A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making

We have anniversaries, biennial events, diamond jubilees, centenaries, bi-centenaries and even millenarianism but rarely do celebrations arrive around every 7,000 years!  Between December 2014 and 2029, a very special event takes place that has not occurred since 5122 BC.  The world in 5122 BC was a very different place.  The population of the world was about 25 million people in 3000 BC, and so perhaps 10 to 15 million people were alive in 5122 BC – about the size of present day Los Angeles.  Nevertheless, great things were stirring in the world as this period marked the first widespread settling down of humans, farming and domestication of animals.

Until 5122 BC the world was the closest in temperament to the society still being shaped by mankind in today’s Aquarian age in the 21st century.  5122 BC marks the end of the Gemini age.  The Gemini age and Aquarian age are both Air signs.  The Aquarian age that arrived in 1433 AD is the first age of the same Air element since the Gemini age (7351 – 5122 BC).  Obviously, the world’s inhabitants in 5122 BC were not concerned about broadband, computers, the price of fossil fuel, pollution or over-crowding, but their heads were in an intellectually creative mode – something common with Air signs.

While these ancients may not have been making technological discoveries of the modern world, they were making farming and agricultural discoveries that allowed them to produce more food than they required – spurning on population growth and spreading their new agricultural technology far and wide.  The Gemini age also saw the first large villages or hamlets and the introduction of many discoveries around the world including the relatively simultaneous cultivation of newly domesticated crops in most continents of the world.  Pottery became widespread, primitive canoes were built, irrigation trenches first appeared and the white-skinned race continued to evolve as they turned to milk and

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Old Sumerian goddess (possibly Lilith)

trekked further north where the sun shines weakly.  Gavin White believes that in this distant ancient period, people in Mesopotamia were investigating the night sky and commenced creating key constellations, including some of the zodiacal constellations [Ref: Babylonian Star-Lore, Solaria Publications, London, 2007, pp, 256, 259, 263]

The world in the Gemini age was on the move.  Probably more discoveries and inventions occurred in the Gemini age than in the previous 50,000 years.  While life was much slower and far less intense in the Gemini age compared to the current Aquarian age – similar intellectual inventiveness was evident.

The relationship between the Gemini age and Aquarian age deepens when the full context of each age is taken into account.  In reality, it was the Cancer-Gemini age and today we are in the Pisces-Aquarian age (see Is the Aquarian Age Like a Block of Granite?).  Cancer and Pisces are Water signs and Gemini and Aquarius are Air signs.  There are four elements associated with the 12 zodiacal signs – Water, Air, Fire and Water.  Each of these elements has specific characteristics.  Fire and Earth signs promote conservatism, patriotism and the status quo.  Water and Air signs promote change, evolution and instability.  The more Water and Air signs the more change and instability.  The more Fire and Earth signs the more conservatism.  When Reagan was president of the USA, and

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Reagan & Thatcher

Thatcher prime minister of the UK the world was experiencing a mainly Earth and Fire micro-age influences and even here we can see the rise of conservatism on the small scale following the heady 60s when the progressive Water element was dominant.

The current Pisces-Aquarian age being Water and Air promotes evolution, change and instability.  Within the current Pisces-Aquarian age are 12 sub-ages.  Currently, the world is in the Scorpio-Libra sub-age (1970-2148).  Scorpio is a Water sign and Libra is an Air sign – the same combination as Pisces and Aquarius.  This is the first time in the Pisces-Aquarian age that we are in a Water-Air sub-age.  This is the first time in over 7,000 years that both the ages and sub-ages are all in Water and Air territory.  The plot deepens.  Each sub-age also has 12 micro-ages.  In December 2014 (plus or minus a month or two) the world enters a little 15 years Cancer-Gemini micro-age with Cancer a Water sign and Gemini an air sign – the same combination of Air and Water again!

Therefore from around December 2014, for the first time in over 7,000 years the world will be passing through an age, sub-age and micro-age that all aligned with Water and Air – with no Fire or Earth in sight.  This occurrence will occur nine times in the Pisces-Aquarian age, with the first three occurring between 2014 and 2148.  This period will, therefore, see the extreme of change, evolution and instability.  Over the last 7,000 years, the world descended into the opposite of what we are now facing.  In the Taurus-Aries age (2916 – 732 BC) the world experienced nine times when Earth and Fire elements ruled supreme without any Water and Air signs in sight.  The world was turning to the bedrock of conservatism, war and nationalism, during that time and the construction of ‘advanced’ societies and massive structures such as pyramids,  and palaces.

Early societies were mainly democratic orientated often involving elders in a tribe. The Taurus-Aries age coincided with the firm arrival of an entrenched aristocracy, pharaohs, kings and other forms of totalitarian governments who by and large were hell-bent on waging war with each other.  The world is like a pendulum that swings from conservative totalitarianism to ‘democratic’ liberalism. After 7,000 long years, the world is returning to progressiveness, liberal change but instability.  Those revolutionary and heady days of the 1960s and early 70s have nothing on what is coming – at best the 1960s and 70s is a preview of what is to come.

The conservative backlash (mainly in the USA and Islamic fundamentalists) following the 1960s and 70s was due to a small digression back into the conservative Virgo and Leo micro-ages – Earth and Fire micro-ages respectively. The stepping stones to the first all Air and Water period commenced with little fanfare in 2000 with the arrival of the Leo-Cancer micro-age (Fire and Water), but changed gear in 2007 (one year before the election of the first black president of the USA) when the Water element in the Fire and Water  Leo-Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) became stronger.  The world will finally move into all Water and Air territory around December 2014 for the first time in over 7,000 years.

What can be expected in the period 2014 to 2029 – the first of nine such periods in the Pisces-Aquarian age?  Unfortunately, the extent of what we can expect is hard to determine because historical records going back 7,000 are insufficient to provide us with clear antecedents.  Alternatively, we can examine some of the previous two hundred years or so and look for periods where they are closest to the ideal scenario of all periods elements being Air and Water.  In the Sagittarius-Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) only Sagittarius was Fire, all other signs were Air and Water, so those micro-ages within the Sagittarius-Scorpio sub-age that were also exclusively Air and Water may provide us with a guide.  The particular periods include the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851-66) and the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25).

Both these periods witnessed many instabilities including in the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851-66) the American Civil War, The Crimean War and the Taiping Rebellion with an estimated death toll of between 20 and 30 million alone.  Wikipedia states that

“The 1860s were an extremely turbulent decade in the world, with numerous cultural, social, and political upheavals in Europe and America.”

In the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25) saw the end of European millenarianism and conservative influences with the arrival of the 1st World War.  This triggered the abdication of various conservative monarchies and the fall of the last world empires (German, Ottoman and Austria-Hungary).  The arrival of the communists in full force with the Russian Revolution in 1917 introduced radical new concepts of how societies could operate.  The USA attempted to outlaw alcohol with prohibition. The Irish commenced throwing off their British overlords leading to the Irish Rebellion.  Fascists took advantage of political instability.

The instability in these periods was extensive, but so was the progressiveness.  Probably the most important breakthrough in the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (1851-66) was Charles Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859.  On a minor note, Paris became the fashion capital of the world.  In the following period, the Pisces-Aquarius micro-age (1910-25) Einstein did to physics what Darwin did to biology, and produced his revolutionary theory of general relativity while Alfred Wegener suggests that the continents drift and collide with each other.  Culturally radio, movies and jazz became popular and Pablo Picasso became the leading 20th-century painter, first with Cubism than moving on to Surrealism.  The 1920s introduced the Roaring Twenties or Jazz Age.

As a guide to the Cancer-Gemini micro-age (2014 – 29), we can expect great instability, but also progress – one way or another.  Though doom and gloom pundits may predict a 3rd World War I don’t think this is a possibility as astrologically the world is turning away from war.  There is a bigger problem facing humanity than war – climate change.  However, even climate change can precipitate division.  One way or another the USA fractures in Gemini-Cancer micro-ages so some serious division, conflict or discord will occur in the USA.  Possibly this will occur due to a perception by conservative elements in the USA that they are losing control.  Mass dislocation of people and massive legal and illegal immigration is sure to be a factor in the world.

Climate change requires great adaptation by societies if it is to be successfully tackled, and this period does to a certain extent promote such change – more so from the general population than leaders.   If the last two Water and Air micro-ages produced Darwin’s evolution and Einstein’s relativity – some very significant breakthrough may occur in 2014 – 2129, perhaps the understanding of dark matter and dark energy that supposedly constitutes around 90% of the universe? Other alternatives include breakthroughs in nano-technology, AIDS immunization, a new and superior internet, longevity, DNA in medical technology, a cure for many cancers or even a replacement for fossil fuels.

It would be nice to say that in a Water-Air period that is soon to arrive in late 2014 that positive elements will succeed at the expense of negative elements but this should not be expected. In the 1960s and early 70s, though revolution was in the air for youth, many countries witnessed military coups and dictatorial governments.  Water-Air periods while producing advances both technological and societal, also produce instability which can be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous – particularly the military.  The desire by many people to be free will rise, and some existing totalitarian governments are sure to falter, but others will tend to extract revenge upon many of their citizens – such is the ugly nature of politics.  While public opinion and sentiment are sure to rise, leadership may be wanting in the years 2014-29.  Some key political leaders may actually suffer mental illness and behave like a modern-day Nero or Caligula.  Hopefully, they will not have their finger on the button!

The period 2014 – 29 is a celebration of over 7,000 years in the making – but what kind of a celebration will it be?  Will it be more like a party or a wake?  It is bound to have elements of both, but at the bottom line and despite whatever conflicts and turmoil occur, some very interesting, evolutionary and progressive developments are sure to claim our attention, awe and wonder like we collectively have not experienced for over 7,000 years.

Copyright Terry MacKinnell 2009

Illustrations (added later)

  • Famous relief from the Old Babylonian period (now in the British museum) called the “Burney relief” or “Queen of the Night relief”. The depicted figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and war. However, her bird-feet and accompanying owls have suggested to some a connection with Lilitu (called Lilith in the Bible), though seemingly not the usual demonic Lilitu. By Manuel Parada López de Corselas User:Manuel de Corselas ARS SUMMUM, Centro para el Estudio y Difusión Libres de la Historia del Arte – Own work, Public Domain
  • “FLASHBACK: Ronald Reagan Celebrates Royal Baby” by DEVIN DWYER WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013, abs NEWS, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/royal-baby-flashback-ronald-reagan-margaret-thatcher-celebrate/story?id=19739217

 

Further resources from Terry MacKinnell

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www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available

Demystifying the Aquarian Age – General introduction to the astrological ages

At the Cutting Edge of the Aquarian Age – Cutting edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers

FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening

Is the Aquarian Age Like a Block of Granite?

What is the relationship between the Age of Aquarius and a block of granite?  There is an expectation by most people that the Age of Aquarius will arrive (if it has not done so already) to replace the Age of Pisces.  The Age of Pisces supposedly produced this sorry world full of greed, war, inequality, corruption and so on.  With the arrival of the Aquarian age the sorry state of the world under Pisces is going to be replaced by a glorious world under Aquarius bringing consciousness, spiritual renewal and peace amongst many other paradisiacal expectations including a virtual return to the Garden of Eden. 

The sorry-state block of granite is going to be replaced by the Garden-of-Eden block of granite.  This is what I mean when I say ‘is the Age of Aquarius like a block of granite?’  In the urban myth of the Aquarian age the answer is a resounding YES.   Is there any foundation for such an expectation of a monolithic Aquarian age replacing a monolithic Pisces age? A resounding No!

One way of examining the current age is to research the major factors appearing in the world and assigning an astrological archetype to these elements (similar to the process taken with the lyrics of the song Hair in my article Aquarius in Pisces Sheep Clothing).  If ages are like a block of granite it should clearly demonstrate this in this exercise.

What are the major developments affecting the world today?  The following list which is not exhaustive indicates from a top down view, the major issues and developments affecting the world today.  Next to the items will be the respective astrological sign usually affiliated with the topic:

  •  Iraq War – Aries
  • Pollution and global warming – Scorpio & Leo
  • Poverty – Taurus
  • Massive economic growth – Sagittarius
  • Computers and the internet – Aquarius
  • Peak oil – Pisces
  • Medical breakthroughs – Virgo
  • Genetic engineering and GM foods – Scorpio
  • Nuclear power – Scorpio
  • Rogue states with nuclear weapons or dirty bombs – Scorpio
  • Globalisation and multi-national corporations – Pisces & Sagittarius
  • China’s economic miracle – Cancer
  • Ethnic cleansing – Scorpio
  • Fundamentalist Christians and Muslims – Capricorn
  • Born-again Christians – Scorpio & Pisces
  • Illegal drugs – Pisces
  • Anti-depressants – Pisces
  • Terrorism – Scorpio
  • Paedophiles – Leo & Scorpio
  • Sex slaves – Scorpio & Pisces
  • Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter – Pisces & Scorpio
  • Growth of cities – Gemini
  • Capitalism – (Pisces)
  • New Age movement – Pisces & Aquarius
  • International travel – Sagittarius
  • AIDS – Scorpio
  • Population explosion – Sagittarius

From the above list the following table of occurrences per sign is produced:

Zodiacal Sign Occurrences (frequency)
Aries 1
Taurus 1
Gemini 1
Cancer 1
Leo 2
Virgo 1
Libra 0
Scorpio 10
Sagittarius 2
Capricorn 1
Aquarius 2
Pisces 7

(Note: The above results can easily be distorted by the omission of important developments, but in broad terms the above represents most key aspects of our modern world.)

The first thing noticeable is that there are two signs which produce the highest number of correlations to current world developments – Scorpio and Pisces, with Scorpio almost half a body length ahead of Pisces.  This clearly indicates that no one sign has taken control of all developments.  Secondly, while Pisces can be explained from the effects of the Pisces age, how can Scorpio be explained?

The above methodology is a rectification technique.  Examining any period in history, and correlating the zodiacal signs with the developments at that time, produces a zodiacal map as illustrated in the above table.  Rectification is reverse engineering.  If the zodiacal map indicates that Scorpio and Pisces are the strongest signs present, then any solution must explain these two characteristics.

The presence of the sign Pisces does not indicate that we are still in the Pisces age, but it does indicate that its presence is definitely stronger than Aquarius at this point of time.  Taking a step back and looking at longer term developments it is easy to see the appearance of Aquarian archetypes such as democracy, electricity, computers and the internet have made a large indent in the world recently, even if these appear to be overshadowed in the current events arena by Pisces for the time being.

How can Pisces be so strong if I am declaring that we are in the Aquarian age in my last post?  It is really simple.  The arrival of a new age is like the election of a new government.  For example, when a new conservative government gets elected replacing a left wing or socialist government, the new government inherits the treasury, budget, policies, judges and laws of the old government.  Certain things it can do swiftly such as how it manages its ministries or government departments that it now controls. But these departments must still comply with the laws of the land, the previously passed budget bill of the left wing government and any laws passed while the previous government was in control.

Slowly the new government can replace the left wing policies of the former government with its right-wing policies.  In the budget it will attempt to lower social security payments, keep wage increases as low as possible, reduce taxes to businesses and corporations, lower the tax rate to the rich and so on.  The new conservative government may not have control of both houses of government.  Therefore it may want to reduce pensions but the Senate remaining under left wing control opposes the measure and it fails.  As the years go by slowly the conservative government swings the country to the right but even after many years it still may get thwarted by the previous government. 

The former left wing government may have stacked the Supreme Court with left leaning judges who sit there for life.  The new conservative government, that now controls both houses of government, passes a law preventing homosexuals from having a legal marriage that have been passed by some states in its country.  Some of these states take the government to court, and the left leaning Supreme Court justices find some arcane clause in the constitution that claims all citizens are equal, therefore homosexuals are equal and can have the same marital rights as heterosexuals. The conservative government has been again stifled by the influence of the previous left wing government.

The same occurs with ages.  When the new Aquarian age arrived it faced the effects of Pisces with a 2150 years momentum.  Momentum does not disappear quickly!  Research indicates that the momentum of the previous age is so strong, that its influence remains stronger than the new age for at least the first half of the new age.  Therefore when the new age of Aquarius arrived, it faces at least 1075 years of the underdog position to Pisces.  This is why there is so much evidence of Pisces in the modern world – far greater than Aquarius, even though we are actually in the Aquarian age. 

The world is definitely in the Aquarian age but with Pisces at the dominant position.  This can explain why in the zodiacal table the sign Pisces correlates with so many developments in the world at the present time.  But where does Scorpio come from?

This returns us to the question – does an age behave like a block of granite?  No because firstly it shares the period with the effects of the previous age, especially in the first half of any age.  Secondly, each age has twelve sub-ages.  This will come as a great shock to many people but amongst astrologers that actually research the ages, this approach is common.

If each age has twelve sub-ages then the effects of each sub-age must correlate to historical events in the same way as ages, but with shorter timeframes of around 179 years each.  The reason why Scorpio figures so strongly is because within the Aquarian age, the world is experiencing the effects from the Scorpio sub-age.  The reason the world is experiencing the effects of the Scorpio sub-age is that it recently came to its end around 1970.  Since 1970 the world has been in the Libra sub-age, but sub-ages behave the same as ages but only smaller.  The momentum of the Scorpio sub-age is so strong, that in this portion of the Libra sub-age, the effects from the Scorpio sub-age dominate Libra.  As a practical example this is why around 1970 the Sexual Revolution (Scorpio rules sex) swept over the developed nations of the world as a direct result of the availability of effective birth control in the Pill.

The cusp of the Scorpio Sub-Age in 1970 also explains why the urban myth believes this period herald the arrival of the Aquarian age.  Some astrological archetypes are shared.  Scorpio shares with Aquarius revolutions and revolutionary activity.  Revolution was in the air in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, not just the Sexual Revolution.  The revolutionary spirit gripped many youths as they cast away outmodes conventions, habits and cultural relics such as preferring marijuana over alcohol, and embarked on a new journey with the new found freedom.

What happened soon after the arrival of the Sexual Revolution – which also tended to allow homosexuals to come out of the closet?  AIDS.  This devastating and generally sexually transmitted disease also shows its Scorpio credentials.  The pervasive influence Scorpio has had on the world, particularly since the 1960s and 70s covers a wide range of influences and is the subject of a magazine article I wrote that was published in November 2006 in The Astrological Monthly Review.  This article examines the peak influence of Scorpio around 1970 (plus and minus 15 years) and the first Scorpio `hotspot’ following this period centred around 2010 (plus or minus 5 years).  This article is available at this blog at https://macroastro.wordpress.com/published-articles/scorpio-–-the-sign-of-the-times/

A brief review of the territory covered in this post clearly shows that in any age, not only is it strongly influenced by the previous age, it is also subject to the wiles of each sub-age as they come trundling along.  Because each zodiacal sign is represented amongst the sub-ages, this puts the stake into the heart of the block of granite approach to the ages.  The world is not only facing the developing influences of the current age, every 179 years or so, a new major influence also arrives, promoting archetypes of the sign of the sub-age. 

In many ways the influence of the sub-age energy is more prevalent than that of the energy of the new age and even the strong influence that has carried over from the previous age.  This was demonstrated in the zodiacal map based on the current major events and developments facing the world.  Scorpio was in number one position, followed by Pisces while Aquarius barely rated a mention.  The current emphasis placed upon the ages both by astrologers and the urban myth generators does not stand up to scrutiny.  The sub-ages are as critical, if not more so, than the ages at any point of time. This shatters the block of granite that people evoke when they think solely in term of ages. 

This emphasis upon the sub-ages does not remove the effectiveness of the ages.  The sub-ages must work within the confines or parameters of the energy of each age.  This can be demonstrated with the Scorpio sub-age (c.1791 – 1970), working within the Aquarian age (c.1443 – 3574).  Both promote revolution, and if any revolution occurs, it will favour democracy and fascist style dictator ships over monarchs (that are ruled by Aquarius’ opposite sign Leo).  I can hear the gasps from here! How can Aquarius be associated with fascism?  Again this is simple, each sign has positive and negative archetypes.  Dictators (Hitler was a perfect case in point with Uranus, the planet that rules Aquarius, the strongest sign in his horoscope) are also associated with Aquarius. 

Look what happened between 1791 and 1970 in the Scorpio sub-age.  In 1791 the world was basically ruled by monarchs, except the USA, and maybe a few other small political entities.  By 1970 only a few monarchs remained in power in some Arabic countries, Nepal and in democracies such as Great Britain.   This was a massive world-wide revolution that virtually dethroned the monarchs that had been ruling the world for almost 5,000 years.  This is both Scorpio and Aquarius in action.  Though a significant part of the world replaced monarchs with democracy, another significant part was replaced by virtual dictatorships.  Regardless of the political orientation, what effectively suffered in this greatest revolution ever experienced in the world to date is the dethroning of monarchs, or their separation from real political power.  Scorpio is working within the parameters set by its parent age – the Age of Aquarius.

The Aquarian age, Pisces age or any age is not like a block of concrete.  There is a cacophony of mixed influences like a fruit cake.  At any time the various astrological influences can be correlated to the ages in question and the sub-ages.  So while Hair was proclaiming that this was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, they should have said:

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius

And the Sub-age of Libra

But the Pisces age still affects us

Not to mention Scorpio

It certainly is not melodious or even poetic, but it is far more accurate!

Note: This was originally posted on 27 March 2008 but subsequently got lost in cyberspace.  I am reposting this with some minor editing.

 

Water Woes Will Replace Global Warming

The astrology of the Aquarian age strongly supports the reality of progressive adverse effects upon Earth from climate change at this section of the age.  However while the scientists claim the major problem is global warming, the astrology of the Aquarian age does not agree.  The astrology of the Aquarian age indicates that as the earth’s atmosphere is contaminated and polluted at an alarming rate over the foreseeable future, different symptoms will be expressed.  Global warming is just the first of many symptoms.

At present, the world is in the Aquarian age (c.1433 – 3574), but each age has 12 sub-ages of approximately 178 years each, and each of the 12 sub-ages has 12 micro-ages of approximately 15 years each.  The world is currently in transition from the Leo micro-age to Cancer micro-age.  Global warming arrived first as a contentious idea then as a more certifiable scientific fact under the influence of Leo.  This conforms to the fact that the sign Leo is ruled by the hot sun and is a Fire sign (along with Aries and Sagittarius) so it makes sense that in a Leo period, concerns and symptoms of global warming are paramount.  In this transition time as Leo wanes and Cancer waxes, the importance of global warming will also wane while the water woes in the world will grow.

Cancer is a Water sign (along with Scorpio and Pisces).  Cancer rules homes and real estate.  The current global financial crisis was precipitated by the sub-prime real estate fiasco where countless bonds based on almost worthless real estate lost most or all of their value sending banks, finance and insurance companies to the brink of collapse if not for government bailouts.  Cancer rules more than homes and real estate – many issues related to water are also ruled by Cancer.  Other key water items associated with Cancer are water supply, dams, canals, and riparian corridors and shipping disasters.

In this transition time, however, Cancer is still growing in strength and will not come out in full glory sometime around 2012 or 2013 – but will have a strong impact until 2022, with a residual influence until about 2029.  The Cancer micro-age will divert the attention from global warming to water woes.  This is already occurring.  The 2005 flooding of New Orleans is a classic example of Cancer as when the levees broke, New Orleans was flooded.  On March 26 2009 a state of emergency was declared in Minnesota crippled by flooding in icy conditions at much the same time as a dam collapsed in Indonesia killing many thousands of people as villages were washed away.

Further evidence of widespread water problems can be found in all directions.  For example, where I live in Queensland, Australia, the state government has recently constructed a sewerage recycling plant which basically purifies ‘toilet water’ and pours the purified water back into the dam that supplies the states capital city.  Other cities in Australia are building desalination plants to convert seawater into drinking water.  Australia’s major river system (equivalent to the Mississippi River in the USA) is in dire straights due to lack of water flowing in the river system – in many areas, it is just a series of mud puddles.

China in 2009 announced drastic plans to cut water usage by its industry and agriculture by 60% by 2020 following its worst drought in 50 years.  This drought is compounded by the rivers that are so polluted the water cannot even be treated effectively (1).  China interestingly has more dams than any other country (China and dams are ruled by Cancer), and the recent earthquake in Sichuan that killed 70,000 people is also the location of the greatest concentration of dams in China.  Many of these dams were damaged.  Three decades ago a dam collapsed in China killing 80,000 people.  The frightening possibility is that as more dams are built in China, the likelihood some will collapse with significant deaths and damage will increase (2).

California declared a state of emergency in early 2009 as below average rainfall and snowfall has caused a major drought (3).  The United Nations has warned that by 2025 a third of the world may be scavenging for safe drinking water.  Places like Mexico City, Jakarta and Bangkok are depleting their non-renewable underground water sources at alarming rates.  Beijing’s aquifers now must go down an extra 40 feet to find water for the city.  Similar alarming situations are developing in India and Israel(4).

Some unresolved issues about the allocation of water between different countries may museum_iggelheim_03exacerbate political tensions as many rivers pass through or border multiple countries.  This is the case with the Nile in Egypt, Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Turkey, Syria and Iraq and the Colorado River in the Southwestern United States.  Five of the 10 fastest-growing U.S. states are on the Colorado River’s catchment and consequently, only a trickle of water arrives in Mexico.  Other shared rivers include the Amur River between Russia and China, the African Niger River plus the Mekong in South-East Asia, and Indus and Ganges in Asia(5).

We are at very early days for Cancer and the water problems that will be associated with Cancer.  No matter how dire and detrimental any damage or problems caused by excess water or drought over the coming two decades will be, this will not be the final or greatest problematical symptom of climate change.  The sign that follows Cancer is Gemini, and it will be three times more powerful than Cancer.

The fault with current predictions of climate change and global warming is that most scientists extrapolate current trends into the future in a straight line or following a fixed projection from the present data trends.  The earth is under great stress, and as more and more pollutants are injected into the finite atmosphere, many new symptoms will appear that were not originally factored into the equations.  The astrology says that climate change will first foist global warming onto the world, then move on to water problems from too much or too little water, then move onto the even more serious issue of the quality of the air we breathe.  It will not stop at air quality as it will keep moving – it may even lead to destructive global cooling in the last quarter of the 21st century.

However I am an optimistic pessimist, I am not a doom and gloom merchant.  There are some very positive sides to Cancer.  It will promote the role of women, reduce the impact of iconoclastic authoritarian figures that believe they have the right to tell other people how to act and behave, increase the sensitivity or diplomacy between nations and increase the joy of day-to-day life.  Every cloud has a silver lining!

References:

(1)   New Scientist, 21 Feb 2009, Pg 6

(2)   New Scientist, 7 Jun 2008, Pg 5

(3)   Water Calamity – California drying up, The Sunday Mail, Mar 1, 2009

(4)   A thirsty planet looks for solutions to water shortage by Marlowe Hood, March 20, 2008  http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/a-thirsty-planet-looks-for-solutions-to-water-shortage-20080320-20ko.html

(5)   http://whyfiles.org/131fresh_water/2.html]

 

 

 

 

Is the World Doomed?

As a young child, I remember many cartoons depicting some misfit carrying a placard saying that ‘the end is nigh’ or the ‘world is doomed’.  There was a good reason for this despondency – there were enough nuclear warheads ready to blow humans to smithereens.  I remember a graffiti message from this era ‘mutate now and avoid the rush’.  However now, in addition to the nuclear arsenal, humans are attempting to pollute themselves into oblivion.

One thing we know for certain is that the world is definitely doomed.  Eventually, the Sun will reach its terminal stage, expand and snuff out the Earth like some unlucky cockroach whacked with a folded newspaper.  However, this reality of certain doom is not due for many billions of years to come.  In the meantime, we have to contend with the world’s nuclear arsenal and carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere at unnaturally high levels.  Will either of these potential doomsday scenarios arrive on our doorstep in the immediate or near future?

James Lovelock developed the Gaia hypothesis in the 1970s.  He basically stated that the Earth as a whole can be viewed as an interaction of living (organic) and non-living (inorganic) material that in combination with each other regulates the environment of the world.  Lovelock was instrumental in the worldwide CFC ban to protect the slowly depleting ozone layer that provides a protective shield for the world.  However, he is less enthusiastic about global efforts to protect the world from carbon emissions.  Basically, Lovelock says:

 “I don’t think we can react fast enough or are clever enough to handle what’s coming up”   [ref: We’re doomed, but it’s not all bad, New Scientist, 24 January 2009, Pg 31].

The astrology of the Aquarian age agrees with Lovelock.  Each age has twelve sub-ages that interact with each other and the Aquarian age to produce a basic outline of what can be expected.  Between 1970 and 2148 the key sub-age is the Scorpio sub-age.  The previous sub-age was the Sagittarius sub-age.  In line with Sagittarius’ expanding and positive qualities, the world went into overdrive with the Industrial Revolution and the world population explosion – both the key factors producing pollution.  Scorpio is a very different zodiacal sign – it does not promote expansion and positivity but rather contraction, pollution, vulnerability and financial duress amongst a menu of Scorpio archetypes.

Since the 1970s the world has been in a transition time where the baton is being passed from Sagittarius to Scorpio.  There are key timeframes in this transition.  The 1970s saw the first glimmer of Scorpio with the rise of environmental groups concerned about the degradation of the environment or promoting sustainability.  However, despite some improvements the world continued on its merry way of expanding with the associated expansion of pollution.  Money, profits, economy and jobs were more important than the atmosphere or environment.

Even in the current economic crisis, many politicians are saying that measures to limit pollution should be put on hold – clearly implying that the economy (i.e. profits) is more important than the environment.  A good argument can be made that it is the quest for profits that is either the key factor or a key factor in the degradation of the environment.  Another key ingredient that results in environmental degradation is debt – especially credit card debt.  Debt allows people to consume now what they cannot afford.  It is consumption that creates pollution.

Between 2005 and 2015 a second key Scorpio period appears, and during this time it is driving its point home – the world is on a collision course with global warming and environmental degradation.  In addition, Scorpio is the sign associated with debt – and the recent global financial crisis is one manifestation of debt gone feral.  This is the time that serious remedial action should be put in place – but this is unlikely to occur to the extent necessary.

James Lovelock discredits the current approach that world leaders are giving lip service to.  He is especially scornful of carbon trading (this merely props up the economic establishment with profit in their sights), carbon sequestration (“it’s a crazy idea and dangerous”) and believes that it’s already too late for emissions reduction measures.

Lovelock believes that the result of humanity’s collective stupidity is that the world’s population will have to plummet from a projected nine billion people to one billion people by the end of this century as a world four degrees centigrade hotter than now cannot support more than about one billion people.  Though the astrology of the Aquarian age cannot be as proscriptive to the actual numbers as Lovelock indicates, Scorpio is the sign that wants to contract.  Think of the biblical seven fat cows and seven scrawny cows – Scorpio is the scrawny cows.  The population of the world will contract – but the amount of contraction is difficult to say based exclusively on astrology.

Population contraction has already been occurring for decades – first in most of the developed First World countries, and now in the second tier nations such as Korea.  It is just too expensive to have many kids in the modern world.  This contraction is hidden by immigrants so that First World countries can still log an expanding population – but not by the birth-rate alone.  The comical result of this natural contraction of birth-rates is that many countries (including Australia) are providing significant financial bonuses for parents to have children.

The reason that the Earth is suffering from pollution is that there are too many people who are consuming too many goods and services that are producing too much pollution.  These same governments that are supposedly going to save us from our own folly in the environmental area are encouraging (Sagittarian) population growth – the old paradigm.  As Lovelock states, Kyoto was 11 years ago and the only thing that has happened is endless talks and meetings.  The reason that governments behave the way they do is that they reflect the views of the general population.

Any study of history will show that human beings can rise to challenges, produce mighty artworks, cultures and civilization but equally go to war, persecute their citizens or neighbors and murder and kill enormous numbers of people.  This is all done in the name of patriotism, ideology or religion – in essence, masking stupidism.  What will happen in the coming century? Is stupidism or awareness going to be the dominant paradigm that guides the world to either destruction or rebirth?

The current Scorpio influence within the Aquarian age cannot answer this question, but it does provide a shortlist of outcomes.  Scorpio promotes death and destruction, pollution, secret deals, debt and tyranny.  It also promotes rebirth, renewal, environment sustainability and minimalism.  Minimalism indicates a limit to the number of offspring, currently occurring voluntarily in the West, and by government edict in China’s one-child policy.  Which path will the world go down?  Will the world continue in its current trajectory towards environmental doom and a massive population cull?

I essentially concur with the outlook of James Lovelock but with an added twist.  I believe that the world will go the point of no return before serious effort is put into turning around our current consumption and polluting paradigm.  This may seem like a contradiction but in reality, the result is surprisingly similar to what James Lovelock surmises. Lovelock says he is an optimistic pessimist about the dire environmental issue facing the world.

Global warming and water scarcity are stepping stones to much greater problems.  The sub-periods of the Age of Aquarius indicate that air quality will be a much more serious problem from about 2030 onwards (at the latest).  When significant numbers or people commence dying prematurely due to atmospheric degradation (remember the air we pollute is the same air we must breathe), when breathing without coughing plague much of the world (with the attendant lung diseases and problems) – surely something more realistic and drastic will be done?

Fortunately, some very significant astrological elements appear in the current century that has not occurred in the world for around 7,000 years.  These astrological elements involve progressive and lateral thinking of the highest order.  The first one comes online between 2015 and 2029.  The second appearance occurs at 2074 – 2089 and wraps up with a final one around 2133 – 2148.  More of these revitalizing elements appear about 700 years later.

From a rational perspective (as provided by James Lovelock) the world is in a bad way and getting worse.  The astrological configuration on one hand supports this pessimistic assessment but equally, it supports the addition of an unexpected new spirit or sense of renewal that is available to humanity this century.  Even the election of Barack Obama as president of the USA may be a titillating foretaste of the potential change that is coming our way.  Barack Obama may be part of the advance guard preparing the way for a new perspective that does not have companies’ profits as the base.

There has been no century in recorded history that is not a combination of various degrees of difficulties, natural calamities, adversity and problems with advancement, survivability and relative peace.  There is no reason to believe that the 21st century will be the perfect century or that any century can ever be a perfect century.  The 21st century will be a century of change, fragility, passion, catastrophe, financial losses, renewal, transformation and rebirth.  The ancient Chinese would say to their enemies:

‘may you live in interesting times’.

Interesting times was a euphemism for upheaval.  The 21st century will be an interesting time!

James Lovelock’s latest book is The Vanishing Force of Gaia