Aquarius And The Shadow Most students of Astrology don’t remember that Aquarius is co-ruled by Saturn. Most of us think of the wildly independent, innovative, avant-garde Uranus as the same vibration as Aquarius, and of course it is—when in-phase or in a well lubricated state. Abraham Lincoln always stands out as our Aquarian example of the far-sighted statesman leading the nation with his Aquarian vision, unconcerned with the opinions of those who can’t see so distantly. Enter the clutching fingers of the Shadow, and the statesman turns bigot, trumpeting his philosophical high-minded ideas around while living the personal life of the autocrat. S/he may find the mate and children too emotional and of course entwined with the trivial mundane concerns of daily living and growing up. S/he may spout aphorisms and suggest models of ideal behavior that have little to do with food on the table or life at school (think of such a talker as the hapless Mr. Micawber from Dickens Great Expectations). Idea-spinning has to be grounded with realistic this-world focus for those ideas to be useful for awakening people. Thus idealism that may drive a nation or instigate excellent inventions deteriorates to tactless, eccentricity, and silly rebelliousness. He like the Capricorn is even more prone to becoming isolated since Aquarius set himself or herself apart or aloof in the natural state to begin with. Mark Twain ended up in a hotel alone and quite bitter about humanity that he tried so hard in his works to entice to broader thinking. He blamed a heartless God. Getting that the real ideal of bringing nations together in unity, or bringing people together in groups, is to foster interchange of positive feeling and love so that individual Spiritual goals can be fostered. Charity or compassion are in essence two other names for love, and Aquarius must draw those positive qualities from its obverse side of the Zodiac, Leo. Then Aquarius becomes whole. Naturally, Aquarius is broadminded and intuits democratic and individual thought, so emphasizing these positive and inherent traits can spring her or him up from the wallow of self-inflation and aggrandizing personal ideas to the detriment of those of others. We need the Aquarian awakening Vision but heavily tempered with sensitive heartful.