As the cosmic wheel has moved once again into the Aquarius, this is a good time to look forward and see what your sign’s natal month has in store for you. Although Aquarius is symbolized by the water bearer, the element of the sign is air. All signs are grouped as cardinal, fixed, or mutable; Aquarius is a fixed sign. Signs also have polarities, active or masculine and passive or feminine. Aquarius has the active polarity.
While the astrological events during a given sign’s month will impact everyone in one way or another, natives of that sign, those born within the period that the sun resides within the sign, will feel the influence to an even greater degree. Knowing what the heavens hold during this time can help provide clarity and, when combined with a person’s individual chart, formulate a cosmic map to help chart your course.
The month of Aquarius began on January 21. The first major event that occurs during the month is the full Moon on the Jan. 28. Known as the Old Moon or Ice Moon, this full moon is the first of the three full moons that follow the Winter Solstice. Full moons mark a time of great power and influence. Projects begun earlier can now come to fruition. There is a heightened awareness of emotional and spiritual energies. Full moons also mark a time of change. It is well known that births and deaths increase during a full moon.
This full moon will have a particular impact on Aquarian natives as the moon is traversing Aquarius’ opposing sign of Leo during this time. The desire to be praised and recognized on emotional and material levels tends to clash with your usually cool and calculating manner. With this internal conflict, the most important thing to remember is that relying on your intuition (which will be heightened) will help you resolve the feelings of being pulled in opposing directions.
The next major event is Jupiter going direct on January 30. Having been in a retrograde movement since October, the planet of expansion once again moves forward and brings with it the potential for amplification and development across a broad range of human endeavors. Combined with the creative and independent nature that is a part of the Aquarian personality, this flow of energy could mark a time of new growth and exploration that may open new doors of opportunity, particularly in the career and education areas.
On February 1, Venus, Goddess of Love, enters the sign of the Water Bearer. This placement enhances the natural Aquarian need for independence, particularly in romantic settings. However, given the influence of the full Moon on the 28th and Jupiter going direct on the 30th, the potential for a sudden and intense attraction occurring within a few days of Venus’ arrival could lead to passionate encounters that may end as quickly and unexpectedly as they began. Best to enjoy the time that is shared and not obsess about the where things could lead. You will find out soon enough.
A particularly intense period of Aquarius occurs between February 4th and February 8th. To begin with, Mars conjuncts Neptune on February 4th. Two days later, on February 6th, Mercury, the Messenger conjuncts both Neptune and Mars. The impact of the double conjunction involving Mercury cannot be overstated. When combined with the intellect of a native Aquarian, the speed with which decisions are made will dramatically increase; this is true for both personal/romantic matters and those involving business or finance. Speed, however, does not always mean the decision is the right one.
The Neptune effect is also going to be increased. Your natural ability to be detached, even in emotional situations, is going to come under fire as logic and illusion may become confused leading to difficulties in expression. The potential for setting up unrealistic goals or ideals, particularly in love related matters, can lead to disappointment. Avoid secrecy and become so detached that you miss key clues as to the true nature of things.
The last important event in Aquarius occurs on February 10th when Venus, which is still in Aquarius, squares Saturn. This is difficult time for personal relationships, romantic and otherwise. The challenge is to try and reduce the amount of anxiety and tension you are feeling and to recognize that this time will pass quickly. Financial matters could also be negatively impacted so committing to any new ventures in this area should be put off or avoided all together.
For natives of Aquarius, the month holds both positive and negative potentials. Recognizing where the highs and lows may lie can make this time before the warmth of the spring solstice comes once again an easier and more enlightened journey.
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