I am writing this missive on the morning of the New Moon in Aquarius with a feeling that we’ve awoken to a different world than we had a month ago. These days I've had to pull myself away from a stream of media delivering their various shocks and surprises. Admittedly, I've even noticed the shock of the news providing a strange, perverse kind of entertainment. There is indeed a great deal of Aquarius in the air, hence a whole lot of Uranus (who rules Aquarius) spinning a sense of chaos, upheaval, and surprise.
The Aquarius archetype speaks of the unususal and comprises words like original, experimental, left field, inventive, ahead of the times, modern, state-of-the-art, trend-setting, pioneering, progressive, Bohemian, groundbreaking, trailblazing, revolutionary, unfamiliar, unorthodox, unconventional, offbeat, way-out and yes, shocking.
Today, I am drawn to think of those who have exhibited true trend-setting lives and have led us from our old ways of thinking into the new--mavericks who went ahead, thought ahead, dared to offer images or inspirations that liberated us from the status quo.
In 1917 (100 years ago this year), socialite and salon-maven, Mable Dodge Luhan left New York City and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico ultimately settling in Taos. In her 40-year stay she invited the world to her table, the likes of C.G. Jung, D.H. Lawerence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather and Aldous Huxley. In her search for a brave new world, she moved to a place where she said, we have to go in order to create again. We have to see with new eyes. In her memoir, Edge of Taos Desert, Dodge remembered her sojourn in New Mexico as a turning point in her life. I wanted a vacation. I got it. My life broke in two right then, and I entered into the second half, a new world that replaced all the ways that I had known with others, more strange and terrible and sweet then any I had ever been able to imagine.
It feels like right now we are being forced to see with new eyes. What we do with that knowledge is up to us. Today, Mars goes into its home sign of Aries as well so we may see more action rather than less. What do you want to do with your new eyes? What does it mean for our lives to break open? In the midst of upheaval, how are we taking care of the circumfrence of our personal lives, our homes, our friends, family, our bodies and our relationships? How do we keep looking and seeing while enacting change and solidarity with those we see similarly? What are we NOT seeing.
I ask you all today to pull away from the media of shock and awe and as true Aquarians, establish a small purchase of distance, maybe even a birds-eye view so you will know what to do, how to act, when to act if you see something you wish to change or reaffirm. I ask you to bolster faith in your own intuition and faith in your own personal sight.