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New beginnings are never not a good idea… except when Venus retrograde sits alongside transformative Pluto, and Mercury’s well into its pre-retrograde shadow. Needless to say, if your 2022 got off to a rocky start, pat yourself on the back because you’re now approaching the finish line. More importantly, if you’ve experienced any recent setbacks, just know that you’re exactly where you need to be, as strange as this may sound. After all, the essence of Saturn-ruled Capricorn has everything to do with one’s foundation, legacy, and reputation in the world. And though the mountain goat is incredibly skilled at navigating the physical and spiritual realm, its objective for self-mastery remains. Remember, every single Capricorn placement in your birth chart, as well as those transiting through this cardinal earth sign at this very moment in time, mean business. Also, whatever’s been hanging by a thread in your personal and/or professional life has more than likely been top of mind since the winter solstice, but don’t despair. Let this be a reminder that everything is being divinely orchestrated for your highest good. Granted, going inward to reflect and do the necessary shadow work is never easy, but the more you allow yourself to step into this new reality, the more you will thrive this coming year. Btw, welcome to the season of the water bearer.
As always, the timeliness of this year’s new moon in Aquarius is everything. After taking a cold, hard look at our current reality, and really getting down to business during Capricorn season, the sun’s shift into extraordinary Aquarius encourages us to look towards the future, and tap into a higher dimension of consciousness. Surely, things begin to manifest during Capricorn season, but rest assured, this Uranus-ruled season never ceases to serve as a guiding light towards a greater tomorrow. What makes you stand out in a crowd? Where’s your will to be weird? In the eyes of Aquarius, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as its freedom-loving archetype is symbolic of both diversity and humanitarianism. It's no wonder Aquarius lives on the same astrological axis as creative Leo. Both of these fixed signs are known for their leadership skills and effortless magnetism, with the exception that Aquarius prefers to be collaborative, disruptive, and revolutionary. I always say this, but there’s no such thing as an individual without a community. It’s just a matter of finding your soul family which is, ironically, what 2022 is all about. Nothing is ever too far fetched for the water bearer, as it is governed by change-maker Uranus, the planet of chaos, innovation, and unexpected change. Wondering how you can harness this celestial energy? Be completely, fearlessly, and unapologetically yourself.
With all that being said, there’s a mystical new moon happening at exactly 12 degrees Aquarius, (on Feb. 1 at 12:46 a.m. EST) which will usher in some long overdue beginnings. Is it time to embark on a brand-new path? What’s no longer in alignment with your future goals and ideals? In the meantime, this is an opportunity to reflect on everything you’ve been diligently working towards, and perhaps longing to break free from since Saturn’s first square to Uranus in February 2021. The irony of all this is, Saturn and Uranus also happen to be Aquarius’ planetary rulers, which only magnifies the essence of this stellar zodiac archetype. Whether it be a completely different direction in your career, or a brand new life where you can indulge in your personal freedom, structures are in the process of being revolutionized. This is especially true when considering the sun-moon’s proximity to Saturn in Aquarius, as we are being guided (personally and collectively) to build upon foundations that are equally practical as they are in alignment with our future endeavors. Sitting in a challenging but enlightening square to electric Uranus, we can expect there to be shocking developments and sudden changes, specifically when it comes to the community of people we surround ourselves with, and the foundations that were a source of influence once upon a time.
Our individual soul mission on the planet is being highlighted at this time, and it makes all the sense in the world with the U.S.A.’s Pluto return approaching, as we are being called to build towards a higher state of consciousness, where we can finally cultivate some of this newly found wisdom. Luckily, with the help of both Mars and Venus in Capricorn — as they will travel alongside one another for the majority of February — we have the drive, perseverance, and strategy to charge forward towards our goals. Something else to keep in mind here is, Mercury retrograde will be conjunct powerhouse Pluto which, in turn, brings profound momentum and clarity, namely when it comes to our thought process and mental perceptions. Again, this could very well require us to dig deep, and partake in more shadow work, especially if we continue to allow our blocks and fears to get the best of us. What does your ideal scenario look like? What is this new world you can’t stop dreaming about? You’re in the driver’s seat, but remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The most important thing to do is to follow your truth, no matter how eccentric or taboo. Gather with your fellow star seeds, and trust the magic of your crystal DNA.
Read your new moon in Aquarius horoscope and affirmation, according to your sun and rising sign below:
Your revolution is now loading, Aries. Eccentric and spontaneously groovy, this year’s new moon in Aquarius will shake up your socially conscious 11th house of associations, colleagues, friendships, future visions, and sense of belonging in the world, bringing highly anticipated new beginnings to themes surrounding everything from your social collaborations to what makes you sparkle amongst a crowd. Given that your planetary ruler, Mars, is also traveling alongside Venus in Capricorn, your new beginning could very well have something to do with your professional ideals, and ambitions for the future. The sun-moon-Saturn’s square to rebellious Uranus, on the other hand, creates friction between your sense of security vs. the foundation of your career path, which has been an ongoing theme for over a year now. Mercury retrograde will also conjunct Pluto, bringing intensity and transformation to matters surrounding your reputation in the world, so try to be mindful of your communication style, as well as any sort of information that may be resurfacing at this time. New Moon Affirmation: I am open to receiving guidance from my superiors; I will use my unique voice for the greater good.
Taurus, you’re embodying a brand-new version of yourself, and stepping into a radical new beginning. Brilliant and sparkling with intellect, a new moon in Aquarius will ignite your 10th house of ambition, career, public persona, and reputation in the world, catapulting you towards the future you’ve always wanted… but not without a little Uranian chaos, of course. For instance, the new and improved Taurus may or may not be aligned with the occupation you initially signed up for, and that’s OK. Something else to keep in mind at this time is, go-getter Mars will be sitting alongside your planetary ruler, Venus, via your expansive ninth house of adventure, media, entrepreneurship, and higher learning. Whether it be a topic of interest you’re curious about, or perhaps a potential collaborator you’d like to work with, you have the charm, energy, grace, and passion to succeed. Moreover, Mercury Rx will conjunct Pluto in this area of your chart but remember, Mercury governs your stability-seeking second house of comfort, money, and value systems. Profound transformation is taking place, specifically when it comes to your personal philosophy, and future path. New Moon Affirmation: I am free to roam my own path; my individual perception can make a difference.
Walk to the beat of your own drum, Gemini. Revolutionary and unexpected, this year’s new moon in Aquarius will illuminate your wisdom-seeking ninth house of adventure, expansion, faith, and unknown territory, bringing fertility and momentum to themes surrounding your personal philosophy and for some, your journey as an entrepreneur. Keep in mind, this lunation will be sitting alongside taskmaster Saturn, adding a sobering and more pragmatic approach, but there’s more. Luna will face off with rebellious Uranus via your unconscious 12th house of closure, dreams, hidden agendas, and all things behind the scenes which, in turn, triggers a powerful awakening. What needs to be surrendered? Remember, you’ve been doing this internal work since the beginning of 2021, but things are undoubtedly shifting. Whether it be a unique quest you’ve been meditating on, or a limiting belief system that isn’t resonating with you, you’re breaking free from feeling imprisoned. And while your planetary ruler, Mercury, retrogrades through your eighth house of mergers, intimate unions, and entanglements, it will join forces with transformative Pluto. Need I say more? Personally or professionally, it’s time to take a load off, and move forward. New Moon Affirmation: I will follow the glimmering light that surrounds my innate curiosity; I am exactly where I need to be.
Your commitments aren’t always going to make sense to the people around you, but you’re free to make your own decisions, Cancer. With this in mind, an unorthodox new moon in Aquarius will touch down on your intimate eighth house of mergers, sexuality, joint collaborations, and shared investments which, in turn, presents you with an opportunity to break free from financial and/or karmic debt. Radical and out-of-the-box, others of you might even decide to invest in an unconventional partnership or love interest, but there’s more. This new moon will be in close proximity to taskmaster Saturn, while simultaneously squaring off with freedom-loving Uranus via your 11th house of associations, community, and sense of belonging in the world. Meaning: your decision to part ways with someone, or perhaps detach from a significant community, could shock some of the people around you. Moreover, Mercury retrograde will conjunct Pluto in your relationship sector, so make sure you get the full scope of things, at least before taking the final leap. New Moon Affirmation: I wholeheartedly accept my individual truth, even when it doesn't resonate with the people around me.
Create room for inspiring connections, and more freedom in your relationships, Leo. This year’s new moon in Aquarius will activate your committed seventh house of agreements, compromise, and significant others, bringing fertility and momentum to themes surrounding everything from your one-on-one connections to your ability to meet someone half-way. Sitting in close proximity to taskmaster Saturn, this new moon may or may not trigger feelings of restriction and/or limitation, specifically when it comes to your significant others. However, the most challenging part about this is, Saturn will simultaneously face off with change-maker Uranus via your 10th house of ambition, career, and legacy in the world. Now, this could be you making a conscious choice to contradict an authority figure, or you/your person going down a professional path that could shake things up in your relationship. There’s a fresh start available to you here, but not without some chaos in between. Keep in mind, Mercury retrograde will also conjunct Pluto via your responsible sixth house of health habits, due diligence, and acts of service, which will likely bring shocking revelations with regards to the logistics of what was once a “practical plan.” New Moon Affirmation: The dynamic of my 1:1 relationships is shifting & bringing me closer to my personal freedom.
You are the master of your own fate, and therefore, the divine architect of your day-to-day life, Virgo. Speaking of which, this year’s new moon in Aquarius will shake things up via your routine-loving sixth house of health, daily rituals, and acts of service, amidst sitting alongside taskmaster Saturn. And while there isn’t anything remotely subtle nor soothing about Father Time’s pragmatic approach, any setbacks and/or feelings of limitation in this area of your life may not necessarily be as difficult as you’d think. This is precisely where the new moon’s square to change-maker Uranus — via your wisdom-seeking ninth house of expansion, knowledge, and belief systems — comes in, as the foundation of your personal philosophy is in the midst of a cataclysmic breakthrough. Sounds like a lot but, whether you believe it or not, you’ve already started doing some of the work. Hint: pay attention to the areas of life that no longer resonate with your unique energy, and free spirit. Where have you been limiting yourself? Note that your planetary ruler, Mercury, continues to retrograde through your heart-centered fifth house of joy, passion, and authenticity, but it will reunite with powerhouse Pluto in the process. In other words, you can no longer dismiss the voice inside of your heart that’s guiding you towards a brand-new path. New Moon Affirmation: My mind is an infinite well of wisdom; I allow myself to venture into the unknown & embrace my personal freedom.
You bring your unique charms wherever you go, so don’t attach yourself to something for fear-based reasons, Libra. With this in mind, there will be a spontaneous new moon in Aquarius, bringing clarity, fertility, and momentum to your fifth house of children, creativity, passion projects, and romantic interests, but there’s more. The sun-moon will be in close proximity to taskmaster Saturn which, in turn, triggers feelings of limitation, restriction, and perhaps even sadness. Take a moment to place your hands on your heart, and think about the people, places, and things that bring you joy. Moreover, this lunation will square off with freedom-loving Uranus — via your intimate eighth house of mergers, shared resources, and karmic entanglements — which is where the friction begins to arise, despite already working with these energies for over a year now. How can you step into your fullest potential if you’re carrying around dead weight? Something needs to be surrendered in order to claim your freedom, and truth be told, it can be something as simple as an outdated belief system. This is especially significant to consider as Mercury retrograde will conjunct Pluto via your fourth house of emotional foundations, and family upbringing. New Moon Affirmation: I choose to be authentic even when around my immediate community; my individual truth is my sword.
You are free to tend to your inner chaos, and take as much space as you need, Scorpio. Having said that, this year’s new moon in Aquarius will bring fertility, momentum, and new beginnings to your domestic fourth house of home, family matters, innermost feelings, and emotional foundations. Now, in addition to tapping into a higher realm of consciousness and invoking your ancestors, this lunation can be quite karmic in that it’s here to liberate you (your lineage) from patterns of codependency and more importantly, a lack of freedom. Sitting alongside taskmaster Saturn, this lunation will simultaneously square off with spontaneous Uranus, via your committed seventh house of agreements, compromise, and significant others. Meaning: your idea of compromise, commitment, marriage, and stability is shifting in a big way, but rest assured, it’s all for your highest good. You might’ve felt safe in this place once upon a time, but the voice inside of you continues to get louder. Moreover, Mercury retrograde will join forces with your modern ruler, Pluto, via your third house of communication, thought process, and immediate surroundings, bringing interesting, and perhaps taboo-like revelations to the forefront. New Moon Affirmation: My ancestors are living vicariously through me; I will honor my truth & personal freedom.
You’re an eternal wanderer at heart, but there are infinite worlds for you to explore, Sagittarius. Having said that, this year’s new moon in Aquarius will illuminate your immediate third house of communication, transportation, thought process, and immediate surroundings, but there’s more. The new moon will be in close proximity to taskmaster Saturn which, in turn, adds a layer of pragmatism and structure to the energy. However, the sun-moon-Saturn will simultaneously square off with freedom-loving Uranus via your responsible sixth house of health, daily rituals, and acts of service, and this is an aspect you’ve been working on since the beginning of last year. Now, given that Mercury rules your partnership sector, Mercury retrograde’s conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn (via your second house of money and stability) could suggest the possibility of an important conversation taking place, perhaps with regards to your source of income. Have you been financially dependent on others? Is there an even exchange of energy between the two of you? The same goes for those of you living with a roommate, or perhaps in the process of investing in a joint business opportunity. Whether in-person or via social media, you’re experiencing a significant shift in perspective. No need to attach yourself to one particular way of thinking. New Moon Affirmation: I recognize the power of my duality & intellect; I choose to raise my mental, physical, & spiritual vibration.
The transformation you’ve experienced these past few years is now being reflected onto your value systems, which will only bring more change, but not to worry, Capricorn. You’re just in time for a brilliant new moon in Aquarius, as it will activate your stability-seeking second house of comfort, money, possessions, and values, but there’s more. In addition to bringing fertility and momentum to your sense of security, this lunation will sit alongside taskmaster Saturn (your celestial ruler) bringing structure and boundaries to everything from your individual source income to your unique traditions. Now, keep in mind, the moon governs your relationship sector, so this could have to do with a significant partnership in your life, whether personal or professional. Moreover, the new moon will square off with freedom-loving Uranus — via your creatrix fifth house of romance, passion projects, and self-expression — which continues to challenge an energy you’ve been working with since the beginning of 2021. This could be something as simple as your love language or perhaps a creative project you’ve always pondered about. Others of you, however, may share different views with a significant other, specifically when it comes to raising children. The kicker? Mercury retrograde will conjunct powerhouse Pluto in your sign, which means you’ll have the mindset and a razor-sharp tongue to set the record straight. Use your words wisely. New Moon Affirmation: I am fully committed to being my most authentic self today, tomorrow, and always.
You’re making peace with your past, and releasing your burdens, Aquarius. And though this year’s new moon in your sign isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart, it’s here to level you up in more ways than one. For starters, in addition to the sun meeting the moon in your sign — bringing fertility and momentum to your personal life — Luna will be in close proximity to taskmaster Saturn, adding a layer of pragmatism and structure. Where is your inner compass leading you? How can you crystalize your sparkling individuality and unique footprint? Sitting in a chaotic square to your modern ruler, Uranus – via your domestic fourth house of home, family matters, and innermost feelings — you could feel torn between sticking to your guns on this new journey, and surrendering to the shake-ups you’re experiencing internally. Whether it be in terms of family, or your literal living space, something will more than likely present you with a totally different perspective. This is especially true when considering Mercury retrograde’s conjunction to Pluto – via your secretive twelfth house of closure, dreams, and unconscious patterns — as you are being called to go inward, and follow your intuition. More importantly, there’s a distinct mindset and/or negative thought process that may be hindering you from moving forward. Take a deep breath, and exhale what’s no longer in alignment with your unicorn energy. New Moon Affirmation: I am worthy of happiness; I am enough; I wholeheartedly release what’s no longer serving me.
Your definition of peace is unique to you, Pisces. Although, in addition to cultivating your inner bliss and connection to source, this year’s new moon in Aquarius will bring you more clarity than you’re probably ready for. Hovering over your unconscious twelfth house of closure, dreams, hidden agendas, and all things behind the scenes, this lunation is here to shed light on everything from your sacrifices and coping mechanisms. Sitting alongside your traditional ruler, Saturn, it’s important to reflect on the people, places, and things that may have triggered a need to rebel and partake in this secret life when in reality, you’re free to be exactly who you want to be. Meanwhile, Saturn’s square to freedom-loving Uranus — via your curious third house of communication, thought process, and immediate surroundings — is simultaneously revolutionizing the way you perceive the people around you, as well as the unconscious pattern driving your decision-making process. Sounds like a lot to digest, but you’ve actually been doing the inner work for quite some time. Moreover, it’s important to keep in mind that the moon rules your fifth house of love, happiness, and self-expression. (If the people you surround yourself with aren’t accepting you for exactly who you are, then it may be time to move forward) Pay attention to your dreams, too. New Moon Affirmation: I release all fears & blockages stifling my truth; I allow my heart to open without hesitance.
Valerie is an astrologer, writer and third-generation witch. She writes daily love horoscopes for astrology.com; the moon is her muse. For more of her work & cosmic portfolio, check out valeriemesa.com or follow her on Instagram @valeriemesa.