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New Moon in Pisces ~ February 21, 2012

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New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Pisces qualities (imagination, compassion, enlightenment, sacrifice) and 12th house themes (secrets, subconscious, addictions, institutions). In Pisces, the Moon is intuitive, spiritual, insightful, hopeful and attuned to the energies beyond the physical and mental realms.

Pisces is natively ruled by Neptune, who is settling in her home sign of Pisces, after having come home earlier this month. The Pisces-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) cozies up with Neptune. Will this be a new moon phase filled with insight or confusion? Will clarity reveal that which has eluded you or will the fog make it more difficult to see what's right there in front of you? Pisces is the third water sign of the zodiac. Its sensitivity to the what's unseen but just as true is where the magic lives. It's where illusions turn into insight and intuition proves to be spot on.

With Mercury also in the sign of Pisces, the truth or clarity you seek may be more challenging to determine if logic and reason are what you're relying upon. The heart sometimes knows what the conscious mind has yet to understand or get even an inkling of.

Elsewhere in the sky, retrograde-Mars (action/drive) continues to retrace his steps from the past couple of months, as retrograde-Saturn (reality/work) hangs around the last degree of Libra while somewhat aligned to Neptune (dreams/hope). Perhaps, this new moon phase might take you back to the end of last year/beginning of this year...and events/issues/people encountered now are reminiscent of that period.

However this new moon plays out in your world, remember that the answer is often found within the self. Getting past the noise or distractions and becoming attuned with one's self, one's core, one's heart may be worth the journey and effort.

This new moon occurs at 3° of Pisces. Those born within 3 days of February 21st or August 25th; or have planets/house angles around 3° of mutable signs may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon trines my natal Sun (soul/potential), conjuncts my natal North Node (life path) and falls in my natal 6th house (work/health). I spent much of last year running myself down. I spending this year, so far, regaining balance between life, work, family, living, fun, health :) This new moon phase fits very well with my goal of having a different type of "routine" ... one that revolves around a healthier lifestyle -- physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and psychologically.

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 Pisces 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 ~ 12th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 11th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 1st House

Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 3° of mutable 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 February 21st at 2:35 p.m. Pacific / 5:35 p.m. Eastern and will be void of course the following day, February 22nd, at 6:23 p.m. Pacific / 9:23 p.m. Eastern. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

Related article: New Moon in Natal Houses

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Full Moon in Leo ~ February 7, 2012

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The waxing moon grows full in the bold, courageous, and magnanimous sign of Leo. Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous new moon in Aquarius which encouraged us to dream big, get out of a rut, and get unstuck. This Full Moon in Leo wonders whether we are brave enough to follow through on our intentions/objectives and dares us to be courageous enough to walk the talk.

We're already into the second month of the year. How have we fared so far with our good intentions of making this a different year than previous years? If you started off the year taking steps toward achieving resolutions, then you're well on your way, especially if you've successfully integrated changes into your everyday. Kudos!

But then again, maybe you're like me ... I do really well a week at a time but only every other week :) Life, work, friends, family ... still doing our best with the balancing act and injecting personal improvements when the opportunity arise. Is this effort good enough though? In the immediate, maybe. In the longer term, however, it will only work if we learn to create the opportunities, make the time, put the self higher up on the list of priorities.

During this full moon phase, put an end to the excuses (even if they are good ones :). Be like Nike and just do it! You can make this the year that you envisioned it to be.

This full moon happens on February 7th at 1:53 p.m. PST / 4:53 p.m. EST and at 19° of Leo. Those born within 3 days of February 7th or August 10th or with natal planets and/or house angles on or around 19° of fixed signs may experience the effects of this full moon stronger than others.

For me, this Leo-Full Moon trines my natal Moon and squares my natal Saturn; as a Virgo-rising, falls in my natal 11th house (friendships/associations) and as a Cancer-Sun, falls in my solar 2nd house (income/possessions). What may be well with my heart (trine to my Moon) may not necessarily be what works, what's right or what should be (square to my Saturn). Or perhaps, what I truly desire presently is just not possible for now. But then again, I may get I wish for only to find out that the reality of it may be more than I bargained for :) With the 2nd house in play, I'll keep the spending minimal.

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 Leo 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 ~ 5th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 4th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 11th house
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 6th house

Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets on or around 19 degrees of fixed 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

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