Astrology lessons: Aquarius’ Qualities and Lessons for Evolution














The Personality is developed from Aries to Virgo; the Soul is developed from Virgo to Pisces.




ZODIAC ENERGY:  AQUARIUS                                 SYMBOL:  The Waterbearer


ELEMENT:  Air                                               QUALITY:  Fixed/Masculine or Positive

Masculine signs are Positive; Feminine signs are Negative.

          As a fixed positive energy, AQUARIUS is interested in values and ideas.  Fixed persons are planners, the formula makers, the constructors.


PERSONALITY LEVEL – Saturn, Uranus                      SOUL LEVEL – Jupiter


RULES:  AQUARIUS rules the 11th house——Leo rules the 5th house

RAY:  5TH RAY of Concrete Knowledge – Since the whole of humanity is operating with an Aquarian Ascendant, the 5th Ray is an important one for everyone. 

          The 5TH RAY is “the expression of Love/Wisdom through the intellect.  This occurs through scientific research and experimentation in order that the Plan of Divinity may be revealed through the mind of [humankind].  It will be at that point that Knowledge will eventually express Wisdom….”

          “As the sign Aquarius is on the 5th RAY and on no other, the scientist and researcher will lead the way into the esoteric realities in our time, and reveal through their work those metaphysical Laws & Principles which underlie the Ancient Wisdom Teachings.”  (Alan Oken)

BASIC SOUL PURPOSES:  An AQUARIUS INCARNATION is one in which he is to be the “Waterbearer” to humanity.  AQUARIUS’ goal is the figurative “baptizing” of others with his philosophy of life.  When the traveler reaches AQUARIUS, the meaning, beauty, and function of the group becomes increasingly apparent.  Life is led as a conscious service to humanity and to “Those Who Also Serve.”

          QUALITY TO OVERCOME:  Cool, impersonal approach.

          LESSON TO LEARN:  A positive balance in the expression of Saturn & Uranus in

                   his lifestyle, right human relations.

          MOTIVATED BY:  The urge to serve.


          MOST COMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Gemini & Libra.

          COMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Aries, Leo, & Sagittarius

          INCOMPATIBLE ENERGIES:  Those of water & earth elements – often compatible

                   Ascendant energies will largely overcome incompatibility.


                   An intimate relationship with another AQUARIUS means inability to recharge each other’s energy field.  There is a tendency to blend and “act as one element.”  Unless there are other strong energizing elements present, there can be a slow starvation of the nervous system.  Conflict need not be present.

                   Attraction to others attuned to an element one lacks usually does not form the basis for a lasting relationship.  One or both end up saying, “We are too different.”

                   Relationships can be either “too intense” or “devitalizing” according to the energy combinations of both persons.  A strong reason for knowing the Soul Maps of those with whom we have close personal relationships.  We can work positively with what we know.

                   Sleeping together merges the energy fields and can dramatically affect each person’s state of health, for good or ill.  If in an intimate relationship with a neutral or incompatible Sun Sign, sleeping in separate beds/bedrooms can be very beneficial.  (Stephen Arroyo, Astrology, Psychology, & the Four Elements)

EVOLUTIONARY SPIRAL:  (According to Alan Oken, Soul-Centered Astrology) – as we grow holistically, we spiral upward from Personality-centered >>> Awakening to Soul-Personality Relationship >>> Soul-Centered Individual.

          Functioning on the totally Personality-centered Level – AQUARIUS’ sense of personal self is not well anchored at this level.  Because the personality center is weak and lacking in self-consciousness, AQUARIUS attracts a myriad of life experiences.  The weak personality is unable to discriminate and prioritize the importance of these experiences; therefore, AQUARIUS will tend to be very indiscriminate in choosing friends and life goals.  This level AQUARIUS is the “air-head”; there is no profound personality center.  There is the tendency to “throw himself away,” to diffuse what little coherence that exists.  AQUARIUS may consistently “make something out of nothing,”  thereby inventing needless complications within relationships.  In order to achieve true equanimity in relationships, AQUARIUS must go through the painful stage of making, then losing relationships.  AQUARIUS, at this level, tries to be all things to all people, often exhausting himself in the process.  At this level, AQUARIUS may join indiscriminately those cults or sects where group identification takes the place of individualization.  AQUARIUS likes to represent something; to stand for a certain set of values.  However, AQUARIUS may choose to merge into an unconscious mass led by equally blind Leo-type personalities.  Whereas Leo, on the personality level, seeks to have the universe revolve around him, AQUARIUS, on this level, will attempt to rid himself of all fragments of an individualized self.  At such an unconscious level, AQUARIUS can experience some very difficult circumstances.


          Awakening to the Soul-Personality Relationship – at this stage formerly egocentric AQUARIUS, who used society for his benefit, is now to reorient self into the humanitarian who lives his life to benefit others.  AQUARIUS can now use his natural networking with others to establish some greater, unifying principle.  The lower and Higher selves are in communication; AQUARIUS’ urge to make a mark on society through his creative efforts is modified by the need to benefit society as he does so.  This outpouring of creative self-expression helps to synthesize the personality into a cohesive unit.  As AQUARIUS becomes psychologically self-confident, he may then creatively self-actualize by bringing the innovative qualities of AQUARIUS to the forefront.  This is the level of social progressives and revolutionaries, the AQUARIUS who serves a cause.  AQUARIUS feels a tremendous need to bring about freedom and equality in all human life.

          Soul-centered Individual – “the more individualized our consciousness, the more universal.  The greater our connection with our Self, the greater is our vision of the One that is the Self.”  The expanded awareness found at this level leads AQUARIUS into Service to Humanity and to the furtherance of New Age principles in some individualized, though group-oriented, manner.  AQUARIUS is now the World Server whose vision is planetary and who is in intuitive alignment with the Divine Plan.  Working with his group of World Servers, AQUARIUS will now move forward in anchoring the seeds of New Age Thought into the conscious awareness of humanity.  AQUARIUS now gives birth to new archetypes, suitable for the New Aquarian Age.  At the soul-centered level, AQUARIUS is the training ground for the transformers of humanity.  AQUARIUS now serves the world on the energy of the 2nd RAY of Love/Wisdom.


          This I KNOW, THEREFORE I AM sign can be friendly, intuitive, original, broadminded, and humanitarian oriented.  AQUARIUS likes work that allows for innovation and independence.  Though AQUARIUS is seldom understood, he has the ability to attract others to him.  AQUARIUS is different because he does not fit into the known patterns.  He possesses warmth, yet seems distant.  AQUARIUS’ seeming indifference is more accurately described as concern for the whole as opposed to particular individuals.  AQUARIUS possesses determination, persistence, and an analytical scientific mind.   He can think things through to a accurate conclusion, has good powers of concentration and the ability to assimilate a lot of information.  AQUARIUS is a visionary and idealist, with the capacity to lead people into something better.  AQUARIUS gets along well with others, is gentle and seeks to live out the principle of brotherly/sisterly love.  AQUARIUS is creative, a very persuasive debater, one whom people instinctively trust.  When confronted with the unknown, AQUARIUS will ask questions rather than be frightened.  Friendship is very important to AQUARIUS, as is group relations.  Because AQUARIUS seldom orients his life around what others think, he often does not bother to form opinions about the behavior of others.  In love, AQUARIUS wants an intellectual companion with whom he can communicate.  AQUARIUS cherishes his independence, but will be loyal to his mate when he chooses to marry.  Marriage often grounds AQUARIUS and he tends to be happier and more balanced.

                   There are two types of AQUARIANS:  one more attuned to Saturn, the other more attuned to Uranus.  SATURN AQUARIUS will resemble Capricorn in his stress on self-discipline and remaining within a traditional, structured environment.  As SATURN AQUARIUS grows older, his rigidity may result in hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis, or other Capricorn dis-eases.  URANUS AQUARIUS is more of a free spirit, very intuitive and innovative, eager to grow and learn.  URANUS AQUARIUS will create his own unique humanitarian work, designed to be universal in scope.  He seeks Truth everywhere.  URANUS AQUARIUS is more likely to welcome change and to deal positively with it, thereby having less chance of health problems related to rigid attitudes.  URANUS AQUARIUS possesses spontaneity, a kind of innocence that views life as an adventure that will have a positive outcome.

          Once AQUARIUS learns to balance Saturn’s self-discipline with Uranus’ intuitive, innovative, genius capacity, he is at his best.  AQUARIUS is the mental pioneer, much more emotionally involved with his work for the whole of humanity than with particular people.  There is tremendous willpower; AQUARIUS moves with quickness once a decision is made.  These decisions can completely alter his life in some way.

 NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS:  (Remember that as you focus on developing your positive characteristics, the negative ones tend to disappear.  Those who express in negative ways are frustrated, consciously or unconsciously, because they are not being who they truly are.)

          AQUARIUS can be absentminded, inflexible, and extremely stubborn.  The personality-centered AQUARIUS will rebel for the pleasure of it, striking out in all directions with no real purpose, and will deliberately attempt to shock people by his behavior.  AQUARIUS can be critical and demanding in positions of authority.  There can be a coldness and detachment that repels rather than attracts.  AQUARIUS can be unpredictable, eccentric, tactless, and impersonal.  AQUARIUS is impatient, wondering why “it was not done yesterday.”  He would like to have everything immediately and will therefore tend to do as much as possible himself, rather than depend on and wait on others.  AQUARIUS may fail to pay attention to details.  AQUARIUS must be careful to limit his humanitarian efforts to those he can complete.  There is a tendency to allow others to take up too much of his time.

AN AQUARIAN INCARNATION involves the search for the Holy Grail.  AQUARIUS must go alone, and in his own way, into the dark forest on his search for the Holy Grail.  His journey can be lonely at times.  The work of the AQUARIAN soul is to surrender his will to the Divine Will for the greater good of the Whole.  AQUARIUS is to be the Angel Waterbearer to the whole of humanity.


Be sure to check your chart to see what your Ascendant is.


          The zodiac energy on the Ascendant is the energy that the public beholds.  We also look at the world through our Ascendant.  AQUARIUS ASCENDANT, on the mundane level, views a world in which he is to be free and unique.

          In soul-centered astrology, the Ascendant is indicative of the soul’s purpose in physical incarnation.

          AQUARIUS ASCENDANT reveals the individual incarnated to assist in ushering in the New Aquarian Age.   Remember the whole of humanity is now functioning with an AQUARIAN ASCENDANT.  We all incarnated to assist in ushering in the New Aquarian Age.  This role will have to do with setting an example of living and with expanding the minds of others through his teachings.  These teachings will focus on assisting persons to achieve freedom from commitments that are not productive to individual growth.  AQUARIUS ASCENDANT answers to a higher vibration and law than the current binding concepts that create separation.  AQUARIUS ASCENDANT incarnated to work toward the unification of all nations, all persons into the One Family of God.  This work will be done in whatever occupation AQUARIUS ASCENDANT chooses.

          AQUARIUS ASCENDANT, on the mundane level, may be too easily influenced by others.  However, soul growth will result in a tremendous capacity to live and work independently.  He cannot be bound by any person, organization, or situation.  Many unexpected changes occur in the life of AQUARIUS ASCENDANT, changes that can be temporarily disorienting.  But, AQUARIUS ASCENDANT can quickly recover and move on to a new beginning.  He is friendly, self-confident, and positive in his approach to life.  Underneath this friendly, likeable exterior is a will and inflexibility of steel.  AQUARIUS ASCENDANT needs physical exercise more so than any other zodiac sign—AQUARIUS rules the circulatory system (including physical, emotional, and mental circulation).  He needs to learn the art of relaxation and how to balance work with play.

          AQUARIUS ASCENDANT reveals that the soul is to be activated through the 5th RAY of Concrete Knowledge.  “5th RAY activity is to be the expression of Love/Wisdom through the intellect.  This occurs through scientific research and experimentation.  The researcher is to lead the way into the esoteric realms and reveal through his work the universal laws that underlie the Hidden Wisdom.  The 5th RAY individual will seek to prove the validity of metaphysical inquiry.”  Operating on the soul-centered level, 5th RAY individuals (AQUARIUS channels only the 5th RAY) possess the potential for unlimited contributions to our planet.  The 5th RAY is especially involved with the communications sciences.

          THE HOUSE IN WHICH JUPITER IS FOUND will indicate the area of life’s experiences in which the lessons of the 5th RAY will tend to manifest.  Soul growth will occur as the 5th RAY person develops active love, nurturing, empathy, and intellectual tolerance.  5th RAY works to bridge the abstract with the concrete.  Since JUPITER CHANNELS THE 2ND RAY OF LOVE/WISDOM, this energy will be available for the soul-centered AQUARIAN SUN/ASCENDANT.  Love and wisdom are to be integrated into the house affairs where JUPITER is located.


Be sure to check your chart to see where your MOON is located.


          The MOON reveals the personality as it is displayed in our reactions to the events within our daily lives.  It also reveals much that is hidden within our subconscious minds.

          On the soul-centered level, the MOON reveals habit patterns that must be overcome or transformed in order to advance in spiritual maturity.  This struggle to overcome the negative tendencies revealed by the MOON is the “cross” we bear (Alan Oken).  The MOON reminds us of the negative habit patterns formed in prior incarnations that created the karma we brought into this lifetime.

          MOON IN AQUARIUS indicates that soul growth will occur as the individual makes contact with his feeling nature and learns to express these feelings more readily.  Because MOON IN AQUARIUS tends not to be in touch with his feelings, there can be a strong selfishness beneath the friendly exterior.   Arthritic conditions can manifest, outpicturing the rigid will and crystallization of emotions.  MOON IN AQUARIUS indicates lack of attunement to the emotional body in prior lifetimes as well as this incarnation.

          Though MOON IN AQUARIUS was able to think progressively in prior lifetimes, his thought process was erratic and lacked stability.  His originality could find few avenues of expression due to the thick crust of rigid thought patterns.  MOON IN AQUARIUS has been too impersonal and emotionally cold in prior lifetime relationships.  He was eccentric, enjoying the reaction of shock he could evoke by his rebellious nature.  MOON IN AQUARIUS has, in prior lifetimes, failed to develop a strong sense of identity as a separate part of the group’s whole.  He has, instead, tended to disappear within the group’s identity.

          MOON IN AQUARIUS holds the potential to be friendly, intuitive, humane, progressive, and independent.  He is broadminded and desires to investigate all knowledge.



HEALTH & WELL-BEING:  The AQUARIUS/LEO POLARITIES work together to bring about a positive regulation of energy flow within the physical body.

          Achieving a balance between the qualities of AQUARIUS and LEO, thereby transforming negative habit patterns, will assist in maintaining good health.  For example, achieving a balance between:

                   AQUARIUS’ analytical approach to life – and – LEO’s heart approach.

                   AQUARIUS’ cosmic altruism – and – LEO’s ability to care for individuals.

                   AQUARIUS’ impersonality – and – LEO’s compassion.

                   AQUARIUS’ resistance to intimate relationships – and – LEO’s longing for them.

                   AQUARIUS’ likelihood of dismemberment from a group – and – LEO’s courage and dignity.

          Failure to recharge one’s Sun Sign energy results in depletion, irritability, and increased vulnerability to physical and emotional dis-eases.  The element of one’s Sun sign is the fuel needed to feel alive.  It is the source of vitality and power, the resource for coping with stress and challenges.

          AQUARIUS recharges by:  1) Regular contact with other airy persons, especially Gemini and Libra.  2) Relationships with like-minded persons, social involvements that allows him to express his ideas, and work that allows for innovation, freedom, and mental stimulation.  3) Clean, fresh air, especially mountain air.  AQUARIUS is also healed by the cold, winter air. 

          AQUARIUS craves salt (esoterically salt symbolizes wisdom), which can mean a tendency toward glaucoma if coupled with feelings of pressure on the eyelids.  Hatha Yoga is excellent for AQUARIUS, due to URANUS’ association with cramps and spasms.


          AQUARIUS will tend to rise above the conflict and float around it; however, resentment toward the person involved may arise.  Conflicts are usually handled gracefully.  AQUARIUS  can be inflexible.  He operates from a position of “I KNOW,”  whether or not what AQUARIUS knows is valid for the person involved in the conflict. AQUARIUS will seldom say, “I’m sorry; I was wrong.”  About the most that can be expected is, “I’m sorry what I KNOW hurts you.”  The “what I KNOW hurts you” may not be verbalized.


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