Aquarius New Moon
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Hello, Astrum Opus subscribers! With this New Moon, we bring you a new lunar forecasting format. Instead of posting the Moon’s ingress from sign to sign every few days, we will post four articles a month timed with the New, First Quarter, Full, and Third Quarter phases. Each post will still reflect three sign ingresses and will also include planetary transits. We hope these posts are something you can come back to several times in your week for inspiration and guidance. Let us know what you think!
New Moon to First Quarter: January 21, 12:53 pm – January 27, 3:42 pm PT
(Your Time Zone)
This New Moon in Aquarius feels like a New Year celebration in many regards. Based on the lunar calendar, it is the New Year in China. With a sextile to Jupiter in Aries and Mars, Mercury, and Uranus (one day after the New Moon) in direct motion, there’s a real sense of excitement and momentum with the lunation.
Non-Lunar Planetary Transits (PT)
Jan. 22, 2:06 pm: Venus conjunct Saturn
January 22, 2:58 pm: Uranus Direct
January 24, 5:16 pm: Sun sextile Jupiter
January 26, 6:23 pm: Venus enters Pisces
Called to serve the greater good, Luna polishes her crystal ball and peers into the fractal reality of beginnings. This New Moon in Aquarius is momentous. Forming at one degree of the Water Bearer’s sign, big winds have etched their indelible mark in this area of the zodiac before. Back in 2020, Saturn and Jupiter met here to usher in a new 200-year era, the Age of Air, right as an airborne pandemic began to sweep the globe. It was also the beginning of their 20-year synodic cycle.
This impressive New Moon marks a potent start that not only seeds a monthly lunation but also points toward a life phase genesis, one whose threads may harken back to the fallout of the Covid years. Crisis as opportunity. How has living through a pandemic shaped the decisions you are making now?
Pastel cloud formations and jumpy rabbits fill the mysterious sphere—a nod to the Chinese New Year based on Luna’s calendar. The numbers one and zero float to the surface of the mysterious star-studded globe. These potent degrees also conjure Pluto as he moves back and forth across the threshold between Aquarius and Capricorn in 2023/2024, hitting these degrees five times. Beginnings are endings, and endings are beginnings.
No one knows this better than Chronos, the timekeeper of backward, forward, and in-between spaces. As the ruler of this fixed sign syzygy, Saturn guides Luna’s oracular hands with Venus co-present. All signs point to a series of farewells for Saturn as he speeds through the final degrees of Aquarius.
As Venus, the Sun, and Mercury conjoin Saturn in Aquarius now through March 1, take the opportunity to anchor what you have learned since Saturn first ingressed into this air sign in March 2020. It will be the last time they will meet here for 30 years.
Our Lady of Good Fortune spies bold choices while enthusiastic hares hop about. An auspicious omen, the sextile from the Sun and Moon to Jupiter in Aries focuses on realistic but innovative choices. Opportunities arise when we use the eyes of the outsider (the Sun is exiled in Aquarius, after all) to break through stagnant belief systems. Invigorating dialogue sparks potential. Fortuitous new collaborations ignite.
Sprinkle your New Moon seeds in your own garden and beyond. Spread them far and wide. Make like a wild hare and procreate audacious ideas. Generously give yourself to the greater good.
Applying to Venus hours before Saturn and Venus conjoin for a final Aquarian goodbye and Uranus steps forward, the Seer Queen feels the shift as all planets share direct motion, albeit slowly but surely. This isn’t a wham, bam moment. It’s a no-nonsense nod to putting in the hard work of tending relationships that matter.
Say “yes” to life, but consider the Saturnian way by building integrity and discipline into all of your commitments. Perhaps you’ll need to make a few hard choices as you prioritize your time.
Moon In Pisces and Aries
Luna steps away from the crystal ball and dips into the refreshing aqua-blue pool of Piscean waters on January 23 at 10:47 am PT. Having left Saturn’s water-bearing urns, a moment of grief and grace wash over her. Luna will only meet Saturn in Aquarius one more time in February. With gratitude, she thanks Saturn for the lessons he has taught her.
Stronger and wiser, Luna will spend the rest of her time in Pisces contemplating the emotional ramifications of hard choices. Every action has a reaction. Making a sextile to Mercury and a swift square to Mars, the mutability of things stirs calm waters. Necessary conversations are opportunities to strengthen empathetic notions.
When enthusiasm and trust meet chaos, how do you stay centered and anchored in your own wise knowing? Luna makes a sweet conjunction with Neptune before leaving Pisces. Allow yourself to receive guidance from the imaginal. Water the inner realms with practices that help you touch the numinous.
Preparing for an infusion of Crescent light, Luna steps boldly into Aries fire on January 25 at 10:47 am PT. The imprint of the sextile from the New Moon to Jupiter comes into greater manifestation. Difficult conversations transform into strategic plans as Luna squares Mercury in Capricorn and sextiles Mars in Gemini. Optimism and hope reign as pioneering new plans take shape.
Just before Luna leaves Aries, Venus takes a dip into her exaltation in Pisces, where she will reside until February 20. Free from the constraints of Saturn’s demands, creativity, connection, dreamy inspiration, and love reign. It’s a welcomed respite after putting duty before pleasure.
Stay tuned! We’ll discuss Venus in more detail as she meets Mars, Neptune, and Pluto. Upgrade to Paid Subscriber, and you’ll also receive AO’s posts for the First Quarter, Full, and Third Quarter phases. Plus, much more.
Go forth and prosper! The symbols at the exact time of the New Moon speak to the entire lunar month. As Luna gathers lights between now and the Crescent Moon, conjure an innovative, rebellious, eccentric Aquarian focus or intention to carry you through to the next New Moon. Occurring in the Egyptian bounds of Mercury, the planet that delivers messages from the unseen to the seen, grab your own crystal ball and let the divining begin.