Tomorrow, tomorrow. I love ya, tomorrow, it’s only a day away… that a new president steps into office. It was only a day ago that we gave tribute Martin Luther King, a great leader who believed in the promise of tomorrow.
Aquarius Season has begun. The promise of tomorrow. The creative life of the future that is always accessible in the present moment. A shift in perspective. A shift in momentum. A whole lot of shaking going on.
The word future stems from the latin root fu which means “to grow” or “become”. This puts the magic of the future more directly in the body, and renders it less of an abstraction. The warm glow of optimism that floods the body would be Annie’s sun of tomorrow. As the 5th dimension sings: Let the sun shine in.
To put the emphasis on growing and becoming is to welcome all experience as a learning tool. The current buzzword for this is growth mindset, but Goethe would have called it bildung; education from life experience.
Aquarius is the water bearer. An air sign that refers to water. Experience that refers to feeling. Experience ultimately is subjectivity, the feelings that arise in each moment, the emotions that arise in us and signal what is good or bad for our survival and flourishing.
Aquarius is the evaporated air (thoughts) of our water (feelings), as they descend into the past, making facts from which we will reflect on in the future. These “facts” will inform our behavior through the subconscious mind. Wouldn’t it be best to oversee what “facts” make it into the fabric of our being?
Aquarius has the solution with its gift of awareness and foresight. Awareness can dawn (there’s that inner sun again) on you in any moment and cause a shift, or a rift, in the steady sea of the subconscious mind. Writer and philosopher Colin Wilson would call this steady sea the robot, an evolutionary life-hack that allows us to drive a car or type without much thinking after we’ve learned it. The robot steps in and does it for you, freeing you to tend to other thoughts, or do other things. The problem is the robot becomes over active, and in its tendency to take over, it also de-values the moment, by making it overly familiar.
Although it is associated with technology, Aquarius is weary of over-mechanization. The robotic mindset stands in opposition to the urge to be free. The awakening of that urge, is awareness, Aquarius’ first step.
The next step is to tie in the future through foresight. It’s not enough just to be aware of the moment, there must be a commitment to cultivation. There must be a reverence for the fleeting shimmer of water (real feeling) that is active only in the present moment. This is the sunlight dancing on the water, sparkling in the snow, shimmering in the heart. The joy and freedom of becoming and growing.
The evaporated facts that come from shimmering water are quite different from the evaporated facts of stagnant water. They are healthy with electricity, supportive of the life urge to flourish. Knowing this is Aquarius’ foresight, a path for cultivation.
Aquarius reveres the water that it bears, listening to it and cultivating it.
The promise of future lives moment to moment!
All art by Johnnie Day Durand