This week we turn our attention to Aquarius, the Water Bearer. When the Sun passes through this sign, we are in the heart of winter, from late January through most of February. While the Earth is cold, the stars come out at night, with some of the most beautiful displays of brilliant constellations. Not only are the best and brightest lights of heaven to be found here, but the nights are long, and because of the cold, the skies are relatively devoid of moisture. This means that the atmospheric lens through which we have to look is clearer. The opposite of this would be as if you saw a star or the Moon through a light cloud. It would look fuzzy.
Conversely, of course, the Sun is at the low end of its power, and its light and warmth are close to a minimum. The Sun is said to be in its detriment in this sign. It's not the best time of the year for kids (ruled by the Sun) to go out and play. Whereas the Sun represents individual power and concentration (don't look at it, it's too bright!) as typified by the power of the King, so Aquarius represents its opposite, the collective of people working together, of community, of doing what is best for the greatest number. It's committees and absolute democracy. Leo is Sunlight. Aquarius is Starlight. That is, the light of all the stars, taken together. It's Abe Lincoln (an Aquarian) setting the slaves free (this is the sign of freedom). In its highest expression, this is the sign of social justice, liberty and equality in action.
Like Capricorn, the sign we have just come through, the old ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, which is to say that times are hard and cold. It's winter! Uranus is thought to be the contemporary ruler, and on the positive side, Aquarians are interesting, unique and engaging people, fascinating to listen to, and almost magical in their encyclopedic knowledge of life or the facets of their particular craft. The symbol of this fixed air sign is two broken, wavy lines, somewhat like an equals sign that's been run over by a truck. You can see the tread marks.
Many people often mistake Aquarius for a water sign, because it is symbolized by the water bearer, but the currents being described by Aquarius are more like electricity than water. Although you can't see it, electricity can pass through water and like the personality of its offspring it can be exciting, stimulating and invigorating, but on the flip side it can also be erratic, different, weird, eccentric, intermittent, independent and a loner. Like looking into the Sun (Leo), grabbing a live wire (Aquarius) can have adverse consequences. There is often a sudden shift or reversal where Aquarius is concerned. The electricity of this sign can be magnified into the power and devastation of lightning. You never know where it's going to strike and it never strikes twice in the same place.
As a sign, Aquarius rules knowledge and information. People born under this alignment can be scientists or mathematicians, astronomers or astrologers, Ralph Nadars (Rising) or Ronald Reagans (Sun Sign). Whereas Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is said to represent structure, Uranus, ruling Aquarius, is thought to be the structure breaker. It is inventions and investigation. Their colors are checks, plaids, neon and changeable colors. It is the colors of the rainbow taken collectively, not individually. Aquarians tend to be humanitarians. Since we are headed into the Age of Aquarius, people with this vibration strong in their chart tend to be more futuristicly oriented, relying on evolution, science, astronomy and metaphysics. They march to the beat of a different drummer, often out of step, and take personal pride in their uniqueness. Street rebels, spiked hair, owning a gun or having a copy of Mein Kampf or the Satanic Bible freedom and independence often manifest themselves in an unusual combination of ways, and it doesn't always make the rest of us feel very comfortable.