AQUARIUS New Moon on Feb 4 – Freedom for New Light!

2 Feb

Dear Astro~News Reader,

Uranus Rules Aquarius – Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The Days are getting longer, and the Light is coming in stronger…
AQUARUS brings Light, Prana, and fresh AIR.

And as the 2nd NEW MOON after WINTER SOLSTICE, the AQ NEW MOON also heralds the CHINESE NEW YEAR – the day after, on FEB 5 (see special CNY feature) –

When’s the AQ New MOON?
At 1:04 pm PST on FEB 4.
Nice date-time alignment 🙂

The AQ New MOON links up with MERCURY / LILITH, both also in AQ, and both being met by the MOON on that day too – see chart image below.
What does it mean to be in your ‘wild and free Nature’?
A wildly refreshing and liberating energy… like taking in new Prana and fresh AIR that connects us all…
…post the ‘rocky’ and heavy CAP vibes over weeks – which also showed
(via SATURN / PLUTO / South Node) where things are indeed ‘expiring’.


Voila – the Cosmic Map for the AQ NEW MOON

Quite striking:

A whole line-up of Planets, embracing the SUN & MOON union, are concentrated in the Zodiac Field from mid-SAG to end of ARIES – within 140° – with the North Node end of CANCER counter-balancing so much Winter-to-early Spring energy.
A planetary pattern called a ‘Basket’, with the NN being the basket ‘handle’.

And it’s quite unusual (very Aquarian in that sense) that presently there are 4 PLANETS in their own ruled ZODIAC signs:

MARS in ARIES (until Feb 14)
JUPITER in SAG (until Dec 2)
SATURN in CAP (until Dec 17, 2020)
NEPTUNE in PISCES (until 2026).

Plus, NO Planet is retro (until March 5 when MERCURY goes retro).

All in all, cosmic energy can move and expresses purely – facilitating accelerated shifts and evolution.

So, let’s see what’s in the ‘New MOON Basket’, and how to pick it up, via the NN in CANCER:


  • Starting with JUPITER in mid / towards end of its own ruled sign SAG (where it travels and inspires us this year (precisely Nov 8, 2018 – Dec 2, 2019).
    JUPITER is just coming out of its 1st (of 3 in 2019) square with NEPTUNE, these years 2012 – 2026 also in its own sign PISCES (their square was exact on Jan 13, and comes back in June and Sept).
    Being in a spirit of gratitude and abundance elevates our vibration, lightens us up, and brings us into flow and connectedness. Coming from the Heart and following its call, and sharing our Gifts with the World attracts synchronicities and ‘miracles’. 


  • Next up: VENUS, freshly in CAP (Feb 3 – March 1), on the ‘Integrity Point’ – a magnet to attract what’s ‘real’ and in integrity / really works for us, while ‘in the meantime’ it’s also a ‘match’ & mirror for where we’re at, with our self value and self love.
    With VENUS in CAP, on her way to meet SATURN, on Feb 18, just the day before the Full Moon, we might feel called to make a timely & important commitment – in the area of life related to mid-CAP in our charts. And what’s done and complete (even though you used to love it)?


  • Then, SATURN, solidly anchored in mid-CAP (also the sign it rules, and checks in on these years, Dec 2017 – Dec 2020) – in sextile with NEPTUNE in its own oceanic Piscean realm (the 1st of 3 alignments between them this year was exact just on Jan 31, again in June and Nov).
    Time to stand in who we are, let go of old patterns, esp. revolving around judgment, resistance, and doing things ‘the hard way’. 
    A good combo between dreams, visions, and realism / manifestation.
    What does it take to make your dreams come true? Chances are, being in flow and synch with the Universe (PI) and in receiving mode has to do with it. 🙂 Doesn’t mean we have to say YES to everything that comes our way. SATURN helps us with being clear about what works for us, and NEPTUNE in PI to let go of the rest – with Love.


  • SATURN is also approaching PLUTO this year – closest in Apr / May at 20 – 23° CAP, when both are stationary, as they go from direct to retro, PLUTO on Apr 24 and SATURN on Apr 29.
    Next year, on Jan 12, 2020, the rare (every 38 years) conjunction will be exact. It closes a cycle of societal structural breakdown, purging of its shadow, and rebuilding from the core / basics.
    The SATURN – PLUTO conjunction will be almost exact on the U.S. PLUTO (plus, the country has its 1st PLUTO Return at 27°33′ CAP in 2021-23- every 248 years only – speaking of regeneration from its core and soul!).


  • The Lunar South Node in late CAP is (while moving retro) soon lining up with PLUTO (exact on March 29) and with SATURN (in effect all the way from mid-May until end of Sept!).
    One of the main themes this year, and has been already activated with the CAP New Moon Partial Solar Release Eclipse on Jan 5 / 6 (“Let the Old Empire Expire.”).
    It’ll come back into the picture big time with the CAN NM / Total Solar ‘Seed’ Eclipse opposite SATURN / SN / PLUTO, on July 2, and with the CAP / CAN FM / Partial Lunar ‘Release’ Eclipse on July 16.

    All pointing to the end of a CAPricornian era of hierarchical top-down structures / control systems that are anachronistic, abusive, and destructive for all life forms.
    And the seed of a New World of caring and compassion – catalyzed by the North Node in CANCER phase (Nov 2018 – June 2020) – “Because we Care.”


  • Gentleness, Caring, and Compassion while making sure to fill our own cup too are themes of the North Node in CAN Basket Handle.
    It can help us ‘pick up’ the ‘basket’ of critical themes presented at this time, collectively, and in our personal world, and show up for what’s our ‘assignment’ – yet not to pick up what’s not ours to carry
    (SN and Planets in CAP).


  • Then, quite centrally in the Cosmic Basket:
    The AQ New MOON and MERCURY / LILITH – New Light & Freedom, and Freedom for New Light!
    Mid-AQ where the New MOON will be is double AQ:
    Fixed energy concentrates there, with the theme of Humanity consciously cooperating.


Let’s see which hints the
SABIAN SYMBOL for the New MOON offers.
The NEW MOON will be at 15°45 AQ.



KEYNOTE: The ability to organize the many aspects of an enterprise involving a large group of human beings.

A great deal of what is glowingly written about the Aquarian Age is probably sheer glamour. The New Age should be one in which humanity learns to use the power generated by human togetherness and group interplay — that is, to use it harmoniously for the welfare of the whole of which all individuals are parts, humanity and Planet Earth. This has never been achieved and only very rarely attempted. Mankind today must make a thorough and irresistible attempt, or be nearly destroyed — except for a creative “remnant” of seed-persons who would have to begin again from new foundations. In the field of big business, of huge war undertakings (like the Normandy landing in World War II) or of major national efforts (like the Moon landings) great results have been achieved, but the motive and the quality of the human interrelationships involved were neither of permanent significance nor invested with a truly harmonic quality. The character of the techniques used were totally unsatisfactory from a “human” point of view. Nevertheless there is much to learn from modern large-scale management and systems analysis, even in terms of personal endeavors of very limited scope.

This is the first stage in the sixty-fourth five-fold sub-cycle. It introduces the concept of management which is basic at this period of the cyclic life process which the zodiac symbolizes, yet which needs to be totally reevaluated if mankind is to actualize the spiritual potentialities implied in the evolutionary transformation just ahead. ORGANATION should be the Keyword, rather than mere “organization”; for humanity now can and should realize that it is indeed an ‘organism’.”


Please note:
Eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar wrote this interpretation of the Sabian Symbols in 1973 – 46 years ago, hence the language carries a somewhat antiquated tone yet the themes are timeless.

And this one is even very timely, given the urgency for Humanity (beyond our political representatives) to co-avert a climate catastrophe, and co-create a livable, cleaner, greener, lighter, freer and socially just and responsible future.
How can this immense undertaking be possible and coordinated?
Perhaps the initiatory challenge to even enter the Aquarian Age.

This AQ New MOON is signaling us:
A Seed is planted. We need to co-intend, co-envision (JUPITER-NEPTUNE help with this), and concretely tend it (says SATURN) – together.
And – with the Lunar North Node in CANCER:
Prioritizing human need over corporate greed, and tending to the needs of our fellow animal and plant Beings – so that a peaceful Future together is possible where the next 7 generations and beyond can thrive, on Planet Earth.


  • MERCURY – exalted / best positioned in AQ aligning with LILITH in AQ on the DAY of the New MOON (an only once-a-year happening) is also quite striking.
    The Voice of Freedom, from our ‘wild’ and Natural Self.


  • More ‘New MOON Basket’ Goodies:
    NEPTUNE in PI – yes, triple-squared by JUPITER & triple-sextiled by SATURN this year –
    All about Unity, Connection, Oneness Consciousness – which is also the ‘like-heals-like’ Medicine for overwhelm and feeling lost.
    Speaking of Medicine, Cosmic Medicine Wo/man CHIRON is now in its very last DAYS in PISCES (since 2010).
    On Feb 18, it will cross over the ‘Emergence Point’ into ARIES, for the next 8 years, until Apr 14, 2027 – The Medicine of Being Authentically YOU.
    CHIRON already ‘tried on’ AR last year, Apr – Sept.

    So yeah, coming out of our Piscean slumber of collective consciousness might be scary yet
    hugely liberating, and the Medicine the World needs now.


  • In ARIES, MARS the Warrior enlivens and kicks us into action these days (since Dec 31 actually) – and we’re coming up to the Grand Finale for MARS in AR:
    MARS in AR conj. URANUS (every 2 years only) on Feb 12.
    Liberation and breakthroughs across the board. Revolutionary energy. 
    Can easily turn into societal / political protests and riots. Hopefully, instead of a re-active a pro-active and innovative direction is being taken.
    Birth the New Self!


So there we have it – a Cosmic Basket of Archetype activation!
My we pick up what’s ours, with / for LOVE… and: Because we Care.

And, as mentioned – worth saying it again:
NO Planets are presently retro – until March 5, when MERCURY goes retro, on the day before the PI NEW MOON. We’re in a phase where things can and want to move forward – into the NEW.



By the way, I’m being asked quite often, and you might wonder too:

Is the AQUARIUS AGE already here?
Or when does it start?

No clear-cut ‘scientifically correct’ answer for this – very Aquarian.
Yes, according to astronomical calculations the AQ Age starts when the Spring Equinox point will move (always backwards, and very, very gradually) out of PISCES and into AQ – apparently in the year 2597 – faaaar ahead.

But for one thing, there are ‘overlaps’ in the constellations.
And there are other indications, besides the ‘mere’ calculations.

Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a ‘preview’ of what the AQ Age could be about:

  • URANUS and NEPTUNE were united in AQ in the late 1990’s – they have 84- and 165-year cycle, and a conjunction in AQ is super rare.
    What happened then?
    Personal computers became accessible for everyone, and the Internet took off, and changed our social, communicative, and work world forever. In the meantime, the Internet is omnipresent, in any area of life, and continuously being developed! 
  • PLUTO (with its 248-year cycle) will go into AQ in 2023 / 24.
    There’s a big time AQ Evolution coming up. 

    Looks like Humanity really needs to and can cooperate much more than ever.
    Since things get intense and extreme with PLUTO, we can also see a lot of alienation and encapsulation, loneliness, social awkwardness, and other side effects of the technological self-sufficiency…
    Endeavours of replacing humans with robots will increase, and perhaps a massive ‘Space Age’ will break out, with settlements on other Planets, if Earth becomes uninhabitable – whoooaah!

Let’s already / any time co-create with the AQ energy, be innovative (URANUS / Prometheus, the AQ related Planetary Archetype loves that), connect with like-spirited others in integrity, and cooperate in Circles and Community into the future, a future ON Planet Earth, I’d propose.


Blessings for the AQ Times!
Needless to say (I do it anyway):

Astrology is an Aquarian Art.


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger





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