A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. It is a time when we can think about what kind of improvements that we can make in our lives and we often try to create positive changes.
A New Moon Ushers in the New Year
The shift to a new year is not always astrologically significant. This year, however, astrological indications support new beginnings. On January 1st, at 03:15 am Pacific Standard Time, we are experiencing a new Moon. A new Moon supports making plans, clarifying intentions, and planting the seeds for the future.
A Time of Deep & Powerful Change
As we shift into this new year, astrological indications reveal the potential for powerful changes. The Moon and the Sun are both placed at 16:54 degrees in Sagittarius (PST) at the time of the new Moon. The two luminaries are in close conjunction to Pluto and Mercury. Pluto is a planet of power and transformation.
Sagittarius is a dynamic and idealistic sign seeking to express righteous action, truth and knowledge. It is also a mutable sign, which gives it a changeable, adaptable and flexible quality. The Moon, the Sun, Mercury and Pluto are presently all situated in the Nakshatra (star constellation) of Purva Ashada in Sagittarius.
Purva Ashada and the next nakshatra, Uttara Ashada, represent the unfolding of spirituality and of creative talents. The challenge for Purva Ashada is to find a balance between embracing spirituality whithout shirking the responsibility for material realities. There are still many blocks to be faced before we can express our true light and inner strength.
The ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, aspects his own sign from his present position in Gemini. This aspect is helpful because Purva Ashada needs to develop knowledge and wisdom in order to express creativity and spirituality in new ways. Venus is the ruler of Purva Ashada. Both Jupiter and Venus can give guidance and advice and both planets are presently retrograde. This may indicate the need to address past karma in order to move forward.
A Struggle Between Idealism & Materialism
The conflict between spirituality and materialism is also revealed by the Lunar Nodes. Rahu and Ketu are both placed in their own nakshatras which intensifies their energy. Ketu in Ashwini nakshatra (placed in Aries) is idealistic and non-attached. He is a healer and from his position in Aries he influences Sagittarius. Rahu in Swati nakshatra is ambitiously involved in material realities. These two opposite energies need to be bridged in order to find a constructive expression. We need to find ways to unite spiritual idealism with material ambition. Our material life needs to be supported by spiritual concepts.
A Sense of Instability
The negative side of mutable energy is that we may experience a sense of being unsettled, a feeling of instability, we have yet to figure out how and in what way we are going to make our committments.The negative manifestations of Purva Ashada are over expansiveness and an egoic nature.
The four planets in Purva Ashada (Sun, Moon, Pluto & Mercury) are aspected by the position of Mars in Virgo almost to the degree. Energies run high but when polluted indicate power struggles, anger and violence. Terrorism is a real threat at this time.
An Important Time for Cleansing & Purification
Mars is active and quick. Virgo is a sign of purification, service and discrimination. This position of Mars reveals an urgent need to clean up our act, and a need to serve one another in new and creative ways. This is the constructive use of the potentially harmful energies.
It is important for the planets in Purva Ashada to maintain their purity. However, during this time, the influence of Mars can pollute their energies. It is now especially important to keep our environment and diet as pure as possible. For inner cleansing we can do spiritual rituals of purification, mantras, prayers and meditation.
Blessings and a Happy New Year!