Astrological insights for the New Moon in Aquarius, January 24, 2020
The New Moon in Aquarius, on January 24th, 2020 brings a real shift in energies as the patterns that have all been tied up in knots for so long are finally beginning to dissolve. To be clear, they are still present and unfolding, but they are now in a different phase.
Sun/Moon square Uranus
The rebellious energy of Uranus in Taurus forming a square to the New Moon in Aquarius is the astrological equivalent of the middle finger – a stubborn and obstinate ‘do or die’ attitude. In mundane terms, it can be seen as a classic image of a populist revolution.
Mars square Venus/Neptune
Mars in Sagittarius forming a square to the Venus/Neptune conjunction in Pisces complements this urge for self-determination with a good dose of wishful thinking. It is the image of ‘elopement’, or in modern terminology, to be infatuated with someone who is promising a fantasy love. One is so enthralled by that dream that one is willing to abandon all caution and to run off with him (or her) to the evergreen fields of the great wild fabulous yonder.
The Saturn / Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is now separating. There is a sense that eyes are looking forward, come what may. The dice have fallen. Despite its fantasy component, this is also an opportunity to re-envision the future.
Aquarius is the Water Bearer, depicted with a jug of water, that he empties out by his feet. It swells into a river, the cosmic source of the River Nile. This mighty river was seen as the source of life itself. Each year it would flood the valley, bringing with it not only the refreshing waters of life but also the sediments full of nutrients that would nourish the earth.
In Greek mythology, the sign of the Water Bearer is associated with the beautiful youth Ganymede, a son of Troy. Ganymede was minding his own business, when out of the blue sky a mighty eagle descended on him, picked him up and carried him off to Olympus. It is not clear, whether Zeus, who was behind the plot, in fact, took on the shape of an eagle and personally abducted the youth, or whether he ordered one of his fleets to do the deed for him. Apparently, Zeus not only went after beautiful maidens but after handsome lads as well.
He fancied young Ganymede as his cupbearer, a high ranking position embed with utmost trust. Ganymede not only poured the nectar for the Gods at their assemblies but tasted of this divine life-giving liquid as well. Thus, it was also a risky job, for that jug could have been poisoned.
Psychologically, Aquarius signifies that part of the human spirit that is closest to our divine source. He tastes the life-giving nectar, and thus his eyes are opened to things that lie far outside the normal human range of vision.
As a mortal, he also want to help his fellow men and transfer some of those inspirations to mankind. Yet, these gifts from another realm are also dangerous. The waters that restored the life in the Nile delta could also bring death and destruction. The cup of enlightenment, could also bring madness.
Aquarius stands for that ‘in-between’ state – standing between the realm of the Gods and that of ordinary mortals. As such he is a visionary, and a reformer, always seeking for ways to improve the human condition.
Mercury, the fasted planet, has dashed through Capricorn, just in time to lend the Saturn/Pluto conjunction some credence, before entering Aquarius, an altogether more idealistic sign. While in Capricorn he might feel more inclined to worry and regard change with some skepticism, in Aquarius Mercury is in his element. In Capricorn, he has a need to rationalize, drawing on empiric data to assert a claim, but in Aquarius, he is happy to build castles in the air.
Idealistic ends justify the means. It is all for the best of society at large. Mercury in Aquarius enjoys mental challenges and entertains all kinds of ideas, even contrasting ones, just for the hell of the experiment. He is a philosopher, but one who bases his ultimate sense of reality on universal principals. However, he may fail to connect emotionally with those he claims to campaigns for, and thus, ultimately may lose their support.
Mercury in Aquarius is interested in expanding his horizon and not just for self-interest. He wants to understand the workings of the universe in order to benefit humanity – or at least a small portion thereof. He is thus just as interested in politics and social issues as he is in the cosmic laws that govern existence, whether that be through reading up on the latest developments in Quantum Physics, String Theory or Chaos theory, or through the study of topics like Astrology. He is interested in systems and system thinking, and all fields that can be used to abstract concrete experience into a comprehensive theory that seeks to explain real-life experiences.
With regard to the self-experience, Mercury in Aquarius is more keenly aware of the connection between the personal realm of experience with the social framework in which it is embedded. Mercury in this sign may also try to stand out from the crowd, asserting his individuality, by trying out an utterly new style – partly with the intention to shock others.
Mercury in Aquarius has an altruistic streak. He may well give generously to those who he considers most needy. Or, even more likely, an organization that sets out to address universal concerns that affect all of humanity or the planet. He is less interested in spending money on himself, but if he does, it will most likely go on electronic gadgets and new technologies. Perhaps even a new car – preferably a new super energy-efficient model.
In this sign, Mercury has a very active social life. He enjoys hanging out with friends, doing activities as a group. In fact, it is an ideal placement for getting involved with groups, especially those that have some social cause as their ‘raison d’être’. Mercury excels at speaking up for the rights of others. In any social setting Mercury in Aquarius will sparkle with uniqueness, or may enjoy the shock effect of acting outrageously and provocatively. Although keen on groups, he does not like to just be one of many – he has to stand out in some way, even if it is in the role of the ‘social clown’.
Family and home:
Mercury in Aquarius enjoys spending time with the kids, especially if he can engage them in some learning experience or take them out on an educational trip. He also likes the idea of social gatherings. Perhaps he’ll throw a cocktail party or a gathering for some kind of social viewing, perhaps of a sports event. He is not the most romantic fellow, but he will delight in a good debate. If there are domestic issues that should be discussed this might be a good time, as emotions are not so likely to get out of hand.
At work, Mercury in Aquarius is easy going. But if there are problems or issues that infringe on worker’s rights he might get up on his soapbox. Among co-workers, he is likely to speak up on other’s behalf, which ironically, sets him apart. It is a good time for group activities and projects that involve a coordinated effort, or for introducing new technologies.
In Aquarius Mercury finds it easier to express his love for all humanity than for a specific individual. He may come across as distant or cold. But in fact, he just has a strong need to preserve his independence and at the same time, respecting the space and autonomy of others. However, if he is smitten, he may well be full of surprises. Almost nothing is off-limits.
Mercury loves traveling, no matter which sign it is in. In Aquarius he has a penchant for group travel, especially study groups, exploring e.g. the ancient history of Egypt or sports and adventure travel. The more novel the experience, the better. He is fascinated by technology, but not necessarily only new technologies. Just as likely he will love a renaissance fair or steampunk event. Festivals of any kind are attractive as a travel option.
With Mercury in Aquarius, work in the IT and AI developments are in focus. It is a good time to update home and office technology, pay attention to cybersecurity and to spend time on social media marketing campaigns. In employment situations, it might be a good time to get involved with a workers committee, employee association or union.
This recipe incorporates several symbols of the Capricorn /goatfish stories, and it is also suitably festive and delicious.
- 6 figs, cut in half, length-wise
- Muscat (sweet dessert wine)
- Goat’s cheese
- Balsamic Vinegar
Arrange the halved figs on a cookie sheet, cut side up.
Douse with Muscat and pop under the grill for about 5-6 minutes, until they begin to get soft and start to bubble up slightly.
Remove from the grill and top with goat cheese
Pop the tray under the grill for a few minutes until the cheese starts to melt.
Meanwhile, combine the Honey and Balsamic Vinegar.
When the cheese is soft and slightly browned, remove from the grill and serve warm with the honey/balsamic vinegar sauce.
decorate with herbs (optional)
Eat while still warm.
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