The second New Moon after the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the New Year in the Chinese calendar - it typically occurs in either late January or early February.
Chinese year names are repeated every 60 years; this cycle began February 2, 1984 - The Year of the Water Rat. Each New Year has a FULL name, consisting not of only animal names, but include element names.
Simplifying year names, people tend to say "Year of the Snake" (or whatever animal name), leaving off the element name. However, the element name is important and distinguishes the year as well. An uncomplicated explanation of the names and the Chinese 60 year cycle - and fairly decent history of Chinese Astrology - can be found on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_astrology
2013 is the Year of the Water Snake. 2013 New Year celebrations continue until the the moon is full.
Read the article, Just Another Winter's Solstice The Solstice chart gives us an astrological reason and understanding as to why Congress and the President finally passed legislation in the 12th hour to avoid the fiscal cliff. However, the problem of sequestration cuts and the debt continues...
Now, as the market deals with the result of January's Mercurial New Moon in Capricorn, we will in all probability see the market zigzag its way through February - until the energy of the Aries Equinox presents itself and the potential possibilities for the next season begin to unfold.
An Astrological Trip Around the New Moon in Aquarius Chart
There is still an air of hope and optimism lingering from the energy initiated in the Solstice chart, which continues to influence the market through March. And Neptune in Pisces doesn't like facing harsh reality... but we can't continue to kick the can down the road. Surely? Can we?
The New Moon (Sun/ Moon) Neptune, Mars, and Mercury, are located in the Third house. Neptune, Mars, and Mercury are conjunct in Pisces - square Jupiter, the chart ruler. The New Moon always brings the matters of the house it resides in to the forefront. This stellium of planets in the third house suggests a very busy month filled with distractions and an emphasis on a LOT of talk.
With Mars conjunct Neptune and Mercury, what to do about gun control and safety in schools is the focus, while the elephant sits unattended in the room largely unnoticed.
Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune square Jupiter - Neptunian energy works to dissolve boundaries. Mars' impulse is To Act - yet the impulse to act in the sign of Pisces is at the mercy of the emotional undercurrents of the moment.
Pisces is represented by two fishes swimming in opposite directions. Mars in Pisces Square Jupiter can bring the markets soaring up, or crashing down. And it is probable whatever direction the market takes on the Friday before the Sunday of the New Moon, will go the opposite direction the Monday day after, as Venus squares Saturn.
On the web site, read: Uranus in the fourth house sextile Jupiter, Jupiter in the sixth house near cusp of 7th sextile Uranus, Saturn in the eleventh house sextile Pluto, Pluto in the first house, and Venus in the second house square Saturn.
Click to read this article in full on the astrologicalinvesting.com web site. Read the interpretation of the planets in the houses, the Moon Phases section and get the "Head's Up" - upcoming astrological events list.
FORECAST 2013 has an index-by-index analysis of Moon Trading across major American, European, Asian and Australian stock indices showing variations in the performance which can help traders time Entry and Exit levels for greatly enhanced profitability - the analysis also identifies those of the major indices where following the phases of the Moon can dramatically cut profits, or even result in large losses.
Read Randall Ashbourne's 2011 article, The Moods of the Moon - Trading the Mood Swings of the Monthly Lunar Cycle