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The Astrological Ages
The age of Pisces and AquariusAstrology is about a variety of cycles that affect us in a very personal way, and sometimes in a more subtle societal way. Most of what I discuss in this site is about the shorter cycles like the Sun’s annual return and the Moon’s monthly circle. The grand-papa of all of our cycles is the Precession of the Equinoxes. I’m going to leave it to the experts (see links below) to explain the how and why of this phenomenon, but the long and short of it is that the Precession of Equinoxes is a cycle taking a whopping 25,920 years to complete. The cycle is divided into twelve divisions which are called ages, and each age is identified by the signs of zodiac appearing in reverse order.
No one know exactly when one age ends and the next begins. We do know that while the length of time in each age may vary, the average is 2,160 years. At the present time, we are either at the end time of the Age of Pisces, or the beginning time of Age of Aquarius.
The Age of PiscesMany believe that we are still under the influence of Pisces. The Age of Pisces took over from the very militant Age of Aries just as the mighty Roman empire had overrun, with the force of the greatest army ever (at the time), many lands in the known world. As the spiritual ideals of Neptune and Pisces took over slowly from the militarism of Mars and Aries, a new age was dawning. As the Age of Pisces took hold, several world religions got their start. Christianity, now the largest religion, then Islam, second largest and the only one actually growing, took hold in the early years of the Age of Pisces. Additionally, the late stages of the Age of Aries saw the start of Chinese folk religions, then Buddhism, and Confucianism.
In other words, the world got very interested in spiritual ideals and concepts. This didn’t do much to curb the violence in the world, as many wars have been fought in the name of religion ever since. But the tone of this age is the worship of a God or Gods, and the Christian and Muslims proved to be the major forces in the world. Now, at end of the age, more than half of the population of the world is claimed as believers in one or the other. The Christian world is noticeably shrinking, especially in developed countries. The Muslim world is struggling with movements of the masses toward more secular and modern beliefs, as the end of Age of Pisces moves closer. The hold of spiritual beliefs tend to be giving way as doubts creep in and original philosophies are distorted by church leaders. I wouldn’t say that these are the worst of times for the religious world - the Crusades probably win that prize. But certainly the condition of the world and the problems that have their basis in religious/sectarian strife seem to be coming to a head as we near the end of the age.
When does one age end and the next begin?Unless websites are copying from one another, you will probably get a different answer to this question just about everywhere you look. My sense on this is that signs of the end of one age and the beginning of the next can be observed over a period of many years. Indeed, this could be, perhaps, several hundred years.
The Age of AquariusThe very early signs pointing to the beginning of the Age of Aquarius probably date back to the late 18th century and the first Industrial Revolution. Perhaps it was a little later as we entered the electrical age (1890s), learned to fly (1906), or when we started mass producing cars (1914). All of these are surely pointers to the onset of the new age. More dramatic inventions were yet to come; the nuclear age (1940s), or the Internet (not sure when that started, but for me it was 1996).
From a social standpoint, perhaps the age began with the advent of Communism, the American revolution, the formation of the ill-fated League of Nations or the United Nations. When you start talking about some of these institutions, you can see why the old age and the new age have a hard time coexisting. Fear of a world government is thought to be a marker for the “end of the world” according to some Christian teachings.
I don’t think it will be all that bad, however, as it is projected to be a period characterized by technical advancements beyond what we have already seen so clearly in the past hundred years. Religious dogma will be replaced by freedom, equality, and the brotherhood of mankind. The Age of Aquarius brings advancements for even the most underdeveloped regions on earth. As it kicks into gear, expect scientific and technological solutions replacing the spiritual enlightenment of the previous era, with the idealistic goal of equality.
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More Good Links on this SubjectHere are some the best links I've discovered on this topic:
Has the Age of Aquarius Arrived? by Naomi Bennett
Precession of the Equinoxes by Ellie Crystal
The Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius by Benedict Elie
Age of Aquarius by Susan Miller
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