The Sun enters Aquarius at 4:52 pm EST Saturday, symbolically challenging the one-sided assumptions behind traditional relationships. Just hours before solar Aquarius begins, Mercury will set the stage by advancing into the realm of fixed air first, initiating a supportive atmosphere for fresh ideas. It will be the Sun, however, that sets the tone of confronting custom by initiating an opposition to Leo, the sign it rules.
At the same time, the Sun aspects two asteroids: Panacea and Karma. Panacea and Karma will be aligned exactly on the Aries Point in an opposition Saturday, with Panacea in the first degree of Aries, and Karma in the first degree of Libra. (The Aries Point refers to the first degree of Aries, where ‘personal’ and ‘political’ intersect in a dynamic relationship. This effect and the term ‘Aries Point’ extends to the early degrees of all four cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.)
Back to the Sun. Since the Sun rules Leo, and Aquarius is its opposite sign, classical astrology assumes that the Sun is in detriment, or exile, while in Aquarius. Behind that tradition is a one-sided assumption.
Classical western astrology originated largely in the Northern Hemisphere, where this time of year actually looks and feels detrimental to the Sun. The symbolism derived from the Northern Hemisphere’s perspective doesn’t work for the other side of the equator, where solar energy is very strongly felt right now. Yet there is a wisdom in the conventional relationship between the Sun and Aquarius. The trick is to make that wisdom equally applicable to all earthly beings, regardless of location. That can be done.
The Sun can be considered the source of day and light everywhere on Earth, regardless of the time of year. It can also be symbolic of consciousness for every being on Earth, regardless of location. No matter where you are, the Leo Sun can thus represent the relationship of your consciousness to the self it rules, and the Aquarius Sun can symbolize the relationship of your consciousness to the collective it may serve.
This year, as implied by the Sun’s relationship to Panacea and Karma, the beginning of solar Aquarius serves the collective by illuminating how to balance traditional social relationships.
As noted, on Saturday Panacea will occupy the first degree of Aries and Karma will occupy the first degree of Libra. When the Sun occupies either of those points, all beings on Earth simultaneously begin a new season in equal relationship to the Sun as source of light and an emblem of consciousness.
Any other object occupying either of those points emulates the Sun according to its nature. Similarly, any two objects opposing from those points will emulate the ideal of relationships as the source of equality.
The trick is to balance the natures of the opposing objects. That can also be done. For nearly any asteroid, the name nearly always reveals its nature.
Less than a year ago, Finnish astrologer and minor planet authority Kirsti Melto observed that, true to its name, “Panacea is a healing asteroid. It represents cures for all kinds of problems and difficulties. It symbolizes the philosopher’s stone, the legendary alchemical substance which would enable the transmutation of lead into gold.”
Panacea on the Aries Point thus represents a new season when everybody on Earth is in equal relationship to it as a source of cure and an emblem of healing. A sextile from the newly Aquarius Sun implies that collectively, we may serve to support Panacea’s initiative. But across the way, Karma is starting a new season of its own.
Karma the principle represents the means by which the Universe balances cause with effect. On the first degree of Libra, Karma the asteroid represents the principle repeating itself for another cycle in quest of balance. An air trine to Karma from the Sun entering Aquarius indicates how, collectively, we cause the cycles to reiterate, as a wind would turn a mill.
Yet, the opposition form Panacea implies that continuation of the cycle need not perpetuate an imbalanced tradition, and may as an alternative start a new one. It is possible to conserve the wisdom of the previous tradition and transmute it to better serve the ideal of relationship.
The Sun will enter Aquarius on Saturday just as it has every year for as long back as anybody can remember, but this year it will challenge you to participate in taking traditional relationships to a more equitable and balanced level.
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