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Aquarius' Key Idea: "I Know" (Jan 21st - Feb 20th)
Aquarius the Water Bearer
Following Capricorn's thoughtful examination of what we use and what we serve, Aquarius greets us with the confident realization of what "I Know" (Jan. 21st - Feb 20th). Knowledge is defined as an "acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report". After the slow and careful examination of our motives and their connection to earthy realities from Capricorn, let us release for a while, flowing through the realm of emotions to examine and realize what we "know" - the guiding light through the month of Aquarius.
If You Had All Knowledge, How Would You Use It?
Aquarius Examines Knowledge
Aquarius examines the idea of "I Know" through three complimentary scopes. Its first decan, "cooperation" (Jan. 21st - Jan. 30th), smoothly transitions us from Capricorn's justifications for action to using that action within our network of influence. We live better when we work together - alone or with other people.
The second decan influence, "independence" (Jan. 31st - Feb. 9th), examines knowledge as the result of personal experience. One of the best decans for building confidence, Aquarius' lessons on independence demonstrate why we should take stock in our own experiences, proves that each and every one of us is equally worthwhile, and convinces us to squash self-loathing and doubt and start using what we know!
Aquarius' third lesson, "friendship" (Feb. 10th - Feb. 20th), reflects its first. It leads us to lend our light to others, verifying to ourselves what our experience, what our knowledge, is worth. Our examination of friendship in Aquarius suggests for the second time in this sign that what we know is more about who we can assist with our knowledge, within or without, and less about actually what we know - so don't get caught up on details!
With the advent of social media, we find our knowledge challenged at every turn. Anything and everything we post, no matter how well-meaning, seems subject to some self-appointed expert's Google search to the contrary. Due to the nature of the internet's instant and widespread communication abilities, we need to come to a secure understanding of what we know now more than ever. With the exponentially expanding and wide-reaching influence of the internet. coupled with the impressionable minds of young generations that know no other reality, either we examine and take stock in what knowledge is now or we let the value of our personal experience be swept away by the most popular opinions found online. The need to definitively define knowledge as the result of personal experience in the actual world is immediate, great, and a real now-or-never situation.
Knowledge Throughout the Ages
What the Ancients Knew of Knowledge
In order to preserve what we know, we should turn an eye to what's been known all along. The Nordic rune for knowledge is Kenaz, closely relating to "flame" or "torch". Torches have a warm glow, produce light and have a general feeling of well-being and safety associated with them. They can also be used to clear obstacles, burning them to the ground. Aquarius' key idea centers around knowledge, powerful in both ways. Knowledge has a way of making us feel safe and secure. Knowledge also sheds the light we need to make progress in our tangible reality, and can quickly usher us past foolish considerations. As poetic as it seems, knowledge does indeed seem to be the light - the literal insight - we need to safely progress along our path, and foresee challenges before they surprise us. Though in stark contrast to Aquarius' relation to water, this association between fiery torches and knowledge seems fathomable. What did the ancients know about knowledge that we are slow to realize in our fast-paced modern world?
Celebrating Life - Lighting Our Torches
Learn a Lesson, Light a Torch
Ancient or otherwise, the wise ones know at least this - that wisdom comes from knowledge, and knowledge comes only from direct experience. Not only evident in the way we learn, this is apparent when we try to tell anyone ANYTHING WE KNOW! Ever try? Of course, we all have, because we've all lived nearly unspeakable experiences and we all care enough to try to keep others from experiencing the pain we know. But If we've anything to learn about advice it's that it's not effective until the advisee tests it for themselves. "Can't tell nobody nothin'". It's true. And thanks to the internet hearsay is more prominent than ever, but it's no more effective at persuading action then one-on-one communication ever was.
So when we realize and learn for ourselves that talk is cheap, what else can we do to display our personal lessons for others to learn from? Well when we're ready to grow from student to teacher, either to ourselves or to others, we can light a torch. We have the capacity and capability to create a signpost here, a symbol, to represent where we've been and mark that territory as trodden. It could be a physical symbol, like a pin or a piece of jewelry, that reminds us where we've been and how far we've come. It could be a mannerism we've adopted in the graces blessed upon us by our greater understandings. Maybe just the knowledge we've gained by quietly reflecting upon our trials and unlocking the lesson it held. Each time we endure and survive our personal challenges, we grow, we change, we earn knowledge from exploring a place in time no one else has exactly been to. Acknowledge these experiences! They're worth their weight in sunshining gold. Mark them! We could don jewelry to symbolize our growth. We could carry gemstones and herbs in sachets to remind ourselves throughout the day where we've been and what we now know. We could anoint ourselves with oil to signify to others, ourselves, and each aspect of ourselves that this passing is important. Any outward recognition of our learned lessons lights a torch in our mind, and so long as that torch is burning we can see what we've learned, we can see that we DO know, and others can be guided by the light of our knowledge. All experience is knowledge - LET our LIGHTS SHINE!!
The world NEEDS our knowledge. The world NEEDS our light! This IS the donning of the Age of Aquarius! And as the sun moves from Pisces to Aquarius, and knowledge from the water bearer's pitcher pours over a thirsty world, let us know that our actual tangible EXPERIENCE is the basis for TRUTHFUL KNOWLEDGE! Let us stand our ground, stay grounded, remember that knowledge is only useful if it applies to reality. As a unique network of beings with both pre and post internet experience, let our observations of the vast and fast impact of mass media motivate us to build a torch high enough and bright enough to withstand the flood of information washing over us from this age of instant communication, and remain after this craziness subsides to pass along to our children the rememberance of the knowledge we need to live, and live well.