Some feminine archetypes have been added to astrology through the addition of the asteroids. At this New Moon, Juno, symbolizing our ideas of partnership, is in Pisces conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer and opposite Pallas Athena in Virgo. Our karmic patterns of relationship (Juno) are dissolving back into the Collective Unconscious (Pisces) and we are healing (Chiron) ourselves as we leave behind patriarchal ideals of marriage. At the same time, we have to use our analytical ability (Virgo) along with our creative intelligence (Pallas) to find new forms of relationship that fit a more individuated society. Her discernment and emphasis on superior workmanship united with imagination can help us manifest these new ideals.
Ceres, the great Mother Goddess and Vesta, the goddess of fire and sexuality , are in the sign of Libra along with Mars. These energies can help us find ways for men and women to relate with each other in a more balanced and loving way, with mutual respect and courtesy. These feminine energies can teach us to trust ourselves and each other, if we each stay true to ourselves and bring our truth into the conversation.
Speaking of which, Mercury goes retrograde on February 6th until February 28th. No groans please! The Sabian symbol for Mercury retrograde at 4* Pisces is: Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts. This symbol suggests the collective nature of social experiences and our need to coordinate with like-minded individuals. Mercury retrograde offers us about 3 weeks to re-do, re-think, re-claim and remember who we are. Since most of the retrograde is in Aquarius, it's a good time to re-connect with people and groups over the internet as well as friends in your local communities.
The Year of the Green/Wood Horse,January 31, 2014
Chinese astrology really isn't my "thing' but here's a short description of the Year of the Wood Horse.
Horses were valued in China for battle and speedy travel, and they were usually associated with the nobility. They were not used as farm animals. So travel and speed are both gifts of the Year of the Horse. Speedy success for some, travel for others. Horses are also very social animals and so be open to meeting new people this year.
Horse is associated with the element of fire. Fire tends to overpower obstacles, burn them up or scare them away through a show of force. Fire is intense and action oriented and is usually more impulsive than deliberate. So hold calm within as you let the creative fires burn and don't forget to be passionate about your freedom and don't be afraid to lead when it's your turn!