The Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century exactly in tune with the arrival of the modern world. Anything modern is aligned to the sign Aquarius. If you want a good rundown on the Age of Aquarius check the Modernity topic at Wikipedia. This topic is not about astrology, it is about history, but it accurately narrates the arrival of the Aquarian age in the 15th century.
Wikipedia’s Modernity splits modernity into three time frames. The Early Modern Period is 1500 – 1800, followed by the Modern period, and late in the 20th century some commentators state that the post-modern period arrived. The commonality of these three periods is ‘modernity’. Furthermore there are very sound astrological reasons why modernity since 1500 has been divided into three sections. These three divisions align themselves very well with the first three sub-ages of the Age of Aquarius.
There is another archetype associated with Aquarius that is often overlooked – the future. The future is ruled by Aquarius which is why astrology is considered to be ruled by Aquarius. You may think – what is the big deal about the future? The big deal is that before the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 15th century, people did not think about the future.
There is one very good reason why people did not think about the future – because by and large the future was much the same as the past. Perhaps someone made an improvement to the plough, or someone learnt how to build arches and so on, but change occurred rarely and infrequently so that each generation lived much the same way as the previous generation.
Contrast this with our modern Aquarian world. I was watching a movie recently that was made only twenty years ago. Already it was markedly dated as no one had cell phones. In the IT world, the performance specifications of computers generally double every two years but with the same or lower price tag attached. We are surrounded by change, and this change does not appear to be abating.
According to Robert Heilbroner in his book Visions of the Future there is no reference in ancient clay tablets or Egyptian texts that there was any mention of a future any different to their present. The past was basically the land of changelessness. Heilbroner claims that around 250 years ago the changeless Yesterday ended and “…. that the future now enters into human consciousness as a great beckoning prospect.” [Pg 11]
This change did not occur universally, it was a notable development limited to Western Europe and North America, which is where the Aquarian age made its first major impact. Ages do not impact the entire world the same way at the same time. Astrological ages are like the bow wave from a boat. The bow wave slowly spreads out to affect a wide expanse of water. Those nations closer to the bow get affected first.
We take the future for granted. Today kids have Futurama but Baby Boomers had the Jetsons. At school in the 1960s it seemed like only a few decades in the future that we would have the option of a holiday to the Moon. We think about the future and in the Aquarian age the future has become commonplace.
A classic example of how futurism has entered our world is the prospect of climatic and environmental devastation from pollution. Most pundits are claiming that the biggest problem the world is facing is the environmental catastrophe if we do not reign in pollution. The environmental catastrophe lies in the future. When in the historic past has human society been faced with a future problem of similar magnitude? In the past societies faced problems as they arose, usually due to some marauding army.
In the modern world the future has become just another space to fill up. We expect the future to be technically more stunning than the present provided we don’t all die from the consequences of our consumerist extravaganza. The future holds both positive and negative issues for us to consider, think about and debate. This is another example of the Aquarian age in action.
The mass confusion amongst astrologers and laypersons about the arrival of the Age of Aquarius is sure to make a comic documentary one day. Aquarius is associated with numerous familiar archetypes other than the future such as flight, democracy, electricity, computers yet astrologers do not have anywhere near the consensus that the Aquarian age has arrived.
The reason why there is so much confusion amongst astrologers about the arrival of the Aquarian age is that astrologers have inherited a methodology applied to the astrological ages that is over 2,100 years old. In the 2nd century BC an ancient Greek astronomer and astrologer ‘discovered’ the astrological ages. He applied a specific technique to the zodiacal constellations to calibrate them.
Since the 2nd century BC astrologers have continued to use this ancient technique. This situation is very similar to science. Many ancient Greeks and Romans stated many scientific concepts such as Aristotle, Galen and Ptolemy. In the scientific world, all these ancient claims were thoroughly examined commencing with the Scientific Revolution commencing in the 15th century (naturally in the same century as the age of Aquarius arrived). Most ancient claims were relegated to the dustbin of history once empirical evidence confirmed or denied the ancient claims.
Since the 15th century science has been funded by governments, and so scientists have the means to check all the ancient claims. Unfortunately astrology is not funded by governments, and so any research must be funded by individual astrologers. This has seriously impeded some aspects of astrology. Astrologers have not reviewed the claims of the ancient Greek astronomer and astrologer who developed the technique of calibrating the ages.
My research clearly shows that the ancient technique which is still revered by astrologers is patently incorrect. I don’t intend to go into detail here about the ancient technique and its errors but the result of these serious errors has created the current confusing situation. Based on the ancient technique the Age of Aquarius is not due until around 2600. To get around the problem that so many Aquarian developments are occurring in the world astrologers fall back upon the cusp argument.
The cusp argument states that before a new age arrives that there is a blurring of influences from the old age and new age before the new age arrives. No serious or reputable astrologer has ever claimed that cusps in astrology work in this manner. The cusp argument is just one of a number of band aids that have been put on the astrological ages to hide the incongruity of a world full of Aquarian developments occurring in the supposed age of Pisces.
Perhaps in the future astrologers will come to terms with the Aquarian age that arrived in the 15th century. Until then we must reside in the comical present situation where over five hundred years of the Aquarian age has already transpired yet astrologers are still arguing if the Aquarian age arrived in the 20th century or if we must wait until 2600.