Aquarius 2016 Cycle
Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius/Capricorn
Mars Retrograde in Scorpio/Sagittarius
“Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.”
This cycle compares to getting to that great part in a book when the plot really starts to unfold. Confusions begin to clear and the ‘new’ information coming in, while not 100% clear is certainly more so. [Mercury, completing its retrograde cycle is trine the Jupiter/North Node conjunction and Venus is following right behind.]
This Aquarius Cycle begins on Chinese New Year, entering the year of the Red Fire Monkey. We’ve been preparing for this start of 2016 throughout the Capricorn Cycle. The energy of this cycle [Aquarius/Uranus] throws off the conditioned past, especially in areas that have become limiting and/or stagnant. The challenge throughout the transformational time [we’ve been working actively with since 2012 with the Uranus/Pluto square] has been recognizing those limitations and realizing they generate from within us. Our understanding and ability to move forward will increase this cycle. Remembering the importance of conscious focus, we take our time, doing each task and each interaction in a state of presence.
The chart indicates inner strength and power increase by taking actions that really make a difference. What triggers guilt, fear or dread or is something easily forgotten but known to be important. This cycle asks that we allow these to come forward to be with and address in some way. As the connected actions are taken and the fears faced, they dissolve. There is very active healing this cycle. [Mars waning trine Chiron. This will also be part of the upcoming Mars retrograde.] To access the healing we gently turn towards those shadows, releasing our defenses towards situations and others. Intimate/employer relations are still strongly activated. [Juno and Mars are in a new phase in Scorpio. Both will retrograde in that sign. New phases are dark.] The future is not formed in these relationships so memories hold only the past.
In the movie Dune, the hero was taught “Fear is the mind killer”. If fear blocked him he was unable to access the power of his gifts and was open to pain. From another angle for this cycle, guilt is the Soul sucker, clouding our perceptions and keeping blocked from seeing the full potential of what we are experiencing. Guilt uses shame, judgment and belief in punishment, casting a dullness around experiences that can generate hopelessness, depression and even paranoia. For those who've read Harry Potter, guilt has Dementor qualities.
As a collective, most are conditioned that God judges and punishes. We cannot completely connect if part of us is fearful of sin and punishment. There is a distinct difference between trying to be a good person (coming from fear of punishment) and being a good person (self-actualized). This cycle we can take corrective actions toward those things that harbor our shadows. Turn to them, question them, take one step and then another. What surfaces? If it is a dark thought towards ourselves or others, or if we lack the trust we will be supported, that is where the new information is trying to enter. An opening is surfacing and healing will happen.
Even though things will move this cycle, the how we accomplish is more important than the what we accomplish. If we push through discomfort and bury it again after a pat on the back, have we really succeeded?
We are learning to create from a connected state. We cannot create anew through the old filters.
This is an adventure! We’ve been working towards this and the time is here. While crossing the bridge from the past to the future, take actions toward creating. At the same time, keep alert to subtle sensations and nudges, process emotions and tackle completions. An important process will begin [as Mars enters its shadow] the night of February 17th. By that date, what we are working on will be entering a time of refinement regarding our actions and desires. There is a prolonged completion through the end of August. [Mars leaves its shadow August 22nd and then conjuncts Saturn beginning a new reality cycle on August 24th.]
This cycle gives some new pieces of information to work with and integrate along with what we are completing. Things are moving forward now, but the next cycle is an eclipse [in Pisces] that will be shifting the energies. The astrological New Year [Aries Cycle] will have retrogrades [Mars and Mercury]. This is a gift to know ahead. When our monkeys jump up and down and yell “woo hoo”, we can pat them on their little heads, knowing that the gold in this mine runs much deeper.
The Full Moon expands our vision of what’s possible. The chart asks we contribute our talents to the good of all and stay flexible in our intimate/employer relationships. Be willing to bend. Stay kind and helpful, focused on improvements instead of criticism (inner or outer). There may be a tendency to scatter energies, talk mindlessly or gossip. Higher information is accessed through emotional intelligence and processing. The highest road this Full Moon is to practice true listening. Allowing another to be exactly as they are, without judgment or resistance, with an open heart will reflect to them their true selves. Relating from the God in ourselves reflects and calls forth the God in others. Our ability to nurture and bring forth miracles is the gift of this Full Moon. [Ceres is new phase to Neptune and waning trine the AS]
Work consciously and creatively with the transcendent forces around us. As we actualize what we have become in the fullest manner, we will find ourselves in the place we are most needed to effectively perform the transformational work we are being guided to do. Much of what we thought we knew about relationships and relating may be in our way. Stay tuned! Well, attuned.
"You can't stay in your corner of the
Forest waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes."
Winnie the Pooh