Today’s new moon in Aquarius is exact at 3:52 pm EST. It’s the first new moon in the calendar year of 2023, and many people are excited about this event. On a spiritual/metaphysical level, new moons represent new beginnings. As such, a great way to work with the energies of the new moon cycle, which lasts for 2 weeks, is to start new projects or to add something new to a project you are already working on.
It also helps to look at the sign that the moon is in. For this new moon in Aquarius, think about what Western astrology has to say about the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Generally speaking, the Aquarius archetype is known for unique, original ideas and for independent thinking. As a fixed sign, Aquarius is not swayed by others opinions but rather stays true to their own beliefs, even if it means rejecting the norms of society. Because Aquarius respects the rights of each individual person, it is a sign that is often associated with being a humanitarian.
With this new moon in Aquarius, think about who you are as a unique individual. Make sure that anything you initiate during this new moon cycle expresses who you are. Being authentic right now is more important than trying to please the crowd.
By the same token, respect the individuality of all the people you come in contact with. Individuality is not just your right—it’s everyone’s right. With this mindset, It’s possible to resolve differences in cases where you don’t agree or to advocate for equality.
Tonight’s full moon in Cancer is an exciting event, as it is the first full moon of this year. To get an idea of how to work with the energies of this full moon on a collective level, let’s look at some of the symbolism associated with the full moon and also the zodiac sign of Cancer.
Full moon cycles can represent endings or coming full circle with a situation. The full moon cycle is a good time to look at what you have been trying to accomplish and to see how far you’ve come. You may get an idea of what you have to do next in order to make even more progress. Full moon cycles are also great times to organize and de-clutter your physical living space. On a spiritual level, it’s a great time to let go of habits and thought processes that don’t serve your highest good.
The zodiac sign of Cancer is a water sign and is often thought to symbolize an emotional, “feminine” perspective and maternal instinct, which can translate to mean the nurturing of others. However, in it’s highest expression, Cancer is about emotional maturity and initiating action based on your heart’s desire. After all, the best way to take care of others is to be emotionally grounded yourself.
With this full moon in Cancer, get in touch with how you feel. Have you been honoring your own emotions recently—or ever? Make it a point to eliminate or adjust the things in your life that keep you from nurturing yourself. Take care of your own emotional needs. Loving yourself is not selfish. It’s healthy and of the utmost importance.
Mercury retrograde in Capricorn starts today (ends January 18, 2023). There are many ways to understand what that could mean in terms of the astrology. In addition to looking at your own natal chart, it’s helpful to take a simple approach by looking at the planet and the sign the retrograde is in.
Retrogrades happen when a planet appears to be moving backward in the sky from our viewpoint here on Earth. Retrogrades are periods of time to reflect on past situations. Events from the past that you though were over and done with may be brought to your attention in some shape or form. These could be recent events or something that happened a while ago.
Because we are now in a Mercury retrograde, look at the topics that are associated with Mercury. These topics include logic, the mind, communication, and the processing of information. It is also associated with travel and business dealings. That’s why when Mercury is retrograde (moving backward), there tends to be mix-ups in communication, problems with computerized devices that process information, and travel delays. These mix-ups and problems can be the result of past actions, such as poor planning, ignoring problems that need to be fixed, or being careless in your speech.
With this Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, think about some of the best qualities associated with the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is about being a leader and an example to the world. It’s about ambition, having a good reputation, being successful, and holding themselves and others to a high standard of integrity.
During this retrograde period, look at your behavior, as well as the people and situations in your life. Pay attention to where integrity may be lacking. There may be ways for you to resolve problems from the past where there could have been more honesty.
Understand that as humans, we all make mistakes. But it is still important that you create boundaries. If people in your life are disrespecting you by not acting with integrity, then it’s time to rethink your relationships and how your deal with them. This includes personal relationships and business/job/career relationships
By the same token, think about whether you are living up to the same standard of integrity that you place on other people. Be honest with yourself, first and foremost. Then, think about whether you are showing the world your true self or if you are trying to make a good reputation for yourself based on a false identity.
Here’s the lesson for us all for this Mercury retrograde in Capricorn: Say what you mean and mean what you say.