Astrological news this week (January 31, 2022): Aquarius New Moon and Mercury turns direct

This week begins with a scintillating New Moon in Aquarius just after midnight (EST) on February 1st.  I say scintillating because Aquarius carries just that kind of energy that can break up stuck patterns and shake us into a completely new modality of living.  This particular Aquarius New Moon conjoins Saturn and squares Uranus, setting off that planetary cycle which I called the Story of 2021 – the pressure against control and domination (Saturn) by a rebellious force for change and liberation (Uranus).

That Saturn/Uranus aspect is on the wane but it will still be within range for much of this year and will be triggered by the faster moving planets (Mercury, Mars especially) and by lunations such as this one. This activation will continue until the Sun makes the final transit of Saturn for the year on Friday February 4th so expect these themes of conflict and rebellion to continue.

Aquarius is itself ruled by both Saturn and Uranus – the double edge of activities taken for the good of society are a critical influence right now. Under Saturn Aquarius is the rational scientist, but Uranus elevates the cold reason with innovation and a push for change.

This week we have primarily fast-moving lunar influences which are fleeting but can correlate with changeable moods, especially if you are a lunar type (Cancerian or prominent Moon). We also have Mercury turning direct on Thursday February 3rd which means that Mercury will be stationary virtually all week as it makes that change of direction. The effects of retrograde Mercury may linger for a week or two as Mercury returns to its normal speed.

And now, here is your forecast for the week (dates and times are for Eastern time zone, please adjust for your […]

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