This year is nuts, obviously. But for Aquarians it’s next-level nuts. They’re not used to being outweirded so a cynic would argue that they’re just jealous but no, it’s deeper. They – you? – need help and here it is. Yes, it may apply to you if you’re an Aquarius Moon/ Ascendant person or if you were born with a Saturn-Uranus alignment.*
Aquarius Fuqery Factor One: Saturn in Aquarius.
It’s easy to pontificate about harvest gods and self-acceptance when Saturn isn’t in your birth sign. Then Saturn steals in, mundane reality intrudes on your groove and before you know it you’re apprehensive about aging, status or security. You can track the incursion of Saturn via your browser history: observe the segue toward questions about teeth bones and tax factoring.
It’s hard on any zodiac sign – the novelist Henry Miller referred to Saturn as “the stellar imposter” and “that lymphatic globe of doubt and ennui.” Adele blamed her divorce on Saturn and the most popular Feng Shui products are anti-Saturn cures – they call it Wu Wang or the ‘Five Yellow Star.’
But it’s trickier for Aquarians to integrate because they consider ‘normality’ to be – at best – a mood disorder. They’d tweak it with Fibonacci numbers and a parallel dimension they spun up with their garage particle collider if they could. The classic Aquarian trope is to not feel as if they’re from ‘here’ – often from an early age – but Saturn is always ‘here.’
Aquarian Fuqery Factor Two: Saturn’s Dystopian Backdrop.
If this had occurred even a few years ago, the Aquarius could have burned off damp Saturn vibe with exercise benders or an ambitious trip, clubbing, bodywork, sunbathing, hikes, therapy, whatever. In pandemic-land, even if some of those things have been ostensibly available, they’re not the same. A sign as airy and cerebral as Aquarius needs massage to help ground them in their body -not from a friend or a lover because then they feel obliged to respond and their mind will power up.
Freakier still, Aquarius is arguably the zodiac sign most dubious of authority, government over-reach and of corporatocracy. Saturn in Aquarius would have bought such concerns – along with ancient angst – to the surface anyway but they are massively amplified by the 2021 backdrop: talk of freedoms taken or returned, the narrowing of discussion, cognitive climate dissonance and a host of other phenoms. If you define Saturn simplistically as ‘restrictions’ then Aquarians see Saturn embodied everywhere they look this year.
Aquarian Fuqery Factor 3: The Psychic Quake.
Before the 1781 discovery of Uranus, Saturn ruled Aquarius. Actually, Saturn ruled everything. It was the outer limit of the known cosmos. Saturn is still sometimes called the ‘co-ruler’ of Aquarius but really, it’s Uranus. Some Aquarians are more saturnine and others distinctly Uranian but many are an uneasy** blend. Who hasn’t been surprised to discover the secret saturnine hustle or insecurities of an Aquarius who otherwise acts like a freelance Chaos Magician?
Saturn has been in terse alignment with Uranus all 2021 and this won’t back off until January 1. This square hasn’t occurred in these signs since 1522/1523. For Aquarians, the Saturn-Uranus square opens a psychic rift that is as metaphysically intense as the geophysical Canary Islands volcano rift. Many are fearing that they’re failing at both Saturn goals (linear, easily recognized by mainstream metrics) and their defiantly unconventional Uranus goals. Because this is a fixed sign square, it can seem more immutable than it is and Mars in Scorpio is about to add more pressure.
Aid For Aquarians
There is more on this in What The Astro-Fuq? but the current situation is not locked in. The Saturn-Uranus square is exact for the third time on Xmas Eve and then it fades out by January 1. After that there are no more tetchy Saturn to Outer Planet aspects until 2028. Saturn in Aquarius over 2022 won’t be the piece of work it was this year, especially for Aquarius people. And when Saturn vacates Aquarius in 2023, guess who arrives shortly after? Uncle Pluto.
The last Pluto in Aquarius was renowned for revolutions – literally – and extremely progressive. Beneath this year’s travails, Aquarians have been humming away with fantastic ideas – growth-centric Jupiter is still in Aquarius – and the weirdness has liberated many from having to pay fake homage to anachronisms. Despite the awkwardness of it, could the metaphysical healing and new depth be prep for Pluto in Aquarius success or even leadership? Yes!
* Saturn-Uranus alignment years include 1965-1967 and 2008-2010 (the opposition), 1988 (the most recent Saturn-Uranus conjunction) 1951-1952, 1975-1977 and 1999-2000 (Saturn-Uranus squares.)
**This is a whole other subject but the mythological Saturn usurped his father, the Sky God Uranus and much of the Aquarius starlore comes from old Babylon and their Storm God.