2012年01月21日

New Moon Jan. 2012

New Moon Jan. 2012

This month's New Moon occurs on January 23, 2012, 16:39 JST (all the timing in this article is to be calculated in JST) at the 3rd degree of Aquarius. From this month, let us think about degree meanings with Sabian symbols as hints. The symbol of the 3rd degree of Aquarius is "a deserter from the navy." Now to think about degree meaning, we have to geometrically divide sign into smaller units until the width reduces to 1 degree. One of the convenient way to do that in order to think about meaning is divide a sign first to 3 sections of 10 degrees*. It works like dividing the whole 12 signs into 3 sections and understand the first section as oriented toward individual, second section as interpersonal and the third as universal. But this is within a certain sign as oppose to the whole 12 sign, we have to be conscious that it is referring to the inner process of experiencing a certain sign's theme. So the 3rd degree of Aquarius belongs to the first 1/3 of the sign and is oriented toward Aquarian humanitarian drive as individual experience. Then we divide this 10 degree section into 2 five degree sections and name them initiative and reactive. Then we divide this 5 degree section into 5 and finally reach section with width of one degree. These 5 one degree sections could be thought as 5 steps of development of things and could be understood as 1). a beginning movement, 2). observation and response, 3). adaptation and growth of understanding, 4). crystallization of the understanding, 5). creative will and perspective to utilize the wisdom for the whole. So this New Moon's Sabian symbol of a deserter from the navy could be understood as combination of 1st-10degree, 1st-5degree and 3rd-1degree. For example, Aquarian urge to be unique and experimentative would be experienced individually(1st-10degree), initiatingly(1st-5degree) for adaptation and growth of understanding on uniqueness and social significance. So we are utilizing the energy with this orientation for this moon month.

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Aspects to the Sun

Right before this New Moon, the Sun came through Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus aspects from 1/20 through 1/22. Last month we have talked about leadership, having started new action on 1/13, facing important organizational decision to move things forward. In Japanese political scene, as I write this article on 1/20, the Noda cabinet, reshuffled on 1/13, now faced with strong resistance from opposition parties.

After this the Sun will not make contact with outer planets until 2/19. Only major aspect the Sun has until then is with Mercury on 2/7, which suggests leaders will be making plans with intellectual support without definitive move. Then from 2/19 to 2/20 the Sun touches Saturn and Neptune and make effort to concretize his/her ideal image.

Aspects among the rest of the planets

There is no important aspect of note among outer planets for this Moon month. But Saturn changes its direction on 2/7 right after Neptune goes again into Pisces on 2/4 as if giving up chasing and going back. Ideal dream might be hard to realize and needs to go back and churn some workable strategy. So when inner planets touches these, they act as catalyst for people to become aware of those situations.

The first inner planet to look at is Mercury, which is now catching up with the Sun to make contact on 2/7 as explained above. On the way, Mercury touches Mars on 1/23, Saturn on 1/28, Uranus on 1/29 and Jupiter on 1/29. Those are the planets which Sun has just gone through while leader started new action, and faced obstruction and strong opinion-stimulating movement. Mercury related arena such as communicating information and exchanging opinion might go through the same tinted course. In Japan, Diet will start its sessions from 1/24 on, so the Noda cabinet's movement in January will affect the course of argument strongly.

Next let's look at what Venus is up to. Venus was a key planet which formed idealistic value judgment according to my explanation of last month. It could be both for and against leaders. It touched Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter from 1/13 to 1/15 and then on 1/21, Venus will be in contact with Pluto. All the value formation might be centered around this core and hidden motive. And there could be some secret cooperation arranged around this timing. Then Venus moves on to make aspect with Mars on 2/2, ingresses into Aries and touch Uranus (2/10) and Pluto (2/16). Some sort of expression of the ideal comes around 2/2 which might lead to strong value judgement or action committee could be formed, some sort of relationship might be started. Venus in Aries are active in value formation through experience. So as various things are tried, values are actively changing in this period of Uranus-Pluto influence.

Next, let us talk about the action department Mars. The important aspect which Mars makes in this Moon month are already talked about in the above section (with Mercury on 1/23 and with Venus on 2/10) since Mars doesn't make any aspect with outer planets, but most importantly, it starts retrograding on 1/24 and stay in Virgo for until 7/3! More on this in the next section.

Planets which change direction or sign

Planets other than Sun and Moon sometimes change their direction of apparent movement seen from the earth. When a planet changes its direction, it moves slowly and may leave its mark on various social events in the world. Within this Moon month, the planets changing their directions are Mars and Saturn. Mars, which goes backwards once in every 2 years, starts retrograde on 1/24 until 4/14. Mars is a planet of action and putting energy into actual movement, when it is retrograding, there could be a lot of re-thinking and re-planning before things are put into action. Saturn starts retrograding on 2/7 until 6/25. Saturn is related to social or organizational rules and structures. When planets are in retrograde, 1). it moves apparently backward, 2). it travels closer to earth than the Sun, so themes related to the planet seems to 1). move backward, i.e. revisiting things happened in the past or going inside before going outward, or 2). tends to focus on the matters on earth, i.e. issues at hand rather than long term goal. So when the Saturn is in reverse motion, we have be careful not to go off track from long term goal when making rules for society, because people tends to put more emphasis on individual issues than society at large.

And planets, especially those that move slowly, change their signs in sync with shifts in corresponding profile of social or collective psychology. Within this Moon month, a planet which change it's sign, among the planets which travel slower than the earth, is Neptune. It goes into its own sign Pisces from Aquarius on 2/4 which had already occurred last year (April 4, 2011), at which time, Tokyo electric company has released radioactive water into the sea after the nuclear plant has been damaged by tsunami and people started to worry much about environmental influence. Neptune is related to things intangible, image, using sensitivity and creativity to fill what seems to be empty. When Neptune was in Aquarius, people tend to be sensitive using technology or being unique. After Neptune goes into Pisces, people will become sensitive about other's feelings, dreams or atmosphere shared with everybody.

During this Moon month, keeping the points I have raised above, let's try to use our Aquarian Sun's socially-experimenting-and-becoming-unique energy individually and initiatingly. It should be interesting to observe those symbols reflected in the real socio-situations in the world.

*Dane Rudhyar divided a sign first into 2 then 3 then 5. It is a matter of convenience while organizing and constructing the image.
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