On February 1st, 2022 we have a New Moon in Aquarius. The New Moon is at 12° Aquarius and it aspects both its rulers, Saturn and Uranus.
When a New Moon is aspected by its ruler, the archetypal energy of the sign is amplified.
This New Moon has a strong Aquarius flavor – and it’s your chance to understand at a deeper level the Aquarius archetype.
Irrespective of our Sun sign or planetary placements, we all have Aquarius embedded in our chart – so understanding how Aquarius ‘works’ will help us understand ourselves, and our relationship with the world at a deeper level.
New Moon In Aquarius – Freedom, Inclusion And Belonging
What does Aquarius stand for? We all know that Aquarius rules friends, groups of people, and communities.
Friends, communities and groups of people serve a very important purpose: they address our need for freedom, inclusion and belonging.
When we’re with our friends, we feel seen, heard and accepted. There’s no hidden agenda, no ‘transaction’, no ‘i give you this if you give me that’. Our friends take us as we are.
Our groups and communities – and here we can include the local yoga class, the people we meet in the local pub or church, people who like the same music or support the same sports team – give us a feeling of belonging.
There’s a deep resonance, acceptance, a sense of flow with people who share our interests and passions. We get them – and they get us. We feel safe, supported, and resonate at a collective soul level.
11 years ago I moved to a different city where I didn’t know anyone. To get to know people, I decided to join an event hosted by an expat group called “Internations”. Internations’ tagline was “Nobody stands alone”.
I was a little bit anxious when I entered the venue, but as I stepped in immediately someone from the New Joiners’ boot came to greet me, asked me a few questions and then introduced me to some people with whom I shared things in common.
In less than 5 minutes, I was deeply engaged in interesting conversations and making new friends. I felt included from the get-go and continued to attend Internations events for as long as I lived in that city.
Not all the group activities I attended shared Internations’ Aquarian values. I remember going to several events and conferences where there was no onboarding process in place.
No one would come to say hi, there was a sense of ‘clubbiness’ – members already knew each other and stayed in small groups. I felt like an outsider – pretty much the opposite experience I had with Internations.
Aquarius is how we feel in society – do we belong, or we don’t? Are we included, or we’re left behind?
Aquarius – Saturn Vs Uranus
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus.
For a group to be functional, we need a setup, some basic roles and responsibilities, an onboarding process for new members, and ongoing activities to keep members’ interests alive.
When we have a Saturnian framework in place, people relax and then we get to see Aquarius’ Uranian side. When people feel included and accepted, they are free to be whoever they want, without the fear of being judged or rejected.
When this happens, their individuality and uniqueness shine through. When we feel relaxed and supported, our unique gifts and talents naturally come forward.
Being included and accepted in a true Aquarian manner is a wonderful thing. But this need for inclusion and belonging sometimes clashes with our need to express ourselves as unique individuals.
2021 was marked by a tense Saturn-Uranus square, so these themes have been present in our collective psyche for a while now. Having both Aquarius’ ruling planets square each other has shown us the not-so-easy path to Aquarius’ promise of freedom, inclusion and belonging.
The New Moon in Aquarius on February 1st, 2022 is conjunct Saturn and square Uranus. Our commitment to our Aquarian ideal (New Moon conjunct Saturn) is tested. Our need for safety and predictability clashes with our need to be true to ourselves (Uranus).
When we don’t acknowledge this conflict within ourselves, we project it as a conflict onto the outside. Who is not with us (the accepted, integrated part of our psyche), is against us (the unintegrated part of our psyche).
New Moon In Aquarius – King Arthur’s Table
King Arthur is known in history for introducing the round table.
King Arthur wanted the knights in his court to be equal; he did not want them fighting over status or rank. There was no ‘head’ of the table since it was round. The Round Table represented chivalry in its highest form.
Aquarius at its best is King Arthur’s round table. Saturn’s discipline is channeled for its highest good: equality and inclusion.
At King Arthur’s round table, Saturn’s natural bossiness is tempered by Uranus’ disregard for status and rules. And Uranus’ sense of freedom is kept in check by Saturn’s commitment to making things work.
When we allow these different parts of our psyche to sit together at the same (round) table, we can find that deep sense of freedom and belonging – and accept ourselves and others for who we are.
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