January 27th/28th we have a soft and low key New Moon in the constellation of Aquarius. 2016 was, as we know, a year of endings, and even though that means that 2017 symbolizes fresh starts and new beginnings, many may have felt 2017 being a bit slow up until now. But as this New Moon also launches the Chinese New Year – taking us out of the turbulent energy of the cheeky monkey and into the year of the Fire Rooster – the Universe finally promises the cosmic shift that leaves those old, lagging energies behind. Now it’s time to get ready to embrace the new energy and positive vibes that this shift offers, and to get clear on your intentions for the year to come. It’s time to rise and shine! Aquarius being the visionary of the zodiac, this New Moon is all about fresh starts, thinking big and creating space and clarity for your visions to come into fruition. If it feels like you’re still struggling with one foot left in 2016, now is the time to let go! And even though humanitarian Aquarius is highly concerned with worldly issues, this air sign is also all about individuality, so use this New Moon to take some time to bring your focus to yourself, trusting that all changes in the world starts with you, and as you take time to heal, grow, rise above and choose love, the world does too ♡ Visionary Aquarius loves to experiment with possibilities, so let your inner child come out to play and get creative without the fear of being rejected or being different stop you from following that path that is right for you. Often it’s just a change in your perspective that is needed to create a positive shift, so start with your thoughts and the way you think about things. Shake off your old fears and beliefs and don’t be afraid to embrace the uniqueness that is you. And keep in mind that it doesn’t matter if the people around you don’t always understand your need for change or a new beginnings. This is your life and your journey, and even though it will sometimes feel lonely and as no one understands, know that when you become a leader in your own lifes and start to believe in yourself, embracing that uniqueness that is YOU, opportunities will starts to blossom as the Universe delivers her magic to you. Don’t worry if you feel a bit pulled in every direction during this New Moon though. Just keep in mind that Aquarius is co-ruled by two strong and opposing forces – disciplined + restricted Saturn and modern + radical Uranus, and that where Aquarius’ old ruler, Saturn, is synonymous with holding back and teaching through experience, Aquarius’ modern ruler, eccentric and innovative Uranus, is fiery and with an urge to throw herself into everything new, unknown and unusual. New Moons are as always a time for stillness and introsoection, so be sure to take a time-out and see if you can balance out Saturn + Uranus energies by grounding yourself through yoga, meditation or just a couple of deep belly breaths before you throw yourself in to every new project that comes to mind. You probably won’t be able to hold back for too long though, as warrior planet Mars will move into its home sign fiery Aries shortly after this New Moon, filling us with courage, passion and encouraging us to forge ahead on our independent path, giving us the exact energy and courage we need to head down our road. If you pick your battles wisely and learn to work with, and not against, the raw energy of this fiery planet over the next month and a half – channeling it in to positive progress rather than battles – it will bring you all the courage and determination you need to take a quantum leap in the direction of your dreams.