Aquarius in Pisces Sheep Clothing

© Terry MacKinnell 2008 All Rights Reserved

In the Aquarian Age Myths post I referred to the poetic licence associated with the song Aquarius and how it set the tone for humanities’ expectations about the Age of Aquarius ever since.  In this post I will investigate the lyrics of this song and other material about the Aquarian age just to demonstrate that the common expectations about the Aquarian age are nearly all myths without any foundation.

The song Aquarius commences with:

 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

What I have done is extract from these lyrics the relevant information that describes the expectations from the Age of Aquarius.  In addition I will underline the key word or words in each line and assign them the astrological sign that is most commonly associated with the word or phrase.  The following is the result:

Then peace will guide the planets  Libra
And love will steer the stars 

Harmony and understanding   Libra, Gemini
Sympathy and trust abounding 
Pisces, Pisces
Golden living dreams of visions 
Leo, Pisces
Mystic crystal revelation
 – Pisces, Pisces, Pisces
And the mind’s true liberation 
As our hearts go beating through the night 
We dance unto the dawn of day 
To be the bearers of the water 
Our light will lead the way 
We are the spirit of the age of Aquarius 
Angelic illumination 
Rising fiery constellation 
Travelling our starry courses
Guided by the cosmic forces 
Oh, care for us; Aquarius 

Removing repetitive choruses and lines the archetypal information that the song is telling us indicates 11 instances of Pisces, Libra 3, Leo 3, Aquarius 2, Aries 1 and Gemini 1.  Of the 21 instances from the above lyrics that can be related to astrological archetypes, 52% relate to Pisces and 10% to Aquarius. 

As already stated in Aquarian Age Myths the lyrics to a song, like poetry, can engage in poetic licence.  Poetic licence has definitely occurred in the song Aquarius because only 10% of it is directed towards Aquarius while over half is directed to Pisces.  So why is a song that is directed at the Age of Aquarius full of Pisces metaphors?

This issue has an extra edge as the Age of Aquarius follows the age of Pisces.  On a simplistic level what this song indicates is that our collective view of the new Aquarian age is corrupted by our entrenched Pisces sensibilities which will not allow us to accurately project Aquarius.  When we wish to project Aquarius we project Pisces. 

The poetic licence that exists in Aquarius does not end with this song.  It has continued unabated over the last three and a half decades with the result that over half the projections of the new Aquarian age actually describe Pisces.  Though anecdotal, my observation is that over 90% of the projections of the Aquarian age relate to Pisces. 

For example, take the following excerpt from

 This millennium came in with great expectation. Many people thought it was a new age that would usher in the age of Aquarius, the water bearer and the bearer of spirituality. As a result of this transformation the foundational western belief, dualism, would be shaken and give way to a more holistic approach to living. Spirituality would be available to everyone experientially and we would all be enlightened. Perhaps this will happen, but when we take a look around the world right now it’s obvious that it really hasn’t happened yet. 

The underlined text in the above is those keywords that draw upon Pisces archetypes.  In other words, this writer’s expectations of the Age of Aquarius is that it will bring in a Pisces paradise, but paradise belongs to Pisces, not Aquarius.

Another excellent example along the same theme is provided by (sic) theeKultleeder at  – the underlining of Pisces archetypes are mine:

 Some New Age adherents explicitly describe the new age as a return to paradisiacal Eden —…  Joel Kramer, in Yoga Journal 1980-Jan, wrote “In the mid-Sixties, many people believed that we were on the verge of an exciting and glorious new age in human evolution. The popular song, ‘Aquarius,’ captured the spirit …. , Many of us naively expected the human race to smoothly and quickly cultivate the earth into a new Eden.” In a poem titled “Age of Aquarius”, a New Age adherent named Cecil Hickman wrote in 2005-Feb: “A future to dream, we live in peace and love. / Glorious time for all of Earths humankind, / Eden reborn as promised from our Lord above. […] United as a planet, love will live, prejudice cease. […] 

In the above peace and love and United as a planet, love will live evoke Libra.

The greatest myth of the Aquarian age is that it will bring in a Pisces paradise with a strong support from Libra. 

Another typical example is the following from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi at

  So, now a New Age has started which is called the Age of Aquarius, meaning the pitcher carrier of spiritual holy water that is the work of Kundalini. 

Spirituality is Pisces likewise all psychic phenomena and subtle forces such as Kundalini.

It is a fascinating that most comments, statements and expectations about the Age of Aquarius promote Pisces.  I am not the only astrologer to notice this extreme contradiction but the momentum of misinformation about the Pisces-coloured Age of Aquarius is so strong that it continues like a never ending soap opera.  Occasionally someone refers to Aquarius archetypes in their projection of the Age of Aquarius, but they are a small minority.

 The upshot of this is the same as I stated in my Aquarian Age Myths post – “ …. it is more likely than not that anything anyone states about the Aquarian age is pure myth.” 

The unfortunate repercussion of the myth-laden Age of Aquarius is that the misinformation spread about the Aquarian age prevents people from really seeing the Aquarian age in its own right.  Visualise an Aquarian sheep with a Pisces woollen cloak thrown over it – this is the situation today with the urban myths spread about the Age of Aquarius.  The Aquarian age does not need the assistance of Pisces.  The Aquarian age does not need to recreate the mythical Garden of Eden to be a great age.  The Aquarian age does not require the comical spectacle of humanity all being enlightened – who will collect the garbage?  The Aquarian age can stand on its own feet and display its self-esteem about its Aquarian archetypes that will predominate in the Age of Aquarius. 

Don’t let Pisces pull the wool over your eyes

this is what it has done to the Aquarian age

and this is what Pisces is good at

 delusion and deception.

3 thoughts on “Aquarius in Pisces Sheep Clothing

  1. I’m in full agreement with your point of view here! I’m not at all looking forward to Aquarius as the primary archetype of human experience…all previous cultural and political developments related to Aquarius have been a dangerous double-edged sword. Communism and Laissez-Faire Capitalism were just 2 sides of the same coin, both Aquarian in nature. Marxism, Fascism and especially Nazism were also Aquarian phenomena–Nazi Germany was an Aquarian system. Granted, these ‘Aquarian’ developments were combined with the primary focus of the Piscean Age–faith, devotion and service. Together there was a requirement for total faith in, devotion and service to the State however that was constellated.

    Perhaps my reticence is mistaken…it could be that once the Aquarian Age arrives, and we no longer have Pisces as the primary focous, the unadulterated Aquarius energy will indeed bring social and political cooperation and mutual responsiveness. We’ll see…
    Gary L.

  2. It was great to get your comment on Nazism: “Marxism, Fascism and especially Nazism were also Aquarian phenomena–Nazi Germany was an Aquarian system.” This is the first time I have come across another researcher that has had the clarity to make this observation. In the Land of Urban Myths of the Aquarian Age, all is rainbows, roses and petals. Aquarius has its negative archetypes as do all the signs and associated ages. There is no such thing as the perfect age that the Aquarian-age-urban-myth proponents dream about (Pisces ruled `dream’ is the key here). If there was a perfect age there would be a perfect sign. Unfortunately there is no perfect sign – even Virgo, the sign of perfection, is not perfect, especially if you are at the wrong end of their criticism! Each signs represents archetypes associated with living in the real world within a real universe. As the Chinese discovered millennia ago, the real world and universe follows the laws of ying-yang – you have to take the good with the bad.

    The connection between the ages and Nazism from my research is that Nazism, and fascism from the 1920’s and 30’s in general, coincided with the sub-period of a sub-period. If the ages can have 12 sub-periods, my research clearly shows that each sub-period (what I term a sub-age of approx. 179 years a half cycle), also have 12 sub-periods (what I call a micro-age with a 15 years half cycle). The full cycle of the Aquarius micro-age in the 20th century covered the years 1910 – 1940. There were also positive examples of Aquarius in this same time frame.

    One of the reasons that the Aquarian period 1910 – 1940 was so strong is because it resonates with the new Aquarian age. When a sub-period (such as a sub-age or micro-age, or their respective decans) is of the same sign of one of its parent periods, the sub-period is strengthened. This is an elementary response to your statement but I have done much more work on this subject than what I am providing here.

    Your comment that “Granted, these ‘Aquarian’ developments were combined with the primary focus of the Piscean Age–faith, devotion and service.” also harmonizes with my sub-period approach as the fascism of the early 20th century aligned to the Aquarian micro-age cycle (1910 – 1940) also aligned itself to the Pisces sub-age decan overflow phase (c. 1910 – 1970). The Pisces input was also the principal astrological reason for the self-destruction and division of Pisces ruled Europe for most of the 20th century – first in the 1st World war, then the fascism-democratic split leading to the 2nd Word war and finally the iron Curtain between the free and communist world.

    Once the sub-age and finer sub-period structure is correctly in place then all ages, sub-ages, micro-ages and their respective decans all aligned readily and easily to observable historical events, developments and trends via the zodiacal archetypes. It is not good enough to find a small set of correlations as this can happen anywhere with chance, all sub-periods must easily and clearly correlate to historical events that a reasonably intelligent person can understand.

    Where we also significantly differ is in your statement “…it could be that once the Aquarian Age arrives, and we no longer have Pisces as the primary focus, the unadulterated Aquarius energy will indeed bring social and political cooperation and mutual responsiveness”. In my research I have discovered that there is no such thing as an ‘unadulterated’ age. All ages are extremely affected by the momentum of the previous age. However that is another post for the future I intend to write ASAP as well!

    Once again, people who research the ages such as the Age of Pisces are a rarefied breed, and it is good to come across another keen researcher.

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