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The new Moon in Aquarius at 5:59PM EST on February 9, 2024 is the marker for the Chinese New Year. This year, we enter the Year of the Dragon, considered to be the most fortunate of all the twelve signs.

It’s interesting to compare Asian and Western notions about dragons. Dragons in the West are terrifying monsters, destructive and greedy. The Christian saints killed the last of the dragons, yet they reappear in story and song. Occasionally they are wise guides and helpers, but most of the time, they are the beast to be killed by the hero.

In Asian countries, the dragon represents good fortune, the powers of Earth, and is courted and thanked for blessings. It is time to come back to the Earth spirit roots of the dragon, and this year is the perfect time to get reacquainted!

As Western people we now are in the throes of realization. Christianity and capitalism broke our connection to Earth. We have imposed that same confusion upon indigenous people as colonialism spread through out the world. We have damaged the ground beneath our feet, polluted the air we breathe and the water we drink. Let us hope the Year of the Dragon awakens our connection to the elements and to the beauty and wonder which surrounds us.

The keyword for the Sabian Symbol* of this new Moon in Aquarius is Resilience. The sign of Aquarius carries the gift of novel insights, new ways of looking at new and old problems. The lunar cycle is the gift of a new start every twenty eight days. Friday evening we begin anew. Uranus, who is the co-ruler of Aquarius, was discovered at a time of revolution in the Western world. This planet was discovered by means of new technology, the telescope. On the day of the new Moon, Uranus will be in a tight square to the new Moon and Sun. If you have an intractable problem, this might be the moment to see things in a new way…a way of courage in the face of adversity.

The Sabian Symbol for the degree where Uranus is located: “Wisps of wing-like clouds streaming across the sky. The awareness of spiritual forces at work.” Uranus deepens the message of the new Moon in Aquarius. It suggests we have guides, and teachers all around us, willing to communicate through the natural world, the constellation of Taurus where Uranus is located. Uranus in Taurus is in a tight Earth embrace with Venus in Capricorn. They promise to celebrate the new Moon in Aquarius with us, in excitement and beauty.

*Sabian Symbols are verbal images for each degree of the Zodiac, channeled by psychic Elsie Wheeler and transcribed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. They were revised by Dane Rudhyar in his book Astrology of Personality.

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