Happy Lunar New Year and Super New Moon in Aquarius! This New Moon (and the Lunar New Year) at approximately 1 ½ degrees of Aquarius becomes exact on Saturday, January 21 at 3:53 PM New York time (20:53 GMT). This is a Super New Moon because the moon is psychically closer to the Earth than usual, thus amplifying its effects.
As this is the first New Moon of 2023, it is the Lunar & Chinese New Year! 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit—a year that is purported to bring luck, prosperity, and fluidity, based on the Chinese zodiac.
The sun has moved into the fixed air sign of Aquarius, meaning we have moved into the second third of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. The glyph of Aquarius is the Water Bearer—represented by two parallel lines, each depicting water. The Water Bearer pours water back and forth between her jugs, representing the act of finding balance. Aquarius likes to create balance and harmony within the context of a group.
Aquarius is the ruler of the 11th House, the House of Friends. This house rules over our relationships with groups. During Aquarius season, we feel a call to connect in groups with like-minded people. Aquarius encourages us to put our egos aside and to find connection in a common cause. We also like to have discussions with others during Aquarius season about the direction of society and the planet.
This is a very lucky New Moon--not only because it launches the auspicious Year of the Rabbit—but also because the sun and moon sextile Jupiter in aggressive Aries! With Mercury now having gone Direct and Uranus stationing Direct on this New Moon (more on both of those later in this article), shortly after this New Moon, we will enter into a rare period where all planets are in apparent direct motion! This period will last all the way through April 19.
During this momentous occasion, it’s ‘green lights’ and ‘all-systems-go!’, as there are no pesky Retrogrades to hold back forward progress. It’s best to utilize the next three months (and especially the next 28 days!) to really charge forward and create what you want to create!
On a planetary level, it’s pretty plausible that we will see the best times of the year economically during this early part of the year—with perhaps a more dubious economic period ahead as we move toward the middle of the year. Please check out my 2023 predictions and astrology overview for more details: *SHOCKING* 2023 Psychic Predictions for the Planet + Astrology Overview! - YouTube.
Let’s discuss how the Aquarian energies can help lead us down the path of our divinely-guided Service Work on Earth.
STEPPING INTO YOUR SERVICE WORK
We are arguably currently in the planetary Age of Aquarius (many people, including myself, believe we have been since 2012). The famous gurus of the past are fading in relevance as we see the rise of hundreds of thousands of spiritual teachers—including yours truly—each with their own niche audiences. Although each and every teacher has a different perspective, style, and personality, the core teachings (should be) the same—love, unity, healing.
If you feel like you have something to teach, then put yourself out there! It could be something informal that you do in social situations or you might feel guided to start a blog or write a book. This 'Age of Information' that we are in provides the opportunity for voices from around the world to be heard like never before. It feels really good to your soul when you share the things you've learned and help to guide others, no matter on how small of a scale. This is the essence of the Aquarian energy: a sharing of resources, information, and energy.
The Aquarian energies are intending to really bring us into communion with our Service Work. Service Work, as I would define it, is a broad term that covers all of the positive work you are meant to do on this planet; all the people, animals, and environments you are meant to help; and the positive legacy that you are meant to leave behind when some day you graduate from this realm. It is your unique physical and vibratory contribution to the healing and Ascension of the collective consciousness of humanity.
It can be helpful to define your Service Work in a single sentence. For me, my Service Work is to assist in the freeing and Ascension of humanity by working 'directly on the ground' with Lightworkers from around the world at all stages of their journey: to help them heal their wounds; understand their purpose and plan; learn spiritual tools and skills; and to create their Highest Destiny, and step into their Divinely-guided Service Work.
How would you define your Service Work? Here are some questions to get you thinking:
- Who or what do I feel most called to help? (e.g. alcoholics, the elderly, children, animals, rivers)
- I feel most fulfilled when I ___(Service Work)____.
- Which skills or talents do people most often ask for me to help them with?
- What do I feel like my mission is here on Earth? Why do I feel like I came to this planet?
- If I had no fear, how would I choose to earn my living (or how would I choose to live--it doesn't have to be a career or job)?
- What type of legacy do I want to leave behind? What is the one thing that I have to help heal or improve (for other people, animals, plants, nature, the planet or society) before I leave the planet?
Go ahead and write down your Service Mission and keep it somewhere special. When you step more fully into your Service Work, you will naturally begin to unravel any of the shadow aspects of Aquarius, like self-sabotage, which we will discuss in the next section.
If you are feeling called to monetize your Service Work (or even make it into a full-time career), then please register for my upcoming class How to Become a Successful Spiritual Entrepreneur: Mastery Empowerment Course: How to Be a Successful Spiritual Entrepreneur with Matthew John - New Earth One Network.
ENVISIONING A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL
Let's talk about harnessing this powerful Aquarian energy to precipitate changes on the collective level.
Aquarius is forward-thinking, progressive, and demands equality. The vast income disparity between the haves and have-nots on our planet is something that just won't be able to last too much longer during this planetary Age of Aquarius. The Aquarian pressure--energetically speaking--will simply become too great, and change will have to occur one way or another. This differs dramatically from the dualistic, all-or-nothing shadow energy of the Age of Pisces, which we have graduated from.
It might look like a pretty impossible task to shift this planet from its current economic system to something that will be able to support the proper nutrition, medical care and spiritual health of all human beings, but this is not something that is meant to happen overnight. The Age of Aquarius purportedly began on December 21, 2012 and shall last for over 2000 years! It's not realistic to think that it's all going to change in under a decade.
Uranus—Aquarius’s ruling planet—is stationing Direct on this New Moon. When a planet is stationing, its influence is greatly amplified (exalted). Uranus’s Station makes this a super-duper Aquarian New Moon! Among other things (like bringing surprises), Uranus is the planet of societal change and revolution. During this Aquarian lunation, us conscious Lightworkers (as well as many in the general public) will be feeling a palpable sense of wanting to move forward as a collective into something new and better.
We also have the exalted Mercury in Capricorn (just moving in Direct motion out of its Station Phase on this New Moon) trining the North Node in Taurus. The North Node represents the theme that is being worked out in the collective; it is the collective’s forward evolution.
Being in Taurus, the collective has been in a process of beginning to restructure the world’s economic systems for the future, as well as accelerating the transition to more renewable energy and resources. With this benevolent and balanced aspect between Mercury and the North Node, people will be very forward-thinking over the next 28 days; it really is a time to optimistically figure out how we can live a better future as a planet!
We need to have patience and faith, while doing what we can do to shift the collective consciousness. For most of us, the most effective possible thing that we can do to help shift the collective consciousness is to shift the consciousness within our own vessels.
You do not have enough power to shift the entire collective consciousness and the trajectory of the planet with your will, but you DO have the power to shift the entirety of your individual consciousness with your willpower. One of the laws of the Universe is that whatever you have the power to affect is whatever you are meant to have the power to affect. When you try to shift something that you don't have the power to shift, you end up feeling disempowered and victimized, which puts you right back down into that lower vibration where the powers that be don't mind you being.
When you take control of what you can control and nothing more, you move into that high vibration of empowerment and self-responsibility (which by the way also alleviates self-sabotage, which I will discuss at length in the next section), and you become an energetic broadcaster for that high vibration.
Like the 100th Monkey Syndrome, that vibration of empowerment spreads like wildfire and begins to have an exponentially larger impact on the collective consciousness itself. As the collective consciousness shifts into higher and higher vibrations, it moves to higher and higher timelines where the control structures that are based on fear, trickery, and abuse can no longer vibrationally stand.
It's crucial to remain optimistic about things, both in regards to your individual journey and the collective journey. If one thing's for sure it's that pessimism will not increase your chances of living the type of life you want to live, individually or collectively. We really need to have that wide-eyed, childlike naivete of 'everything is possible', because in reality, it is!
You probably know by now that we live in an infinite multiverse, in a holographic projection, and that nothing is as totally concrete and as real as it might seem. You know that miracles happen—you might have already experienced a few in your life. Use this New Moon time to re-align with that energy of believing in, embracing, and even expecting the miraculous.
Find ways to recognize the little miracles in your day-to-day life. Every synchronicity is a miracle. Every loving embrace, every ray of sunshine, and every laugh is a miracle. Be the one that recognizes the little miracles every single day, while the other 99% of people stay in limbo, waiting to be liberated by their own mind. The choice is yours.
In order to move into your higher vibration, you must overcome one of the shadow aspects of the Aquarian energy, which is self-sabotage.
The theme of overcoming self-sabotage is something that has been coming up for a lot of Lightworkers recently-- and it will continue to over the next 28 days. This is because we are in the process of 'clearing house' of those patterns which are no longer supporting us in stepping fully into our individualized Divinely-designed Service roles.
What I have discovered about self-sabotage is this: the self-saboteur within is only active and with you to provide you a gateway into seeing your own Shadow.
The Shadow is the aggregate of the unprocessed wounds within, whether from this lifetime or others. When you become aware of that part of you which has often sabotaged good things from manifesting through lower-vibration choices, fear, or avoidance, you then have the power to transcend that pattern.
Of course, on another level, there are no such thing as bad choices—and also on another level, fear is there to protect you—and every choice made out of self-sabotage was only made to help you advance spiritually (whether you intended for that to be the case or not), BUT once you become aware of these patterns, there is no longer any need to carry them forward. It's as if you have discovered that you have been carrying a brick attached to your back and once you recognize that, you can put the brick down and go about your life feeling lighter and like things can come more easily and with less struggle.
Remember, you always have Free Will in every moment. It's just that the types of internal and external reactions that you have become accustomed to over and over and over again (which you ultimately inherited from those who raised you) keep you stuck in a feedback loop that is called a program. If you have a history of self-sabotaging yourself, that is part of your program. To stop the self-sabotage, you simply need to step OUT of the program and IN to a new program-- and that's something that ideally needs to be practiced over and over.
Think to yourself, what would the HIGHER-dimensional aspect of me choose/think/say in this moment/situation? What type of words/choices/thoughts would likely lead me to transcend my karma? Which words/choices/thoughts would likely keep me stuck in the same karmic loop?
It's time to get all parts of you on board with your forward momentum. If there's any parts of you that feel stuck in the past, stuck in a lower-vibrational timeline, or just STUCK in general, ask those parts of you what they need from you? How can you Serve them? What these parts are really looking for is safety.
It can be scary to parts of you that have been scarred and injured by the past to move forward into a new project, new relationship, new location, new career, higher income, new hobby, etc. The more you can make these parts of you feel safe, like a loving parent would for an anxious child, the easier it is for you to get fully integrated and feel more 'together' than ever before.
The self-saboteur also tends to show up when someone has an inclination to be less than forgiving with themselves. This lack of forgiveness towards oneself really hurts and injures the Inner Child, who already has been hurt by that parental figure who was less than forgiving with them or with the other parental figure (or with his or her self, as we can literally feel the vibrations of those who raised us when we are very young).
The Shadow's job is to show itself in inconvenient ways in order to get you to recognize where the Inner Child has been hurt. If you are very harsh on yourself, you will tend to self-sabotage yourself as well.
So, learning to also be more forgiving with yourself is another important aspect of transcending self-sabotage. When you gift yourself with the freedom to make as many mistakes as you need to, and Love yourself just the same, the self-saboteur within will evaporate and never need to return.
MERCURY STARTING TO MOVE FORWARD, FINALLY
Mercury, the planet of communication, is finally starting to move forward from this week’s Direct Station phase, albeit slowly. As it moves slowly, it still has an exalted influence, and one should heed the advice to expect any and all issues in regards to communication and technology. We should be fully out of the woods of Mercury’s troubles by the end of the month.
With Mercury trining the North Node, it is a great time to journal, speak about, and plan out projects and ambitions that are progressing you in the direction of your Highest Destiny! With Mercury quincunxing Mars in Gemini (ruled by Mercury), we will likely be very enthused and excitable in our speech and online communication; though a word to the wise: try to avoid being impulsive—as with this aspect, being impulsive may come back to bite you in the ass!
Wishing you a fun, enlightening and expansive New Moon in Aquarius.
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