NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS-Watch out on February 10 & some effective uses of Saturn retrograde (February 9, 2013)

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:21 p.m. on Saturday, February 9.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 22° of Aquarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 22° of Aquarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most affected by this New Moon’s presence.

New Moons provide us with opportunities to explore the energy associated with the sign involved.  It’s a time when we can make new emotional starts and set new intentions.  Last month’s New Moon was in Capricorn, which is a time when we explore issues related to integrity, self-discipline, and stewardship.  This month’s New Moon is in Aquarius, and we are being asked to strive for equality, collaboration, and progress.

Aquarius has many sides to it.  It is the rebel, which challenges anything that has become too authoritarian and dictatorial.  It is the innovator, which introduces new concepts and technologies.  And it is the reformer, which challenges what is unfair and unsustainable.  This is a good time to ask yourself, “Where am I being called to make a difference?”

There are very few aspects directly connected to this New Moon in Aquarius, expect for close squares (90°) to what are called the Lunar Nodes.  The North and South Nodes are not actual objects but are important points in space that are determined by the Moon’s orbit in relation to the Earth and Sun.  Squares (90°) always represent critical turning points when something needs to be addressed in order for us to move forward.  The South Node is in Taurus, which represents our need to define our values.  At the time of this New Moon, we are being asked to explore whether love or money is what makes us happy.  The North Node is in Scorpio, which represents our need to make the unconscious conscious.  We are being asked to face our fears and those sides of ourselves that have been disowned or projected onto others.

Due to the presence of the Lunar Nodes at the time of this New Moon, we may need to say good-bye to old alliances and/or expectations because we are being guided toward a different path in search of experiences and insights that awaken us in our service to humanity.  Good questions to ask yourself right now include:

  • To what and to whom am I giving my power?
  • Where am I not fully walking my talk?
  • What am I longing for?
  • What are my feelings and my body telling me to change?

Although not connected to this New Moon, there is a configuration present at the time of this New Moon that can influence the energy of this New Moon in Aquarius.  A stellium occurs when several planets are in conjunction (0°) with each other.  At this time, Mercury, Mars, Neptune, and the asteroid Chiron are all located within 7 degrees of each other in the sign of Pisces.  Additionally, they are all squaring (90°) the planet Jupiter.  In a nutshell, these planetary relationships are urging us to embrace a more compassionate view of the world that we live in and to consider taking more altruistic actions.

A few days before the New Moon (on Tuesday, February 5) Mercury moved into Pisces.  It will remain in this watery sign longer than usual (until April 15) because on Saturday, February 23, Mercury begins its first retrograde period of 2013 (which I will cover in the next Moon Update).  Mercury is not very comfortable in Pisces.  Mercury enjoys energy that is outgoing and exact.  Pisces is anything but that!  Lack of attention to detail in the watery world of Pisces can leave us feeling scattered and our thinking and communication can feel foggy.  However, Mercury in Pisces is a time when imagination abounds, and it can also be an amazing gateway to spiritual awareness.

On Friday, February 8, a conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Mars (both in Pisces) may find our lives overflowing with watery information.  A conjunction between Mercury and Mars is often associated with aggressive speech and impatient thinking.  However, given it occurs in the sign of Pisces, the harsher edges of this aspect are very likely going to be blunted.  Instead, we may find that we come up with bright new ideas and form unexpected new connections.  The only warning associated with this aspect within Pisces is to watch for tendencies for passive-aggressive actions or words (often unconscious), both on your part and on the part of others.

Then on the next day (Saturday, February 9), a square (90°) between Mercury and Jupiter can lead to saying too much and/or spreading ourselves too thin.  There is also a tendency toward being excessively frank, which can lead to hurt feelings if we aren’t careful.  Additionally, it will be important to recognize the difference between information that’s useful and information that just clutters our minds.

On Sunday, February, 10, there are squares (90°) between (a) Mars and Jupiter and (b) Venus and Saturn.  This may be a time when being flexible is more productive and healthier than making serious commitments.  Without listing all the other aspects occurring on this very astrologically busy day, the focus is very likely going to be on relationships of all kinds.  Many of us may feel hypersensitive, and our strong emotional reactions can either weaken us or be used as indicators of where we need to heal in order to move forward.  We will find that we have an increased commitment to our personal values, even at the risk of disappointing others, which can result in feeling isolated.  There is an  increased possibility of unsettling arguments over our beliefs and/or our plans for the future.  Do your best to remember that it’s fine to disagree, but it is also important today to avoid going too far and saying or doing something that you may regret later.  Luckily, this energy will not be long-lasting and will be over within a day or two.

On Tuesday, February 12, Mars conjoins (0°) the asteroid Chiron.  This daylong influence is useful for initiation of healing practices.  However, we may also have a tendency to obsess about weaknesses and wounds that undermine our capacity to act effectively.  Luckily, a free-flowing, supportive trine (120°) between Mercury and Saturn that same day will help us discuss even painful subjects with a sense of responsibility that will likely lead to healthy solutions.

Then on Saturday, February 16, a beautiful trine (120°) between Mars and Saturn provides us with one of the most productive alignments possible.  If we take advantage of it, we can be infused with a healthy sense of ambition that is supported by the increased energy of Mars and the sense of discipline of Saturn.  And given that Mars is in Pisces, we may find that our energy is best used in moving forward with creative projects and expanding our spiritual practices.

Two important astrological events occur on Monday, February 18. 

  1. The Sun moves into Pisces.  As with all signs, there are higher and lower expressions of this sign’s energies, and it is up to us to use our free will to determine which way we manifest this sign’s energy in our world.  With Pisces, possible challenges include feeling ineffective, indulging in self-pity or sentimentalism, or acting on desires for escapism, fantasy, or fanaticism.  Escaping from responsibilities or hiding from pain aren’t helpful expressions of the Piscean energy.  The upside of Pisces is forgiveness and contentment that comes through psychological exploration, spirituality, and a connection to art or nature.  Serving others without sacrificing ourselves is an excellent way to draw on the Pisces’ capacity for compassion.  During the next month, we are encouraged to broaden our view of reality and to stretch our minds and our spirits in pursuit of higher truths.
  2. Saturn begins its yearly retrograde phase.  This signals a time when relationships will often experience either a healing or an ending.  It is a time when we are transforming how we deal with resources, accountability, and power.  For example, we may need to look inside ourselves to find the authority, order, and discipline that we have been seeking outside ourselves.  We are being given support now to explore better methods and strategies.  Before Saturn returns to its direction motion on July 7, we are being urged to look back and reassess and solidify commitments made, projects started, and responsibilities that have been undertaken.  We may need to back out of situations that are no longer serving us, but this is not the best time to take on new commitments or projects.  This is a time for reorganizing, reestablishing, and renegotiating.  One of the best uses of this time is to determine your level of responsibility in your relationships and your activities; if you start to feel frustrated or trapped, then you’ve likely gone too far.

Overall, this New Moon in Aquarius is providing us with the assurance that we are being supported and protected as we grow in consciousness.  As described above, there is a great deal of energy occurring in the 7-10 days after this New Moon in Aquarius, and everyone is encouraged to remember that astrology does not determine what is going to happen.  Astrology is ALL about possibilities and potentialities.  It is meant to give you insights into when it is best to act and when it’s best to avoid action.  Free will is paramount, so use your free will by choosing to utilize the positive qualities of the signs, planets, and aspects between them.  This New Moon urges us to “Step forward as a member of the family of light; have the courage in all the days you walk this planet to live that light and share that light with all you encounter” (Barbara Marciniak).


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • New Moon at 22° of Capricorn
  • Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:21 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2:21 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, February 10, 2013, 7:21 a.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations