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Aquarius New Moon, Mars Retrograde and Chinese New Year 2012

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This New Moon occurs at 3* Aquarius on Sunday, January 22 at 11:40pm PST and on Monday January 23rd at 2:40am EST/7:40am GMT.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun and Moon at 3* Aquarius is: A deserter from the army following an unmarked wilderness path.   This symbol refers to retaining your independence from group expectations, while uniting your goals with long-range group goals.   It urges us to go on our personal search for truth and walk our unique path through life.   It's time to leave the conventional behind and head off into the wilderness of the soul and find your myth.

This new Moon in Aquarius, coupled with Chinese New Year and Mars stationing, symbolizes our need for freedom and progress, and can initiate new waves of breakdowns and breakthroughs which help us leave the past behind.   Any personal planets that aspect this New Moon (1-5* of fixed signs) are especially open to this new energy.   Make the breakthroughs and leave the past behind.   We're starting a brand new day.

This Aquarian New Moon aspects one of its rulers, Uranus in Aries, and energizes us to take any opportunity that comes our way to reform both ourselves and our environment. With Uranus in Aries, we take up our archetypal roles and live in the 2012 big picture of change.    A forward-looking attitude, powered by our unique aspirations, intuition and insight, will help us express our creative ideas about our future and how we can contribute to the new world that is emerging. Uranus wakes us up!   His gift is the vision.

The New Moon also squares its other ruler, Saturn in Libra, possibly triggering insecurity about how we'll get to that new world. But that's the old story. If we create the new story, Saturn in Libra can energize us to look for those balanced partnerships that value fairness, equality, and responsibility to others, naturally opening us to be more discriminating and to assimilate our experiences on a new, higher level.   Saturn disciplines and focuses us. His gift is commitment.

At this New Moon, Saturn is stationing (slowing down to turn retrograde) at the last degree of Libra aspecting Neptune at the last degree of Aquarius.    Saturn's discipline aids us with a steady focus so we can use the magic of Neptune's creative imagination for the good of the whole community of life here on Earth.   Use these combined energies to create a new, forward-looking story about this next year of 2012.   Is it going to be a story of fear and insecurity or a story of pioneering courage and group solidarity?   Saturn also symbolizes limits, which are good and necessary -- for our personal uniqueness and individuality as well as for the reality of Nature.   What limits do we need to establish regarding Neptune, the symbol of the waters of the collective unconscious as well as of our oceans?   In our physical reality, there is only a limited amount of water, so the question becomes how do we conserve water? In our psychic reality, Saturn asks, "How do we distill the real story from the illusion?"   

Our new vision asks that we leave an old paradigm behind, a paradigm that gave power to the "fathers' and to a masculine point of view.   Unfortunately, this paradigm turned deadly when it totally lost touch with its feminine values of cooperation, peace and love.    Saturn energizes us to value relationships with equal "others' who will help us leave the old patriarchal patterns of extreme individuality and self-interest behind. We can be both individual and tribal, we can know our uniqueness without it taking away from anyone else's uniqueness.   Like the Round Table, we are called -- both knights and ladies -- to participate in a new vision for our society.   Arthur's creed -- Might for Right -- can be re-written into: Stand up for what is right.

Aquarius works with the group.   With the last trine in air signs between Saturn at 30* Libra, which is slowing down to turn retrograde on the Leo Full Moon on February 7th, and Neptune at 30* Aquarius at this new Moon, we are seeing the next phase of a new social justice movement here in the US and around the world -- which will be aided and abetted by the seven upcoming Uranus/Pluto squares.   In reality, we are not capitalists or socialists, Muslims or Christians, right wing or left wing, conservatives or progressives -- we are "the people'. Instead of being defined by our corporate media, it's time we listen to our hearts and wake up from our collective slumber.

"Yes, Americans are waking up. To how they're being made to pay for Wall Street's malfeasance and Washington's complicity. Paying with stagnant wages and lost jobs, with slashing cuts to their benefits and to their social services. And waking up to the grotesque Supreme Court decision defining a corporation as a person, although it doesn't eat, breath, make love or sing, or take care of children and aging parents. Waking up to how campaign contributions corrupt our elections; to the fact that if speech is money, no money means no speech.

So the collective cry has gone up loud and clear: enough's enough. We won't, as I said, know for a while if this is just a momentary cry of pain; or whether it's a movement that, like the Abolitionists and Suffragettes, the populists and workers of another era, or the Civil Rights movement of our time, gathers force until the powers-that-be can no longer sustain the inequality, the injustice and yes, the immorality of winner-take-all politics. "     Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company (Jan. 14, 2012).


One last part of the cosmic story: Venus at 12* Pisces exactly squares the Moon's nodes at 12*Sagittarius/12*Gemini.   This is another call to dive deeply into our hearts, our imaginations and our spiritual vision to find the faith, compassion and wisdom we need to complete our tasks this year.


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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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