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 exacerbate 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!
(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