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Jan 20 – Feb 18, 2020
Remember – your sun sign is just one planet in your star-soup.
Happy birthday water bearers!
In the upper echelon of the zodiac, we arrive at Aquarius. As the last air sign in the wheel, Aquarius represents the culmination of all that we can learn, study, and know. The Aquarian solar cycle is also about adventure and living creatively. Aquarius follows his own path, regardless of what is popular. He is the 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 teachings, non-traditional medicine, party alienzzz!
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 false. The Aquarian mantra is I know. Accordingly, the water bearer is a notoriously 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.
Despite his magnetic enthusiasm, the water bearer can be quite 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 and become 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, clear as dawn, ricocheting down the wintry corridor?
The first day of Aquarius coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the US this year. Though his actual birthday was on Jan 15, 1929, I think it is very fitting that we get to celebrate such a dynamic and progressive figure on the first day of a solar cycle dedicated to the liberation and evolution of humankind. We continue your work in earnest, Dr. King.
On Jan 22, the Aquarian sun squares Uranus in Taurus. Even if you do have a plan, Uranus is likely to come along and change it completely. Still, it is better to have something in mind rather than leave things to chance – a hard square to Uranus signals unwanted surprise outcomes, not happy accidents.
Jan 24 is the New Moon in Aquarius and the Chinese New Year! (The Chinese New Year is technically celebrated on Jan 25 due to the time difference between here and China.) 2020 is the year of the metal rat, how dope is that? I honestly don’t know very much about Chinese astrology, but I plan to do some self-education before my next post on the new moon. I have recently become friends with several women from China and have been learning about how life there revolves much more around the moon than it does here. For example, birthdays are celebrated not according to a fixed calendar date, but when the moon and sun return to the same positions in the sky. I’ve always thought that this is a more accurate way of celebrating – for example, when the sun is in Taurus and the moon is in Cancer, this feels like my birthday. It is comforting to think that – despite all the complications of living in a country like China – there are still lots of humans on earth moving to the rhythm of the moon.
Though Mercury will still be in Aquarius at the outset of this transit, he will move on to Pisces on Feb 3. Venus also makes a move to Aries on Feb 7. On Feb 16, Mars transitions to Capricorn. Later on this same day, Mercury Retrograde begins. We will begin to feel the retrograde long before, however, possibly as early as Feb 2.
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 and get ready to dance.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by this influx of mental/cerebral/intellectual energy, meditate on the root chakra to get grounded again. Pranayama is also very important and helpful. Look up Kundalini exercises. Celebrate the first day of this cycle with Aquarius Yoga.
Affirmation: I am free