I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.
~ Virginia Woolf, Sun in Aquarius (January 25, 1882)
The Sun moves into the sign of Aquarius today! Happy Birthday to all the free spirits and visionaries of this iconoclastic sign, for they are pointing the way to the turning of the Age for us all.
Aquarians are true originals. They love to think outside the box, and in fact, cannot abide boxes at all. To understand this, I need only mention a few famous Aquarians like Thomas Edison, James Joyce, Galileo, Charles Darwin, the novelist Colette, Virginia Woolf, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Bob Marley — all visionaries that broke ranks in spectacular fashion with the conventions of their times.
Aquarians delight in their eccentricities and love to sail off in the opposite direction of the crowd, as astrologer Annabel Burton so aptly describes them. “Unusually lively, inventive and oh so original…they are always out of step with the world because they think ahead of their time and revel in anything different. As Aquarius thinks today, so the world will think tomorrow.”
Those quirks and preoccupations can make Air sign Aquarius a bit distant at first, and picky about who is allowed into her or his intimate circle. But once there, as a fixed sign, the kind-hearted Water-bearer demands and gives utter loyalty and commitment.
Aquarians tend to spend most of their time in their brilliant heads, which usually blesses them with excellent judgment. But to be successful, their challenge is to follow through, and act on their insights. And they need to take care that their rebellious nature does not lead them to become self-absorbed, stuck in their patterns, or emotionally oblivious.
At their best, though, Aquarians can be the ultimate humanitarians: insisting on liberation and enlightenment for all.
Hugs and early happy birthday to my favorite Aquarian in the world, my sweetie, John.
How the Sun in Aquarius Affects Us All
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18, 2015)
Whether you are an Aquarius or not, everyone can expect very Aquarian times ahead.
Not only has the Sun moved into the sign of the Water-bearer, but the New Moon is there (today), Venus is visiting Aquarius until Jan. 27, and Mercury is also in this sign as he prepares to turn retrograde tomorrow (Jan. 21).
Astrologers Annie Heese and Adam Banks at Cafe Astrology write that when the Sun is in Aquarius —
“We are motivated by our hunger for knowledge, experience, and originality. Innovation is more important to us than convention. We become more aware of what is outdated in our lives, and strive to find new perspectives and new ways to do things.
“The class distinctions, structure, and order that Capricorn finds appealing now seem to be too rigid. The freedom of the individual becomes far more significant to us. We strive to free ourselves from some of the restrictions, inhibitions, and limitations that now feel constraining rather than safe.
And as the late Maya del Mar so eloquently explained:
“In Aquarius time we each open to our own light and let it shine for all. We learn that when we put light on any situation, we get light back…
“Aquarius calls on us to awaken—to become conscious of our world, responsive to the needs of others, and open to our own self-expression. As we become more sensitive to those forces around us, our responsibilities increase. Our ideals of brotherhood and sisterhood are stimulated, and we desire to make the world a better place.”
This month, let us all make way for happy exploration, compelling curiosity, and joyful astonishment.
Do you have a friend or loved one with an Aquarius Birthday (between Jan. 20 and Feb. 18)? Or maybe you are a Water Bearer who is hoping to make this upcoming birthday the beginning of your best year yet!