Saturday Mercury and the Sun arrived in Aquarius, the 11th sign of the zodiac. Aquarius is not a water sign despite beginning with the root ‘aqua’; it is an air sign, depicted by one who carries a jug of water, or who measures the depth of the Nile, or sometimes by the goddess Nut (Nuit).
The Sun and Mercury passing through this sign for the next few weeks will open up the space to consider what it’s about. [Read the sign description of Aquarius here.] I used to think of Aquarius as the sign of ‘all of us here’. It’s the sign of groups, which are subsections of the whole, and once I figured that out I started treating Aquarius as ‘some of us here’.
Whether we’re talking about the caste system, cliquish people or all former members of The Rockettes, society tends to divide itself into exclusive groups and subgroups. A lot is accomplished through these groups and many problems are created. Mentalities and philosophies are perpetuated and strengthened, and some last long past their useful time because some small group of people somewhere thinks they should.
Aquarius accesses a layer of psychic architecture where patterns crystallize, and these patterns are developed into living archetypes as more people focus on them. This sign and the kind of power that it represents are inherently neutral; they respond to whatever they’re infused with. It really is a matter of create what you want or what you can, though Aquarius in part helps explain why, if possible, you want several people getting their minds together to create something.
Even the most inventive, pure idea come up with by an individual mind at 4 am will improve from revision and rethinking, often bringing in collaborators and specialists (for example, in materials). People born under Aquarius tend toward individualism, or at least perceive themselves that way and often act that way. There is enough individualism, at least, that many inventors are capable of bucking the trend of prevailing thought. That requires a kind of self-assertion.
Aquarius also ends up being the sign of conformism, from the relatively benign, annoying kind, to the really seriously problematic ones when political or state power is invoked. It’s the sign of groupthink — a phenomenon of people thinking along the same lines, no matter how disastrously. When something goes viral, becomes a meme, is really ridiculous and also wildly popular, or is wrong but everyone does it, that’s the neutral quality of Aquarius picking up the energy and focusing it. That focusing power is revealed through the idea that Aquarius is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac, along with Taurus, Leo and Scorpio.
This can work with helpful, brilliant and beautiful ideas, and sometimes it does. There are various phenomena of the group ‘letting in’ a vibration or struggling to do so — or the message/image maker struggling to have something be noticed and then finally breaking through; this dynamic is included in Aquarius as well.
In terms of current astrology, Mars has been keeping Aquarius hot for a while (Mars arrived on Dec. 25). A small, meaningful planet named Nessus is also there — that’s a longterm visitor (10-year trip or so) and Mars is about to form a conjunction with Nessus on Jan. 26, a few hours before the Leo Full Moon. So we may see the emergence of the dark heart of groupthink. Mars conjunct Nessus has a violent, rebellious feeling, yet it might also represent the drive to break away from any group mentality that is not working for you, or that has hurt you in the past.
If material comes up, on any level (some might be deeply personal) this is a fine opportunity to seek healing.
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