February 5, 2024

Aquarius New Moon, the Dragon

Yesterday morning on my walk, lovely Venus shone through the parting clouds. Moments later I got the full view of the waning Crescent Moon slung below Venus, her companion during the early morning hours. In the quiet and empty streets, I walked in awe of the beauty and the feeling of kinship with the sky, the movements of the planets, stars, and Moon, the mystery of this great cosmos in which we live.

New Moon in Aquarius

Feb 9 – New Moon at 20 Aquarius, 3:00 PM PST 

Aquarius energy brings in inspiration and visionary possibilities. It highlights our social connections, and those connections provide the ground and interaction for renewing our communities, whether local or global. Under the New Moon in Aquarius we can tune into our gifts and intentions for the year and month ahead. We might ask ourselves, “What vision is in alignment with my deeper soul purpose? How might it be strengthened and/or shared through gathering with others?” Aquarius, like Indra’s bejeweled net of interrelated reflections, carries the symbol of the Aquarian perception, that we are all in this together, reflecting one another. As we grow in our awareness, consciousness moves through humanity like the dew drop reflections suspended on the circular web of life.

This New Moon, also squares Uranus, the planet of change, break through, freedom and spaciousness, as well as disruption, and revolution. We are living during a time of disruption, yet aimed to shake up what has been, so we can breakthrough into new ways of being, and perceiving ourselves and our life situations. With the square it takes sustained awareness through the tension of old and new, to birth new neural patterns in our brain and bodies, to be open to the synchronicities, and new possibilities around us. Uranus offers us larger dimensions of seeing, perceiving, and engaging. The frequency of anxiety, while crossing the terrain of not knowing and uncertainty, can then shift into a present kind of openness. 

Affirmation for New Moon in Aquarius

“I affirm my connectedness with all life and with the guiding, deep intelligence that flows through all universe.

I cherish my connections with others and trust in humanity’s evolution to honor and know itself as a greater unity in which we live.”

Pluto as Guardian at the threshold of Aquarius

An outstanding feature of the month is the planets aligning in Aquarius. Pluto at 0 degrees Aquarius is the guardian at the threshold. Each planet that enters Aquarius must meet the Plutonian archetype of the ‘deep below’. On January 20, when Pluto entered Aquarius, so did the Sun. On the 4th, Mercury entered Aquarius, and merged with Pluto, revealing deeper insight, exposing old themes, or distorted themes, to be transformed. It challenges us to reach into the deeper aspects of our potential, for healing, and for transforming the status quo. On the 8th, the Moon enters Aquarius, pre New Moon, and we watch for what develops, as collectively we encounter the intense and revealing God of the Underworld. Mars, on the 13th, conjuncts Pluto. We experience the intensity and determination of the pair. Venus on the 16th, meets Pluto. We are asked to look at those deep issues in relationship that we prefer to set aside. What wants to be transformed in how we meet the other? What values are coming to the surface for transformation? On the 21st, Venus and Mars begin their new 2 year cycle. How are we beginning a new ‘creative’ cycle, having passed through the dark passage that brings what needs to be healed and renewed to our attention?

2024, the year of the Wood Dragon in Chinese astrology

Begins February 9th (February 10th in China), at the 2nd New Moon after the Winter Solstice. 

On February 9-10 we move into the dynamic year of the Dragon. This begins a fast moving and dynamic time. It is the power and intelligence of the cosmos imagined as the flying beast that brings us the life force! There is an energy of daring exuberance of mission. It is said to be an excellent year to start a business, to travel, get married, have a child, and new endeavors will carry the passions of this Dragon year.Taking risks and pursuing goals are supported.  If something doesn’t work the way you think it was going to, look for a new possibility that carries more energy and zeal for you.

The element of Wood is the element of the Dragon in 2024. The wood element supports formulating and implementing ideas while working cooperatively with others. Wood is the element of Spring and implies quick growth, sudden breakthroughs. 

Celestial Events influencing this week

Feb 11 – Chiron conjuncts the North Node at 16 Aries – the wounded healer is present as we labor to heal the wounded and distorted masculine and the values it esteems. That which is wounded in us reveals itself, and that which is the healer in us, now has momentum and courage to risk creating new ways of being.

Feb 12 – Mars enters Aquarius – Now moving into the sign Aquarius, its drive can fuel visionary participation, activating awareness of community, sharing of ideas. It stirs up the collective, stirs our friendships, to more clearly define our collective intentions and goals for the future.

Feb 13 – Mars conjuncts Pluto – 0 Aquarius – a day to be alert to power struggles, or actions to dominate. The warrior (Mars) is intensified (Pluto). Watch the collective situation in response. Personally, use this energy to clear, clean, recycle, and renew. Release the old. A powerful focus to get things accomplished.

Feb 16 – Venus enters Aquarius – in Aquarius through Mar 11 when it enters Pisces. An excellent time to gather with others and share insights, knowledge, and information to benefit the group. With Venus in Aquarius the way we relate to each other can lighten, and focus on what we have in common. Values shared can focus on humanitarian causes and bringing peace into the world community.

The Twelve signs for New Moon in Aquarius: Sun and Rising Signs

Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, on the 9th, the New Moon takes place in airy Aquarius, a sign complimentary to fiery Aries. This is a time to reassess your relationship with groups and friends, for looking forward in what you want to manifest/create over the next 12 months. The New Moon squares Uranus and pushes you to break through, to change your orientation. Mars enters Aquarius on the 12th, meeting Pluto. Take your time this day, rather than forcing anything. There is strength and rejuvenation here, but it can also play out by revealing something hidden, perhaps an old issue that carries intensity, a set up for transformation. 

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, the new Moon takes place on the 9th, signaling a time to focus on what seeds you are planting in area of your career. With the Moon squaring Uranus, you are stretched into new possibilities that may feel uncomfortable. Uranus in Taurus has been shaking your comfortable established ways! Change is coming. How do you want to embrace it? Your planet, Venus, enters Aquarius on the 16th, opening into more social interaction. As it enters Aquarius, it conjuncts Pluto and reminds you to attend to what has been unconscious in your interactions, with the prospect of transformation. Venus joins Mars in Aquarius on the 21st, bringing passion to your relationships and creations. 

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, Pluto is now the guardian of Aquarius, requiring passage into the innovative sign by confronting what has been in the deep, the forgotten, the repressed. The New Moon takes place on the 9th and marks a time of excellence for beginning study, teaching, writing, and making travel plans. With its square to Uranus, you want to stay grounded and centered as you might be pulled off course. Your planet, Mercury, shines its brilliance in Aquarius through the 22nd. You can tune into its creative thought- provoking reveries, while fine tuning your communications.

Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, the new Moon in Aquarius takes place on the 9th. You, dear Cancer, connect with others through emotional streams of connection. Aquarius shares mental streams of information and ideas. This new Moon carries the opportunity for witnessing, stepping back from taking things personally, and begins a new cycle of observing the dynamics in your intimate encounters. The Sun enters watery Pisces on the 18th, resonating with the deep currents you naturally hang out in. This is an imaginative time for you, but with Saturn nearby in Pisces, you are encouraged to take your time, feel grounded, and organized. 

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, Pluto now in Aquarius, starts a profound process of letting go, transforming, and looking deeply into our unconscious motivations. With the Sun, your planet, moving through the house of partnerships, you are attracted to those who shine and radiate. And indeed this is your very nature, being the child of the Sun. The new Moon takes place on the 9th. What would you like to affirm in your relationship? This month with the new Moon in square aspect to Uranus, something new is coming into your relationships. With Uranus, we are surfing the unknown, being open to synchronicities that give us guidance and break-throughs. 

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, when the new Moon takes place on the 9th, it is an excellent time to devote yourself to self care. The new Moon also lights up your habits and routines, your working environment and how you serve others. Are there any patterns you wish to change? With the new Moon squaring Uranus, you feel the tension between the old and the new. Uranus urges break-through. It can give you a boost to make those changes. Your planet, Mercury, has now left serious, determined Capricorn, and entered brilliant Aquarius, (the 4th) urging more social contact and communication. That day, Mercury conjuncted Pluto, taking a deep dive into the underworld of hidden motivations, before it comes into the light of Aquarius fully. Watch for what comes into your awareness for transformation.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, under this Aquarius new Moon, you can affirm an intention to attune to your creativity and leadership. This Moon, as well, falls in your house of pleasure, love, and your relationship with children. What intentions might you want to state to support this area of life? Your ruling planet, Venus, is in Capricorn until the 16th when it enters Aquarius, a significant shift from responsible Capricorn. With Venus traveling next to Mars, since the beginning of February, it brings passion and decisiveness to relationships, promoting creative interactions. The two planets influence each other, having the potential to bring peace and harmony to differing or conflictual points of view. As the two planets enter Aquarius they conjunct Pluto, Mars on the 12, Venus on the 17th. This is potent time in relationship, with powers to birth something new, but also to see the necessity of letting go of that which is no longer sustainable. 

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, the new Moon on the 9th, falls in your house of family, home, and the deep subjective self. What wants to to be brought to your attention? With the new Moon squaring Uranus, we feel the tension between old and new. Uranus asks us to stretch into a new place. Your ruling planet, Mars, moves into Aquarius on the 13th. As Mars enters Aquarius, it will conjunct Pluto. Be mindful of your needs, for this is a very potent combination for erupting what you might have been holding back from expressing. It has dynamism and drive to clear, release, and perform work hard, in order to transform situations. 

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, the new Moon takes place on the 9th, as the planets begin their gathering in Aquarius. This is your house of learning and study, communication, writing and connecting with others. What a great time to share your thoughts with others, to connect with siblings, and to focus yourself into writing, a time to state intention. Is there a writing or speaking project you would like to begin? Is there a course of study or teaching you want to initiate? The new Moon squares Uranus, and encourages you to stretch into new possibilities. What wants to change in your life? Your ruling planet, Jupiter, now in Taurus, is moving closer to join with Uranus.  Its conjunction initiates stimulation, excitement, and break-through. It promotes stepping into new situations and broadening your perspectives. 

Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, Mercury entered Aquarius on the 4th. The New Moon in Aquarius takes place on the 9th. Mars enters on the 12th, and Venus, on the 16th. As these planets shift into Aquarius and they bring in a lighter, more social energy.  This gathering of planets in Aquarius, focuses you into your values, your sense of self worth, your talents, and your relation to money, making it a potent time to set an intention in one, or all of those areas. As the new Moon squares change-agent Uranus, you are encouraged to adjust to changes with positive inventiveness. Where are you ready, or open, to breaking through into new perspectives, new opportunities?

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, Mercury has entered Aquarius on the 4th and lights up your creative mind, while the cosmic lovers, Mars and Venus, gather in Aquarius on the 12th and 16th, respectively! The Aquarius new Moon takes place on the 9th. This is a ‘once a year’ new Moon for you, Aquarius, highlighting your uniqueness, and giving you the best opportunity to affirm your intention for the year ahead. As the new Moon squares one of your ruling planets, Uranus, it presents you with the crossroads between old and new. Are you ready to stretch into more expression and embodiment of your gifts? Mars and Venus begin a new cycle of creativity and interaction on the 21st after conjuncting Pluto. This is a potent cycle for Venus and Mars, describing the potential for death and rebirth of the masculine and feminine balance in our lives and relationships. In what way do you feel this rebirth, this new creative cycle? 

Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, when the Aquarius new Moon on the 9th lands in your house of retreat and spiritual connection, you are called to find a quiet sanctuary. It’s a time of gathering before your birthday, a time of review, even if for an hour on that day. Listen to your dreams, for this area of your chart brings forth the mysterious inner psyche to your attention. A message may be delivered to you, especially as Mercury entered Aquarius on the 4th – 22nd, with Pluto at the doorway. What wants to be transformed? What new inner direction are you receiving?  Venus and Mars soon follow into Aquarius as well, on the 12th and 16th, and this makes retreating into the art or music studio, the creative writing or dance studio, a place we fuel up and feel creative potency. Jupiter, your ruling planet, is traveling more quickly now and soon will conjunct Uranus, which takes place once in 14 years. This combination brings excitement, inspiration, inventiveness, and the potential to feel as if you located yourself into a totally new dimension of perception! 

Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 42 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and/or painting classes, and for personal readings, call (831) 479-3751, or go to


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