The name of the game when the Sun enters Aquarius is “individuation.”
Aquarius energy is about being part of the group, yet having the guts to be the individual person you came here to be.
The Aquarius archetype, as ruled by the planet Uranus–known as the great awakener–is a humanitarian sign. Aquarian energy, also ruled by Saturn in traditional astrology, concerns itself with the group–not with the individual—and with the structure of the group.
Who Did You Come Here To Be?
So how hard is it to be your own wo/man rather than one of the sheeple?
Well, for some of us it can be damn hard!
In her book “The Art Of Stealing Fire: Uranus In The Horoscope,” astrologer & Jungian psychologist Liz Greene writes “…Uranus is not concerned with individual development…It may even prove inimical to individual values and individual emotional needs. Very often the special brand of suffering that Uranus can reflect springs from the fact that the person cannot express a sense of individuality.”
Why is that?
“He or she may be dominated or driven by a revelation or world view which is collective,” Green writes. “It may be a revolutionary or transformative perspective on life, but it is collective nonetheless, which is why Uranian ideas usually arrive full blown in the person’s consciousness, without having been distilled from, or tested against, personal experience.”
Which brings us to the point, as the Sun enters Aquarius now until March 19, of how so many with a preponderance of Aquarian energy have so many great ideas…
Brilliant Rational Insights That Seem Crazy
I always picture in my mind’s eye Benjamin Franklin in his lab, tinkering with his test tubes and postulating that he can “capture” electricity. I don’t really know much about his experiments from a scientific point of view, except that we were taught he flew his kite on a stormy night.
When lightning struck the key on the string of the kite–EUREKA!–his hypothesis about how to capture electricity was born!
I wonder if anyone saw him that night and thought he was simply stark-raving mad.
Realizations & revelations made by those who carry a great deal of Aquarius energy usually lend themselves to improving the plight of mankind in some way, be it big or small.
I believe the scientists who figured out how to put the first rocket into orbit around the earth, and then how to put a man on the moon, had to be Aquarian in nature.
I assume that when presented with the problem “how do we get a man into space?” and later “how do we land a man on the moon’s surface?” they had an intuitive sixth sense that a doable answer existed.
So they rolled the problem around in their minds, went home, slept on it for a day, a week, a month, a year–whatever length of time it took—and when ready they reappeared in front of those who’d asked the question.
“Yeah, it can be done,” they said, “and not only that—here’s the plan!” Then they handed everyone present the written outline of such a plan.
The Same, Yet Different
Having said this, however, Aquarius is an air sign, which has to do with rationality–as do the other air signs Libra & Gemini.
Those who carry a great deal of Aquarius energy are capable of taking a step back and looking at a situation logically, rationally, and objectively.
So you can see how Aquarius energy isn’t in it just about being a rebellious smart ass. The thing that’s so fascinating about this energy (to me, at least) is how ideas and concepts arrive in the brain “a priori,” which means through deductive reasoning rather than through observation or experience.
When a plan arrives whole into one’s brain—PLUNK! Just like that!–it takes on a revelatory quality. To be Aquarian is to be able to see it all laid out in one whole picture or insight, rather than slogging toward it piece by piece via observation and correlation.
Aquarius energy is also hugely intuitive. One of the questions we can ask ourselves as the Sun enters Aquarius, this sign of intuitive revelations–of the sort that often arrive into our psyche fully formed–is whether we give credence, &/or listen, to these aha! moments.
When we dismiss these eureka! moments that occur in our brain, we deny ourselves the right to think differently or in an outside the box manner. When we go along to get along, the result is often sameness.
This loops us back to Liz Greene’s logic that the Aquarian nature is comprised of group-only energy unfamiliar with individuation:
“If someone is trapped in such receptivity to the collective, without any individual sense of self to monitor, sift, or shape the revelation, he or she may lose touch with what is nourishing and creative on an inner level, and many important aspects of personal life may be unwittingly crushed.”
The upcoming Leo Full Moon on Saturday, January 23, is going to have something more to tell us about that, so stay tuned…
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