Aquarius new Moon…again…

Chinese New Year greeting

Hi there,

Just thought I’d check in on you all…

I haven’t been around here much lately- combo of deadlines in the partition job, deadlines on the novel front and deadlines on another commissioned job. I’m about halfway through the astro writing and hand in the novel to the copy editor at the end of the month, so the light is gleaming away at the end of this particular tunnel.

There’s some big stuff happening in the sky over the next couple of days.

First up is the New Moon tomorrow. Technically it falls at 29 Aquarius 29′. Less than one minute later, the Moon moves into Pisces. Just a couple of minutes after this, so does the Sun. It’s so close it’s almost unbearable. At the time the Sun moves in, the Moon is at 0 Pisces 01′. There’s a lot about this that I love- that whole blurring of boundaries thing.

I won’t put up a DIY post on this one- but here’s the link to the last Aquarius New Moon post.

Then, on the 21st, Venus moves into Aries, followed quickly by Mars.

It’s all happening.

This New Moon also marks the New Chinese Year. This one is in the sign of the sheep…or the goat…or the ram- which, of course, is the same as a sheep, just more gender specific.

From the useless book of knowledge, I was born in the Year of the Goat- so was anyone born after Chinese New Year in the following years: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.

I don’t know too much about Chinese astrology, but it fascinates me. I love the ceremony and the traditions that go along with it.

Like rolling oranges and coins over the threshold of the front door on the first day of the New Year- to bring in prosperity.

Like the panicked call from my friend in Malaysia on Feb 4 to go and deposit money for Li Chun Day. Apparently that’s the day where depositing cash rather than withdrawing it is lucky for abundance in the year ahead. I just wish he’d told me a day earlier!

Something else for the useless book of knowledge.

Anyways, it’s 6.30am here in Sydney and I have to get up and do the hi ho hi ho thing.

Until next time…





This is who I am…

Chinese New Year greeting

New Moon in Aquarius

Perhaps the greatest challenge we have is to grow into our own skin…to become who we need to be…who we are meant to be.

Sure we have issues around fear, and desire, and hunger and power, but at the end of the day, the only person whose opinion of us really matters to us is our own.

Most of the time we don’t think too much about this. Why would we? Every so often though, something rings our bell. An issue with authority, someone threatening our independence, someone forcing us into the category they believe we should be in, a cause we passionately want to band together with others to pursue.

Yes, what I’m talking about here is the Uranian story. It tends to come up each time transiting Uranus triggers something in your chart, or each time Uranus itself is triggered.

To an extent it’s also being triggered now- at the Aquarius New Moon.

Wherever 10 Aquarius 55’ (or thereabouts) is in your chart is where issues of independence, individuality, attitude to authority, conformity are being raised. It’s also where you now have an opportunity to set intentions to tweak these issues.

With the powerhouse that is Pluto and Jupiter active still, plus a supportive sextile across to future orientated Uranus (and the modern ruler of this New Moon), transformative change can be integrated at the moment- if you’re prepared to identify it and do what’s required.

The thing about New Moons is that it’s dark- you don’t know what’s around the corner. You have to take the first steps into the dark without knowing what’s around the corner.

The other thing about New Moons is, very often nothing happens to you, it happens within you. You’re the one who needs to set the intention and see what happens.

Very often too, the New Moon can be a trigger point for a longer transit- one by an outer planet, so check in on what’s happening at this point or in aspect to this point in your chart.

As for intentions, my newsletter subscribers got a “how to” guide in last weeks newsletter, but in short, here’s how you do it.

If Aquarius falls in your 11th, you might need to ask yourself whether your hopes and dreams are truly yours, or are you conforming to someone else’s idea of what you should be aiming for. If Aquarius is in the 7th, look at your relationships. Do you have freedom to move, to breathe, to be yourself? Is this a conversation you need to be having with someone else? What about the 1st? Does your personal style fit who you are, or are you wearing the uniform of someone else?

What can you do over the next 28 days to change this situation? Are there any quick wins to be had?

This New Moon is also the start of the Chinese Ne Year and Year of the Horse. I’ve been googling this a bit lately to see how this affects me, so if you’re interested, I’d encourage you to do the same.

Want a DIY interpretation of the New Moon? Check out this post: The Anatomy of a New Moon


Happy New Year…again…

Tonight we’re combining our pantry with that of our neighbours. We do it a lot- usually at the last minute.

The text will come through:

What meat is in your fridge?

We’ve got chicken…you?

We’ve got steak.

I’ve got a lettuce…

We’ve got other salad veg.

Feel like some prawns?

Cool…your place at 7?

It’s too easy.

It just so happens that our neighbours are our closest friends, but we take care not to live in each others pockets. I don’t do exclusive friendships well, and nor does my neighbour.

Aquarius is a little like that- room to move, the freedom to be yourself and move to the beat of your own drum. It’s the freedom to draw near and then apart with equal confidence, the freedom to exist without apology or editing.

Tomorrow’s New Moon (at 21 Aquarius 43’) highlights the area of your chart where your uniqueness reigns supreme.

This New Moon has the majority of planets (with the exception of Uranus and Pluto) in either Air or Water signs- fixed or mutable. Do we attach or detach? Do we think or feel? This is classic head vs heart stuff.

This is very pertinent in the applying square between Venus and Saturn. Both are in fixed signs, so both know they are right. Aquarius doesn’t attach enough for obsession and Scorpio tends toward the opposite. Under the influence of this aspect, take care to look at your relationships with the blinkers off. This square is one where you may see faults and lies or fear and paranoia- the natural enemy of Scorpio- especially where none exist. It’s very likely that any discontent you’re feeling now is coming from within you.

Speaking of discontent, at this New Moon, Mercury and Mars are squaring off against Jupiter. This can be a reckless, restless aspect. You want to be more, do more, achieve more, dream more, risk more, say more…but how….and when…and NOW ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

Planets in Pisces have a habit of not considering the potential consequences, and this is one aspect where such consideration could potentially stop you from making a mistake of limitless proportions… However, over consideration of the potential consequences could also stop you from taking a risk that reaps limitless rewards. I’ll leave that one with you…

In any case, discontent- divine or otherwise- is usually a sign that something isn’t quite right. I know I’ve been suffering a lot from the “will everyone get the flip out of my head” blues today. Restless and reckless doesn’t begin to describe it- although Mercury and Mars are sitting on top of natal Mercury- that’s right, I’m having the first of 3 Mercury returns this year.

Anyways, an appropriate intention might be to look if there is somewhere in your life that is a little stuck, trapped, clogged- somewhere you want to be free to be yourself. I have a good idea about what this is in my life- I also have a good understanding of the consequences!

Oh, the Aquarius New Moon means that it is also New Year in the Chinese calendar and the year of the water snake. I don’t know a lot about this (google it- there is heaps out there) except that I don’t like snakes. Apparently monkeys are the only ones who handle snakes well- although this snake, being a water snake will supposedly be better than previous snake years (2001 & 1989). Snakes are associated with monsters- or the incarnation of monsters. Medusa anyone? Anyways, I’m going to roll 9 oranges across the threshold and make a wish- the oranges will bring good fortune through the door…so they say.

Gong Xi Fa Cai


The details?

New Moon in Aquarius, Sunday 10 February:

New Zealand 8.20pm

Sydney 6.20pm

Brisbane 5.20pm

West Coast Aus, South East Asia 3.20pm

London 7.20am

New York etc 2.20am

LA etc 11.20pm (9th)

Conference Bits & Pieces Part 2

the old quad, Melbourne Uni. Pic by me.
the old quad, Melbourne Uni. Pic by me.

Last day of Conference today. I’m not flying home until tomorrow, but today was the last day of lectures.

Again, I only attended two today. The first was by Kira Sutherland on the Astrology of Body Image. Kira is a Nutritionist, Naturopath and Medical Astrologer…and a great teacher. Her session looked at the concept of how we can use what we have been given to make the best of ourselves.

Our chart has a lot to say about our metabolism, our appearance, our attitude to food and our attitude to exercise. It can show us where there is a propensity for addictive behaviour, disordered behaviour and hormonal nasties.

As an example, someone with as much water as I have will never be anything less than (ahem) curvy. Even when my weight has been okay, I have still been tending more towards Rubenesque than Elle.

Being watery, my metabolism is naturally quite slow…and lets not even go into the too much information part of discussing my disorders or addictions! But, my Venus in Aries likes to sweat and it could all be worse… I may do a broader post on this stuff another time.

I spent the lunch break today in the sun wandering around Melbourne University, clocking up some kms and shooting some photos. Some gorgeous old buildings and a lovely blue day. Unfortunately I had only brought a long-ish lens with me, but will still post the results later.

This afternoons lecture has left my head spinning- which I wasn’t expecting as the topic was something I know relatively well. Deb Houlding, a traditional astrologer and someone I have enormous admiration for, was presenting Dignities, Debilities and Receptions.

Essentially this is looking at planets from a traditional viewpoint as to whether they are operating in their purest form, or may be a little uncomfortable and unsure in their placement. Check out her website for more on this and some great info.

I think my head was spinning because it was the first time that many people in the room had been introduced to the concept. It was hot, straight after lunch and is technically one of those things that you could be better off taking away and absorbing in your own time. I think I was doing the Pisces thing and picking up on other energies & it was throwing me a tad. Either that or I was just over the learning thing for this weekend.

Oh, New Moon tomorrow, in Aquarius (2 Aquarius 42’). I haven’t even looked at the time here in Sydney, but from memory it is sometime early evening-ish. This New Moon is the one to set intentions on if there is somewhere in your life that is a little stuck, trapped, clogged- somewhere you want to be free to be yourself.

A bit like the guy I just passed strutting down Bourke St mall in shiny satin pants that looked as if they have been sprayed on, high platform black patent shoes, Alice Cooper lustrous black curls and a scarlet satin shirt open to the navel. Eeeeuw. A little easier on the eye, but no less remarkable, was the pirate (complete with grey ponytail and beard, black eye patch, purple woven vest and lilac hessiany harem pants) munching on eggs benedict in the Block Arcade at breakfast this morning. Hmmm…. Maybe both of them misheard what Mars retrograde is really about. Speaking of which- make sure you read the piece the other day Running on Empty.

Oh, the Aquarius New Moon means that it is also New Year in the Chinese calendar and the year of the water dragon. I don’t know a lot about this (google it- there is heaps out there) except that it is fortuitous and quite Jupiter like in that you should be careful what you wish for. So, tomorrow when I get home, I’m going to roll 9 oranges across the threshold and make a wish. Apparently the oranges will bring good fortune through the door.

Gong Xi Fa Cai