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Love Lessons From The End Of The Zodiac, Part One - Aquarius: Love And Rockets

by Matthew Currie July 14, 2009 06:04 PM EST
A professional astrologer never seems to run short of clients with interesting and/or conflicted love lives. This has been on the upswing of late, thanks to the ongoing Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius. The funny thing is... Aquarius doesn't exactly have the reputation for being the most romantic of signs. Valentine's Day itself is an Aquarius, and look at how often that occasion seems to fall flat. 
Take a look at your own love life of late. Odds are reasonably good that there is change happening -- possibly big change, for better or worse. Neptune tends to lend a veneer of illusion to whatever it touches, for good or ill. And Jupiter is, among other things, one of the places one looks for an indicator of committed, long-term relationships. Regardless of where Aquarius is in your birth chart, you are bound to be feeling the effects.
So, in these times and under these circumstances, what love lesson can we learn from Aquarius? Personally, I think it's the lesson of "not-me" in our love lives. Love... real Love... is a lot more than sweet words and sentiments and hormones. It's action. It's principle. And it's never about just you, or just me.
Consider the Aquarian principles of rebellion and defiance. How do they apply to Love?
Vasiliy Arkhipov understood these things on a practical level. In true Aquarian form, he broke the rules in defense of a higher principle. And by doing so, he saved your life.
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It was October 27th, 1962 -- the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the group lead by the aircraft carrier USS Randolph had cornered a Soviet Foxtrot Class submarine, armed with nuclear weapons. Depth charges were dropped to flush the sub out of hiding. Bad communications, angry hormones, fear, and the distant rumblings of depth charges caused the Soviet captain to assume that an actual shooting war had broken out. His Political Officer agreed that it was a good time to launch a torpedo.
Specifically: a nuclear-tipped torpedo.
Launching nuclear weapons from a Soviet vessel required the consent of three officers, of whom the captain and Political Officer were two. The third launch key was in the possession of the First Officer... in this case, a guy by the name of Vasily Arkhipov. Arkhipov didn't concur with his superiors that it was time to unleash Hell on the world. Against the better interests of dogma and doctrine and at the risk of his own career -- potentially even charges of treason -- he refused to put his key in the lock and turn it. And you and I are alive and well today because of that one simple act of conscience.
If that isn't an act of love, I don't know what is.
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What personal love life dogmas and doctrines are being challenged in your life lately? What risks are you willing to take for Love?
The future awaits your answers.
 
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