Aquarius ♒ Ingress – Impactful Innovation

Scientist Looking at DNA Model“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.”

— Francis Bacon (Sun ☉and Mercury ☿ in Aquarius ♒)

The U.S. has recently been buzzing with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. As president, it’s only natural that not everyone approves of his methods. Yet, The 44th president of the U.S. is undoubtedly progressive. Rewinding further, the futuristic and humanitarian ideals of Thomas Edison and Abraham Lincoln come to mind. Can you see the repeating themes? Obama is a Leo with his ascendant in Aquarius, while Lincoln and Edison were both born with their Suns placed in the sign of the Waterbearer.

Our Sun made the shift from structured and reserved Capricorn to airy and innovative Aquarius on January 19th, at 3:51 CDT. As the last of the intellectual and idealistic air signs, Aquarius is characterized by the keywords, “I Know”. Oftentimes, you can distinguish an Aquarian by their pride of knowledge, individualistic streak and their progressive ideals.

As I’ve always said and many astrologers know, adjacent signs help to counterbalance the excesses of one another. Earthy and realistic Capricorn is often linked with longevity, tangible results and tradition. Eccentric, individualistic and intellectual Aquarius is where existing structures begin to resonate with the call to innovation. If Capricorn is where we establish boundaries in which to rule the world, Aquarius is where we aspire to change it.

“The Aquarian spirit is often characterised by progressive thinking because of their ability to lie comfortably at odds with the norm. On a baser level however, it can lead to a stubborn and rigid maintenance of personal opinion that resists the benefits of learning from others. As a fixed sign, Aquarius offers stability and resistance, but problems can arise wherever wilfulness overrides the basic instinct towards humanitarian service, leading to inflexibility and repression of the spirit. When rightfully employed as a vehicle for free-flowing thought, the principle of fixity applied to air can result in marked powers of concentration and application, and an uncompromising response to mental challenge” [1].

Aquarius Myths – Prometheus and Ganymede

PrometheusThe myth of Prometheus helps to further illuminate the essence of the zodiac’s 11th sign. In Greek mythology, you might know that daring Prometheus stole fire from the gods and returned it to humanity. Unfortunately, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock for his defiance and sent an eagle to devour his liver each day after it regenerated by night.

The noble impulse is the brightest face of the sign – a selfless impulse, from which Prometheus can expect no personal gain.  His gift was given because he saw the potential of the as yet undeveloped human race, and because he felt it unfair that their own potential divinity should be withheld from them.  His payment is also important to the psychology of the sign, for it implies that the gift of fire – whether we interpret it as knowledge, creative power, recognition of godhood – costs dear” [1].

Another myth surrounding Aquarius surrounds Ganymede. In the form of an eagle, Zeus abducted Ganymede while he was tending sheep and made him an immortal cup-bearer of the gods. The position of cup-bearer alludes to the altruistic qualities that many Waterbearers possess. The story goes that when Ganymede had finally had enough, he emptied out all of the beverages of the gods that caused rain for days and a great flood. Later, Zeus recognized the hardship he had caused young Ganymede and put his likeness in the sky as the constellation of Aquarius.

Aquarius ♑, Saturn ♄, Uranus ♅ and House XI – Stability and Innovation

Woman lying on bed looking away contemplativelyWhile Aquarius is often associated with eccentric and rebellious energy, the sign shares a few commonalities with Capricorn in that both signs can tend towards rigidity and reservation in some areas. The 10th and 11th zodiac signs are known for their detached and scientific natures, which has a lot to do with the fact that Saturn traditionally ruled these two signs when it was known as the end of the solar system. The reserved nature of Aquarius and Capricorn are oftentimes most apparent when it comes to the realm of emotions. Many astrology books speak of the infamous Aquarian detachment. Some say that the moon (indicative of one’s emotions) placed in Aquarius or Capricorn makes expressing and connecting with one’s own emotional nature more difficult than other placements. The fact is that Aquarians are far from unfeeling.  From what I’ve seen they can sometimes identify so strongly with logic and reason and their sense of the world at large that they might become a bit impersonal.

“Saturn’s traditional rulership of Aquarius further colours this sign with the qualities of detachment, objectivity and restraint. In astrological philosophy, the Sun and Saturn are conceived as enemies, neither able to express itself fully within the other’s sign of dignity. The Sun craves attention and when the planetary energies are drawn though the Sun it centres them firmly upon the self. Hence the Sun is said to be ‘in detriment’ in Aquarius, where the personal ego is subjugated in favour of egalitarian concepts and far-ranging humanitarian concerns. The Aquarian perspective is drawn from a broad angle, and places the vision of the wider perspective above that which it sees from a position of self interest. The spirit of Aquarius is to look beyond the immediate and self-centred, to nurture the interests of progress for collective society and humanity as a whole” [1].

Light bulb with currentModern astrology associates Aquarius with the planet, Uranus. After it’s discovery, Uranus became a symbol for things such as freedom, progressiveness, originality, innovation, eccentricity, technology, and enlightenment. The introduction of Uranus to Aquarius brought the idea of the rebel. Where we find Uranus in the birth chart is often where we might find something shocking or unconventional which suddenly appears. You might experience an electrical surge of creative energy as Uranus contacts Venus in your chart, like I did last year, or meet a new and unusual person out of the blue.

“But sure as Uranus was cut down by Saturn, so must our lofty ideals inevitably fall to Saturn’s limits. That’s how it ended for Prometheus too. He was punished and bound to a rock as birds pecked his liver. The rock is Saturn, the hard reality of this house. Here is the establishment—the group that disapproves. Uranus may inspire us to breakthroughs, but Saturn resists change or co-opts it. The tension between these two planets suggests our experience in this house will have its ups and downs. At times our progressive and unorthodox inclinations will find the utopia of likeminded community that Rudhyar celebrated. Other times we’ll be the oddball surrounded by a forbidding Saturn crowd” [3].

This message asserts the fact that the evolved Aquarian balances the forces of both Saturn and Uranus to improve upon existing structures with respect for truth and tradition. In this way, you could say that Aquarius is just as fixed in his nature as the other three fixed signs despite being of the intangible air element.

“…Fixed signs aren’t adaptable; they don’t adjust easily to other people.  They have their own world, their own values.  They don’t like being pushed.  That reforming instinct in Aquarius simply doesn’t apply when you try to reform him.  You’ve got to have a good deal of your own detachment, and some source of creative life of your own, if you want to make a relationship work with an Aquarian” [2].

Aquarius and House XI – Hopes, Friends, Wishes

Friends outside cafe looking down at smart phone.House XI in a natal chart represents the ideals of Aquarius. The simplistic interpretation is that House XI is the house of friends (How I value my Aquarian friends!), hopes, and wishes. It was astrologer Dane Rudhyr that believed ‘Banding together with friends, with companions fired by a similar yearning for vision and creative social or religious change,’ Was more vital than good fortune. Traditionally, it was considered a very fortunate house to have planets in. Yet, this house represents so much more to me as I was born with Sun and Mercury placed there. For me, the 11th house represents my desire to be a part of positive change in the world. I would never be fulfilled standing idly in a daily routine that keeps me disconnected from the world at large.

Patriotic Woman Holding "Vote" Placard“When planets transit or progress through the 11th, people often feel the urge to take their interests, gifts or skills into a larger world. Whatever sandbox they’ve been playing in is no longer big enough. They need to see a new reflection of themselves. With 11th house transits, we grow bold enough to enter a new field or widen the circle we’re already in. Something may happen to us that radically shifts our priorities. We may indeed meet fortunate allies and benefactors. Or we may encounter resistance—especially from the group we might be leaving behind” [3].


In addition, House XI represents politics, groups, and organizations that allow us to connect with like-minded souls. For these reasons, it is so important for Aquarians to connect with a cause they believe in in order to evolve. At heart, they are often brilliant social idealists.

“We’re told that the 11th symbolizes the social codes that bind a society and the revolutionary zeal that breaks it apart. It rules both astrologers and the legislators who would outlaw them. It describes what we have in common and what makes us different. It’s a future-oriented house, but its social web is often sticky with the past” [3].

Aquarius  vs. Leo  – Eros & Agape

Children holding hands and walking in a fieldMy favorite description of the Aquarius-Leo polarity comes from when astrologer Elsa P. explains that Leo is Eros or romantic love and Aquarius is Agape or selfless love. I wrote a paper about these Greek stages of Love as a freshman in college and I think that these associations beautifully describe the nature of these opposite signs. Leo often thrives on romance and personal creativity/expression. Aquarius represents the transformation of the personal into the impersonal in order to benefit the world at large. Aquarius provides the sense that we are all in this life together, which is fitting for the sign of the humanitarian.

“And what about the individual Aquarian?  Well, typically, he encompasses these two extremes – genuine love and concern for the welfare of the group, and personal intellectual bigotry.  His ideals and his true sense of democracy are immediately noticeable.  Even the non-political Aquarian who lives an ordinary life and doesn’t concern himself with movements, will often be found defending the underdog in his business.  His ideals often make Aquarius stand out by a head above the crowd.  He thinks about other people, about their needs and potential.  Or maybe we should say he truly thinks – a rare commodity in an age of slogans and opinions”  [2].

Sun☉ Mercury in House XI – Innate Eccentricity

Young man with mohawkI’m a Taurus, and I’ve strangely always felt very Aquarian my whole life. It’s a perfect example of why a whole natal chart is best taken into context for an accurate picture. The placement of my Taurus Sun-Mercury conjunction in progressive House XI and north node in Aquarius probably has a lot to do with that. I deeply connect with intellectuals. My field of study is digital technology. I feel very strongly about being socially responsible and involving myself in social issues. I want to change the world. However, it’s often important for people with strong Aquarius to tether their social ideals and hopes with realistic expectations.

The tendency towards ‘detachment’ runs like a thread through many of this sign’s notable characteristics. On the one hand it gives a remarkable capacity for self-recognition and a crystal-clear reception of universal intelligence. At a spiritual level, it allows pure vision and penetrating perception. On the other, such self-reliant understanding inclines the Aquarian away from the impressions of others, often making them often appear to be a little ‘different’ and apart from their community” [1].

I’ve always felt different than other people, even weirder. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way! The ideals of astrological Uranus are reflective of my personal brand. I am a bit eccentric and I am drawn to that trait in others. Sometimes 11th house people have deeply rooted themes surrounding their early experiences within group settings. In extreme cases, it could even relate to social rejection. I never really viewed myself as a social outcast but I did always feel a little detached from the warm, sociable ocean. It was like I witnessed my early life, but I never fully engaged myself socially as much as I would have liked too for a number of reasons. It’s not even that I really craved a sense of acceptance or intimacy that no one would give to me. It was just how I felt. In contrast, it is imperative for me to maintain a certain sense of freedom and I deeply value my friendships. I truly do strive to be an exceptional friend.

“So Aquarius, man or woman, can be a wonderful friend in all the senses of the word.  He is loyal and honourable, and is capable of much self-sacrifice; he cares about other people, and so long as you don’t expect him to participate in your emotional scenes, he’s a wonderful listener and a careful, objective advisor.  No friend could be more friendly or tolerant, or understanding.  In marriage or a love relationship, this quality of detached and undemanding friendship is often a true blessing.  It means you can have your own ideas, think your own thoughts, discuss things, have companionship and camaraderie without the clutter of an expectation of roles, or a lot of emotional possessiveness.”  [2]

Later on as I learned of astrology I began to understand the fulfillment that I derived from belonging to a group of individuals upholding the same ideals, whether I was at track meets with team members, getting together with co-workers, or connecting with other astrologers.

Famous Aquarians ♒ via CafeAstrology

Richard Dean Anderson (Sun and Venus in Aquarius), Jennifer Aniston (Sun and Mercury in Aquarius), Nick Carter (Sun and Mercury in Aquarius), Geena Davis, Ellen DeGeneres (Sun and Venus in Aquarius), Matt Dillon (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Aquarius), Paris Hilton (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Aquarius), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Aquarius), Jack Nicklaus, Tom Selleck, Jerry Springer (Sun and Mercury in Aquarius), Rob Thomas (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Aquarius), Justin Timberlake (Sun and Mars in Aquarius), Vanna White (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Aquarius), Oprah Winfrey (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Aquarius), Virginia Woolf (Sun and Mercury in Aquarius)

David Bazan was born on January 22, 1976 under the fixed Air sign of Aquarius ♒.

Notes

  1. Aquarius the Waterbearer
  2. Aquarius
  3. The 11th House

 

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Leo ♌ Ingress – Create Yourself

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

— George Bernard Shaw
(Sun ☉ in Leo ♌)

The Sun ☉ comes home to its domicile in the loving, exuberant, and expressive fixed fire sign of Leo ♌ at 5:01 am CDT on July 22. As we emerge from the imaginative, watery, and introspective depths of preceding sign Cancer ♋, the sign of the lion helps to bring our revelations derived from introversion and self reflection into the light to be created, seen, and recognized. For this reason, Leo is the sign of self expression and is traditionally described by the keywords, I Will.

The Sun’s transit through Cancer compelled me to quietly sit with myself in self reflection in order to reconnect with my true sense of self.

“The emerging self is given a supportive container through 4th house (Cancer) home and family. When the emotional life is thus nurtured, power gathers. There is energy to create. Or procreate. There is enthusiasm for life. One is vibrant and radiant.”

An abundance of great performers, artists, and actors and musicians are propelled by the creative and self expressive fuel provided by Leonine placements.

The most common mythological story of Leo derives from the twelve labors of Hercules. The first of which was to slay the Nemean Lion, a ferocious creature with claws sharper than swords and impenetrable fur.

“Hercules can only succeed by summoning the entire strength of his being, the full magnitude of his inner will and fixed, determined spirit. His conquest becomes a testimony to the power of mind over matter, the individual’s capacity to move heaven and earth and attain the unattainable through the process of connecting with the heart of one’s being and giving full reign to the creative force that resides, mainly dormant, within.”

Leo, the Sun , and House V – Ego, Creation, and Self Expression

The Sun in astrology primarily represents our ego, vitality, and basic identity. If you weren’t aware already, the Zodiac sign that you have most likely identified with all of your life is determined by the placement of the Sun in your natal chart.

“The Sun is so important in the chart, that the happiest people on this earth are those who identify (without over-identifying) with the Sun’s expression. Though one might think that the traits of their Sun would come easy to them, the truth is, the Sun shows what we are learning to be.”

This brings up a valid point. Proper astrology is not fatalistic or a tool used to stereotype individuals. As someone who has read many charts, it is true that happier people seem much more aligned with the qualities of their Sun. As a Taurus, I have striven to develop a solid sense of self-worth through utilizing my innate talents and abilities and it is true that this has made me incredibly happy.

“The Sun has star quality. It says ‘I am here!’ It needs to express itself dynamically. It wants to feel special. It wants to love and be loved.”

For Leo, creativity and self expression are key. The Sun is the center of our galaxy, infusing our planet with life-sustaining energy and archaically reached the height of its ascent in the constellation of Leo. In this way, many Leo’s possess the ability to bring life and animation to situations they come into contact with. Therefore, I want to propose an alternate set of keywords for Leo, “I Create“.

As a fire sign, Leo has great ability to inspire. However, the negative expressions of Leonine energy can result in dramatic, dogmatic, attention seeking, or egotistical ways.

Leo is also linked with House V in a natal chart, the house of ‘joy and spontaneous self-expression, risk-taking, creativity, children, and love.’  The bold of loving nature of the sign associates it with the heart, spine, and blood. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most loyal signs with one of the largest hearts, oftentimes known by their romantic, or fun-loving natures while many often have an affinity for children.

“There is usually no shortage of romantic candidates drawn to their vibrant and charismatic appeal and young love can be intensely passionate. Like all the fire signs, Leos are idealistic and don’t hold back from expressing their passion. They are extremely responsive to romantic attention, which is very gratifying to their ever-hungry ego, and as such they can suffer from rash romantic liaisons that are impetuous and unsuitable on a long term basis.”

Leo vs. Aquarius – Personal Vs. Collective Empowerment

Limitations are not something that Leo’s easily deal with in general. Yet, restrictions can serve a very valuable lesson to the individuation of Leo and it is where they begin to experience the energy of opposite sign Aquarius .

“The importance of self-limitation is a lesson that ought to be driven home to all young Leos, but their lack of natural talent in this area is part of the downside of having a colourful attitude towards living life to the fullest.”

There was a point where Saturn ♄ was the traditional ruler of Aquarius. Because Saturn was once the last known planet of our solar system, it is associated with laws and limitations. The basic function of a law is to protect society, and this is where Aquarius derives its associations with groups and humanitarian concerns. Although Aquarians can also be quite eccentric, innovative, and even rebellious, the core principle that drives them is oftentimes more intellectual with a basic desire to become an accepted member of society while maintaining their sense of individuality and freedom. House XI is the Aquarius house and sits opposite House V in a natal chart.

“It (House XI) balances self-centeredness. It will reprimand an out-of-touch ego that disturbs the group and threatens the integrity of the whole. The 11th asks us to be ourselves – but within social reason. If the group likes us enough to applaud our creations, our ego will win the love and appreciation it craves. Yet if we pursue fame and prestige alone, we will eventually lose the self we first expressed so boldly. The challenge of the 5th is to remain an individual.”

Leo The Strength of Love

It’s no wonder that I learned the value of creativity from my mother. Born under the 1950’s conjunction of Pluto and the Sun, she was a dynamically expressive woman who carried the voice of the Pluto in Leo generation, a group associated with the grand theme of self-empowerment. The fierceness of her convictions were immense. She taught me to stand up for myself which proved to be a valuable lesson for my easygoing Cancer rising, Taurus Sun, and Virgo Moon. When I find myself in a less vibrant mood, it’s inspiring to remember her strength.

In addition, my mother always nurtured my creative spirit. I remember many nights where she stayed up late to help me with creative projects and teaching me how to draw. She wrote poetry, which was a passion that I similarly came to embrace. Lastly, my mother loved more fiercely than anyone I’ve ever known. But it wasn’t until later in life that I realized the true extent of her Leonine love, will, and loyalty to her children that was complimented by a protective Mars in Cancer. I believe that this was what carried us through our many hardships.

She used to say, “No one will love you as much as your mother does.” I wasn’t always connected to this fact but it resonates in her absence. It is a great demonstration of what fuels Leo; the act of love. These lessons of love, determination, lightheartedness, and self are healthy and powerful teachings that we can take from Leo.

“Without a healthy ego, we could never face such fears. Ego supplies the confidence and courage to take risks, create art, take up roller blading at fifty-five, or fall in love. Ego is the spark that keeps our passion burning.”

When we express our own unique individuality in respect to others, love others, and connect with our youthful, creative spirit we can open unfathomable doors that truly can bring us happiness!

Famous Leos via CafeAstrology

Ben Affleck (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Sandra Bullock (Sun and Mercury in Leo), J. C. Chasez of N’Sync, David Duchovny, Jonathon Frakes (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Leo), Whitney Houston (Sun and Venus in Leo), Peter O’Toole (Sun and Moon in Leo), Jennifer Lopez (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Leo), Madonna (Sun and Venus in Leo), Robert Plant, George Bernard Shaw (Sun and Venus in Leo), Martin Sheen (Sun, Moon, and Mars in Leo), Kevin Spacey (Sun and Mercury in Leo), Christian Slater

Justin Broadrick of Jesu was born on born August 15, 1976 under the fixed fire sign of Leo ♌

Notes:

  1. Leo The Lion Skyscript.
  2. The Sun Cafe Astrology
  3. Leo Cafe Astrology
  4. The Fifth House Astrodienst