Greetings earthlings – happy new moon! Every month the moon spins into the same constellation as the sun. This lunar-solar conjunction is what we call a new moon. This month the moon and sun dance together in electric Aquarius! It is this new moon which demarcates the Chinese New Year (second new moon after the winter solstice). Happy New Year to all of our brothers and sisters on the other side of the planet!
2020 is the year of the Metal Rat! So badass. However, if you were born in the year of the Rat, 2020 is considered unlucky for you. The year of your own animal is known as tai sui. Traditional Chinese advice for warding off the negative influence of tai sui includes wearing red and making an altar pointed in the cardinal direction associated with your animal. I just looked it up – the Rat “occupies” the North. If you’re superstitious or just enjoy rituals and you also happen to be a lovely Rat, consider making an altar pointed towards the North Star.
Children of the moon, we must be nimble and move with the wind. Say goodbye to how you think your plans will unfold because the new moon in Aquarius changes everything without notice. Here’s the message bristling in the breeze: we don’t really know what we think we know. This new moon is all about navigating unforeseen circumstances.
It is time to be fearless. It is time to ask: why not? Why not change, why not make revisions to what I thought I knew? It’s not about failing to receive or losing what we have – in fact, the abrupt changes rendered by Aquarius always deliver us to more fortuitous circumstances than those we could create or imagine on our own. Aquarius is a striking original thinker, equally gifted in the cerebral, social and creative spheres. Yet Aquarius often forgets that real freedom comes from adaptation, optimism and detachment from what we thought we knew. “Knowing” does not come from books or academic posturing or carefully crafted algorithms.
Expect delays, cancellations, or the like. There is nowhere on earth that we can go to escape Aquarian influence, but we can give ourselves extra time to travel, for example. The New Moon in Aquarius is all about how we react. Can we stay cool in the face of changing circumstances?
Though new moons usually make us feel tired, this is less true with Aquarius. The water bearer is known, among other things, for his high energy. This is the magic of Aquarius: exploration and adventure. One of the best things about Aquarius is that we never know what’s coming, but I can give you an idea. Aquarius is associated with travel, technology, science and living creatively. This next lunar cycle transports us, in body or mind, to places we’ve never been before. If you’re not able to travel, this new moon is a good day to talk about the future; make a vision board; or sign up for a class.
You may take up a new technological hobby, get behind a camera or gaze into a microscope/telescope. You may learn about sound healing, alternative medicine, genetics, holistic therapies, animal welfare or healthy living. Here’s all you need to know: the Aquarian path is eccentric, it’s weird, it’s not “normal,” whatever that is. For this reason Aquarius is inherently exciting and revolutionary. Every Aquarian I know leads a very unique life. No Aquarian is boring, and most are exceptionally intelligent. Crack open your mind, reach out, stay connected, do something crazy. This is NOT the time to get comfortable or worship the status quo. It is your duty and privilege to BREAK OUT, BE FREE AND RUN WILD.