© Terry MacKinnell 2008 All Rights Reserved
The Age of Aquarius has become an urban legend ever since the theatrical production of Hair proclaimed This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius …. Most newspapers and comments on blogs etc clearly relate the dawning of the Age of Aquarius to the 1960’s and 70’s when Hair first appeared. In addition, many people are so disappointed with the direction the world has taken since those inspiring times (for some) of the 60’s and 70’s to the point where the sentiment has become `where is the goddamned Age of Aquarius anyway?’
While people are ready to accept an Aquarian age commencing in the 60’s and 70’s as a fait accompli, rarely does anyone check the sources of such claims about the Aquarian age. The song’s lyrics contain the following:
When the moon is in the Seventh House
and Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
While it is certainly melodious, from an astrological perspective it is nonsense. The position of the moon in the seventh house, eleventh house or any house has no relationship in any way with the Age of Aquarius. Jupiter aligns with Mars (i.e. a conjunction) every year or so and this has no relationship to the Age of Aquarius either. There is no reason why the Aquarius song should maintain astrological integrity due to poetic licence. However this poetic licence has continued unabated in the general public’s perception of this urban legend.
The poetic licence associated with the Age of Aquarius is so strong that probably in excess of 90% of everything ever stated about the Age of Aquarius is poetic license. In other words, if a concept about the Aquarian age sounds good – it must be true! This approach has not only been maintained by the general public, but also by most astrologers.
Why has this situation come about? It is very simple really. The astrological fraternity has not a clue about the Age of Aquarius. Charles Carter, a leading 20th century British astrologer, stated:
It is probable that there is no branch of Astrology upon which more nonsense has been poured forth than the doctrine of the precession of the equinoxes
[precession of the equinoxes is the astronomical source for the ages such as the Age of Aquarius].
It is this total lack of clarity amongst astrologers that has created a knowledge vacuum about the Age of Aquarius. In this vacuum poetic licence has filled the gap. So what is the solution to this mixed-up urban myth? The only solution is that nothing should be believed about the Aquarian age (or any other age) unless some proof is tendered that a reasonably intelligent person can understand. Unless some proof is tendered it is more likely than not that anything anyone states about the Aquarian age is pure myth.
More to come on the misinformation about the Aquarian age.