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New Moon in Pisces ~ February 21, 2012

Lunation © António Cidadão via APOD

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

"Lunation" - image credit and © to António Cidadão via APOD.

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