One: Physical Man
January 20th to February 1st
upon the clockwise Wheel and entering the sign of Aquarius from right to left
the decan rulers are Venus in the first, Mercury in the second and Saturn in the
third. Under the rulership of Venus in the physical decan of Aquarius both substance
and the imprisoned human soul begin to work together with mutual tolerance.
Mars in the first decan of both Aries and Pisces the situation is quite the reverse,
for there bondage in substance and captivity in relationship is the key theme.
The goal of the soul is to attain a state of self-conscious living. At this early
point in the career of the incarnated soul, Egoic consciousness is entirely latent
within the form and the mundane Aquarian cannot possibly even dream of the soul
or the sense of exalted power which soul control brings.
symbol of Aquarius is the Water Bearer, the sign of man. Consequently in the pure
unmodified type there are no animal traits or bestial characteristics to single
them out. Under the beneficent influence of Venus the physical appearance is well
proportioned, pleasing and moderate.
Water Bearers are usually tall and slender
with narrow hips and long legs. The calves of the legs are very nicely shaped
and formed with beautiful ankles which are strong and well turned. The feet are
also strong, well formed and graceful with high arches. There is a blending of
secondary sexual traits so there are a lot of crossovers between the sexes. They
have a unisex look, so if the hair happens to be long, from behind it is difficult
to tell one sex from the other.
There is harmony and symmetry in the figure and
in the facial features, especially in the proportions and shape of the eyes, nose,
chin and lips. Typically the face is oval and long with flat planes, while the
skull is broad in proportion to its length. The nose is not extreme, being neither
too long nor too short, neither too thin nor broad.
The Aquarian often has large,
lively, luminous, benevolent eyes beaming with kindness, humanitarian and quick
with apprehension and understanding. It should not come as a surprise to learn
that many great movie stars—the most famous and well-known faces in the world—are
born under Venus in Aquarius. The most beautiful blue eyes in the world belong
to those born in the physical decan of this sign.
In the early
stages under Venusian rulership the unevolved possess little power of concentration
and are slow-minded, with poor memories. They can be decidedly stupid, biased,
easily puzzled, bewildered and deplorably shortsighted. The practical details
of a situation are lost in a general haziness.
At the initial stage they do not
know even where, why, or how to begin. Naive opinions are formed and expressed
out of bewildered speculation. They are easily astonished. Vacillating, wavering
and missing opportunities, they fritter away a good deal of time and energy. They
have a lamentable lack of common sense. Close-minded and tainted with prejudice,
they are naturally superstitious. They have no idea how to adapt available means
to any end in view. However they do characteristically display a friendliness,
interest and natural courtesy towards others. They have a tranquil temperament,
are gentle and kindly in nature, and tend to try and maintain peace at any price.
Neither militant nor aggressive, they are inclined to be both moral and physical
The Aquarian is flurried and bewildered by the arrival of any enemy and
when finally cornered, possesses no inner resources beyond some cherished conviction
and can only hit out clumsily and blindly, lost in the confusion of the moment.
Attaining balance and self-control by avoidance of foolish extremes remains a
life-long goal as the unevolved type blunders without tact into physical experiences
of all sorts.
Venus increases the urge for material objects,
for that which is beautiful and will provide security and comfort. Selfish and
superficial activity dedicated to the service of the personality and the form
side of life in general is the initial goal. The self identifies with the material
world and the form aspect to such an extent that there is no sense of duality.
The form life apparently constitutes all that there is.
From a deeper subjective
level the rulership of Venus in the physical decan indicates that desire for the
form life is the motivating force driving the soul into incarnation. The exoteric
process associated with the first step in Aquarius is marked by dark experiences,
preoccupation with the physical form and sexual relations, often with attendant
problems such as illness and disease. The preoccupation with the consciousness
of the form life and thus with self-preservation, self-enrichment and self-consciousness,
predominates for a very long cycle of lifetimes.
Venus does produce beautiful
forms, thus as we enter this sign for the next world period great emphasis is
placed upon developing, beautifying and refining the physical body; in fact a
new physical culture is emerging.
Under Venus, advanced physical
man will eventually arrive at the stage of self-conscious living. Initially however,
the enhancement process of the physical decan demonstrates itself through the
difficulties of the unstable and undeveloped mind. The Venusian influence enhances
the development of belief systems and ideals but without any true mental understanding,
as the intellect itself is still embryonic. This is the purely non-thinking instinctual
After many lifetimes the Water Bearer becomes increasingly
magnetic and will eventually attract the energy of higher and more dynamic planes
than the physical. This will intensify certain of the personality forces and supplement
the life activities by an increasingly steady inflow of energy. In Aquarius the
incarnated soul must awaken to the beauty of the individual life with self-interest
and self-responsibility, and begin to expend its energies in the service of the
Two: Emotional Man
February 1st to 10th
the central decan Mercury subjects the emotionally unevolved Aquarian to the vicissitudes
of constant conflict, struggle and instability. Mercury's stimulation fosters
the growth of many cherished illusions. The inherent dual nature of Aquarius is
accentuated by the natural dualism of Mercury, which makes the central decan a
versatile and volatile arena of experience. Here the Aquarian travels the hills
and valleys of emotional experience, periods of self-deprecation and the depths
of depression alternating with exhilaration and excitement.
Through the processes
of constant and ceaseless unrest and struggle, eventually harmony and rhythm are
produced. This will finally lead to the development of sensitive fluidity of psychic
response, though definitely not in the early stages. Continual adjustments are
made in the area of personal desire and the various forms and expressions it assumes
on the physical plane. The highs and lows of emotional experience serve to round
out and develop the sentient faculty, enabling the Aquarian to interrelate all
facets of life experience.
The Mercurial characteristics
of the emotional body result in a certain isolation and loneliness as far as intimate
affections are concerned, for they are easily betrayed into allowing their affections
to wander. This is characteristically accentuated by a real restiveness and consequent
incapacity for long-term friendship and intimacy. They lack a sense of personal
loyalty. They do however crave personal appreciation and attention. Under Mercury
usually the memory is not good and imagination is lacking. Tactless point-blank
questions about the feelings, actions and opinions of others are common. They
lack trust in other people but study them closely, particularly scrutinizing their
The emotional life is tumultuous, stormy, fluid and a source
of bewilderment. As the intuition which penetrates the veil is undeveloped these
types often feel emotionally puzzled, perplexed and disappointed and are often
left in speculation and confused astonishment. Their affections are not the intense
devotional type but more scattered with a general tendency to be equally at the
disposal of all. There can be no expression of real emotional affection on the
part of the unevolved Aquarian until a sense of personal esteem is developed which
extends right down to the foundation of the character.
unevolved type looks at life problems from the outside and not from the center,
therefore they lack the ability to solve them efficiently and effectively. Sensitivity
to more subtle types of emotional impression is as yet lacking, and they have
not yet truly learned the power of love, therefore they lack faith to carry themselves
through the dark and difficult times of crisis.
In the heat of argument it may
appear that point after point is yielded to the adversary, as the main intention
of the Aquarian is simply to end all argument and avoid trouble. When the emotional
atmosphere is once again calm and clear they will be found exactly where they
were before, with the same breadth of vision, not narrowed or restricted by any
Recessive aspects of the Mercury ruled
emotional body include lack of confidence and composure, worry, agitation, excessive
moodiness, unpredictability, unreliability, over eagerness for compromise, moral
cowardice, unregulated passions, inertia, indolence, procrastination, vacillation,
unstable activity patterns, exaggeration, ambivalence and embroilment in constant
conflict and turmoil.
The rulership of Mercury indicates that without self-control
and balance the Aquarian's freedom is restricted and they remain bound. Unwise
action, deficient emotional capacity and apparently overwhelming handicaps such
as insanity, criminality or drug addiction compel the less evolved individual
to remain imprisoned.
The Aquarian's disconcerting departures
from precedent are the result of the stimulation of Mercury. They are famous for
going their own way, ignoring conventional wisdom or authority and therefore meeting
with a great deal of social criticism and hostility. Their conduct is often eccentric
or outrageous, especially when the emotional body is ill-disciplined. They make
amazing and unaccountable decisions, generally accompanied by extremely peculiar
behavior as they lack sufficient balance and self-control to avoid foolish extremes.
Their emotional growth and development proceeds in harmony under its own impetus
and following its own laws, which however, are not those most respected or revered
and upheld by the general community. Thus they are inclined to defy public opinion
and are often in the public eye in one capacity or another. They may experience
both the favor and disfavor of the general public. In any case the career history
of an Aquarian individual is a stormy one.
types dive straight into the waters of life facing them fearlessly, however appalling
they may appear to be. The emotionally mature Aquarian is gifted with a full-spectrum,
exciting, multi-colored approach to living and abhors narrowmindedness, boredom
and monotony. Mercury indicates that the attainment of emotional growth is a dynamic
process and the task of attaining and preserving harmony and balance calls for
constant adjustments in the immediacy of the moment. They have the gift of common
sense and the earnest desire and ability to struggle along even in very restricted
spaces and circumstances.
Mercury may lead them along lonely paths and over rough
and stony ground, but ever draws them to new heights of personal vision and self-esteem.
Ultimately they gain simplicity and sincerity of feeling, but real emotional development
is achieved only when the attitude of the truth-seeker is coupled with the habits
of the student. They will develop an extremely tolerant perspective, showing courteous
impartiality to all.
The emotionally evolved type has a sentimental
tenderness and cherishing attitude which leads them to actively and energetically
offer comfort and aid to those around them. Under Mercury the emotional apparatus
eventually unfolds, expands and grows to become far-reaching, ultimately extending
friendships to all nations and people of the world regardless of race, language
The sorrows and suffering of humanity weigh heavily upon them,
at times to such a paralyzing extent that they become truly dejected in spirit.
They will take on any amount of trouble to help others, and are willing contributors
to groups and activities which serve to ameliorate the suffering of mankind. They
may take great satisfaction in devising amusements, games, social and sporting
events, simple healthful activities, entertainments and pleasures for others.
They crave the completeness or the well-roundedness that comes from new experiences
with other people.
Developed Aquarians always benefit from full participation
in groups and grow as a result of the investment of their personal energies towards
the resolution of any personal or interpersonal crisis or struggle. They innately
sense that each crisis has something vital to offer, thus they subject themselves
fully to the tearing process generated by working through competing alternatives.
These individuals are inclusive by nature and are active in making adjustments
which will harmonize and blend all elements within any given situation.
adept at helping all members of any group feel adjusted to each other, they make
those little accommodations which eliminate the personality frictions that would
otherwise cause fragmentation, antagonism, dissonance and discordance. They learn
to mix the highs and lows and many aspects of experience together in order to
establish right relationship between themselves and others. Applying their gifted
sensitivities to every life situation and to interpersonal relationships, the
successful result of their life-long struggle is the creation of beautiful experiences.
Consecrating their highly developed feelings and imaginations to the art of living
beautifully, they evoke beauty in their environment and their relationships.
strengths of the Aquarian emotional disposition include a facility for bringing
harmony out of conflict, an ability to make peace, a capacity to reconcile, compromise,
mediate and bridge. The Aquarian under Mercury has a love of beauty, a strong
imagination, a love of color and music, a strong sense of drama and an ability
to amuse, delight and entertain. They are known for their spontaneity, their ability
to improvise, and for their fighting spirit.
They have a natural feeling for the
arrangement of patterns of color and for melody because under Mercury the emotional
body possesses a natural sensitivity to the juxtaposition of contrasting vibrational
frequencies. This natural ability is what enables them to develop a rapport with
many kinds of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Nevertheless
even for a mature and developed Aquarian, the achievement of emotional balance
and harmony is never an easy thing and neither is it achieved in a straightforward
manner because it involves the mutual reconciliation and attunement of many opposite,
dualistic or antagonistic factors. But when the motive is truly one of harmony
and peace, eventually all the conflicts met along the way are worked through and
These Aquarians then not only bring harmony out of their many personal
afflictions and conflicts but they become transformers of the wider environment,
creating beauty out of ugliness in the worlds of business and social relations.
Definitely creative and expressive, they begin to sense the world of meaning and
intuit the inner life of the soul. They are inspired to embody and express meaning
through definite forms of creative endeavor. Therefore they have a talent for
enlivening situations, thrive on the unexpected, love that which is new and become
quite wonderful at keeping other people alert and forward-looking into the future.
February 10th to 19th
forces the personality of man to think things through, and although incorrect
conclusions may be drawn, the inevitable stimulation of the mental faculties is
an ultimate good.
Under Saturn the Aquarian learns through experience of pain,
discomfort, depression, conflict, loss and vice to eventually analyze the processes
of the physical plane correctly and choose a path according to a system of values.
The semi-educated Aquarian looks back to the past, remaining attached to old ways
and reactionary methods. New truths are rejected. They prefer conformity or obedience
to some known and imposed authority, finding any form of self-imposed obedience
impossible to achieve. They have an intolerance of individuality and lack originality.
In fact they are initially afraid of the emerging sense of their own individuality
because it might not conform to the socially sanctioned pattern, the fulfilment
of which guarantees social approval, support and security.
rulership accounts for the close likeness between mentally polarized Capricorns
and Aquarians. Both work well together in business, law firms, accounting offices,
country clubs or at any type of mundane social event. Both are deeply entrenched
in maintaining and excelling in the exoteric status quo.
At the relatively early
stage of mental evolution the Saturnian type is an "earthbound soul"
(EA, p.333) totally immersed in materialism and preoccupied with the physical
elements. The self identity of the mundane mental type is derived from an outer
form or through the function of some ritualism or ceremonialism rather than from
communion with the inner pattern of being.
Their consciousness is externalized
in the limited world of physical objects. Certainly they do not concern themselves
with anything they consider to be vague or insubstantial. Bound to their physical
plane perceptions, they make superficial judgments based upon appearances. In
the early stages of mental development the Aquarian has no aptitude for searching
deeply into the nature of things, therefore subjects are treated superficially
due to the inability to penetrate the veil of glamour. They are intent upon tangible
accomplishment and concerned to find the best possible way of doing something,
and once they have discovered it they will never vary that method. They like definitely
structured sequences of activity designed to obtain certain predictable results.
The uneducated or semi-educated man or women with little knowledge or life experience
is quite helpless and confused in emergencies, and the mind is certainly not rapid
in reaction to new situations and circumstances.
The less-evolved Aquarian thinker
cannot yet recognize the divine intelligence with which they are gifted. As a
group they are marked by intolerance, confusion, perplexity, inaccuracy and misguided
conscience. They can be decidedly absentminded, vague, disordered, devious, deceitful,
untruthful, chaotic, manipulative, calculating and overly critical. They erect
barriers of sectarianism, bigotry, superficial thought, separativeness, isolation
and prejudice to keep people apart on the basis of race, sex, social class, education
or caste. The limiting forces of selfish satisfaction and selfish exclusiveness
motivate the mundane mind. They are subservient to habit, regulations and the
"dead letter" of the law, abide by rigid routines and are over-concerned
with rules. They maintain a rigid orderliness and formalism that is inclined towards
crystallization. Their recessive mental qualities include egotism, excessive pride,
arrogance, willfulness, hardness, cruelty, love of control, suppression, inhibition,
obstinacy and a tendency towards domination and anger.
inevitably brings chaos and trouble to unenlightened minds. The tests of the mental
decan develop the ability to overcome difficult and painful situations without
becoming exhausted or defeated. Nothing new can emerge if the individual is unwilling
to bear the painful sense of disorientation and temporary chaos. Through Saturn
conflict supervenes, producing a dividing of the ways and offering the opportunity
to choose the way of higher inclination over the physical path of least resistance.
The enhancement of Saturn's power in this decan eventually creates a competent
mind adequate to deal with emergency or crisis situations. The force of Saturn
helps the mind to direct, unify and synthesize the personality. The evolved thinker
has a mind of their own and believes in personal freedom and the right to know.
They are often characterized by the ability to think for themselves to the extent
that they revolt from acquiescence to authority. Aquarians must move beyond excessive
conformity and also beyond merely reactive rebellion. They must learn to temper
themselves with a natural discretion and to receive new ideas openly.
the Saturn decan the mind becomes deliberate; not rash or foolish. Aquarians must
often overcome an excess of perfectionism, but by the apex of the third step they
have gained the capacity to manage detail, coordinate groups and to synthesize.
They have a deep understanding of the relativity of human relations.
mental type has wide tolerant views on all human issues. A real sincerity and
gravity of thought is expressed with calmness, practicality, moderation and conviction.
Opinions are no longer given in an explosive or eccentric manner. Rather with
a singular felicity of thought and a pleasant optimism they delight in informing
others upon subjects of sincere interest to well-educated minds.
and a gifted ability to theorize and speculate are natural talents. They love
rigorous analysis and reasoning, and possess an acute and powerful intellect of
immense fertility and creativity. They can understand and explain complex patterns
and trends, and have great facility with language and communication. Writers are
gifted in the art of adorning their subject matter poetically and with a decorative
Evolved Aquarians are much valued in business for
their ability to plan, organize, strategize, build, renovate, transform and create
order. They understand economy and how to be economical and therefore handle money
well. Money takes on many complicated forms, and keeping track of its behavior
on the stock market or through numerous other financial organizations and instruments
requires a high degree of mental sophistication and a gift for abstraction sufficient
to identify trends and patterns in a flux of changing values.
and values require fresh strategies, and some new opportunities or advantages
always arise from the continual flux of market trends and shifting circumstances.
The principle of relativity is found at the heart of finance and economy because
the value of goods and services is always in a state of fluctuation.
mind has the inherent capacity to understand the value of money and its complex
and fluid energy interrelations, therefore the field of economics is well suited
to the Aquarian in this decan. Able to oversee and intelligently coordinate the
details of a complex enterprise with expedient management, the executive works
tirelessly to stay abreast of all the latest developments.
They have a superior
talent for knowing exactly what to do and the most efficient way of doing it.
They are intelligently flexible and adaptable, never at a loss or taken by surprise,
and adept at avoiding being pinned down. Money is an energy which facilitates
the materialization of desires, and those who control money in our society control
the processes of physical plane living.
Eventually the Aquarian becomes philanthropic,
amassing and giving away large sums of money in support of deserving causes. The
philanthropist through the intelligent distribution of money makes it possible
for others to fulfil their desires and transform their hopes, wishes and dreams
into physical plane realities.
During the final stages of the third step
the individual begins to dedicate tremendous efforts to the soul. Only then can
the advanced mind begin to create revolution within the thoughtforms of a society
and establish new principles of some epoch-making importance. As the soul gains
active control of the mind, the disciple is prepared for an interlude of crisis
and re-orientation whereby he will transfer to the Fixed Cross, reverse the zodiacal
Wheel and truly become a spiritual entity.
At this point the Aquarian is becoming
aware of the deeper significance of human sorrow and misfortune, and through suffering
will eventually become whole, unified and fulfilled.