Moonletter February 2022
By Ben Belinsky
Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 1 February 2022 with the new moon in Aquarius, and spanning the full moon in Leo on 16 February 2022.
New Moon in Aquarius – 1 February
The new moon in Aquarius is the beginning of the Lunar New Year (aka the Chinese New Year). If you want to count it, it’s the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21st. The animal for the coming year is the Water Tiger. This is said to be a calmer Tiger than other years, but it still retains the force and vigour of the Tiger whose courage can take things to extremes, where trust can be made and broken, and diplomacy can be stretched to the limit, but there’s a sense of new life and new energy.
In western astrology, the chart of the new moon in Aquarius symbolises not only the coming mooncycle but also the year ahead. Saturn is close to the sun and moon and acts as a stabilising influence as the inevitable changes unfold. There is tension however from the square from Uranus in Taurus to Saturn and also to the sun and moon. This manifested last year with all the demonstrations in streets in cities around the world, Saturn’s love of the status quo meeting Uranus’ demand for change. This pattern continues to a great extent in 2022, coming back into prominence in September and October.
Also in the new moon chart, Venus and Mars are close in Capricorn. In an individual’s chart this can emphasise the sexual. (This aspect is strong in Jeffrey Epstein’s chart for example, and also in Gandhi’s. Go figure!) But Mars and Venus together are a powerful creative energy that can be channelled in different ways, either for good or ill.
Mercury in the new moon chart is close to Pluto in Capricorn. Mercury is still retrograde at this time, due to turn direct on 4th February and to leave the shadow of the retrograde period on February 24th suggesting that communications (particularly communications with corporates and bureaucracies) will flow more easily after that if we’ve used the retrograde period to sort out confusions. Pluto deals with issues of life and death so this could be a good time for sorting out wills, power of attorney etc.
The chart of the new moon is a bowl chart, with all the planets bunched into about 120 degrees, just a third of the sky. But, for me there was no structure, no pattern. I tried various harmonics to open it up, but it wasn’t until I reached the 29th when the whole chart crystalised into a clear, exact grand cross.
I’d never worked as high as twenty-nine before so asked a friend of mine for an image. She saw a still pool reflecting the world. A drop of water falls into the pool and becomes part of it. Ripples are sent out and fade. I saw the pool as the infinite and the individual drop as merging with the infinite. This made sense as twenty-eight as a harmonic in astrology represents the striving (four) of the soul (seven). Add one to that and we have gone beyond the striving of the soul to a resolution, to peace. This was echoed by the hexagram I got from the I Ching – number eleven, ‘Peace’.
This gave me a way in to reading the twenty-ninth harmonic of the new moon chart. At this harmonic the sun and moon are aligned with Jupiter and Venus, a very creative energy combining Jupiter’s social proclivities with Venus’ artistic flair. This structure is squared off by Saturn and Pluto, demanding deep practical necessity. The whole pattern seems to be about finding creative ways to take care of life and each other. Whatever is going on in the world.
Full Moon in Leo – 16th February
The Chinese spend the period from the new year to the full moon in celebration mode, well for the first seven days at least. They hang out with family, they visit friends and relatives, they give red envelopes with money to children, they eat noodles to symbolise longevity, they wish each other a happy and prosperous new year. They do similar in Korea and other countries where Chinese influence is strong – Mongolia, Vietnam, Tibet and of course the Chinese communities all over the world.
The chart for the full moon on 16th February has the moon in Leo giving a positive vibe. Venus and Mars are still up-close and personal in Capricorn. Mercury and Pluto are still thinking deep about things, maybe a bit more clearly now that Mercury has turned direct.
At the 5th harmonic the moon is in a easy flow grand trine with the business planets, Jupiter and Saturn. It’s time to make your own luck with some of that positive thinking plus being aware of what people’s needs are, because needs are changing as the situation changes. The 5th harmonic is the harmonic of do-it-yourself, the handyman, the bricoleur. All these disparate bits you got lying around, and it’s up to you to put them together and make something of them. Ain’t nobody gonna do it for you.
You’ll need to follow your instincts and you’ll need courage of course, but that’s what the year of the tiger is about.
Go well and stay well
Key Dates this month:
|Venus turns direct in Capricorn
|New Moon in Aquarius
|Chinese / Lunar New year Year of Water Tiger begins
|Christians celebrate Candlemas
|Pagans celebrate Imbolc
|Mercury turns direct in Capricorn
|Lovers celebrate St Valentines Day
|Chinese celebrate Lantern Festival
|Full Moon in Leo
|Sun Enters Pisces
|Jupiter sextile Uranus
|Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day in UK)
|New Moon in Pisces
|Ash Wednesday for Christians, Beginning of Lent