This week we have the second New Moon in Aquarius. Lately New Moons have been happening close to the beginnings of signs, such as on the very day the Sun changes signs. This has been going on for a while, at least as far back as September.
Of its own, this has been an interesting pattern to track. For reasons I have not been able to figure out, the solar cycle and the lunar cycle have been hugging one another. If someone understands the astronomy of this, please do explain it in the comments area.
On Jan. 20 there was a New Moon in Aquarius. That occurred a few hours after the Sun had ingressed Aquarius, and 15 minutes after the Moon had ingressed Aquarius, once again impressively close to the Sun’s transit into the new sign. Now it’s exactly one lunar cycle later, and we’re about to have a second New Moon in Aquarius.
This week’s happens at 29 degrees, 59 arc minutes and 54 arc seconds of Aquarius. Said another way, that is just ridiculous — the New Moon happens a mere six arc seconds away from the edge of Aquarius. (These are measures of space, not time. An arc minute is a sixtieth of a degree and an arc second is a sixtieth of an arc minute. The zodiac comprises 360 degrees — or 1,296,000 arc seconds.)
Translating that into time seconds, the New Moon happens at 6:47:14 pm EST (23:47:14 UTC) Wednesday. The Moon ingresses Pisces 10 seconds later. The Sun ingresses Pisces two and a half minutes later, at 23:49:47. I guess you would have to have a certain kind of sense of humor to appreciate that, but it’s hilarious. I have never seen anything like this and it would be fun if someone would take a trip in Solar Fire (the best astrology research program) and figure out the last time anything like this happened.
It’s fair to say the New Moon takes place in both Aquarius and in Pisces. By the time the Sun arrives in Pisces, the Moon is just two arc minutes ahead of the Sun, still well within the closest conjunction recognized by astrology — 11 arc minutes or closer (referenced in the classical literature as ‘cazimi’, a conjunction of about one-fifth of a degree or less).
And what have we here? What is this telling us? Well, the implication is a seamless union of Aquarius and Pisces, two signs that benefit from one another’s presence and mutual awareness. That is handy — Aquarius is the sign of the water bearer and Pisces is the sign of water. Pisces has the vessel that it needs and Aquarius has the water to fill that vessel. This is an image of fulfillment, of contact, of completion.
Nessus, one of the earliest-known centaur planets, is currently in the first degree of Pisces, and will be welcoming the New Moon. This is a way of saying that you can create anything you want, and a reminder to take responsibility for what you create.
This is a spectacular, if subtle, welcome to the Sun’s transit through the last sign of the solar year, with the Moon and Sun arriving simultaneously at what is in truth both the headwaters and the delta of the zodiac. The year ends on an equally stunning note — with a total solar eclipse in the last degree of Pisces, on March 20. But we have some time before we get there. Granted, the Sun never seems to be in Pisces for long enough, though for the past few weeks we have had Venus and Mars opening up the energy, joining Neptune and Chiron.
Yet we also have an equally impressive message about Aquarius. I will leave you with something called the Sabian symbol for the last degree Aquarius, one of my favorites of the lot. The Sabians are a set of degree symbols wherein each degree gets a picture or a little story. They make up a mysterious little world, which came into being around 1930 and is an important foundation for modern astrology.
Here is the symbol for 30 Aquarius: Deeply rooted in the past of a very ancient culture, a spiritual brotherhood in which many individual minds are merged into the glowing light of a unanimous consciousness is revealed to one who has emerged successfully from his or her metamorphosis.
So be it.