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The New Moon is a time for initiating and planting seeds in our lives; it is a symbolic time of personal rebirth. Metaphorically, it is the time of the Maiden, the new, fresh outgoing energy of the Triple Goddess. It's the optimum time to birth new intentions, set plans in motion, and state new goals. While the Moon is still dark (not visible) our seedling intentions can be nurtured and their roots can be strengthened. This blog will address the New Moon each month from an Astrological perspective, and how you can co-create with the natural rhythms to manifest your highest intent. Each Moon will correspond to a Guiding Goddess Archetype that resonates with the current astrological energies.

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New Moon on the Aquarius/Pisces Cusp: At the Water's Edge

The New Moon this month occurs on Wednesday, February 18th, at 3:47 pm (PST) on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces (at 29°Aquarius 59.9' to be exact!)  I talked about Aquarius in my last month’s New Moon post, so this month, although technically the New Moon is in the last gasps of Aquarius, I want to focus on Pisces.  This is also my last in a year long series of New Moon blog posts which started with Aries, and naturally, should conclude with the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, bringing us full circle.   

Pisces is a Mutable Water sign, meaning that it is a threshold sign that bridges one season into the next – in this case winter giving way to spring in the Northern hemisphere.  It also resonates with the emotional and subjective element of Water.  Pisces is the Shapeshifter, the compassionate one, and sometimes, the escape artist.  It is a sign that is tuned in to the intuitive realm, and often has psychic flashes and uncanny ways of knowing.  As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces often has a sense of somehow having been down that road before.  Pisces' compassion comes from knowing what it's like to walk in someone elses shoes.  Neptune rules this Water sign, and resonates with themes of the Rescuer/Victim archetype.  Neptune symbolizes our urge to merge, and sometimes those with Pisces strong in their chart have difficulty with boundaries.  Pisces must learn the art of not giving away the Self, at expense of the Other.   Under the guise of being altruistic, giving, and endlessly in service, there is a darker current that can run through the shadow of this sign, and sometimes there are threads of the martyr sewn into Pisces' apparent selflessness.  Some individuals with this sign or Neptune aspecting a personal planet or angle, identify with the archetype of the Saviour to the point where it is unhealthy, and they are in fact, giving for the glory of being the Redeemer.  This is a tricky one, and is often unconscious, and can show up as co dependence to the outside observer.  Pisces' task is to not become too identified with either the Redeemer or Victim end of the spectrum, and instead find a mindful balance of compassion for others and self care.

Pisces is a sign of duality, of the spaces between.  The Greek god Dionysus embodies many Pisces attributes. A god of androgynous appearance, his name translates to "twice born", and is often referred to as "the god who comes", as he visits states of transcendence and epiphany upon those who are open to his arrival.  Like Pisces, Dionysus' story is woven with threads of death and rebirth.  He is also the god of the vine, transcendence, wild ecstasy and blurred boundaries. 


Every New Moon is Unique

This New Moon is considered a Supermoon, and in this case will be the closest New Moon of the year.  It also heralds the Chinese New Year (February 19th) and marks the year of the Wood Sheep/Ram.  Chinese New Year is also known as lunar new year, and usually falls on the second new moon after Winter Solstice.  The Sun moves into Pisces about three minutes after this New Moon, underlining the emerging Pisces theme.  This is truly transitional time and liminal space; a perfect time to make magic, or go within and reflect.  We are also integrating whatever came up for us during Mercury retrograde, and planning our next steps; where we want to invest our energy as this new chapter opens. 

Guiding Goddess Archetypes

The empathic gentle nature of Pisces resonates with the wise and compassionate energy of Kwan Yin, White Tara, and Mother Mary.  It is said that if you are feeling down, sad, or grieving, you may climb up into Tara's lap, and she will hold you and your suffering as a mother holds a child.  Tune into one of these deities if you need extra compassion right now.  Or, if you want to develop more of this quality in your life, or in a particular situation.


This is the time to plant seeds for new intentions around bringing magic into your life.  Work on developing your intuition.  Show up like the artist you know you are.  Give yourself some compassion and self love.  Start a meditation practice. Create firm, yet loving boundaries in your life.

New Moon in Pisces Affirmations

  • I am a creative, imaginal being, able to connect with infinite sources of inspiration
  • I am learning to let go and trust my intuition
  • I create healthy and compassionate boundaries while remaining connected to others
  • I define my edges and respect where I end, and others begin
  • Everyone is on their own path, and I no longer try and fix them
  • I honor my own time, resources, and abilities as much as anyone's.  I give first to myself in order to be most effective
  • I allow myself to play with the possibilities of glamor
  • I know intuitively when it is time to let go, and do so with ease





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Danielle is the Astrology columnist for SageWoman magazine and Banyen Books and Sound. She has studied Astrology for over 27 years, and has professional certification in Psychological Astrology. She works in private practice as an consulting Astrologer and Intuitive Holistic Counselor. Danielle holds a degree in Women's Studies, and is currently completing a second degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Counseling Psychology. She is a passionate scholar of the works of Carl Jung, mythology, and archetypal psychology, and works best with individuals who are on a psycho-spiritual growth path. Her essay Dancing in the Temple of the Queen of Heaven, was recently published in the anthology, A Mantle of Stars. Contact Danielle to book your next reading at


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