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Star Watch

by Terri Smallwood

 

Welcome, star watchers, to February, when the Sun has emerged from its lessons under January’s earthy taskmaster, Capricorn, and is hanging out in airy and unpredictable Aquarius before diving into Pisces’ ocean.

February, the shortest month of the year, can seem like an eternity in the cold northern climes. The days are obviously lengthening, but the Sun’s rays remain cold, and the crisp Arctic winds are unforgiving. Regardless of what the calendar and various erudite groundhogs have to say, spring feels a long way off and it’s easy to sink into the doldrums. Uranus-ruled Aquarius does his best to break these winter blues by offering us unexpected surprises, quirky people, and unpredictable events.

The idiosyncratic Water Bearer arrives at a fortuitous time in the zodiac’s cycle, following as he does on the heels of hard-working and determined Capricorn. Capricorn, which received short shrift in our January “mini-issue” of Metamorphosis, is typically not arrogant or attention-seeking, but is still a cardinal sign of leadership and does like to get his due. So before delving too deeply into the strange days of Aquarius, let’s take a look back into January and the rewarding, if occasionally unyielding, realm of Capricorn.

Capricorn is the last of the cardinal signs, and along with Aries, Cancer and Libra, is possessed of strong leadership capabilities and a competitive nature that enjoys being first at the finish line. Its placement at the top of the mid-heaven bestows its own special distinction upon Capricorn, along with some important responsibilities.

When we place the signs in their natural order on the horoscope wheel we see that the wheel has two very prominent axes. The first of these lines, the horizon, divides the chart into an upper and lower hemisphere and generally indicates that the signs residing in the lower half of the chart look inward, while the residents of the top half look outward. The vertical line that separates the left (eastern) half of the chart from the right (western) half is called the meridian and marks the contrast between the right-side signs that are motivated by others and the left-side signs that are more driven from within. Poised at the very top of the wheel, Capricorn is the ruler of the 10th house of the natural zodiac, and it’s not any coincidence that this hard-working sign is both the first of the self-motivated signs and occupies the highest place in the heavens.

The 10th house is concerned with a person’s career, public persona and reputation. Saturn’s influence is felt in the responsibilities denoted by the 10th house; in a broad sense the career is indicative of one’s responsibility to contribute something of value to society. Television talk-show host and famous Capricorn native Oprah Winfrey is renowned for her work as a philanthropist, and she is an excellent example of the best that can come when such a powerfully felt responsibility towards society is combined with an internal drive towards excellence.

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and, as such, is also associated with the concept of karma. Capricorn understands more than any other sign the occasional necessity to suffer in the short term to achieve a worthwhile long-term goal. In essence, this is what Saturn asks each of us to do when approaching our karmic debts. Saturn, as the Lord of Karma, is the planet that demands all of us to be responsible for our actions. The rewards of accountability are great. It has been said that “Saturn cannot follow Man,” meaning that the key to freedom from our karma lies within ourselves, and that beyond the existence that we experience as humans, there is a state of being that is not bound by the same repetitive cycle of lessons that marks life on the purely physical plane.

The restless need to achieve something of value, the strength of will, the honesty and focus that characterize Capricorns are the gifts bestowed by Saturn, and they are useful traits for all of us to learn as tools to accomplish the balancing of our own personal debts. However, as useful as these gifts may be, it is easy for Capricorns to take their obligations too seriously, and if not careful they can begin to portray the negative characteristics of this sign, becoming pessimistic, dour, miserly, insatiably ambitious, with a voracious appetite for material goods. Capricorns who exist mainly on this plane also often distance themselves from the experience of love — and appear to be cold, uncaring and aloof.

Fortunately, Capricorns are also gifted with the ability to become younger in appearance and outlook as they age, so for the Capricorns who become pessimistic and discouraged by the difficulties of life at an early age, there is often a chance later in life to rediscover the mystic beauty of life on the more spiritual planes.

Over the past few months we have examined the signs in terms of the evolution of consciousness and its relationship to the zodiac. We began in September at the place of balance between Virgo and Libra, the place where consciousness changes from a strong involvement with the inner self, to experimenting with the role of self in relationships and the outer world. Libra expresses this energy in a very relationship-oriented, highly social fashion. In Scorpio, this energy is taken a step farther, as the Scorpion desire for merger, experienced either as a strictly physical encounter, or when viewed from the higher planes, a desire for merger with the deeper mysteries of the life force itself. These mysteries continue to be explored in the life of Sagittarius as a desire for an expansion of consciousness that goes beyond the occasionally narrow confines of home and family.

In esoteric astrology, Sagittarius is described as the “One-pointed Disciple” who aims arrows of Light that illuminate life’s secrets. Capricorn’s mission is presented as the “Dweller on the Threshold,” the point of the zodiac where the Soul accepts its responsibility to serve others and to atone for personal karma. Sagittarius, the Archer, aims his arrows high into the sky and watches them arc out of sight, while Capricorn the Goat, with his determination and strength, actually makes the long climb heavenward. From this mountaintop perch, the soul moves into Aquarius and acts as “The Light that Shines on Earth, across the Sea.” The sea can be represented by Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, whose oceans represent the repository of human knowledge and understanding accumulated during the soul’s sojourns in the previous 11 signs.

The hopeful light that is Aquarius entered our consciousness this year on January 21 and remains with us throughout much of February. Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac, airy, fixed and masculine. Called the Water Bearer, he resides in a region of space known to the ancients as “The Sea,” which was named for the large number of water-themed constellations in its vicinity. The constellation of Aquarius is depicted as a kneeling man, pouring out an urn filled with water. The etymologists among you will recognize another link between Aquarius and water, as the name Aquarius is derived from the Latin word aqua, or water. Even the astrological glyph for Aquarius is reminiscent of watery waves, ripples on the surface of the ocean. In meditating on the glyph of Aquarius, one can begin to comprehend why an air sign should be associated with so much water.

Aquarius, like all the air signs, is considered by astrologers to be a “human sign,” air being the element that governs the mind. In Aquarius, air represents the intuitive, inventive aspects of the mind. Intuition, by its very nature, is a flowing, elusive phenomenon, and people experiencing its flashes will characterize the experience as “following a hunch” or having a “gut feeling,” but rarely can they intellectualize this experience, rarely can they verbalize what they feel from it, and most rarely of all can they take this mysterious sense and develop it into a facet of their conscious mind. That is, unless they’re Aquarians, because this fusion of intuition and consciousness is what Aquarius strives for. It’s the force present in an Aquarian visionary, inventor or prophet when he sees his dreams of the future and begins to realize that potential now. And it’s the gift that Aquarius, whose strongest inclination is to serve humanity, is trying to share. The ripples on the surface of the ocean are the winds of Aquarius, the winds of change, seeking to inspire us all.

The 11th house, the natural domain of Aquarius, rules groups, especially those that come together to fulfill a greater purpose. As we move ever more firmly into the Age of Aquarius, this concept of group endeavor is becoming increasingly prevalent. Many New Age thinkers and authors have talked about the importance of these so-called, “Soul Groups” uniting and sharing in a common vision of service to humanity.

The rulership of Uranus over Aquarius cements this drive to brotherhood and service. Eccentric perhaps, but Uranus is also strongly associated with genius and vision. And while their airy nature makes Aquarians appear to be flighty from time to time, they are also a fixed sign, and that means stubbornness and dedication. Aquarians will work tirelessly for a cause they believe in, or to manifest their futuristic visions in the here and now. As is often the case with prophets and geniuses however, many Aquarians are misunderstood by society as a whole, which cannot fathom the revolutionary concepts that come so easily to Aquarius.

In the Christian tradition, John the Baptist is a Biblical figure often associated with Aquarius. His role was described as, “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3.)

John was a blustery prophet, a seer, and a man unafraid to break with convention. He baptized his followers with water, but said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Matthew 3:11.)

The astrological parallels are many. John the Baptist was charged with the mission of preparing the masses for the arrival of Jesus, the Biblical figure typically associated with the unconditionally compassionate waters of Pisces. Aquarius precedes Pisces in the zodiac, and the Aquarius, as the second-to-last sign, encompasses a great degree of spiritual knowledge and wisdom from accumulated from the previous 10 signs. Like John the Baptist, the Aquarian prepares the way, pouring waters of consciousness and understanding from his urn, baptizing his brothers in preparation for a more peaceful and spiritual time dawning on the horizon.


For a detailed listing of this month’s transits, see the
February Interactive Calendar

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