by Cindy Fadoir
Aquarius courtesy of Anna Blanchard
Aquarius is the second Zodiac sign of the Winter Season. Aquarius has a fixed quality and is ruled by Uranus, the planet of invention and surprise. Though the symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, the element for this sign is actually air, the “water” here representing intuition and insight flowing to the world. The Aquarius glyph may look like water waves but actually shows two perpendicular lightning bolts laid horizontally representing the planet Uranus electrical storms and symbolizes waves of subconscious knowledge being shared with the world like radio waves through the heavens.
Our astrology training continues this month with the eleventh zone of the Zodiac progression, Aquarius. This mid-winter sign represents a movement away from concern for an individual family to being independent yet still concerned for the greater family of the world. Aquarians are the humanitarians of the Zodiac but, individually, they like being on their own, concerned with self-fulfillment. They dislike anyone having domination over them or others. Born during the coldest part of winter, they too can be cold but thoughtful and contemplative. Described as the philosopher, the teacher, the thinker, Aquarius can see the need for change both in society and in themselves. Visualizing a need for social change or revolution may cause Aquarius to form a plan of attack at an early age and the fixed sign may not deviate from this plan as they mature. Once Aquarius does decide to change, it happens abruptly and completely. Uranus lightning bolts of intuition and inspiration can be mistaken for eccentricity and losing touch with reality.
The key phrase for Aquarius is “I know”. They isolate themselves in order to “know” themselves better and then confirm their existence by rejoining the community to share their knowledge. They believe in individual rights of all human beings, especially themselves, resulting in very independent, freedom loving individuals. The electrical impulses of Uranus equip Aquarius with a unique antennae sense, connecting them with a sense of Oneness, the vibration of all the Universe. At time, this connection can be overwhelming, and by disconnecting, they lose the lower level connection with the world and open up the higher level possibilities of inspiration and inventiveness.
Often described as detached and cold, Aquarius actually have conflicting emotional needs and a sense of perfection and idealism that rules out many connections. This ability to detach allows Aquarius to be objective observers without undue emotions, making them great arbitrators. Friendly, they like being in groups for activities, especially relating to body, mind and spirit, or the connection of all three. They naturally understand group dynamics and often become leaders or organizers. Their ‘electric’ personalities attract people, giving them an audience for their futuristic ideals and inspiration. They like New Age, cutting edge ideas, anything unconventional. Analytical but absentminded, they have little patience for those who are not open minded to new thoughts and ideas.
Physically, Aquarians have wiry bodies and hair. The attire is unique, surprising, thrift store chic meets high fashion. Aquarius rules the shins and ankles, the nervous system, the circulation system. Women are not naturally homemakers, often choosing to be called outside the home. The drive for independence may keep Aquarius from making permanent partnerships, but if they do, they are loyal and faithful. Friendship is important to optimistic Aquarius and they have many aquaintences but few truly close relationships.
Aquarians are also known to be balanced, rebellious, reasonable, erratic, progressive, altruistic, tolerant, radical, impersonal, scientific, intellectual, unconventional, zany, humane, contrary, honest, unpredictable and impatient.
The Moon relates to how we express our emotions, needs, and what makes us feel secure. When the Moon appears in Aquarius, expressions of emotions are controlled which allows a step back so the big picture can be seen. A sense of freedom, especially of self-expression, is needed to feel secure. Friendships are important. Emotions can change in a flash with bursts of inspiration.
Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. When Mercury connects with Aquarius, communication is unconventional and dynamic. Thinking is quick, analytical, studious, abstract and social. Although open minded, it takes a lot to sway opinions. Lightning bolts of inspiration and idealism may be too far out to be easily understood.
Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. With Venus in Aquarius, freedom and friendship may be more important than committed unions. If partnerships are to succeed, they may need to be unconventional, intellectual and friendly with lots of open space, deep admiration and a variety of interests to share. Generally good with finances.
Mars relates to our physical stamina, sex drive, and how we use our energy. The Mars in Aquarius is eccentrically and idealistically passionate. An inventive and experimental approach exists to life and sexual encounters. Responds well to emergencies.
Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and how we express our intellect. Jupiter in Aquarius results in expressing intellect, intuition and idealism in a helpful, positive way. Studies geared toward increasing the knowledge and awareness of human rights issues and imaginative solutions. Research into unusual and futuristic interests increases. Guard against becoming undisciplined, too scattered or overly rebellious.
Saturn is an expression of how we deal with authority and cope with serious issues personally, spiritually and societally. Saturn in Aquarius results in level-headed rebellion and an innovative approach to business. The Aquarian unconventional approach is tempered by the Saturn restrictive, serious approach. Guard against stubbornly sticking with one rigid viewpoint.
Uranus relates to how we manifest personal individuality and humanitarian issues, and where we experience change. Uranus is at home in Uranus-ruled Aquarius, which results in compassionate detachment in order to best develop and assist social reforms and individuals. Revolutionary, original and visionary advancements can occur in the study of science, space technology and computers. Einstein’s theory of general relativity was published in 1916, while Uranus was in Aquarius (1912 to 1920).
Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuition, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. With Neptune in Uranus-ruled Aquarius, the generation born 1998 to early 2012 wants to exemplify universal harmony. Blending politics, philosophy and idealism into one forward-thinking concept may be desired. Guard against confusing ideology with rational thought.
Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. Pluto will once more be in Aquarius, starting in 2024 to early 2043, igniting an originally unique understanding and expression of truth and life. The last time Pluto was in Aquarius, from 1778 to 1798, the planet Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, was discovered by Sir William Herschel. This was also a time of the American Revolution, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as the French Revolution. These historical events all had a theme of liberty and equality, very much Aquarian based ideals.
Next month, we advance to the third of the Winter Season and the eldest sign of our Zodiac journey, Pisces. Until then, may the stars sparkle like snow and friends be plentiful.
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