The New Moon on 21 February 2012 is at 2º Pisces 42’ and on the royal star Fomalhaut in the southern fish. A misty-eyed mermaid of a Moon since we also get Moon conjunct Neptune. Neptune hasn’t quite reached Fomalhaut yet, but when it does we can expect some magic alongside some serious sea-fog. With this moon we get a taste of what’s to come. Whether it be severe delusion or the ultimate in poetic, sublime, soul mate romance, it will be very hard to keep ones feet on the ground.
Thank god then we have the female Spock goddess Pallas Athena conjunct the Moon and on Sadalmelik in the metaphysical water bearers shoulder. This new moon is a mash up of both Pisces and Aquarius archetypes. Uranus has even moved off volatile Scheat and onto Deneb Kaitos in the tail of the whale. It’s still another restless star though and has a self-sabotaging, self-destructive feel to it. Uranus is important to this moon also at 2º. Water in one hand then and electricity in the other.
February New Moon Aspects
The most important aspect to the moon is the conjunction to Neptune. This has problems with boundaries, but we will all be feeling a bit more at one with the universe. Those not used to merging and feeling like a psychic sponge, will feel super-sensitive to their environment. Those people could get quite reclusive since they will feel just too stimulated by everyday life.
We are still in the Mars retrograde, so anger is internalized anyway and there is an hint of depression. But I don’t see this as a negative, especially with need to be a hermit from Neptune. This gives us permission to be a little blue, wistful and self reflective. On such a sopping wet moon we can write poetry, play melancholic music and even revel in our misery. Sometimes it’s good to play the tragic heroine. But heroes are never tragic are they? I think Pallas Athena will have something to say about that …
Asteroid Pallas Athena
Before you completely dissolve into a quivering mess of tissues, remember the transiting moons nodes are on the very important Antares/Alderbaran axis. Archangel stars no less. Antares loves a bit of drama, but if you spend too long sniveling, this scorpion will make no bones about slapping you back into shape. Pallas Athena is there to help too when your heart is slush. Our totally not tragic heroine will get you to write that logical and brutal list of pros and cons about that failing relationship or unsatisfactory job.
This moon is liable to make you plant a few totally idealistic, “away-with-the-fairies” seeds, and yes you are allowed a couple. Who knows, this magical moon may even allow an orchid to grow in the snow. But whatever you do, don’t bank on it! A trine from sensible Saturn will stop you putting all your eggs in one basket.
One of the keywords that suits this Moon is temperance, the symbolism in the Temperance tarot card of pouring and measuring water is quite apt for this moon. It also reminds me somewhat of the imagery from Fomalhaut, see the lovely picture by J H Waterhouse in the Fomalhaut post. It is actually of Circe the sorceress, who like Pallas, turned a beautiful innocent girl into a monster out of anger and envy. Pallas and Circe certainly didn’t do things by half measures, but this is the very message of this moon. It is ok to cry a river, but not a tsunami. It’s ok to be logical captain, but not to become a robot. Temperance is not abstinence. For example, you might not need to give up the wine, just mix it with water!
We all know that water and electricity are a lethal combination and that’s really what we get with this moon. As we have seen with Fomalhaut, it is very fortunate and powerful, but only in the most elevated hands. Yet the electric eel manages to live with this paradox, generating up to six hundred volts in defense or hunting. With this moon then, the secret is to be the eel from the inside. Get inside and merge with your problem, try to empathize. Keep in mind that you are still separate however, like Jonah in the whale. The worst thing you could possible do is try to manipulate from the outside. For this new moon then, don’t wrestle with electric eels, merely gaze at the pond and write poetry to your loved one from afar.
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