On January 20th the Sun stepped into the sign Aquarius, and shortly thereafter, political demonstrations erupted in Egypt. This revolution is being televised and this revolution will have some degree of success. Mubarak’s announcement to not run again for the presidency coincided with a New Moon in Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of rebellion, revolution and potential chaos. We are witnessing an archetypal presentation of our contemporary understanding of Aquarius. Planet Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, was discovered in 1781. This discovery coincided with the American and French Revolutions as well as the onset of The Age of Enlightenment/Age of Technology. Each demonstration and each revolution takes us a step closer to the Age of Aquarius.
When the Moon and Sun join in Aquarius on February 2nd, planet Mars will be sharing their space. The demonstrators in Egypt are Aquarian warriors. They are fighting for a vital Aquarian matter: the right to assemble and the right to speak freely. The brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity is standing firm. Universal, rather than personal principles are emphasized when Aquarius energy is unleashed. We have seen the Muslim men praying together in the square, honoring their beliefs and traditions while demanding the end of government tyranny. Furthermore, the people formed neighborhood watch committees to protect citizens and to deter opportunistic people from using the uprising for violence and lawlessness. Aquarian principles of the brotherhood of man and treating your neighbor as yourself are in full view in Cairo.
In mythology, the sign of Aquarius was associated with astral waters: spiritual energies of renewal and fertilization for all living things. The gods and goddesses pour an urn towards earth so that heavenly knowledge and blessings can be transmitted to earthlings. This is what Reiki practitioners do: they pour or transmit spiritual energy for healing and renewal. Of course over time the planet Uranus has become associated with technology. Perhaps unconsciously we imagine that the gods are the holders of electricity. In Greek mythology, the Titan, Prometheus, (having compassion for homo sapiens) stole fire from the gods and gave it to human beings so they could cook their food. Contemporary fire, electricity (responsible for cook stoves as well as the internet), has become the new spiritual water of the gods. Rather than a magic drink, we gain knowledge and immortality by searching Google. Aquarius is about hope, invention and overcoming ignorance. Egyptian authorities shut down the web. They tried to withhold the fire of the gods but it was too late to halt the uprising in Tahrir Square. Aquarius rules the circulatory system. The energy of rebellion had already circulated throughout the land. The universal principles of equality and freedom are being anchored into the earth in the ancient land of Egypt.
This is the time of year to put on our thinking caps (Aquarius always wears a thinking cap) and see what we want to cook up! Do you having something to say? Do you have an invention brewing in your brain cells? Is there some information you need to circulate? Do you need to connect with community where you can support your kindred spirits? In what ways can you contribute to the on-going momentum taking us to the Age of Aquarius? There can be no Age of Aquarius until we give up our fear that those unlike us are dangerous and threatening. The Age of Aquarius means we are ONE even if we are individually different. We do not have to be identical in order to respect each other. That is what Aquarius says.
The New Moon is a good time to take the seeds of our intentions and plant them firmly in our psyches. By the time of the Full Moon (February 18) we will feel big stirrings in our creativity. Remember December? We were stuck in earthy Capricorn and Mercury was retrograde. It was not easy to feel enthusiastic or energized. The Sun, Mercury, Mars and Neptune will be together in Aquarius when we experience the Full Moon in Leo on February 18th. This cluster of Aquarian energies will help us think out of the box. Leo is individually creative; Aquarius is communally creative. During this Full Moon period we can have it all! In an on-line January lecture offered by starIQ.com, astrologer Jeff Jawer had this to say (I am paraphrasing): “we make transition from Capricorn security to Aquarian creativity. The Capricorn kingdom gives way to Aquarian democracy.”
We are watching kingdoms everywhere get weak in the knees. Maybe we need to ask ourselves if we have some rigid internal kingdoms that need to crumble so that we can have more internal space for our individual and collective creativity.