Aquarius is the sign of Genius, the Mad Scientist, the Truth Speaker, the Rebel, the Revolutionary, the Eccentric, the Catalyst. Symbolized as a lightning bolt that liberates people from oppression, Aquarius is associated with social tolerance, independent thinking, and radical innovation.
Pisces, the sign after Aquarius, is the sign of Mystic, the Poet, the Intuitive, the Psychic, the Daydreamer, the Hospice Worker, the Volunteer. Symbolized as two fishes, Pisces understands that the physical and emotional “spaces” where one person (or entity) ends and another begins are as permeable as the space where one ocean blends into another.
Combine the uber-compassionate, trans-dimensional identity of a Pisces Sun with the radically innovative, humanitarian instincts of an Aquarius Moon and you get somebody who puts people before profits, the environment before the ego, and integrity before instant-gratification. In his book Sun Signs Moon Signs, Jefferson Anderson emphasizes this combination’s propensity for large scale humanitarian endeavors:
Your sympathy and concern for the others is projected on a worldwide scale. This is the combination of the social activist, the zealous missionary, and the reformer. Your eyes seem to reveal your subtle wisdom and in depth understanding of human nature.
Jesus Christ is generally thought to be a Capricorn Sun but the reality, according to Astrotheme.com, is he was a Pisces Sun, Aquarius Moon. (Source) I’m not sure how they determined his actual date of birth but his story, even if totally mythological, does fit the basic psychological profile of the Pisces Sun, Aquarius Moon combination: involvement in group associations (the disciples), deep compassion for the less fortunate (prostitutes, beggars), a globally oriented sense of spirituality, a propensity for getting in trouble with the ruling authorities (the money changers, the Romans), a sense of alienation from mainstream society (40 days in the desert).
Jeremy Benthem, the political writer and social reformer of the late 1700s and early 1800s, was also Pisces Sun, Aquarius Moon. (Source) Like many of his Pisces/Aquarius astro-twins, he was both radically ahead of his time and often at odds with the ruling norms of his era. His ideas about economics significantly influenced social welfare programs that begun to take shape in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He also advocated for the abolition of slavery, the decriminalization of homosexual activity, and is considered the “patron saint of the animal rights movement”. Keep in mind this was during the early 1800s, between 100 and 200 years before some of these ideas caught on in mainstream society.
One of the greatest strength of this combination according to the Harveys is “wide acceptance of the entire gamut of society.” Bentham was instrumental in establishing the University of London which became the first university in England to admit all, regardless of race, creed or political belief.
Bentham never came back from the dead like his Pisces Sun, Aquarius Moon astro-twin Jesus Christ but he did instruct that his body be preserved and put on permanent display at the University of London. His stuffed corpse is still wheeled into every single cabinet meeting where he is listed as “present, not voting” in the meeting’s minutes. (No joke) Sounds a bit macabre but it’s pretty much par for the course for this pairing. It often has an oddball sense of humor and thrives in social settings where the bizarre, the deviant, and the unconventional are all joyously accepted as normal.
William Jennings Bryan, the popular Democratic presidential candidate of the late 1800s and early 1900s, was a Pisces Sun, Aquarius Moon. (Source) Bryan’s biography mirrors the story of Jesus Christ and Jeremy Bentham in some very interesting ways. Bryan advocated backing the U.S. dollar with silver instead of just gold, a proposition that was to his era what Jesus turning over the tables of the moneychangers was to Roman times. Bryan rose to fame following his 1896 speech entitled “A Cross of Gold” which he concluded by outstretching his arms as though being crucified.
Bryan came to be seen as a near Christ-like figure among millions of lower class Americans thrown out of work following the collapse of the railroad fueled real estate bubble of 1893. His appeal was such that he ran for president and nearly won at 36, despite widespread condemnation by the mainstream media of his time. Like his Pisces Sun, Aquarius Moon astro-twins Jesus Christ and Jeremy Bentham, Williams Jennings Bryan won himself powerful enemies among the elite 1% of society, the same portion of society that is now profiting more than ever as the planet burns.
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