Winter Anno IV:xvii: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Submitted by Soror Theodora  
☉ in {sdeg}º {ssign} : ☾ in {ldeg}º {lsign} : dies {dow} : Anno {year1}:{year2}

First printed in Lion & Serpent 14:4

I have been pondering the nature of symbols lately. When I was a child of six years I began reading Roman mythology. It was in my reading books at school. I found the stories engaging and began developing relationships with them, asking questions of the characters. As a child, one is complimented on imagination and creativity when one talks about the gods as though they are real. The childs’ mind does not distinguish between “reality” and what’s symbolic at this point in development. That shift begins soon after, but at six years, magic is still real. This is my foundation in astrological study. I accepted the reality of the planets and stars as powers over me in my life.

When I consider the nature of astrology as a study, this idea seems very important to me. Our ability to engage with magical belief is paramount. I know, I know; we are also employing scientific method in our work. We want verifiable results, not superstitious flights of fancy. As a professional astrologer, over the years, I have made mistakes. I have misunderstood dates and times, and tried to interpret charts for people that were based on incorrect information. The results were unremarkable. I got odd looks and “that doesn’t sound like me,” and a personal sense of disorientation, a feeling of having set off going some place with a map to somewhere else. While this is hardly concrete data, it is far more tangible as an individual scrying experience than newspaper astrology columns that are more good writing than astrology and far less likely to be accurate on any specific points. One can not judge astrology as a discipline by these pop culture peons.

When I was six, I began to create a set of relationships with symbols. The glyphs became entities that I could call by name. If we learn our magick from books and it stays in those books, it never becomes real. Our practices, the yoga and the walks in the woods, the stargazing, the point where the word on the page becomes our own, in memorization, is where the power is. We make it our own.

In astrology the magick is about relationship. As I studied those stories, the characters became real. Their relationships could explain phenomena in my life. These basic energies are endemic in the human experience. We are troubled to a more or less similar degree by the the same sorts of things and, conversely, joyful about the same sorts of things as ancient peoples. We love, we hate, we have to feed ourselves and we struggle for freedom against many factors. The magic for me comes in the anthropomorphization of heavenly bodies. Our human desire to connect to all of our environment underlies this process. We look up and see ourselves. We look around us and see divinity in our teachers, leaders, the trees, and in ourselves. We see god in man. We see god in the stars and seek to engage in relationship with them. We are under them in our beginning perception. As we grow, we become like them.

These sorts of gods are the ones that walk with us and talk with us. The concept of a distant and cold god comes only when the relationship with divinity all around us, in our environments, nature, is lost. Our magical children within, the ones who still see god everywhere, must be fed or god is dead. As we become mature beings, we are god. We realize our true natures.

As we head into winter, with all of its correspondences, we find those personified in the astrological signs. Capricorn with its ultimate practicality, is predictably an earth sign of the cardinal nature. Its word is use. It starts at the solstice as the Sun begins its return toward summer. Its symbol is the goat and the glyph is a stylized goat emerging or climbing from the water. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the god of the underworld.

Aquarius, its odd neighbor, is also ruled by Saturn archaically. Upon our perception of the further outlying planets, it began a shared rulership with Uranus. Aquarius is about innovation, breaking out of conventional thinking and perceiving beyond the box. Aquarius is an air sign of the fixed nature. Interestingly that could translate to dogma or fixed thinking patterns. Aquarius, like all of the air signs, has a duality to its nature, a paradox. The polarity is between the self and the community. Its energy reflects the concept of Thelemic promulgation. We believe it is of primary importance that the individual learn his/her Will and that activity will bring about the greater well-being of all. One must find balance in this sign, as with the other air signs, and the mind itself.

Pisces is the deep sensitive one, moving with the depth of the currents of the ocean. It is symbolized by two fishes swimming in opposite directions. Pisces is a water sign of the mutable nature. It is the least structured from a visual standpoint. In this lack of grounding in the visible world comes the ability to perceive the depths of reality. The energetic layers become as solid as the physical becomes transparent. Look for where Pisces lands in the astrological chart for the doorway to clairvoyance and, particularly, clairaudience. Pisces, at the end of the zodiac, is able to surrender itself that the cycle may be renewed with the spring.