If you were born late in Aquarius month, between Feb. 15 and 19, it’s likely that 2010 and 2011 were not the most entertaining thing you’ve ever experienced. Over the last two years the planets Chiron and Neptune have been sitting right on your Sun, giving you that blurry sense that you’re driving through a fog at night, having to go very slow because you can’t see the road ahead. But thank the Goddess, as of Feb. 4 both these planets have moved ahead into Pisces, the fog, your spirits and that sense that you’ve forgotten how to make decisions, even get the energy to attempt them, are lifting at last.
Aquarius has a mysterious double identity, which can be both reserved and revolutionary, flamboyant and aloof, and can switch as soon as one thinks he has it figured out. In this way Aquarians can be like Hexagram 16 of the I Ching, Enthusiasm: they have the electrical attraction and arousing energy of thunder over the colder, receptive quality of Earth. So it’s no wonder that Aquarius month (Jan. 19 – Feb. 18) comes when it does, with the deep ground still frozen as the surface starts to thaw. Aquarius begins in the Great Cold of mid-winter, and ends as things begin to stir toward the Spring. This is the time to set the new ideas into motion, the new things to work, and prepare for birth.
This is why Aquarius has always been and still is a major weather marker in the northern hemisphere. For ancient Celts and Druids, and in the Wiccan calendar, the midwinter feast of Imbolc on Feb. 1 is the first day of the year. It is sacred to Bridhe, as the moment in the Triple Goddess cycle when the elder wise woman transmutes again into the virgin who blooms in Spring. The Japanese celebrate their joyous festival of Setsubun, driving out the ills of the old year and welcoming the new, just as the Iroquois burn the offenses and grudges of the old year in tobacco offerings, christen new children and forecast the year ahead in dream telling, music and dance. The ancient Greeks honored newly-reborn Dionysus for two-weeks starting on Feb. 1, and culminating in the lovers’ feast now known as Valentine’s Day.
The sign of Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus, first discovered in the revolutionary decade of the 1780’s and identified as the bringer of novelty and surprising, upsetting changes. Thus it fits that Aquarians like Lord Byron and Corazon Aquino (both Jan. 22) tried or achieved political upheavals, and Thomas Edison (Feb. 11) was to electrical engineering what Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) was to slavery, Rabelais (Feb. 10) was to French literature, James Joyce (Feb. 2) was to the novel, Oprah Winfrey (Jan. 29) has been to the empowerment of women, and Babe Ruth (Feb. 6) and Jackie Robinson (Jan. 31) were to baseball. All had liberating, transformative impacts on their fields, often, like Edouard Manet (Jan. 23) in painting his Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, with a deliberate delight in shocking the audience.
Aquarians are the exhibitionists of the zodiac, often playing for effect. They are loyal and devoted not only to friends – not surprisingly, as Aquarius is aligned with the 11th house of friendship – but to their convictions, which they will defend bravely, though they are open-minded and will change their views when the evidence and charm of the other are convincing. They work best on teams, provided their creative ideas are acknowledged, and with a plan that balances their tendency to go it alone, even to the point of danger and burnout, like Lindbergh and Mozart (Jan. 27). Aquarians thrive in scientific pursuits, and, as Uranus rules electrical energies, often excel in movies and telecommunications, photography, computers and magical performances and light shows. It’s appropriate that rock and other electronically-amped music has arrived now, as the Aquarian Age begins.
Should you fall in love with an Aquarius? Only if your self-esteem is strong and you can operate independently, but not if you’re an emotionally needy interrogator who craves reassurance and pushes boundaries. Aquarians can be wonderfully voluble and exciting, and can seem to be people with whom we can communicate about anything, until we notice that Aquarians easily open their heads to us -- while not letting us get within a mile of their hearts.
This emotional detachment, for which Aquarians are notorious, is hardest for those who like a lot of strokes and always want to know what the other is thinking. People who understand Aquarians see that they must have private time, sometimes a lot of it, to replenish energies that they can spend even to exhaustion. Winston Churchill remarked that meeting Franklin D. Roosevelt (Jan. 30) was like opening a bottle of champagne, though FDR loved quiet time with his stamp collection. No one was more sociable than Mozart, who got recharge and rhythms from playing billiards alone. And Virginia Woolf (Jan. 25), perhaps the ultimate vivid but unknowable Aquarius, wrote that “Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.”
Want to know how the year ahead affects people born in your sign? Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for thirty-three years. He is the author of Dance of the Moon, and his new book Surfing Aquarius will be published by Red Wheel Weiser in September. He lives in Peru, and does astrology and astrocartography readings for people all over the world by phone and Skype. You can reach him at 51 – 984 – 155622, email firstname.lastname@example.org. His astrology web page is Dan Furst Astrology Web Page.