New Moon in Aquarius
January 31, 2022 9:46pm PST / Tuesday February 1, 2022 12:46am EST
Theme: Balancing Self and Collective
by Andrea Dupuis
This week the New Moon occurs in the sign of Aquarius. In modern astrology, Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus, a planet associated with rebellion and ‘expecting the unexpected’.
The archetype associated with Aquarius is that of the “The Rebel”. Those with Aquarius placements beat to the march of their own drum and tend to do things their own way.
This week we can expect the themes of Aquarius to be highlighted in our lives such as freedom, independence, rebellion, thinking about the bigger picture and concern with what’s happening in the collective.
Aquarius is an air sign, quick, fast and mind based. It often gets confused as a water sign because it’s symbol is a water bearer.
In ancient mythology the constellation of Aquarius is described as a man holding a vase with water pouring out. In Hindu, Aquarius is called Kumbha which translates to ‘water pitcher’.
In astrology water represents emotion and feeling. Aquarius is very collective focused, whereas it’s opposite sign (which shows the seed for Aquarius’s expansion) is in Leo – a sign more concerned about self.
Aquarius carries the emotions of others, and tends to be concerned with the collective. They are often very in-tune with the collective mood, state and emotions and can tap into them easily.
The challenge for them (and all of us, since we all have Aquarius in our charts) is to not carry the emotions of everyone else. To figuratively “Empty the pitcher” and focus on self in some moments.
Wherever Aquarius is in your chart is the area of life where you’ll see these themes play out the most. To learn more about your chart and how to read it click here.
With this New Moon conjunct (in close contact) with Saturn, and Square to Uranus, we can see a conflict between these two energies. We’ve seen this happening over the past couple years with the Saturn/Uranus Square and this will come to the forefront this week.
Saturn is the planet of government, of rules, structure, discipline, it’s cold and aloof. It’s known as the “Lord of Karma” can be heavy handed and restrictive.
Uranus is very much the opposite energy – it’s all about the people, freedom, about doing things our own way, and the unexpected.
Uranus is in a close positive trine aspect to Venus this week. The positive aspect helps support the intense Uranius energies this week.
This New Moon occurs only a few days after Venus stations direct on the 29th of January and a couple days before Mercury goes direct on February 3rd. All planets will be direct this week, signalling they are operating at their full effect.
Anything that’s been stuck or feeling stagnant can now start moving ahead.
A New Moon is typically the best time to take it easy, to pause, reflect and sit in repose. Without the light of the moon illuminating the earth, it’s a time to go inward. We may feel a push pull with the desire to move forward because of the direct planets, yet a pull to sit back and reflect.
Aquarius asks us to rebel, to make changes, to do the unexpected – and yet it has us stop and consider our actions thoroughly to make sure we are caring for ourselves in the process.
It also rules the 11th house, the house of media and social media, the greater network, the internet, news, our wider social circle and acquaintances. We may see something happen in these areas over the coming weeks (depending where Aquarius is in your chart).
New Moon Contemplations:
In what ways do I focus too much on the collective at the detriment to myself?
How can I balance my focus on myself and the collective in a healthy way?
In what area of my life does this theme play out (if not with the collective, then with an over-focus on others)?
Who this New Moon impacts the most:
Aquarius Sun, Moon, Rising
Capricorn Sun, Moon, Rising
Cancer and Leo Sun, Moon and Rising to a lesser extent
New Moon Ritual
- Cleanse and purify your space by burning rosemary, bayleaf, cedar, sage or any herbs related to your heritage.
- Sit quietly in meditation for 10-15mins, or do the Rising Woman Inner Child Meditation (download available in the RW bio).
- Ask yourself the New Moon contemplations or simply “What intentions can I set for this lunar cycle?”
- Write down images, ideas and clarity that comes through.
- Pull tarot or oracle cards asking “What can help me achieve these intentions?”
- Close your ritual space with prayer, gratitude, whatever has you feel complete.
- Note – don’t take actions on your intentions until the Moon is visible again 2-3 days after the New Moon.