THE DAWNING Shedding New Light on the Astrological Ages

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THE DAWNING Shedding New Light on the Astrological Ages

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This book is aimed towards the general public with an interest in the field, historians interested in an innovative view on history, archeo-astronomers and astrologers (both novices and advanced). History at first glance may seem like a series of chaotic events, but when seen from the perspective of the astrological ages and their subperiods, history follows defined patterns that rhyme with the astrological ages. This book is certainly not the first attempt to do this, but it is the first to do so based on a revised alignment of the astrological ages with the Aquarian age arriving in 1433 AD (or up to a maximum of two years earlier).  The 1433 AD arrival of the Aquarian age is not a fanciful claim – it is based solely on the evidence and logic – which is fully explored in the book. However to keep the book palatable to the interested general public, the heavy-duty astrological concepts associated with the astrological ages are relegated to the appendices, but available to the serious researcher.

The reason why the Aquarian age arrived in 1433 AD (or up to two years earlier) is based on the sub-periods of the astrological ages. Certainly there is an Aquarian age lasting some 2150 years, but too few people (and researchers) realize that each astrological age has three decanates (decans) of around 717 years each.  Each of these three decans in each age has identifiable historical developments associated with them.  In addition, each astrological age has 12 sub-ages based on an established practice that has antecedents of over 2,000 years. Each sub-age is approximately 179 years each. These sub-ages contain 12 micro-ages each of approximately15 years each with clearly defined historical developments associated with each and every sub-age.  Furthermore, each sub-age has 12 nano-ages of approximately 15 months each.  It is through relating nano-ages with historical events that it is possible to rectify the Aquarian age (or any age) to within a maximum error of three years (or about two nano-ages).

The Dawning is mainly focused upon the astrological ages of the last 12,000 years, plus the age-decans of the last 5,000 years. Only minor attention is paid to sub-ages and smaller periods in this book, and this information is principally found in the appendices. Hopefully the sub-ages and smaller periods will be fleshed out in future books on the subject.  Nevertheless, the argument presented in this book should be convincing to many people.


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In this book, I attempt to demonstrate how historical developments, events, cultural inclinations, religions, and so on, follow distinct and readily observable patterns and that these patterns synchronize with the astrological ages and associated subperiods. Most of this book examines the past for the purpose of recognizing patterns, which can be extrapolated into the future. The intent of this book is not prediction, but it will incorporate some predictive musings. These predictions will be placed in the context of demonstrated patterns in the past and present. An open-minded reader should be able to understand both the predictive process and the source of the predictions. A proficient astrologer could apply these predictive techniques as demonstrated and make even more detailed predictions.

The musical Hair proudly proclaimed in the late 1960s that “this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.” Since then the Age of Aquarius has become part of our cultural milieu to the extent that many Westerners have an opinion on the Age of Aquarius, including those who are antagonistic to astrology. Occasionally when I express to someone that the Age of Aquarius arrived within a few years of 1433 CE, the reaction is usually one of amazement and sometimes hostility. The most common response is along such lines as, “Isn’t the Age of Aquarius just starting around now or soon?”This is because the ages, or more specifically the Age of Aquarius, have entered into the realm of contemporary mythology.

What is the Age of Aquarius and what is its meaning? What came before it? How long does it last? When exactly does the Age of Aquarius start and how long is its dawn? Is there any connection between the ages and the common astrological sunsigns? For example, will someone born with their Sun in Aquarius handle the new Aquarian age better than people without this Aquarian resonance? Despite the acceptance of the Age of Aquarius into our cultural milieu, very little is known about it by the general public. Even astrologers don’t fare much better. It is commonly expressed that the Age of Aquarius will usher in a new era of peace and harmony. This statement assumes that the previous age (which the Aquarian age replaces) was more negative or somehow lower in standard. The age before the Aquarian age is the Pisces age. Is the zodiacal sign Pisces bad and Aquarius good?

Many astrologers believe it is absolutely ridiculous to claim that the Aquarian age arrived in a specific year such as 1433 CE. Because ages are so large at around 2150 years each, how can they have an exact start in an actual year? Many astrologers are far more comfortable with the concept that an age dawns over many centuries—or as one tongue-in-cheek online blogger stated—“the yawning of the Age of Aquarius.” This vague and indeterminate approach to the cusp of ages is not supported in any other branch of astrology. Furthermore, astrology, since the time of the ancient Greeks, has followed a highly exact and mathematical approach. Based on this mathematical approach to astrology, any age should have an exact starting date. So while my precision may seem untenable, once the date calibration technique is revealed it becomes obvious. However, I do agree that it is impossible to delineate the exact year of the arrival of a multi-thousand years age based solely upon examining historical correlations to the ages. Historians are good at identifying the approximate century of the start of significant historical periods. Arriving at the correct century is one thing, getting the exact year is another! However, there is absolutely no theoretical reason against doing so. The sign change of the Sun, Moon, or planet can be determined with precision so why cannot an age be determined to a specific year? Ultimately, an age should be determined to even an exact month or perhaps even an exact day and hour!

My approach to understanding the astrological ages involved recognizing the input from historians—who are naturally the experts in this field. I therefore turned to historians’ views upon major historical epochs. A large number of historians agree that the fifteenth century CE marked a significant historical shift in the world—coinciding with the Age of Aquarius arriving in the fifteenth century. A whole genre of recent historical research has been focusing upon the last 500 years. Its repetitive theme points to the fact that something momentous occurred around 500 years ago (i.e., the 15th century).

The opening statement by the cultural historian, Prof. Richard Tarnas, in his book Cosmos and Psyche is that the “modern self” appeared slightly more than 500 years ago. Tarnas further asserts that, when this modern self appeared, it stood out due to its astonishing impact.[1] This is another example of an association with Aquarius—anything sudden, unexpected, and like a thunderclap is an expression of the Aquarian archetype. Tarnas claims the convulsions of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution gave birth to the modern world and the modern mind.[2] Tarnas also states that within a generation mankind moved from their medieval predecessors and assumed superhuman status with the likes of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Columbus, Luther, and Copernicus.[3] He elevates the achievement of Copernicus as representative of a “fundamental intellectual turning point”—as a highpoint of human reasoning introducing the modern age to the world. The Copernican view of the universe removed humanity from the focal point of the cosmos.[4] These claims by Tarnas propose a highly significant major shift in the fifteenth century, appropriate at the introduction of a New Age.

The eminent British historian Arnold Toynbee (1889–1975 CE) in Mankind and Mother Earth states that between c.1400–1550 CE, the traditional picture of social habitats around the world was totally transformed, as knowledge of different cultures became widely available. This is a mighty change. Toynbee states this change was sudden and brought immediate changes of fortunes to many people, some for the better and many for the worse—especially the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas and western Africa. He further states that, in the 200 years since 1563 CE, Western civilization made its greatest spiritual and mental leap forward since the fall of ancient Rome.[5] This is the kind of change expected at the arrival of a New Age.

The Collins Atlas of World History places the fifteenth century as one of those turning points in history, emphasizing that this century laid the groundwork of modern capitalism and began the first capitalist age.[6]The Australian historian, Prof. Geoffrey Blainey states that the Middle Ages spanned the period from 500 to 1500 CE, and that the late 1400s marked the time for the mental awakening of Europe, hastened by the invention of the printing press in the mid-1400s. Blainey claims that the last part of the 1400s was the most striking convergence of key events experienced in the world to that time, with its focus upon western Europe. These influential events included printing, the Reformation, the Renaissance, heralding a new approach to painting, and sculpture and architecture. The excitement of those times was infectious and promoted intellectual adventure. Blainey states it is curious that no “all-embracing” name refers to the massive developments around 1500 CE, and that it is probably too late to assign one.[7] The arrival of the Aquarian age fills that gap.

[1]Cosmos and Psyche, p. 3

[2]The Passion of the Western Mind, pp. 221–3

[3]The Passion of the Western Mind, p. 224

[4]Cosmos and Psyche, pp. 27–29

[5]Mankind and Mother Earth, pp. 524, 525, 536

[6]The Collins Atlas of World History, pp. 136, 140

[7]A Very Short History of the World, pp. 202,209,213–5

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Revolution in the Middle East

The rather sudden and startling quest for greater freedom and democracy in a number of Middle Eastern countries in the last few months is part of a greater orchestration towards political and social evolution around the world that commenced with the French Revolution (in the late 18th century) aligned with the arrival of the Scorpio subage (1791 – 1970), and continuing on in the Scorpio subage overflow (1970 – 2148) due to the overflow effect associated with all ages and their sub-periods. The Scorpio subage is the third subage of the Age of Aquarius (that commenced in 1443 AD – see figure 1), heralding in the modern world. 
Figure 1 – the first four subages of the Aquarian age



Most historians and historical reference books indicate that the Modern World commenced in the 15th century – or, at a minimum, the 15th century was an extremely exalted time in the history of human society.  Apart from a plethora of other supporting facts, the 15th century was the first century that humans (i.e. Europeans at least) could comprehend the whole world for the first time due to the maritime exploits of its sailors circumnavigating the world. The arrival of ages is marked by highly significant events!

The arrival of the third subage within the Aquarian age, the Scorpio subage in 1791 basically demarks the end of the Early Modern Period (according to many historians at around 1800) and the beginning of the Modern Period.  Within the Scorpio subage (1791 – 1970), the most significant large scale political revolution that has ever been experienced in the world, took place.  At the beginning of the Scorpio subage most countries in the world were ruled by monarchs or local aristocracy (the USA was the black sheep of the time being already a rudimentary democracy).  By the end of the Scorpio subage in 1970 most of these monarchs had been overthrown and replaced with democratic governments, communism or military juntas.  Only in some less politically developed regions, particularly in the Middle East, did the old monarchial way of life continued – mainly propped up in the 20th century by Western and European nations to ensure a ready supply of fossil fuels.

The arrival of a new astrological period such as an age or subage does not affect the world uniformly.  The arrival of a new period is like the bow of the boat – surging into previously uncharted waters and leaving its ever expanding wake as evidence of its passage.  This wake then slowly affects all other regions of the world.  The wake from any age or sub-period of an age is even larger after the end of its own period (as represented in figure 1).  The primary focus of the initial Scorpio surge mainly affected western nations (including all of the Americas), but by its close in 1970, over half the world was deeply affected by its wake including an independent and democratic India on the one hand, and a communistic China on the other – but bereft of its former ruling class or aristocracy.

The transference from the Scorpio subage to Libra subage in 1970 actually marks an increase in tempo for Scorpio (due to its ever widening wake).  Libra has arrived, but it is the new kid on the block, and the wake from its bow wave has relatively little impact in the world in comparison to Scorpio.  Until near the end of the Libra subage in 2148, Scorpio is the dominant sign in the world (at the subage level).  The transition between the Scorpio subage and Scorpio subage overflow was marked by the revolutionary sentiment expressed in the late 1960s and early 70s resulting in the almost choreographed student and youth demonstration and riots throughout much of the western world. Other spectacular icons of this period are the hippy movement that sprang out of San Francisco, the music revolution first associated with the Beatles, the Woodstock festival in New York, the anti-war movement against the Viet Nam war, the French student uprising that nearly toppled the government and feminism at full bore and armed with the newly invented oral contraceptive (associated with sex – another Scorpio archetype).

It must be remembered (or recognized by the younger generations) that western society in the 1950s was extremely conservative, mono-cultural, with women knowing their place in society and much stronger fascist elements compared to western society of 2011. The arrival of the 60s and early 70s baby boomers with their long hair, drugs and free love temporarily created the normal fracas when any establishment or society meets a new evolutionary sociological phenomenon.  This is why students peacefully protesting the Viet Nam war were gunned down and killed in the USA, restrictive drug laws savagely enforced to persecute the new social movement and contentious objectors to compulsory military serviced were sent to jail. By and large the formerly stodgy and arch-conservative west has moved on to a certain degree since those heady days of the 60s and 70s. The formerly frowned upon music of the 60s and 70s now appears regularly in TV commercials, men can have hair whatever length they like but, except for some isolated pockets of enlightened thinking, the west maintains a witch hunt against recreational drug users, treats homosexuals as second class citizens and has not given full equality to women. The west is in the ongoing and long term process of assimilating the new cultural paradigm that appeared in the 60s and 70s and it will probably take another 150 or so years before some reasonable progress is made.

With the arrival of the Scorpio subage overflow in 1970, the bow wave of the Scorpio juggernaut continues to spread its influence.  However if you think that the revolutionary spirit has been a little subdued for the last few decades then you are quite right.  This is because subages have smaller periods within them called micro-ages.  Micro-ages are almost 15 years in duration (plus another 15 years overflow) and until very recently, the micro-ages encountered at the beginning of the Scorpio subage overflow have been conservative micro-ages (see figure 2).  

Figure 2 – the first four micro-ages of the Scorpio subage

The conservative (and stable) micro-ages belong to the Earth and Fire signs – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The conservative Virgo micro-age was in place from 1970 to 1985, followed by the conservative Leo micro-age (1985 – 2000) with both periods promoting stability over change but also enforcing the status quo as much as possible. It is only with the current Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2015) that we begin returning to the progressive but destabilizing signs.

Not only is the world returning to progressive micro-ages, this process is still accelerating.  The historical effects from any period associated with the astrological ages are always relatively sluggish to appear in a kind of delayed effect.  So while the current Cancer micro-age rules from 2000 to 2015, it is not until its overflow period (2015 – 2029) that it can fully express its Cancerian intentions. However a significant shift in gears appeared at its halfway point of Cancer micro-age in 2007 in its climb up Mount Cancer – and the current revolutionary fervor in the Middle East is part of this Cancer play (along with numerous floods around the world always associated with Cancer). 

Why the Middle East?  Each region and country is associated with an astrological signature.  One key component of any astrological signature associated anywhere where Islam is strong is the sign Cancer.  Islam shares the underlying commonality of Pisces with Christianity as both came into existence in the Pisces age (along with Buddhism).  However Christianity formed near the peak expression of the Scorpio age-decan of the Pisces age (8 BC) while Islam formed much closer to the peak of the Cancer age-decan in 713 AD (see figure 3).

Figure 3 – the age-decans of the Pisces age

 This is why in Islam their view of paradise is closely associated with rivers (ruled by Cancer), they follow a lunar calendar (the Moon is the ruler of Cancer), and many female adherents either voluntarily or are forced to hide themselves away under burkas and veils (Cancer rules shyness and places a focus upon women).  These are just a few of the major Cancerian associations to Islam.

With the revolutionary Scorpio subage overflow (1970 – 2148) passing over the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2015) it is reasonable to conclude that Scorpio’s revolutionary archetype will marry with Islamic Cancer to produce revolutionary ferment in the Middle East.  But this is not the end of the story.  Within the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2015) are three micro-age decans of Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer in chronological order with the Scorpio micro-age decan influential from 2005 to 2015, and particularly in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (see figure 4). 

Figure 4 – the micro-age decans of the Cancer micro-age
This little Scorpio micro-age decan resonates with the Scorpio subage overflow (1970 – 2148) to create a veritable Scorpio hotspot.  Hotspots, like their name suggests, are more potent than their surrounding periods in stimulating action outside of the norm. Certainly the unrest in the Middle East is extraordinary.

Nevertheless the kind of revolutions we can expect will not, as a rule of thumb, be focused upon violence but with a firm preference to peaceful methods.  This is because the world is in the early stages of the Libra subage (1970 – 2148) and Libra is a peaceful sign opposite violent and militaristic Aries. This does not mean that those expressing revolutionary sentiment will not use force, but their use of force will be in most cases be in response to the force unleashed against them by power-mad autocrats.  Lest you judge these Middle Eastern societies harshly for their despotic rulers, anti-democratic ways and highly visible levels of corruption, you do not need go very far back in history to find the same abominable behavior in western society.  For whatever reason, the Aquarian age has arrived relatively early for the west, but it still took about 500 years to ensconce itself in Europe – Europe was a bloody nightmare for the first 500 years of the Aquarian age.  So we should not be harsh in our judgments of other society’s shortcomings.  The only real difference is that when the west went through its democratic catharsis over the last 500 years, no one was sitting on the sidelines criticizing or forcing them to be democratic with a gun held at their head as the USA did in Iraq. At least with the current Middle Eastern unrest, it is the vision of the citizens that is demanding the change – not an outside entity.

Also see: SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times …. Revisited – Part 1 –Revolution and Tyrants