The Fixed signs of the Zodiac always occur in the middle of each season. Aquarius, where both the sun and moon are today, is thus the middle of winter (or summer down under).
Weather-wise, the fixed sign is when the weather is most seasonal, and this year feels more like winter than any I’ve had in Texas. If you live somewhere with strong seasons, by the end of Aquarius or Leo, you’re probably really wanting the next season to arrive and fast.
Fixity, as an archetypal characteristic, is not the most exciting. It, by definition, stays the course. When your chugging along making progress, it is your friend. When you’re feeling lethargic, stuck, or less than happy where you are, it is not.
Four years ago, in Alignment and Synchronization, I had an insight as to why we celebrate Valentine’s day during Aquarius:
Aquarius is the sign of human rights. It is the sign of aspirations and ideals. Even though the symbol is the water bearer, it is an air sign. Valentine’s day occurs in Aquarius because it is a celebration of a human ideal: romantic love. We aspire to this kind of love, even if we miss the mark repeatedly. The water bearer is thus the air of water—the idea of love!
Another thought as to why we chose Aquarius to celebrate (the idea of) romantic love is because it is in this case that we most want stability. We want the love to last. We want our lovers to stay. We want security within these relationships. We want fixity here!
If you find yourself in a good place, then focus, for a moment on the vibration of stability and recognize how it serves you. It is nice to wake up with the same good things around you as the day before.
If you’re looking or hoping for a bit of positive change, then consider this other archetype: The Hierophant.
The Hierophant is card V in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. I must confess that I have never found this card to be one I enjoy. It’s not a bad card, but it feels flat and unexciting. It feels a bit like: same-ole same-ole. In this regard, the Hierophant does feel a bit fixed. It doesn’t feel dynamic or exciting.
The Hierophant showed up as the Guidance card in my reading today. Since I have been feeling a bit in a rut for a few days, I wasn’t exactly happy to see it. A bit later, when I was more in the receptive mode, I asked for a better way to look at the Hierophant and got an immediate response. This is what I got:
The Hierophant is basically saying: “Use what you know.” That is why it doesn’t feel that exciting. There isn’t a new idea here as much as there is the gentle reminder that you already know what you need to know to take the next step.
Take the next logical step, which is right in front of you, which is incremental, which is something you already know how to do. You even know in which direction to go. So, take the step and see where it leads. Furthermore, let go of the idea that you already went that way and got nowhere. It may seem like a step you have taken over and over again, but it isn’t the same because you are not the same. It is the next logical step, and is available and is easy…if you let it be.
Fixity doesn’t have to mean stuck or unchanging. It can be incremental, steady progress, step by step. Furthermore, we’re only in a fixed sign one third of the time. Mutable signs always follow and that’s when things begin to flow a bit faster again.
In two days, we’ll have a Total Solar Eclipse for our Aquarius New Moon. This will end the Eclipse cycle this time around, which could open some doors.
Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day!