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Aquarius New Moon:
New Moon Offering

by Dana Gerhardt

Reprinted with permission

Enter a room where there's been an argument or heavy sobbing; maybe a depressed person has spent time there. You'll feel it. The energy will be thick, charged, and uncomfortable. To disperse it, you can clap your hands. You can ring bells. You can burn sage. Or you can spray a fine scented mist in the air. Such things work. I mention them now because that's the best action for this New Moon. Aquarius is THE cycle to raise your energy. In fact that's the mandate: This is the month to become unstuck. No sign has a greater connection to positive forward leaps than Aquarius. It's the sign of progress, innovation and breakthroughs. But first you've got to clear out any musty, droopy, angry, wimpy, old and static energy that's cluttering your psychic space.

This New Moon occurring in the final degrees of Aquarius promises a brief pause to collect yourself before turning to something new. Particularly with Mercury in retrograde, a review of the recent past may be in order. What's been happening? Have you made any upgrades or improvements since the Sun entered Aquarius on January 18? However big or small your actions, be sure to applaud your efforts. Acknowledgment is the surest way to energize continued progress. But don't be surprised if your desire for change has also inspired a countermovement of resistance. Look at any areas where you've been stuck. What hasn't been repaired? Where have you been nagged by a need to do things differently?

That's where the clapping, bells, sage, and watery mist come in. Aquarius is The Water Bearer, which is a celestial metaphor for the most important action of this cycle: cleanse away resistance. In diverse cultures throughout the ages, this is the lunar month when rituals of purification are most frequently performed. The Romans did it. The Mesopotamians did it. At Candelmas and Imbolc, pagans do it today. Likewise in the East, temples are white-washed and given a thorough cleansing this month. Rituals are performed to drive away evil spirits and offerings are made to please the local deities. In Tibet, the Aquarius New Moon is New Year's Day (called "Losar"). It begins a special month dedicated to spiritual practice, when the power of one's offerings and prayers are multiplied 100,000 times. If your own spiritual practice has lapsed, this is an especially auspicious time to renew it. Meditation, mantras and prayers are highly effective ways to cleanse the mind and spirit.

Just hours after the New Moon, the Sun will enter Pisces, awakening your imagination and inviting you to design your future with brighter colors. Soon enough spring will arrive. In this third month of winter, you're in the preparation stage. With Mercury retrograde until March 7/8, it's wise to move slowly, review things twice, allow for the unexpected. Write all your plans in invisible ink; let spontaneity and intuition be your guides. And notice how the outer spaces of your life describe what's been happening within. If your work has been uninspired, rearrange your office and throw out old papers. If family relationships are not as harmonious as you like, give your home a top-to-bottom cleaning.

A simple ritual for this New Moon is to become an Aquarian Water Bearer. Fill an atomizer or spray bottle with energetically charged water. Charge the water by placing a crystal in it for at least 24 hours. (Before that, clean the crystal by soaking it in a bowl of salt or under the sun's rays.). If you're familiar with Dr. Masaru Emoto's work, you know that writing positive intentions on the water bottle ("grace," "radiance," "fertility," "passion," or "peace") will further charge the water molecules. Dip a sprig of pine in the water to double its energetic potency. Pine is purifying--it smells clean too! On the day of the New Moon, visit all the rooms in your house and mist them with your ritual water. You should notice the difference instantly! Enjoy the newly charged air. Wait happily for your new inspirations to come pouring in.

What's your personal focus this cycle?

Look to the house of your birth chart where the New Moon falls: here's your personal seed bed. This is the place you usually "do Aquarius." Every year at this time, you engage subtly or wholeheartedly in a purification ritual. A cleansing in this house can energize your whole year. This house is where you're used to shaking up your status quo-and during this New Moon cycle, you have a unique opportunity here… but you must tune in. Listen for the stray thoughts that get you really excited. It may be your inner revolutionary handing you the manifesto you need. (If you'd like to explore this is greater depth, you may enjoy my seasonal New Moon workshop, Twelve Moons.)

© Dana Gerhardt. All rights reserved.

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