Age of Aquarius
Much has been written and supposed about the current or upcoming transition of changes between the Ages of Pisces and Aquarius. Some speculate we have already made the transition some speculate we have already made the transition, some speculate we are in the process of making the transition, of course other speculate that the the transition has yet to come. To be honest, my personal opinion –its weight and its authority is admittedly questionable and uncertain at best — is that we are approaching the cusp of the transition.
Each astrological ages is defined as the time period it takes for the sun to spend in one constellation while it travel the entire of perimeter of equinoxes back to to the vernal equinox. In other words: the location of the Sun as well as the the earth rotates from one constellation to the next. The end result is that the sun spends approximately every 2,100 to 2,600 years (i.e. 1/12th of 26,000 years) facing each constellation.
The precession of Ages begins the moment the Sun passes the vernal equinox. Roughly every 2,100 to 2,600 years the sun travesl into a new zodiacal constellation. However zodiacal constellations are not uniform in size, leading some astrologers to believe that the corresponding ages should also vary in duration. This however is a contentious issue amongst astrologers. That is, the Sun appears to cross the equator at the vernal equinox, or the start of spring, each year, a short distance before it reaches the point where it crossed the preceding year. This sun unlike the earth travels in a backwards motion, however, is so slow that it takes nearly 70 years to move through one degree, or 2,100 years or so to go through one sign, or approximately 26,000 years to go backward through the twelve signs. This latter period is called a Great Sidereal Year. This can be computed by dividing the Earth’s 26,00 years or so by twelve, the number of Zodiac constellations used by astrologers.
Some astrologers believed we entered into the transitional phase from The Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius aroun the time American Revolution, French Revolution, The Emancipation Proclamation, or the Industrial Revolution. Discoveries such as the printing press, the interchangeable cotton gin, and electricity are all symbolic of the emergence to the Aquarian Age. These inventions made techology and tools much more accessible to many more people thus beginning the evening of the playing field for many. The Age of Aquarius is marked my levelling of humanity and a evening of rights and privileges for all.
Aquarian theroists believeas as people become more equal though acts of altruism and political reforms, they will also become more impersonal and detached. Because society will become more accomodating to the many, many people will grow less sympathetic and intolerant to those who can not take advantage of these new accomodations.
Developments involving flight and space travel have and will continue to cause a decentralization in society. Inner cities will shrink and burgeoning outer suburbs and industrial areas will reduce congestion.
Many Aquarian theorists that there will be a keyword for Aquarius is ‘enlightenment‘. The destiny of humankind in the Age of Aquarius is the revelation of truth and the expansion of consciousness.
Many astrologers believe that theconflicts the world are experiencing are attributable to the waning days of the Age of Pisces meeting the incoming tide of Aquarius, with the transition between ages lasting approximately 280 years. Many astrologers and soothsayers alike believe that some people will experience mental enlightenment in advance of others and therefore be recognized as the new leaders in the world.
Many Aquarian prognosticators believe that the Aquarian Age will see the blending of religion and science to such a degree that a religious science and a scientific religion will be formed–each respecting and learning from the findings of the other–which will promote health, happiness, and enjoyment of life.
The Aquarian Age will bring with it an era of universal brotherhood, in preparation for which we see the barriers of race prejudice being broken all around us. To be sure, this is presently being accomplished under conditions of bloodshed and revolt. We can be certain, however, that although the sword, which had its reign during the Piscean Age, still is powerful, SCIENCE and ALTRUISM will rule during the Aquarian Age.
Since Aquarius is an airy, scientific, and intellectual sign, it is a forgone conclusion that the religion of that Age must be rooted in reason and able to solve the riddle of life and death in a manner that will satisfy both the mind and the religious instinct. In this respect, the Western Wisdom Teachings promulgated by the Rosicrucian Fellowship also are preparing the way for the Aquarian Age by breaking down the fear of death engendered by the uncertainty surrounding the post-mortem existence. These Teachings show that life and consciousness continue under Laws as immutable as God, which tend to raise man to increasingly higher, nobler, and loftier states of spirituality.
As an airy sign, Aquarius has special rule over the ether. When the Sun enters Aquarius by precession, moisture on Earth gradually will be eliminated and visual vibrations, which are most easily transmitted by a dry etheric atmosphere, will become more intense. Under these conditions, etheric sight will be developed in the greatest majority of mankind, and we will be able to see residents of the etheric region, including our own friends and loved ones who have died. We then will be able to continue our companionship with them for a while after “death,” and have time to accustom ourselves to the fact that they are going on to higher realms.
When this point in evolution is reached, mankind also will be so much more enlightened that it will avoid many of the pitfalls which cause trouble today, and we will enjoy a much happier existence than has been the rule up to the present stage. We will be able to solve social problems in a manner equitable to all, and the use of improving machinery will free mankind from physical toil to a great extent and give him greater opportunity for intellectual and spiritual improvement. Although the blessings of the Aquarian Age assuredly will be ours in time, it is possible for those who truly aspire to a “better,” or more spiritual life to bring themselves ever more in tune with the spirit of the coming Age and thus render themselves amenable far more quickly and completely than their contemporaries to Aquarian influences. He or she who does his or her best to live a life of service to humanity, and to exercise his of her powers of compassion, altruism, and beneficence, will find himself or herself ever more responsive to Aquarian influences, and his progress on the evolutionary path will be advanced accordingly.