New Moon in Aquarius / Mars Retrograde – Jan 23, ’12

We have a New Moon in Aquarius on Mon, Jan 23rd. The New Moon is the time for new beginnings, so focus on what you want to manifest or increase in your life.

Aquarius is the futuristic sign of independence, innovation, rebellion, your Authentic Self, groups and organizations, humanitarian causes, technology, and friends. Whew – that covers a lot of territory!

In which area of your life do you need to think out of the box, to be innovative or inventive right now? Are you stuck in a rut? This is the time to take a risk and open to new ideas and address the needs of your Authentic Self.

Instead of relying on the “tried and true” or focusing on fitting in, dare to do something different! Approach a challenge with a new solution, explore new groups or cultivate new friends.

Aquarius is attuned to groups, organizations and the greater good. How can you contribute and become involved?

It is also about equality and friendship, seeing our brothers and sisters throughout the world as equals regardless of race, religion, politics or creed, remembering that we are more alike than we are different deep inside.

Are you ready to be part of something greater that moves you beyond your personal life?

Whatever you need to feel more whole, allow this independent, strong-willed energy to support you and give you that extra push to explore the unknown.

I wish you the courage to honor your Self, your unique brilliance and humanity at large!

Mars Retrograde – Jan 23 – April 14, ’12

Mars is the planet of aggression, will, courage, and how you get what you want. It’s the maverick, warrior and pioneer, ruling the physical body and your will.

Mars is a work planet and makes things happen, therefore, it wants what it wants – now!

You can imagine how unnatural retrograde movement is for Mars – and although it only happens every other year, when it does, it is long (about 2 1/2 months). This gives you the opportunity to revisit, regroup and revise your approach to issues, projects and plans – especially whatever began in mid-Nov ’11.

Mars Retrograde is the optimal time to review and revamp the way you operate, based on what’s working and what’s not working. How do you initiate action – are you direct, covert, indirect – or DO you initiate action? Do you wait for someone else to do it? Are your methods effective?

This can also include relationship dynamics, as Mars represents the “I” in the “I-Thou” principle. People who have a strong, aggressive Mars may become softer during this time and those who are traditionally more meek may become more assertive and direct than usual.

What arrived in your life around mid-Nov ’11? During the next few months you will be making the necessary adjustments, revisions and trying new methods of operating in order to move forward with innovtion and greater productivity regarding the Nov project/issue.

Mars Retrograde energy means that you can’t function in the same old ways and have things work out. It’s time to move in a more instinctual way, guided by intuition rather than the traditional, linear (mental) way.

If you persist in using outdated methods, you will experience obstacles that create frustration, so be willing to go within and allow yourself to “feel” into how to move forward.

Remember, this is not the time to begin a new job or start new projects if you can help it unless you are prepared to “swim upstream.” It’s so much easier to go with the flow!

On another note, this is the time when you could have a fling with a lover from your past (Mars is “yang” energy). Just so you know :)

Also, Mars Retrograde is the perfect time for a new health regimen – anything to do with the physical body (weight loss, exercise).

‘Tis the season for realignment – and thinking out of the box to be inventive while sourcing new solutions!

Coming Retrogrades are below. Pay attention – timing counts if you want to be in the flow…

Here’s the line up of Retrogrades for the 1st half of 2012:

Mars Retrograde: Jan 23 – April 14

Saturn Retrograde: Feb 7 – June 25

Mercury Retrograde: March 12 – April 4

Venus Retrograde: May 15 – June 27

Mercury Retrograde: July 14 – Aug 8

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