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Jan 20 – Feb 18, 2019
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – the Sun is just one planet in your star-soup.
Happy birthday Aquarians!
The Aquarian solar cycle is all about adventure and living creatively. Aquarius follows his own path, regardless of what is popular. He is the ultimate non-conformist of the zodiac, down for anything. This is an excellent time to travel, especially to foreign countries. It is also an excellent time to connect with new social scenes and learn about radical new concepts. Aquarius lends a progressive, innovative perspective. Look forward to all things alternative: new friends, unorthodox spiritual/philosophical trajectories, non-traditional medicine, party alienz, etc.
The Aquarian archetype is cerebral, curious and totally original. Life under this sun feels novel and exciting. Opportunities present themselves suddenly, and yet all feels fated, everything at exactly the right moment. Aquarius loves surprises and keeping us on our toes, reminding us that we don’t actually know anything. Inhale this euphoria, this constant state of wonder. The skies are opening as though cracked by the gods, ready to shower us with mind-expanding gifts. Prepare for a burst of creative energy, artists.
The sun is in his detriment in Aquarius, 180 degrees from Leo, the constellation ruled by the sun. Because Leo rules the ego, one might say that Aquarius has no ego, but this is far from true. The Aquarian mantra is I know. Accordingly, the water bearer is a notorious, if not animated, intellectual imperialist. Aquarius intervenes when he sees fit, and he can be quite cold and abrupt. At best, he empowers, uplifts and revitalizes his community, but Aquarius can also be unbreakably stubborn. In the Aquarian world, everything is a battle, a rivalry, a constant railing against convention. Balanced Aquarians are devoted to the evolution of both humanity and their own personal ego. Sometimes the Aquarian “fight” takes the form of martyrdom. Everything becomes a burden and suffering sparkles. From “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass:
This trip [and by this he means THE trip – the one which leads you to YOU, to SELF LOVE] requires total suffering but: it’s got to be suffering that is no suffering. You’ve got to go the whole suffering trip but: you can’t be the guy who is suffering … Am I he who is being pained? No! That’s the thing. Once you know that then: pleasure & pain, loss & gain, fame & shame are all the same. They’re all just happening. (p 106-7)
Despite his magnetic enthusiasm, the water bearer is emotionally detached, aloof, torn between love of solidarity and love of solitude. The ruling planet of Aquarius is Uranus, Harbinger of the Unexpected. Consider the Greek myth of boy-turned-god Ganymede, for whom Aquarius is named. Ganymede was a beautiful young boy from Troy, nothing but a humble shepherd, completely unaware that Zeus had been watching him, enamored by his beauty. Zeus transformed into an eagle and abducted Ganymede right from his pasture – unexpected indeed! Ganymede became – against his will – a consort of Zeus, and was, out of all Zeus’ lovers, the only to be granted immortality. Ganymede was also made official cupbearer to the gods; we know him now as Aquarius, “the water bearer.”
Yes, this “boy” was a “lover” of Zeus. His abduction and liaison were clearly non-consensual and morally corrupt. Is this the root of Aquarius’ fiery passion for social justice? The root of his scream, shrill as dawn, ricocheting down a wintry corridor?
The first day of Aquarius begins with quite a bang, which is fitting. On the evening of Jan 20, we have a supermoon lunar eclipse in feisty Leo. Just an hour before, Venus and Neptune corner one another in a tense square. Early the next morning, yet another square between Mars and Saturn. All of this spells unpleasant, unexpected events, so please exercise caution and avoid travel. If you are feeling even a little overwhelmed, spend this time alone. However, if you’re feeling groovy, make sure to put on some music and dance – this is definitely going to be a festive vibe for those who are in the mood.
On Jan 23, Mercury joins the Sun in Aquarius. Jan 29 will be one of the best days of the season, as this is the day the sun and Mercury link up at the same degree – our minds and bodies will be operating in hyperdrive, so book this day out with all kinds of projects. Expect a highly focused, intellectual day.
Feb 4 is the New Moon in Aquarius, signaling the beginning of the Chinese New Year! 2019 is the year of the Earth Pig – look for more information in my upcoming post on the new moon.
On Feb 10, Mercury ditches Aquarius for Pisces. This might leave us feeling a little scattered or absentminded for awhile. The last day of Aquarius (Feb 18) looks like it will be very productive, especially in sectors where interpersonal meets professional life. Aquarius season will end as it began: with a super full moon.
As for Valentine’s Day, I say forget that bullshit. Aquarius season is the worst possible timing for a holiday meant to celebrate love & partnership. Aquarius is many things, but not romantic. I do want you to know what kind of potentialities shimmer in the ice palace of Aquarius…like wildest (non-romantic) dreams come true. And YOU are the one who makes it happen. I can also guarantee that there will be a party with weird people. So wear something funky – there WILL be dancing. In meditation, focus on the upper chakras (third eye and crown). Keep your thoughts circulating with Aquarius Yoga.