The month of February 2022 begins with a powerful New Moon in Aquarius. We also have the Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger beginning today, as well as the observance of Imbolc, or the Feast of Saint Brigid. The last Water Tiger year was seen February 5, 1962 – January 24, 1963, making this is a profound time for Water Tigers, as it signifies the completion of an old cycle and the beginning of a new phase. The festival of Imbolc celebrates the power of the Goddess Brigid, a figure that later became known as the Catholic Saint Brigid, and is observed at the point midway between the December Solstice and the March Equinox. Imbolc heralds the coming of spring, celebrating the rise of the Earth’s fertility as it is quickened with the increasing power of the Sun.
Astrologically, this New Moon is super-intense as we have a conjunction of the Moon, Sun and Saturn in Aquarius, a conjunction of Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn, as well as Venus and Mars conjoined in Capricorn. This is heavy, concentrated Saturnian energy. Remember that Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, as well as Capricorn – both signs are his domain and he revels when at home, providing us with the most profound expression of his executive capabilities. This is a perfect time to plan, build and manifest, as well as evaluate and eliminate what is excessive or unnecessary. Squaring the Aquarian New Moon is Uranus in Taurus, pushing us on a very deep level to manifest real, substantial change. Uranus in Taurus is shaking our foundations, asking us to change how we do what we do, set new patterns of behavior and consider how we tread on this Earth and why. This is a potent time for breaking new ground – physically, or spiritually – as the forces currently in alignment are concentrated on manifestation, removing what is in the way, and spurring lasting transformation.
Even if you are not one for ritual, this powerful New Moon is the perfect time to quietly focus on your soul’s deepest intentions. Take a little time to reflect, meditate, chant, pray, dream, focus on what you want to see blossom as the Moon progresses. Get in touch with what you love and value, and allow your passion to speak for itself. Don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve right now – the vibrations will resound with those around you, as everyone is feeling the same intensity and will respond in kind.
Remember to listen to that quiet inner voice that tells you what feels out of balance, for it is at the New Moon that sticking points can arise and trip us up later. What seems wrong right now probably needs to be addressed with true focus – get rid of what doesn’t serve you anymore. Be courageous and meditate on what troubles you with an eye to culling what you no longer need, but remember to be gentle and patient with yourself and those around you. Later in the week, the Moon conjoins Jupiter on the 2nd, then Neptune on the 3rd, adding inspiration and beauty to our focus. Mercury turns direct on February 3rd, and the Sun meets up with Saturn on February 4, solidifying our intentions. A very busy, high-intensity week allowing us access to incredible powers of insight and manifestation. Use this time wisely.
New Moons and Full Moons are regarded by yogis and mystics as the most potent times of the month when we should hold back from action, instead taking the time to ground ourselves and feel our connection with the world and the greater universe, reaching out our feelers to understand where we are in the overall context of our lives. New Moons allow us the pure subjectivity to feel who we are and what we want to become. Embrace this powerful manifestation energy available now, and travel gently, in peace.