My take on the sign Aquarius
People say that all the signs have their good and bad qualities, and that one shouldn’t make qualitative statements about them. But I have to say that after studying, teaching and using Astrology as a tool for self-enquiry and development for nearly forty years, Aquarius is my favorite sign! And here is why: Aquarius is the humanitarian revolutionary who keeps all the other signs awake and on their toes. The catch phrase for Aquarius is: “I know”. This is because knowledge is a tool for the betterment of humanity, and Aquarius has an innate knowing sense.
Ruled by the planet Uranus, the planet of revolution, innovation, futuristic vision, genius (and yes, ‘madness’) Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so even though it enlightens us with enthusiasm (from the Greek enthousiasmos, to be inspired by a God) and de-light, natural intelligence and sense of adventure, it is able to powerfully concentrate and focus its energy onto a goal or outcome for the greater good of all beings. In old Astrology, before Uranus was discovered in 1781 (the same time as electricity), Saturn was the ruler of Aquarius while it co-ruled Capricorn. I believe that the taciturn economic and disciplined ways of Saturn are still in play in Aquarius. This means that all the idealism and enthusiasm is grounded in practical down-to-earth action, that doesn’t get blown away by flamboyant ego displays or corrupted by expressions of pride.
Aquarius often finds itself the ‘right face, in the right place, at the right time.’ It seems to naturally gravitate to the best situations and circumstances.
Having said all of these wonderful things about Aquarius, I have to say, that Aquarius struggles with intimacy and one-to-one relationships. It is everybody’s best friend, but is out-on-a-limb when it comes to relating to a significant other. This is because it deeply cares about the brotherhood of all mankind more than the nearest and dearests.
Ofcourse in describing an Astrological sign in this way, I am not necessarily describing people who have their Sun in Aquarius, although mostly they will be able to identify with some, if not all of these qualities. We all have all the signs in us, some of them will dominate more that others. Aquarius represents a facet of expression I find the most developed and sustainable especially as we enter into the Age of Aquarius. (more about that in another article soon)
This is an important time for the Aquarian side of life, and this is because of the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we will go on being part of all this year and into 2015. This is the revolution of consciousness and the breaking down of the status quo as well as many outworn belief systems and modis operandi. The violent wars and turbulent natural disasters we are witnessing and participating in have a Uranus/Pluto 'feel' about them. The fires of transformation wielding great inroads into human consciousness, opening it up for the New Earth Eckhart Tolle talks about in his great book. The Aquarian Age of Enlightenment, where we all intrinsically know we are One, all part of the living breathing organism known as life on Earth.
Heralding February is the Super new Moon on January 30th in Aquarius which you can use to allow yourself to dream in and manifest goals or outcomes you feel the most enthusiastic about.
Mercury will go retrograde on February 6th until 28th. It will go into Aquarius, a much more pragmatic place for it than the dreamy poetic Pisces, on February 14th.
The most important transit is Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, with Venus within one degree of Pluto, on January 31st. We are still deeply questioning our values and beliefs, and there could be some secret uses and misuses of power which we become part of, or aware of in others. With our personal lives Venus is so close to this opposition, we will need to come from a place of love and receptivity, just listening quietly, instead of imposing what we think is correct through manipulation or domination. Under this transit there have to be some losses, so that gains can be made and the regeneration of the truth can be facilitated. After this Jupiter will sit on a square to Uranus until March 6th when it will also go direct and start moving through Cancer at its usual faster pace. This relationship between Jupiter and Uranus, can bring a lot of release and relief to the pressure which has been building up with the Uranus/Pluto square. Surprising situations and innovative resolutions will bring movement and change.
Deep diving in Scorpio with Retrograde Mercury and Saturn
Saturn, North Node, and retrograde Mercury (until 11th November) in Scorpio are taking us into potentially deep transformational possibilities over the next four to six weeks. They join the rare ‘hybrid’ Solar eclipse on November 3rd to assist in the deep work that this configuration with the awakening quality Solar eclipses can bring. Earth will be in Moon’s shadow, a time for feminine, receptive and Soulful aspects of the collective psyche to enquire within.
Solar eclipses interrupt routine natural patterns and have a disruptive effect in most lives, depending where it falls in your chart (people celebrating their birthdays on November 3rd, can expect a powerful year of transformation as an awakening to deeper truths is ‘on the cards’).
This could be a good thing given the depths our thoughts could be plummeting to with the retro Mercury in Scorpio, bringing opportunities to delve deeply into past memories or programs which no longer serve, and shaking up attachments to the very foundation of our ideas about ourselves and where we’ve come from. The softening trine from Chiron in Pisces assures healing is happening.
Scorpio focuses intensely to penetrate layers which maybe protecting deeper truths, and with Saturn and the North Node assisting retrograde Mercury, these are going to be truths and responsibilities or lessons we may not have wanted look at previously. Saturn always works best if we take the challenge and do the work. Times will be harder for those wanting to avoid or deny these changes. Processing fears and negativity will bring clarity and strength. Jupiter goes retrograde on November 7th, internal expansion is supported even though its challenging like any growth crises can be. North node will put us in touch with the most important life-issues, so it’s not really a time to dance on the surface of life.
Scorpio is associated with the Phoenix, that mythological creature who disappeared in flames, only to arise magnificently from the ashes, in all its glory. Scorpio wants to burn away illusions and outmoded structures, it wants renewal and rebirth. It can be ruthless and tenacious, upturning every obstacle until the jewels of truth reveal themselves. These really are jewels honed by the depths to which we have to dive for them…our authentic faces glimmering behind layers and masks which we took on early in our lives to survive or get the things we thought we needed to get from the outside world. Now we can really experience what it feels like to discover that everything we were looking for is already inside of us. But work has to be done! The courage and grit to persist, using the mind for discernment and connection and Saturn to keep things real and visceral.
The Uranus/Pluto square continues throughout November: revolution/evolution as old-world continue to fall away, the big awakening of a new species, a New World as Eckhart Tolle calls it.
Candida van Rood, aka Candy vR, (or Candy Spender).
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