The Fine Sign behind the New Age
Has a whole month really gone by since the October edition of Stargazers went on line? In that edition, in my enthusiasm over the wonder of Scorpio and beauty of Halloween, I also happened to contrast the virtues in Scorpio with the potential for vice in Aquarius. In all those days of being posted, not once have I gotten a snapping response from a single Aquarian, not even a nasty note! That is the charm of Aquarius, this selflessness, reflecting their greatest potential virtues: perfect love and perfect trust. The ideal Aquarian does not demand applause, but gives speeches as labours of love, with trust enough to risk getting her head snapped off afterwards. He is the epitome of the ideal of friendship. These perfected qualities make the miracles of magnanimity possible.
Aquarius has a weird symbol, for sure! Why on earth is an air sign represented by a pourer of water? There is a profound psychological reason behind the choice of symbolism. The Waterbearer reminds us of the watery side of Aquarius. In terms of Jungian psychology, it symbolizes the subtle, often hidden, "anima" aspect of the personality of Aquarius. One of the best known distinctions emphasized by psychiatrist Carl G. Jung is that between the extraverted and the introverted personality. The extraverted type of person enthusiastically communicates his ideas, in an expansive, "sky's the limit" sort of way. The introverted type, on the contrary, is "down-to-earth" in her orientation, bound by her feelings to the environment in which she feels at home, what she values as her sacred circle. I used the male pronoun in referring to extraversion and the female in referring to introversion, because the former is more associated with qualities traditionally called masculine while the latter with ones traditionally called feminine. Do understand that I use these pronouns in this way for the sake of brevity, and that a woman can be extraverted, and an Aquarius, just as frequently as a man! Jung theorized that extraverted types have a subtle, introverted aspect, "anima", in them, and introverted types have an extraverted aspect, "animus", in them. Astrologically speaking, the qualities of fire and air manifest extraversion, and those of water and earth manifest introversion. Aquarius, as an air sign, first comes across as extraverted, as an inspired debater ready to take on the whole world with his ideas. But in a more subtle, often hidden way, there is an underlying introverted, watery or earthy, side to him.
In the more spiritually evolved Aquarian, a secure connection has developed between the underlying introverted side and the overt, extraverted side that we hear and see of him as the liberal orator. All this sounds quite abstract, so I'll try getting it across to you with imagery which many of you will find as delightful as I do. You might even say that this article comes with an accompanying video! Bring up Google and search for "Cat and Crow". This true story has everything to do with understanding the best of Aquarius. Why try to understand Aquarius with terms as nebulous as "animus" and "anima" when we can do it with images as concrete as animals? The word 'animal' comes from the same Latin word 'animus', meaning spirit. Also, this video inspired Lisa Fleming to write the book, Cat and Crow, a great choice for the children in your life during the coming holidays. The tale is aaawwwwesome, and besides, it's so cute!
The crow and the cat making friends can symbolize the airy side of the Aquarian allying with the earthy or watery side, that is, the introverted side, of himself. Because birds fly, they often are shown as symbols of the element of air, so we can let the crow stand for Aquarius as an air sign. The cat is mainly earthbound, but she can be associated with the element of water also, in her daring to swim if she wants that fish badly enough! So, not only can the cat stand for the underlying, introverted side of Aquarius in general, but even specifically for the Waterbearer used to symbolize this sign.
The moral of the story of Cat and Crow, and of the best of Aquarius, is that the miracle of magnanimity only happens through our courage to risk being compassionate. As the true tale of Cat and Crow goes, one day as the crow is flying over, he sees the stray kitten. He has the courage to risk approaching an animal that he is biologically programmed to flee from, in order to befriend it. This sure does sound close enough to what we call perfect love! But the ultimate miracle is yet to come! As the cat grows up, it surely takes on the exact image of the very predator that any crow naturally flees. Yet, day after day, the crow dares to come back to play with the cat, risking his life for the friendship, only stopped by the aging making him unable to come. That is perfect trust! But the cat never does what it easily could have done. Now that's magnanimity, that greatness of spirit making the magick, the miracle happen!
Is your love perfected so far as to befriend someone, whom you have been taught to respond to as a dreaded enemy? Is your trust perfected so far as to keep coming back, letting yourself be that vulnerable for the sake of friendship? That is the ideal of the Aquarian who has fully realized his potential. He has learned to ally himself with his down-to-earth, emotional side within, to become the ideal friend. What great news it is, that Aquarius is the sign driving the coming Age! What great possibilities await us and our descendants, to allow the awesome miracles and magick of magnanimity to be! Blessed be!