Idealization / Faith / Envisioning / Assurance / Knowledge / Originality
Knowledge reveals itself when the curious dream
Without emotion, agenda or prejudice, the Water Carrier exemplifies a flair for cool impartiality combined with ardent vision and scientific originality. It dislikes vulgar excesses, preferring civility, delicacy, and reasonable behaviour. Somewhat indifferent to attention, modest, self-effacing, and independently minded, it brings cool reason to heated debates, so can be a harmonising influence, moving attention from emotion to intellect, discussing issues that unite us. It stands for truth, fairness, social equality, and common accord.
The core imperative of Aquarius is to find ways to adjust to changing circumstances in a way that improves the species. We have recently begun to study the physical universe, to discover mathematics, science and philosophy and taken a few small steps in psychology and ecology. Yet to bridge the deeper gaps in our understanding requires more faith. Our exceptional intelligence tends to make developments knowledge-based, and through social and technological processes, we also have higher aspirations to do with longevity, health, justice and comfort – yet our fulfilment in consciousness is the true measure of evolutionary success.
One issue is that, of the minority that have true faith, most have no way to balance feelings and thoughts clearly enough to understand what it actually is, and indeed what they have faith in. Blind faith is more to do with blindness than faith. Aquarius can awaken to crystal-clear reception of cosmic transmission, which needs both mental and emotional skills – free thinking and rigorous application, since discussing this question can be fraught and even dangerous. Faith has to be projected onto an ideal and named, and these two requirements create difficulties because ideals are always unrealisable and naming always leads to limitation.
The world is a mirror of the mind – we make materially manifest what we hold in our thoughts. So to envision our reality requires that we concentrate thought and attention upon the best outcome imaginable, and let faith do the rest. Constructive optimism is the only survival strategy. Once we have shaped our orientation to a clear, positive outcome, then vacillation and doubt are not to be admitted. We hold an assured condition of mind, and bring it to bear upon the matrix of potential called life. Certainty is therefore employed in its active polarity rather than passive – this sign chooses not to be subject, but the creator, of outer conditions.
Sociology shows that the direction of a social group norm is found in the activity at the edges of present behaviour, the position where Aquarius feels most comfortable. Radicals, progressive thinkers, idealists and dreamers are different, detached and apart from their community, usually comfortably at odds with the norm – people like Darwin, Galileo, and Germaine Greer. Balanced between old and new, these bringers of knowledge seek pure vision and apply acute perception in service to others. They are eccentrics, satisfied with self-recognition, who spin on their own unique axis and are often subject to prejudice and even attack by conservatives.
The future is not inevitable; all perceptions of history and current affairs are subject to modification personally and communally, and are creative causes. We make it up on the basis of our experiences and aspirations – all is invented. Some find this idea spurious, even scary, and others will enjoy the implied freedom. Humanity would be better off holding the belief that we are creating our own future by our current ideas. We may then understand that the responsible thing to do is to care for our neighbours on this planet – and the planet itself.
The Expressions of Aquarius
Aquarius 1 – 5
To make things and situations ideal, we have first to examine what has happened and compare this to what could happen, and also to our ideas of excellence. There is a power of integrity written in things that were once new, many years ago, and have survived and evolved to a place whereby they give testimony to their enduring wisdom. Age has improved them in ways that only ageing can – by adding depth of character and proving their worth against the eroding forces of tide and time. It is not for us to throw out the old just because it is not modern. Yet it is for us to throw out whatever cannot find a place of relevance within the current zeitgeist. Our loyalties are not best given to outworn causes, people or ways just for sentimental reasons. It is for us to hear the roll of thunder as a presage of change, to feel its capacity to transform and to be ready to move things to the next level.
Aquarius 6 – 10
Our faith in life is rooted in our faith in death – and the understanding that nothing is beyond the reach of cosmic order, that everything living dies away as soon as it has surrendered its vitality and purpose. Without this constant process of renewal, there is no rejuvenating agency; morbidity results. Faith helps us relate to death and, when we have come to terms with death, the freedom within life takes on a deeper dimension. Each moment dies, and each next moment is reborn with the fullest potential, as fresh and unsullied as dawn. Trust in this enables a very powerful creativity. We can serve our fellows best by helping them awaken to this universal need for perpetual renaissance.
Aquarius 11 – 15
Often a word’s ambiguity of meaning actually helps us towards a more subtle grasp of the nature of the reality it points us towards. Dreaming is typically a passive experience of an unconscious person; yet the word also is employed as a synonym for envisioning. So we ask – is there an attitude of mind that can hold both of these conditions simultaneously? On a passive level, we need to trust that dreams during sleep and, by extension, all intuition, are clues for us to usefully interpret as guidelines for action. Yet on an active level, we cut pathways in the mind by active dreaming – by focusing frequently and passionately with concentrated attention upon our envisioned future.
Mastery of life experience comes from envisioning a progressive and satisfying self-development in service to the community, so we need to create our plans based on the affirmation of alignment between social needs and personal desire. These are the very tracks of a mental attitude that magnetizes our dreams towards us, which in turn help lay down the templates of our experiences.
Aquarius 16 – 20
The stuff of life is resistant to change and is not easily adjusted when approached by wishy-washy enquiry. In order to accomplish a realized statement of what we have dreamt, we need to reach a condition of certainty. This does not mean that we know what is good for another person, or ‘true’ – it means impeccable confidence that the alignment, between what we believe in and what we are doing about it, will produce results. Any idea we have is first and foremost a descriptive aspect of individuality; it is not necessarily even relevant to another person, let alone universal – perhaps it does, perhaps it does not, address shared concerns. However, unless we ourselves feel assured of our conviction and become committed to it, then no-one else will.
Aquarius 21 – 25
The events of our lives are scenes and scenarios of a mystery play, the revelation of whose meaning requires the subtlety of a high mind. Nose against the window-pane of society, yet anchored as we are in a different reality, it may please us to observe the frenetic clashing and banging of the world, with no need, and certainly no intention, of taking on common, yet uninspiring, viewpoints, which we may find lack profundity of insight.
Yet sympathetic understanding is an aspect of our humanity; it is a degree of knowledge more profound than the conceptual, and so much more than science or logic. It comes from the gentle, compassionate realization that we all are flawed, all damaged. Without this measure of awareness, then our quirkiness is merely for show, a cleverness to impress and steal attention. But when we have escaped conventionality to face our own demons, and we have come back strong and true, then we are unencumbered in applying our perceptions uniquely, yet realistically and kind-heartedly.
Character becomes enriched by multiple experiences of set-back and bounce-back; without this we remain bland and sheep-like. Only through friction can the potential within us be exposed – as indeed rock formations of staggering beauty are exposed by sandstorms. Our uniqueness is that which distinguishes us from the pack and enables the possibility of thinking outside the box. It arises only by facing up to the shadowy parts within.
Aquarius 26 – 30
Created in God’s image, we are creators ourselves, given the power of free will to manipulate the field of universal possibility to our heart’s desire. Realising this, our joyful task becomes clear – we need to rework what has been and what is, into what will be, according to our most joyful, playful, reach of mystical ingenuity and originality. Hindus teach that there is no settled external reality, that all we perceive is made up out of the imaginings of the mind – our own mind – singular, not collective. So not only can we invent life the way we want it, actually we cannot do anything else. Even if we do not accept the eastern philosophy, we must surely realize that our perceptions can only be based on our own unique experiences – so our inner reality is for us to fabricate – so then let us invent what makes us joyful, secure and loving.