New Moon in Aqaurius

This month the astrology highlights Jupiter, the planet known for abundance, and his expansive nature.

What is it about air the has an element of chaos? During the past few months spent in Costa Rica I have witnessed the power of wind. 60 mph gusts of air mercilessly rip through the jungle. It is unpredictable, unruly, and untouchable. With no tangible form, our mind grasps to control it, but fails in frustration. Perhaps that speaks more to my own thoughts and tendencies. I never feared air as I had water or fire, but my respect for this element has blossomed. To witness any element in its most powerful form we begin to understand the makings of this Earth, and simultaneously realize how little we know and how powerless we are when measured against its elements.

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This new moon in Aquarius invites us to embody the qualities of air. With the Sun and Moon in the constellation of Aquarius, there is a union in the night sky -- a predominance of this energy that welcomes us to explore and move through curiosities like the wind. The final air sign of the Zodiac wheel, Aquarius comes from Capricorn, who possesses a clarity around his work in this world. Capricorn practices diligence and routine, and is ready to expand --  to rise above without form to enhance his community. The archetype of Aquarius is the water bearer, often pictured as someone pouring water and observing. This speaks to the curious nature in Aquarius, tentatively watching and participating. His vision from above provide fresh insights as he is able to see where his limitations have held him back. He is becomes charged with creativity from time spent with others; listening to their ideas and stories. This particular New Moon longs for communication and expression as Mercury joins the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. Emotions can be tricky to explain. It is not easy to put to words these feelings that exist within. There have been many times where I tried to use words to paint the inner turmoil or bliss that filled my body and mind and failed miserably. However, when the planets align in this way I have noticed a clarity around how I construct the words to used communicate the complexities in my mind.

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Stationed in the midst of Winter what reflections occupy your thoughts? What does the stillness and end of this lunar cycle triggered for you? How was the eclipse season for you? What do you wish to plant and nurture Spring? When we are in the middle of a season we have the unique ability to look back and see what has been and to look forward to the nearing of what approaches. This perspective gives us perseverance and appreciation for what is around us.

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Do you participate in community? Do you show up to events beyond the comfort of family and close friends? Do you dare to pick up a book on a topic that you are not familiar with? My life in Costa Rica has challenged me to embrace this way of being. As I have been surrounded by people from different backgrounds, hobbies, etc, as I live in and work for a hotel that caters to a broad array of guests. On this journey I traded in the choice of selecting my company for the chance to meet people at random, our common thread being travel and sometimes only that. This has allowed me to see beyond my normal landscape and will forever shape the way I exist. I feel this experience is rooted in the lessons of Aquarius and the broadened view of community and members who exist in it. This moon enhances an emotional generosity towards others. Practice generosity within, recognize others and the gifts they possess, give words to these recognitions.
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The square between mars and Pluto is still lingering in the air, smelling like power dynamics gone wrong. It is anger without reflection, a place of fear that consumes diplomacy  and calls it a waste of time. Watch out for intense situations and be careful how you stoke the fire. Both of these planets have warrior archetypes, Mars fights for what he believes and is guided by his instincts. Pluto, lord of the underworld willing and fearlessly goes into the dark in order to transform and understand the demons which hold him back. If you are confronted with forceful situations, practice the pause, bring in softness, remember the Ayurvedic guiding principles to balance, like increases like, and opposites relieve.