2012年02月22日

New Moon Feb. 2012

New Moon Feb. 2012

This month's New Moon occurs on February 22, 2012, 7:36 JST (all the timing in this article is to be calculated in JST) at the 3rd degree of Pisces. From last month, we are thinking about degree meanings with Sabian symbols as hints. I have explained that to think about degree meaning, we have to geometrically divide sign into smaller units until the width reduces to 1 degree. I am taking up the way in which a sign is divided first into 3 sections of 10 degrees. Then this 10 degree is further divided into 2 sections of 5 degrees. Finally, this 5 degree section is divided into 5 of each degree. With each dividing operation, we are adding a bit of meaning assigning a role signified by the number within the small section as a whole. So the 3rd degree of Pisces belongs to the first 1/3 of the sign, first half of the 10 degree and 3rd of the 5 degree section. Let us code this as "1-1-3" in this article. This symbolizes that the degree has tendency to express Pisces theme of image, dealing with feeling or intangible in 1-1-3 way! In other words, this degree symbolizes a characteristics to express theme of Pisces as individual experience (1), and actively setting up the situation (1) and expanding the understanding by trying various options (3), and all of these symbolic meanings are connoted in the name "Petrified forest" as Sabian symbol. When you take petrification as means to fix image (Pisces), a whole forest is petrified thus versatility and expansion of understanding (3). But be careful while in Pisces, main focus is on emotion or feeling.

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Aspects to the Sun

Right before this New Moon, the Sun has just touched with Saturn-Neptune theme of putting ideal into reality. Last month we have talked about leadership having less contact with the rest of society (social planets) making ideal idea until the end of month move (Saturn-Neptune). Japanese Diet finally started talking about budget with the Sun touching Saturn and Neptune.

After this, the Sun will translate the light between Jupiter-Pluto trine from 2/25 to 2/28. Deep thought concerning opinion about society or organization as a whole might be illuminated. And on 3/4, the Sun comes to Mars to complete translation among Jupiter-Pluto-Mars grand trine. This combination might symbolize forceful application of moral, philosophy or future vision. After ingressing into Aries on 3/20 (International Astrology Day, by the way), the Sun touches Mercury, which has been retrograding since 3/12, on 3/22 right before next New Moon.

Aspects among the rest of the planets

Important aspect of note among outer planets for this Moon month is between Jupiter and Pluto. While Saturn and Neptune are mutually moving away from each other, for Jupiter and Pluto this month there are several translation of inner planets. Remember last year that Jupiter-Pluto are translated by Mars in November while protesters are moved out of Zuccotti Park. Mars moves back to around the same place and then Jupiter starts to move fast forward.

The first inner planet to look at is action department Mars, which is very active this month in spite of the fact it is still retrograding. First, Mars will make contact with Mercury on 2/23 and then with the Sun on 3/4. In February, those two planets (Sun-Mercury) got together to plan an idealistic plan and then made effort to put them into reality. Retrograding Mars might review those plan during these period remembering how actual protesting went before. After that, Mars will go back to remember Jupiter-Pluto of deep philosophy or future vision once tried to put into practice.

Next let's look at what Venus is up to. Venus' radical value formation went on as she touched Uranus and Pluto from 2/10 ti 2/16 last month. For this month, the first thing Venus does is translation between Saturn and Neptune to form value and cooperation concerning putting ideal into reality. This is done from 3/4 to 3/6 while Venus ingresses into Taurus on 3/5 regaining its true nature. Then Venus comes to join with Jupiter-Pluto forming trine relationship with each other. Many individuals will share deep social opinion and future vision around this time and while trying to act out because Mars is there as well. All of these are focused on 3/14.

Next, let us talk about Mercury which is related with intelligence and communications. The important movement which Mercury makes in this Moon month is its retrograde motion which starts on 3/12. After making opposition to Mars on 2/23 as we talked about in Mars section above, Mercury touches Uranus and proceed to make square to Pluto but failed due to this retrograde motion, and goes back to touch with Uranus! So for this month, mental function will be trying to conceive some deep break through about recent structual stalemate, but somehow fail to dig up all conclusive solve-them-all solution but come across all sorts of wonderful ideas which work partially!

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 Mercury. Mercury, which goes backwards once in every 4 month, starts retrograde on 3/12 until 4/4. Because Mercury is a planet of intelligence and communication, when it is retrograding, there could be a lot of mis-judgement or mis-understanding, mis-communication. But those Mercury retrograding period is not for public communication but rather private re-thinking. Like people need to go home and sleep to gain energy to function in the society, we need to think about ourselves, to rebuild our individual way of doing things (applying intelligence).

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, no planet among the planets which travel slower than the earth changes its sign.

During this Moon month, keeping the points I have raised above, let's try to use our Piscian Sun's socially-sensitive-and-pursuing-ideal energy individually and with mind-expanding twist. It should be interesting to observe those symbols reflected in the real socio-situations in the world.
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