A major energy shift comes our way as the Sun enters friendly and independent Aquarius along with an Aquarius new Moon and the beginning of an introspective yet pesky Mars retrograde -- and all of this coincides with the beginning of the Chinese New Year on Monday, January 23.
New Moon in Aquarius
This first new Moon of the year happens on January 22 at 11:40 PM PST, at 2° 42′ Aquarius. All new Moons signify beginning and renewal. This new Moon calls us to reach for our goals with innovation and hopefulness -- and to do so with your community or a worldly cause in mind. This Aquarian influence encourages sharing, helping, independence, positivity, and detachment. This is a good time to work with others, explore new experiences, and broaden your horizons.
This is also a great opportunity to distance yourself from any bad habits or situations that are preventing you from becoming your best self. Replace any weaknesses with something that makes you feel happy and proud and your energy will be infectious and inspiring.
Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon
January 23 is the beginning of the divine and daring Year of the Dragon. The Dragon is the most powerful sign of the Chinese zodiac whose influence brings us good fortune and intensity. Coinciding with the Sun and new Moon in Aquarius, we are initiated into 2012 by attempting to think outside the box and experiment -- and to do so with persistence. The wild force of the Dragon moves swiftly and will leave you behind if you don’t seize opportunity that comes your way. Action brings success so dare to take big risks and this could be the year that your dreams come true.
Mars turns retrograde January 23 - April 14 and this period in the beginning of the year isn’t a good time to launch new projects. As frustrating as it may be, think and plan big but tread lightly until April 23, shortly after Mars goes direct. The word on the street is to put off any new starts until then because disturbances and conflicts will occur during this period that will have you questioning why you started a project in the first place. While this is a year starting off with exciting potential, you will be grateful if you proceed with caution on any new ventures until after April 23, at the earliest if you can.
Happy Birthday Aquarius! More Fun facts…
Aquarius - The water bearer
January 21- February 18
Ruling planet: Uranus
Body area: Shins, ankles, circulatory system
Characteristics: Friendly, humanitarian, independent. They are full of hugs!
Aquarius, the friendliest (yet private) sign of the zodiac, only has to snap their fingers and there's an instant house party -- just don’t caught snooping in their medicine cabinet! Check out this list of celebrity sociables:
Jan 31 Justin Timberlake
Jan 26 Paul Newman
Feb 08 Seth Green
Feb 13 Henry Rollins
Feb 18 John Travolta
Jan 26 Ellen DeGeneres
Jan 29 Oprah Winfrey
Feb 02 Christie Brinkley
Feb 11 Jennifer Aniston
Feb 12 Christina Ricci