© Terry MacKinnell 2008 All Rights Reserved
Recently I had the pleasure of attending Richard Tarnas’ workshop The Harmony of the Spheres. What was so special about this workshop is that Richard was able to demonstrate how music related to specific planetary energies. For example the whining electric guitar is Uranus (the planet Uranus is the ‘ruler’ of Aquarius). Venus (ruler of Libra) produces a totally different sound, rich in melody and harmony. Neptune (Pisces) introduces serenity. Richard provided many examples including the Big Brother and the Holding Company (Uranus/Aquarian) electric guitar lead in to Janis Joplin’s deep and intense (Scorpio) singing.
What I found so interesting is that the 1970’s marked the highpoint of the Scorpio energy within the Aquarian age (the Scorpio sub-age of Aquarius to be technically correct). Scorpio introduces the rhythmic sexual intensity of rock-and-roll and Aquarius contributes the electric guitar. This fusion of Scorpio with Aquarius that was at a highpoint in the 1960’s and 70s defined the rock and counterculture revolution of the time. This is the time that urban myths refer to as the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, and some people actually think these two decades were the Age of Aquarius, not realizing that ages last some 2150 years.
There is one very good reason why people mistake the 60s and 70s for the start of the Aquarian age. Certainly these two decades were exciting, revolutionary and confrontational to mainstream society. Some archetypes are associated with only one sign, but many archetypes are associated with two or more signs. For example airplanes are associated with both Aquarius (flight) and Sagittarius (long distanced travel). Revolution is associated with both Aquarius and Scorpio. It is easy to see that when Scorpio arrived at its high energy point in the 60s and 70s (at the end of the Scorpio sub-age) that is located within the Aquarian age, revolution was the winning archetype.
This revolution was not limited to music. There was also the Sexual Revolution (sex is ruled by Scorpio). Unfortunately there were also a lot of assassinations (President Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King etc) as Scorpio rules death. In addition Scorpio also rules excrement, and the excrement of the world is pollution. Ever since Scorpio attained its height in the 60s and 70s, the effects from the scourge of pollution, that has been silently and relentlessly contaminating the atmosphere, oceans and soil, can no longer be ignored. Scorpio also rules evolution and metamorphosis – and right on cue arrived born-again Christians.
The list of Scorpio archetypes is much greater than I have mentioned above (i.e. atomic bombs, nuclear energy and minimalism are also associated with Scorpio) but you should recognize the general drift. The impact of the strong influence from Scorpio upon the world within the Aquarian age should extend to the middle of the 21st century. So while the world waits with expectation for the Aquarian age (that actually arrived many centuries ago) the real issue at our neck of the woods in the unfolding of world history is actually Scorpio.
The good and bad news related to Scorpio is that the world is again heading for another Scorpio hotspot, releasing once again much of the stored up revolutionary fervor of the 60s and 70s. This little Scorpio hotspot in the new episode will only have about a five years moment of glory between 2009 or 2010 and 2015 but nevertheless we should see the first serious crack in the conservative wall that politicians have created since the 60s and 70s.
On the music level, it should start some serious rock-and-roll again. This Scorpio hotspot is resonating with the energy of the Scorpio sub-age. Whatever Scorpio does, it must do in harmony with Aquarius, as the age over rules a sub-age in authority. A key archetype of Aquarius is excitement. When hippies dreamed of the paradisiacal Age of Aquarius expecting love, cosmic harmony and a lift in consciousness little did they realize that these attributes have nothing to do with Aquarius – but a lot to do with Libra (love) and Pisces (dreams, paradise, cosmic harmony). Aquarius is technology, electricity, flight, freedom, democracy, fascism, dictators, mental illness (thus the need for anti-depressants) and especially excitement. It is always exciting in the Age of Aquarius.
You can feel the excitement of the Age of Aquarius when it arrived many centuries ago. Leonardo da Vinci was so excited about his scientific speculations that he wrote with both hands simultaneously. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler made astonishing discoveries in astronomy – dispelling the notion of a flat earth for example. The printing press was invented and people became stimulated by a rush of new ideas and concepts – all very exciting and many historians believe this explosion of new ideas promoted the rise of democracy. Michelangelo stunned the world with his art. Sailors discovered the Americas and untold number of countries, islands and cultures as they intrepidly explored the far reaches of the world. Scientist discovered logic and set in train the modern Scientific Revolution. Democracy reared its head in the USA and went forth and multiplied. Charles Darwin unlocked the secret of evolution. Computers were invented, the internet developed. The world has never seen previously this level of excitement (to our knowledge) – why, because Aquarius is synonymous with excitement.
We live in exciting times, not perfect times. There is nothing in the traditional associations of Aquarius that suggest that the Aquarian age is the Age of Perfection or the Age of Love. The urban myths of the Aquarian age are a fantasy – there is no Garden of Eden in the Aquarian age – it is the Age of Excitement. Unfortunately the followers of Hitler were incredibly excited by his promise of a thousand years of Nazi domination in the Third Reich.
Why do tyrants and dictators come under the wing of Aquarius, the sign of democracy? Tyrants and dictators are so inspired or excited by their own absolutely true insights that they have no qualms about forcing these on the less realized. Aquarius rules mental stimulation. Dictators like Hitler were mentally stimulated. The German people even said they were `electrified’ by Hitler’s speeches (electricity is also ruled by Aquarius). Charles Manson is another classic example on the wrong side of Aquarius – all signs have their dark side!.
While the urban myths of the Aquarian age perceive a paradise, it cannot be based upon the astrological ages as there is no perfect sign in astrology. The closest thing to perfection is the sign Virgo, but even here it is a two-edged sword. The archetypes of purity, virginity and perfection align themselves to Virgo, but if you don’t measure up to Virgo’s high standards you will be severely criticized – compassion is thin on the ground near Virgo. If being hen-pecked is your idea of perfection then you should have delayed your birth until the Age of Virgo.
Perfection, the Garden of Eden, everyone behaving like mahatmas, universal love and so on will not arrive in the Age of Aquarius, and if they did the situation would be short-lived. Why? Because other strong archetypes associated with Aquarius are inconsistency – and sudden and unexpected changes. The Aquarian lightening flash of inspiration brings excitement, but can suddenly and unexpectantly pull the rug out from under you before you know it! Aquarius works both ways.
Therefore in the Aquarian age, take whatever excitement you can, as there is no guarantee it will last. If it is not some dictator or conservative politician it will be some religious figure or fanatical group that will do their best to dampen the excitement. Notice recently the Pope wants to add another seven sins to the list. Obviously things are getting far too exciting! Notice that it is still not a sin to get drunk but the new sins comes down heavy on other intoxicants. While many people will behave like some kind of school principal and try to force you to recant your exciting lifestyle, remember that this is the Age of Aquarius and the Aquarian age rocks! This is the time to thumb your noses at authority – a little Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix or John Lennon may remind you of this Aquarian reality with a strong Scorpio flavor.