Everyone has a song (or two or three) that makes them pick up a hairbrush, wooden spoon, wine glass, bottle of beer- whatever you have handy- and sing into it. These are your own personal power ballads. One of my faves is Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, but I also love doing the drum solo in Kiss’ I was Made For Loving You and just can’t help doing the dance to Mamma Mia (complete with scoop step and back to back bits). But my absolute all time can’t help but belt it out really loud (and tunelessly)song is Frank Sinatra’s My Way.
A few years ago Robbie Williams, as part of the incredible Swing When You’re Winning album, did a single show at the Albert Hall. He ended that show with one of the best renditions of the song I have heard. Last night as I was cooking dinner (prawns marinated in beer with asparagus & cooked on the BBQ) this song came on my ipod. As I finished serenading the dog (who was, I must say, impressed) it occurred to me that this could very well be the quintessential song for Aquarius, sung by Robbie, the quintessential Aquarian (albeit with a Scorpio Moon- possibly an irresistible combination).
Aquarius is one of the most misunderstood signs in the zodiac. The squiggly lines which form its glyph look like water- yet it is an Air sign- the squiggles are supposed to be representative of knowledge. Aquarius is associated with all that is free and laid back and flexible- yet it is a fixed sign. Aquarius is associated with rebellion and fresh ideas and innovation and rage against the machine- yet its traditional ruler is Saturn.
Aquarius has a vision, a theory of humanity, an idea of the way things are Meant To Be. The substance behind that may be a particular cause, a firmly held opinion or simply a rebellion for no real reason. At the root of all Aquarian visions is the idea of personal freedom and individuality.
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain
Aquarius is a fixed sign, and like all fixed signs resists change. Where Taurus will hold onto possessions, and Leo needs to maintain a strong grip on his ego to feel secure, and Scorpio keeps grasp of her emotions, Aquarius will stubbornly hold onto an idea- regardless of whether anyone else believes it. Aquarius has the mental capacity to think outside the square and the ability to communicate their view of the truth clearly. He will also use that fixed energy to pursue that idea through to the bitter end.
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception
Aquarius is about so much more than personal ego. As the opposite to Sun ruled Leo, Aquarius resolutely takes the crown off his head, throws it away and twists the spotlight around to focus on what matters more than himself. We see this every day in freedom fighters, humanitarian aid programs, every time the Sea Shepherd takes to the Southern Ocean in defence of whales. We are seeing it now with the Haiti Relief efforts. We see it every time a group of people come together and put their own personalities aside.
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
Anytime a cause or a common belief is able to galvanise a group of people towards action, structure is needed in order to build real lasting change. This is where Saturn comes into the picture.
Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, whilst Uranus is the modern ruler. Uranus the quirky, electrical, unpredictable bringer of things to shake us out of our lethargy and Saturn the mature, responsible builder of structures and boundaries. How can this be?
Uranus provides the zing, the impulse to think and theorise in a new and innovative way. Uranus provides the impulse to rebel outside of the conventional structures of society. But all of this will mean anarchy without the commitment, maturity and internal structure offered by Saturn. This is how change happens.
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
Although initially revolutionary change is constant and evolutionary. Once implemented, it becomes part of the structure of society and conventional. It is at this point we can meet Aquarius’ shadow. Change for the greater good requires the ability to detach oneself from the ego and the emotions. It is here also that we meet Aquarius’ shadow.
Aquarius can be stubborn, holding onto an idea long after its sell by date- just for the sake of “seeing it through”. At this point there is no freedom of thought or end position of greater good involved, just a stubborn principle. It is at this point too that we see rebellion for no real reason other than for its own sake. This is not progressive or forward thinking or belief orientated- it is destructive. This is the teenager who insists on looking or behaving in a way which goes against societal norm just because she can. This is pure Uranian anti- Saturn rebellion.
I’ve had my fill – my share of losing.
But now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that,
And may I say, not in a shy way…
Despite their reputation for coldness, Aquarius is as human as the next person. It is his ability to detach and analyse his thoughts and feelings which can make him seem aloof, uncaring and commitment-phobic. Despite his wit, his surface lightness, his apparent sociability, through detachment Aquarius can feel alienated. In order to feel complete, he must also recognise that others are not so able to compartmentalise their feelings or put aside their ego. He must learn to recognise his own achievements for what they are and remember that although he is part of something bigger, all groups are essentially still individuals.
If not himself, then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words he would reveal
Back to the divinely inked Mr Williams…In the video clip you can see him getting all emotional at the end. I love that part the best- where we see that emotional Scorpio Moon & the pride of his Leo Ascendant. Aside from the normal distractions (:)), watch the clip closely and listen to the essential message of Aquarius:
Oh, and more, much more than this
I did it my way