Shedding Skin: Early 2019 Astrology & More

Aquarius season begins with a bang on January 20th under the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo. This is the final eclipse in these signs after the past eighteen-month cycle across this axis in the sky, and this particular lunation brings about themes of rebellion and belonging. We may consider how expressing our true selves could impact the communities we’re a part of. Perhaps we need to let go of rebellious tendencies which aren’t aligned with our true self and instead rebel against that very patterning. If you are familiar with your astrological chart, look to the houses that Aquarius and Leo rule for more context on what is being highlighted for you.

Often we choose to go against the grain in the setting of a group, where we feel less individual responsibility, but this eclipse demonstrates a need to shed all false skin. Where have we limited our true power by going along with a popular mentality? What layers must get peeled back to get to the core of our true self-expression, our authentic loyalty to ourselves?

Aquarius is a fixed Air sign. Air signs deal with ideas and exchange, and fixed signs hold firm in their significations. Along with two lunations in Aquarius, there is still a grouping of planets in Capricorn, drawing attention to tangible reality as our head may look to the clouds. So in this early part of 2019, we may be realizing what the core beliefs we hold truly are, as those falsely placed upon us are ready to dissolve so that we can manifest realistically.

The New Moon in Aquarius on February 4th further asks us who our true tribe is. There is an electric energy to this lunation at the start of the month, one of detached observation. Here is an opportunity to become aware of our own biases we cast upon others and the ingrained beliefs we project onto ourselves as well. New Moons are times of planting seeds, and this New Moon is a great opportunity to consider what communities resonate with our new, freer sense of self. It is a time of building from the ground up, beginning with this initial spark of inspiration. Look to the house in your personal chart which Aquarius rules to get a greater understanding of what is changing in your own life. Most of all, trust and follow your excitement.

The beginning of 2019 draws upon our Metal and Earth elements within. Metal highlights our focus inspiration to ascend within the structure of who we really are, and Earth holds space for grounded practicality. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we are in Water season until Spring, and with the Moon’s North Node pointing us toward the sign of Cancer, we can use some emotional softness to soothe such courageous internal work. Alongside the Earth element asanas I mentioned in my last blog post, there are Metal shapes you can incorporate in your personal yoga practice as well. These include parivrtta trikonasana and ardha matsyendrasana, and virabhadrasana III is a water pose to complement your practice as well.

Foods to think of during this time are satiating, healthy plant fats along with touches of zingy flavors that can encourage our curious natures during this unfolding. My Pinto-Delicata Salad with Cilantro Cream Dressing from my Cosmic Chef ebook is a perfect mixture of grounding, with the cashew-based dressing and sliced avocado, and energizing with the fresh greens and hint of lime.


  • Serves 2 as an entree, 4 as a side
  • Ingredients
    • 4 C fresh spinach
    • 1 C pinto beans
    • 1 small delicata squash
    • 1 medium avocado
    • Handful cherry tomatoes
    • Cilantro Cream Dressing
      • 1 block silken tofu
      • ½ C raw cashews, soaked (overnight or for 1 hour in hot water)
      • 1 bunch cilantro
      • 2 T lime juice
      • ½ t cumin
      • Pinch pepper
      • Pinch salt
    • Hemp seeds to sprinkle
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Instructions
    • Preheat oven to 450F. In the meantime, cut your squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Then cut the halves crossway into thin rings, about ½-inch wide.
    • Roast your squash for 30 minutes (flipping halfway) or until golden brown and crisp. Alternatively, you could also air-fry for 15 minutes at 350F, flipping halfway as well.
    • While your squash is cooking, blend all dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
    • Assemble your spinach and top with cooked squash, beans, avocado slices, and your cherry tomatoes. To finish, drizzle on dressing generously and sprinkle on hemp seeds, salt, and pepper. Extra dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

I encourage you all to ride this energetic momentum for a cleanout of what no longer serves you to hold onto! Remain optimistic for what is to come and connected to the present voice within.


Maren Altman is a yoga instructor, writer, and astrologer attending New York University in New York City. www.marenaltman.com
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