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Aquarius New Moon: February 13-14, 2010 Planting the People's Vision of the Future

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The Aquarius New Moon occurs on February 13, 2010 at 6:51pm Pacific/9:51pm Eastern, and February 14 at 2:51 am GMT.

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A new Moon is a beginning time, a time to plant symbolic seeds that will grow in the coming moon cycle. Aquarius is the sign of the zodiac which represents the Collective Mind, group consciousness and archetypal patterns, such as the Liberator or the Genius, as well as the guiding ideals of the group mind, such as Freedom and Individuality.

Aquarius is a fixed air sign and so it releases energy focused on a fixed purpose. "Aquarius releases the energy of Capricorn and represents civilization expanding or reforming itself through its inventors, seers and revolutionaries." (D. Rudhyar, Pulse of Life). It represents archetypal ideals, such as Justice, Peace, Courage, Love, etc.

The New Moon in Aquarius is the energetic time of year to plant seeds of ideas and ideals that will benefit all of us in the future. This year this is a vitally important activity. This new Moon falls near America's Aquarian Moon, which represents the People and their needs. What values do we want to live by? What virtues need renewing? What new ideas come out of naming those qualities that you feel represent the best in humanity? How can we evolve our cultural institutions to meeting our changing vision?

This Aquarius New Moon is conjoined Chiron and Neptune. Last year 3 planets came together in Aquarius around this degree, opening us to: Chiron, healing energy; Jupiter, the enlarging vision; and Neptune, the Creative Imagination. Neptune stays in a sign for 14 years, and during that time, it initiates a new collective ideal of the highest good that's related to the sign it's in. Jupiter expands this ideal and makes it a guiding principle for us, while Chiron heals the old wounds that keep us from believing in the possibilities of a better future. These planets combined last year to ignite visions of a better, healed future that might finally incorporate the ideals of our Founding Fathers and Mothers. The cosmic clock is ticking it's time for humanity to take a leap in consciousness.

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This New Moon marks the beginning of the process of dispersion of these new healing visions into the collective mind. Our feeling of unity is growing; many of us know that we are all in this together - humans, Earth, animals, oceans, atmosphere. (Take a look at the documentary The Cove.

Uranus, one of the rulers of Aquarius, is at 25*Pisces: After drastic reforms, a purified clergy officiates anew. This is one of the symbols which influences the New Moon. The symbol stands for a rededication to spiritual ideals and the dissolution of ego-desires in service to others, as well as the "purifying' of social corruption.

The other ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, now at 4* Libra: Pilgrims gather around a campfire in silent communion. This symbol which also influences the New Moon, clearly calls the pilgrims of the world to gather in silent communion (see the Aquarian Experiment below).

So during this new Aquarian cycle, we can plant the seeds of a new, compassionate vision of world unity if we rededicate ourselves to spiritual principles and gather together in harmony and communion.

Both Venus and Jupiter are in Pisces, inspiring us with faith, hope and universal love. Hopefully these planets will keep us actively aware of the plight of Haiti so we continue to open our hearts in response to the needs of others. We obviously need this lesson before we can achieve any kind of world peace and unity. Compassion for our fellow "beings' human or otherwise - and for the Earth.

Mars at 5*Leo and Saturn at 4* Libra form a Yod, or Finger of God, with Venus/Jupiter. This configuration demands a change in perspective. With Venus and Jupiter at the focal point, it activates a desire to adopt another world view which puts us in alignment with our spiritual nature and allows us to connect with others.

Both Neptune and Chiron are at 27*Aquarius: Violets and forget-me-nots in an old, earthen bowl. This beautiful symbol shows us what is possible when we let the Feminine Spirit contain us. It signifies being faithful to a unified new perspective on life and the expression of our inner, spiritual nature.

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The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 26* Aquarius is: A mechanic testing the charge of a car battery. I love how mundane this image is. Yet it implies a skill and an understanding of how energy works. How will you use your energy to make-over the world? Why not join us in our Aquarian Experiment and work on your skill at Imagining?

The Aquarian Experiment: The World Garden

Taking all the symbols from this New Moon and weaving their images together into a cosmic story, I came up with an experiment that seems to fit the energies this month.

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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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