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New Moon in Aquarius ~ January 22/23, 2012

An Airplane in Front of the Moon. Credit & Copyright to Chris Thomas via APOD

An airplane in front of the moon © Chris Thomas

New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Aquarius qualities (inventive, independent thinking, unconventional, individual growth/evolution) and 11th house themes (friendships, group relations, relation to humanity as a whole). In Aquarius, the Moon is eccentric, unpredictable, fun, friendly, a risk-taker, and a humanitarian.

The Aquarius-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) squares Jupiter (opportunities), encouraging us to dream big ... but be mindful of actually taking steps towards making those dreams happen. Elsewhere in the sky, Saturn (reality) and Neptune (imagination) are harmoniously aligned, while Mercury (thought) and Mars (action) are also linked in a friendly way. This combination of energies may just give us the balance necessary between dreaming and doing, wishing and acting, planning and committing to the work. If you're feeling stuck, the Aquarius-New Moon phase can help get you started with getting unstuck.

This new moon occurs at 3° of Aquarius. Those born within 3 days of January 22nd or July 25th; or have planets/house angles around 3° of fixed signs may experience the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon trines my Uranus (change from the norm) and as a Virgo-rising, falls on my natal 5th house (creative projects) and as a Cancer-Sun, falls on my solar 8th house (finances). After my trip to Quito last fall, I decided that I should learn some Spanish. Now that the holidays are over and with the new moon touching my Uranus, instead of slowly settling back into my everyday norm, I'll change it up a bit by adding some Spanish study time :) This weekend, I plan to tackle getting my taxes done (or at least manageable) so, that fits quite well with the new moon in my solar 8th, too.

How might this new moon manifest in your life? Look to the natal house this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp. Use the list below to identify the Aquarius zodiac sign then click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of New Moon illuminating those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 10th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 6th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 4th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 12th house

Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 3° of fixed signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on January 22nd at 11:39 p.m. PST / January 23rd at 2:39 a.m. EST and will be void of course on January 25th at 12:33 a.m. PST / 3:33 a.m. EST. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

Related article: New Moon in Natal Houses

"An Airplane in Front of the Moon" - Image credit & copyright to Chris Thomas via APOD.

Full Moon in Cancer ~ January 8/9, 2012

Parthenon Moon by Anthony Ayiomamitis via APOD

Parthenon Moon © Anthony Ayiomamitis

Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous new moon in Capricorn which might have shown us underlying truths, whether we wanted to know or were to find out about. This Full Moon in Cancer encourages us to do something about it, whatever "it" might be for each of our situations. Make a choice. Take action. Find closure/release.

The Moon is at home in Cancer and shines a spotlight on our family life, inner sanctum and emotional self. The Cancer-Moon (inner self) seeks balance with the Capricorn-Sun (external drives) while also making a friendly connection with Mars (motivation). In Cancer, the Moon is emotionally-driven and is motivated by considering the needs of others, especially family. There might be a tendency for protection -- keeping the family safe/secure or self-protection from hurt/disappointment. With Mars also going retrograde before month's end, events/issues surrounding this full moon may resurface around this time again next month. However, this full moon might play out in your world, let your actions (Mars) reflect your heart (Moon) and soul (Sun).

This Full Moon occurs at 19 degrees of Cancer on January 8th (11:30 p.m. Pacific) / January 9th (2:30 a.m. Eastern). Those born within 3 days of January 8 and June 9 or with natal planets and/or house angles on or around 19 degrees of cardinal signs may feel the effects of this full moon stronger than others.

For me, this Full Moon forms a cardinal t-square (challenging energy) with my natal moon, is conjunct (blends energies) my natal Mars, and as a Cancer-Sun, falls in my solar 1st house (self/potential) and as a Virgo-rising, falls in my natal 10th house (future plans). Perhaps it's time to stop fighting against what in my heart, I know, is true and must be done. Make time. Make it happen. It might not be easy, but what worthwhile thing does not involve sweat and commitment, right?

How might this full moon manifest in your world? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Cancer on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 4th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 5th House

Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets on or around 19 degrees of cardinal signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time and place required.

Related article ~ The Full Moon in Natal Houses

"Parthenon Moon" - Image credit and copyright to Anthony Ayiomamitis (TWAN) via APOD.

It's 2012!

2012 copyright & credit to Simone Ciliberti

2012 © Simone Ciliberti

Hello friends and potential friends :)

Every year I wonder how the previous year seemed to have come and gone ever so quickly! It's no different this time around. Well, it's been a long while since I've posted. I hope to change that this year. I'm starting small. A post for each of the new and full moons monthly ... starting with the full moon in Cancer on January 8th/9th.

Thank you for all the emails, comments, feedback, light and love that you've sent my way over the past several months. They are much appreciated and apologies for those of you I have yet to send a reply to. I have missed you all and missed writing, as well.

Cheers to a wonderful new year. Many blessings.

Light and love,

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