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New Moon in Aquarius 2021: The 7 of Swords

New Moon in Aquarius

New Moon in Aquarius 2021

This month’s New Moon occurs at 23° 16′ Aquarius on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:06am PT.

The New Moon is a time to bring your energy back inward, grounding and centering in the moment. From here we can focus and prepare for new growth. During the Dark of the Moon, we have a natural inclination to contemplate what we’re leaving behind us and what we’re aspiring to in the future.

Questions to ask on the New Moon:

  • What will come to light during this Moon cycle?
    • Divination to foresee & make plans
  • What are the themes of this cycle in my life?
    • Which Whole Sign House does this Moon happen in for me?
  • What do I want to build?
  • What have I learned from what has passed?
    • The previous Moon cycle began with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 12, 2021. First Quarter Moon in Taurus on January 20. Full Moon in Leo on January 28. Last Quarter in Scorpio on February 4.

Planting Seeds to Harvest in Late July

This New Moon in Aquarius, like every New Moon, is tied into a longer cycle, too. It will reach fulfillment on some level during the next Full Moon in Aquarius, which will happen on July 23, 2021.

Think about what House Aquarius rules in your chart. What are the themes of this House? Then consider where you want to be concerning these areas of your life by the end of July. This can help you start to think about logistics, especially since this Moon is all about scheming and laying out your agenda.

The Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

The New Moon occurs just four hours after a favorable Venus-Jupiter conjunction. This can give the New Moon a positive boost and start us off with a bit of luck.

One thing to consider, though, is that Venus & Jupiter are hidden now under the beams of the Sun (within 8-17°). This makes their effects more indirect and subliminal than they might otherwise be.

The last Venus-Jupiter conjunction was in Sagittarius on November 24, 2019 and the next one will be conjunct Neptune in Pisces on April 30, 2022.

The Aquarius Stellium

The Sun & Moon renew themselves together with Mercury Retrograde, Venus, Jupiter, & Saturn in Aquarius. This conglomeration of energies in Aquarius puts a definitive focus on this area of our charts and on the themes of the sign Aquarius.

Disciplined Saturn as the ruler of Aquarius plays host to all of these planets. As he’s in his own sign, operating as if in his own home, he has what we call essential dignity. This strengthens Saturn. We can lean on the positive Saturn traits of being responsible, diligent, and capable.

While Saturn in Capricorn deals with systems and structures, Saturn in Aquarius goes beyond the known to bring something of value back to the collective. This is the strength of Saturn to be a lone operator when needed, to stand apart from the crowd in order to respect his own truth and code of honor.

We discussed the decans of Aquarius briefly in the February monthly forecast, where I talked about the stellium of planets passing through this sign as well as Mercury Retrograde. But I’d like to go a little bit more in depth here specifically about the third decan of Aquarius to help us work with the energy of this New Moon.

3rd Decan of Aquarius: The 7 of Swords

The New Moon is in the third decan of Aquarius at 23° 16′. This decan is ruled by the Moon & Venus.

In the Minor Arcana of the Tarot, the third face of Aquarius is represented by the 7 of Swords. The esoteric name for this card is the Lord of Futility or Unstable Effort. Let’s dig in to the meaning of this card and the third section of Aquarius.

Numerology: the Number Seven

Numerologically, the month of February is ruled by the number Seven. Seven implies a solitary path, sagacity, and self understanding. Seven as an energy is analytical, studious, and observant. This can be a month of many insights and revelations, especially with Mercury Retrograde in the mix. It’s best to quietly observe and think strategically rather than take direct action right now.

The Sevens in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot (7 of Wands, 7 of Cups, 7 of Swords, & 7 of Pentacles)

In the overall story told from the Ace through the 10 of each suit, the 7 represents a stage of risk-taking, decision-making, & problem-solving. Usually there are a lot of options or possibilities involved when you draw the 7. It’s a fork in the road. We might have to take a chance or try something new, perhaps something outside of our comfort zone.

Just like the number 7 in numerology, the number 7 in the Tarot is about looking within. It’s an energy well-suited to the New Moon because it’s all about withdrawal and reflection. Understanding the way forward is a process. It will take patient observation for us to find our truth.

The Suit of Swords / Air Element

The suit of Swords represents the Air element in the Tarot: intelligence, thought, ideas, beliefs, & communication. It’s important to remember here that Swords correspond to the mind. This is the realm of mental activity, not direct action. We’re called on to strategize but keep our agenda to ourselves. Now is the time to plan ahead, juggle ideas, and consider the facts.

The Seven of Swords

A mischievous card, the 7 of Swords means that someone is acting alone and depending on their own cleverness to get by. In a sense the character in the card cannot rely on others. There is resistance implied by the man’s secretive action, appearing to steal away with a majority of Swords belonging to the camp.

The figure in the card is confident in his own ability to think his way out of a jam. This is about using our cunning intellect, planning a strategy and discovering the best tactics to use.

The Swords themselves represent ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. The fact that he has some but not all of the Swords says to us that we don’t have all of the information now. Something remains hidden or unknown, as it often does during the Dark of the Moon.

Lord of Futility & Unstable Effort

There’s a paradox here because Aquarius concerns himself with community, groups, society, the everyman & the collective, but at the same time he holds himself apart from all of that. Carrying so many Swords (thoughts/ideas) alone makes him ungrounded to the point where he can’t physically carry them all.

Futility & Unstable Effort refers to this fact that some but not all of the Swords have been taken. The man is incapable of doing it all by himself. Liber T describes this as an “inclination to lose when on the point of gaining, through not continuing the effort.”

We see this instability come in with the New Moon & Mercury Retrograde currently in a confrontational square with troublesome Mars. We need to do as much as we can mentally but remember to ground ourselves now, too.

We’re wise to keep our heads down and plan our strategy carefully instead of directly confronting any aggravating factors. By acting carefully and skillfully undercover like the figure in the card, we can avoid confrontations now. Focus instead on research and gathering intel.

Now is the time to get clear in your thinking and lay out your strategy for the next six months. Not knowing can always add some anxiety to the mix. Take a good look at the information you do possess. More will come to light after Mercury stations Direct on February 20.

Dates to Remember

First Quarter Moon in Gemini (1°) on Friday, February 19.

Full Moon in Virgo (8°) on Saturday, February 27.

Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius (15°) on Friday, March 5.

Next New Moon in Pisces (23°) on Saturday, March 13.

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February 2021 Astrology (Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius!)

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius (January 30 – February 20)

Mercury stations Retrograde in Aquarius (26° 29′) on Saturday, January 30, 2021. February 20 will bring the end of Mercury Retrograde (11° 01′), although the total shadow period is January 14 through March 12.

This Mercury Retrograde period happens about three times a year. Visually in the sky, Mercury appears to move in reverse. He slows down and draws to his closest point to the Earth. As Mercury enters this part of his cycle, it’s as if our minds and daily mundane affairs — which are ruled by Mercury — are operating on a different wavelength.

It is a time when technology, communication, travel, commerce, and other signifiers of Mercury are more open to an element of chaos and quirkiness. Ultimately Mercury Retrograde is an opportunity to slow down, go within, and review our thoughts and the data that we’ve collected on our life paths. It is less of a time for taking direct action and more of a time for reflection, ruminating, and planning.

The Trickster archetype is especially fitting for Mercury Retrograde. We can experience random mixups and technical errors during this time. Not all Retrogrades are created equal, however. A lot will depend on the specifics of what Mercury is up to during the Retrograde phase, and how it all interacts with your own natal chart.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius
That one time when Mercury Retrograde squared my Neptune & my baby suddenly went from nursing to tapping into the Matrix on my laptop. Yes, we were watching Sailor Moon.

Mercury Retrograde in Transit

During the Retrograde in Aquarius period, Mercury will form five major aspects, starting with his union with the Sun, a condition known as Mercury Cazimi. The last Mercury Cazimi was during the Winter Solstice. Their conjunction was exact on December 19, 2021 at 28° 42′ Sagittarius. Mercury will be purified again in the heart of the Sun on February 8th, 2021 (5:48am at 20° 01′ Aquarius).

  • Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius on Monday, February 8 (5:48am at 20° 01′ Aquarius). The eye of the storm, where Mercury gains strength. This is a good time to do your important Mercury business and be on the lookout for significant insights.
  • Mercury trine the North Node in Gemini on Tuesday, February 9 (10:11pm at 18° 00’). Subconscious processing of information can lead to unique insights about your life path at this time; good time for journaling & divination to reflect about the past & the way forward.
  • Mercury square Mars in Taurus on Wednesday, February 10 (4:08am at 17° 43’). Watch for conflict & miscommunication, foot-in-mouth syndrome, acting/talking without thinking, disagreements, irritability.
  • Retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus on Friday, February 12 (11:42pm at 14° 42’). A chance to review & take a new approach to relationships and the ways that you relate to the world; take inspiration from mad scientist of love Venus in Aquarius & experiment.
  • Mercury conjunct Jupiter on Sunday, February 14 (1:34pm at 13° 20’). A chance to review where you stand and start fresh in the realm of your personal philosophy, beliefs, & spirituality.

List of Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2021

In 2021, Mercury begins a new cycle of Retrogrades in Air signs. The Air element rules the mental sphere: Intelligence, Memory, Communication, Innovation, Technology, Education, Friendship, Groups, Ideas & Beliefs. Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius will challenge us to review & in some cases reshape our beliefs.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius (January – February)

Dates: Saturday, January 30, 7:52am PT – Saturday, February 20, 4:52pm

Degrees: 11° 01′ – 26° 29′ Aquarius

Most Affected Placements: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini (May – June)

Dates: Saturday, May 29, 3:34pm – Tuesday, June 22, 3pm

Degrees: 16° 07′ – 24° 43′ Gemini

Most Affected Placements: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces

Mercury Retrograde in Libra (September – October)

Dates: Sunday, September 26, 10:10pm – Monday, October 18, 8:17am

Degrees: 10° 07′ – 25° 28′ Libra

Most Affected Placements: Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn

Planets in the Signs

The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, & Saturn in Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius isn’t the only player asking us to dig deep into this part of our charts, imagining what is possible. This month we have a Stellium — a pileup of planets — in the freedom-loving sign of Aquarius. The need to break free and be uniquely ourselves, to live by our code of honor, is strong during this time.

The first face of Aquarius is the Five of Swords, Lord of Defeat, where Venus is currently with Saturn. This Decan has both positive and negative sides to it, being co-ruled by bountiful Venus & restrictive Saturn. The RWS image is in the aftermath of a battle. The victor watches smugly as the losers walk away from him.

Although the figure in the card is “the master in possession of the field” (Waite, Pictorial Key), he is isolated from his peers. Exiled. Smug though he is, holding fast to his own beliefs, this casts him from the crowd. As the Air element seeks to bring people and ideas together, this represents a sort of crisis in the overall story of the suit of Swords. But it’s one which Aquarius is uniquely capable of handling, as a Saturn-ruled Aquarian isn’t afraid to stand apart. He understands fundamentally the strength that diversity brings to a community and has conviction in his own beliefs.

The third face of Aquarius currently hosts Mercury Retrograde, and is represented by the 7 of Swords, Lord of Futility. Ruled by the Moon & Venus. As we come back into communion with the crowd after our exclusion, we take what we can and leave the rest. Some ideas will fall by the wayside, but we have to admit that others are worth keeping, too. There will be a new moon here on February 11.

The Sun and Jupiter are now in the 2nd decan of Aquarius. This section of Aquarius is represented by the 6 of Swords, Lord of Science, ruled by Mercury. This is the in between place where Mercury Retrograde will return to, finding an oasis in the outer limits. There is an alchemical reconciliation between extremes and opposites that can happen here. It happens in the realm of personally held beliefs and ideas about the world. Affected most importantly is our understanding of the physical and spiritual worlds and our place within them.

What ideas and beliefs about the world are on the table for you?

Mars & Uranus in Taurus: Embers of Impending Change

The unruly Mars-Uranus conjunction of January 20 still echoes through February. These two rabble-rousers remain in the sign of the Bull until Mars hits the hills for Gemini on March 3. While they’re here, they’ll each be forming harsh 90° squares to all of our protagonists in Aquarius.

We start the month with a punch as Mars squares the Sun right off the bat. This can signify wounded egos and ruffled feathers. Mars squares Mercury Retrograde on February 10. During this transit, we can be a bit careless with our words or take on a quarrelsome attitude.

Mars will square Venus, too, potentially stirring up trouble in relationships. Try to channel all of that passion into a constructive or cathartic activity. This will help you avoid the damage of digging in your heels and being at odds with a loved one. Aside from romantic relationships and business partnerships, Venus can also signify finances and possessions. Mars is often an aggressor. It may be easy to spend more than our means or lose by some other manner at this time.

Venus squares Uranus on February 6, offering shake-ups in the realm of romance, partnerships, business, finances, beauty & art. Uranus & Mars always have the potential to be fiery and disruptive. However, change and surprises are not always for the worst. Venus in Aquarius squaring Uranus could easily invite ingenuitive solutions and creative spontaneity.

Saturn squares Uranus on February 17. As these are both slower-moving outer planets, this is part of a much larger (~45 year) cycle. The Saturn-Uranus square will repeat on June 14 & December 23 due to planetary Retrogrades. As these are waning squares, they signify the tense beginning of the final chapter. The story started with the last Saturn-Uranus conjunction in 1988 in the sign of Sagittarius. Saturn and Uranus will meet again in Gemini in 2032.

The Sun & Moon: From Aquarius to Pisces Season

At the top of the month, we finish off our first Moon of the year. This lunar cycle began in Capricorn on January 12. The Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio is on Thursday, February 4. The New Moon in Aquarius falls on February 11. For fixed signs — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius — this is a significant time period. Look to Aquarius in your chart to understand the significance of certain feelings and developments in your life now. Also expect more to develop in these areas over the next few weeks.

Venus will meet up with Saturn on February 5, shortly after the Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio. There can be a somber note here. As we close out the previous cycle, allow yourself to let go of that baggage. But of course, we learn from and grow from the experience.

The New Moon in Aquarius emphasizes the importance of the House of Aquarius at this time. It also kicks off the Chinese New Year, welcoming in the year of the Ox. Venus conjoins Jupiter on the day of the New Moon, which is a very fortunate sign.

The Sun enters Pisces on February 18 this year. The next day is the First Quarter Moon in Gemini, followed closely by Mercury stationing Direct.

Venus is in Aquarius from the first of the month until the 25th when she follows the Sun into Pisces.

At the very tail end of the month we get a Full Moon in Virgo (February 27). At this time, Mercury will be Direct and in its shadow, in that special middle decan of Aquarius with Jupiter. This is a blessing for finding insight and gaining understanding during the Full Moon.

Significant Transits of the Month

Week One (February 1 – 6)

Monday, 2/1: Sun in Aquarius square Mars in Taurus (2:34am PT), Venus enters Aquarius (6:05am)

Thursday, 2/4: Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio (9:37am)

Friday, 2/5: Venus in Aquarius conjunct Saturn (11:07pm)

Saturday, 2/6: Sun trine the North Node in Gemini (10:40am), Venus in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus (7:33pm)

Week Two (February 7 – 13)

Monday, 2/8: Mercury (Retrograde) Cazimi in Aquarius (5:48am)

Tuesday, 2/9: Mercury (Retrograde) trine the North Node (10:11pm)

Wednesday, 2/10: Mercury (Retrograde) square Mars (4:08am)

Thursday, 2/11: Venus conjunct Jupiter (7am), New Moon in Aquarius (11:06am)

Friday, 2/12: Mercury (Retrograde) conjunct Venus (11:42pm)

Saturday, 2/13: Mars sextile Neptune in Pisces (6:13pm)

Week Three (February 14 – 20)

Sunday, 2/14: Mercury (Retrograde) conjunct Jupiter (1:34pm), Venus trine the North Node (9:10pm)

Wednesday, 2/17: Saturn square Uranus (11:08am)

Thursday, 2/18: The Sun enters Pisces (2:44am)

Friday, 2/19: First Quarter Moon in Gemini (10:47am), Venus square Mars (3:04pm)

Saturday, 2/20: Mercury Stations Direct (4:52pm)

Week Four (February 21 – 28)

Wednesday, 2/24: Mars trine Pluto in Capricorn (5:51pm)

Thursday, 2/25: Venus enters Pisces (5:11am), Sun sextile Uranus (1:13pm)

Friday, 2/26: Jupiter trine the North Node (2:58pm)

Saturday, 2/27: Full Moon in Virgo (12:17am)