Age of Aquarius

Sunday inspiration: We’ve come a long way, baby

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The Age of Cancer, approximately 6000-8000 bce, was marked by the rise of agriculture as a more reliable means to feed humanity than simple hunting and gathering.  The Moon, ruler of the nurturing and sign Cancer, became elevated to goddess stature and we begin to see cults of the “Mother Goddess” and fertility cults.  With people beginning to settle into homes and communities, paternity could not be established but maternity could, so the lines of family origin were traced through the mother.  This matrilinear culture persisted through the Age of Gemini (approximately 4000-6000 bce) which continued the establishment of communities and language, and into the age of Taurus (approximately 2000-4000 bce)

Under the influence of the warlike Age of Aries (approximately 2000 bce to the beginning of the common era) the concept of monotheism arose and with it a more patriarchal warrior society to defend the single god.  The role of women became diminished (they are hardly mentioned in the Hebrew bible) and while societies remained matrineal in nature they were ruled by men and dependent on them economically.

This continued through the Piscean age (approximately 0-2100 ce) with the rise of the ancient Church and its denigration of sexuality and emphasis on the idea that any man born from woman is born in sin. While some women rose to power through family connections it was a relatively rare thing and women held no government positions unless they were of royal blood.  They were unable to attend school and were subservient to their male relatives.  If they attempted to take on too much power in their societies they were looked on suspiciously and for about 300 years burned as witches.

It took 10,000 years of female history (and the discovery of the planet of radical change, Uranus) for the first treatise on the rights of women to be written in 1792 ().  It took another 100 years before the idea of woman’s suffrage (the right to vote) took hold in the late 19th century, and it wasn’t until 1920 that women won the right to vote in the US, Britain and much of Europe. Women weren’t allowed to vote in France until 1945.

Women weren’t allowed to own their own property until the early 1900s. They couldn’t get birth control advice, even if married, until 1918 and it took another 50 years before it was legal for unmarried women to seek birth control advice from a physician.  Women weren’t entitled to equal pay until the early 1960s. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the rape of a wife by the husband was made illegal.

We’ve come a long way in just 100 years, but there is still a long way to go. The fact that millions of women all around the world marched in solidarity with their US compatriots shows that we are ready for the next step.  As we move from the Piscean age into the Age of Aquarius – an Age of equality and social justice – we will shed the shackles of the past 2000 years and take our rightful place in the culture of human life.  Under the Aquarian influence the traditional roles of sex, gender, race and ethnicity have already begun to fall away and we stand as human beings, connected in community.

By | 2017-01-22T08:56:31+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Age of Aquarius, Astrology|5 Comments

Robotics and the Aquarian Age

age of aquariusNo one really knows exactly when the Age of Aquarius begins.  The Great Year, the period during which the sun rotates back through the twelve zodiacal signs at the Equinoxes, is about 26,000 years which makes each zodiac age about 2150 years but when you’re talking about numbers this big there is significant room for error.

During the 1960s the Broadway play Hair pushed the idea of the Age of Aquarius into the mainstream as some sort of golden age of love and understanding but if you know anything about Aquarius you’ll know it’s not exactly that simple.  Aquarius has nothing to do with flower power. Aquarius is an air sign – it’s domain is the realm of reason and detachment, not love and peace.  Aquarius has two rulers: its traditional ruler is Saturn which can be cold and goal-driven.  Its modern ruler, Uranus, is the disrupter – under Uranus fairness and equality becomes more important than individual relationships or needs.  Aquarius governs technology, astrology, science and revolution.

While signs of the Age of Aquarius have been on the rise (computer technology, an increase in awareness of LGBT issues, revolutionary fervor throughout the world) it has really ramped up since Uranus has been in Aries, the sign of individual expression and motivation.

The growing field of robotics is an indicator of how close we are getting to the Aquarian Age.  Take a look at Sophia, the new humanoid robot from Hanson Labs:

A “chatbot” from Microsoft called Tay flamed out in Twitter wars in less than a day as exposure to the deadly Twitter environment led to .

The reality of technology in general, and robotics in particular, replacing jobs is now upon us, although Mercedes Benz recently announced they are .

Along with increased intelligence in robots comes the danger that trained robots could take over the rule of humanity in an effort to create an Aquarian universal  standard fairness and equality.  Science fiction is often just prediction in disguise.

By | 2016-03-28T08:24:54+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Age of Aquarius, Astrology|1 Comment

Who will care for the poor in the Aquarian Age?

Aquarian AgeNo one can really tell when the Age of Aquarius begins.  This is a 2160 year cycle, and it doesn’t begin or end on a particular date.  But I believe that we are in the transition period between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.

The spread of Christianity dominated the Age of Pisces, and while there have been some horrific consequences as a result (think the brutality of the Crusades, the annihilation of Native Americans and other indigenous groups, etc.) it has primarily been Christian and other religious groups that have cared for the poor.

One of the rulers of Pisces is Jupiter, and Jupiter rules religion, the construct of meaning that we create for ourselves and share with others.  During the Age of Pisces the ideology of shared ideas has prevailed, and for a person to be without religion was unthinkable.

As we move into the age of Aquarius, ruled by Saturn traditionally and Uranus as modern ruler, there is more of a focus on individual rights and liberties and perhaps less compassion that is one of the higher manifestations of the Piscean archetype.  While Aquarius is all about fairness and justice for everyone, there is less of a sense of empathy and more of a fervor for liberty which we can certainly observe in today’s political landscape.  Aquarius loves mankind in general but finds it more difficult to be emotionally connected, hence the image I chose for this article.

Two years ago I wrote an article entitled “Will religion survive the Aquarian Age?”

There is no doubt that the presence of religion in our lives is changing, especially in the United States which, with Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius rising and Jupiter conjunct the Sun in the national chart is exceptionally tied to religious dogma.   found that 28% of all adults surveyed had left the religion of their childhood, a rather astonishing number. [The number of people expressing no religious preference has grown by a steady  6% per year since the 1990s when Pluto entered Sagittarius, the sign of religion, a.]

As we continue to move into the Aquarian Age, the force of “reason” is likely to dominate over spiritual experience, bringing another set of dangers.  The idea that in the Age of Aquarius “peace and love will rule the sky”  promulgated by the musical Hair is a fantasy.  If you ever read Animal Farm by George Orwell, a book about the dangers of communism where all are equal and none are free, you’ve seen the dark side of Aquarius in action.

We are seeing some of that in the rhetoric from politicians who want to eliminate care for the poor from state budgets.

For much of the last 2000 years churches provided much of the foundation of human life, both political and personal.  Until Henry VIII created his own religion and banished the Pope from his country, the head of the Catholic Church controlled much of Europe.  So there was very little actual separation between church and state, and the churches provided relief for the poor as well as the political structures.

Today it is primarily churches and religious organizations that provide soup kitchens and other relief efforts, and many conservatives argue that it should be churches that care for the poor and not the government.  But as religious structures continue to disappear in the Aquarian Age secular groups and government will need to pick up the slack and care for the poor.

It is ironic to me that those who call themselves Christian politicians are the loudest voices in eliminating supports for those in poverty since it was Jesus himself who said:

Mark 10:21-22 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

As the number of churches continues to decline, with 3-4,000 churches closing every year in the US, alternative means to provide aid to the poor will need to be found.  In the age of personal responsibility, that means that it will be you and me that will be taking over.

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By | 2014-04-23T07:17:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Age of Aquarius, Life, Religion|9 Comments

Jupiterian truths and the Age of Pisces

jesusNote the astrological cardinal cross that creates the halo around the head in this image. 

As we transition into the Aquarian Age, we are leaving the traits of Pisces behind.  We usually think of Pisces as being Neptune-ruled since Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces and explains the dreamy and imaginative nature of Pisces.  Neptune is  associated with magic and spirituality, but also with delusion and the negation of the Self – all characteristics of the 2000 year domination of the world by Christianity.

I am reading Reza Aslan’s book .  I have been waiting for this book for years – it is a beautifully written  history of the times in which the historical Jesus was born and spent his years as one of many Jews fighting the oppression of the Roman overlords.

One interesting point made in this book, which I have never heard before, is the distinction between “facts” and “truths.”  Aslan says:

How we define history, in the modern world, as a collection of observable and verifiable facts, is wholly a product of the modern age. That definition of history is a couple of hundred years old. It would make no sense at all to the gospel writers or frankly to the ancient mind, for whom history was not about uncovering facts but about revealing truths. This is, admittedly, a very difficult concept for modern people, not just Christians, but just modern people to understand that what they call history didn’t exist 300 years ago and so when I question some of the “historical claims of the gospel,” I think that people think that what I’m saying is that this is a lie. That’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is the gospel writers understood that what they were writing was not factually correct. They wouldn’t even know what we talk about when we say factually incorrect. They were interested in writing mythologies about Jesus, the purpose of which was to reveal the truth of who he was, not the facts of what he did. Again, I recognize how hard it is for the modern mind to wrap its head around this complex idea but it is the foundation for understanding how to read the Scriptures.

I do find it hard to wrap my head around this idea, but it is interesting to me as an astrologer.  The traditional ruler of Pisces is Jupiter – the planet of philosophy and religion.  Where Neptune seeks a direct experience of the divine – a mystical, transcendant experience of magic that transports us outside of the day-to-day world – Jupiter formulates truths and creates a belief system that can give our life meaning.   Religions are groups of people who share a belief system and gather together to support each other in their expression of that belief system.  Christianity and Islam are religions, but so are many twelve-step programs.  They have a doctrine which becomes a belief system that is shared and expressed as a group in the same way as other religions.

We can see how Jupiter and Neptune come together in this facts vs truth argument:  the truthiness of our belief systems (Jupiter) become the vehicle for the connection with the Divine (Neptune) in a way that perhaps is more meaningful to the adherents of that religion.  The facts are mythologized to better fit with our truth (with a small “t”) so that we can create a more compelling argument for our religion.

This process isn’t limited to religious expression – we do this every day when we tell a story and embellish it to better fit our point.  What’s different now is that as we leave the Age of Pisces behind there is little room for our self-delusions and truths without facts.  The Aquarian Age is the Age of Reason (read more about that here in this earlier article) and for better or for worse, the accuracy of facts will find supremacy over the cloud of belief.

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By | 2013-08-26T07:20:06+00:00 August 26th, 2013|Age of Aquarius, Religion|6 Comments

Interesting view of the upcoming Galactic Alignment

This year there is much talk of a Galactic Alignment that has been described in Mayan texts and has been used as a prediction by some that the world will end in 2012 and by others that we will somehow become immediately transformed into light beings and ascend into an elevated level of consciousness.

According to Wikipedia,

[T]he Sun’s December  position (in the northern hemisphere, the lowest point on its annual path; in the southern hemisphere, the highest) is currently in the constellation of , one of two constellations in which the zodiac intersects with the . Every year, on the December solstice, the Sun and the Milky Way, from the surface of the Earth, appear to come into alignment, and every year, precession causes a slight shift in the Sun’s position in the Milky Way. Given that the Milky Way is between 10° and 20° wide, it takes between 700 and 1400 years for the Sun’s December solstice position to precess through it. It is currently about halfway through the Milky Way, crossing the . In 2012, the Sun’s December solstice will fall on 21 December.

I have been debunking the idea that the 2012 phenomenon has anything to do with astrology.  Several years ago Pluto transited the point of the galactic center, which to me was a crucially important planetary event (here are links to some articles I wrote on that topic). I also believe that we are in the transition now between the Piscean age and the Aquarian age which is bringing about intense shifts of planetary energy as well as personal consciousness. But any particular significance of this year’s Winter Solstice has eluded me.

Recently there was a huge flap among astrologers when a group calling themselves the  declared 2012 the Year of Astrology.  Because the 2012 phenomenon has nothing to do with astrology as we know it, many astrologers decried this as a sham connection.

However, astrologer Linea Van Horn has written an about the event that is the first article on the subject of 2012 to make real sense to me.  One of my arguments against this sort of phenomenon that creates hysteria among the masses is that these huge cycles don’t happen overnight.  Linea clarifies this in her article:

This won’t happen overnight. The disc of the Sun is about ½ degree. The rate of precession is 1 degree every 72 years (360 degrees X 72 years = 25,920 years), so it takes about 35 years for the disc of the Sun to precess over a given point—and the Galactic Center is hardly a single point, although 27 degrees of Sagittarius, tropical, is the central area of the entire zone.

 

The process began in the mid-late 1990’s, and reaches its maximum in 2012. The exact date is open to debate. Most experts agree it occurs late this year. However, since the entire process takes about 30-35 years, does the exact date really matter? It cannot be reduced to one day! This is a years-long process which reaches its maximum in 2012. It has been building for some time and it is happening NOW!  After 2012 the portal will slowly begin to close and the opportunity will pass.

, and then let me know what you think in the comments.

I personally don’t believe that the portal will begin to close and the opportunity for transformation will end.  To me the transition into the Aquarian Age is changing everything energetically, and the square between Uranus and Pluto, which won’t conclude until 2015, will continue to break down the old structures that no longer serve us (Pluto in Capricorn) and begin the rebuilding process.  Pluto will not leave Capricorn until 2023, so throughout that time we will be breaking down and rebuilding. After that, Pluto enters Aquarius and begins the real job of transforming awareness and energetic structures, so there is plenty of change ahead.

In any case, the more aware we are of these changing energetic patterns, the more able we will be to utilize them rather than become overwhelmed by them and resist the inevitable alterations in the patterns of our lives.

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By | 2012-05-26T06:58:41+00:00 May 26th, 2012|2012, Age of Aquarius|0 Comments
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