Reddish star in the east?

I noticed this morning a reddish and dim star in the east. When I stare at it, I see spiral waves. It seems like I have to consciously look for it and then it becomes visible. At this moment it’s left of and down a bit from the moon. When I researched what stars are visible, it listed Orion’s belt which this clearly isn’t a part of.

Does anyone have any idea what it is?

Maybe it was Venus. It is the first star to appear in the night and the last one to fade in the morning. (Yeah yeah Venus is a planet not a star but you get my point)

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