The February 8th New Moon at 19 degrees Aquarius, exact at 8:39 AM CST Monday morning, is a welcomed change of pace from the sluggish start to the year. Like the previous and next Full Moons, this Aquarius New Moon squares Mars at 18 degrees Scorpio, and sextiles Saturn at 14 Sagittarius and Aquarius’ ruling planet Uranus at 17 Aries. It does not aspect Pluto in Capricorn, so no activation of the Uranus-Pluto square here. Aquarius is a futuristic sign, not all that sentimental over the past, and the sextile to the planets in fire signs brings a temporary quickening.
And possibly temporary short fuses. As I wrote previously: ” Full Moon square Mars tends to bring out contradictory emotions and feelings, as well as giving expression to internal anger and frustrations.” There’s a similar theme here at this New Moon, except New Moons by their nature encourage new starts, so the angers and frustrations can be quite useful, productive. It is a good time to detach from heavy emotions and thoughts, leaving them in the past where they belong without too much pain or effort.
Aquarius is not the warmest, fuzziness sign ever, taking a cool perspective rather than a deeply personal one. In general, one can use this New Moon to take a step back from life and see it from a clearer, more objective viewpoint. Seeing the truth as a result of removing feelings and bias that color your perspective.
The New Moon in Aquarius sextile freedom fighter Uranus in Aries is an opportunity for liberation through creative or unusual solutions. Thinking outside the box of conventional wisdom will go a long way here. The New Moon sextile Uranus will bring up issues faced during the past few years of the Uranus-Pluto squares, taking what we know from those times and progressing, advancing with our new visions of the future with less friction. The Aquarian lunar cycles help to process on the emotional, everyday level the lasting effects of the Uranus-Pluto squares and prepare us for the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. From a previous post:
“An astrological “age” is an era lasting approximately two thousand years or so. The change from one age to another is marked by the spring equinoctial point (the first degree of the zodiac) moving into a new constellation. Such an epic shift does not have an exact date such as a Full Moon might have; the process plays out over the course of a century or two. Everyone alive has been watching in real time the changeover from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Look at the rate of accelerating changes that have occurred in the past one hundred years, the past fifty… look just at how different our worlds are now compared to what they were before the squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn first began in 2012. (The reliable structure of time itself will even seem less certain and strange once the squares between Saturn and Neptune start back up full force this year.) Its exhilarating and disorienting and dizzying all at once. It seems to be simultaneously brimming over with the promises of a new day and yet, the promise isn’t what we thought it would be. It is hard to say if we even like this new direction, much harder to ascertain how much of it is healthy. The Age of Aquarius has long been touted as a humanitarians dream come true, to be embraced with open arms and minds. Egalitarian and equitable. The mass organization of people and technological advances would supposedly achieve where the gods, mystics and poets of the Age of Pisces failed.
Of course, in astrology there is always a chasm between the highest potential of a particular influence and the reality as played out in everyday life. As the process of leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius speeds up, we sense more and more that not all that is glitteringly Aquarian is gold. Does the Aquarian Age care what we want individually, or is it asking us to individually want the same things? The status quos of the Piscean Age have certainly been challenged and in some cases overthrown, only to be replaced by Aquarian Age status quos all its own, which is not to be challenged. The out of control political correctness and the culture of being perpetually offended are Aquarian Age phenomena. You can hardly say anything to anyone now without causing outrage for not conforming to their philosophy. Is this humanitarian, egalitarian? Yes, in the darker Aquarian Age shadow way it is. To paraphrase Aquarian George Orwell’s Animal Farm: in this new age, all people are equal but some seemingly more equal than others, and it is only their views that seem to matter. Superficial nonconformists (in name only) that, weirdly, expect conformity. Many ideals being sold now as “empowering” and “progressive” we instinctually feel as degrading and dehumanizing; yet, in this supposedly more open minded era there is less freedom to express these sentiments. And this is occuring on every level of society, not only in the most visible arenas. The age that was supposed to bring about the social causes that would better the world for everyone is instead seeing social causes hijacked and distorted from their original aims, used to further agendas they were initially established to overturn. How much of the freedom promised by the Age of Aquarius resembles freedom as we’d define it? … The anecdote to start-up Aquarian Age problems are themselves Aquarian, as this Aquarius Moon shows us. We have nothing to go back to and can only move forward, making the future look more like one we would like to live in.”
We’ll see a lot of these themes at this Aquarius New Moon. It isn’t a particularly stressful New Moon, though. For some I think it will be quite uneventful. A lot depends on how you handle Aquarian/Uranian energy in general. The sextiles to Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries looks like good fun, if a little exciteable. Bring the humor! Aquarius is closely associated with friends and your bigger tribe, so be a good friend as much as possible and see some of that camaraderie come back your way.
The house of your natal chart where the Aquarius New Moon falls will offer more clues as to how it affects you personally. Generally, showing where you will need the most independence and where you may see a rebellious streak emerge. Read here if you need help locating the house.