THIS POST HAS MOVED TO A SITE DEDICATED SOLELY ON GENERATIONAL ASTROLOGY
THIS POST HAS MOVED TO A SITE DEDICATED SOLELY ON GENERATIONAL ASTROLOGY
Recently I have been exposed to many people with pessimistic outlooks upon the world. We know that the world has enough food but yet people are starving. We know that the world has adequate resources for all yet countless millions live in abject poverty. We see Donald Trump on TV – and though he has redefined the concept of stupidity, he is an actual contender for the most powerful political position in the world. And his finger could be on the button! Will a cascade of intercontinental ballistic nuclear weapons rain down upon an unsuspecting world if he has a bad hair day? What is also of concern is that over 40% of the American voting public apparently are prepared to vote for him.
This is just a small fraction of all the bad news. Corporations and governments are facilitating the pollution of our air, water and land to the point that the average person actually must buy pure water to avoid poisoning themselves. Will we have to buy pure oxygen soon due to air pollution? In the Land of the Free (USA), where a greater percentage of the population is imprisoned compared to any other country, they have prisoner ‘sales’ targets whereby governments must ensure that the privatized prisons have at least 90% occupancy. The average prisoner costs the same amount of money to the state as the salary of a teacher. Despite the trillions spent of the war against terrorists over the last decade or so, the likelihood of a random terrorist attack has increased exponentially many thousands of times.
I am sure that any sane person could spend the rest of their life documenting the ridiculous outcomes of our modern world. Is modernity a negative concept? Even relatively normal people are expressing concern about where the world is heading. The general consensus is that the world is like a ball rolling towards the cliff ready to fall over the edge. This does not inspire optimism or confidence.
The astrology associated with the astrological ages, and specifically our position in the Age of Aquarius, does support the above pessimistic outlook but not the pessimistic outcome. When we talk about optimism, we usually refer to Sagittarius suggesting that Sagittarius’ opposite sign Gemini is pessimistic. A superficial examination of Sagittarius and Gemini plus other key signs within the Age of Aquarius reveals the reason for the current desultory outlook by many people, especially in Western Society.
In contrast to the West, many people in developing nations are not feeling negative or pessimistic as they are currently riding a secondary wave of economic expansion and material prosperity. Whenever a new age or sub period of an age appears, the focus of new developments is usually focused upon a specific region, center or culture. This is what occurred with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century which firmly placed a focus upon Western society. It was Western society that pioneered the new Aquarian age ethos which then spreads out to the rest of the world like the wake of a boat. This is why Western society has become despondent while other societies are still experiencing the wake of the fading expansionary period. The new despondent wake will also hit Asia and the rest of the world in the future.
Western society started the modern expansionary economic paradigm with the Industrial Revolution feeding into the worldwide population explosion. This quiet naturally was associated with the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970) which like a giant wave has swept through the world but spearheaded by mainly Western nations. The majority of expansion and optimism was experienced in the second half of the wave (1791-1970).
Conversely, Western nations are unwittingly spearheading the drive towards contraction and minimalism but have not yet understood that this is actually happening and that this is not some temporary aberration but will continue for a long time. The rest of the world is not taking over the reins from Western society, but just catching up, whereupon they will also start their own paths towards contraction, especially with their populations and economic growth. (see All Good Things Must Come to an End for more details)
Though the expansionary Sagittarius wave technically came to an end in 1970, this is not how it works in practice. Basically the Sagittarius expansionary paradigm continues its momentum until it comes to a barrier. Secondly, near the end of this Sagittarius wave was a Sagittarius micro-age and overflow (1940-1955-1970) with the peak of this smaller wave aligned to the Baby Boomers. (see Baby Boomers in the Age of Aquarius) The Baby Boomers are the last hurrah of expansionary Sagittarius as the world plummets into out-of-control economic overdrive and environmental degradation. The Baby Boomers are like the captain of the Titanic encouraging the sailors to increase speed as they plow towards the iceberg.
The main sign that undermines Sagittarius is Gemini. Gemini is currently developing as the new sign of our times. After the Sagittarius wave came the wave associated with the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791-1970-2148). This remains very strong in the world and is part of the reason so many people are feeling vulnerable, sarcastic and desultory – Scorpio has never been known as a cheerful sign … unless you call throwing flower petals on a coffin a pleasant experience. (see SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times …. Revisited – Part 1 )
However, following in the wake of the Scorpio wave is the relatively new Libra sub-age (1970-2148), and based on previous sub-ages, its main period of benefit will be in its overflow period commencing in 2148 whereupon it will bring in a mini Golden Age – provided there is anyone left around to enjoy it! The current Libra sub-age (this is why a female is running for US president in 2016) has three sub-age decans, and the first sub-age decan within the Libra sub-age is the Gemini sub-age decan (1970-2029). Naturally, Gemini will be far stronger in its almost 60 years overflow period commencing in 2029.
Gemini is opposite Sagittarius, and it is this Gemini sub-age that is currently bringing a halt to economic expansionism and optimistic outlook mainly in the Western economies. Because Gemini is unlucky and pessimistic, it has a tendency to resort to cheating and thieving to gain advantage. This growing phenomenon is being played out by corporations around the world where each year they discover new means and methods to cheat their customers. Whereupon a few years ago, airlines discovered they could extract more money from their passengers by supplying a relatively cheap basic service than charging often exorbitant amounts for add-ons, flight changes and so on, this is now spreading like an inferno. In the absence of a strongly expansionary market, businesses are trying to extract more and more from each customer using anyone of a number of devious and nefarious (Gemini) schemes.
This anti-Sagittarius new Gemini reality may be hypnotizing the world with handheld mobile devices, but it is also associated with a pessimistic outlook. If everything is not expanding crazily, things must be bad! However, while Gemini may be a new and growing reality, it is not the most important player on the field. A massive revolution is underway associated with the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) leading to an incredibly strong Libra period. This Libra period will greatly affect the world for over 700 years commencing in 2148 – introducing the first mini golden age after almost 7,000 years of mainly war and violence. Naturally, the last 5,000 years of war is associated with the arrival of the Aries age and overflow (2916BC – 732BC – 1433AD).
In the meantime in our cell phone modern world, it seems like a partnership with sour old Scorpio and pessimistic Gemini being the two key players of note. Scorpio is bringing a smaller and more evolved world but change always grates because society and culture is always aligned to Taurus – the sign of stability. Scorpio is the opposite sign to Taurus, so all social cultural values have been under attack since 1791, and picking up speed since 1970. Scorpio is introducing the most unstable of times and people not only dislike instability, they will even fight for their stable cultural-religious values as they dissolve in slow motion before their eyes. But cultural values will continue to dissolve because Scorpio improves by first pruning the bush then producing new growth which is more appropriate to the times. The world is mainly in the destructive side of a major metamorphosis.
If you look carefully, there are huge areas of advancement, progress and social evolution in the world today but our minds are more attuned to the disasters and problems when we feel desultory and pessimistic. A steady and growing percentage of Western populations are acknowledging the key role of the environment over short sighted capitalistic practices. Females continue to demand and get greater equality to the point that the most powerful political position in the world is soon to be most likely held by a woman. Gays are in the process of gaining the right to marry in a growing number of Western nations. Some drugs demonized only a few decades ago are finding increasing support from mainstream society.
However, socio-political-cultural revolutions are painful, and many reactionary elements will do their best to stop the tide from coming in. Donald Trump is tapping into this reactionary sentiment by many voters who nostalgically prefer the old over the new. This is also why in the 1960s and 70s so many nations, including Western nations, succumbed to military coups and dictators in place of democracy to prevent progressive change from upsetting their part of the world. It did not work then, and it will not work now or in the future but it will temporarily re-appear. The main change to the change occurring in the world is that it will progressively grow stronger and have wider effects and affect more of the world – change is accelerating. Reactionary elements will also periodically get stronger and try and stop the tide coming in.
So many people get despondent when they realize they will not be around for the mini Golden Age that will arrive mid next century. There is no need to feel despondent as anyone can be mentally in the Golden Age now, and while the percentage of the population that may already be mentally in the Golden age is a small percentage, this percentage is constantly growing. More and more people do not want more of the same. (see The Silent Revolution ) Unfortunately, Gemini makes people impatient, and many people are impatient for all the benefits of the Golden Age which cannot fully manifest before midway through next century.
There are important steps along the way towards the mini Golden Age, but the next most important step does not arrive until 2059 – but a preview will appear next decade. What will happen around 2059? In western society at least, about 20% of the population will be environmentally friendly and attuned to progressive political and cultural agendas compared to about 10% at present. 20% is the tipping point and research indicates that once 20% of the population has turned to a different direction, they have far greater influence upon society than what should be expected from only 20% of the population. However, by the mid 22nd century, this 20% becomes 50%.
Finally, there is also very good news hidden behind the turmoil and angst of the modern world. Of all the signs, Scorpio is the sign most aligned to inner reality or inner Truth. This means that one of the greatest opportunities in the world today under Scorpio is to find or discover the inner reality that underpins life, the universe and everything. Scorpio indicates change and turmoil in the external world but actively promotes the benefits of the inner world and the Truth available from going inside. If truth and ultimate reality are important to you, then you have hit the jackpot for the time you live in. Search for it because, among other considerations, the astrology is on your side for success in this endeavor. It is also more fulfilling than complaining and watching the world seemingly go down the gurgler.
There is an old concept associated with the lotus. While the lotus expresses beauty and enlightenment, it also usually grows in a smelly putrid swamp. At this point of history, we definitely get the swamp, but we can also have the lotus. Many ancient and modern seers have stated that they were distracted from smelling the putrid swamp when dazzled by the lotus.
© Terry MacKinnell 2008, 2016 Under the Berne Convention
Why do people project Pisces’ archetypes onto the Age of Aquarius? Most astrologers claim that Jesus commenced the Pisces age and most people believe the Age of Aquarius commenced in the 1960s and 70s. However how can both these facts be true if ages are at least 2150 years in length? Most projections of what we can expect in the Age of Aquarius is a paradisiacal age free from all the problems that have encumbered the world in recent millennia. Are your Aquarian friends perfect? Do they stand out as superior to the other 12 signs of the zodiac? Why should the Age of Aquarius be more positive than any other age?
The Age of Aquarius has become an urban legend ever since the theatrical production of Hair proclaimed “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius ….” Most newspapers and comments on blogs clearly relate the dawning of the Age of Aquarius to the 1960’s and 70’s when Hair first appeared. Many people are so disappointed with the direction the world has taken since those inspiring times (for some) of the 60’s and 70’s to the point where the sentiment has become `where is the goddamned Age of Aquarius anyway?’ Some journalists even state that the Age of Aquarius was a 20 year phenomenon applying only the 1960s and 70s and has now died an ignoble death.
While people are ready to accept an Aquarian age commencing in the 60’s and 70’s as a fait accompli, rarely does anyone check the sources of such claims about the Aquarian age. The song’s lyrics contain the following:
When the moon is in the Seventh House
and Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
While it is certainly melodious, from an astrological perspective it is absolute nonsense. The position of the moon in the seventh house, eleventh house or any house has no relationship in any way with the Age of Aquarius. Jupiter aligns with Mars (i.e. a conjunction) every couple of years or so and this has no relationship to the Age of Aquarius either. There is no reason why the Aquarius song should maintain astrological integrity due to poetic license. However this poetic license has continued unabated in the general public’s perception and many astrologers of this urban legend.
The above stanza is followed by the following lyrics. In addition, I have underlined the key word or words in each line and assign them the astrological sign that is most commonly associated with the word or phrase. The following is the result:
Then peace will guide the planets – Libra
And love will steer the stars – Libra
Harmony and understanding – Libra, Gemini?
Sympathy and trust abounding – Pisces, Pisces
Golden living dreams of visions – Leo, Pisces
Mystic crystal revelation – Pisces, Pisces, Pisces
And the mind’s true liberation – Aquarius?
As our hearts go beating through the night – Leo
We dance unto the dawn of day – Pisces
To be the bearers of the water – Aquarius
Our light will lead the way – Leo
We are the spirit of the age of Aquarius – Pisces
Angelic illumination – Pisces
Rising fiery constellation – Aries
Travelling our starry courses
Guided by the cosmic forces – Pisces
Oh, care for us; Aquarius – Pisces
Removing repetitive choruses and lines the archetypal information that the song is telling us indicates 11 instances of Pisces, Libra 3, Leo 3, Aquarius 2, Aries 1 and Gemini 1. Of the 21 instances from the above lyrics that can be related to astrological archetypes, 52% relate to Pisces and 10% to Aquarius. Even if some of the above archetypal assignations are incorrect, much the same result of a great focus upon Pisces remains.
The lyrics to a song, like poetry, can engage in poetic license. Poetic license has definitely occurred in the song Aquarius because only 10% of it is directed towards Aquarius while over half is directed to Pisces. So why is a song that is directed at the Age of Aquarius full of Pisces metaphors?
This issue has an extra edge as the Age of Aquarius follows the age of Pisces. On a simplistic level what this song indicates is that our collective view of the new Aquarian age is so corrupted by our entrenched Pisces sensibilities which will not allow us to accurately project Aquarius. When we wish to project Aquarius we project Pisces. Why, because in the first half of the Age of Aquarius at least, the momentum from the Pisces age is stronger than Aquarius which is the new kid on the block and has not yet had time to age and mature.
The poetic license that exists in Aquarius does not end with this song. It has continued unabated over the last three and a half decades with the result that over half the projections of the new Aquarian age actually describe Pisces. Though anecdotal, my observation is that over 90% of the projections of the Aquarian age relate to Pisces.
For example, take the following excerpt was obtained online in 2008:
This millennium came in with great expectation. Many people thought it was a new age that would usher in the age of Aquarius, the water bearer and the bearer of spirituality. As a result of this transformation the foundational western belief, dualism, would be shaken and give way to a more holistic approach to living. Spirituality would be available to everyone experientially and we would all be enlightened. Perhaps this will happen, but when we take a look around the world right now it’s obvious that it really hasn’t happened yet.[i]
The underlined text in the above is those keywords that draw upon Pisces archetypes. In other words, this writer’s expectations of the Age of Aquarius is that it will bring in a Pisces paradise, but paradise belongs to Pisces, not Aquarius.
Another excellent example along the same theme is provided by (sic) theeKultleeder in 2008 – the underlining of Pisces archetypes are mine:
Some New Age adherents explicitly describe the new age as a return to paradisiacal Eden —… Joel Kramer, in Yoga Journal 1980-Jan, wrote “In the mid-Sixties, many people believed that we were on the verge of an exciting and glorious new age in human evolution. The popular song, ‘Aquarius,’ captured the spirit …. , Many of us naively expected the human race to smoothly and quickly cultivate the earth into a new Eden.” In a poem titled “Age of Aquarius”, a New Age adherent named Cecil Hickman wrote in 2005-Feb: “A future to dream, we live in peace and love. / Glorious time for all of Earths humankind, / Eden reborn as promised from our Lord above. […] United as a planet, love will live, prejudice cease. […][ii]
In the above peace and love and United as a planet, love will live evoke Libra.
The greatest myth of the Aquarian age is that it will bring in a Pisces paradise with a strong support from Libra.
Another typical example is the following from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi:
So, now a New Age has started which is called the Age of Aquarius, meaning the pitcher carrier of spiritual holy water that is the work of Kundalini.[iii]
Spirituality is Pisces likewise all psychic phenomena and subtle forces such as Kundalini.
It is a fascinating that most comments, statements and expectations about the Age of Aquarius promote Pisces. I am not the only astrologer to notice this extreme contradiction but the momentum of misinformation about the Pisces-colored Age of Aquarius is so strong that it continues like a never ending tragic soap opera – Pisces also rules tragic soap operas! Occasionally someone refers to Aquarius archetypes in their projection of the Age of Aquarius, but they are a small minority.
The upshot of this is it is more likely than not that anything anyone states about the Aquarian age is pure (Pisces) myth. The unfortunate repercussion of the myth-laden Age of Aquarius is that the misinformation spread about the Aquarian age prevents people from really seeing the Aquarian age in its own right. Visualize an Pisces wolf in an Aquarian clothing – this is the situation today with the urban myths spread about the Age of Aquarius. The Aquarian age does not need to recreate the mythical Garden of Eden to be a great age. The Aquarian age does not require the comical spectacle of humanity all being enlightened – who will collect the garbage? The Aquarian age can stand on its own feet and display its self-esteem about its Aquarian archetypes that will predominate in the Age of Aquarius. However, of all the signs, Aquarius is the sign of lowest self-esteem as its opposite sign, Leo, vacuums up self-esteem by the spade full leaving scant remnants for Aquarius.
The poetic license associated with the Age of Aquarius is so strong that probably in excess of 90% of everything ever stated about the Age of Aquarius is poetic license. In other words, if a concept about the Aquarian age sounds good – it must be true! This approach has not only been maintained by the general public, but also by most astrologers.
Why has this situation come about? It is very simple really. The astrological fraternity has not a clue about the Age of Aquarius. Charles Carter, a leading 20th century British astrologer, stated:
It is probable that there is no branch of Astrology upon which more nonsense has been poured forth than the doctrine of the precession of the equinoxes
Note: precession of the equinoxes is the astronomical source for the ages such as the Age of Aquarius. All astrology has an astronomical source. In the case of the astrological ages, precession of the equinoxes means that the Earth spins like a top but wobbles. This wobble creates a 26,000 year cycle which when divided by 12, allows for the creation of 12 ages per cycle at a little over 2,000 years per age.
It is this total lack of clarity amongst astrologers referred to by Charles Carter that has created a knowledge vacuum about the Age of Aquarius. In this vacuum poetic license has filled the gap. So what is the solution to this mixed-up urban myth? The only solution is that nothing should be believed about the Aquarian age (or any other age) unless some proof is tendered that a reasonably intelligent person can understand. Unless some proof is tendered it is more likely than not that anything anyone states about the Aquarian age is pure myth or fallacies even though the astrologers peddling such misinformation are well intentioned – another Pisces archetype!
Another commonly stated myth about the Aquarian age is that it commenced in the 1960’s or ’70s. Blogs from one end of the world to the other repeatedly discuss the arrival of the Aquarian age in those rebellious and drug-fueled times. Just because the musical Hair proclaimed that `this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…’ does not make it so. If all the people in the world jumped up and down in unison declaring this is the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, Aquarius could not care less, even if everyone sang it in key!
When it comes to the Aquarian age, astrologers want to eat their cake and keep it. The most common statement on the subject, from those few research astrologers that examine the ages, is that the previous age, the Age of Pisces, arrived with the birth of Jesus Christ. Pisces is the sign of two fish. Since early times Christians preferred the fish symbol for Christianity, so astrologers behave like Homer Simpson and say
d’oh – Jesus must have started the Pisces age
However if Jesus commenced the Pisces age, the earliest the Aquarian age can arrive is around 2150. Why? Because the cycle of ages takes approximately 26,000 years to make one revolution therefore each age appears for approximately 2150 years each. If the Pisces age commenced with Jesus then the Aquarian age cannot commence before approx. 2150.
Furthermore, some astrologers actually believe that the length of an age is taken literally from the size of the zodiacal constellations along the zodiac. For example, the constellation of Pisces is much larger than normal, so therefore the Pisces age must be even longer than 2,150 years.
The problem with the Aquarian age arriving in the middle of the 22nd century is how to explain all the Aquarian developments in the world today. Such Aquarian developments include electricity, computers, flight, space travel and democracy. What do these have to do with the Pisces age?
To get around this awkward question the solution is easy – just state that we are approaching the cusp of the Pisces and Aquarian ages, and at the cusp there is a blurring of the two influences. Unfortunately no experienced astrologer to my knowledge has ever experienced cusps. Cusps are an urban myth popular with those members of the general public with a little knowledge of astrology and with novice astrologers who do not know any better. In over three decades of studying astrology, I have never encountered a factual explanation of cusps that justify their existence nor heard from any experienced astrologer that cusps have any validity.
The above is a good demonstration of irrationality at work. When no justification for the arrival of the Aquarian age before 2150 can be supplied, astrologers have invented a solution that no one has proved or can substantiate. In past times this is called `building your house on sand rather than rock’. The house is going to fall down if built upon the sand. Cusps are made of sand.
What else is sand here – something very simple and totally overlooked? There is no doubt that Christianity has a relationship with Pisces. Pisces shares the fish symbol with Christianity and Pisces is also associated with mysticism and mystical religions, and religions based on salvation. But the BIG question is, why should the Pisces age begin with the arrival of the avatar of Western culture? Who said that ages must begin with a famous person? What about Buddha, why could not the Pisces age be already in place when Buddha was alive around six centuries earlier?
The whole mess of an Aquarian age not arriving before 2150 is dependent on the unsubstantiated assumption that Jesus began the Pisces age. When I have confronted some astrologers about this anomaly their eyes turn blank and their aura recedes because astrologers are not accustomed to think about the ages in general and the Aquarian age in particular. Astrologers are deep thinkers, but not when it comes to the ages. The astrological age topic is that one area in astrology where astrologers can dream up all manner of unsubstantiated nonsense and pretend it is true. If this is how astrologers behave, no wonder the urban myths on the Aquarian age are in La-La-land.
If the Aquarian age arrived, say at 1970, then the Pisces age should have arrived at around 181 BC (1970 AD – 2150 = 181 BC). What happened around 181 BC to indicate a major historical shift in gears? Nothing! There is no reason to believe that the Pisces age arrived around 181 BC. However this does not mean that 181 BC was not in the Pisces age.
The upshot of all this is that from a simplistic and obvious point of view the Age of Aquarius has arrived. What have ipods, cell phones, large-screen LCD TVs, super-jumbo jets, Facebook and blogs got to do with Pisces? What astrologers have failed to recognize here is that unless astrology ‘works’ it is useless. Unless the ages ‘work’ why even refer to them. If the evidence suggests that the Aquarian age has arrived, why not investigate this to discover the real truth about the ages in general and the Age of Aquarius in particular? Why not look at the evidence and avoid the idle and unfounded speculation?
What is it about the Aquarian age that makes many people feel history will go against itself and create a problem-free age? Has there ever been a problem-free age? Perhaps every time the Age of Aquarius turns up around every 26,000 years the world takes a sabbatical from wars, violence, anger, catastrophes and natural disasters and creates a totally different age compared to all the other ages?
As ridiculous as this sounds, there is an element of truth to this concept. Of all the twelve zodiacal signs, Aquarius is the one sign that is the different, radical or eccentric sign. In other words Aquarius behaves very differently to the other eleven zodiacal signs. Therefore if Aquarius behaves very different to the other signs, and if historically the other ages are full of problems, logic says that in the Aquarian age it should not have these problems. Unfortunately this is faulty logic.
The reason that the logic is faulty is that it can be very different in the Aquarian age compared to other ages, but continue to be full of major problems, or problems of a very different nature. How about this for a different kind of major problem – in this age, for the first time in history, the world may be destroyed or severely affected by humans due to the use of their nuclear arsenal or from the effects of pollution. Have humans previously been capable of destroying the world?
There is another way of approaching the difference associated with the Aquarian age compared to other ages. If the difference is so fundamental between the sign of Aquarius and the other eleven zodiacal signs represented in the astrological ages then we should also see this with people. Have you noticed that Aquarians stand out from other people as being problem-free or saint-like? If you have then you must know some incredibly rare Aquarian. There is no evidence whatsoever that Aquarians are problem-free or better than the other signs. The great people of the world are not overly represented by Aquarius, if they are then this would be one of the greatest secrets in astrology!
Unless there is some evidence to suggest that Aquarius is better than the other eleven zodiacal signs there is no reason to believe that the Aquarian age will be better than any other age. If the Aquarian age is not better than any other age then why would the world be problem-free in the Age of Aquarius?
The world is very different in this Aquarian age to date compared to the known historical events of any other age. No other age has seen the human population anywhere near current levels. In no other age could humans light up the world at night (with Aquarius electricity) so that it is observable from space. In no other age could some people fly, watch TV and have all the labor savings devices available in this modern Age of Aquarius. In no other age has any human walked on the Moon.
What is noticeable to date from the Aquarian age is that the benefits seem much greater compared to previous ages and the problems see much greater compared to earlier ages. This in itself satisfies the Aquarian archetype that it must be somehow fundamentally different to other ages.
The Age of Aquarius is not going to save the world. The Age of Aquarius is not going to raise your consciousness. The future of the world depends upon the sum of all the people in the world. It is what all the people in the world do that will make things happen. Judging by its track record to date, the problems and benefits in the Age of Aquarius will be much greater than previous. However, there is every reason to believe from the evidence provided by astrology that in this age of uncertainty, there is a much higher chance than normal that the world is heading for a mini-golden age associated with the Libra age-decan of the Age of Aquarius that will be firmly in place by around the middle of the next century (the 22nd century). See A Celebration 7,000 Years in the Making
Hair poster – By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26559170
Beware the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Sam Phillips – http://samphillips.co.nz/wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing-tattoo-print/
Homer Simpson – By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7781941
[i] http://test.proshopsale.com/2008/03/08/the-greatest-teacher-is-nature-and-you/ but no longer available?
[ii] http://spelunkingtheeideosphere.blogspot.com/2008/03/unearthing-religious-and-new-age.html but no longer available?
The current 21st century from an astrological perspective is a ‘mild’ century. In Part 1, an initial examination of the 21st century was made which proposed that the 21st century is not as dangerous compared to the 20th and 22nd centuries due primarily to the fact that both these centuries have a major sub-age cusp whereas the 21st century does not. The primary influence in the 21st century is from the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148) and a basic examination of Scorpio archetypes was undertaken. Sub-age cusps are not the only harbingers of disasters and difficulties, and in this post, a deeper examination of the differences between the current 21st century compared to the two adjoining centuries is made.
For those readers not familiar with periods used in macro-astrology, you may find your understanding significantly increases if you first read Age of Aquarius for Dummies
The 20th century saw both the peak of the Scorpio sub-age wave in 1970 and the peak of the Pisces sub-age decan (the middle decan of the Scorpio sub-age) wave in 1910. Normally a wave associated with a sub-age decan should have only one-third the strength of a sub-age wave – but like the inevitability of Murphy’s Law, there is always an exception. The peak of the Pisces sub-age decan wave in 1910 was the exception to the rule. The greatest wave of all is caused by an age, and that last rolled in on an unsuspecting world in the 15th century. The age cusp in the 15th century marked the boundary of the Pisces and Aquarian ages, but in the 15th century Pisces is the sign of strength while Aquarius is just the new spindly kid on the block.
In the 15th century, the Pisces age broke like a tsunami and is currently washing over the world for thousands of years bringing all manner of Pisces archetypes along for the ride. Pisces is traditionally associated with Europe, is the primary sign on the USA’s totem pole, is the sign for corporations (fake bodies) and thus strongly linked to capitalism, and is the apocalyptic sign which is why key Pisces religions such as Christianity and Islam look to the end of the world for salvation. Even many science fiction and futuristic movies often portray a post-apocalyptic future. Pisces is the sign of endings, and many people are convinced about the imminent and messy end of human society or society as we know it.
Coincidentally Pisces archetypes include self-deception, delusion and a lack of clarity. Under Pisces’ spell, when Pisces was at its peak the Roman Catholic Church (and the new Protestantism) behaved like the Taliban or ISIS and burnt at the stake many people, exiled or persecuted them by other means due only to their beliefs. There were massive religious wars between the Protestant and Catholic nations (similar to the Sunni and Shiite antagonism currently playing out in the Middle East). The Black Death ravaged Europe. The majority of the American Indians were killed by disease upon contact with their European superiors, if they had not already been murdered or enslaved. Millions of innocent Africans were transported to become slaves with many millions dying a horrible death on route. It was not a pretty picture. There were many developments on the positive side of Pisces at this critical juncture but at this point, I am looking for worse case scenarios.
When the tsunami of the Pisces age wave passes over the centuries, if it comes across a significant Pisces sub-period it resonates with the smaller Pisces period creating, for a short time, a far greater impact than can normally be expected from a smaller wave. When the Pisces age wave hit the early 20th century, it resonated with the smaller Pisces sub-age decan wave and reminded the world of what it was like to live under medieval Pisces in earlier centuries. This is why in the first half of the 20th century the world saw two World Wars, the Great Depression and the millions of deaths associated with the Spanish flu in 1918 which killed more people than the First World War. How many hundreds of millions of people were cut down before their time in the first half of the 20th century? Again, I am focusing on the dark side of Pisces only. The first half of the 20th century was the great disaster of modern times, and there is nothing remotely like it indicated in the current 21st century.
On the other side of the 21st century, the 22nd century has something that only appears once every age. Each age has three age-decans. The cusp of one age decan coincides with the cusp of the ages so can be discounted, leaving the two remaining cusps. The first of these two age-decan cusps takes on additional role. The first age-decan cusp of any age is of the opposite sign of the second last age overflow and stops it in its tracks! The whole of the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD) was dominated by the Aries age overflow in the same way that the current Aquarius age (1433 – 3574) is dominated by the Pisces age overflow. However when the 15th century arrived unleashing the Pisces age-overflow, the remnants of the Aries age overflow continued to be carried along in the slipstream. Aries brought the Age of Warfare and the continuation of the military madness associated with Aries has carried forward into the modern world – but it has a time fuse attached to it.
War is not the only archetype attached to Aries, it is the sign of male-dominated society and sits high on the European totem pole along with Pisces in contrast with the Far East which has a focus upon Libra. Aries has driven the constructive urge in the world where nearly everywhere in the world has numerous examples of spectacular engineering feats. Somehow, all this comes to a screeching halt from the middle of the 22nd century onwards because of the peak of the Libra age decan in 2148 – with Libra countering Aries’ archetypes. Furthermore, age-decan cusps produce serious schisms, and the strength of an age decan cusp is such that even the constitutional integrity of the US government will most likely be compromised (for a short time) before political continuity returns. Major empires and regions have a history of collapsing upon the arrival of an age-decan cusp. Age-decan cusps are serious business. Nothing like this is seen in the current 21st century.
Before examining the 21st century in detail, it is important to reiterate what has been investigated so far. The current 21st century, for all its problems, will in no way be comparable to the extreme destruction witnessed in the first half of the 20th century nor what is projected to occur in the 22nd century. The mood however for the 21st century will be desultory and people will feel vulnerable – some will feel very vengeful. A new ethos will grow and develop over the century which can be sourced back to the 1960s and 70s. This has precedence and previous incarnations of this same phenomena occurred with the rise of the workers commencing the early 19th century, and the earlier rise of the bourgeoisie (self-employed businessmen). Prior to that there was the sudden appearance of the Puritans and Protestant Christians. In each case, these movements were associated with sub-ages – the Puritans with the Capricorn sub-age, the bourgeoisie with the Sagittarius sub-age and the workers with the Scorpio sub-age. In all cases there were long germinations times.
What is the new movement or ethos emanating out of the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148)? It is the New Age movement, and the growth of this new environmentally-friendly social ethos is sure to follow the same pattern. We will not experience its culmination in this century.
The two key aspects that need to be examined for a top-down view of the 21st century are the influences from the Scorpio sub-age overflow and the newly arrived Libra sub-age (both 1970-2148 and this period can be labelled the Scorpio-Libra sub-age) plus the role of the two sub-age decans cusps that occur in the 21st century. Because of the wave-like nature of all periods in macro-astrology, no period is solely influenced by only one sign. The Scorpio sub-age overflow and Libra sub-age are occurring simultaneously as the Scorpio wave has attained its peak ascendancy in 1970 and ‘breaks’ over the following period while in 1970 the Libra sub-age comes online ready for its 179 years climb to its peak. Abbreviating the period to the Scorpio-Libra sub-age indicates the role of the two signs in this period and the dominance of Scorpio of Libra in the timeframe.
The Scorpio-Libra sub-age (1970-2148) has a demarcation line around the year 2059. Before 2059 Scorpio is the absolute dominant sign in the partnership, but from around 2059 Libra becomes noticeably more powerful. The input from Scorpio has already been covered in brief, but there is more to Scorpio than regeneration. The other key archetype associated with Scorpio is reduction including minimalism. Scorpio likes to prune the tree. All the predictions for the world population indicate a continuation of the exponential growth in the number of people in the world. The population explosion was a direct result of the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791-1970) and few people will disagree with the association of a booming population with the sign Sagittarius. However it is now Scorpio’s turn, and Scorpio is not expansionary like Sagittarius – in many ways it has an opposite quality. Scorpio wants the population of the world to reduce!
How will the world’s population reduce when all the pundits predict the opposite? Most people latch onto apocalyptic scenarios, but this melodramatic view of the future is associated with Pisces, and though Pisces is the primary sign in the world for many more centuries to come, there is no Pisces period of strength in the 21st century to resonate with. The most it can do is prop up the Pisces micro-age and overflow (2059-2074-2089) where it is likely to create another economic bubble which will again crash spectacularly around 2092 to 2097.
The fall in population is already occurring but most people cannot see it. Most western nations have had negative population growth for decades which means the number of children being born is less than the number of people dying. The only reason western countries are not shrinking is due to immigration. This population contraction is now not limited to only western nations, many second tier nations are witnessing the same. Furthermore, as the spread of the middle class extends from developed nations to developing nations, population growth falls because middle class families do not need to depend upon their children for their social security and labor as they grow old. Recently, for the first time in history, more people live in urban centers than in rural areas. This is merely confirmation of the worldwide trend towards an urbanized middle class with greater wealth than their average rural counterpart, resulting in families with significantly less children. In addition, China, with 1.3 billion people is the most populace nation on earth and had for many decades an enforced One-Child policy which has drastically affected population growth for a significant proportion of the world’s population.
It may be too unrealistic to suggest that all the population contraction will be based solely on economic issues – other mildly catastrophic events may reduce population growth, but if disease, epidemics, pollution, violence and so on become factors that prune the world’s population, it cannot be at the same echelon of disasters that befell the world in the first half of the 20th century. One possible reason for population decline is due appropriately to growing rates of infertility – infertility is in the stable of Scorpio archetypes. Infertility or difficulties for women to become pregnant has substantially increased in western nations since the 1960s.[i] Infertility clinics are becoming as common as McDonalds.
The effects of the astrological ages and sub-periods are not uniform around the world but always radiate out from the age-empire or civilization focal point of the time. Since the 15th century this has been the prerogative, for better and worse, of western culture – firstly in Europe, but during the powerful Pisces resonant point in the early 20th century, this was passed on to the USA. The emergent developments will tend to occur first in western nations then radiate out to the rest of the world over the following decades or centuries. The negative population growth of western nations has commenced radiating out past western nations, and though it may not hit Africa for over another century or more, it will ultimately get there.
The other big picture association to Scorpio is pollution. Pollution will be a significant factor in world affairs at least until the early 23rd century. When the world arrives at the peak of the Taurus sub-age decan[ii] around 2207, a counterbalancing period lasting many decades will reign in pollution or its effects one way or another. There is no need to review the plethora of dire consequences that environmental scientists predict for the world except for one major aspect that I did briefly refer to in my book published in 2011. Global Warming is real, and currently the heat is not going into atmospheric temperature but into rising oceanic temperature. Apart from melting the ice at the poles, hot water expands.
“Can any insight be gained from the astrological ages about the prediction by many scientists of a serious rise in ocean levels due to climate change? Pisces takes control of the oceans, and scientists are stating that the conclusions of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are too optimistic and conservative. The average ocean levels rose about 17 cm in the twentieth century. Most people are aware that the melting of glaciers and ice sheets is contributing significantly to sea level rise. However, global warming is also causing the existing seawater to expand, thus further increasing sea level rise. Based on the combination of meltwater from melting ice and expanding oceans, some experts believe ocean levels could rise by 1 meter by 2100 CE.” [iii]
The scientific evidence suggests that the sea level will rise around one meter (over 3 feet) per century for the next five centuries. Since the 15th century the strongest sign in the world is Pisces and will remain Pisces at least until 2500 – therefore the astrology supports the scientists. This will be an ongoing major catastrophe in slow motion and satisfies the requirement of our current century that detrimental change is here, but not to the destructive level of the early 20th century. Recently I was discussing the issue with a university lecturer in marine biology and he stated that the effects of an average sea level rise of just one inch can push back the shoreline by 20 yards or more. Most of the world’s coastal cities are doomed, but not immediately – how long can Venice survive?
In conclusion, both the 20th and 22nd centuries have major astrological precipitators creating extreme situations due to the Pisces sub-age decan resonating with the Pisces age overflow in the early 20th century, and the Libra age-decan cusp in the 22nd century opposing the violent influence carrying over from the Aries age. The funny thing is that nothing on this level occurs in the current 21st century.
Each sub-age produces a sub-culture with a new ethos, and I have proposed that the new and emergent sub-culture that will be in a position to deal with the world’s problems will evolve from the New Age movement and Green sympathizers. The population explosion is not only likely to continue to considerably slow down, it may even start reducing the world population as the 21st century unwinds, unless this is totally reserved for the 22nd century. Ages and all sub-periods ‘radiate’ and at this stage of the Age of Aquarius, it is western culture that is the source of the radiation, and its radiating influence will slowly but steadily affect the rest of the world for better or worse (torturing prisoners or highly questionable interrogation tactics such as waterboarding will also radiate out to the rest of the world). On the other extreme is the Peace or New Age movement which was developed within western culture.
Finally pollution will increasingly become the issue that must be resolved and the second half of the 21st century looks promising in this regard. The astrology suggests that the current ethos of western culture is incapable of adequately addressing the major issue of pollution due to the overriding focus upon financial profit, and that it will only be due to the growing influence of the New Age/Green movement, or whatever emerges from this movement, that will sufficiently address the problem – possibly as early as 2059 or shortly thereafter. The drive towards addressing pollution and Climate Change will build and develop in the period leading to 2059.
[ii] This Taurus sub-age decan belongs to the Virgo sub-age (c.2148-2327)
[iii] Terry MacKinnell “The Dawning”,Xlibris, 2011, p 237-8
Further resources from Terry MacKinnell
www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available
The Age of Aquarius for Dummies – explains the structure and sub-periods associated with the astrological ages
Aquarian Age Economics – Examines the relationship between macro-astrology and financial cycles
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
In my 2006 article: SCORPIO – the Sign of the Times published in the Astrological Monthly Review (Vol. 68, No. 11, November 2006, pgs 27-31) I stated:
“The world has arrived at another hotspot which stretches from 2005 to 2015 but the most potent time is between 2010 and 2015. Already some early indicators of Scorpio’s increased presence is making itself felt. One of the most noticeable aspects is a new concerted push to expand nuclear energy production. Australia, the major supplier of uranium in the world, is moving towards increasing the number of mines and production and possibly even introducing nuclear reactors into Australia. Other nuclear developments are North Korea’s claim in 2005 that it had developed a nuclear bomb and the belief in 2006 that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon. If the last Scorpio hot spot is any guide, some nuclear calamity due to aggression or accident may be around the corner, especially between 2010 and 2015.”
The key nuclear issue (to date) associated with the current Scorpio hotspot is the Japanese disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant following the tsunami in March 2011. Until this accident, the current Scorpio hotspot had seen a sharp revival of interest in building more nuclear reactors around the world to a level not seen for decades (since the previous Scorpio hotspot). Currently 60 nuclear plants are under construction – with the majority in Asia and many existing plants are being upgraded. The plants in operation in 2009 provided 15% of the world’s electricity. 155 nuclear reactors are in the planning stage with another 320 proposed. As one adverse aspect of this new push towards nuclear energy, the German government suffered some serious political humiliation early in 2011, after the Japanese tsunami, due to its strong promotion of nuclear power prior to the Japanese accident. Japan naturally has put on hold plans to expand its nuclear energy. In my 2006 article I stated that the current Scorpio hotspot would see
“…. a new concerted push to expand nuclear energy production”.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster may not be the only “accident” in this period. Apart from some other similar nuclear accident, there is also the possibility of a dirty bomb or increased threats to use nuclear weapons by rogue states. We are not out of the woods yet. With the increased fervour to build many more nuclear reactors, there will be the increased chance in the future that further accidents will occur for the same reason that no matter how safe new jet passenger airlines are constructed, some will still crash! One key time for future nuclear accidents will be the next Scorpio hotspot due in 2059 to 2069 with the most potent time 2064 to 2067.
Of course, the desire to produce electricity by nuclear power is driven by the needs of an energy hungry world trying to cut its addiction to carbon-based power stations and their attendant pollution. The real solution, supported by the sign, Scorpio – the sign of our times, is that the world’s population needs to drastically decrease, people need to consume far less and there should be a greater reliance upon sustainable power sources. The vested commercial interests, generally represented by the conservative political parties and therefore supported by an enormous number of the general public around the world, believe that the sustainable approach to ecology will have a disastrous effects upon the capitalistic world economy.
The sustainable ecological approach will be fiercely resisted until people are dropping due to the adverse effects of pollution. And even at this point there is no guarantee that the moneyed class and supporting political apparatus will effectively respond when people start dying from pollution. China is giving us a preview of this now. By 2009, it was estimated that air and water pollution was prematurely killing 2 million people a year in the world, with at least 656,000 of these in China and over 500,000 in India. In 2007 China suppressed the release of a report on this problem for fear on inciting social unrest. This is the coming reality for much of the world. It reminds me of some graffiti I use to observe in Sydney in the last Scorpio hotspot (1960s-70s)
“mutate now, avoid the rush”.
The strong Scorpio flavour at our part in the Aquarian age suggest that the world will continue on down its current path until it goes past the point of no return, and then try and rectify the situation when most of the calamity has occurred or the damage is mainly irreversible. This dire forecast however is offset by another astrological reality that will commence to unfold in the world at an increased level from around 2029 onwards. From 2029 onwards, the astrological energy shifts to ‘anti-expansion’ due to a Gemini sub-age decan overflow (2029 – 2089).
Therefore there will be two opposing forces in the world for most of the 21st century. On the one-hand, the expansionary overflow from the Sagittarius sub-age decan and overflow (1612–1791–1970), that is linked to the Industrial Revolution and world-wide population explosion, will meet its opposite sign, Gemini at its peak power from 2029 onwards. In association with the frugal and contracting archetypal nature of the Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970-2148), the world should see the brakes consistently applied beginning 2029. The tensions between these expansionary and contracting archetypal energies will define most of the rest of this century. There are early precursors to this evolving situation now (see When Will the World Slow Down? )
One of the reasons why the world is so ineffective in taking a stance against the coming peril of climate change due to extreme pollution is that the first third of the Aquarian age is ruled by the Libran age-decan (1433 – 2148), with Libra building in tempo as it approaches its highpoint in 2148 whereupon it should reign triumphant. Libra promotes ease and comfort – including all the modern labour-saving conveniences that are available since the Industrial Revolution. Libra is also anti-war but lacks will and decisiveness. So it is easier to feed the world cheap consumer goods (often from the heavily polluted factories) rather than promote frugality, anti-consumption and sustainability. This wishy washy approach to climate change will seriously “bite” the world in the coming decades.
So while the world remains in the current Scorpio hotspot until 2015, and especially strong until 2012, we must expect the strong possibility that either another nuclear incident will occur, or that the medium-term effect of the Fukushima nuclear plant incident will reverberate around the world truncating the rising demand for nuclear power. This may be wishful thinking as commercial interests do not like being blocked from securing future profits.
This part 2 blog on revisiting Scorpio, the Sign of the Times, is part of a series that will update that 2006 published article with a strong focus upon the prime concepts associated with Scorpio:
In Part 1 of this series I concentrated upon tyrants and revolution. When I commenced writing this series I was aware that ‘assassination and death’ (included in the list of above Scorpio archetypes) seemed under represented. However the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan has corrected this situation. This event has multiple Scorpio archetypes attached to it – terrorism, revolutionary leader, assassination, spy networks (CIA and the Pakistan intelligence service) and finally an undercover operation resulting in bin Laden’s death. Assassinations and death will be explored later in this series. The next blog in this series will be part 3 on the Scorpio activities of taxes and debt – which has also recently risen significantly in stature as the US faces its many trillions of burgeoning debt.
 Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing, China, “Chinese Air Pollution Deadliest in World, Report Says”, for National Geographic News, July 9, 2007, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070709-china-pollution.html, downloaded 22 April 2010
 Clifford Coonan in Beijing , “China ‘suppressed report on pollution deaths’”, 4 July 2007, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-suppressed-report-on-pollution-deaths-455834.html, downloaded 22 April 2010
I don’t know the velocity of the Earth as it orbits the sun, nor do I know if this velocity is increasing or decreasing – but this is not the crucial question here. I am not talking about the speed of planet Earth, but about the speed and growth of human civilisation on the crust of our planet. We take our civilisation for granted, but what we take for granted is a mere spec in the history of the earth and of human beings. Until relatively recently humans were unable to make drastic changes to our environment because there were too few of us alive at any one time.
Currently the population of the world is approaching 7 billion people. It took humans (homo sapiens) over 150,000 years to reach the first billion people around 1804. It took slightly more than a century to double this. It took another 33 years to get to the 3 billion mark in 1959. Each extra billion people took fewer years to achieve compared to the previous benchmark up to 6 billion people (achieved in 1999). Forecasts indicate however that each extra billion people from 6 billion on will take incrementally more years than the previous billion. This indicates a slow down in the rate of population growth – but population growth in the world continues like a juggernaut.
This slow down in the rate of population growth does suggest something is happening to the world’s population. Basically most First World countries are experiencing negative population growths and their populations are only expanding due to immigration. Population growth is now reducing in the second tier of nations and this process is expected to spread. The greatest influence that reduces population is increased wealth and affluence. Middle class families find large families too expensive and they do not need a built in social security system provided by numerous children as the modern state is usually adequate in taking care of this function.
Despite this reduction in the rate of population growth, the world’s population keeps on ballooning. By 2040 the world’s population is expected to be 9 billion – 50% more than 1999. Earlier forecasts did not have the world’s population of 9 billion until 2054, so while the population growth rate is declining over the long term, it seems to be picking up speed in the short term.
What astrological input has created this booming world? It is not the Age of Aquarius – even though it has been around since 1433 AD. Aquarius is not noted for its expanding qualities. The sign of expansion is traditionally Sagittarius. Closer inspection of the Aquarian age reveals that Sagittarius is not only the culprit – it also has a limited time-span and therefore we can use Sagittarius to predict when the world will start slowing down. The Sagittarius in question here is the Sagittarian sub-age (1612 – 1791 AD) of the Aquarian age (each age has 12 sub-ages). Due to the Overflow Effect, Sagittarius builds up a powerful momentum in its period (1612 – 1791) then like a projectile is launched out into the world to do its businesses – until something stands in its way or it runs out of puff. The expansion of Sagittarius is absolutely demonstrated when we look at the population growth in the world from 1804 to 1999 – from 1 billion to 6 billion people in a mere 195 years.
However, since the Sagittarius sub-age the world has experienced the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970), culminating in the revolutionary 1960s and 70s that most people mistake for the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Since 1970 the Scorpio projectile has been launched and Scorpio is not expansionary – it favours contraction. In the old Biblical myth of the seven fat cows and seven emaciated cows, Scorpio is the emaciated cows. Scorpio wants a shrinking world in the same way in Lord of the Rings, the ring that rules them all wants to return to its master.
We are already seeing the first glimpse of Scorpio in the drop in the growth rate of the world’s population. Scorpio is a newer projectile than Sagittarius, so it is fresh, energised, fully equipped and ready for the fray. Even without consideration of other astrological factors, Scorpio will chip away at our expanding world for almost the next 200 years.
However another anti-Sagittarian projectile is soon to appear. Each sub-age (of around 178 years has three decans (termed sub-age decans of around 60 years) and since 1970 the world has been experiencing a Gemini sub-age decan. The Gemini sub-age decan is in its momentum-gaining stage and will not become a projectile until 2029, whereupon it will unleash its jihad over the coming 60 years at a minimum. The relevant point is that Gemini is opposite the sign Sagittarius in the zodiac so Gemini naturally opposes and undermines Sagittarius whenever it can. From 2029 Gemini will shift up a gear and therefore speed up the contraction of human civilisation. However do not expect to wake up on January 1st, 2030 to find a totally different landscape devoid of people. History dictates that major changes usually take lots of time.
Interestingly we have a precedent to refer to. Ancient Rome also experienced a Sagittarian sub-age (in the previous Pisces age) from 370 BC to 189 BC, at which date it became a projectile and provided strong expansionary influence to the Roman Empire. From the astrological perspective, the expansion of Ancient Rome and the expansion of the modern world were both due to their respective Sagittarian sub-ages and overflows. However around 53 AD the Romans experienced a Gemini sub-age decan that we are bout to experience soon. Did this slow down the Roman Empire?
Rome, at the beginning of its Sagittarian sub-age in 370 BC was already a republic (since 509 BC when they threw out their king) but they did not even rule the whole of Italian peninsula. This did not occur until the 200s BC. Once the peninsula was under control the Romans started its massive expansionary phase that continued all the way until 117 AD under Trajan – the largest area Rome ever ruled. From this time onwards Ancient Rome slowly contracted. 117 AD is 64 years after 53 AD when they first experienced the full force of Gemini.
If we add 64 years to the equivalent Gemini period in our time, we arrive at the year 2093. Around this date is the highest possibility for the upper limit of our expanding world and population. After this it is downhill all the way – but not necessarily in a negative sense. The world has to contract as it is currently unsustainable on many levels, and it will grow ever more unsustainable until around 2094. The easiest way to reduce pollution is to reduce the population, the scope of human activity plus being increasingly environmentally sustainable in the process.
A world that reduces its population and slows down will create enormous strains on a multitude of levels – especially the economic level. Capitalism depends upon expanding markets for its success. This suggests that many activities currently undertaken by capitalistic measures will probably be taken over by governments in a form of socialism – but not to the exclusion of free enterprise. Capitalism is here for the long haul, but perhaps not in such a monopolistic exalted position as it is today.
The impact upon human society from a contracting world around the end of this 21st century will be very stressful for civilisation because of another extremely important astrological factor. Each age can also be broken into three decans (termed age-decans), and the world must experience the cusp of the first age-decan of the Aquarian age in 2148. My research into the cusps of age-decans clearly indicate that these creates massive changes a century either side of the actual cusp, especially 50 years either side. 50 years either side of the age-decan cusp of 2148 is 2098 to 2198. Therefore from 2098 for a century civilisation-shaking developments will be foisted upon the world.
In the past these age-cusps have broken the back of previous age-empires and temporarily upset the current age-empire. The age-decan cusp of 8 BC saw the final dissolution of Egypt’s independence after its conquest by the Roman Empire and the final collapse of Babylon after thousands of years of existence. The age-empire at the time, Ancient Rome, experienced its greatest political discontinuity when the semi-democratic Roman Republic collapsed and was replaced by the Roman Empire with a dictatorial Caesar at its head. From hereon in, whoever had the loyalty of the strongest military force was leader of the Roman Empire.
Despite massive a major changes to civilisation at the cusp of age-decans – life does go on both during it and afterwards. At one age-decan cusp in Ancient Egypt, the first evidence in the world of a workers revolted is found – and then they reversed roles – the aristocrats had to serve the workers. Most people want a roof over their head, food in the cupboard and a reasonable standard of living. For most this will remain the case as the world passes through it age-decan cusp next century, but nevertheless major political, economic, military and environmental developments will take place in a world that is contracting.
The only question is – will the world be contracting voluntarily or will it be due to such adverse environmental conditions that there is not enough food and resources for the 10 billion plus people at the second half of the 21st century? The answer is probably a combination of both. The world is moving towards greater affluence for all of its population – and affluent people have fewer children. However with the expected rise in population of the course of the 21st century, even with strong mitigating measure to limit the destructive influence of pollution and adverse effects of climate change, this will most likely prove ineffective. Something relatively drastic is on the horizon – but if the past is any guide, it is not drastic enough to be the end of the world or the end of civilisation – it may even herald in a Golden Age once all the screaming and shouting has ceased. (see How will we be judged?)
For the first time in well over 2,000 years a definitive guide and explanation to the astrological ages, including the Aquarian age, is available. Over 2,000 years ago the astrological ages got lost in the fog of history, and all we were left with were insufficient remnants that do not do the ages justice. For over the last 2,000 years astrologers have been trying to use these remnants, but unsatisfactorily. This new book unveils the previously hidden structure and timing of the ages and provides an exacting correspondence to any historical event over the last 12,000 years.
This new book should be published by early 2011 (based on the transits and progressions of Jupiter). An early preview is however available now.
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In an article Humanity’s 200-year sprint slows down[i], the opening sentence states:
“The human race is slowing down”.
The completion of the final flight of the US space shuttle in June 2011 will mark another step backwards – following in the footsteps of the Concorde passenger jet. The author, Daniel Michaels, believes that humanity may be for the first time, slowing down. Commencing in the 1700s, man could travel at around 10km (6 miles) per hour. Now, passengers in a jet can travel at 1000km (600 miles) per hour. Humanity’s speed commenced accelerating around 1815, just inside the expansionary Sagittarian sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970). The fastest jet achieved a speed of Mach 3.2 at the close of the Sagittarian sub-age overflow, but these SR-71 Blackbirds were pensioned off in the 1990s. The Concorde (which could exceed Mach 2), experienced a similar fate following a devastating crash in 2000. The average speeds of today’s jets are about the same that some of our parents flew 60 years ago.
The above is another clue to the coming slowdown expected in the world. A slowing world does not necessarily mean doom and gloom, but a shift in priorities. Another possible example of the future is Japan. For decades economic pundits have been describing Japan’s economy as a basket case – shrinking and going nowhere with a growing massive government financial deficit and associated debt. Recently its economy slipped from second place to third place in the world ranking. It also has an aging population with all the pitfalls that that will involve in the coming decades. Rather than being just a basket case, Japan may also be leading the world into the future where economic expectations must be curtailed, and in its place, a sustainable future with a static or diminishing market is envisioned. The world may have to learn some relevant lessons from the Japanese – both positive and negative.
The recent massive earthquake and tsunami in early 2011 follows a long line of disasters that have hit Japan – the last being the Second World War. Japan has always responded better to disasters than to success. This may be a preview of what the world will have to undergo in the coming 150 years as pollution and climate change devastate the world. The astrology of the world for the next 150 years indicates that we will have to kiss security goodbye, and in its place deal with one crisis after another in a shrinking or slowing world! From 2029 onwards we cease getting the preview, and dive into the deep end.
[i] Daniel Michaels, The Weekend Australian, April 9-10, 2011 Pg 21 World section, taken from The Wall Street Journal
….. or to be more precise, how will our contemporary modern world be judged in one thousand years time?
I was inspired to write this blog after partially watching an interesting TV documentary Life After People. This documentary explores the fictional notion that somehow all of humanity suddenly disappears, leaving the world intact as it is today but minus human beings. Without humans, everything begins to decay. Termites begin chewing through the wooden structures, iron rusts and vegetation takes over. Even concrete ‘dissolves’ as modern concrete is not as sturdy as the ancient concrete employed by the ancient Romans (and modern concrete produces far more pollution than Roman concrete). In about 1,000 year’s time, there is virtually nothing left – except for ancient monoliths such as the Egyptian pyramids.
This documentary contrasted ancient monuments and modern construction techniques. Modern construction materials are not orientated for longevity. Without constant rebuilding or intense maintenance, most of our constructed modern world will quickly deteriorate. In stark contrast, the pyramids have lasted over 4,000 years, and many of ancient Rome’s impressive building remain available for tourists to visit. These remnant Egyptian monuments are likely to last for many more thousands of years.
The contrast between ancient Egypt and the modern world has an underlying astrological connection. Ancient Rome was the empire of the Taurus age. The modern world currently is the product of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (of the Aquarian age). Taurus and Scorpio are opposite signs! Therefore what is strong in a Taurean period is weak in a Scorpio period (and vice versa). When we think of ancient Egypt we think of grand pyramids, the Sphinx and massive rock facades on valley walls – plus the aroma of incense, essential oils and freshly baked bread ….. and other sensual delights. Ancient Egypt was Taurus made manifest. There will be no other time in the world where Taurus will be as strong, as when ancient Egypt thrived, for round about another 19,000 years. So despite the modern technological revolution, it is unlikely any society over the next 19,000 will produce a society that leaves so many archaeological epitaphs for many thousands of years compared to ancient Egypt. Egypt has set the benchmark for a long time!
We automatically conclude that our modern world is superior to what came before. However the astrology of the ages indicates otherwise. For example, why hasn’t the contemporary modern world with vastly greater population produced a better poet than Shakespeare? Why aren’t modern classical composers superior in quality and quantity compared to the classical musicians from a couple of centuries ago? The answer is very simple. At various times over the course of the Great Year (some 26,000 years long), there are twelve astrological ages, and these ages indicate a peak of archetypal energy associated with the zodiacal sign of the astrological age. For example the Aries age and overflow (2916 BC – 1433 AD) indicates a peak time for war and violence. Despite the fact nothing in the past is of the magnitude of the two world wars of the 20th century, the person who conquered more of the Eurasian land mass than anyone prior or later is Genghis Khan (c.1162–1227 AD). This occurred under the influence of Aries and is unlikely to be repeated until around another 23,000 years when the world enters the next Aries age. The sub-ages of ages also demonstrate this same trait.
The modern world is a passing experience – and it does not mean that the modern world is superior to all of what came before. From the perspective of the Scorpio age and overflow (1791 – 2148 AD) within the Aquarian age, that has produced much of what we recognize as the contemporary modern world, certain developments that are archetypally associated with Scorpio will set benchmarks that should withstand the next 2,000 years. What are these Scorpio benchmarks? These include the internet, genetic engineering and all its spin-offs including GM foods, the sexual revolution, abortion, nuclear power and weapons, national and personal debt, loans, credit cards, tyrants (Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot etc), pollution, recycling, revolutions, underground criminal networks (e.g. the Mafia, Triad etc) and unseen forces such as insecurity and spiritual regeneration – to name a few. The appearance of these Scorpio archetypes will withstand the winds of change for quiet some time.
It is possible to predict the next peak of human activity based on the slow movement of the ages. Of the twelve sub-ages (approx 179 years each) that exist within each astrological age, sub-ages can be broken down into three sub-age decans (of approximately 60 years each). The Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2074 with its peak period 2029 – 2074) will witness the greatest manifestation of Gemini since 1073 AD (around 1,000 years ago). What can we expect from Gemini – especially in the period around 2029 to 2074? Firstly the continuation of the communications revolution due to cell phones (mobile phones), emails and the internet. Other areas strongly associated with Gemini include: the massive growth of education around the world – especially pre-university education; the automobile revolution utilizing clean energy; a new futuristic road network; environmentally sustainable transportation; a revitalization of cities; and the minimalization of language due to texting; plus the greatest novelist(s) of the last 1,000 years. Amazon’s Kindle and Apples iPad are ongoing example of new direction in (Gemini) literature. On the negative side the world may be prone to major wind storms, deteriorating air quality and massive increase in lung diseases due to pollution. Gemini currently remains in its formative period (1970 – 2029), and all the Gemini archetypes referred to will be at their most powerful in the period 2029 – 2074.
Though we can expect amazing novelists to spring out of the peak of the current Gemini influence around 2029, the influence of the larger and current Scorpio sub-age is much greater. How will people in the future judge our modern world? On the negative side they will see the modern period as the greatest example of rapine of the Earth where much of the oil and gas laid down over many millions of years and many other limited natural resources are extracted from the ground and used injudiciously with scant regard for future generations. We are behaving like pigs at the trough. We will be earmarked as that strange period when atomic energy and bombs were developed and utilized for good and bad – provided we have not blown the world to smithereens or totally polluted it with nuclear waste so that it is inhospitable to humanity.
On the plus side, we will be seen as that time in history when the world revolted, and dismissed its hereditary kings, monarchs and aristocracy. The internet will be seen as a gift. The Sexual Revolution will also be noticeable in one thousand years time when humanity commenced to be liberated from archaic sexual roles and gender inequality. We will be remembered for our spiritual and religious reinvigoration as displayed by the arrival of born again Christians, the growth of fundamentalism in Christianity and Islam plus the increased spiritualism associated with new sects and groups that have proliferated since the 1970s and the natural spirituality of the New Age movement.
Though it has not occurred yet, we will probably be well remembered for the grassroots revolution against rampant and ecologically unsustainable consumerism (this grass roots revolution is unlikely to see its culmination prior to the middle of the next century). We will be seen as that strange time before the coming ecological golden age (2148 – 2863). Our modern world is actually the gear-change time where the 10,000 years momentum of unplanned and ad hoc development of the world collides with its ecological consequences. This is part two of a mighty revolution that is underway. Part one was the revolution that dethroned the kings – part two is the environmental revolution that we are only seeing the beginning.
Unfortunately we will most likely be remembered badly – because compared to what is to follow, we don’t look good. The mini-golden age due around the middle of next century and lasting for around seven centuries indicates a world of balance, equality, ecological awareness and most likely a much smaller world population compared to today’s world. Scorpio is the sign of pruning – how much of the world’s population will be pruned over the next 150 years or so? From the current figure of 7 billion people, at least half may be pruned. This is already occurring. Most first world nations now have a negative population growth, with many second tier nations also falling in line. Research indicates that the more educated and economically prosperous a region – the lower the birth rate.
The astrology of the ages supports the realization by many that the world is on a collision course with environmental degradation due to pollution. How far will we go before something decisive and effective is done about the deplorable ecological situation? The influence of the Scorpio sub-age strongly insinuates that the world will go past the point of no-return before anything effective is done – with some severe long-term consequences for this lack of timely and direct counter measures. Despite the appearance of a possible golden age next century associated with the Libra decan of the Aquarian age, Libra produces indecisiveness – as no zodiacal sign has only positive qualities associated with it. So while the steady increase in Libra that has been occurring in the world has produced greater environmental awareness by a significant amount of the population, the amount of indecisiveness and the degree of luxury people want to experience (and damn the consequences) is also on the increase. The perceived failure of the Copenhagen Accord in late 2009 on climate change to really tackle the issue head-on is an example of this indecisiveness.
We must put the present parlous circumstance of the world in context. What period since the arrival of civilization has been viewed as a golden age? The earliest and only recorded possible contender for a golden age is in the Gemini age many thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) when farmers first settled down into villages but no form of government existed. It appears that political and social decisions were made through consultation and the family elders. This golden age occurred at the cusp of hunter-gathers and the new farmers before all the developed attributes of civilization had evolved (i.e. laws, regulations, leaders, armies, police, religions etc). Civilization brings great benefits and great problems. Are the benefits greater than the problems? On average perhaps not, but the next 150 years may be the exception to the rule where problems of civilization are far greater than the benefits.
I fear that in one thousand years time we will be judged badly but with two qualifications. Firstly I am assuming that civilized society exists in 1,000 years time – which cannot be assumed. Secondly I am assuming that people in 1,000 years time will be judgmental – like they are today, and seem to have been for many thousands of years. Perhaps people in a thousand years will be more evolved and will follow the maxim “judge not and you will not be judged”?
 Specifically the Taurus age overflow (2916 – 732 BC)
 the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 2148) – the third sub-age of the Age of Aquarius (see Is the Aquarian Age Like a Block of Granite?). Basically each astrological age has 12 sub-ages. The most influential sign currently in the Aquarian age is Scorpio.
 To be statistically correct, the many millions of deaths associated with the two world wars of the 20th century need to be put in context of the world population at the time.
 In around 2,000 years time in the next age, the Capricorn age, there will also be a Scorpio sub-age. The current Scorpio sub-age is the most powerful example of Scorpio until that time and therefore provides us with a 2,000 years Scorpio benchmark.
 India has just announced (in 2010) a massive plan to educate its vast millions of uneducated children over the coming decades.
 The ecological golden age is associated with the Libran age-decan of the Aquarian age. Each age has three age-decans.
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:
From the above list the following table of occurrences per sign is produced:
|Zodiacal Sign||Occurrences (frequency)|
(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.
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
Everyone wants to live at the beginning of an age. Every half century or so someone somewhere thinks we are at the beginning of some new age, era or epoch. The Nazis thought they were at the beginning of a glorious thousand years age under the swastika. With the Mayan calendar finishing in 2012, many people will proclaim this the beginning of a new age and some have already claimed (erroneously) that 2012 marks the start of the Age of Aquarius.
Though we are not at the beginning of the Aquarian age, Baby Boomers are an identifiable generation that is associated with the Age of Aquarius. Where do Baby Boomers sit in the Aquarian Age? This is not as difficult as it sounds as there is only one sign that booms (if you exclude the boom of cannons which would make it Aries).
The best way to approach this question is to think of a clock with an hour, minute and second hand. In the Aquarian age the hour hand points to Aquarius. Just as in each hour there are minutes, each age has sub-ages. The equivalent to the second hand is a micro-age. Ages are approximately 2150 years long, sub-ages 179 years and micro-ages 15 years.
It is the second hand, pointing at micro-ages that indicate the relationship between Baby Boomers and the Age of Aquarius. Between 1940 and 1955 was the Sagittarius micro-age with its momentum carrying over up to 1970. The Sagittarius quasi micro-age (1948-1962), representing the peak of the Sagittarius micro-age bell-curve aligns itself remarkably well to the baby Boomer generation. According to Wikipedia, Baby Boomers are those people born between 1946 and 1964, peaking around 1957 but plummeting from 1964 onwards due to the availability of the birth control pill.
Sagittarius is the sign that is associated with expansion, good fortune, optimism and good luck. The Baby Boomers is the generation that far exceeded the normal population explosion in western culture both before and after this generation. Expansionary Sagittarius aligns itself well with the Baby Boomer generation. Sagittarius is the sign that booms – preferably an economic boom.
What can Sagittarius tell us about the Baby Boomers in general? On the positive side it indicates that the Baby Boomers are lucky, optimistic, fortunate and have had expanding possibilities in their lives. In addition Baby Boomers have had plenty of opportunities for overseas travel, philosophical reflection and excess materialistic resources. On the negative side this generation has over-consumed, gained too much weight (or allowed their children to do so), devoured too many resources, overly moralistic and prefers to depend upon luck to solve problems rather than wisdom.
If we pull back from the second hand and examine the minute hand that calibrates the sub-ages, the Baby Boomers were the last generation born under the even larger boom time of the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612-1791-1970) . The Sagittarius sub-age brought to the world the Industrial Revolution and massive population explosion over the last two centuries. The Baby Boomers are the last hurrah of this expansion gone mad.
Once the second hand moved on from Sagittarius it encountered Scorpio well and truly by the mid 1960’s. On a larger note, the Sagittarian Sub-Age was overtaken by the influence of the Scorpio Sub-Age around 1970. On two counts Scorpio has arrived at the Baby Boomers doorstep just as they were getting out of their diapers. Scorpio is a very different sign than Sagittarius but the Baby Boomers have brought their innate good fortune into Scorpio territory ever since the 1960s and 70s.
Scorpio is the sign of revolution, contraction, minimalism, pollution, nuclear weapons and energy, sex, debt, instability, the world wide web, underground criminal networks and hidden power plays by politicians to name just a few associations. The Sagittarian Baby Boomers hit the new Scorpio paradigm with the throttle full steam ahead. This created those heady revolutionary days of the 60s and 70s where anti-war, anti-conscription and anti-government protests, demonstrations and riots were the order of the day. Revolution was a growth industry in the 60s and 70s.
Remember when a significant number of the Baby Boomers discovered marijuana. Their innate optimism thought it would be legalized within a few years. They flouted sexual taboos, dropped out and created the counterculture. They did everything in the booming extroverted way always associated with Sagittarius. The 60’s and 70s was an optimistic Scorpio revolution of the youthful Baby Boomers in an extroverted Sagittarian manner. Only people without materialistic concerns can drop out – you don’t see many starving Sub-Saharan Africans willingly drop out.
Since the 60s and 70s things have calmed down somewhat because at the end of the day the world has moved on from Sagittarius to Scorpio. The Baby Boomers may not have been born at the beginning of an age, but they were early witnesses of the transition from the expansionary days of Sagittarius to the minimalist sign of Scorpio, mostly during their teenage years or early twenties.
Scorpio is a cold, brooding almost malevolent sign compared to Sagittarius, with Death as its patron saint. In the same way that in Lord of the Rings Gandalf told Frodo that the ring wants to be found and returned to its evil master, Scorpio wants the world to contract – and in many ways. It wants a serious drop in population, output and production but it will foster anything in its own camp. Scorpio will promote debts (national debt, credit cards etc), financial instability, destruction and death, the world wide web, nuclear weapons and energy, genetic engineering, pollution, AIDS, the sexual revolution, instability and seeking inner truth. For a full assessment of Scorpio see Scorpio – the Sign of the Times.
It is unlikely the Baby Boomer generation will have to deal with the full impact of what Scorpio has in mind, as Scorpio has all of the next few centuries to reveal its hand. Baby Boomers continue to bring their sometimes groundless enthusiasm with them whenever they look to the future. Why bother about global warming and pollution – scientist can go and invent something to solve the problems.
Will future generations idealise or curse the Baby Boomers? They will probably look back enviously at these carefree (Sagittarian) days. Days where a significant amount of the world’s oil reserves, that took hundreds of millions of years to create, get consumed in a matter of seconds, relatively speaking. Days when stock markets, business opportunities and travel appeared to provide a never ending vista of possibilities and new horizons. Jumping in a V8 and putting your foot down – a Sagittarians dream.
Baby Boomers will want to continue in their modus operandi of expansion until the day they die, but morose old Scorpio has different plans. Scorpio wants to pull the rug out from under Sagittarius. The fact that Scorpio will do this is unquestionable, the question is, how much success will Scorpio have in the Sagittarian Baby Boomers’ lifetimes?
One very demonstrative way Scorpio has surreptitiously insinuated its way into our lives is through the collective feeling of vulnerability. People feel incredibly more vulnerable today. As a result people don’t want their kids out playing in the streets and parks, they want to see what they are doing all the time. People feel vulnerable travelling due to the spectre of terrorists – yes terrorists are ruled by Scorpio, so they are a growth industry for the next couple of centuries.
The media is on the payroll of Scorpio – any problem, death, unrest, violence and so on virtually anywhere in the world can be brought into your home in a matter of hours in full colour. So though war and violence in general are on the decline, reportable incidences have been on a significant increase due to the enhanced ability of the media to present these issues to you in a manifold number of ways. This is only one way Scorpio has commenced to bite, there are many more waiting.
It is unlikely that the Baby Boomer generation will want to mend its ways much at all. A lion cannot change its spots. The generations following the Baby Boomers have the stronger Scorpio credentials to face the serious Scorpio issues facing the world. The Baby Boomers witnessed the arrival of a significant new (Scorpio) period in the history of the world by getting stoned, dropping out, avoiding conscription and then rolling up their sleeves and getting seriously stuck into it – pushing the world further out on the over-production plank as Sagittarius has been doing for the past few centuries.
Baby Boomers are the last generation of the old paradigm – development, expansion and consumption at all cost. One the other hand some Baby Boomers have entered the new world of Scorpio (environmentalism, recycling and renewables). Baby Boomers have one foot in each camp. If Baby Boomers took their enthusiasm and optimism to face the worlds’ (Scorpio) problems and apply real solutions they may leave a more positive heritage to their descendants. Or will Baby Boomers be remembered as the generation that consumed far more than their fair share of the worlds finite resources with no consideration for future generations. Sagittarians can behave like pigs at the trough or they can provide positive counsel!
Further resources from Terry MacKinnell
Online Institute of Macro-Astrology – details on how to learn macro-astrology
www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available
At the Cutting Edge of the Aquarian Age – Cutting edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers
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