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Are we living on Animal Farm?

By Astro Butterfly.. Where Astrology meets Deep Human Insight..

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell is an allegorical novel about some animals on a farm.

One day, the animals, led by a pair of pigs (Snowball and Napoleon) lead a rebellion against the human owner of the farm. The animals successfully drive him out and establish the “Animal Farm”.

They agree to adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism as their constitution. The most important of these is the last commandment: “All animals are equal.“

But things don’t go as smoothly as expected.

Napoleon runs Snowball off the farm and gives himself full leadership. He gradually violates more and more of the commandments as his behaviour becomes increasingly like that of their previous human master.

The climax comes a few years later when the animals spot Napoleon carrying a whip (violations of the commandments) and discover that all the commandments have been reduced to simply “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

What does this mean?

New Moon In Aquarius – Some People Are More Equal Than Others

The “Animal Farm” metaphor suggests that the ideals of social justice and equality that inspired the animal’s revolution ultimately crumble under the corrupting influence of power.

Napoleon and the pigs have become just like the humans they overthrew.

Similarly, our ideals initially sound lofty and promising, but in reality, they often fail to withstand the corrupting forces of power and self-interest.

Reflecting on the fragility of our ideals and their susceptibility to corruption is more crucial than ever, especially when we have a New Moon in Aquarius and an Aquarius stellium*.

Aquarius rules our hopes, dreams, and social causes we resonate with; at a deeper level, Aquarius rules humanity – that place where our individual aspirations intersect with the collective vision for a better world.

New Moon In Aquarius – What Makes Us Human

The New Moon happened on February 9th, 2024, at 20° Aquarius. The New Moon is tightly square its ruler, Aquarius, at 19° Taurus.

This alignment prompts us to contemplate the essence of humanity itself.

What defines our humanity?

There’s a difference between what makes us an individual, and what makes us human.

Being human is not what makes us unique (that’s Leo) – but what makes us similar (Aquarius). Being human is that deep knowing that we’re all in this together; if one of us is hurting, humanity as a whole is hurting.

If there’s a war, is it human to take sides? Is it ok for some people to die because they are the ‘enemy’?

The world is not a Counter Strike field. Every human being is someone’s son or daughter.

“There’s no other way”. There’s always a better way, if we are willing to find it.

But this requires us to stop operating from a “good” vs “bad”, “right” vs. “wrong” scenario.

Batman and Joker are fictional characters. It’s the wanna-be heroes that create the Jokers.

Anything can be justified through the good vs. bad paradigm. When we fight for some people, goals or ideals (at the expense of others) – it’s worth re-evaluating our motivations. Are we really driven by our humanity? Or is there another motivation?

New Moon In Aquarius And Pluto In Aquarius

We are all humans – and this comes with great power, and great responsibility.

It’s remembering our humanity that will help us avoid just another “Animal Farm” scenario.

Overthrowing the old – without compassion and respect for our shared humanity – can lead to a looping scenario where new Pluto in Capricorn-like power structures replace the old ones, but there’s no real change.

How do we do better?

I believe that before trying to change the world, we first need to embrace our own duality – the good, and the bad.

When the good and the bad are 2 separate entities, we have Batman and the Joker. When the Ego and the Id are reconciled, we have a human being.

When we make peace with our so-called dark side, we no longer project it onto others.

Instead of directing our energy onto supporting “good causes” and fighting “bad people” – we channel it into self-improvement and cultivating a balanced perspective.

From that place, it is then easier to keep our humanity in check, and operate in the world from a more conscious, and less polarized place.

New Moon In Aquarius – Human 2.0

The New Moon in Aquarius will raise some important questions around how we relate to society, ideals, and our concept of humanity.

The New Moon is in a tense aspect (square) with Uranus in Taurus. The New Moon square its own ruler creates an awkward “be careful what you wish for” scenario where our own ideals, goals and hopes for the future seem to turn against us.

We might face some uncomfortable truths. We may be required to do work we don’t like doing, or approach our aspirations from a different angle.

There is help! The other ruler of the New Moon, Saturn makes a supportive sextile** aspect with Jupiter.

As always, the Universe gives us the tools to navigate challenges and grow into the next best version of ourselves.

We can become a more conscious human – today, tomorrow, and every single day.

This is the first New Moon in Aquarius with Pluto in the sign. This is a unique opportunity to connect with our inner power and transform the paradigm through which we perceive and engage with the world.

The New Moon in Aquarius that took place on February 9th, 2024 can be the beginning of a completely new chapter of our lives.

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*A stellium in astrology means that you have a cluster of planets in one of your astrological houses or in a specific sign. Having a group of planets in one area can send a big surge of energy to that part of your life or enhance key traits associated with a sign.

**The Sextile is an aspect formed when planets are two signs or about 60 degrees apart. It is a positive harmony between planets that opens up new pathways for growth. The sextile brings ease to that area of the chart, along with helpful people. Not quite as powerful as the trine, the other positive aspect.



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