We’re currently into the dark of an auguring, ethereal Pisces New Moon, which has arrived on 2:58 PM UTC, at 8 degrees 12 minutes of the sign. Actually, it’s not just a New Moon, but an annular solar eclipse to boot; the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, blocking most of the latter’s light, except for a halo-like ring surrounding the Moon’s silouhette. Even though the astronomical phenomenon is only visible across southern South America and south-western Africa, the presages, longings and visions stirred by this event are reverberating everywhere.
A Full Moon, a penumbral Lunar Eclipse, and the New Year Comet’s closest passage to Earth since 2011, all in one: it should come as no surprise that this climactic concentration of astronomical events occurs under a Full Moon in sensational Leo, clocking in on February 11 at 0:33 UTC (or February 10 at 4:33 PM PST), 22°28 of the sign.
Venus, planet of Love, relatedness, and pleasure, enters the sign of her detriment today, as she gears up for the upcoming Retrograde cycle that will start on March 5.
Once every two years, the red planet Mars comes home to his diurnal domicile – the scorching battlefield that is Aries. That moment arrives today, and it sure isn’t going unnoticed: the warrior’s shift from languid Pisces to fiery Aries feels like being hit by the shockwave of a nuclear blast. Mars in Aries is high-octane, Yang energy at its most reckless, unrestrained, uncivilized. It’s raw power. Passion. Audacity with a hint of selfishness. Instinct. The power of now. You get the idea.
We’re already a few weeks into 2017, but, I believe, the first New Moon of the year, arriving on January 28, at 0:07 AM UTC, 08 degrees and 15 minutes into the sign of the Water Bearer, will be the astrological event to veritably, actually usher in the sense of a new start. There’s nothing quite like the crystalline, wayward, defiant energy of Aquarius, the most recalcitrant, insurgent sign of the Zodiac, when it comes to breaking patterns that have kept us bound and building new ones that can support our efforts to think a better future into existence.