This weekend, we welcome the new moon of Aquarius. It is
an opportunistic month. Creativity and inspiration are in abundance, and the
energy is inspiring and energetic. Aquarians naturally have a wider view; they
aren’t afraid to shake things up, and they are dedicated, almost ruthlessly, to
revealing the truth in unexpected and major ways. The Zohar explains that it
was on the first day of Aquarius that Moses first began revealing the secrets
that we now call the wisdom of Kabbalah. It almost goes without saying that the
month of Aquarius brings us all an opportunity to make some radical shifts.
Kabbalah teaches that the beginning of each month is a time of connection; a time to explore the challenges and gifts this window in time brings us so that we can apply this knowledge to our lives. After all, forewarned is forearmed. We’re only days into a brand new year and no matter what sign you were born under, we’re all feeling the electricity of possibility and a renewed energy to start making big things happens.
What is activating you this month? Where do you want to expand in your life? Where are you feeling called to be more creative? Where do you desire the most change? Meditating on these questions is an ideal way to utilize the positive energies of Aquarius in your life. Aquarius is the humanitarian of the zodiac. Their big-picture perspective, tireless dedication to changing things for the better, and commitment to vision make them the change-makers and wayshowers.
Something, we can all agree, is in serious need at this point in time.
However, each strength must also bring a weakness. For everything you want to do, there is something that holds you back. Just as Aquarius is creative and powerful, the dark side is a prideful stubbornness. For example, if you find yourself in a battle of wills with an Aquarian, don’t try to beat them with logic or future consequences; that will do nothing to sway them. Instead, placate them with commiseration – meet them at their emotions. Trust me, I have two close family members who are Aquarians, and this is a tried and true method. The bottom line; don’t tell an Aquarian what to do! The shadow side of their activist nature is an equally powerful ego.
It is for this precise reason that Aquarians hold great potential to share Light while also having the potential to let their egos get out of control. This is a challenge for Aquarians and for every one of us during the month of Aquarius. The mandate is to stay focused on the Light—the possibility, the positive change, the joy—instead of fighting the darkness.
Based on news headlines alone, we can very quickly recite everything that is wrong in the world; from global-warming to threatened civil rights to war and conflict overseas and at home. We see people marching in the streets, going to door-to-door to gather signatures, and speaking out at rallies against injustice, violence, and division. While these are worthy causes and actions, it can be very easy to be overly focused on what’s wrong instead of shifting that same focus to supporting and sustaining what’s working.
For example, if you feel energized to help heal our planet, you can start by looking for organizations that have created beneficial advances in these areas and supporting them in whatever way you’re able. Panthera, a conservation group dedicated to protecting 40 species of wild cat, has, along with the Zoological Society of London, helped to double the population of the endangered wild tigers in Nepal and will continue to work to boost those numbers. Then there’s the Ocean Clean-up Project that is currently working to remove 50% of the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next 5 years.
This is a perfect example of Aquarius energy at work. Instead of fighting the powers that be, these people, organizations, and groups are harnessing their own power to create the change they want to see. And it’s working.
This kind of self-mobilization magic works in our communities, but let’s also focus this magic on the micro: our own lives. What areas of your life are you currently looking to overhaul? What big positive change do you dream about making in your life this year?
Whatever it is, I’ll bet you’re really clear on all the reasons it either won’t work, will take too long, or will be too difficult. On this eve of Aquarius, I invite you instead to list some reasons that it can and will work, and focus your attention there instead.
Are you looking to lose weight in the new year? Instead of becoming overwhelmed by the thought of meal prepping every week, scheduling workouts every day, and thinking about how long it will take to see results, decide on a big picture plan. Then throw it out. Bring your focus back to the present and focus on what you can do today to bring about this change. Go on a walk, choose a smoothie for lunch, sign-up for an evening yoga class, or cut out sugar for a week.
How about going back to school to get your degree? Instead of focusing on the expenses, the time commitment, and whether you have what it takes, get clear about what is required to finish. Then look at the list, and decide what you can do today to get started. Perhaps a few of the general classes can be taken for a much more cost-effective price through extension programs and community college classes. Take advantage of on-campus support such as day-care, gyms, and health care offerings. Look for all the ways the problems are solvable today.
During Aquarius, it is all about setting your highest vision and then bringing your focus back to the supportive, positive steps you can take every day to bring that vision about. As tangles present themselves and challenges inevitably arise, keep going back to your vision. Don’t get caught up in what’s wrong, in the negativity of others, or in your own fears and worries. As you choose certainty over doubt and go about creating positive change in every way you can, you become an example of what is possible. You inspire others and set off a ripple effect of possibility and inspiration.
Before we know it, an entire population of people is moving away from the problem and walking toward innovation and creation. Your first step truly can change the world. And that is as Aquarian as it gets.
THOUGHT INTO ACTION
What is your vision? Describe it in detail, and create a list of steps that are required to bring it about. If thoughts of doubt creep in, write them down and then replace them with positive action. Not familiar with the technology needed to build your website? Partner up with a friend who is, or invite a younger family member to show you the ropes. I would love to hear what you’re working toward so be sure to share it below!
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