Aquarius Horoscope (January 20 - February 18)
Your ruling planets are Uranus and Saturn.
This is a magical and a frustrating time for you right now, Aquarius, when you are coming into yourself anew. One way to think about this is that your natural rebel needs and wants more stability. It's time to get a trim and to allow scope to your more considered and conservative self that has been waiting there all along in the wings. The other idea is the polar opposite, that you are learning more and more to think outside the box and to color outside the lines. Your process, which is a process of becoming more whole, demands that you move in the direction of your most unaccustomed and secretly fearful attributes.
As the month begins, you are defining yourself to some extent through relationship with others, although it is important to recognize that it is yourself that you are ultimately seeking and also working through, as much as that process might appear to be cloaked in the form of encounters with significant persons in your life. This has been a tricky and in some ways a deceptive time over the past few weeks and months, with mystical Neptune powerfully configured in your identity sector. The archetypal energy of Neptune wears many masks, among them a positive feeling of spiritual necessity to everything that you do; you just cannot be satisfied with superficial explanations or motivations any longer. But another side of Neptune is that you are coming at the world from a very idealistic and almost illusory viewpoint, so that you might be able to not only be deceived, but also to deceive yourself and others. An antidote exists in the form of Saturn, representing the strictures of practical necessity, which has in recent days been coming more and more to the fore. This month represents one climax of this balancing factor, and puts you in a position of choosing either idealism or practicality, or better yet, finding a middle ground to explore that lies between them. The Full Moon of Friday, September 4th, brings these concepts to an even greater pitch and serves to remind you once again that personal transformation while connected with significant partners begins at home. You are well aware of the impact of others on your life at this time, and their contribution cannot be at all discounted, but role might also be somewhat illusory and in any case depends on your own lens that filters their influence. The Last Quarter Moon takes place a week later, on Friday, September 11th, and is also powerful in regard to these issues. At this point Mercury is also retrograde, from the 6th, and you might be spending more time in contemplation of what is going on than in direct action. The period of the retrograde lasts until at least the end of the month and is an excellent time for journaling, but not such a good time for sudden departures from an established plan. In all these patterns you will feel the strong influence of Saturn in your sector of intimacy and personal evolution, which serves to remind you of limits and restrictions but which also imposes positive gains in terms of lessons learned and long-lasting results. With the advent of the New Moon one more week further on, taking place on Friday, September 18th, you will experience an even more powerful presence of the practical limitations of Saturn and in contrast your own sense of individuality rising to meet it. The days surrounding this mid-month configuration constitute the crucial time of this entire monthly cycle, so that a supreme effort at balance is not only helpful but required. The final two weeks of the month represent a working out of these issues and of coming to better terms with your fate. Nothing however is fated, an important distinction. Free will still achieves a version of the outcome you desire but only by acting in collusion with the forces of the universe which incline you in particular directions. Everything turns out for the best when you remember to rely at the most basic level on Spirit working through you. Not the best possible result, perhaps, but the best result possible.