The moon is on her way to being new this Saturday January 21 in the airy sign of Aquarius at 2:53 pm CST. New moons occur every month when the sun and moon are in the same sign at the exact same degree; this is known as a conjunction in astrology. New moons are the perfect time each month to make wishes and set new intentions. If we’ve gotten in wrong or we feel things are a mess in our lives, the new moon gives us an opportunity to begin anew. The day before the new moon is known as the dark moon. Friday January 20 will be the dark moon and this is a great time to get some down time, maybe clean out a drawer or get rid of some of the things in your closet.This is the time each month with our psychic vibe is on high so the day before the new moon is a great time to get out those oracle and tarot decks and give yourself a reading. A good question to ask ourselves is; what does the next month have in store for me? 

Aquarius Season and the new moon in Aquarius:  The day before the new moon the sun will leave the earthy and industrious sign of Capricorn and enter Aquarius. Aquarius season is the time each year when we throw off the shackles of conformity and the status quo to do our own thing. Technology, groups, friendships, networking and community are the things we want to lean into at this time of the year.  

Keywords and the new moon in Aquarius:  humanity, uniqueness, innovation, hope, revelation, rebellion, eccentricity, experimentation, independence, genius, truth, deviation, visionary and detachment. Look over the keywords which word or words catch your attention. Which keywords relate to your life right now?  This is the first new moon of the year and being in the sign of Aquarius we’re being asked to start 2023 by opening our minds and expanding our thinking. A new moon in Aquarius says it’s time to see things from a completely different perspective. 

The elements and the new moon in Aquarius:  Each of the astrological signs belongs to one of the four elements; fire, earth, air or water. Aquarius is an air sign meaning communication, thinking and analysis take center stage. Air signs can be appear emotionally detached; this doesn’t mean air signs like Aquarius don’t feel it’s just not their primary approach to life. If we’ve been stuck in negative or painful feelings a new moon in Aquarius can help us detach and try a new way of looking at our lives. Since there are two sides to every story, some of us may have been in our head too much. We’re desperately trying to figure everything out and are a bit confused on what we’re feeling. Since air signs can be good writers this may be a good time to get your journal, get really honest with yourself and write out what’s going on in your life. As you’re writing pay attention to how you are feeling. You don’t have to show this to anyone so don’t censor yourself, be gut-level honest.      

Uranus and the new moon in Aquarius:  Each zodiac sign has a ruling planet and in the case of Aquarius that planetary ruler is Uranus known in astrology as the Great Awakener. Uranus is the “and now for something completely different planet”. When Uranus arrives on the scene you can bet there’s going to be a whole lotta shaking going on. Uranus doesn’t want to punish us or cause unnecessary chaos but wants to make sure we keep it moving instead of being stuck in boring ruts and routines. Uranus is currently in the sign of Taurus. It entered the sign of the Bull in May of 2018 and will be there until late March of 2025. Taurus is a sign related to money, security and the need for stability. So, when we put Uranus and Taurus together we get a shake-up in the economic and finances department and we’ve certainly seen that over the last three years. We’ve seen inflation soar and the housing market has taken a dip. As mentioned above Uranus isn’t doing this to punish us or purposely make things more difficult. Uranus’ job is to get us to try something new hence the reason millions either lost their jobs or quit them and started their own small business.  For many of us job security ended up being an illusion. Uranus went retrograde in August of 2022 and had us re-thinking our money and security. Uranus will actually go direct the day after the new moon meaning some of us will put our work or money ideas into action.    

Mercury and the new moon in Aquarius:  Mercury the planet of communication went retrograde on December 29, 2022 causing the usual miscommunications  and delays. On January 18, three days before the new moon, Mercury goes direct. Most of the retrogrades for 2023 will happen in the earth signs of Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo. At the end of the year Mercury will begin retrograde motion in Capricorn but will deep back into the fiery sign of Sagittarius for a spell. Being in earth signs this year our Mercury retrogrades will center around finances, career and the body. 

January 17, 2023 — Denise Welling