Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Paradox of Interdependence/ Body Astrology: Aquarius

Aquarius season is delivered within hours of a total lunar eclipse in Leo. Yes, we are in the throes of another eclipse season! This eclipse marks the close of a year and a half of eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. It’s been a year and a half of exploring our authority and heart-felt creativity in concert with our responsibility to our communities and our ability to take one for the team. In our personal lives and on the world stage issues of recognition and ego were pit against humble service and our dedication to tradition was challenged by our need to innovate. This last eclipse wraps up these issues and lessons and asks, “how’s all that working for you?”

Wherever you are with it, and however it landed for you, it’s time to move on. Here’s a poem I wrote at the Aquarius eclipse a couple of years ago. I think it’s just as valid for our current eclipse.

Your Horoscope for The Partial Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, August 2017

This full moon is where you find your line
break. Your page
break. Where you break
with something, someone, somewhere, some
idea from your past
inspired by a picture
you can’t get out
of your head.
You’ll know where needs
It’s the place that pinches.
It’s the place that bulges and rips
your stitches.
This picture
that’s big
in all the ways
you cannot be
until it breaks

Aquarius is a challenge to embody because it likes being out of body. It’s hard to bring it into the now because it likes the future. It’s about breaking with the material world and everything we think we know.

It’s about going beyond.

Aquarius is also about circulation and the continual need to swap out the old for the new. Nowhere is this more evident than the circulatory system: the movement of blood and oxygen to the many organizations and “communities” in the body.

The star of circulatory system is the heart but the for the heart to be of any use it needs to work with a complex system of arteries, vessels, and way stations: most importantly the calves. Commonly referred to as the second heart, the system of muscles, veins, and valves in the calf and foot work together to push deoxygenated blood back up to the heart and lungs.

And what joint do you think is responsible for the calf muscle’s ability to pump? Depending on the flexibility and stability of the (humble) ANKLE JOINT we can more or less successfully “talk back” to the heart with our lower leg muscles.

Aquarius wants to show us how the seemingly small or insignificant IS important to the whole. It wants us to know that the health of an entire organism (or group or country) is dependent on everyone doing their unique part.

It’s no coincidence that Leo rules the heart, which is Aquarius’ axial counterpart. Literally and metaphorically speaking, if the heart (the star, the king) and the rest of the body (the masses, the workers) aren’t talking to each other we’re dead. You can refresh your memory about Leo here.

Join Margherita Tisato and I as we prep for Aquarius season by circulating our own unique genius throughout our entire bodies…and beyond.
Body Astrology Aquarius takes place at Juniper at 7PM, Wednesday January 23rd. Please sign up before the 23rd to reserve your spot. We are no longer taking walk-ins.


Body parts: ankles, calves, shins, and circulatory system

Key words: 

The Group: the community, society, populace, humanity, democracy, egalitarian, collective, friends, dissemination, universal, fellowship, colleagues, allies, comrades, cooperatives, organizations, members, circulation

The Dissenter: the rebel, the revolutionary, the progressive, dismantle, the original, unique, unusual, non-traditional, eccentric, freedom, liberation, radicalism, alien, unconventional, disruption, breaking up, distinctive, upheaval, deviant

The Ideal: awakening, ideas, perspective, genius, brilliance, experimental, scientific, reform, non-personal, detached, invention, innovation, paradigms, vision, prototype, utopian, breaking through, the aha moment, epiphany, unorthodox, higher mind

The Future:  new, prescient, electric, technological, advancement, potential, harbinger, ahead of its time, pre-cognitive, extrasensory, science-fiction, predictive, divinatory, extra-terrestrial, seminal, frontrunner, game changer, tide turner, breaking with the past, unprecedented, ground breaking, novel, avant garde, the vanguard, unpredictable, change

Polarity: Yang. Energy that moves outward for the purpose of breaking the constraints of time and the material world.

Modality/Element: Fixed Air. In the northern hemisphere this is the dead of winter. This energy stabilizes and concentrates the mental and immaterial realm.

Ruled by: Saturn and Uranus. The symbol is the water bearer. Traditionally, a human pouring water from a vessel.

Embodied explorations:

Stretch, strengthen, and massage your calves and shins. I really enjoy deep squats for checking in with openness in the lower leg.

Open and stabilize the ankle joint. I enjoy balance exercises to reveal where the ankles might be unstable.

Feel how the leg muscles quickly increase heart rate and respiration and practice bringing the heart rate back down through breathing and softening.


Hot baths or saunas. Feel the heart pumping blood throughout the body and under the skin.

Self massage tools like foam rollers, massage balls or dry brushing to stimulate blood flow.

Identify all the things you have in common with the various people in your communities and also note what makes you unique. How can you use your unique abilities for the good of the group?

Explore impulses that encourage experimentation or deviate from the traditional or the expected. How well do you deal with surprise?

When you’re in a creative process, how clearly and with how much detail can you envision what you’d like to create? Can you put those details into words, sounds, movements, feelings or images?

How easy or difficult is it for you to connect with your intuition? Do you feel as if you have other ways of obtaining knowledge outside of your 5 senses? Improvisation games, tarot card practice, astrology exploration and automatic writing are all great ways to tap into other ways of knowing.