Ah, feel that? That’s a cosmic sigh of relief: The Sun has left cautious Capricorn for innovative Aquarius and we’re in for a radical time.
“Aquarius season feels like a breath of fresh air,” clairvoyant astrologer Valerie Mesa says of the terrestrial transition. “It’s a combination of overcoming the ruthless reality checks we experienced in Capricorn season and the surge of inspiration after getting a glimpse of what the future holds for us.” You can look at it like this: Capricorn season is best for brainstorming and organizing your schedule, while the sun’s shift into Aquarius lends itself to using that time for conceptualizing cutting-edge concepts and ideas whether we’re ready to or not. “Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius [is] clashing with Aquarius’ modern ruler Uranus in Taurus,” which “promises one thing, and that’s progress.”
Innovation is always expected when it comes to Aquarius, whose energy exudes intellect and modernization. But this year, there are a number of obstacles preventing immediate progress. First and foremost, and surely most notorious, is Mercury retrograde, which complicates communication and technology. For this reason, it’s best to avoid signing contracts or buying electronics until Mercury stations direct on February 21 (or even a few days after).
But that’s not all: Atop all the Mercurial melodrama is the Sun’s square to Mars, which lasts from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3. This “could be the reason we feel a slow-moving pace and/or stagnant energy stifling our desire for progress,” Mesa says, so take a deep breath and practice patience and self-control, which I do acknowledge aren’t necessarily Aquarius’ strong suits.
In good news, Venus, planet of love and beauty, will join Jupiter-Saturn in Aquarius just in time for Valentine’s Day, and stay in Aquarius from February 5 to 20. Venus will “add a little bit of hope and inspiration to our future visions,” though there will still be strong tension between pursuing our goals and the “longing to rebel and revolutionize,” seeing as Saturn is clashing with Uranus all month.
This planetary pressure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though: It presents the much-needed opportunity for collective advancement, prompting the beginning of a new cycle for humanity. According to Mesa, “Saturn in Aquarius is working diligently for the people, while Uranus continues to dismantle whatever is stifling our sovereignty and freedom.”
In the meantime, Mesa suggests using Aquarius’ justice-seeking energy to tap into your inner humanitarian. This can mean anything from volunteering with a nonprofit to getting involved with a social movement to simply surrounding yourself with inspiring individuals. Aquarius also rules the World Wide Web, so this could be the time to “find a platform where you can express your unique individuality, or perhaps share your wisdom with the masses.” If you’ve been sitting on starting a blog, now’s your chance!
Just make sure to back up your work. Because as inspiring as Aquarius season is, Mercury retrograde is that much more mischievous and will blissfully force-quit before you get a chance to save your evolutionary ideas–and we need those!
Hang in there, y’all. Change is on the way.