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Aquarius New Moon: Setting the Coordinates

The compass rose is nothing but a star

with an infinite number of rays pointing in all directions. It is the one true and perfect symbol of the universe. And it is the one most accurate symbol of you. Spread your arms in an embrace, throw your head back,

and prepare to receive and send coordinates of being.

For, at last you know—

you are the navigator, the captain, and the ship.

Vera Nazarian

The New Moon on February 1, 2022 at 12 Aquarius inspires us to make new commitments and lay in a course of action. A new or revised direction of our lives is crystallizing out of understandings that were not available until now. Looking over the changes we experienced, choices we made, and learnings we gleaned over the last year, there is a clarity and perspective about the shape our life is taking. We have a better understanding of what is falling away, what is emerging, and what we are to be about.

The New Moon is an affirmation that we are ready to declare our ‘North Star’ with the concentrated dedication and commitment needed to navigate the course ahead. We are ready to cement a direction. It is time.

Commitment, Grounding and Responsibility

New Moon conjunct its Classic Ruler, Saturn

There is a serious tone to the New Moon. We are being prompted to slow down, be self-sufficient and have a responsible, pragmatic approach to the vision that guides us. There may be a sense of heaviness or struggle as we embrace and embody what is to be done.

In many ways, Saturn is like the riverbanks that determine the direction and flow of the river - the flow of vision into reality. Saturn’s presence has us addressing infrastructure, boundaries, time-management, and plan details. We are ready to lay the track, lay the foundation, make the plans that define the course in which the vision can flow into being. Without a sound structure (the riverbanks), the energy of the vision can dissipate or go off in many directions. Saturn’s presence infuses us with a new kind of strength and resiliency. We are to declare our intentions and move towards our 'North Star' with fortitude and persistence.

Welcome Change and Release Habitual Ways that No Longer Serve

New Moon squares its Ruler Uranus

We are to anticipate the element of surprise. There can be sudden revelations or events that disrupt our plans or automatic ways of thinking. While Saturn is supporting the crystallization of a course of action, we are reminded to be flexible and open to new elements and truths that break through into our awareness.

Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives,

the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment

that connects like a meteorite striking the earth.

Lives have swiveled and changed direction

on the strength of a chance remark.

Bryce Courtenay

Unexpected changes or disruptions (Uranus squares) happen because there is vitality or energy that is trapped or repressed that needs to be released and integrated. Sometimes we are alerted to something that was missed or something we downplayed. Sometimes what erupts in our lives is stressful and sometimes it comes as a chance encounter or flash of insight that enlivens and expands our life in some immeasurable way. We may very easily meet a kindred spirit at this time that offers an opportunity for mutual support and of validation for the direction we wish to take our life.

“But how will I know it's my destiny?' 'Like love it will possess you...

You can't help but know.”

Gail Tsukiyama

Come February 3, All Planets Move Direct until the end of April

With both Mercury and Venus in Retrograde the last weeks of January, we have been compelled to take a step back and re-evaluate our approach. The ‘re-’ words are apt keywords for the last weeks as we review, retreat, recuperate, replenish, rethink, rewire, re-examine and renew ourselves.

Rather than charging forth into the year, we have been more inclined to mull over how we can better approach what matters in our life, redefining priorities, seeking out information that can support sound decisions and catching up on self care.

Come February 3, the pace of life will begin to pick up. There will a momentum that builds to the Aries Equinox, a time when the earth and our efforts can spring forth and bloom anew. Energy will be high and events may happen quickly over the coming weeks and months. So, it is prudent to use these last days of the Mercury Retrograde to get our ducks in a row.

4 Planets in Capricorn: Mercury Retrograde, Pluto, Venus, Mars

Emboldened by the Capricorn spirit, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and dedicate ourselves to a long range plan that is worthy of the full measure of our strength, talents, and wisdom.

Venus, just completing her six week retrograde in Capricorn, had us reassess our values, r