by Ron Thurlow, Ph.D., Esoteric Astrologer
As we know, the opposites of Leo and Aquarius are associated with our basic identity as an individual in Leo, and as part of a greater community in Aquarius. It is through the interplay between these two identities that we evolve from self-centered and selfish to group-centered and altruistic. This process takes place through the gradual surrender of the personality’s desires to the ever more insistent presence of the Soul.
Leo and Aquarius are not really opposites but exist in a continuum from selfishness to altruism. The truth is that all “opposites” are in reality on a scale from one extreme to its apparent opposite extreme, yet they coexist within a greater whole that encompasses both. Extreme positions are illusions. Our brain mind separates the elements of these extreme positions into opposing parts. When we are aligned with the spiritual presence of Soul, we gain an intuitive vision of the unity and synthesis of all life, while clearly seeing the illusion of separation.
Aquarius is of paramount importance at this time. Humanity is just completing the “Age of Pisces” and we are now entering into the “Age of Aquarius”. The cusp period of transiting from one sign to the next is about 250 years. Most astrologers place the beginning of the Age of Aquarius cusp to be in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, which means that we are now approaching 150 years into the cusp or half way through. According to esoteric teaching, cusp periods are expected to be times of great strife and conflict. As we know, change is difficult for humankind. Letting go of Piscean mental and emotional patterns and beliefs challenges us. It means giving up our seemingly safe points of reference without knowing what our new spiritual and personal identity will be.
The hallmark of Aquarius and the incoming Aquarian Age is the advancement of humanitarian values. What are these humanitarian values? They are the altruistic principles that exist at the heart of every human being. The word humanitarian is derived from the essence of what it is to be human. It is the promise to be the best we can be and acting from the “angels of our better nature”. Humanitarians are motivated to live and communicate the ideals of goodwill, harmlessness, compassion and love for all beings.
Aquarius is an air sign. This suggests, that in the New Age, communication will take place in the ethers and through telepathic rapport. Cyberspace, an Aquarian Age phenomenon, is a material world manifestation of telepathic rapport with our thoughts, video, music and pictures flying through space at the speed of light. During the next 2000 years, humans will develop more sensitivity to finer and finer vibrations. We will have less need for iPhones and internet devices because our mental bodies will be the instruments.
Both the heart and mind will become more conscious receivers and transmitters of vibrations that create and sustain group life. The manifest goal of the coming age will be Service to the whole of humanity and service to the living beings which inhabit our planet. As we enter the Age of Aquarius, humanity must create a peaceful world in which we honor and serve the balance of our natural environment and the ecosystems in which we live.
In her book, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Alice A. Bailey wrote:
“The growth of telepathic rapport will bring in an era of universality and synthesis, with its qualities of recognized relationships and responsiveness. This will be, outstandingly, the glory of the Aquarian Age.”
The symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer. The Water Bearer is pictured holding a large urn from which he is pouring freely its water onto both the land and the sea.
The Key Word for Aquarius is “Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men (and women).”
Astrological Readings by Ron Thurlow, Ph.D., Esoteric Astrologer
Astrological Sign Paintings by Sandy Thurlow