On February 11, 2021 (11:06 AM Pacific Time), there will be a new moon at 23°17’ of Aquarius.
“Power to the people!” is this new moon’s rallying cry. Whether we’re uniting around a common cause, realizing a shared creative vision, or simply enjoying each other’s company, one thing’s for sure: We’re stronger together. And with no fewer than seven celestial bodies currently gathered in Aquarius, right now the universe is echoing this theme.
As the moon and sun align in the Water-Bearer’s sign, we’re focused on creating community. But it’s not just as simple as finding your tribe. It’s about envisioning new and better ways to connect with those outside your inner circle.
What Does the New Moon in Aquarius Mean?
This doesn’t mean we have to downplay our differences—if anything, Aquarius encourages us to accentuate them. Still, with this new moon conjunct Pallas Athena (asteroid goddess of wisdom and strategy), it’s important to pick our battles. There’s a time for going against the grain, and a time for going with the flow.
Fortunately, a Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius makes it easier to get along. We feel a greater sense of love and goodwill—not just toward the people we relate to personally, but also those we might typically see as alien to us.
Venus conjunct Jupiter also makes our new-moon intentions more magnetic. Whatever we’re fixing our focus upon has a stronger-than-average chance of materializing now. So we’ll want to think long and hard about what we’re manifesting. Ideally, it’s something that serves the greater good.
Of course, our personal ideas of the public interest may be radically different from someone else’s. And this conflict is reflected in the square that’s currently building between this lunation’s two rulers: Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus.
Saturn (the traditional ruler) reinforces collective responsibility. He reminds us that, while membership in society has its benefits, it also has a cost. Sometimes this means accepting certain limits on our individual freedom and expression.
Uranus, on the other hand, is Aquarius’ modern ruler. And he’s much less concerned with fitting in than with fighting the powers that be. Uranus is constantly subverting expectations and challenging accepted social norms—and often, this comes as a breath of fresh air.
This Saturn/Uranus square operates as a system of checks and balances between two distinctly Aquarian energies. It challenges and motivates us to find innovative, workable solutions. With this year-long aspect (repeating February 17, June 14, and December 24), necessity really is the mother of invention.
Saturn also sextiles Chiron in Aries (another recurring aspect, exact on February 9, June 23, and November 26). This presents opportunities for both personal and collective healing—but only if we’re willing to do our share of the work.
Perhaps the best way to start is by reexamining our hard-and-fast opinions, and reimagining situations from other people’s perspectives. With Mercury retrograde in Aquarius until February 20, and squaring Mars at this new moon, we’re also challenged to rethink our media habits—especially social media.
We don’t have to give up our own point of view, or sell out our deeply-held convictions. But it’s critical that we learn to understand each other better. Fortunately, Mercury’s conjunctions with Venus and Jupiter in the coming days facilitate communicating with kindness and good faith.
Read on for your sun and rising signs to learn more about what this new moon means for you.
Horoscopes for the New Moon in Aquarius
Self-care isn’t selfish, Aquarius—especially not for you at this new moon. After all, you’re not only caring for yourself: Taking time now and then to fill your own cup gives you a whole lot more to offer others. So this month, look for ways to show yourself some love.
Your spiritual path is a strange one, Pisces. But chances are, you wouldn’t have it any other way! And at this new moon, you’re entering a new phase of this unique inner journey. Focus on cultivating love, peace, and joy within—something you can tap into in any outer circumstance.
Join the movement, Aries! Or better yet, why not start one of your own? This new moon is an excellent time to organize with others around common values, dreams, and goals. Just make sure to focus on what you’re fighting for, instead of the enemies you’re fighting against.
Great work speaks for itself, Taurus—but it takes innovation and ingenuity to be heard above the crowd. This new moon is a time to brainstorm new ways of getting noticed. Equally important, though, is what you’re getting noticed for: aspiring to make the world a better place.
You’ve always been ahead of the curve, Gemini. And this new moon is no exception. Right now, your futuristic, forward-focused outlook puts you on the cutting edge of up-and-coming trends—whether they’re cultural, spiritual, intellectual, or technological. Just don’t forget to bring the rest of us up to speed!
It only takes one person to make a difference, Cancer. But if you really want to change the world, you’ll need more people on your team. Everyone in your community has their own unique contribution to make. So put your heads together, and pool your resources at this new moon.
Want more love in your life, Leo? If so, you’re certainly not alone. But as you reevaluate your relationships at this new moon, it’s important to remember that it takes two to tango. For now, focus on being the kind of friend or partner that you wish to attract.
When there’s a hot new wellness trend in town, Virgo, you’re often an early adopter. And chances are, at this new moon, there’s more than one you’re eager to try. Just do your due diligence first to make sure that it’s safe, effective, ethical, and accessible.
Social life may not be getting back to “normal” anytime soon. But Libra, this doesn’t have to keep you from having a good time. This new moon invites you and your friends to put your heads together, and brainstorm innovative, unusual ways to safely enjoy each other’s company.
It’s home-improvement time, Scorpio! Whether you’re redecorating, remodeling, or relocating, at this new moon your living situation is about to get an upgrade. Be mindful, though, that this may throw a wrench into your regular routines—and those of the people with whom you share your space.
Great minds don’t always think alike, Sag. Still, it’s all too easy to get caught up in groupthink when you’re living in an online echo chamber. At this new moon, diversifying your media diet with new voices and viewpoints can come as an intellectual breath of fresh air.
Investing in the future: For you, Capricorn, that’s what this lunation is about. But there’s more to consider here than just your personal bottom line. Adding value to your community is equally important. At this new moon, look for ways to be wise, strategic, and generous with your resources.
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