New Moon presents itself immediately on February 1st. The Sun is in Aquarius and so is the Moon. So what we know is paramount and intellectual pursuits will be emphasized. We will want to apply our knowledge toward the social welfare. We will be friendly, original, idealistic, independent and even revolutionary. We will also tend to be rather convinced of what we know, and not easily persuaded. We will also have a strong desire to freely express our ideas, and to find new and original ways to extend our knowledge. So New Moon
will be a very stimulating time intellectually, and the planetary alignments enhance this motivation. The Moon is directly connected to Neptune, bringing out feelings that are caring, sympathetic, and understanding. Psychic inclinations will also be enhanced and we will likely feel very vulnerable. So we should be careful of drifting off into the world of our illusions too deeply. Also emphasizing the intuitive sensitivity of New Moon is the direct connection between the Sun and the Moon. Our non-rational knowing will be sharper and there will be a dynamic energy to get things done while in harmony with other forces. This intuitive perceptiveness will also enable us to make the most of the harmonious connection of the Moon and Pluto. This connection could be emotionally disruptive, but with the guidance of our intuition this shifts could be forces for positive change and transition. This discipline in the service of transformation is strengthened by the harmonious connection of the Moon and Saturn. This alignment will encourage us to be orderly and practical, applying our energies to the completion of our duties. With this planetary arrangements. We should be able to move our lives forward in a meaningful and progressive way. Full Moon will be on February 16th with the Sun still in Aquarius and the Moon divided in its placement. For the morning and the afternoon, the Moon will be in Leo. Then, after a 2 hour void of course in the late afternoon, the Moon will be in Virgo during the evening. So we will still experience the intellectual and self-assertive influence of Aquarius together with the tendency to be extroverted and seeking of others cooperation and approval that shifts into a more mental preoccupation with details and the order of things. So initially we will be drawn to activities that involve us in group or social activities, enjoying our camaraderie and seeking the approval of our fellows. Social recognition way be so important that we maybe overly dramatic and overextend. But the early part of the day will also be appropriate to assert our leadership abilities and let our ambition fuel our efforts. By evening, this dynamic energy will fade, as we become quieter and more inclined to handle details and analysis. This introspection can deepen our knowledge, but we should be wary of being overly critical. The planet generally reinforce this dichotomy of focus. On the positive side of things, the Moon is in harmony with Mars, bringing dynamic, strong energy flow to our activities. Our emotional force can add passion to our intellectual projects and social relevance to any analysis. The Moon is also harmonious with Pluto. So there could be emotional outbursts, but they will lead to positive transformation not conflict. The Moon is also aligned with Saturn, encouraging us to do our duty and to keep things practical and orderly. On the other hand, Jupiter is at odds with Neptune, pitting our idealism and beliefs against the desire for material progress. They may be tough choices between what we want to acquire or achieve materially and what we aspire to and want to believe in. Mars will also be directly connected to Pluto, so there will be a lot of emotional force and personal power behind our unconscious moves toward personal change. So major alterations could occur, but they will be full of emotional charge and egotistic attachments. This high-octane atmosphere is heightened by the opposition of the Sun and the Moon, creating great highs and lows of emotional expression. Likewise, the Moon and Uranus are at odds, creating restless, irritable, and obstinate moods that incline towards the unconventional and put us at odds with others. So Full Moon presents u with opportunities to change how we think and act in concert with others as long as our personal sense of self-discipline keeps us on the strait and narrow and away from emotional storms attitudinal straits that block our path. So what can promises of New Moon lead us to expect in our personal lives and social interactions? New Moon offers real opportunities for significant changes and advancement in your life. Allow the intellectual energy of February to direct your inquiring mind in new directions. So now is the time to start a new career track if you have been feeling the need to move in a new direction. New Moon is also the best time to explore new creative paths and directions. Start exploring your creative abilities in painting, photography, or in even in intuitive areas. Begin your study of the tarot, shamanism, or dream interpretation. Any new creative or interpretative stretch that requires the application of discipline would also be good to begin at New Moon. So start a regimen of yoga or tai chi, begin that dietary shift to vegetarianism or macrobiotics, or a program of prayer and meditation of a Buddhist or Hindu path. With the unique combination of intuitive sensitivity and personal discipline such ambitious projects can reap real rewards. On the national level, the main breakthrough during New Moon will occur between the President and Congress concerning the tax package. President Bush will perceive and discover an avenue of agreement with the Democrats, particularly Tom Daschle, that will lead to a tax package where both side can feel they have won. On the international scene, a major breakthrough will be possible in the escalating tensions with Iraq. It is still a 70% possibility war will occur, but during the period of the New Moon, Secretary of State Powell will see a way to make Hussein back down. He is aware there are at least 3 moderate sources of illicit weaponry in Iraq?s possession, but he will see a way to pressure Saddam through the UN to back down and dismantle. If Saddam doesn?t, he could incur social unrest such as he hasn?t seen yet. In other areas, a way out of the chaos will be found in Venezuela. The terms of a moratorium will be laid out that will allow both sides to back off and real discussions to begin. The solution will come from a church man. So despite the risk and the dangers, the ways to peace and resolution will shine out. What then is possible during Full Moon in terms of our personal lives? Full Moon will be a time of high emotion and set attitudes, but if we focus our ambition and willingness to pay attention to details that can alter our lives, things can get better. So focus on making changes that improve your circumstances. Work with your colleagues to improve conditions at work or to solve problems that keep you from being more successful. Analyze the factors that inhibit hour success and progress, and take action with others to correct them. See the emotional reactions that face you or the attitudinal problems a evidence of the significance of the change you are seeking, and work through these hindrances to new levels beyond. Don?t be discouraged that your progress isn?t uniform or without setbacks. Real progress in life not net and tidy, it is a series of advances and failings that overall lead to understanding and accomplishment. So persevere through the obstacles and your business, social, and family advancements can lead you to a sense of real satisfaction. On the national scene, the main significant feature will be adjustments in the financial markets. It will be a time of internal struggle and incremental adjustments that will lead emergence of a new foundation of economic health. It will center around innovative manufacturing, the rebuilding of the infrastructure, and the biomedical industries. These adjustments will produce short-term fluctuations, but could lead to solid growth in several months. Internationally there will be hope for peace in the tension over Iraq. If Powell is successful, the first major step back by Saddam could occur during the Full Moon period. It will be caused by the Muslim who is the head of the UN inspectors. There will also be more voices for moderation from Muslim clerics. There will also be shifts in the Palestinian-Israeli situation. The results of the Palestinian election will become clear, and a faction that the Israelis do not like will gain a stronger voice. This will cause argument and dissension within Sharon?s Cabinet and will lead to a period of Israeli caution. Elsewhere, shifts will occur in the political makeup of Kenya during the election, moving power away from the Kenyatta party to a more moderate coalition. Consequently, Full Moon will be a time of volatility and uncertainty, but leading to new and stronger combinations of forces. One wonders what Spirit Totem can guide us through this difficult environment towards the opportunities on the horizon? That guide is Crow - the traveler of the spirit world, the carrier of wisdom from the Void. Crow can be our guide through the darkness of the unknown to new levels of knowing. This is because he is honored as one that moves between space and time, and carries the soul from darkness to light. Crow can fly through the confusion of the void to new levels of knowing. And with Crow?s energy and intelligence, we need not fear the dark energies of baser emotions and darker attitudes, but move around them to find the balance of the good and the bad. With this appreciation of the balance, we can navigate difficult passages and come out the other side, especially in social situations. Crow?s ethics gives us a sense of direction. Crow is a social animal, building nests that comprise several generations and sleeping in communal roosts. So Crow understands the social bond and contract, and how that can benefit one?s life and sense of purpose. So let Crow?s wisdom, knowledge, and social skill make February your time to shine out of the dark.