When Mercury is retrograde, communication can get all screwed up. Your Internet access might be spotty or unbearably slow. Phone calls get disconnected or don’t go through at all. Travel can be wonky as well: traffic might be much worse on the freeway, flights are delayed or cancelled, and you might have car problems.
Mercury retrograde is also a great “do-over” period. For about 4 weeks, all sorts of crazy things can happen. Long-lost friends find you on Myspace. A former lover calls you to chat. And unresolved issues finally get closure. Because of this, many astrologers recommend using this period as a time to review, reflect, revise, and re-do, rather than starting new projects.
Pisces rules intuition, imagination, compassion, and understanding. Its sign is the fish, which swims through the waters of the psyche to gain clarity and achieve self-awareness. In its role as the last water sign in the zodiac, Pisces seeks to integrate all the lessons from the previous signs (Aries through Aquarius) and understand itself – and others – on a deep emotional and spiritual level.
As Mercury passes through Pisces from February 13 – 25, take some time to look at your spiritual environment. Do you feel connected to others, as well as yourself? Or do you spend a lot of time feeling like you’re on the outside looking in? Now is a good time to browse through the spiritual, self-help, and religious sections of a local bookstore or library, and pick up whatever book grabs your attention. Music, film, art, and theater might also be tools you can use to help you reconnect with your higher self. Allow your intuition to guide you to the right resources that can help you gain greater insight into your psyche.
On February 26, Mercury swims back into Aquarius. This air sign focuses on humanitarian efforts, inventiveness, and intellectual activity. Because Aquarius is known as the water bearer, people sometimes think it’s actually a water sign. But rather than living in the water (emotional experience), Aquarius carries the water to others so that they can thrive. As such, Aquarians can be seen as rather cool and aloof. It’s this detachment, though, that allows them to come up with ideas that may benefit all of humanity.
For the last 10 days of Mercury retrograde (February 26 – March 7), think about what you’ve learned about yourself while Mercury was moving through Pisces. How can you implement your spiritual lessons in new, creative ways? How can you help others in a way that everyone benefits? Look around to see what charities are doing in your area. Find ones that speak to you personally and figure out some way you can help, whether it’s donating your time, money, or other services. Check in with your friends and family, too. Is someone really struggling with personal or professional issues? Take them out and allow them to vent and process their feelings and thoughts without fear of being judged.
With Mercury retrograde in Pisces and Aquarius, we’re given an opportunity to dive into deep water and explore our spiritual selves. Once we’re back on dry land, we have a chance to pour out that water and re-establish our connections to others. So put your bathing suit on – it’s time to go swimming!
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