Tonight’s Aquarius New Moon and How to Find It in Your Chart

aquariusIn the spirit of using the forward momentum of current planetary energies to take care of unfinished business (see my previous post), I am finally fulfilling my promise to explain how to find where a cosmic event is happening in your own birth chart.

For those of you who are new to my blog (welcome!), when I write about the New or Full Moon, I usually say something like, “Find out more about what this means for YOU by finding the house in your birth chart that’s being activated.” And then I get a flurry of emails from readers asking how to do that, to which I’ve been replying, “I’m going to write a post about that!” (Actually, initially I was planning to make a video about it, but got overwhelmed by technical issues…)

Why bother finding where the New or Full Moon is happening in your chart? While there’s a lot of great information you can get just from knowing what’s happening in the sky, you can get more detailed and specific about how that information applies to you personally when you know which part of your chart is being affected. With that awareness, you can work with the cosmic energy more consciously and effectively.

But First A Word about the Aquarius New Moon…

Before I get all astro-technical on you, I want to say a bit about the Aquarius New Moon, which will happen tonight at 11:21 pm PST. Each New Moon initiates a new cycle that highlights the themes of the sign in which it occurs. Aquarius is the sign of the rebel and revolutionary – the part of you that breaks the mold, breaks free from tradition and past conditioning, and follows your own internal navigation system instead of following the crowd. Even if you don’t have any planets in Aquarius, you’ve got the sign somewhere in your chart.

Aquarius represents the place in you that feels different from other people – the “outsider” – and you have the choice to celebrate that difference and act as an innovator and catalyst for social change; suppress it, cover it up, and pretend you’re just like everybody else; or separate yourself from society altogether, claiming that “no one understands me” and “I’ll never be accepted for who I am.

As I mentioned in my last post, this New Moon squares the Nodal Axis, which intensifies the above themes and stirs up a feeling of being pulled, or possibly stuck, between past and future. Maybe you see the ways that you’ve NOT followed your inner guidance in the past because you were afraid of what others would think and of not being accepted. Maybe your passion is calling you in an exciting-yet-terrifying new direction, and you’re worried about appearing (or being) crazy for wanting to leave behind what seems “safe” but is sucking your life juice. Ideally, this New Moon presents an opportunity to identify and free yourself from fear-based attachments and self-defeating karmic patterns.

total solar eclipseThe Nodal Axis (the North and South Nodes of the Moon) travel in tandem with the Eclipse cycle, and this New Moon precisely squares (forms a 90-degree angle to) the Scorpio Solar Eclipse – an extra-potent New Moon that happened on November 13. What was going on for you then? What seeds of intention did you plant? The Aquarius New Moon is now catalyzing those seeds into their next phase of growth, calling you to take the next courageous step that revitalizes your passion and brings you closer to your dream for the future.

And Now – How to Find this New Moon in Your Chart

First, you will need a copy of your birth chart (you can get one for free on astro.com), for which you will need a reasonably accurate time of birth. The position of the houses in your chart depends on the time and place of birth, and if your birth time is off by even 15 minutes, the houses can shift significantly. If you don’t know your time of birth, and your mom isn’t a helpful resource, you could try checking your birth certificate (it’s sometimes on there). If you can’t track it down, you might consider having your chart “rectified” – where an astrologer determines your time of birth based on key events in your life (I don’t do this myself, but I can give you a referral).

As you look at your chart, you’ll see there’s an outer wheel of symbols – these are the 12 signs of the zodiac, which represent different energies and archetypes. Each sign is divided into 30 degrees, creating a circle of 360 degrees. The next set of symbols inside the wheel are the glyphs for the planets, which represent different parts of yourself or aspects of consciousness. You’ll see that each planet symbol has a number next to it – that’s the degree that the planet was at when you were born.

Below is the chart of a hypothetical person, let’s call her Stella, who was born on May 5, 1982 at 4:00 pm in Portland, Oregon. This is how the chart looks in the software I use, SolarFire, but I’m also including a link to the chart on astro.com: stella_chart

stella_chart

The birth chart is like a picture of the sky at the moment of birth. As the planets move through the sky, they occupy different signs of the zodiac, and different degrees (or portions) of those signs (e.g., when Stella was born, the Moon occupied 21 degrees of Libra).

The houses – the 12 pieces of the pie – are a way of dividing up the sky in order to bring more specificity about how these planets and signs are playing out in an individual’s life (or in the “life” of a particular entity – like a business or country – or an event). The houses, called “topos” – “topics” – by the ancient Greeks, signify different areas of life, realms of experience, or circumstances. They also correlate with phases of development. Cafe Astrology has a good overview of the meanings of the houses here.

A note on house systems: There are MANY ways to divide up the houses in a chart, and using different house systems can result in planets in your chart moving into different houses, thereby changing the interpretation of your chart. If you’re a serious student of astrology, I encourage you to experiment with trying out different house systems to see which one feels right to you. I believe there is no “right” answer when it comes to house systems – find the one that works best for YOU. If you don’t really care about the astro-technicalities and just want to learn about your own chart, keep it simple and go with whatever version of your chart you have in front of you. I use the Placidus house system, which is also the default system on astro.com.

Now we’re ready to find where the New Moon is happening in Stella’s birth chart. The New Moon is at 21 degrees Aquarius. First we want to find the symbol for Aquarius – it’s those double wavy lines that are on the cusp of the 5th House (on the line dividing the pieces of the pie marked 4 and 5). The 5th House begins at 0 degree Aquarius and ends at 1 degree Pisces (which begins the next house), so we can surmise that 21 degrees Aquarius is contained within her 5th House (the signs progress from left to right, counter-clockwise). The New Moon therefore falls in her 5th House, activating themes having to do with creativity, happiness, individuality, children and romance.

The process is going to be a little different with a chart from astro.com, so let’s take a look. In this version of the chart, you don’t see the degree numbers on the wheel (just little notches representing the degrees), so you have to look at the table in the lower left corner of the page, the one that starts with AC: 26 Vir (which translates to: the Ascendant, or Rising Sign, which is the cusp of the first house, is at 26 degrees of Virgo [you can ignore those other numbers after the sign]). This table gives you the beginning degrees of the 1st (AC), 2nd, 3rd, and 10th (MC), 11th and 12th houses.

We want to know about the 5th House, since that’s where we see the sign Aquarius. There’s no listing for the 5th House, so we have to look to the opposite house, which is house number 11. We see that the 11th House starts with 0 degree Leo; the 5th House will always start with the same degree for the opposite sign, in this case, 0 degree Aquarius. Did that make sense? So if you want to find out about the 8th House, you look at the opposite house – the 2nd House – which starts at 21 Libra. The 8th therefore starts at 21 Aries, the sign opposite Libra.

Since this New Moon catalyzes themes from the November 13 Solar Eclipse, we might also want to find out which house was activated then. The Eclipse was at 21 degrees Scorpio, which turns out to be right on the line between Stella’s 2nd and 3rd Houses (also called the cusp of the 3rd House). When this is the case, it’s useful to consider the themes of BOTH houses. Maybe the themes of one house resonate more strongly than the other, or maybe the themes of the houses are tied together. In this example, perhaps she planted seeds for a new writing project (3rd House) with the intention of increasing her income (2nd House).

Your turn – where is the Aquarius New Moon happening in YOUR chart? How about the Scorpio Solar Eclipse?

Was this little astro-lesson helpful? Comprehensible? Please ask questions in the comments section and I’ll do my best to respond! Wishing you a blessed New moon.

- Emily Trinkaus

In case you missed me on the radio last week, you can now listen to the recording of In Your Right Mind in which the amazing Moksha Lea and I talk about Candlemas, the Aquarius New Moon, the upcoming Mercury Retrograde and more (with dance breaks!!).

And – Calling All Priestesses! – join Katie Todd and me for our next Lunar Galactic Activation on February 25 at the Virgo Full Moon. All women are welcome and you can participate via phone (or skype) from anywhere in the world – join us live or get the recording. Find out more and register here.

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31 Responses to Tonight’s Aquarius New Moon and How to Find It in Your Chart

  1. Colin says:

    Thanks so much for this, very helpful….I’m really putting astrology to more and more practical use in my everyday life and its quite transformative. Blessings…..

  2. Loved the radio interview and this too! Thanks emily!

  3. Shabd Khalsa says:

    Thanks Emily! This was really helpful. Shabd

  4. Catherine Salazar says:

    I love this blog post! It’s D-I-Y astrology! Thanks so much, Emily. I really have to get a reading from you one of these days. I have my Moon in Aquarius 24 deg. 7th house, and the opposite is 1st house, correct? So my themes for this Aquarius new moon are partnership and self? I hope I got that right.

    • emily says:

      Thanks, Catherine! Yes, you totally got it right. And – it can also be considered a new beginning for all Moon-related themes (home, security, nurturing, etc.) with the New Moon happening so close to your natal Moon.

  5. dee says:

    I have it on 2/8 axis…not sure what it will bring..lost dad last oct…

  6. The New Moon is on my 8th house.

  7. I hate to admit being such a dolt but I have the chart you did for me way back when and I still can’t figure this out! If I hold it straight up will it be easier to figure out the houses? plus I didn’t see any wavy lines anywhere!

    • emily says:

      hi Nikki! You’re not a dolt – this is kind of complicated to explain without being in person… But if you look at your chart, you’ll see the two wavy lines (the Aquarius symbol) at the start of the 6th house, and it says 16 degrees. So, the New Moon (at 21 degrees Aquarius) is in your 6th house (the degrees progress counter-clockwise, so you would look to the right of the house cusp to get to 21). Does that help??

  8. Ava says:

    Hi Emily, great stuff! I am actually just under two weeks older than “Stella” and though I was on the opposite coast, our charts have a lot of similarities in terms of outer planet placements!

    My question has to do with house cusps. The cusp of my 4th/5th house is at 23 degrees Aquarius, and I know the new moon is at 21 degrees — could I still look at this from a cusp/both house perspective, or would it need to be exact for that? The Scorpio eclipse was in my 2nd house but not close to a cusp. Thanks for all of your insight!

    • emily says:

      hi Ava – In your case, the New Moon is more solidly in your 4th house. However, since birth times (even when it comes from your birth certificate) can be off, it’s not a bad idea to consider the next house as well. Happy new moon!

  9. Barbara says:

    That was a STELLAR post, Emily! ~It helps me make sense of many things.

  10. Lynne Ludeman says:

    HI Emily!

    I wish I could say I understood the post but don’t – I so want to though! Is there a book you could recommend to someone like me that know NOTHING about any of this from the technical end of things (although I have benefited greatly over the years from getting help from people like you and truly believe in the validity of it…..!)? I am looking at my birth chart and trying to decipher what you have written and honestly, don’t get any of it. It’s like Russian! I do want to learn, though. In addition, I would really like to understand what is going on now as I am feeling a lot of different things, lots is going on, and there are PATTERNS to it ! :). If I had a book that helps spell things out from the VERY beginning, I might have a chance to begin to understand this realm.

    Thanks much,

    Lynne Ludeman

  11. Katherine says:

    Emily, great post; answered some questions and opened new doors. The Saturn solar eclipse was in my 12th house and three days later I lost my job. My bosses were very underhanded and less than truthful about my position when I began the job 8 months previous. That sais, I was working in hospitals and other medical facilities….very 12th house.
    Aquarius New Moon is in the 3rd. Hopefully, lots of communication surrounding new job prospects. My NN is in Scorpio 12th and the SN in Taurus 6th. You warned me about that SN 6th and the unexpected problems it can cause.

  12. Lisa says:

    Still kind of confused… looks like my chart was produced using the same software as your first example. It says 12* Aquarius picture 15′ and it looks like Aquarius is split between the 10th and 11th houses. There was a nice new beginning with a reiki group that would fit with themes of 11th house. However the main change for me was that Saturn eclipse was a time when I first became concerned about new directions in my romantic relationship which has now ended in this dark moon last week. I think the eclipse was in my 1st house. Not clear if romance changes were indicated somewhere in my chart… however my now ex-boyfriend is an Aquarius so perhaps what was going on had more to do with changes in HIS world with new moon in his sign?

    • emily says:

      hi Lisa – If the line between the 10th and 11th houses in your chart is at 12 degrees Aquarius, then the New Moon would indeed be in your 11th house. A new reiki group sounds very appropriate!

      And – I think when it comes to relationships, there will always be something in your own chart that reflects a big change, regardless of what’s going on for the other person. An eclipse in your first house is a big deal, especially if it’s close to the Ascendant…

  13. Kate Cummings says:

    Hello – I was born 01/21/75 at 6:07 AM in West Palm Beach, FL. I know that my Sun is Aquarius, Rising is Capricorn, and Moon is Taurus. What house is the Aquarius New Moon in for me, please? Thank you for the guidance. -K

  14. meghan clark says:

    i wish i could say i understood your explanation, but i’m so confused now. nov 10, 1975 portland oregon 5:21 am. i think the new moon is in my fourth house (which is where my moon is anyway). i still don’t know what that means.

    • emily says:

      hi Meghan – You’re right – the New Moon is in your 4th house (apparently you’re not so confused!). So you can find out the areas of life represented by the 4th house (home, family, security, foundation, etc.) and consider this New Moon an opportunity for new beginnings in those areas.

      • meghan clark says:

        thanks for the reply, emily. i think i was trying to make it more complicated that it is. :)
        i like what it means… i’ve been looking that direction lately. muchas gracias.

  15. Vanil says:

    Hello. I was born 29.01.94 8.00 a.m. In what house is saturn situated?

  16. Vanil says:

    I find that it is situated in 1house. What it means if I have 4 planets(Sun Mars Venus Mercury) in 12 house?:)

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