A unified effort doesn’t require uniform behavior. Eccentric Aquarius has a special superpower: celebrating individuality and togetherness simultaneously. That might sound like a paradox, but it’s not. Shame and vulnerability expert Brene Brown uncovered this in her research: The desire to fit in is actually the main barrier to accessing a sense of belonging.
In her words:
“Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
In other words, accept yourself, then be yourself. Easier said than done but a worthy challenge to accept under the first of two Aquarius full moons in 2021. Do you suppress your opinions out of fear they may be unpopular in a group? Always feel compelled to like the same books, music, and clothes as your friends? The herd mentality is a natural human tendency; it’s a survival instinct encoded into our primal brains—and one that’s only intensified in the age of #CancelCulture. The Aquarius full moon creates space for differentiation and discourse.
Pro tip: If you’re parsing through new concepts, read and research before, say, unleashing on Twitter. With so many charged topics on the table in 2021, it’s best to enter the conversation from an informed place, especially with this conscious, intellectual zodiac energy afoot.