By Cal Garrison, a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of an Aries Moon, in the wake of the Sun’s entrance in Aquarius. As I look at the chart for this week, I see that there are all kinds of planets and asteroids in Aquarius, including the Moon’s South Node. In thinking about what to write, I decided it might be a good idea to talk a little bit about the Aquarian archetype. Why? Because this sign has been trivialized by the clichés that sprouted out of the branding of “The Age of Aquarius,” and by the many assumptions that have been made about a) what the Aquarian Age actually signifies and b) about how those attributes manifest in people who are born with an Aquarian blueprint.
To understand where this sign is coming from, it helps to start with the idea that it is a visionary archetype. What does being a visionary imply? It suggests that the individual is draped between the past and a future that has yet to come into manifestation. The idea here is that what is yet to be seen evolves out of what has already been established, and that something about the Aquarian essence is deeply immersed in whatever that process involves.
Before we can translate that statement into down-to-earth terms, we need to remind ourselves that unlike every other sign (except Scorpio) Aquarius is governed by two planets. Before 1781, there weren’t enough known planets to go around, so the Water Bearer was ruled by Saturn, and shared it’s governance with Capricorn. When William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, because Uranus’s behavior so closely resembled the Aquarian frequency, the people who decide these things designated it to be the co-ruler of Aquarius.
If you know even a little bit about astrology, you know that Saturn and Uranus are polar opposites. Saturn governs the past. It rules traditional values, systematic norms, and everything that we have come to associate with rock solid certainty and time honored beliefs: Saturn is the King of the old paradigm. In contrast, Uranus rules the future. It is eccentric, electric, erratic, unpredictable, precipitous, brilliant, and full of changes that are totally out of the box.
Now the question is: What happens when these two opposing forces get mixed up in the same sign? How does the straight shooter energy of Saturn keep company with the off-the-wall tendencies that are so uniquely Uranian? And where does the visionary fit in to all of this?
Over time I have figured out that Aquarians come in two flavors – and both varieties want the same thing. No matter how they decide to express themselves, the one thing that all Aquarians have in common is a deep desire to create a new and better world.
With all of this in mind, given the fact that there is currently a bundle of planets and asteroids rolling through Aquarius, it might be good for all of us to consider what it will take for us to make the world a better place. And then to realize that it doesn’t matter how we approach it and that there is no need to judge anyone for the way that they decide to handle that process. All of us are here, now, doing whatever it takes, from wherever we are, to turn the world around. We don’t have to run for office and we don’t have to start a revolution. Whether we’re making free energy breakthroughs or hanging out at home keeping an eye on the kids and baking chocolate chip cookies, we have the capacity to make the dream real with every breath we take. Let me leave you with that thought and invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.