Astrological ages are very long – approximately 2150 years each. This is why it is better to refer to sub-periods of the ages for greater delineation. Each age has twelve sub-ages of approximately 179 years each. The 1960’s and 70’s marked the peak expression of one of the twelve sub-ages of the Age of Aquarius – the revolutionary Scorpio sub-age. It is this revolutionary characteristic associated with Scorpio that makes people mistake it for the actual Aquarian age. Both Aquarius and Scorpio promote revolution and unsettling conditions.
Scorpio is currently the pre-imminent sub-period within the Aquarian age (see Scorpio – the Sign of the Times). Scorpio also traditionally rules the waste product of any process and for example can be aligned with sewerage works. Pollution is the waste product of human activity and industry in the world. Therefore when Scorpio is strong in the world, pollution can be a significant factor.
Another archetype associated with Scorpio is regeneration and transformation. Therefore Scorpio can be also aligned with recycling and sustainable activity plus the transformational change that will be necessary to turn this world around from a polluting hive of activity to a sustainable hive of activity. The growth of this new environmentally conscious approach aligned with Scorpio can be easily seen by the formation of Greenpeace in 1971 – only one year after Scorpio arrived at its peak energy.
The Scorpio influence that peaked in 1960’s and 70’s will extend well into the 22nd century due to the Overflow Effect (see Is the Aquarian Age Like a Block of Granite?). Therefore pollution will be a serious issue until the middle of the next century. There are many consequences of pollution. The media has been exploiting fears (as usual) about the effects of environmental degradation such as global warming, rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, melting polar caps, drought, increasing frenzy in climatic conditions, loss of biodiversity and so on. The astrology of the ages may shed some light upon the expected negative consequences of pollution gone feral.
Over the last decade much fanfare has been made over global warming. Recently the issue of water supply due to drought both in Australia and overseas, particularly sub-Sahara Africa, has made headlines. The astrology of the ages can indicate where the effects of pollution will be felt and the time frames involved. This is accomplished by examining wheels within wheels within wheels.
In the same way the world is currently experiencing the effects of a Scorpio sub-age within the Age of Aquarius, within the sub-ages are smaller sub-periods called micro-ages (lasting about 15 years each plus an overflow period of another 15 years). For example between 2085 and 2015 the world has been experiencing significant effects from a Leo micro-age with its most potent period from 2000 to 2007. Leo is the sign that traditionally rules the Sun and Leo is a Fire sign indicating its affinity to heat. It is during this time that the issue of a global warming has come to the attention of the world. Scientists have been taking the data of the increasing temperatures and have extrapolated the rise in temperatures to the end of this century and more with dire warnings.
However the astrological analysis indicates while global warming is currently a hot topic – this is only a short term consideration because it is associated with a relatively short-termed micro-age. By around 2015 onward this ceases to be the prime issue. Between 2015 and 2022 the main issue of concern will be water supply – including both over supply in floods and under supply in droughts due to climate change. This is because the Leo micro-age will be replaced by a Cancer micro-age, and Cancer is a Water sign. From 2007 to 2015 is a transition period between Leo and Cancer moving from the effects of global warming to issues related to water.
The grandfather of all Leo periods is the Leo age. The last time the world experience a Leo age was from c.11,880 – 9600 BC. This correlated exactly to the beginning of the deglaciation of the world at the end of the last Ice Age. Up until this time almost half the northern hemisphere was covered in glaciers or experienced very cold conditions compared to today. It is very appropriate that in the Leo age with the sign Leo `ruled’ by the Sun that basically the Sun melted the glaciers and commenced forcing the ice and cold back to the polar regions of modern times.
The opposite sign to Leo is Aquarius. The world has been in the Aquarian age since the 15th century. It seems logical that if Leo equals heat, that Aquarius should produce the opposite. This runs counter to current thinking on global warming. However the astrology of global warming indicates that this is an extremely short term phenomena. Some scientists have recently expressed an additional concern that the whole weather of the world may be upset in a totally different way due to the melting and retreating ice and glaciers in polar latitudes.
Europe and much of the Northern Hemisphere depend upon the Atlantic Conveyor Belt current to bring warm water to Europe, making Europe much warmer then if it had to depend solely upon sunlight for warmth. The Atlantic Conveyor Belt has been fairly consistent over the last 10,000 years or so but at times the Atlantic Conveyor Belt has shut down, plummeting Europe into severe cold snaps lasting many centuries.
The last severe cold period was the Mini Ice Age of 6200 to 5800 BC due to melt water from a final major ice sheet in North America flooding into the North Atlantic and shutting down the Atlantic Conveyor Belt. This coincided with the Aquarian decan of the Gemini Age (c.7351-5122 BC). (In addition to dividing each age into twelve sub-ages, each age can be divided into three decans containing exactly four sub-ages each … see The Dawning of the Aquarian Age) The Aquarian decan affected the period 7351-6608 BC while its more powerful overflow period carried forward the momentum of Aquarius to at least 5865 BC, almost perfectly in synch with the Mini Ice Age.
Though this does not prove that Aquarian periods bring cold or ice ages, it does support the hypothesis that there can be a correlation between Aquarian periods and coldness. The relevance to us in the 21st century is that not only are we in an Aquarian age (c.1433-3574) but also there is an Aquarian sub-age decan in the near vicinity (sub-ages also have their decans in the same way as ages). The approaching Aquarian sub-age decan stretches from 2029 to 2089 however the most powerful period for the appearance of any sign is in the period following (which was also the case in the Mini Ice Age).
If the Atlantic Conveyor Belt was to shut down bringing a mini ice age to the modern world, the most likely time frame in the contemporary context is between 2089 and 2148. Astrology cannot say what will happen, it merely provides higher or lower percentages for possibilities. From the perspective provided by the analysis of the astrological ages and their sub-periods, it if far more likely the world will experience a mini-ace age in place of continuing global warming before the middle of the 22nd century.
Left to its own devices global warming probably would continue proportional to the increase in carbon dioxide in the air. However the warmer climate melts the ice and remaining glaciers. The addition of this cooler melt water to the oceans in the past has shut down the Atlantic Conveyor Belt. If enough cold fresh melt water is added to the Atlantic Ocean over the next 150 years it may cause the Atlantic Conveyor Belt to shut down again. If the Atlantic Conveyor Belt shuts down it will most likely bring a mini nice age to Europe as it has done in the past. This would be the most catastrophic event for Europe and the world since the appearance of civilization.
This astrological analysis does not conclusively forecast that a mini ice age is around the corner, but the possibility of a mini ice age is strong – as far as probabilities are concerned. If humanity is smart it would wise up now and start being serious about the ramifications of the population explosion, production gone feral and pollution way out of control before it is too late. Today people seem more concerned about the price for gas and fuel due to rising oil prices. This problem is insignificant compared to the prospects of a mini ice age.
Astrology does not like a vacuum. Scorpio rules pollution and environmental sustainability. The vacuum must be filled somehow by Scorpio content. If it is not filled adequately with environmental sustainable practices it must fill the hole with something else ruled by Scorpio. Scorpio is also a Water sign but of the three Water signs in astrology, Scorpio is the Fixed Water sign. Fixed Water is analogous to ice. Even Scorpio wants more ice if given the opportunity.
It is unlikely that in a worst case scenario involving a mini ice age that this will affect any of us except for the extremely young. This is no reason to ignore it. However there is a more immediate problem looming due to pollution that has the potential to affect many of us in our lifetimes. This more immediate problem may not be as catastrophic as a mini ice age but it is still serious. Stay tuned for the next blog on this subject.
Postscript: Maybe it is because I am a Sagittarian that I am an optimist. I sincerely hope that humanity will get it together to deal adequately with the problems of pollution and all the possible negative ramifications of pollution whether it is in my lifetime or not. I am not a doomsday merchant – every day I express thanks for the wonderful gift of this life, world and universe.