The New Moon on February 1 also marks the turning of the lunar year celebrated across much of the globe. This month’s portal opens up in the sign of Aquarius, nudging us all to explore how to contribute socially—taking part in a trend, connecting with a community, or joining a movement, etc. Even if social distancing has you languishing at home in pyjamas all day, it may be possible to expand your presence online. Now is the time to figure out what we can accomplish by linking up with and mobilizing our groups.
On February 4, just three days into the cycle, the Winter Olympic Games begin. As an international demonstration of athletic excellence, respect, and friendship, the Olympics couldn’t be a more fitting embodiment of the Aquarian impulse. Rich and poor nations side by side, joined in sportsmanship and friendly competition. (Incidentally, last year’s delayed Summer Games coincided with a Full Moon in Aquarius.) And yet this New Moon makes harsh contacts with Saturn, symbolizing structures, and Uranus, representing disruption, manifesting in the world as simmering tensions in politics and in financial markets. The pandemic, for many, is also not yet in the rearview mirror. A better world is surely on the way, but we cannot yet see the shape of it clearly.
The good news is Mercury comes out of the fog of its retrograde on February 4, restoring some ease to our day-to-day scheduling, planning, and gadgetry. Venus and Mars are due to join their energies over the next several weeks, also in Capricorn, joined by asteroid Vesta, which signifies focused devotion. This is the time for fearless insistence on your desires. With planets making their way through Capricorn and Aquarius, we can face the stubborn and selfish side in others. Simultaneously, it may be refreshing to feel the same clarity of purpose within ourselves.
An unleashing of imagination and inventiveness arrives mid-month, with the Full Moon constellating in Leo on February 16, around the time Jupiter and Uranus come into very creative contact. Having purpose, ideals, and goals to pursue is excellent. Having fun is essential. Say hi to your inner child and consider letting her/him/them out.
You are likely to have an easier time exploring the Aquarian themes of friendships, networks and social participation. The creative, positive contact with your sign suggests you could have some fun pushing into new territory or groups you haven’t encountered before. By the time of the February 16 Full Moon, you may find that the people or group efforts you are a part of have shown you what sets you apart and makes you special. Strong emotions may come up related to how you are able to, or not able to, let your true light shine. After mid-month, the asteroid Pallas Athena brings her practical wisdom to Aries, supporting planning and strategic thinking through the spring season.