Pisces New Moon – Feb 20, 2023

Pisces New Moon – Feb 20, 2023

The New Moon on February 20, 2023, is at 1 degree of Pisces. Pisces is the sign associated with compassion, empathy, and self-sacrifice. Pisces is where we lack boundaries, have addictions, or areas that we want to escape. It’s also spirituality, dreams, ideals and unconditional love. Pisces rules water, chemicals, liquids, and shipping. It also rules all places of confinement; jails, quarantine zones, hideouts, and monasteries.

The new moon is a time of new beginnings and new moons also illuminate whatever is nearby. What is nearby? Saturn! Saturn is getting ready to leave Aquarius. While Saturn has been in Aquarius it has brought restrictions and responsibility in groups, humanitarian efforts, friendships, and our hopes and dreams. That Saturn transit was strongly shaped by the pandemic. Restrictions on seeing our friends, responsibilities to society, and authoritarian actions by the government to enforce all of this were the main themes. Freedom became a bad word!

Next month Saturn will move into Pisces and this New Moon illuminates a sneak preview of what Saturn in Pisces will be like for the next 2.5 years. The lessons will be around all things Pisces! Set intentions for the New Moon, but also set intentions for the next 2.5 years. Embrace the Saturn energy in Pisces by setting intentions for building structures them; Commit to limitations around your addictions. Set intentions for cleaning up your cleaning supplies and chemicals, getting rid of the ones that are outdated and adequately labelling the rest. Create a discipline around your spirituality; a meditation practice, sacrifice having meat or make time for church. Commit to your own confinement; schedule a silent retreat or pilgrimage. Those commitments may sound like hard punishments or penance, but they prepare us for a larger mission.

The New Moon is making an out-of-sign conjunction with Saturn currently at 28 degrees of Aquarius. Saturn is also with the asteroids Crantor and Damocles.

Damocles brings in a situation in which we feel in over our heads. In mythology, Damocles was a courtier of King Dionysius II. He envied the King’s life, seeing it only as pomp and riches. He then had the opportunity to do a “prince and the popper” switch with the king. Once there he found that along with the pomp and riches, was danger. This he didn’t expect or prepare for! Damocles warns us to be careful of what we wish for. And if we still want it, to prepare for the unexpected.

The second asteroid in our New Moon story is Crantor. Cantor is a character in the story of Theseus. The Centaur Demoleon, a brutal warrior who has no moral code and who only cared about war, throws an arrow at Theseus. Theseus jumps out of the way and Cantor, an innocent bi-standard, takes the arrow and dies. To make matters worse, there is rage, because Cantor had been given as a peace offering. This energy makes us feel like we are an unnecessary sacrifice. It makes us feel angry. We question why we or others are still fighting. And why there is unnecessary harm? It also cautions us to be aware of our surroundings. This is further supported by the Sabian symbol for the New Moon; A squirrel hiding from hunters. The Sabian symbol reminds us of the need to protect ourselves, to be aware of our surroundings and to be fast and nimble.

Happy New Moon in Pisces!


New Moon in Capricorn – December 23, 2022

The New Moon on December 23rd, 2022 is at 1 degree of Capricorn. Capricorn is about structure, restrictions, control, and restraint. It’s ambitious and status-oriented. It’s also disciplined, contentious and conservative.

The new moon forms a significant T-square. A T-square is when a planet is in a square with two other planets and those two other planets are opposing. Energetically this T-square is in cardinal signs, which means the energy is impulsive and action-oriented (as these are the signs at the beginning of each of the seasons). It struggles with conflict, balance, restraint and restriction, and emotion. With this T-square, even though the moon is in a sign that it’s most uncomfortable with, the key to handling this new moon, is to go into and stay with our emotions; acknowledged them, understand them, provide to ourselves any emotions that have been missing, for example, love or compassion.

The new moon is conjunct Hygiea. Hygiea was named after the goddess of health and represents the actions we take to preserve our health. The new moon is also conjunct Ixion, which was the first murder in Greek mythology. In astrology, it represents the violation of social norms of conduct but can also literately mean murder, as it’s often prominent in the charts of murderers or homicides. The new moon in Capricorn may be very Karmic around these areas, however, it’s asking us to take responsibility, have restraint and have self-discipline.

This is made difficult by the two squares that the new moon is making. The New Moon is square Jupiter, which has just recently returned to Aries. Jupiter in Aries is expanding our need to express ourselves and be who we are. We want to do this so much that we will war with people about it. We will also try to push our point with Jupiter conjunct Manwe which is at the last degree of Pisces. Manwe represents communication, but in the negative represents an obsession with logic and making a point instead of addressing the emotionality of situations. It also is propaganda, hype or the spin and being in the last degree a Pisces, this will seem like an attractive option for expression.

On the other side, the New Moon squares Ceres in Libra representing balance around food and nurturing and relationships. Beside Ceres is Osiris, which represents death or transformation and M87, which is a black hole. When someone is called an energetic black hole, they are describing the energy of this point. It represents co-dependent, dysfunctional relationships and one who is never satisfied, vine-swinging from one relationship to another to try to fill something within. Finally, Dionysus is also with Ceres, Dionysus is the partier Asteroid and represents intoxicants of all types, but particularly alcohol and hallucinogens and wild sexual abandon. If we are out of balance within ourselves, they will likely show up as imbalances in our relationships, with food and with drugs and alcohol. And as part of our New Moon T-Square, this is all fuel to the fire!

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is “Three stained-glass windows, one damaged by bombardment”. It speaks to a breakdown in our values as a result of war. Though there are a number of wars currently being waged, consider that the pandemic was consistently described in war terms. This is a “war” that affected us all worldwide. What has been broken as a result?

At this tricky new moon it will be hard to reign it all in, but reign it in we must! Since this is a New Moon we can use the energy to set new intentions. There are three areas I would encourage:

    • Set intentions for creating structures with respect to how you nurture yourself and focus on impacts on your health. What is your relationship to drugs, food, and relationships? How can you take responsibility for that relationship, even if it’s been impacted by something outside of yourself such as war or a pandemic?
    • Set intentions for how to nurture Ontocracy (the power of your own being). Instead of looking outside of yourself, how can you tap into your innate resources to ignite self-love (and not rely on others), self-healing (discovering your own internal medicine), self-nurturance (have boundaries to bring you into health)…
    • Setting intentions for taking responsibility with your words… the trick is to get out of your head and into your heart. Then, take responsibility for what is there within your heart… is it anger? Is it guilt? Taking responsibility can help to shift it!

Happy New Moon in Capricorn!