Eastern Asia is a diverse region with a long and complex history. It is therefore not surprising that there is more than one way of calculating when eastern Asian calendars turn over into a new year. For a great number of people, however (including many in Western cultures), the Asian new year takes place with the second New Moon after the Capricorn solstice.
Assuming you are among those who at least acknowledge the Asian lunar new year, this Friday (or Saturday, depending on your time zone) will be the day. That’s when the Moon will meet up with the Aquarius Sun for the second New Moon of our current season.
Interestingly, the occasion of lunar new year in 2017 will be symbolically new in several ways for Western astrologers as well. Approximately 24 hours before the Aquarius New Moon, a Kuiper Belt object known as 50000 Quaoar will change signs for the first time since it was discovered in 2002.
Indeed, Quaoar has been continuously in Sagittarius since 1994. On Thursday, however, Quaoar will enter Capricorn for the first time in more than two-and-a-half centuries. Based on how events have correlated with other slow-moving objects changing signs in recent years (think Pluto entering Capricorn in 2008 as just one example), the lunar new year coming up should be newer than most.
Neither will Quaoar be alone in implying some changes of unusual substance during the upcoming Year of the Fire Rooster. Less than seven hours before the Aquarius New Moon, Mercury will finally move past the degree of Capricorn where it stationed retrograde back on Dec. 19. Then, less than six hours after the Moon separates from its merger with the Aquarius Sun, Mars will enter its Aries dominion for the first time since February of 2015.
Note the signs involved with the big celestial changes coming up at the end of this week. Aquarius: emblematic of a much anticipated (and disparaged) New Age which may or may not have already begun. Capricorn: a cardinal sign, which means that a new season begins when the Sun enters. Finally, Aries: not just a cardinal sign, but the place where the entire zodiac starts over. It’s enough to inspire you to initiate some changes of your own, even if nobody else gets the cosmic hint.
Given how women gathered all over the U.S. (and around the globe) to assert their political power over the weekend, you might even want to consider changing one of the world’s oldest traditions. After all, the Year of the Fire Hen does have a certain ring to it. Who knows? It might catch on.
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