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In the current era, the sun is set against the backdrop of the constellation of Aquarius during February 13 and March 15. The sun sign is indicative of the manner in which the individual finds expression, for it is the source of the life force. The solar energies absorb and reflect the characteristics of the sign in which the sun finds itself: and the individual born at this time of the year will find that, at heart, he or she embodies Aquarian traits. The other two most important personal factors within the birth chart are the Ascendant and Moon. If either of these are positioned within the Aquarius field of influence, then the individual will also find that he or she reflects Aquarian traits, as would anyone with Uranus significantly placed in their chart.
The Water Bearer is the symbol of Aquarius, and it is she who carries the waters of life. This is very much akin to the symbolism expressed by the ruling planet Uranus. Both are symbolic of the new and unexplored: with the Water Bearer reflecting the idealism inherent in new life, whilst Uranus is specifically associated with anything futuristic, progressive and humanistic. It is then with refreshing fervour that the Aquarian individual looks to the future in so many ways. The progressive attitude that is integral to their nature allows them to move without the restrictions of traditional conventions. If change is needed, Aquarius is able to initiate positive action without the fear of being bound by the possible censure of society.
Aquarius has the ability to see ahead when those around them can see no further than the noses on their faces. Foresight is an essential quality in mediumship, along with a strong sense of independence. Being in possession of both these fine qualities, Aquarius is well qualified to lead with vision. When tempered with a fine human outlook, such as is the case with a positive Aquarian, their leadership can produce fine results. Others look to Aquarius for their ability in this area because it is evident that truth and sincerity form a base for everything they do. As they are always seeking new possibilities and openings, their minds have been self-trained to be naturally alert, perceptive and ever-scrutinising. It is this perception and intuitiveness that guide their footsteps into the future.
Characteristic of Aquarius is the brilliance of mind which is strongly associated with their quick, intuitive ability. They have an affinity for anything that is scientific in nature or that has a quality of newness and adventure about it. They need that element of excitement to act as a continual stimulus on their minds. Aquarius’ mind is fascinated by politics because it is an area that enables them to express the humanitarian side of their nature, whilst allowing an exercise of their ability to lead. In fact, most Aquarians feel a need to devote their services to humanity in some way. This element is so strong in the Aquarian nature that the aura of impersonality can often prove to be a stumbling block in personal relationships. Their unprejudiced views and casual nature induces them to treat everyone in the same manner. It is often difficult to commit themselves indefinitely to one person in an intimate relationship because of their cosmopolitan outlook on life. Their sense of isolation is further increased because they are always living in the future, with their mind continually wandering off on some tangent, leaving others wondering how the connections in thought patterns were made.
It is quite likely that many people will view Aquarius as somewhat eccentric, but their friends will also be futuristic and unusual in some way. The rebel in the Aquarian nature and their bluntness can be carried too far at times. This would induce a radicalism that can be dangerous in some individuals, especially where there is a religious or political fanaticism involved. The greater emphasis placed on ideas and mental ability, in preference to emotion, will distance the individual from other human beings. In so doing, the essential contact required in humanitarian causes can be lost, and a lack of true awareness to social conditions may develop. In everything we do, there must be moderation: intellectualism tempered by emotionalism, the need for change balanced by a certain amount of attachment for the past, humanitarianism coloured with a measure of practicality. Most Aquarians are somewhere in between the two extremes.
Those who come under the rulership of the Water Bearer will lead in whatever situation they find themselves to be. These are the individuals who lead the way in scientific research, medical investigations, politics and humanitarian causes. Just as water brings life wherever it is present, and freshness where life was stale, so the Aquarian individual is a refreshing influence in life.