RE-DISCOVERING AQUARIUS + THE AQUARIUS NEW MOON / SUPERMOON

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Blessings all. I took my time with this post as I wanted to understand the fullest implications of this New Moon, and all that it can represent in our lives. I engaged with the energies of this Moon in a fairly different way than before, and so I’d like to share that process with you – it fits in well with its energies.

I was poised to write the New Moon Report, as usual, with my fingers at the ready. But something was missing. It wasn’t enough. I consulted all of my favourite astrologers’ writings on Aquarius – whilst they weren’t ‘wrong’, and my brain understood them, I felt that some part of the experience – was simply missing.

Now for those of you new to astrology – Aquarius’ energy is linked to the concept of the ‘Higher Mind’, processes of awakening, revelations, epiphanies, breakthroughs, innovation, a refinement of consciousness. It also relates to friendships, soul groups, collective work undertaken for idealistic, humanitarian purposes, altruism, and so on. The energy also links to the Individual and his/her unique gifts, and manifest in the form of heightened intelligence, eccentricity and/or an indubitable sense of originality, uniqueness – even genius. Some astrologers also focus upon Aquarius’ role in manifesting your hopes, dreams and wishes and connect it with a sense of intuition. The sign is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. There’s a lot more to it, but it’ll suffice as an introduction.

So whilst I understood all of this, I still felt that some kind of experiential learning was missing. I quite literally looked up at the Universe and mentally uttered a prayer:

Universe, Teach me about Aquarius Please.

Less than a second after that, my mom calls me from the next room (without any conscious idea of what I’m working on) and says: Ma, come watch this film about Ramanujan.

Srinivasa Ramanujan was a Tamil Brahmin, a mathematical prodigy who – even as a child – intuitively discovered 3,900 mathematical theorems without any formal training. He was the first Indian to be elected as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University. His work in mathematics formed the precursor of so many aspects of the modern world – think ATM and passwords, for example.

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He attributed his discoveries to the blessings of Namagiri Thayyar (the Goddess of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India – the wife of Lord Narasimha – the Half-Man, Half-Lion avatar of Lord Mahavishnu ). For more information see – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan

It was a fascinating film (called: Ramanujan) and one which helped me synthesize in my own mind (both the intellectual and intuitive parts of it) what I understood as the energy of Aquarius.

It doesn’t differ from what has already been written content-wise, but it was important for me to have those experiences in order to ‘feel’ into the sign in a deeper way that I’d done before. So rather than a ‘discovery’, I would say it is a personal re-discovery or re-acquaintance with this energy.

As far as I am concerned … astrology is a living art and the deeper you go into yourself, the deeper your knowledge of it becomes. It is a never-ending learning process.

That and my Progressed Sun is about to enter Aquarius 😀 😀 😀  So it was high time.

What I would add or emphasize upon the brief intro I provided above is the following:

The energy of Aquarius moves very quickly, emerging – out of the blue – with the speed of lightning. It is sudden, eruptive and utterly transformative. Allowing yourself to be open to and receptive of this energy can lead you to visionary leaps of cognition, fueled by your intuitive self (just as Ramanujan did with his Mathematics).

By connecting both intuition and cognition, Aquarius activates the many different levels of what we call the Mind and all of its gifts. It allows the Mind to act as the recipient of Cosmic Connections, and Wisdom from (your definition of Source).

It represents the power of manifestation your desires, intentions and goals as you see your Co-Creative role, alongside the Universe.

It has a particular connection with the nervous system (similar to Gemini, Mercury), including the neural network that forms up the architecture of the brain.

It facilitates the raising or awakening of the Kundalini, and so spiritual practices of that nature need to be undertaken with some sense of moderation, balance and focus

Its energies are a natural outgrowth of the opposing sign – Leo – Leo’s gifts are more focused upon the activation of the Sacral Chakra, the energy of childhood, a sense of vulnerability, authenticity and the challenge of true self-expression. We take the gifts of childhood, sometimes hidden – sometimes nurtured, into the sense of individuality that we mature into as part of Aquarius. If Leo represents the Child, the Aquarius (in key ways) represents the Adult. It can also work in reverse for some, depending on their charts.

Another Leo-Aquarius connection is present when you consider the role of Creativity/Creation (Leo) and the Aquarian understanding that S/he is a Cosmic Co-Creator, able to manifest whatever is desired.

Finally, when the gifts of the Creative Child are actualized (Leo), and the Individual realizes his/her Co-Creative role alongside the Universe — the Individual (now matured) is called to bring and combine his/her sense of originality, uniqueness, etc. as part of a Collective effort. Whilst the Individual is not lost in the Sea of Oneness, he/she becomes part of a larger group dynamic aligned with certain values or ideals.

Aquarian energy is Fixed Air energy – bear in mind that one of the pitfalls of this sign is utter stubborness. One can become wayyy to fixated with a sense of values, ideals, or even a sense of Self (a seed of the Ego, beginning in Leo) – understood as the Only Truth – and refuse to go past a certain stage of development.

To work with this energy and be completely receptive to the Wisdom that the Universe can teach you – in other words – it is important not to become too attached to what you think you know about yourself, your gifts and your role in the collective 😉

So – taking my experience and exploration of Aquarius into account – what does this New Moon / Supermoon signify for us all?

At 9:13 pm on 20th January 2015 (yesterday), the Moon conjuncted the Sun at 0 Aquarius ’09 – it was also the first Supermoon New Moons in general are portals of New Beginnings. They are times in which we set the seeds we wish to harvest – we see these intentions culminate when the Moon reaches the opposite sign, in 6 months time. So what you do between 17-23 January creates ripples in time and space whose effects you are likely to see manifested around the Aquarius Full Moon (July 31st 2015).

Aquarius New Moon January 20 2015

The kinds of intentions you may want to seed at this time relate to
– the development / maturation of your sense of individuality
– ways you can come together as part of the collective
– ways you can manifest a world in alignment with your deepest ideals and humanitarian visions
– ways you can expand your mind (intellect and intuition) and its connection with the Cosmos
– key decisions surrounding the kinds of friendship groups or groups linked by a common cause or perspective that you wish to be a part of
– exercises to awaken the kundalini (only with a teacher/professional you trust – not something I would advise you to do without guidance you trust)

and so on 🙂

In terms of astrological influences, we had quite a lot going on.
– The Double Yod that has dominated much of January (Juno Retrograde – Chiron – North Node; Pluto – Juno Retrograde – Chiron)
– The re-activation of the Great Goddess Fire Trine (lasts till October of this year), now featuring – Juno Retrograde – Uranus – Pallas Athena/Saturn
– The long-standing Nodal T-Square involving the North Node, Uranus / South Node and Pluto
– an opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Mars / Neptune
– the conjunction of Mars / Neptune (squared Saturn / Pallas Athena)
– a ‘Wedge’ alignment between Black Moon Llilith, Mars/Neptune and Ceres (trining Lilith, sextile M / N)
– Venus conjunct Mercury (preparing for its retrograde) and opposing Jupiter Retrograde

So, quite an active sky! And one which really challenged us on multiple fronts. I’m not going to get into all of the details (some are already addressed in my blog), but I will say that Venus/Mercury opposed Jupiter Retrograde played a fairly major role.

Venus (desires, relationship with material value systems, relationships, sensuality, feminine awareness – and many other things) met Mercury (communication, intellect, perception, early childhood conditioning, sibling relations) in Aquarius. We were asked to look at what it is we choose to manifest, how and why. We were asked to see how it related to the scripts we inherited in early childhood, and potentially lessons from our siblings. The opposition to Jupiter heightened the role of Guidance (coming from a child, your Inner child, childhood, a romantic / sexual partner, a creative person) in asking you to look to the lessons of your childhood to see what Aquarius can then (in its more matured form) manifest.

Jupiter in Retrograde and Mercury preparing for its Retrograde (it’s begun now, but not at the time of the New Moon) both place these lessons/ forms of guidance as internal ones.

I hope this explanation of my process of re-discovering / re-integrating Aquarius (for myself) and description of the New Moon’s energies is of benefit to the collective.

Many Blessings and Much Love as Always,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Images: Aquarius wassermann.jpg – By Chaouki Kamboua (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons ; Srinivasa Ramanujan – Indian Math Society –http://www.indianmathsociety.org.in/sramanujan.htm ; Astrolog Screenshot by Bairavee Balasubramaniam

A CUDDLY LOOK AT CAPRICORN: RETHINKING MATERIAL/ISM, THE LEGACY OF THE CRONE IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN-VESTA CONJUNCTION

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Capricorn is generally described as ambitious, unemotional, cold, disciplined, structured, fixated on power and achievement, generally something you acknowledge with gritted teeth as it is ruled by Saturn, the karmic taskmaster. There’s always some discipline, some pressure from an authority figure that makes you do things when are not necessarily ‘fun’ – but vital to what work you come to do in this world.

Now the way I engage with astrological energies comes from guides, from Source, from intuition and observation. I often find myself at odds with the way energies are commonly described in the mainstream, and to my joy, I find that my interpretations are echoed by Master Astrologers, and by those keenly in touch with their own Spirits. (Yay!) Sometimes it’s a case of ‘getting deeper’ with that energy and seeing its roots, and sometimes it’s a case of recognizing how an archetype was distorted through patriarchal frames of reference.

I am very pleased to see that some of the work I am doing in re-interpreting the feminine energies of certain signs (Virgo) and bodies such as Vesta and Juno are being very well received. I now see far more articles and astrologers adopting a similar approach. Whether this is just a feature of collective, parallel awakening, or if my work has made wide, intersecting ripples with others on the path (or both) – I do not know, but I do know that I am part of the change that seeks to re-vision astrology and transform it from the ground up. It is a good wave and collective effort to be a part of.

So in that same vein of finding the ‘energy of Capricorn’, I offer my take on this powerful energy. Engage with it, accept it, reject it, do whatever you want with it – but I certainly hope this post will make you think about it in a different way, than what it is commonly described to be. This is simply my truth, and I hope it resonates with your own as well. In fact you can apply that caveat to anything I write/say in the public domain. I don’t claim to present a _complete_ representation of this sign as  – like all signs – it is a complex energy.

Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth Sign. It is the pinnacle of material manifestation in the zodiac. Most of the time we consider this the point that tells us about the pinnacle of material achievement, be it through social recognition, success, prestige status. We also associate Capricorn with authority figures and institutions of power such as governments and other regulatory bodies. We also associate this sign with the wisdom and legitimacy conferred to Elders.

Emotionally speaking, Capricorn is said to be reserved. Unemotional, calculating. I remember an astrology book I read when I was 12 describing it as the ambitious, ‘domineering parent’.

In my family, we have two Capricorns – my mum, with her Ascendant (1st house / Rising Sign) in Capricorn – and me with my Rising Sign in Cancer. Needless to say we’re two very different people, and the way we express Capricorn’s energy is completely different. (Cancer is the polar opposite of Capricorn in the zodiac, so an interesting inversion of energy happens in my case).

Over the years, I have noticed the similarities between us, and the key differences. And I note them to be the same areas of overlap when I read good, well-researched / well-intuited articles that describe the energy of this powerful sign – and all it can be.

Capricorn, referring to the Earth element in its wholly actualized form, is very focused on achievement. But not necessarily achievement in the sense of being put on a pedestal and worshiped by adoring fans. Achievement in the sense of getting something that is of true value and worth to you done.

In my readings, I always emphasize the achievement that Capricorn seeks to make as the legacy that it seeks to leave behind. It is the energy of the Crone – the Wise Elder, The Tomb, and the Indefatigable Sea-Goat. And, as Alan Oken points out, the Sun enters Capricorn during the Winter Solstice (as per the Northern Hemisphere), a time where we see the Resurrection of energy from its lowest Point (Death) – a theme echoed and celebrated in many global myths and religions. He states that Capricorn is also the sign of the Initiate – anchoring the material structures required that all may eventually reach the Gates of Aquarius.

As I read it, Capricorn’s energy allows us to create a legacy that others will later be able to use to head towards a new level of Consciousness. There is a finality to its energy and also a forward looking component as it builds in the name of the future.

If we think about the way some cultures bury their dead and then leave a small stone epitaph describing the sum of the actions, deeds, words, ideas and life of a person — we get a sense of finality that Capricorn seeks to accomplish and its scope. Capricorn urges us to complete something which leaves behind a legacy of some kind. And what that legacy is will differ by person.

My mother’s idea of legacy is her kids, and what her kids seek to bring to the world. My idea of legacy is creating a pathway for authentic spiritual self-expression (especially for re-awakening facilitators – Vesta conjunct Midheaven in Aries ). And both are perfectly valid. Both are perfectly important.

It really depends upon your Soul’s Choices prior to birth and whatever karmic cycle you’ve chosen to work through, among other factors.

But it is accurate to say that Capricorn, irrespective of which Ascendant you might have, does strive to complete something it sees as greatly significant. A legacy worth leaving behind. Quite possibly one you see in material terms/forms. (Be it a child, a job, a body, a possession), etc. but it it need not be seen in a ‘materialistic’ manner.

This is a huge distinction to make because you can see and work with material objects in a non-materialistic way. You can accomplish great material works with wholly spiritual, altruistic, humanitarian, etc. ideals in mind. The power, status and prestige of Capricorn is then simply the material form or manifestation of a far more spiritual ideal.

Thinking of it this way, the Machiavellian (an Italian prince notorious for the machinations of politics) vibe afforded to Capricorn begins to dissolve. I certainly found a lot of hang-ups surrounding my Sun Sign begin to dissolve when I shifted my perspective. I gave myself permission to achieve, knowing that I was doing it for a cause my Spirit was aligned with. And it was liberating.

Material achievement yes, but for a non-material end. That made perfect sense to me – and by way of observation, the way I see my mum as well. (She’s a very Eco-Priestess type of person)

In my perception, I see this idea of material-earthly-legacy as seamlessly connected with the Wisdom of the Crone. I see the energy of the Grandmother as the Overseer of the material legacy we collectively leave behind, to be inherited by future generations.

Grandmother is sadly shaking her head, I’m afraid. She might not be overtly cuddly, or gushing with emotions all of the time. She might even seem detached, but through her stoic features, you cannot escape feeling her gentle emotions, sadness even as she gazes upon the legacy we are leaving upon this Earth. Her eyes are ancient and the hold the collective emotions and aspirations of the world. The fact she cares, and cares so deeply cannot be overlooked.

In day to day life, we can look to wherever Capricorn lies in our charts as the channel or area of life in which we are most likely to access the Crone’s detached, loving wisdom.

In fact, I feel that the emotional aloofness afforded to Capricorn is but an expression of the kind of detachment that the Crone energy can sometimes bring.

But hang on, you might say that you know people with ‘stereotypical’ Capricorn traits who are materialistic, power hungry, cold, etc. These may be people who value the status quo, or accept a sense of what constitute ‘success’ and ‘achievement’ handed down by those considered as authorities.

And you might be right in thinking so.

What we are doing here is exploring the energy of this sign and its fullest spiritual potential – we are speaking of where this energy can take us, as opposed to how it is more likely to be accessed from a statistical point of view.

I find that much of mainstream astrology stops at the most common or prevalent manifestation of such energy, which, very often is steeped in the Ego’s take on that energy. And so, whilst it is not ‘wrong’, it may be better expressed as an incomplete description of the Archetype.

Its takes work to access the Spiritual Potential of any Archetype, Capricorn being no exception.

But perhaps, in those people who fit the conventional ‘Capricorn’ label – you might now be able to / want to see the energies I have discussed present, at a very deep level, within them.

Astrology at the end of the day, by way of the planets, sets seeds that we have chosen to grow into. How we manifest that growth, and in what form, boils down to individual choice.

At the time of writing this piece, we are hours away from a powerful Sun (Focus of Consciousness, Soul’s essence) and Vesta (Spiritual Facilitator / Priestess / Regenerator Archetype) conjunction. (8:09 am, January 11th, 20 Capricorn ’26) The sacrifices we make, in terms of the old ideas of what we strive to achieve, and how are going to be highlighted at this time. As part of a far longer transit, Pluto in Capricorn has already been transforming our collective attitude towards Capricornian ideas and realms of life over the past few years. Ceres (the Nurturer) is now in Capricorn, urging us to find ways to enrich our connection with this energy, and the ways that others can also do the same.

So I hope my words facilitate your engagement with Capricorn’s energy through this powerful, upcoming Sun-Vesta conjunction. It’s a great time to release whatever hang-ups and shift outmoded perceptions of this energy, so that we may bring in its deepest, highest, purest (use your adjective of choice) manifestations.

Blessings and Joy to you All

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image: Vera Bugatti -Old woman with cat (Toulon France 2012).jpg – By Vera Bugatti (Vera Bugatti) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons