Astrology: New Moon in Aquarius February 1, 2022

Johfra Bosschart, ‘Aquarius Man,’ 1975

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.

The New Moon of February 1, 2022 brings the Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger. The last Water Tiger year was observed from February 1962 – January 24, 1963. Water Tigers are exciting, charming, innovative, daring, skillful, natural leaders, honest and lucky.

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.

‘Brigid’ artwork by Lisa Iris. Saint Bride, or Saint Brigid, is a patroness saint of Ireland, a Christianization of the native Goddess Brigid, one of the old gods of Ireland, associated with wisdom, healing, poetry and poets, a protector and helper of women.

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.

New Moon in Aquarius February 1, 2022. 5:47 UT, Greenwich UK. Chart courtesy of Astrodienst

Astrology: Sun Sign Aquarius

Édouard Manet “Le dejeuner sur l’herbe,” oil on canvas, 1863. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Manet was an Aquarius born 23 January 1832.
This piece is considered his most famous, highlighting various issues including the male vs female gaze, the iniquity between the main female being unclothed and observed by those wearing clothes. Quite Aquarian.

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

James Joyce, Ulysses. Joyce was an Aquarius, b. 2 February 1882 – d. 13 January 1941

The Sun moves into progressive, experimental, visionary Aquarius January 19, 2022 at 21:39 EST (tomorrow 01/20 2:39 UT). Ruler Uranus turned direct yesterday adding a welcome boost of energy, releasing efforts at progress and change. Co-ruler Saturn is currently in Aquarius, and won’t be here for another thirty years, so if you want to define yourself Aquarius, now’s the time. Saturn is always there to help perfect plans and actualize ideals.


Each year, the Sun moves through the astrological sign of Aquarius from ~21 January to 18 February. This sign is Fixed Air. While the traditional ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, the modern ruler is Uranus, and this dichotomy of rulership can, in a sense, be said to define Aquarius, as it is a sign of paradox, embodying at one and the same time the essence of chaos, iconoclasm and unpredictability, as well as staunch conservatism and obstinate, holier-than-thou idealism and philanthropy. Aquarius is a sign that many love to hate, as it can be difficult to understand the people born under this star. Aquarius people are the ones we look to when we are all out of answers, when the problems before us are simply too twisted and seemingly unsolvable, as they are the original “think outside the box” types. A Gordian knot never stopped one born under Aquarius, as they love more than anything to sink their teeth into problems that have brought others defeat. Remember that the sign opposite to Aquarius is Leo, so there is a good deal of shadow pride at work in the Aquarius psyche, and being right, smarter and more interesting than their peers is definitely a goal to be pursued.

Imagine you have a friend who is, at times, extremely, pedantically political and yet, at other times vehemently apolitical, bordering on anarchistic and chaotic, presenting you with bizarre ideas of social upheaval and pictures of society straight out of a science fiction book. Even though at first glance, what this friend espouses may seem far-fetched, in quiet moments of consideration, you have to admit that they may just be on to something. And you can’t really disagree with your friend, as they are so charming and helpful, always ready to chat and socialize. Hell, some of the best conversations you’ve had have been with this buddy, so what was your problem again? This is Aquarius. They naturally have their finger on the pulse of society, and have the ability to divine how that pulse may express itself in the future, whether near or far. If they seem occasionally aloof and cold, perhaps it is because in their experience, they have been shut down too many times, told that they are just plain crazy, foolish or both, and they have learned to hold their cards close to the chest, mostly out of defense, and for some, out of a sense of nurtured pride and the understanding that what they know is not for all to understand. They hold within their hearts and minds visionary ideas which aren’t necessarily fit for public consumption.

Aquarius is passionately intellectual, and in their avant garde vision, can often seem quite glamorous, drawn always to the heights of refinement and beauty, as they understand on a deep level that Beauty is one of the constants of this world, to be revered and protected. And yet, that same sensitive, refined Aquarius can turn on a dime and seem only to enjoy espousing aggravating and inflammatory messages, presumably for the sake of provocation and theater, but more likely they do so out of frustration, and perhaps a touch of spite. They know, better than most, the effect that words and ideologies can have, and so they can take delight in stirring the pot, mischievously leaving steaming outrage in their wake. They like nothing more than to be right, and to “get your goat”. They love to appear cutting edge, but ultimately, when push comes to shove, they can be just as traditional as your Aunt Mae from Little Town, because Aquarius understands the comfort and security of a well-functioning society, and even if the society they presently inhabit isn’t functioning so well, they have awareness of the changes which need to occur to keep people happy. At their best, Aquarius is sophisticated, humane, thoughtful, considerate, understanding, innovative, creative, objective and insightful. At their worst, Aquarius is cold, indifferent, obstinate, perverse, pedantic, petty, short-sighted, eccentric, infuriating and contrary.

Aquarius Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana XVII: The Star (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Frequently, Aquarius is labelled as “eccentric”, and if questioned about their peculiarities, Aquarius will always have excellent, compelling reasons for being exactly as they are, fully justified and tied with a bow. Aquarius is the intellectual par excellence, and only the very brave will foray into debate with these folk. Whereas Gemini likes to collect facts, Aquarius creates compendiums, annotated and organized not just alphabetically, but thematically, and usually, by date as well. These people thrive on information the way Scorpio thrives on sexuality, and the deeper, the gnarlier, the more arcane, the better, whereas while Scorpio revels in emotion, occasionally getting lost in the murky depths where others fear to explore, Aquarius always seems to float above it all, untouched, pristine, clean and cool. This world is a feast of wonder, and the information they collect becomes like a garden, well-loved and well-tended. An intellectual challenge is the ultimate turn on for Aquarius, and they will seek far and wide to satisfy their appetites which tend to grown more erudite as they age. If you have questions for which you cannot find answers, find an Aquarius friend. They will be sure to help out, for ultimately, this is what Aquarius loves best: to be friendly, to help and to share, for the betterment of all.

As mentioned above, the polarity sign of Aquarius is Leo, and Aquarius has much to learn from the Leonine folk, primarily in the area of self-awareness. Leo can teach Aquarius that it’s perfectly fine to put yourself first once in a while, to take the credit, accept the kudos and feel proud of your individuality for yourself and yourself alone. Many Aquarians will try to be a voice for all around them, couching their egos in the larger panoply of society, and this can lead to a sense of dissociation from self. Leo can show Aquarius that speaking with one’s true voice can in itself be a blessing to society at large, and that true individuality doesn’t always need to be plastered on a placard for the benefit of the greater good.

  • Keywords: individualistic, friendly, humane, curious, original, idealistic, inventive, intellectual, hopeful, pacifistic, avant-garde, acquaintanceship, aloof, creative, visionary, experimental, sociable, progressive, cold, indifferent, obstinate, perverse, paradoxical, pedantic, petty, eccentric, contrary
  • Rulership: traditional – Saturn; modern – Uranus
  • Modality: Fixed Air
  • Polarity: positive masculine
  • Gemstone: aquamarine, cubic zirconia, opals, black pearl, sapphire
  • Metal: aluminium, zinc
  • Tarot: The Star
  • Color: azure, violet, bluish mauve, sky blue, purple, changeable, inconstant colors
  • Deities: Nuit/Nut, Athena, Ganymede
  • Flora: olive, coconut, kiwi, apples, orchids, hybridized and genetically modified plants, rapeseed (canola), citrus, chilis, black pepper, elderberry, fruit trees, frankincense, myrrh resin, galbanum resin, spikenard
  • Fauna: large flying birds, migratory birds
  • Famous Aquarius Personalities: Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, Rosa Parks, Kim Jong-il, Bob Marley, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Oprah Winfrey, Charles Dickens, Yoko Ono, Sharon Tate, Nicolae Ceausescu, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keyes, Elijah Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Christian Dior, Virginia Woolf, Ellen De Generes, Justin Timberlake, Matt Groening, Harry Styles, Edouard Manet, Langston Hughes, Dick Cheney, Edith Wharton, Jackson Pollock, Toni Morrison, Malcolm Mc Laren, Jeb Bush, Christian Bale, Laura Dern

Astrology: Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction December 21, 2020 – The Age of Aquarius

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, The Fall of the Titans, 1596–1598 Wikipedia Commons

The Age of Aquarius has long been a topic of fascination, and mention of the phrase conjures images of free-loving hippies passing a bong and digging each other’s energy, full of hope and longing for a better future. Well, it seems the future has arrived, and the hopes and dreams of yesterday’s hippies are now ready and waiting for activation, provided we sort out a few administrative issues. The Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius which everyone has been talking about is finally upon us. Saturn actually enters Aquarius today, December 17, 2020 and will stay in this sign until March 8, 2023. Jupiter joins Saturn in Aquarius on December 21, and will remain in Aquarius for approximately 1 year, until December 30, 2021. Not quite pertinent yet, but still associated with this grand conjunction is Pluto, who will move into Aquarius in 2024 thus sealing the deals we are brokering at this time (more on that another time).

This conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, though, is primarily significant for the fact that there has not been a conjunction of these two planets in such close proximity to Earth since 1683, when they were conjoined in Leo*. That was the era of Louis XIV, arguably one of the most kingly of kings (Leo), whose reign lasted longer than any monarch in history, even to this day. The reign of Louis XIV and his Ancien Régime embodied stupendous, gratuitous luxury, subjugation of the lower classes, the institution of serfdom, and the glorification of wealth, power and corruption. The forces that this inequity stirred ultimately resulted in a the French Revolution of 1789-1799, which is still spoken of in hallowed terms of bravery, courage, “Liberté, égalité et fraternité” (liberty, equality and brotherhood), particularly by a country whose radical societal changes were contemporary with the French Revolution, the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence date July 4, 1776, evoked only decades prior to the revolution in France, also relied heavily on idealistic principles of the unalienable rights of equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Much has changed since those centuries passed, though disturbingly, much remains the same, and we find ourselves on the threshold of even deeper changes to come. It is my estimation that we are in the midst of an era of revolution once again, albeit nascent days.

I believe that as a species, we are at a pivotal, evolutionary moment which will change how the world itself is conceived by humanity. Globalization is basically complete, and there is little that individual citizens of the world can do about it. This train has been in motion for hundreds of years, and is arriving at the station, as we have a global population that now finds itself incrementally sharing commonality more than defining differences, mundane politics aside. The impact of globalization on the collective psyche, particularly in the last 100 years, has been gargantuan, resulting in an evolutionary jump that might one day be compared to the discovery of fire, or the first use of stone tools. These changes are mostly due to advances in technology which have not only made former modes of living largely obsolete, but have also expanded our horizons to places previously considered impossible for even speculation. Technology, an Aquarian thing, has changed our behavior patterns in ways that will take decades, if not centuries to understand, but which are nonetheless powerfully and immediately relevant. Things that we do today – “googling”, “tweeting”, “online transactions”, “tracking”, “texting”, etc. – were simply not part of the human consciousness, let alone vocabulary at the beginning of the 20th century. Our capacity for comprehension is exponentially expanding as we are bombarded with ever more complex technology, and we will see this trend continue into the future. The human result of this exponential change is a required adjustment on a psychic, individual and collective level, as our innate beliefs reach new levels of transformation and re-establishment.

The human result of this exponential change is a required adjustment on a psychic, individual and collective level, as our innate beliefs reach new levels of transformation and re-establishment.

As Jupiter and Saturn meet in Aquarius, we see the sign that is primarily associated with technology, innovation, science, discovery and invention occupied by two of the biggest forces in our solar system. Jupiter is associated with expansion, wealth, idealism, religion and higher education, justice, law, fortune, and benevolence. It is called “The Greater Benefic”. Saturn, on the other hand, represents forces which could be called opposite to those of Jupiter, such as contraction, crystallization, coldness, austerity, misery, melancholy, old age and death. He is referred to as “The Greater Malefic”. The combined astrological force of Jupiter and Saturn speak of the urge to excellence and expansion combined with restriction, minimization, insecurity and overriding desire for perfection in execution. Jupiter wants to fly away, expand and make everything bigger, better, more fantastic, while Saturn wants to halt, contract, restrain and inhibit. As such, these energies, while respectful of each other, do not necessarily combine well. There is a push-pull effect, a two steps forward, one step back sort of motion. Working these two energies together well requires great consideration, attention, and effort, requiring an acknowledgement of motives, limitations and capacities.

In Aquarius, the combination of Jupiter and Saturn is particularly pertinent in the arena of “the world at large”, as Aquarius rules society, fraternity, friendship, science, innovation, technology, the internet, invention, space exploration and associated concepts. As Jupiter and Saturn move deeper into the sign, I believe that we will see ever-expanding systems of technological architecture spreading across the planet, further unifying and universalizing human/technological interface experiences. A person in Thailand can ostensibly have the same interface relationship with their technological devices as someone in Peru, or Egypt, or Chicago or Moscow. This is astonishing, as we are transcending barriers of culture and ascribing to the new culture of technology. Technology is borderless, and knows no tribal affiliation – it is universal, a tool for all . Metrics and algorithms have been established which are recognized as common across the human experience, and which are highly effective predictors for human behavior, as well as shaping the direction of human behavior.

This last point is something of particular concern, as in the wrong hands, the tools of technology could have potentially disastrous effects on the future of humanity. Now, we can spin into conspiracy, we can discuss the mysterious origins of the technology that we are using, etc. to varying degrees of agreement and satisfaction, but the fact of the matter is, we are rapidly approaching an epoch of transhumanism, where the interface between human and machine ultimately becomes something almost organic, or at least as close to organic as one can get when discussing AI, technology, and manufactured products. This is pure Saturnian energy – giving structure to revelation, embodying pure science in reality. What we will see in coming years is an attempt at fully globalized systems administration (again Saturn) which go beyond the accidental power that was attained by big tech companies that currently rule the internet. The more or less secret controls that have been used by tech companies, the information that is bought and sold in the background by those with vested interests in market control, will become commonplace knowledge, and as a population we will need to shape these newly emerging power structures openly, and will full disclosure, implementing practical, helpful solutions to lift humanity up accordingly.

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”

Maximilien Robespierre, 1792.

Despite all the many ways this scenario could spiral into a totalitarian nightmare (and again, this is a very real consideration as we now move forward into a new decade that will be dominated by revolutionary Pluto in Aquarius), we are still talking about humanity, and the nice thing about humans is that by and large, humans are well-intentioned. We certainly have our fair share of psychopaths, dictators, and those whose tendencies run to the cruel and unusual, but for the most part, humans are motivated by love, and by the spirit of doing the right thing. This motivation prevails so long as we are not manipulated into complacency and existential confusion, and this is currently the big danger, and a possible result of the deep structural, psychic and psychological changes that humanity is facing. Looking at the overall chart of this Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, sentiments run towards the taking the high road, and there seems to be a collective awareness and acceptance that “we are messed up and have to fix it”. We want to heal, we want to participate in the healing process, and we are energized to do so. What we need to hold onto, moving forward into this next decade, is that motivation to do right, to do good, or at the very least, to do no harm. We need to construct new parameters which acknowledge the realities of technology and its presence in our lives, while maintaining our personal quests for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. A tall order to be sure, but now that we are a global family, there are that many more hands to help, ears to hear and eyes to see what needs doing.

Our collective emotional reaction to all this change is confusion, and a pressing sense that we will be swamped by it all. There is a deep feeling of terrifying chaos at work in the collective, a pervading sense of “something is wrong, I don’t know, and I am scared”. We can’t really see what is happening, but we can feel it, very deep down. Levels of anxiety are skyrocketing, and for those not used to having deep psychological buttons pressed, there is eruption of anger, violence, denial and projection seeking to lay blame. This too is part of the process, as we work towards an evolutionary lift, raising our internal capacity to make sense of previously collective material. The collective IS pressing down on us, but it behooves us as individuals to press back, grab hold and reorganize things in order to maintain optimal survival, and ultimately, peace. We are all tasked now to usher in this “Age of Aquarius”, and we have on hand many highly capable tools of survival. The Sun/Mercury/Midheaven conjunction in Capricorn at the top of this chart speaks of the executive capacity for communicating, vision building, planning and manifesting what is needed – to build a world that acknowledges all comers, justly, dispassionately, and equitably. Transformation lies in the very midst of what we know as society, and the power structures that lurk within. The energy for positive change is available, we just need to keep our motivations real and strive for the best that we can be, both individually and collectively.

*Here’s a good article on the science behind the event: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/jupiter-and-saturns-great-conjunction-is-the-best-in-800-years-heres-how-to-see-it/

Chart courtesy of astro.com