- Date: 9th February 2024
- Sign & Degree: 20° Aquarius
- Ruler: Saturn in Pisces
- Most significant birth chart influence: Natal planets at 17°-23° of fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
February sees the New Moon taking place in Aquarius, Saturn’s fixed airy sign, and co-present with Mercury, emphasising ideas, the mind, perspectives and social connections in the month ahead. Mercury makes a tight square with Jupiter, the luminaries square Uranus at 19° Taurus, and Pluto is co-present in Aquarius, so there are some powerful lunar signatures this month (for more on Pluto in Aquarius see my recent post Pluto in Aquarius – What will it mean?. If you have planets in Aquarius, or the other fixed signs, especially around 20°, this New Moon is one to pay attention to.
The key influence in this lunar cycle is Uranus, bringing inspired ideas and desire to break out of a mould as driver for our intentions and plans for the month ahead, especially in terms of how you think and communicate, and social dynamics. The presence of Pluto which has recently re-entered Aquarius, contributes to a revolutionary tone.
If you’ve been feeling stuck regarding ideas, ways to communicate or learning tasks, consider approaching these in a different way than you would normally. Uranus is about breaking free of your normal patterns or habits, and to have a sense of letting more of your true self be expressed. Sticking to old approaches may start to feel restrictive, and you may find you want to feel more unconstrained and autonomous this month. A Plutonian drive for transformation may play into that. There may be ideas or creative impulses beneath the surface that need to be let free. It might all feel a bit risky, yet exciting at the same time, and expect the unexpected.
Mercury in aspect to Jupiter will also contribute to this, bringing the opportunity to embrace an optimistic mindset, with big ideas, and expansion of the mind through gaining more knowledge or wisdom, driven by wanting a sense of meaning and purpose behind that. Uranus and Jupiter are in the earth sign of Taurus, so think about how your intentions or ideas can be brought into being in a tangible practical and steady way.
So there’s a strong vibe for this New Moon in Aquarius of seeking out new, alternative possibilities, breaking out of patterns, or breaking through boundaries or limitations, which could be of the mind or in social settings, so that you feel more able to express yourself authentically and with a sense of independence.
However, as both Jupiter and Uranus are making squares, take care not to overdo it by going to extremes or being too over-optimistic or impractical. Trying to grapple with too much information or a plethora of ideas could feel overwhelming or frustrating, and pushing against the grain too fast might feel jarring or destabilising.
Frustrations could arise also due push back from established norms or mindsets in your environment, especially your social sphere. Aquarius can highlight the dichotomy between the status quo and the impulse towards progressive new actions and ideas. And don’t forget Pluto is here too. So issues around how to be part of a group whilst feeling like an independent and authentically expressive individual could surface, along with the theme of managing power dynamics.
There may need to be some choices made about how best handle this, and shaking off what feels limiting might feel tricky to navigate. Compromise or adjustments will be needed to avoid conflict. The key can be found through Jupiter, which encourages compassion, empathy, optimism, and needing to create a sense of affinity, despite different perspectives. It’s aspect to Mercury signals expressing these qualities in thought and speech this month.
Consider also that this new Moon is ruled by Saturn, the planet of responsibility, being realistic, and consequences of actions. So there’s a tone of needing to be mindful about how independent action and thought can impact others or cause tensions. That doesn’t mean being independent or unconventional should be rejected. It’s about how that can be handled in a way that contributes to a cohesive social environment, rather than separation or conflict. Assuaging fears about the consequences of being more liberated, radical, or independent, either in others around you or in your own mind is a possible route to this. Or taking a slower approach so that there’s time for adaption and getting comfortable with these new approaches.