“Redeem the time.Redeem
The unread vision in the higher dream
While jeweled unicorns draw by the gilded hearse.”
from Ash Wednesday by TS Eliot
The New Moon at 29 Aquarius falls on Ash Wednesday, February 18, the first day of Lent in the Christian/Catholic tradition and on the eve of Chinese New Year. Many Catholic bishops in East Asia have granted Asian Catholics a special dispensation from traditional Lenten fasting in order to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This special dispensation shows a willingness on the part of the Church to adapt in order to interface in a reasonable way where religious views and cultural differences appear to be at odds. We see this theme manifesting in many ways in our time as we struggle to find an appropriate and respectful balance between the two. The Sabian symbol associated with this time is, “A crowded marketplace,” a reminder that we live in an interconnected global community.
Over the next few weeks Mars and Venus will be traveling together in Aries – a good time for increased energy, assertiveness and courage. The New Moon is part of a cycle of beginnings and endings. It is a threshold time – good to clarify what is ending, what is new and what your aspirations are for moving forward.
Amelia Shea specializes in issues of family, relationship and transition as well as life path and career.She can be reached at 603 654 1043, firstname.lastname@example.org Her readings start at $30 and can be done by phone, email and in person.