Today we’ll talk about Aquarius time in 2011, which actually starts on 20 January, and lasts until 18 February, 2011. This post is about the astrological events happening during Aquarius 2011, and is for everyone, not just for folks born under the sign of Aquarius.
Yes, folks, it’s an innovative, surprising year, which Aquarius likes just fine. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the Promethean rebel of our Solar System. The energy of Aquarius is extremely intelligent, from a high point of view that takes into account all of mankind, not just one subgroup or another. There can be surprises, even disruptions and revolutions when a lot of Aquarius energy is marshaled together. And here we are, at the beginnings of the great Age of Aquarius, and now in that same sign in the year 2011.
Just two days after the Sun enters Aquarius on 20 January, Jupiter will changes signs to Aries. This is a big deal. Jupiter usually stays in a sign for about a year, and he’s been in the land of Pisces, off and on, since Aquarius time 2010. In Pisces he enlarged religious fervor, and inspirations of other kinds. But he also made the fogginess of Neptune-ruled Pisces that much harder to see through, with mis-information, lies and deception swirling all around us. When Jupiter moves into Aries (which he did briefly from June to September of 2010), things will heat up. Aries is willful, impatient, wanting to get going and get things done. No more of this cloudy not-sure-what-to-do attitude; it’s time to take action. In Aquarius, that action will be for the people. For instance, in the SF Bay Area, an English teacher in Richmond decided to think outside the box (Aquarian trait) by getting a local band to donate an album every time someone bought a much-needed textbook for his low-income classes. It’s been a huge success. This is the type of innovation that Jupiter in Aries loves. Jupiter will remain in Aries only until July this year, so let’s use his expansive energy in Aquarius while we have it!
On 26 January, Saturn will station retrograde in Libra. Everyone will feel this, but air signs, and especially Librans, will feel it most strongly. When Saturn turns backwards we are shown what’s not working in our plans, our lives, our work. Obstacles appear, and in Libra, these obstacles might be in the form of negotiations breaking down, or relationships needing some heavy-duty attention. Saturn is not about destroying, though. He doesn’t put these obstacles in our way to burn up what isn’t working (that’s Pluto’s job). No, he wants us to revisit our plans, make sure there are no hidden problems that will cause downfalls later. It’s a testing time. With relationships, it’s time to check in and see what has changed–with our partners, our coworkers, our bosses. Saturn was retrograde in Libra in January of 2010, so think back to what you learned then about what needed working on. Have you revised your strategies? Shored up your plans? Worked toward compromise?
With both Jupiter and Saturn making big changes, we’ll need the next few days of quiet skies to process the energy. Then on 2 February, we will have a New Moon in Aquarius. This will add an extra zing of Aquarius energy to the time when the Sun is already in Aquarius, so watch for new breakthroughs in technology and social matters. On 3 February, Mercury will join the Sun, Moon, and Neptune in Aquarius, bringing communication (breaking news, maybe?) about those new solutions to our problems. The next day, 4 February, Venus will enter Capricorn, where she puts her diplomacy and tact toward practical negotiations. Relationships may lack a lot of sparkle at this time, but they will be stable and strong, and probably very comfortable.
On 8 February, Chiron will enter Pisces. Another huge sign change, as the Wounded Healer will stay in Pisces until 2019. Chiron brings awareness to our suffering in life, and helps us heal that suffering by working through it. In Pisces, there can be problems with the lack of boundaries, with the veils that hide truths from us, with guilt as we feel the pain of others but don’t know how to help. This, though, can lead to great changes, such as when Chiron was in Pisces in the 1960s. An entire generation of people, born with Chiron in Pisces, became aware that the world in which they lived had an underside of war, corruption at high levels, and restrictive moral codes. As Chiron moves into Pisces in 2011, during the time the Sun is in Aquarius, we can again become aware of what is wounding us collectively, and we can find the solutions to work through that suffering toward a greater peace for all.
When the Sun is in Aquarius in 2011, we will begin to feel the huge changes that our outer planets and asteroids will make. They take a very long time to move through a sign, and their themes are usually the background energy of an entire generation of people on the Earth. So these changes are important, and will set the tone not only for this year, but for all those new souls who will join us as babies during this time. For their sakes, and for ours, let’s do what we can to utilize the most helpful and positive parts of the astrological spectra of energies.