January 22 – February 21
Key Words: “I Intuit & Know”
The last week of January begins the energy of Aquarius, a quirky, one of a kind innovator, known as ‘The Water Bearer.’ This is a misnomer, for Aquarius is fixed air, not water, but its constellation appeared as someone pouring water from a jug, ergo the name. Already we have an ingenious mutation as a symbol. Aquarian energy is well represented by the cold, electric air of winter, (In the Northern Hemisphere) for it seeks new knowledge. It’s signature, electric watery waves, are those of air-connection, prompting mankind to grow a great brotherhood and sisterhood of wisdom. Ruled by the planet Uranus, Aquarians deal with inner revolution, if not outer. They desire freedom, artistry, and sometimes chaos. They move through limitation and restriction, discovering new paths and modern-means.
The solstice of 2020 is an enormous energy shift into Aquarius as Jupiter and Saturn form the Great Conjunction at 00 Aquarius. It announces the turning of the ages. (See historical notes in Constellation Corner.) We slowly leave behind the weight, suffering, and martyrdom of the Piscean age. Aquarius and Uranus lovemaking futuristic ideals real, believing that equality and brotherhood are not only essential but possible. They love the challenge of creating new science, and innovative designs that serve mankind.
As revolutionaries of the Zodiac, they are concerned with expanding and sharing intellectual qualities. As ‘water bearers,’ they enthuse and bathe in the waters of enlightenment, the world wide web is an Aquarian dream come true.
Aquarians can be obsessed to change the world into a better place. It is interesting that Valentine’s Day falls in the Aquarian territory. The heart, ruled by Leo, opposes Aquarius. Leo is personal and passionate, wanting to love and be loved by a one and only. Aquarius is independent, mental, objective, and dispassionate, with a preference for friendships. Many great reformers and revolutionaries are Aquarians. It is important for this energy to not lose its Shruti, it’s personal, listening heart as it mobilizes to reform. Where ever the Leo-Aquarius face-off occurs in your chart, there is a balancing of the overly romantic with the too impersonal.
Aquarius PolaritiesSuperior VS Peer Zany VS Unusual Revolutionary VS Evolutionary Radical VS Reformer
Uranus Rules Aquarius
Uranus rules the ‘sixth sense,’ the intuitive mind, or higher mind, and outside the box thinking. As the first of the ‘modern planets, those discovered since the invention of the telescope in the early 17th century, his discovery symbolized moving the world beyond the boundary of the known, which was the weight of Saturn’s world. Uranus expresses our unique individuality, and sense of independence, as well as rebellious nature. It is the only planet we cannot control. We can only control our reaction to it. In order to know and use the freedom inherent in Uranus, we must first pass Saturn’s tests of responsibility and discipline. Uranus and Aquarius are often where we question the status quo, where we wish to be seen as original, or as a rebel, and where we uniquely express.
Rules the circulatory system, along with the ankles
Balancing Aquarian Energies through a Yoga Practice
Poses, such as Kapotosana/Pidgeon that soothe the nervous system and allow the emotional body to be at peace are particularly helpful.
Because the sign is more intellectual than physical or emotional, you need to remind the body that it needs more care.
A warm, even intense practice keeps the blood flowing, and releases toxins, as well as supporting muscle tone and flexibility.
You can use the group to keep you going when you don’t feel like showing up. Practicing with, and being part of your community is very important.
Opening the physical heart supports opening the mental and emotional heart. Poses such as Matseyandrasana/Fish Pose, Ustrasana/Camel Pose, and the simple Bhujangasana/Cobra and Urdva Mukha Svanasana/Up Dog, all create heart openings.
Aquarians love the new, therefore keep your practice innovative. Assess where it has stagnated and change it up. Try an entirely new style, or teacher.
“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”– Ellen De Generes