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It's a new moon in Aquarius, but only barely. It happens at 6:47p EST and then the moon immediately goes void for two minutes. At 6:49p the Sun and Moon will be in Pisces. Aquarius is associated with electricity, and today is Alessandro Volta's 270th birthday. He is credited with the invention of the electric battery.
In a couple of hours, it'll be the Chinese New Year of the Goat (Sheep/Ram, depending on which Chinese astrology site you visit). Right now, it's 10pm Shanghai/Beijing time.
Lent originated as a mirror of Jesus's alleged 40 days and nights of fasting and Satanic temptation in the desert. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".
It's interesting to see how so many cultures have similar traditions and themes.We are all connected, truly.
So, Happy New Year, Happy New Moon and if you happen to celebrate Lent, may your fasting be easy and your lessons be well-learned during this time of humility before your god.