Aquarius represents the sharing of creation. Aquarius is the Light that shines on Earth across the sea. It is the light that shines in the darkness forever, and clarifies with its healing rays that which must be purified till all the darkness is gone. Aquarius deals with the nature of connection that holds everything together subjectively and in truth. The soul words of Aquarius are, “Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty humanity.”
Water being the symbol of substance and of material expression plus emotional motivation, Aquarius is also consequently dual in its activity. Here, substance and the imprisoned soul begin to work in mutual tolerance and soul and spirit are expressing themselves through substance. Aquarius is the sign of universal relationships, interplay and consciousness. It is pre-eminently a sign of constant movement, of changing activity and recurrent mutations, and the symbol for the sign is expressive of this state of activity. It is, there-fore, a sign in which the significance of cycles is mastered and understood by the initiate.
Through Aquarius the detachment to ‘normal’ binds and inno-vative ideas are experienced. With the sharing of creativity with others, the ‘idea’ then becomes available to all. This leads to the gaining of insight about the wider scope of Human necessity; of being supportive of collective networking so that new ideas can be implemented within the human race. Here self-development and personal ideas are opening up to wider social concepts that focus upon change for the benefit of society.
In Aquarius the individual awakens to the beauty of group life, group interests and his individual responsibilities towards the group. This is a result of the unfolding of his consciousness. Aquarius expresses the activity of the mind which has been initi-ated into the purposes of the Universal Mind. It is the sign which brings the soul into active cooperation with the inner plan of God. This is called service. The soul words of Aquarius, “And the Word said, let desire in form be ruler.” Aquarius is the man of spirit, of life and of consecration to the divine expression of service.
Aquarius is consecrated to group service and to the welfare of humanity. The support for group action in the service of ‘group good’ is enabled. The individual works to establish networks that allow the development of new processes for the benefit of collec-tive purpose. In Aquarius, the sign of world service, the lesson is finally learned. The individual enables opportunity for the develop-ment of collective effort, which leads to increasing the level of group unity within Humanity.
Man can then say with truth “Lost am I in light supernal, yet on that light I turn my back.” For man, there remains now no goal but service. With his consciousness held steadily, man becomes an incarnated world server in Aquarius.
The rulers of Aquarius constitute an effective group of planets. They determine the final stages and happenings of the path that the initiate must take. Uranus is the guardian of Aquarius on the personality level, Jupiter is the guardian on an esoteric level and the Moon guards Aquarius on the hierarchical level.
Uranus gives innate spontaneous activity and this produces evo-lutionary development- both natural and spiritual. It is the urge to better conditions. The individual’s will is focused and developed by the influences of Uranus and he develops into a leader. He brings about desired changes and produces those new conditions which will help the soul of humanity to express itself more freely. Uranus brings into expression on the physical plane the major pairs of opposites~ spirit and matter- and relates them to each other, producing eventually one functioning whole. Uranus causes the great transference in the human consciousness from intellectual perception to intuitive knowledge.
Being the esoteric ruler of Aquarius, Jupiter helps selflessness and group service take the place of selfishness and self-service; soul and personality are thus, increasingly, fused. Jupiter in Aquarius is the symbol of abundant life realized through abun-dant love. This planet influences development of Love-Wisdom in the power to pour out love and wisdom on earth. With Jupiter in Aquarius, selfless outgoing love is the key to abundant return. Since the welfare of the larger whole comes first in the conscious-ness of the initiate with this combination of forces, he is given all he needs~ in fact, all his selfless heart desires- in order to promote that welfare. Jupiter in Aquarius symbolizes the “over-flowing cup”- open to the down flow of divine energy and just as liberally pouring it forth; the absorption of freely given divine gifts and their subsequent release in service; the assimilation of the gifts of higher energy, and their free bestowal.
The Moon is given as the hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. It is usually regarded as “veiling” or “hiding” some other planet. It hides the planet Uranus, the occult planet, which penetrates into the hidden side of life, and thus we have the period wherein man is not alert enough or conscious enough to seize upon opportunity, but can identify himself with the more advanced aspects of form. The moon relates to the individual’s basic instinctual need to look for difference and change. Having worked with an instinctual skill for recognizing and supporting difference, the ability to support creative and unusual ideas can now work to attract their greater acceptance. The moon brings about the inclination to create the conditions which lead to the great and critical transformations of instinct into intellect. The harmony through beauty and art is presented by way of the moon, indicating man’s field of service on planet Earth and the mode of attaining the goal, that of conflict and struggle in order to reach harmony and thus to express fully all truly human characteristics.
Aquarius represents the pitcher from which water flows. The pitcher is the vehicle of consciousness, and the water is the primordial substance, of which everything is made. It is a state of consciousness where the activity of consciousness is not limited by the form, or the organism of life through which consciousness is usually expressed. In a way, this sign reflects the ultimate liber-ation, which is possible when the cycle of evolution is completed.