It is fashionable to be enraptured with Nature these days. I feel guilty for not spending enough time being delighted by the miracles of snow on the surrounding mountains, wild geese traveling in pairs overhead, the birds eating midwinter apples on the ground. But the Aquarius New Moon—and Jupiter’s exuberant leap into Aquarius, where he’ll reign for all of 2009—have inspired me towards something much less fashionable. Aquarius rules technology and I am moved now to sing its praises. I give thanks to all those quiet angels who uncomplainingly charge my world with magic. In the time a bird drinks from my fountain, invisible hands bring a movie to my iPod, download six new books to my Kindle. I can hold them all in my palm! Daily my robot vacuum cleans my floors. And the minute I wonder about anything, Google has the answer. I haven’t watched a commercial or worried about when a TV show airs in years. My DVR faithfully records what I want and lets me watch it when I want. Even when Mercury retrograde sent my fifteen-year-old television set to the dump this month, just one day later the internet brought me a new one—at the lowest price available! I couldn’t have imagined living my life this way twelve years ago, when Jupiter was last in Aquarius. It’s difficult remembering when the computer wasn’t a part of everything I do, though it wasn’t till 1997 that the internet really bloomed.
Of course there’s more to Aquarius than technology. This sign is wild, unconventional and unpredictable, also progressive and humanitarian. Too it’s the rising sign of our new Blackberry-loving president. May Jupiter bless him and you and me this year!