The Chinese New Year starts on the first New Moon in the sign of Aquarius. In other words, we’re talking about the New Moon at 9.24 pm GMT on January 24 2020.
This New Moon is at 4 degrees 22 minutes Aquarius, and it therefore gives us hints about the future. I say this because the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in December 2020 is also in early Aquarius. If we look carefully at the events of early February, we might get a clue about what the world is going to be like in the 2020s and 2030s. It’s a sneak preview, if you like. But in a negative sense, we’ll start to realize that many of the things we have taken for granted since the year 2000 are now coming to an end. For example, if you’re in the UK the New Moon is the herald of Brexit. The misplaced optimism and globalism of the metropolitan elites is coming to an end. Indeed, I would see this New Moon, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, as being the new age concept of Aquarius flipped on its head. It’s about anti-ideallism, with the fusing of technology and realism.
Matters aren’t helped by the fact that the New Moon is making an 135 degree aspect to the Hades-Admetos midpoint. Hades is about death and stagnation, while Admetos is the planet of delay. Alfred Witte sees this combination as being about material neediness. We don’t have the resources we need, and we feel miserable about it. Also, the New Moon on the Hades-Admetos midpoint reminds us that the world’s lastest challenge is the corona virus, which has hit South West China and is in danger of spreading. He wrote “Diseased, oppressed frame of mind”.
Less controversially, the New Moon is square Uranus. This has the potential for creating shock events, particular in parts of the world where both are angular. If there is any part of the world that is most vulnerable to this aspect, it is the Red Sea, and countries close to it, such as Israel, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Eritrea. The chart at the top of this post is the New Moon set for Damascus, Syria.
However, the New Moon isn’t all bad. Apollon is square the Sun-Moon midpoint. Apollon is the planet of creativity and success, and many of us can revel in our achievements. So in spite of the prevailing pessimism, those of us who have done something genuinely special can start celebrating. Some might regard our celebrations as out of place, but that probably can’t be helped. I should also say that it is a good time for astrolgers.
Note: Hades, Admetos and Apollon are hypothetical planets, used by the Hamburg School. They have slow moving orbits. In the New Moon chart Hades is at 8 21 Cancer retrograde, Admetos at 0 44 Gemini retrograde and Apollon at 3 51 Scorpio.