OK, I should be doing Virgo as the next sign in this series. But I didn’t feel like it. I’m doing my own sign instead. Which demonstrates the main point that needs to be made about Aquarius over the next 2 years: it is Neptune-time, big-time. Poor old orderly Virgo has just got queue-jumped.
So Aquarius has it’s ruler Uranus in Neptune’s sign of Pisces (and in the solar 2nd); Neptune itself is in the sign of Aquarius (and solar 1st); and Pluto has just moved into the solar 12th, which is of course Neptune’s House. Jupiter has also moved into the solar 12th.
So the main theme here is Neptune/Pisces, with Saturn being in the very opportune sign of Virgo (and solar 8th), which provides the balance to Pisces.
Aquarians love their advanced and inspired ideas, and they want everyone else to know them, they want to benefit humanity, there is genuine goodwill there. But they are still a fixed mind-based sign. They can create their own world out of what they think, it can get quite disconnected from how people actually are. And they can be quite rigid and unbending and dominating in their ideas, and function one-sidedly from Will.
So Neptune’s lessons can be quite difficult. Neptune wants you to trust in the unfolding of events around you and in your life. Your ideas and your Will come second to that. These next 2 years are an exercise in humility for Aquarians which can initiate them into a different kind of wisdom.
The Aquarian Dick Cheney, Vice-President of the USA, will be losing his power-base in a year’s time, and between now and then he will have increasingly less power as this administration comes to an end. Cheney has been known for the unusual level of control he has exerted over the President. Neptune will be dissolving all of this, he will never have the same level of power again, he will need to adapt.
Nicholas Sarkozy was elected last year as the tough guy President of France, the man who would sort out the economy and the bloated public sector in the way Margaret Thatcher had done for Britain in the 1980s. And what has been his main achievement so far? An ongoing media frenzy over his affair with, and rapid marriage to, a model (Neptune), Carla Bruni. The Latin countries applaud you for this, the Anglo-Saxon countries impeach you. But all the same, it shows Neptune determined to get in on an Aquarian tough guy. Maybe he won’t make it as President unless he softens a bit. Ms Bruni is known for her serial affairs with big-shots, and Sarkozy could easily be tossed aside after a few months. He could look very foolish.
The people of the USA are Aquarian (Moon of the Sibly Chart). As Pluto has entered the Aquarian Solar 12th House, so has the politician Barack Obama risen spectacularly. Many people view him as either a cult leader or the potential saviour of America, depending on their political point of view, but in each case he is Neptune. The USA is also about to have a Neptune-Moon conjunction by transit. The first rule of a Neptune transit is that in certain respects things/people will not be what they seem. Personally, I would feel a lot easier around Obama’s popularity if he were not being voted for under the early stages of this Neptune transit.
Neptune may make a fool of you, sometimes that is a necessary first step. But what he’s really trying to do is move Aquarius on to its next sign of Pisces. Aquarius has wisdom, it is the penultimate sign of the zodiac. But it needs to be moved on from a tendency towards ideology and mental construct and arrogance and into the more holistic wisdom of Pisces, where truth is revealed by something greater and bigger than an inspired ego.
Prometheus is a good figure for Aquarius. He helped humanity in all sorts of ways, but was ultimately undone through his mocking of Zeus’ ignorance. It was his arrogance that undid him, and for this he was condemned to having his liver torn out daily by a vulture. You could say this is the result of Aquarius resisting Neptune. Extreme pain. It can be extremely painful when we hold on to certain ideas about our life in the face of what’s going on around us. And it can be like a huge burden being lifted, that connects us much more deeply with life and other people, as we find the wherewithal to let go.
Neptune can take us to dark, difficult places just as much as Pluto can. Saturn in the solar 8th gives Aquarians the ability to make something of this Neptunian dismemberment, to rebuild out of the ashes - or puddle! - of the old.