THE STAR / AQUARIUS / IMBOLC
Revelation from Meditation
"All the rivers run into the sea, but the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers came, thither they return again."
IMBOLC - February 2 - also called "Brigid," or "Candlemas," originated in Ireland as a holy day for Brigid, the Great Mother Goddess, taking the form of a bride for the returning Sun god. "Brigid" means literally "in the belly." The Goddess begins to awake from her winter sleep, and the Earth begins to feel the warmth. The Goddess rests from giving birth to the God at Yule. Brigid is Goddess of poetry, healing, and metalsmithing. This is a festival of fires, symbolizing the return of life and replenished powers, and the tradition is to light every lamp or candle. This is a time of initiation. This is the Druidic fire festival marking The Return of the Light.
January 20th to February 18th.
Ruled by Saturn and Uranus.
Observer or Outsider.
Fixed Air. Thinking, communication, relationships, intellect, intuition, all concerns of air, solidify in Aquarius, into the utopian, the futurist, the idealist, the achiever. Aquarius is the brittle, frozen, electric, arctic air. Aquarius influences in the chart (Eleventh house, or planets in Aquarius) create an emphasis on ideas. This can manifest as unique achievements, breakthroughs in knowledge, and harmonious community.
Aquarius is symbolized by a woman pouring water, or bringing knowledge. Aquarius, like Libra and Gemini, the other air signs, is represented by a human. The dual glyph of Aquarius is a reminder of the maxim: "As Above So Below."
Aquarius (in its purest essence) is intelligent, fair-minded, detached, rational, and confident. Aquarius can also be icy, austere, stubborn, kinky, eccentric, cold, heartless, rigid, and brutal.
Domains of Aquarius are goals, ideas, science, research, history, language, the unusual, invention, community projects.
Aquarius, ruled by Saturn and Uranus, combines the restrictive, brittle energy of Saturn with the lightning-flash inspiration of Uranus.
Lessons for Aquarius include opening up to alternate ideas, understanding emotion in others, flexibility.
Aquarius rules the ankles and circulation.
For Aquarius, the Shadow takes the form of Other's showy, possibly elitist, self-aggrandizement, or magnetic charm, which drives you nuts. Though you are unconventional, you still maintain a professional air. Work with your shadow, and the people you project it onto, by expressing your own uniqueness, and by being warm and loving. The more you deny your Shadow, the more it will manifest itself and attract what you will interpret as disruption or pain.
Aquarius is the 'Eleventh House.' 11th house aspects effect goals, community, and ideals. Having achieved in Capricorn, the soul now focuses on experimentation, and on commitment to goals for their own sake. Capricorn achieves because of ambition; Aquarius achieves because it knows it has to. The eleventh house shows friendships, futurism, and utopian projections.
Aquarius is the idealist, the Utopian, and aspires to high ideals. When thwarted, Aquarius pouts most stubbornly.
Aquarius has firm convictions, and is averse to indecision. They feel their impulses are "messages from above," to be obeyed unconditionally. Aquarius needs to broaden their convictions, learn humility, and give credit to the spirituality and achievements of others.
Aquarius becomes impersonal in its fixed dedication to whatever it has set in its mind's eye, can be emotionally vacant, and self-imposes austerity.
Aquarius attracts a different kind of spotlight than the one enjoyed by its opposite sign, Leo. We LOVE Leo; we respect Aquarius.
Aquarius, when active in the chart, is creative, scientific, intelligent, intellectual, logical, analytical, inventive, genius, polite, sympathetic, dedicated, dependable, hardworking, has endurance, open to new ideas, reserved, monastic, idealistic, philosophical, futurist, good with details, mystical, ages well, emotionally guarded, modest, administrative, witty, conventional, has restraint, attracted to the unusual, energetic, wins big, problem solver, activist, militaristic, organized, orderly, convincing, just, focused, businesslike, has clear goals, good time-money manager and well-paced.
Unfavorable Aquarius can be secretive, shy, have low self esteem, headstrong, gossipy, morbid, depressed, cynical, disconnected from reality, paranoid, sneaky, a loner, out of step thinking, missing the big picture, bizarre, micromanaging, perfectionistic, stuck on details, overanalytical, impotent or frigid, emotionally cool, reckless, dictatorial, full of rage and violence, explosive, dogmatic, perfunctory, friendless, gloomy, closed to new ideas, puts goals before ethics, robotic, or full of harebrained schemes.
The Eleventh house has the character of Aquarius: planets in this house are concerned with Ideals; this is the realm of community activity, of invention, of high-flying futurism, or of austerity.
The Aquarius/Pisces cusp is an especially tough place for some people. All of the cusps are meeting places of opposites, but Pisces and Aquarius are at the epitome of difference. When the two energies are mixed in a chart, the native has special issues with mind vs. emotions.
The air triplicity is Aquarius (fixed), followed by Gemini (mutable), and then Libra (cardinal).
In the natural order of the signs, Aquarius is air, preceded by Capricorn (earth), and followed by Pisces (water).
The opposite axis, or antidote to Aquarius, is Leo.