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Aquarius New Moon, Mars Retrograde and Chinese New Year 2012

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It's time to ride the Dragon -- the Black Water Dragon of 2012.   Although Dragon contains Earth, Water and Wood, it is sourced in Water. Therefore it can work with many elements.   Dragon is a legendary animal -- in the East it is a symbol of the heavenly power of the emperor of China. In the West, Dragon symbolizes both unconscious reptilian instincts or great wisdom. The Chinese believe that the Dragon is unpredictable, untouchable and mysterious, making 2012 a strong Water year when we would do well to expect the unexpected.

In the West, the Celtic Water Dragon brings what is hidden into the light of day. Destructive feelings can erupt into consciousness, playing on our fears.   Or we can understand our feelings and listen to what they're telling us.   This year our deep feelings of compassion and unity can flow into the world as we ride the Dragon along with Kuan Yin, great Chinese Goddess of Compassion.

This goes along with the numerology of 2012, which makes it a 5 year -- a year of change and freedom. 5 opens us to a highly progressive and compassionate mindset that wants to make the world a better place.   So this year, be open to whatever sparks your interest.   Be open to taking a leap.

Steve Nelson has a great take on the meaning of the Chinese New Year. https://www.facebook.com/StevenLonnieNelson

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As we approach the Lunar New Year the old cycle is breaking down and elements of our psyche (and social sphere) are separating and being purified in preparation for their reunion in a new mode at a higher turn of creation's spiral. Practically this means we may feel a little disjointed and want to be quiet as the inner work is done. As psychic elements separate so individuals who hold magic for each other may temporarily draw apart in order to renew connection with their individual essence and purpose. This will be brought forward in a new creation when the time for reunion occurs. The alchemy of this time is reflected in the words of the Egyptian sky goddess Nuit: "I divide for love's sake, for the joy of union."

Mars Retrograde

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Mars goes retrograde on January 23rd until April 13 (Friday).   Caroline Casey, my dear visionary activist friend, mentioned on her show that ancient astrological wisdom deemed that when Mars is retrograde, aggression always loses. Let us hope that this holds true in the coming months as citizens take to the streets to peacefully protest.

When any planet goes retrograde, we say that the energy is turned within and it gives us a chance to re-think, re-do, re-evaluate, re-vise.   But what happens when Mars, the planet of action and desire, turns within?  

We get in touch with our deepest, soulful desires!   Our cultural norms look down on desire and passion unless it feeds the economy.   Our wild selves have been caged to accommodate our cultural rules.   Now that doesn't mean people don't "get wild', but that's not the kind of wild I mean.   Our wild selves naturally want passion and sensuality, comfort and caring, vision and freedom.   When we understand that this retrograde Mars energy can help us reclaim our original intentions, our destiny, we will move forward at the right pace.

With Mars retrograde, projects might not move forward without a lot of re-doing on our part.   For others who are ready (and you can see this in your birth chart) "if your goals are set, your aspirations high, your declarations precise and your intent to follow through completely intact - Intent matched with passionate action yields manifestation." (Philip Sedgwick)

Virgo will help Mars achieve all of those goals.   With Virgo's focus on analysis and discernment, on knowing yourself, on integrating body, mind and spirit, we have such an opportunity to change and grow.   Please use this cosmic gift wisely!

Mars turns retrograde at 24* Virgo.   A children's book picturing Mary and her little lamb. Mars asks us to reclaim our child-like innocence and goodness as well as faith in ourselves to create a better story.   We need to ignore the old stories and build new stories based on our own dreams, following our feelings of excitement rather than fear.   Now's the time to give attention and energy to the right story.

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This leads us back to Uranus in Aries and acknowledging our archetypal role in our current cultural story.   Mars is not only aggression and passion, anger and erotism, but also the willingness to grapple with issues for the "common good'.   How do we become the hero or hera of our new story and what part of the cultural story do we have to address?

The new story being birthed comes from our archetypal Mind -- it is a story of power, it is a story of transformation.   Each new Moon builds on the issues that arose from the previous full Moon. So this new year story emerges out of the realization that our culture (Capricorn) is not serving our needs (Cancer).   This year, all of us will be faced with the choice to own our inner power and act on what our hearts tell us is true.  

Stay healthy and rested, inspired and courageous.   And hold on to yourself.

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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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