Aquarius: Innovative Visionary for a New World
“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”
– Edith Wharton
Saturday January 19th the Sun will leave the grounded, disciplined earth sign of Capricorn and enter the humanistic, innovative air sign of Aquarius. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac builds upon the foundation laid by the previous sign by rectifying or redirecting its energy. Aquarius turns it rational mind toward the future and seeks to reform and advance the achievements and constructs of Capricorn to benefit humanity. In the month ahead our consciousness will be directed toward group relationships and networking, altruism, social and political reform, and humanitarian causes.
The symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, a figure carrying an urncontaining the waters of cosmic consciousness. From this urn flow rational thought, universal love, and equality for all humankind. Aquariuscelebrates the uniqueness of individuals. It is individualistic, original, even different and unusual. It is tolerant and inclusive of “fringe elements”, minorities and the disenfranchised.
“Question authority” is an Aquarian catchphrase. It does not accept a hierarchical separation of people, where individuals at the top have more rights and advantages than those below. Instead, Aquarius promotes a society built on a horizontal network of individuals, all being equal members and participants. Aquarius rules groups of like minded people coming together in this way to advance a common cause.
Although Aquarius loves humanity, it has difficulty in one-to-one relationships because of its emotional detachment. It can appear distant, disconnected, cerebral, awkward and unfeeling. Aquarius can often feel like an outsider, not fitting in and even feeling rejected by traditional, established society and conventions.
Being a futuristic, idealistic, reform-minded visionary, Aquarius can also shock by shaking up conventional standards, or taking action in socially unacceptable ways. It can be rebellious, erratic in its behavior, and inflexible. Archetypes for Aquarius include the Anarchist, the Revolutionary or Rebel, and the Liberator.
At its best, intellectual Aquarius is open minded, philosophic and scientific. It bestows reason, clarity, insight and invention. A key phrase for Aquarius is “I know”, descriptive of its lightening fast intuitive insight. Its brilliant mind quickly grasps abstract concepts, makes connections and recognizes patterns in thoughts and ideas.
Aquarius “thinks outside the box.” It breaks new ground in science and technology. Aquarius rules advances in computer technology, electronics, new sources of power, air travel and space exploration. Additional archetypes for Aquarius include the computer geek, the “mad scientist”, and the inventor.
Examples of Aquarian visionaries and inventors include Thomas Alva Edison, a pioneer in electric power generation and distribution and the creator of the light bulb. Edison’s natal Mercury, Sun and Neptune in Aquarius contributed to him becoming the fourth most prolific inventor in history. Albert Einstein had Jupiter and his North Node in Aquarius. Arevolutionary in the field of physics, his work lead to the development of quantum physics. Steve Jobs was an Aquarian innovator viewed by many as one of the greatest minds of the last century. Jobs had both Mercury and Chiron in Aquarius. A leader in the computer revolution, Jobs held unique visions of how computer technology could be used by the masses.
The color for Aquarius is bold electric blue. Its gem is aquamarine. Its metals are uranium and aluminum. Large birds such as the emu are Aquarian animals. Fruit trees and orchids are plants symbolic of Aquarius. Parts of the body ruled by Aquarius are the ankles and lower legs, the circulatory system and blood pressure.
“Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have the obligation to be one.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Uranus, Ruler of Aquarius
Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus, known as the Great Awakener. It is the first of the planets in our solar system not visible to the naked eye which lie beyond the orbit of Saturn, and that we call the transpersonal planets. Uranus compels us to move beyond our ego identification and connect with the universe on a soul level.
Uranus was discovered in 1781. Its discovery coincided with political and social movements towards liberty around the world, including the American and French revolutions. Uranus represents the urge toward freedom, independence, originality and individuation.
Mercury rules the lower mind’s cognitive processes, while Uranus rules the higher mind: intuition, innovation, and creative genius. Uranus connects us to the Mind of God from which all creative invention comes. Uranus as the “voice of God” symbolizes intuition in the form of lightening fast insights, bright ideas, and eureka moments.
Uranus bestows “divine discontent,” an inner urge that propels us towards our next growth opportunity, or towards greater personal freedom. It pushes us to create change and excitement in our life.
Uranus is unpredictable. It rules sudden, unexpected changes of a radical and shocking nature that shake our foundations. It stops our world as if to say, “Things have to change!” The force of Uranus rushing through our lives and disrupting our routines can feel disquieting, unsettling, even traumatizing. Its purpose is to take down whatever structures have outlived their usefulness. It liberates us from the confines of convention and urges us to create anew. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and the atomic bomb are ruled by Uranus.
On March 13, 2011 the planet Uranus began its seven year journey through the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. This period we are living in is a cosmic new beginning, ushering us into the 2000 year Age of Aquarius.
In the sign of Aries, Uranus encourages and inspires us to become more confident, self-aware, self-contained, and action oriented. It urges us to embrace our independent, pioneering, assertive energy and take risks in life. It fills us with new energy, vitality, courage and creativity as we explore this New Age of Aquarius.
“Know whatever comes unexpectedly to be a gift from God, which will surely serve you if you use it to the fullest.”
– Brandon Bays in The Journey
The Month Ahead
As the Sun moves into Aquarius it conjoins Mercury and trines retrograde Jupiter in Gemini. Our thinking mind is elevated and illuminated by higher consciousness, intuition and creative innovation. We can review our self limiting beliefs about life, and reflect on what we think about them with more emotional detachment and rationality. When Jupiter moves direct on January 30th we can then be more visionary, connected to Truth, and in sync with our desire to create change.
The Sun and Mercury in Aquarius broadly square both the Moon in Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio. Emotional attachment to the material world and reacting with deep emotional intensity to the changing world around us can get in the way of coming up with innovative solutions to our problems. Find peace and serenity in the natural world. Ground yourself in practical reality.
The Sun in Aquarius sextiles and disposits to Uranus in Aries. Our will to advance and reform our world in innovative ways is best expressed with confidence and courage which supports our pioneering efforts. Be a leader. Take action. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
New Moon in Aquarius
A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.
The next New Moon will be on Saturday February 9th at 11:20 p.m. (PST). This New Moon will be at 21 degrees Aquarius squaring the Moon’s Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio. This is an opportunity to begin new projects that are innovative, humanitarian and life changing. Nurture the seeds of your hopes, dreams, and visions of the future with patience and practicality. Your goal is transformation and regeneration.
The area of your astrological chart where 21 degrees Aquarius falls represents the area of your life where you can be more inventive, visionary, and open to change that creates more freedom in your life.What political, social and spiritual causes help you develop your uniqueness and individuality? How can you detach emotionally and be more objective, seeing yourself as an individual connected to all of humanity? In what ways can you network and work together with others to advance a common cause?
You may wish to set some new goals or create some Aquarian affirmations on February 9th. Examples are: “I connect with others in my community in rational, open-minded, friendly ways.” “I network with others in a spirit of equality to advance our common goals.” “I manifest my hopes and dreams for the future with innovation and intuition.”
You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon in Virgo on February 25th. This Full Moon will reward you with the satisfaction of being of greater service in the world.
“Just as each snowflake is unique, so is each person. Your primary purpose in life is to experience life from one individual, unique point of view. You are an expression of Infinite Being as it experiences itself from all possible viewpoints.”
– Owen Waters