In astrology, each sign exists on an axis with its opposite. The energies of opposite signs represent two sides of the same coin, and if they are integrated, a unified whole. The most commonly used example of this is Aries and Libra existing on the me/we axis. If we are able to balance our desire to act on selfish impulses with our desire to be considerate of the other, we become a more complete version of ourselves. But there are other pairings that garner far less attention, much to our peril.
A great example of this is Leo and Aquarius. This axis is about the personal vs the political, or the self vs the group. But, as has long been a progressive mantra, the personal IS the political. And in balancing these energies, we are able to see the truth in this.
Leo and Aquarius both want to save the world. They both desperately want to shine a light on humanity and help lift us up. The difference is in how they go about it. Leo views it as their duty to shine as brightly as they can to serve as an example to others. They also make a point of showering others in love and affection, effectively lending others their light. Leo looks at Aquarius’ methods and thinks they lack humanity, the personal touch.
Aquarius, on the other hand, feels that Leo thinks too small and that their methods are too self-serving. Aquarius would rather operate on a larger scale, mobilizing groups and trying to change the social structures that have created so much pain and suffering in the world.
Neither one of them is wrong! It is obvious that the world can’t be changed one smile at a time. Sometimes big, structural overhauls are necessary. But it is equally obvious that we each lead our own personal, individual lives, and a change in structure that doesn’t also lead to greater personal happiness is probably not serving its purpose.
So how do we integrate? I recently got on a kick of listening to my old favorite music, and I came across the song “Underneath” by Alanis Morissette. The song perfectly encapsulates a blending of these energies. The chorus goes:
There is no difference in what we’re doing in here
That doesn’t show up as bigger symptoms out there
So why spend all our time dressing our bandages
When we’ve the ultimate key to the cause right here, our underneath
I think she got it right. There is no way to truly be effective in creating social change unless we also embody those values in our person lives. And there is no way to truly embody those values in our personal lives without also radiating that energy out in service of the greater good.
When we integrate the energies of self and society, we are able to affect change both in ourselves and in the world as a whole. We are able to shine without guilt and help others to do so as well. We are able to create a society that reflects the beauty in our souls rather than our ears and rigidity. We are able to stand tall and extend a hand to pull others up with us. And that is what Leo and Aquarius have to teach us.
You can check out Alanis’ video here.
Can you see the interplay of these energies at work in your own life?