The Bear and The Ox

Today’s New Moon appears at 23° Aquarius whose Sabian Symbol is A Big Bear Sitting Down and Waving Its Paws.

THE DISCIPLINE OF SELF-CONTROL

The more we learn to control our animal nature the more we can have it available as a resource. We could use our emotions in frantic efforts to gain and hold attention, as so many people do. But it’s better to use it to cultivate an appetite for life, by following the desire nature to the point of crisis, and then in full awareness, resolving the issues arising – of darkness and light.  [source]

Today’s New Moon is part of a stellium:  Three or more heavenly bodies grouped in a single Zodiac sign. This Aquarian stellium is comprised of no less than six heavenly bodies (Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Sun, and the Moon). Aquarius energy is progressive, original, quirky, and independent – and we have it going on in spades!!! If you have major planets in Aquarius or other Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio) you’re sure to feel this lunation stronger than most.

New Moons open portals which represent new beginnings, but you can’t just show up to the party and expect things to happen. You’ve got to put in the effort and show the Universe your intent. Being that freedom-loving Aquarius governs community and humanitarian efforts, there will be a focus on friendship, group activities and projects, and social pursuits – so if you’ve been thinking about getting involved with any of those types of endeavors today’s New Moon is giving you a green light. Remember:  The more you give out, the more that will come back to you.

♂ Mars is square to this New Moon so watch out for impulsive behavior.


Well, that takes care of The Bear – let’s turn our attention to The Ox.

Tomorrow, February 12th, is Chinese New Year where we will enter the Year of the Ox.

“According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.” [source]

The Ox is highly valued in Chinese culture due to its important role in agriculture. Those born in the Year of the Ox are honest, sincere, hard-working, reliable, and stubborn. (Sounds a bit like Taurus.) They are most compatible with those born under the Rat, Snake, and Rooster; and are least compatible with Goat, Horse, and Dog people.

Colors:  Blue, yellow, and green
Numbers:  1 and 4
Flowers:  Lily of the Valley and Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Months:  April, September, and December
Careers:  Doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and teachers

Celebrate Chinese New Year by serving popped rice, ginger candy, Spring Rolls, dumplings, noodles, steamed fish and chicken, Nian gao (rice cakes), steamed vegetables (leeks, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, bamboo shoots), Baijiu (Chinese white wine) or other white wine, rice wine (saki), Tsingtao beer, and of course tea (green or oolong). For dessert:  Fruits (such as kumquats, tangerines, oranges, grapes, and pomegranates), turnip cake, Osmanthus Jelly, Jujube Flower Cakes, rice balls, sesame balls, and almond cookies.

Gung hay fat choy!

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