On the heels of the Great Chronocrator comes a big new surge of Aquarian energy. Could this be the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?
Let me share with you what I know.
Some of what follows is a little technical, but I hope you bear with me. For the Age of Aquarius is far more than a New Age concept and I’d like to explain why.
We therefore begin with a quick primer on how an astrological age is determined.
If this is not for you, and you’d like to find out directly whether this is the Age of Aquarius, scroll down to ‘The Spirit of the Times.’
To really understand what an astrological age is, you need to know a little astrology.
Let’s start with the signs of the zodiac. What you probably call your star sign – (as in you’re an Aries, she’s a Virgo, and I’m a Scorpio) – is simply measured by which constellation of stars is the backdrop to the Sun on your birthday.
This starry backdrop to the Sun changes, approximately every 30 days, giving us 12 signs of the zodiac throughout the year. Each sign correlates with a different constellation.
What’s this to do with astrological ages?
To understand the astrological ages, the same principle applies. Except it’s something called the ‘vernal equinox’ that moves from having one constellation as a backdrop, to another.
The vernal equinox is the day that Spring begins in the northern hemisphere. On this day the Sun reaches the midpoint of its journey from south to north. Around March 21st.
The star constellation behind the Sun on the equinox is changing over time. Ever so slowly. We call this movement the ‘precession of the equinoxes’.
What is happening in effect, is that the position of the Sun on the vernal equinox is very slowly moving in a backward direction through the signs of the zodiac.
What causes the ‘precession of the equinoxes’? The simple answer is the slow wobble of the earth’s rotation axis. For anyone keen to understand it better check out this cool article by the Human Origin Project, ‘the complete guide to how the precession of the equinoxes work’.
(N.B. The precession of the equinoxes is the explanation behind some news stories claiming that you’re not really the star sign that you think you are. But that’s another story for another day.)
The Spirit of the Times
The important bit is, that as the vernal equinox moves from one constellation to the next, it is thought to then signal a new ‘spirit of the times’ for life on earth.
This new age is influential for about 2,160 years, until we transition to the next one.
So now we know what an astrological age is, and how long it lasts. The next question is, what age are we living in now?
Which Age do we Live in?
Much has been written about the cultures of ancient times, that link them first with the Age of Gemini, then with the Age of Taurus, and then the Age of Aries.
Many wise scholars, such as psychiatrist Carl Jung, have deeply researched the age that is next in line, The Age of Pisces, and believe it began around the time of the birth of Jesus.
Do the arithmetic, and you will see that we are likely living in a transition period between the late days of the Age of Pisces and the dawn of the Age of Aquarius.
What do the sages say about exactly when the Age of Aquarius begins?
The Timing of the New Age
Ideas differ about when the Age of Aquarius begins exactly, or if it has already started, but I’ll share with you the dates suggested by several great thinkers and astrologers.
Alan Leo 21/3/1928
Dane Rudhyar 1905
Carl Jung 1940
In ‘Jung’s Studies in Astrology’ astrologer and Jungian analyst Liz Greene explains that Jung’s idea about the start of the Aquarian age was guided by the work of astronomer Rebekka Aleida Biegel.
Biegel did calculations about the exact moment when the equinox aligned with planets in both the Pisces constellation and those of Aquarius. 1940 was when the equinox aligned with the midpoint of the last star of Pisces and the first star of Aquarius.
Jung later wrote however that the starting point of the New Age would fall between AD 2000 and 2200.
It’s unclear why he revised the date from 1940, though it may have something to do with his reasoning that the Age of Pisces began with the Great Chronocrator in 7BC, which would make the dawn of the Age of Aquarius at around 2153.
Jung also believed later in his life that an exact timing for the Age of Aquarius was not possible, due to variable boundary lines between constellations.
My own view is that the energy of any Age surges and eventually recedes, like the tides. It does not arrive on a specific date but emerges over many years.
So, what is the spirit now emerging?
Shifting Archetypes – from Pisces to Aquarius
Let’s explore a little about how the shift from Pisces to Aquarius comes through in human culture and in life on earth.
Each Astrological Age expresses a powerful archetype that binds us in its spell. This archetype fuels the Age. And expresses as the ideas and beliefs of that period. It defines the mood, the zeitgeist, and the ‘spirit of the times’.
The archetypes of Pisces and Aquarius have historically been imagined as different symbols. Pisces as ‘The Fishes’, and Aquarius as ‘The Water Carrier’.
How do they differ from each other, and what do they mean for our times?
This beautiful story of the deep myths at work in this time of transition, is something I’m saving for when the Sun is in the Aquarian stage of its journey, and joins with the rollercoaster ride of our astrology in 2021. Coming soon.
The Astrology of 2021
In my next post we explore the volatile astrology of 2021. The gifts of the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction (see The Great Chronocrator), and the challenges of their square to Uranus. This clash is intensely felt from the beginning of the year.
If you’d like to discover how this impacts your personal development, and how best to ride these waves, let’s talk. No matter where you are we can hook up via Zoom or Skype. You’re welcome to email any questions or simply book an appointment and let’s get together and go exploring!
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