Sun in Aquarius ☼ Jan 19 – Feb 18

Jan 19 – Feb 18, 2018

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!

Aquarians are the non-conformists of the zodiac, down for anything. The water bearer follows his own path, regardless of what is popular. This cycle is about adventure and living creatively. Look forward to all things alternative: new friends, unorthodox spiritual/philosophical trajectories, non-traditional medicine, party alienz…

The sun is in his detriment in Aquarius, 180º from Leo, the constellation ruled by the sun. Because Leo rules ego, one might say that Aquarius rules “anti-ego.” However, Aquarius struggles mightily with ego. Despite his magnetic enthusiasm, Aquarius is emotionally detached, even aloof, torn between love of solidarity and love of solitude. Balanced Aquarians are devoted to the evolution of both humanity and their own personal ego.

The Aquarian mantra is I know. Accordingly, the water bearer is a notorious, if not animated, intellectual imperialist. At best, he empowers, uplifts and revitalizes his community, but Aquarius can also be terribly stubborn. The water bearer demands proof of everything, but I think that’s just his Universal code, where life is a battle, a rivalry, a constant railing against THE MAN. As such, Aquarius has no problem intervening when he sees fit, and he can be quite cold and abrupt.

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 was watching him, enamored by his beauty. Zeus transformed himself into an eagle and abducted Ganymede right from his pasture – unexpected indeed! Ganymede became (against his will, surely) 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, of course, as Aquarius, “the water bearer.”

Yes, this “boy” was a “lover” of Zeus. Plenty of interpretations suggest his abduction and liaison were non-consensual and morally corrupt. Is this the root of Aquarius’ fiery passion for social justice? The root of his scream, shrill as winter dawn, ricocheting down the corridor?

The spiritually conscious know something about the journey, and that is this: sometimes, when we fight the Aquarian “fight,” it mistakenly 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, back 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)

The Aquarius season is an excellent time to travel, especially to foreign countries. It is an excellent time to connect with new social scenes and learn about radical new concepts. In every way, the Aquarian archetype is cerebral, curious, totally original. Life 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. Keep your eyes open, inhale this euphoria, this constant state of wonder. The skies are opening as though cracked by the gods, ready to shower you with mind-expanding gifts. Prepare for a burst of creative energy, artists.

The Aquarius cycle comes on the heels of the New Moon in Capricorn. Once again, we begin the next cycle in the midst of an existing lunar cycle. For example, if the new moon had come instead on the very first day of Aquarius, the lunar cycle would sync with the sun in the constellation of Aquarius. However, since the new moon comes before, the first few weeks of Aquarius are instead colored by the archetype of Capricorn. We will therefore continue working on the lessons of Capricorn, but now through the lens of Aquarius. This translates to a more progressive, innovative perspective (Aquarius) toward our life structure and long-term plans (Capricorn).

The Sun dances with a couple planets during this cycle. First a square with Jupiter in Scorpio on Feb 10. This is not a fortuitous day. Hard angles such as this one mean some kind of conflict is coming to a head. This is even less auspicious with Jupiter, planet of luck and good fortune. Whenever Jupiter is squared, his lucky powers evaporate. On the bright side, this scarcity of good fortune is relegated to the Jupiterian realm of spirituality and belief systems. That is to say, Jupiter doesn’t cause physical accidents on the terrestrial plane; his involvement is beyond the day-to-day, speaking instead to matters of spirit. Anyway, there’s no need to be afraid, but I would not recommend travel, investment or any risk-taking. On Feb 17 the sun forms a conjunction to Mercury in Aquarius. This is a completely different vibe. Mercury is master of work and basic thought process, so this should be a very productive, intelligent day – a great day to get shit done. Having said this, another less auspicious astrological influence will also be operating that day between Mars and Neptune…so we’ll see.

As for Valentine’s Day, I say forget that bullshit. Sun in Aquarius is the worst possible timing for a holiday mean to celebrate love & partnership. Aquarius is many things, but not romantic. I do want you to know what kind of potential shimmers in the ice palace of Aquarius…I’m talking wildest dreams come true. And YOU are the one who makes it happen. I can also tell you that there’s gonna be a party, and weird people will be there. So wear something funky because there WILL be dancing. Improve your circulation with Aquarius Yoga.

Mantra:  freedom

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