Developmental Lessons For Aquarius

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In order to develop your human potential and use it as an instrument for your liberation, it needs to be understood that your education has to be a subversive activity versus being a program for unquestioned compliance.

One of the messages in your life that must ring loud and true is that your evaluation of what’s personally rewarding  needs to be self structured, as opposed to being implanted or inculcated from outside forces.

Aquarius, in its association with Uranian eccentricity and being ruled by the pragmatism and common sense of Saturn, carries two distinct messages: (1) If you’re not rebelling, in some form,  against the prevailing order, it needs to be seriously examined and (2) If there’s no structure, strategy or organization in your insurgency, there’s equal cause for concern.

As  I’ve frequently stated, effective Astrology produces more thought-provoking questions than answers.  Your questions center around the role that conformity and non-conformity plays in your life.

It bears examination that conformity, in itself isn’t a negative thing. In some cases it’s necessary and desirable for the achieving of a concrete goal.  In fact, you’ll most likely realize that in some areas of your life you’ll even have to concede to some version of conformity and it’s merely a matter of what parts of yourself require this concession. That being said, it doesn’t deem you any less “revolutionary”.

“Exactly what am I conforming to?”

“Does it require or deserve my conformity?”

“Why am I conforming or not conforming?”

“To what ends will my conformity or non-conformity advance/restrict my cause?

Keep in mind that your particular brand of resistance isn’t designed to discover the ways that you can best “adjust” to the status quo, but rather to initiate through ideas, and participate through action, in changing the nuts and bolts of the ENTIRE system or systems that you find restrictive or oppressive.

Again, let’s not lose sight of a need for direction and definition.

In your inverted or maladjusted form, you can be a staunch advocate for all that’s “traditional”, upholding the present state of affairs to the degree that it serves your particular and selfish interests (read: ” I got mine, now get yours). There can even be a feeling of superiority in upholding the “rules”.

You can become a rebel without a cause, or consciously choose less threatening and consequential measures of eccentricity under the veneer of “making a statement.”

The Aquarius Archetype:

The Rebel. The Weirdo. The Beatnik, The Revolutionary. The Futurist. The Eccentric. The Free Spirit. The Reformer. The Activist. The Humanitarian. The Mad Scientist. The Non-Conformist.  The Individualist. Ms./Mr. Socially Conscious.

Aquarius carries the element of Air with a fixed modality which speaks to concepts and is well suited to resistance and determination.  When we examine the water bearer, we immediately think to ask: What’s in the water?  Also,  What are you bearing?

My answer, although incomplete, is enough to get one’s mental wheels churning: those with major Aquarian Energy (Sun & other personal planets) are bearing the tools needed to awaken (and even shock on some level) the masses through the questioning of the status quo. Contained in the archetypal Aquarian makeup is the psychologically undeniable need for emancipation and reform. As to how that’s achieved: avenues vary.

Those with this heavy water-bearing influence are inclined to experiment more than most because, when MATURE, Aquarian energy lacks a slavish attachment to ultimate outcomes and has a greater concern with possible pathways for innovation. Hence, the neutralization of significant approval needs grants much more breathing room than those who are constantly looking over their shoulder for validation. The developmental jewel here is to INTENTIONALLY structure one’s own standards and programs for self-recognition.

In a positively functional and empowered state, the Aquarian has accepted that ridicule, intermittent bouts of alienation, and isolation comes with the territory of their mission on earth, and these are less important than what they’re seeking to locate and bring out of themselves for the benefit of humanity.

When one allows external dictates to predominate, they become prey to the prescriptions for conformity indicated by the research of Edward Walker and Roger Heyns:

” If one wishes to produce conformity for good or evil, the formula is clear. Manage to arouse a need or needs that are important to the individual or to the group. Offer a goal which is appropriate to the need or needs. Make sure that conformity is instrumental to the achievement of the goal and that the goal is as large and certain as possible. ”

“Apply the goal or reward at every opportunity. Try to prevent the object of your efforts from obtaining an uncontrolled education.  Choose a setting that’s ambiguous. Do everything possible to see that the individual has little or no confidence in his own position.

“Do everything possible to make the norm which you set to appear highly valued and attractive. Set it at a level not too far initially from the starting position of the individual or the group and move it gradually toward the behavior you wish to produce. Be absolutely certain you know what you want and that you’re willing to pay an enormous price in human quality, for whether the individual or the group is aware of it or not, the result will be CONFORMITY”

(Italics and caps mine)

The temptation here, is to pursue the “dangled carrot” and to choose ultra-conformity, based on a mirage of  security as opposed to a springboard or necessity to more organizationally insubordinate endeavors.

Notes:  Intro To Psychological Astrology by Glenn Perry,  “An Anatomy For Conformity” by Edward Walker and Roger Heyns (1962, Prentice  Hall, Inc.)

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Aquarius Sun, Virgo Moon

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There’s nothing like progress that you can actually measure.

This Sun/Moon combination is asking you to make this a priority.  Your overarching intention is to challenge what’s generally accepted, but it’s essential to have precise strategies and formulas for doing that. Mind you, this is for you to figure out YOUR way and this doesn’t have to be a situation of slavish imitation or riding off of the coattails of others.

For you, critical thinking, the need for improvement of self and systems and observational analysis can be employed to support the aims of the change agent.  You’re being challenged to link the mental and emotional, as both serve a function as allies when integrated.

In using this blend optimally, one must exercise the patience that’s required to examine the component parts of a system, situation or person without jumping to hasty conclusions. It must be remembered that change just for the sake of it can also be REGRESSIVE. Just because your insights are considered “radical” doesn’t automatically qualify them as being helpful unless carefully and correctly applied.

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Aquarius Sun, Libra Moon

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Your life purpose is enveloped in themes of utilizing refinement and intelligence to propagate and advance humanitarian ideals, which are also revolutionary in nature. Also, galvanizing groups of people to assist you in your cause(s).

The fuel which maintains your vitality is comprised of the questioning of socially implanted “authorities” in order to more fully claim your personal one. You also have an emotional need to form relationships where you can take others on that journey with you. This needs to be done strategically.

It would benefit you to think about the use of subtlety when it comes to introducing your originality to others.  Referencing Robert Greene’s law 38 in his book “The 48 Laws of Power”

“Think as you like , but behave like others”.

Greene goes on to state:

“It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.”

What you can learn by exploring this idea is the difference between the manner in which something is presented and the ultimate outcome it may have.

With this blend, you’re encouraged to employ futurism in your thinking. It’s important to never underestimate the power of getting your “foot in the door”. This is far more important than feeling you have to make a radical display of doing so.  Your impact can be more deeply felt on the back-end and the results you generate can then speak volumes.

Taurus Sun, Aquarius Moon

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Your Sun/Moon combination calls for the expression of your uniqueness in a solid and tangible way. In other words, you must be about what you say you’re about.

In this combination, we see a fixed sense of purpose.  The work of personal stability is achieved through accepting one’s inner rebel with open arms.

Humanitarian pursuits emerge as an effective outlet for this massive center of energy. Being that these signs have a relationship which contains developmental tension, there’s a natural friction between the need to “roll the dice” and the tendency to hedge your bets.

Your emotional needs are of the revolutionary sort, as it’s important that you’re continuously seeking to liberate yourself from societal boxes which  you were never equipped to fit into. It’s essential that you find productive outlets for your aggression, which can build up and contribute to hair-trigger arguments with others, and more importantly- YOURSELF.

Your sense of peace is found through unflinchingly questioning the concepts that surround conformity and asking and answering the tough questions about your involvement  and how to structure your earthly existence so it TRULY belongs to you.

In this combination, there’s potential for the change agent within to produce REAL and tangible results. Your aspirations for reform have a practical bent and this aligns beautifully with your cosmic signature.

Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon

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For those with this Sun/Moon combination, a portion of your liberation rests in taking the risk that deviating from the norm isn’t, in itself, a negative concept. In fact, the word “deviance” is simply defined as :

“The fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards.”

For you, it can’t be stressed enough, not to confuse equality with sameness.

Your internal dialogue needs no outward sources of motivation as there is always some type of “competition” to be better, and more of what you are attempting to push itself toward fruition.  The prescription for your growth comes embedded in the realization that the emotional need to battle or wage war must be constructively directed and connected to something that’s much larger than yourself.

Simultaneously, there’s the recognition that you’re nobody’s clone and a generous portion of your own flavoring must be added to all that you do. It will certainly prove helpful to analyze to what ends your rebellion serves. An honest assessment should guide you toward the tempering or intensification of your behavior. It’s worth remembering that there’s a fine line between one who skillfully questions societal convention with a definite purpose and strategy in mind and a “crackpot revolutionary”, who’s hell-bent on operating half-cocked just to prove she or he isn’t “like the rest of us.”

Being able to make the distinction between emotional engagement and emotional entanglement is a crucial step in your development. It’s essential to neutralize erroneous beliefs surrounding your ability to feel, and that feeling working to your advantage.

Passion and strength of conviction are specific and necessary instruments of power and reflectors needed in your personality to accomplish your work of radical change and emancipation of self and others.

Libra Sun, Gemini Moon, Aquarius Rising

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Here, the mental orientation is crystal clear.

The core life energy inherent in this blend is about balancing one’s self acceptance with social approval; weighing the need to actively craft one’s identity and seeing self through the eyes of others.

This is reflected in the personality form  where the core emotional needs are related to diversification and adaptability. You’re nourished by having your hands in a little bit of everything and understand what it means to have competing priorities.

Your thrust into the world is navigated by a “vehicle” which is inclined to explore alternate ways of being which defy social conventions and challenge the status quo.

Active social circulation and sincere curiosity about others serves as a gateway to forging the interpersonal relationships which are needed to maintain your vitality.

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Aquarius Sun, Scorpio Moon

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Your aspirations are geared toward individuating, and becoming who YOU truly think you need to be, irrespective of societal norms or cultural conditioning.

You’re ignited by the restless, rebellious journey you’re traveling. All in the name of “breaking up” with the status quo. Even if you chose not to do that, chances are, it would be quite a tumultous marriage.

One of your keys to self-actualization is to realize that you must continuously transform yourself, and undergo a series of deaths and re-births in order to have the potent impact on humanity that you desire.

Revolutionary and radical change is your fuel, and there’s an emotional need to plumb the depths of yourself and whatever else you’re passionate about.

You may find, that in order to grasp the entirety of who you are, you’ll have to travel down a crisis filled labryinth.

The understanding that you will need to be intrepid while facing these “turning points” is essential.

After all, there’s such a thing as growth opportunities which hold their share of danger and uncertainty.

By maintaining emotional honesty within yourself, you can shine as the eccentric…….

 

Gemini Sun, Leo Moon, Aquarius Rising

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The freedom to circulate like air fuels your vitality. The sooner you recognize your many facets and realize that it’s impossible for you to be trapped in any type of box- the better.

Your emotional needs center around issues of self-confidence and honest acceptance of your uniqueness. You must feel validated from the inside in order to be fulfilled. Much of your life’s journey is about exercising youthful curiosity and asking the right questions, which will yield useful information and expanded understanding.

The primary lens through which you process your experience is one which challenges what some would refer to as “customary” or “normal”.

For you, the status quo is something to be questioned at all costs. You seek to serve and uplift humanity on a large scale and will find that exercising your ability for objective detachment will allow you to see people and issues from a much wider view, which automatically increases everything you’re able to take into your storehouse.

For your being to illuminate, it’s important that you feel literate in the most authentic sense. To be engaged in that which stimulates you energizes your life force . Even if you come across ideas which may be “conflicting” , you somehow have a knack for understanding and navigating life’s dualities.

For you, the key component which needs to be incorporated is genuine self-esteem.  That is, the ability to develop your personal identity and subsequently attach a value to it. Do you like what you see? How do you feel about what you’re becoming?

Because the work of the Gemini Sun is done through the Leo Moon, your specialness must be solidified and enjoyed before you can do the work of exploring all of your dimensions. It’s also important to recognize that rejection of certain parts of yourself can limit your capacity to connect with others and this will debilitate that Aquarius rising “common touch” that you would regularly display under more healthy circumstances.

Enjoy being yourself with all of your quirks, never stop asking relevant questions and use differences in people as a vehicle to gain more understanding of yourself and others.

Libra Sun, Aquarius Moon

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With the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aquarius, your life is infused by aspirations of maintaining harmonious relationships with others, but this isn’t to come at the expense of your own individuality.  To sacrifice who you are, at your essential core, in order to please or placate is working backward.

You may find yourself with the need to find an avenue of expression for your many eccentricities.  One of your tasks is figuring out how to give “life” to your quirks and have meaningful encounters with others in the process.

Your core energy centers around maintaining equilibrium, and one of the most effective ways in which this is achieved is to pursue your own individuation, as that fulfills the needs of your personality.  While you may want to feel part of a “group” to feel sane, or even thought of as a “nice”, kind and just person, your ability to distinguish yourself FROM any group is also of paramount importance.

Issues of social consciousness and the welfare of humanity pique your interest and you can be suited to delve into them and serve as one who provides a contribution which is both diplomatic and organizationally effective.

In intimacy, it’s important to realize that differences between people can be celebrated rather than used as “bait” for discord.

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Oppositions in the Birth Chart: The Leo-Aquarius Axis

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As we continuously participate in the transition from viewing ourselves as static, fixed entities and consider a larger process of becoming, it only makes sense to apply this philosophical shift directly to our birth charts.

Astrologically, oppositions are aspects of awareness.

Rather than view them as two forces “at war’ with one another, we can use them to gain a heightened clarity or objective enlightenment of sorts.  Although we may be dealing with two different poles of the psyche, the key is to integrate them in service of becoming a more complete person.

The Kybalion states:

” Everything is dual; everything has its poles. Everything has its pair of opposites. Like and unlike are the same. Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet. All truths are but half-truths, all paradoxes may be reconciled.”

Through working with Astrological oppositions, what we’re hopefully seeking is a greater sense of unity where every part of ourselves is valued instead of creating irreconcilable differences where certain parts of us are perceived with the labels of “good” or “bad”, and we deem it necessary to then destroy one and catapult the other to majestic heights.

By taking a view of the cosmos which is complementary, we recognize that planetary and sign archetypes are forces which are both interdependent and necessary to our wholeness. If we take the antagonistic stance, we may find ourselves tending toward a split, or compartmentalization which can possibly lead to our isolation, separating us from the universe. In this fragmented state, our psyches beg for balance.

To provide a brief example, I’ll use the Leo/Aquarius axis.

Let’s say the Sun is placed in Aquarius, which suggests aspirations toward individuation which connect to social progress, while a Leo Moon reflects emotional fulfillment and gratification through the validation of one’s identity, which is being pursued in Aquarius. Additionally, the Moon in Leo suggests nourishment through a celebration of special attributes, as a reinforcement of self-esteem feeds the sense of security.

Synthesizing both the solar and lunar components, the theme here is that we desire recognition for who we are and the unique place we occupy in the world. However, the awareness comes from the message that no woman or man is an island. The question then becomes:

In what ways can we receive the individual validation which we need while participating in the large scale advancement of humanity?

In our efforts toward personal integration, we may contemplate deeply on  possibly why we wish to receive attention and exactly what type of recognition we expect for contributing to societal progress. After all, change doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s a fact that awakening and emancipation is a group effort. Who’s to say that we’re more significant than anyone else?

Anthony Storr writes:

“I believe that the development of the individual and the maturity of his personal relationships proceed hand-in-hand, and that one cannot take place without the other. Self-realization is not an anti-social principle, it’s firmly based on the fact that men need each other in order to be themselves and that those who succeed in achieving the greatest degree of independence and maturity are also those who have the most satisfactory relationships with others.”

Taking the unified approach, the Leo/Aquarius axis is an illuminated connection with the social circle of life while using creative self-expression and inventive genius to electrify the world we live in, for the benefit of EVERYONE. The “show” is contained in the progress.

In it’s more distorted form, it can manifest as a preoccupation with self-importance that’s oblivious to the magic we can experience through our own personal breakthroughs, as well as potentially opening doors for others to do so.  There’s a possibility of ego needs which demand excessive attention, which in actuality, can serve as a masking for lack of genuine confidence.

In the end, it’s about where we choose to put our focus. We can rationalize our oppositions as an internal conflict with no solution, or take a more empowered approach which says that aiming toward a more balanced psyche is effective medicine for what ails us.

Notes:

“The Integrity of Personality” by Anthony Storr.

“Let The Circle be Unbroken” by Marimba Ani

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