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METAPHYSICAL AQUARIUS

by Gary Brand - written January 16, 2006,
published in the February 2006 edition of Echo* newspaper

his is one of a series of articles about the metaphysical meanings of the signs.  Metaphysical astrology is the study of first principles and the esoteric or hidden meanings of the signs and planets.  This article addresses the first principles of Aquarius and Saturn (traditional ruler of Aquarius), which we all have somewhere in our birth chart.  The meaning or energy of each sign of the zodiac manifests in some area of life symbolized in the birth chart of each of us, whether we have planets in a particular sign or not.  The entire visible Universe is based on the 12-fold manifestation of God we call the zodiac (E.H., p. 244 (1974)).

The largest, most detailed, global, natural color view of
Saturn and its rings ever made, consisting of 126 images
taken by the Cassini spacecraft on October 6, 2004 The largest, most detailed, global, natural color view of Saturn and its rings ever made.  The mosaic consists of 126 images taken by the Cassini spacecraft on October 6, 2004.  The planet appears blue above the rings because of the refraction of light through the rings.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
This is a 1491 woodcut of the classical representation
of Aquarius as a man pouring water out of an urn. This is a 1491 woodcut of the classical representation of Aquarius as a man pouring water out of an urn.  He is wearing a cape or stole, a symbol of dignity and learning.  From the 1491 edition of Bonatti (G.B. (c. 1282/1491)).

In this photo of Dione, one of Saturn's largest moons,
it appears to be rolling down the rings. In this photo of Dione, one of Saturn's largest moons, it appears to be rolling down the rings.  The image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on July 22, 2007.  Another moon, tiny Atlas (32 kilometers, or 20 miles across), is the speck to the lower left of Dione and looks like a small flaw in the rings.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
Aquarius is represented by the "water bearer" (usually depicted as a youthful human) pouring "water" out of an urn.  In ancient nomadic cultures, those who bore or found potable water were essential to the survival of the tribe.  They also had to be impartial, independent, above reproach, and stubbornly righteous - giving equally to all (like Aquarius).  However, the "water" pouring out of the urn metaphorically represents their treasures of truth and knowledge (for Aquarius is an intellectual air sign) gained through sometimes difficult experiences (Saturn).  Another metaphor for the "water" issuing from the urn is the "waters of eternal life" an allusion to the vitalizing high frequencies of divine spirit unhindered by any earthly bonds.  This is the sign of awakening to the power of our mind and to the divine consciousness and universality of the human condition.

The astrological symbol for Aquarius is two wavy, parallel lines, not unlike the waves of the sea.  However, Aquarius is an air sign so these two wavy lines more appropriately symbolize airwaves, electrical currents, radiations or vibrations.  Because the equinoxes very slowly precess (move backwards) relative to the stars, Plato calculated that the vernal equinox spends 2,143 years in each sign of the zodiac, resulting in the "Epochs" or "Ages" of the World.  There is much debate about when the Age of Aquarius began or will begin but during this Age waveforms will be used for healing; national boundaries will disappear and there will be one government for the entire Earth; the major religions will merge; the distinction between science and religion will dissolve as we realize that the essence of everything is the manifestation of the one primal force - God; and Earth will join the Galactic community through discourse with and travel to other planets inhabited by intelligent beings (Id., p. 265-266).

The Sun is in Aquarius during mid-winter, the coldest, quietest, and most stark (sharply contrasting) time of the year.  In the not-so-distant past, families and social gatherings retreated to the warmth of the hearth at this time of year where much storytelling and exchanges of opinions and ideas (Aquarius) transpired.

In traditional electional astrology, the selection of a date (and time) by astrologers for laying the foundations of cities and buildings was preferentially given to this sign.  Aquarius is progressive, rejects the status quo, lives for tomorrow, discovers or renovates technology for use in the future (traits of Uranus, modern co-ruler of Aquarius), but also revives useful, simpler methods and tools from the past and is interested in the lessons that can be gleaned from antiquity (Saturn).

Aquarius is one of the four fixed signs, the four cornerstones of the zodiac (also represented by the four winged-globes of Egypt, the four Maharajas who stand on the four corners of creation, and the four great rivers flowing from Eden).  It is the human face of the four "Faces of God," described in the Bible (Ezekiel 1, 4-10 and Revelations 4, 6-7).  As such, it represents the face of God that faces south and blows the north wind so it is cold, dry, and has a quieting effect.  Inherent in this sign is the awakening to the Piscean realization that we are everything and everything is in us.  The de-emphasis of material wealth and power begins with this sign and is a natural outgrowth of the evolution from Capricorn to Aquarius (the planets transit Capricorn before entering Aquarius).

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac so it is emblematic of the numerology of the number 11.  Eleven represents altruism and community - both Aquarius keywords.  Eleven also represents courage and power - not for selfish purpose but devoted to the improvement and uplifting of humanity (Aquarius is opposite Leo).
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See related article Metaphysical Saturn.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
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