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The Genius
January 20th-February 18th
Modality: Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio + Aquarius)
Element: Air (Gemini, Libra + Aquarius)
Planetary Ruler: Uranus

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonley shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
— Lord Byron (Born January 22nd, 1788)

In the deepest corner of the coldest months when the winter puts the world to sleep, Aquarius born will take their first breath. How do you focus air? How do you hold and concentrate that which is everywhere and slips through your fingers? Ask an Aquarius. For the cornerstone of their fixed air personality structure is conviction. The greatest force multiplier. Utterly convinced (focused and fixed) of certain truths (air), the Aquarius energy elevates their thinking beyond mere personal opinion to the convictions that are the handwriting of the Universe.

Shallow astrology consumers assume Aquarius is a water sign. “But they’re the water bearers!” they cry. No no. The water the Aquarius bears is not literally H20; the water represents the higher consciousness that high-minded Aquarius christens the collective with. It cleans away the sins of the past and invites us all to (re)cognize the truth that social justice for all is the only way to move the world forward. Spiritual principles can be misused when they’re trying to be applied to only personal context like romantic love between couples or manifesting money. Aquarius energy seeks to remind us that unless we’re advancing the collective access and equality for every single one of us, then we’re not truly a part of the solution. Aquarius Angela Davis said “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”  What do we all have in common? Thinking minds. How can we liberate society? Liberating minds. Changing the world is so much bigger than the all-about-me and all-about-mine conversations and we can count on Aquarius energy to help us focus and find the path that includes the greater good for us all. When lost in their own brains, Aquarius energy errs on the fantastic, the dogmatic and the irresolute. If lost in their sensitivity, Aquarius energy takes someone disagreeing with them as the Capitol Crime.

Aquarius energy is expressed very usefully through queer identities. Like possibly bisexual James Dean, Aquarius is the rebel with(out) a cause and that cause if rebellious authenticity. Think about it - Aquarius born are not here to follow the rules. Uranus ruled (har har, laugh now) they purposefully disrupt the dominant thinking of the status quo. Is it any wonder why Ellen Degeneres is an Aquarius? Or how about Oprah Winfrey? These brilliant minds were inviting radical conversations to expansive platforms like never before.  Aquarius gives access to all by not following the rules which tends to give special treatment. We are grateful for their service and we are better for their brilliance.

Quuer Aquarians _+ Allies: Cristobel Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Hadrian, Virginia Woolf, Ellen Degeneres, Portia De Rossi, Gertrude Stein, James Dean, Patricia Field, Lord Byron, & Hadrian