Make the Most of Aquarius Season

Jan 19, 2023
Make the Most of Aquarius Season

Welcome to Aquarius Season. Each year from Jan. 19/20 through Feb. 17/18, the Sun travels through the Zodiac sign of the Water Bearer. Discover the hidden history of Aquarius, and how you can navigate its energy with detachment and innovation.

What makes this year's Aquarius season unique? Find out more about the energy of the 2024 Aquarius Horoscope.

Want to check out past years? Here you go: 2023 Aquarius Horoscope.

Aquarius & Mythology

Consider how carbon turns into diamonds. With time, heat and pressure, the rock changes state and becomes something spectacular.

Why are we talking about this? Because Aquarius is also a tipping point. It’s a place where breakthroughs can happen if we begin to see the world from a different point of view.

But to understand why this is, we’ll need to start at the beginning. See, the archetypal Hero’s journey is encoded in the signs of the astrological Zodiac, a word that translates as “the Way of Life.”

  • The cycle begins with Leo; its ruler the Sun represents the soul’s divine spark.
  • The soul is incarnated in the arms of a Virgin, Virgo, guided into manifestation by the divine messenger Mercury.
  • Then in Libra, the Soul falls so in love with the pleasures of incarnation, it “forgets” its divine heritage
  • In Scorpio, the Soul realizes its situation and decides to walk into the unknown to find a solution.
  • In Sagittarius, the Hero meets a guide who offers sage advice on the road ahead.
  • In Capricorn, the Sun must leave behind its mentor. Here the Soul begins its time of testing. Like the labors of Hercules, the Soul develops mastery and excellence through overcoming the obstacles on the path.

And now, we come to Aquarius season. In the Northern Hemisphere, Aquarius coincides with the coldest month of the year. But, it’s also the month that often brings the first hope for the spring to come (Groundhog Day, anyone?)

What does that mean for the human psyche? It’s a place where the Ego’s reality bubble gets a reset -- or a breakdown in order to make a breakthrough. Its energy brings us an opportunity to see ourselves from a more detached and objective point of view, so that we can understand and transcend that which limits us.

Aquarius & Astrology

And now we can begin to understand the essence of Aquarius encoded in its astrology symbolism. What’s the astrology that sets the conditions for this lightning flash of illumination?

  • Aquarius, ruled by the harvest god Saturn, challenges us to make the best use of our life-within-limits. In other words, Saturn teaches wisdom through hard-won experience
  • As an Air sign, Aquarius focuses our attention on the ephemeral -- ideas, ideals and the communication of these to others
  • As a fixed sign, Aquarian energy is stable and consistent; it’s the backstop that enables you to push off and reach higher
  • The Sun is in detriment in Aquarius. Here the Sun represents the Ego, which takes a back seat as the work of transformation is accomplished
  • The Aquarius constellation is the Water Bearer, a human pouring out water from an amphora. It’s a symbol of divine energy surging into the world, a renewal of the life force after a difficult time.

Make the Most of an Aquarius Horoscope

The Aquarian experience is at its best when you are willing to set aside your ego-centric perspective and see the world from a wider point of view. It’s difficult to demand a breakthrough, but you can set up the conditions to make one more likely…

And that’s exactly how you make the best of Aquarius season. Put yourself in a position to help you think outside the box. Cultivate innovative solutions. Adopt an observer perspective. Surround yourself with situations or people who are different from yourself. Be willing to question everything.

Though that advice may sound like a collection of positive-thinking posters, right now it's also good advice. The only thing that's going to limit you, is you.