The Gift and Test of Aquarius
The gift of service
Aquarius is the man in the zodiac. Mythology tells that he carries a pot on his shoulders. From above, the Gods fill it with their water of knowledge, and he pours it out to the people. This Aquarius-man has access to the “above”. He takes a higher standpoint and recognises the comprehensive connections from above: individual people become a group, a nation, a humanity. He has the whole thing in mind. Whether for a small group or the whole of humanity, ideas and concepts for improving their living conditions flow to him. His ideal is one humanity in which all are free and united in spirit.
However, the reality is different: Few rich people own more than half of the world’s wealth. Governments bow to powerful economic interests. Lobbyists shape the law not to have to break it. Systems are getting bigger and bigger and individuals are getting smaller and more powerless. There is nothing to be said against comprehensive systems, as long as the individual remains free.
An Aquarius-person is a born manager. He can think systemically, is intellectually and future-oriented. But one day he has to make a decision: Does he rise up against grievances or does he manage them? Does he serve the people or the system? Does he look for ways of integration or for scapegoats? To gloss over grievances or to invalidate arguments for a necessary change is detrimental to the whole. In this way, minorities continue to be oppressed and majorities mercilessly drained.
The suffering of the people and their pressing needs lead the Divine Spirit to pour the water of knowledge into the pot of Aquarius. The Aquarius-born man can speak to them from the heart, sum up their needs and develop comprehensive solution concepts that integrate the concerns of all. If, on the other hand, his messages come only from his intellect, he will shower others with well-intentioned but sometimes useless concepts. They will not listen to him. He becomes a voice crying in the wilderness, frustrated by their unteachability. Sometimes even hatred arises in him. He separates himself from the whole and brings about the opposite of what he wanted.
The Divine Spirit bestows the gift of service to an Aquarian-born person. It makes him recognise the needs of others. Through such a person, the water of knowledge reaches those who need it. He can help, for example, through ingenious inventions on the pulse of the times or, on a small scale, the “crazy” New Life that inspires others and serves as a template in a larger style. He breaks through the boundaries of habitual thinking, speaks the unexpected, broadens horizons in order to integrate. His spirit transcends all boundaries and liberates from the limited vision of the intellect.
Service in this sense has nothing to do with subordination, but with voluntariness. This requires independence – also independence from applause and reward. The free spirit of an Aquarius-born man unites him with people of the same spirit to form a group. They are his true friends. With them he can exemplify a life of change to others.
The mass follows the habits. Every profound change must overcome a high initial resistance, break through the old, redirect habitual paths and reorganise everything. Without necessity, the majority rejects reforms. Hardship is often a prerequisite for change. When everything cries out to heaven and systems become untenable, the creative spirit with its waters lets the old perish. The pioneering ideas of this type then fall on fertile ground and satisfy the needs of the whole.
The test of discontent
Aquarius carries all the experiences of the previous signs. Archetypically, he is the human being at the peak of development. It is not uncommon to find him as an organiser or boss in the most diverse gradations. He masters social networking like no other and skilfully acts in the background. Whatever he does, he wraps it up in melodious words and arguments against which nothing can be said anymore. Everything then seems plausible. This can certainly help him in achieving success, prestige or fame. And yet this strategy never works completely. Every success also leaves him with an emptiness and a feeling of not being fulfilled.
No matter how many connections he may make with other people, he sometimes feels himself as an outsider – perhaps because he grew up as one or is attracted to outsiders, marginalised groups or eccentric behaviour. He recognises social injustices and inequalities like no other. They stir him up inside and make him dissatisfied. And that for a good reason. In addition to his dissatisfaction, Mother Nature has also given him the ability to improve such grievances or to eliminate them through new ideas. Dissatisfaction is nature’s reminder of his ability to be able to perfect the world a little more. It depends on himself, whether he uses this opportunity or not.
A negative way of dealing with this test is to trumpet his discontent to any number of people, to denounce any injustice, but in the end to do nothing against it. Perhaps such a person may find a hearing with others. But if they also remain idle, as expected, the discontent solidifies in an idealised vision of the future that will never be realised. Pointing out injustices can only be the beginning, a concept for reform, only another step. In the end, it is the concrete commitment to a better world that counts. And this, as always, begins with oneself. Those who are not able to exemplify their ideals to others on a small scale remain only a chatter who might have extraordinary ideas, but actually achieve little.
Friends and like-minded people who listen to an Aquarius-born person and share his thoughts would help him develop new social forms or improvements in other areas. Once these ideas are implemented and demonstrated, it becomes apparent to what extent the improvements are really perceived as such by others. Mostly, on the way to real implementation, some adjustments to people’s different ways of life and perspectives are still needed.
Another danger in this test is to first strive for success and recognition in order to “then” initiate the necessary change with society behind. Most of them remain glued to social comforts in the pursuit of public reputation and the “then” does not happen at all. Only a few have the strength of character to complete such a path and realise the “then”. Abraham Lincoln was one of them. He was able to realise the social change of America because of his inner strength, his abilities and his deep belief in a more humane future. Revolutionary ideas or new social concepts at the right time can certainly fall on fertile ground. But in most cases, grievances, injustices and taking of personal advantages are so entrenched in reality that broad support can hardly be expected at first, but resistance is all the more massive.
Neither extremism nor radicalism solve this problem. They tend to exclude, demonise dissenters or are borne by hatred. The ideal solution in this test is integration. Abraham Lincoln wanted neither a secession of the American southern states nor a continuation of slavery that prevailed there. He wanted the integration of all and thus more freedom for each individual. Nothing else than integration redeems so permanently this Aquarius-person from a state of discontent, no matter what the subject matter may be. Through integration, a service is rendered to humanity and the test is passed. It is not the final success of a concept worked out to the last detail that counts, but every single step along the way that contributes to improvement in the world with people.
The synthesis of gift and testing
Social reputation and comforts will never fully satisfy you. Use your potential to really change something. Dissatisfaction is your signal to take action. You have the ability to pioneer new things and eliminate grievances. Expect resistance, but never ignore concrete advice from others. Integration is the key. Demonstrate your “crazy” ideas to others.
…to be continued