Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 1527 – December 1532 – November 1537)

This Libra MAD&OF sits within the Gemini micro-age (Dec 1522 – Nov 1537) and therefore mimics to a certain extent the current Libra MAD&OF (Dec 2019 – Nov 2029) within the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029). However, this early experience of the Libra micro-age decan in the Age of Aquarius continues to be heavily influenced by Pisces, but this period is more influenced by Capricorn due to the Capricorn quasi sub-age (1522 – 1701).[1]  The Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) also needs to be taken into account. There was no evading the many wars and conflict that afflicted the world in the 16th century, as with most centuries over the last 5,000 years, but Libra aligned conflict is marked by opposing powers of similar magnitude rather than a singular marauding army plundering wherever it can such as Genghis Khan (c.1158 – 1227) under the auspices of the Aries sub-age (1075 – 1254).

This major polarization which is strongly associated with Libra was clearly evident in this period which was so instrumental in creating the major schism between England and the Roman Catholic Church over another Libran archetype – marriage.  In this case, King Henry VIII of England wanted to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, as she was unable to provide a male heir and future king of England.  In 1529 under pressure from the king the English Reformation Parliament passed the necessary legislation ‘divorcing’ England from Rome and established the Church of England in its place.  In 1533 King Henry VIII’s marriage with Catherine of Aragon was declared annulled by an English Archbishop but this was not authorized by the pope, nor recognized by Catherine.  Later in the same year, Anne Boleyn married Henry VIII and was crowned as queen consort of England, and Henry VIII was subsequently excommunicated by the pope.  Anne Boleyn gave birth to Princess Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I of England.

1536 was an extremely busy year for King Henry VIII commencing with his first queen, Catherine of Aragon, dying while banished. A few months later, Anne Boleyn, was arrested on the trumped up grounds of incest, adultery and treason and the English church fell in line and nullified Henry and Anne’s marriage. This was followed by the execution of five men accused of adultery with Anne Boleyn, including her own brother and Anne was executed shortly afterwards while Henry VIII married Jane Seymour.

This major rift between England and the Roman Catholic Church was reinforced in 1529 when a group of German rulers and independent cities protested against the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, which had declared Martin Luther a wanted heretic, and thus beginning the Protestant movement in earnest.  This is where the Taurus sub-age decan (1493 – 1552) makes its influence felt as the top sign of Christianity is Scorpio – Taurus’ opposite side and therefore Scorpio Christianity is in ‘detriment’ under Taurus.

Another major treaty was enacted between two European early seafaring nations, Spain and Portugal, when in 1529 the Treaty of Zaragoza divided the Far East between the Spanish and Portuguese empires.  Under the treaty, Portugal gained control of all of Asia and its neighboring islands that had been discovered at the time, leaving Spain with most of the Pacific Ocean. The world was divided into two under the control of two superpowers to pillage as they wanted.  Also in 1529 the failed siege of Vienna, Austria by Ottoman (Turkish) forces marked the beginning of 150 years of bitter military tension between the Habsburgs and Ottomans, punctuated by reciprocal attacks, and culminating in a second siege of Vienna in 1683.  Another major polarity established under Libra’s watch.

Libra aligned China was having a hard time, and in 1528 to 1530 in Henan province, an enormous drought coupled with a gigantic swarm of locusts deprived the region of harvests for the next two years, killing off half the people in some communities, due to starvation and cannibalism.

The Americas saw a lot of interest under this Libra period and in 1532 the Portuguese began colonizing Brazil, which is the largest country in both South America and Latin America, and in 1532, sugarcane was first cultivated by the settlers (the scourge of sugar is ruled by Libra). Buenos Aires (Argentina) was first founded by the Spanish in 1536 and an expedition did set off to discover a route to Peru.  The first two of three voyages by Jacques Cartier (1491 – 1587) was the first European to map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named “The Country of Canadas” after the Iroquois names for the two big nearby settlements.

References to important females has already been made such as Catherine of Aragon and the birth of Elizabeth 1, and in 1529 the polymath Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa published Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex, a book that pronounced the theological and moral superiority of women with Libra smiling in the wings.[2]  Our Lady of Guadalupe, (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) is associated with a series of five Marian apparitions in 1531, and a venerated image on a cloak enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Supposedly, the Virgin Mary appeared four times in Mexico City to Juan Diego and once more to his uncle. The basilica is the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site – dedicated to a female apparition.  In 1531 on the other side of the ledger, a witch-hunt was conducted in the town of Schiltach, Germany following the burning of the town – the convicted witch was executed.

The 1529 Treaty of Cambrai, also known as the Ladies’ Peace, is appropriate for mention as it was orchestrated by the mother of Francis I Louise of Savoy and the aunt of the emperor Margaret of Austria. They represented both monarchs in negotiations, helping them not to lose face in one of the numerous conflicts of the times.  Interestingly, women were also allowed to appear on Italian stages for the first time in this same year.[3]

From 1533 to 34, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent made Roxelana, his Ruthenian (Ukrainian) harem girl and former slave his legal wife and she became one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman (Turkish) history. She eventually achieved power, influencing the politics of the Ottoman Empire and through her husband, she played an active role in affairs of the state.  She has inspired paintings, musical works (including Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 63), an opera, a ballet, plays, and several novels.  She commenced the era known as the Sultanate of Women – a period of extraordinary political influence exerted by wives and mothers of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire lasting until 1656. At this time, the influence of Capricorn from the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) was extremely strong, and the Islamic Ottomans were naturally aligned to Cancer – with Cancer and Capricorn opposite signs.  The 7th house invokes partners and this perhaps explains why the Ottomans, when at the top of their game, deferred to their wives and gave them power under Capricorn.  The waning of female influence in 1656 is aligned to the growth in strength of the (male) Leo sub-age decan (1612 – 1672).

Vasari wrote that Titian once painted “portrait of Roxelana”.This painting was attributed as probable copy of that portrait executed in Titian’s workshop

Titian, born in the previous Libra MA&OF was in his mature stage for this Libra period and in 1530 he developed the style introduced by his dramatic Death of St. Peter Martyr.  Also appropriately, Michelangelo, who also born in the previous Libra period, commenced painting The Last Judgment at the end of this Libra period in 1536 – it was a fresco covering the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City depicting the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal (Libra) judgment by God and Jesus of all humanity.  Almost immediately after completing the Last Judgment, Michelangelo’s final paintings begun in 1542 – but adopting a major change in style, away from (Libra) grace and aesthetics to an exclusive concern with illustrating the narrative, with no regard for (Libra) beauty.[4] This change of style occurred in the following Taurus micro-age (1537 – 1552) close to the peak of the Capricorn micro-age decan in 1542.

The influence and strength of this much smaller Libra period nevertheless continues to express strong Libran themes. This period witnessed the divorce of England from the Roman Catholic Church over the issues of multiple (Libra) marriages by King Henry VIII.  This breakup was followed by the beginning the Protestant movement and greatest schism in western Christianity spearheaded by Martin Luther in Germany. Spain and Portugal were dividing the world in two and the Austrian and Turks commenced a bitter 150 years of conflict.  China took a dent with two years of drought followed by a gigantic swarm of locusts.  Famous women of this period include Catherine of Aragon, birth of Elizabeth I, ex-slave girl Roxelana and the Virgin of Guadalupe supported by Agrippa’s Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex. A witch-hunt in Germany unfortunately balanced the ledger.  All the above have a strong archetypal connection to Libra.

Despite its size, archetypal Libra shines through nevertheless and indicates that micro-age decans also have a significant impact. With this Libra period under the influence of the Cancer micro-age overflow (1522 – 1537), Cancer indicates a time when (Capricorn) leadership is imperiled – which is exactly what occurred in the Roman Catholic Church as the pope’s authority was successfully repudiated by King Henry VIII and antipope Protestants were streaming out of Germany with this new heresy.  One in every three Libra periods will have a strong Cancer influence to contend with, and the same surge of breaking down established authority is always markedly in attendance such as under the current Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029).

References


[1] A quasi period captures the upper half of the bell curve of any period plus its overflow and is calculated as the second half of the initial period and first half of the overflow period.

[2] Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Wikipedia, Retrieved 08:03, January 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Heinrich_Cornelius_Agrippa&oldid=1000819691

[3] “The Timetables of History”, p236

[4]The Last Judgment (Michelangelo), Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:32, February 14, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Last_Judgment_(Michelangelo)&oldid=1004536903

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age and overflow (March 1463 – March 1478 – March 1493)

This Libra micro-age and overflow (1463 – 1478 – 1493) represents the very first Libra period of note within the new Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) of the Age of Aquarius (1433 – 3581).  Its senior influence is from Pisces due to the:

  • Pisces sub-age decan overflow (1433 – 1493)
  • Pisces sub-age overflow (1433 – 1612)
  • Pisces age-decan overflow (1433 – 2149)
  • Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3581) 

Pisces was at its penultimate strength within the 26,000 years cycle of the astrological ages for this initial Libra period.  This is the earliest Libra baptism that can be applied to the Libra age-decan of Age of Aquarius – the first vertebra of the Libra age-decan.

Libra’s association with marriage, partnerships and opposing blocs meant that political marriages were the order of the times and very quickly inside this period in 1464, in the depths of the War of the Roses, King Edward IV of England secretly married Elizabeth Woodville.  This was an unpopular marriage as Elizabeth Woodville’s deceased husband had been a supporter of the opposite side to the king. However, despite this entrenched conflict within England, the two warring sides had a sort of compromise with this marriage as an attempt to heal the wounds as is Libra’s nature – though this was unsuccessful at this point.  Edward was the first king of England since the Norman Conquest to marry one of his subjects instead of a noble. 

After the death of Edward in 1483, Elizabeth remained politically influential with one of her sons briefly proclaimed King Edward V of England before being deposed and murdered by her brother-in-law, Richard III. Elizabeth subsequently helped with the rise of Henry VII in 1485 by arranging the political marriage of her daughter Elizabeth of York to the king, ending the Wars of the Roses, and establishing the Tudor dynasty – again representing Libra’s quest for peace between opposing elements – and this time relatively successful.

The War of the Roses commenced before this Libran period but was mainly resolved within this Libra period.  Through her daughter, Elizabeth Woodville was the grandmother of the future Henry VIII and great grandmother of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth Woodville is England’s initial notable contribution towards the advancement of powerful women within the Libra age-decan.

The War of the Roses marked the end of the medieval period in England only a few decades inside the age of Aquarius or modernity!  Following the war, the large standing baronial armies that had helped fuel the War of the Roses were suppressed and the king removed the rights of barons to maintain armies so that they could not make war on each other or the king. The military power of individual barons declined, and the Tudor court became a place where baronial squabbles were decided with the influence of the monarch.[1]  This is a very Libra anti-war outcome for the War of the Roses taking into account that the political marriage between the two major Houses ‘united’ the nobles.  It is also relevant that the winning side did not go out and extinguish the losing barons and instead, both sides continued to exist but under a new (Libra) balance of power which was focused upon avoiding (Aries) conflict.

This Libra period probably exacerbated tensions in England more so than most countries due to the strong placement of Aries in its astrological signature.[2] If this assessment is correct, England and the UK are always in difficult situations under Libra, which coincidentally is the sign that applied to the UK when it actually left the European Union in 2021.  Libra does rule divorce?

Another major political marriage of the times was between Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Castile in 1469 which led to the first modern unification of Spain effective from 1479. The marriage included a clear prenuptial agreement on sharing power, and under the joint motto “as much as the one is worth, so too is the other.” Taking into account that Spain quickly turned into the world superpower of those times, this was a highly significant marriage attributable to Libra. 

By 1482 Ferdinand and Isabella started the Granada War (Reconquista) to expel their significant multi-centuries opponents in Spain – the Islamic Moors back to Africa. The Reconquista was successfully brought to an end by Spain in 1491 (near the end of this Libra period in early 1493). Another political rivalry was temporarily settled with the Treaty of Alcaçovas in 1479 when Spain and Portugal agreed to the division into two zones of influence the newly discovered territories in the Atlantic Ocean and overseas territories [3] which was also an issue to be further resolved in the next Libra period (the Libra micro-age decan and overflow December 1527 – November 1537).

Ferdinand and Isabella also established the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 which in reality was a new court of justice – with justice and law courts ruled by Libra. The inquisitors were usually jurists (and by 1608 all inquisitors needed to have a background in law and most had a university education). The tribunals were called courts and their structure was similar to modern trials and extremely advanced for the time but the lack of (modern) separation of powers promoted corrupt practices.  At the time, torture was common in all civil and religious trials in Europe but the Spanish Inquisition, despite the bad press, actually relied far less on torture than was common at the time. It is believed that sentences of death were employed 40% of the time before 1530.  Recent studies showed there was an initial burst of activity against former Jews, who had embraced Christianity under duress and were called conversos, but were suspected of relapsing into Judaism – but the Inquisition served principally as a means for Spaniards to occasionally humiliate and punish people they did not like such as blasphemers, bigamists, foreigners, homosexuals, and horse smugglers.

A lessor known marriage in this Libra period but with major consequences occurred in 1479 when Christopher Columbus, who was already an experienced mariner in the expatriate Genoese community in Portugal, married and received as dowry his late father in law’s nautical maps and papers which included sea charts around the Madeira Islands, and other Portuguese oceanic possessions.  This obviously furthered Columbus’ interest in maritime adventures leading to his 1492 discovery of the Americas on behalf of Spain at the very end of this Libra period (1463 -93) – which strongly insinuates that Libra has a critical role in the Americas as a whole.  At a minimum, this weds Libra to the Americas – but not as the major sign which is Pisces.  The European discovery of the Americas occurred in the strongest century for Pisces in around 26,000 years – with Pisces the ruler of oceans!  The Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) provided another sign for the astrological signature of the Americas in general which is placed higher up the totem pole than Libra.

The Libra focus upon women, unfortunately, promoted the persecution of witches.  For example, commencing in 1470 for the next 230 years 8,888 witches were tried in the Swiss Confederation with the majority executed. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII issued a bull authorizing two German monks to investigate accusations of witchcraft as heresy, and threatening those who interfered with their work. The bull was written in response to the request by a Dominican Inquisitor for explicit authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany after he was refused assistance by the local church authorities. It gave approval for the Inquisition to proceed “correcting, imprisoning, punishing and chastising” such persons “according to their deserts”. This followed a belief that an outbreak of witchcraft and heresy had occurred in the Rhine River valley.[4]

With Libra’s rulership of art, in 1472, Leonardo da Vinci was listed as a master in Florence’s Company of Artists. This Libra period saw the rise of Leonardo to being acknowledged as one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.  His collective works composed a contribution to later generations of artists rivaled only by that of his contemporary Michelangelo.  One of Leonardo’s possible earliest extant work, The Annunciation, is believed to have been painted between 1472 and 1476 in the lead up to the peak of this Libra period in 1478, with most of his painting completed in the overflow period (1478 – 1493)and beyond.  Michelangelo only completed his apprenticeship in 1492 and therefore flourished after this Libra period.

However, Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) was born in the second half of the Libra MA (March 1463 – March 1478) which means he was born in a Libra-Libra generation[5] where Libra is at its highest potential. This was certainly realized in his life.  Michelangelo, born in Florence, was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo is considered the greatest artist of his age and even the greatest artist of all time.[6]  Even the duality between Michelangelo and Leonardo invokes Libra the Balance.

As another example of the Libra-Libra generation was Titian (c.1488/90 – 1576), who is considered the founder and most important member of the 16th-century Venetian School of Italian Renaissance painting. His paintings exercised a profound influence not only on his contemporary painters but also on future generations of Western art.[7] Generations as defined by macro-astrology, provide a hidden characteristic not available from other forms of astrology and I am looking forward to researching the generations associated with famous people.  Only Libra micro-ages, such as the current one, include a Libra-Libra generation, as these generations are derived from micro-ages.  Libra micro-age decans alone do not produce Libran generations as they exist either in a Gemini or Aquarius micro-ages which produce Gemini and Aquarius generations respectively.

Another famous artist associated with this Libra period was Botticelli (1445 -1510) who painted a wide range of religious subjects (including dozens of renditions of the Madonna and Child). His best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera taking into account Venus is the planetary ruler of Libra, Botticelli virtually anointed the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149) with The Birth of Venus. Botticelli lived all his life in Florence apart from the months he spent painting in Pisa in 1474 and the Sistine Chapel in Rome in 1481–82. His reputation soared for all the 1470s with the 1480s his most successful decade, the one in which his large (Pisces) mythological paintings were completed along with many of his most famous (Libra) Madonnas. His reputation languished for centuries but was eventually ‘rediscovered’ and in 2021, his Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel was sold at Sotheby’s for $US92 million.[8]

It is also fitting that this Libra period saw one of the greatest benefactors of the arts in the Renaissance – Lorenzo the Magnificent.  Also known as Lorenzo de’ Medici (1449 – 1492), he was an Italian statesman, de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, and the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of Renaissance culture in Italy. He was a magnate, diplomat, politician, and patron of scholars, artists, and poets. As a patron, he is best known for his sponsorship of artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo. He held the (Libra) balance of power within the Italic League, an alliance of states that stabilized political conditions on the Italian peninsula for decades, and his life coincided with the mature phase of the Italian Renaissance and the Golden Age of Florence. The Peace of Lodi of 1454 that he helped maintain among the various Italian states collapsed with his death near the very end of this Libra period.

In conclusion, this late 15th century Libra micro-age and overflow, which baptized the massive Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865), already showed distinct signs of modernity and the beginning of the modern world especially with the European discovery of the Americas.  Its Libran focus is readily seen in the attempted unification of the Houses of York and Lancaster in England with the marriage of Elizabeth Woodville to King Edward IV and finally resolved by the marriage of Henry VII to Elizabeth Woodville’s daughter, Elizabeth of York.  The political marriage of Ferdinand II to Isabella I of Castile also united and created modern Spain and instigated the first European world power in the Age of Aquarius due to the discovery of the Americas – which therefore inherits Libra into its astrological signature.   The creation of the court known as the Spanish Inquisition is also appropriate for the judicial side of Libra as is the unfortunate rise in the prosecution of mainly women as witches.  The appearance of some of the world’s most famous artists – Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli and the birth of Michelangelo and Titian as the major players in the first of the great modern artists is also appropriate for Libra along with the famous patron of the arts – Lorenzo the Magnificent. Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus Botticelli represented the Neoplatonic idea of ‘divine love’ in the form of a nude Venus is virtually dedicated to the Libra. This Libra period provides the first backbone for the evolving Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149).

 


 

References

[1] Wars of the Roses, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:23, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wars_of_the_Roses&oldid=1005250575

[2] The UK Astrological Signature, 2019, http://ow.ly/dXEc30nmg5w

[3] Treaty of Alcáçovas, Wikipedia, Retrieved 07:03, January 27, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Treaty_of_Alc%C3%A1%C3%A7ovas&oldid=999009761

[4] Summis desiderantes affectibus, Wikipedia, Retrieved 00:54, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Summis_desiderantes_affectibus&oldid=997479637

[5] Terry MacKinnell, Introduction to Generational Astrology, http://wp.me/p8BBNM-A

[6] Michelangelo, Wikipedia, Retrieved 02:28, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michelangelo&oldid=1003534434

[7] Fossi, Gloria, Italian Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture from the Origins to the Present Day, p. 194. Giunti, 2000. ISBN 88-09-01771-4

[8] Sandro Botticelli, Wikipedia, Retrieved 01:59, February 7, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sandro_Botticelli&oldid=1005126924

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus (c. 1484–1486).  Uffizi, Florence – The birth of Venus, is a revolutionary painting for presenting a nude not justified by the Christian religion, is related to the idealized concept of love, where the figure of Venus symbolizes spiritual love and material love.

Waiting for Ages

Some years ago I watched a swords and sandal epic movie (produced in Italy with English sub-titles) about an old Grecian legend involving titans, monsters heroes etc.  The titans had just been released from some kind of very long captivity from a previous age.  One titan (in human form) was chatting with a barmaid and said “I have been waiting for ages to meet someone as beautiful as you”.  This innocuous story led me to consider how the astrological ages correspond with developments with the astrological ages.  Allegorically this could be likened to the astrological ages navel gazing.

The ‘modern’ approach to the astrological ages was kicked off by the Greek astronomer-astrologer Hipparchus in the late 2nd century BC when he irrefutably discovered the slow eastward shift of the stars due to the precession of the equinoxes.  This newly perceived perspective from around 127 BC (for the Greeks at least) allowed Hipparchus to conceptualize the astrological ages.  This occurred in the previous Scorpio sub-age (189 – 8 BC) – specifically extremely close to the first sub-age decan cusp around 129 BC, the Cancer sub-age decan cusp.

Jump forward to modern times, and the equivalent to 127 BC is 1853 AD (equivalent in the sense that both 1853 AD and 127 BC exist two years past their respective Cancer sub-age decan cusp).  There is also another way of relating specific periods between different ages.  Each age is approximately 2150 years.  Add 2150 years (an age) to 127 BCE and we arrive at 2024 AD.  At a minimum, we know that the period 1853 to 2012 (leading to 2024) has experienced a revolution in the acceptance, understanding or recognition of the astrological ages in modern times along with a massive resurgence of interest in astrology. 

In the 19th century Blavatsky, who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875, popularized the concept of a new age commencing in 1888 and some of her followers specifically addressed the Age of Aquarius.  This marks a new age for the astrological ages rising to a crescendo in the late 1960s when the musical Hair proudly proclaimed in its first song ‘this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius’.  References to the Age of Aquarius are now so ubiquitous, that on any day, about half a dozen references can be found in the media (especially in the USA), and particularly promoting the urban myth that the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 1960s and 70s.  In following the press and online articles, many commentators suggest that the Age of Aquarius lasted 10 or 20 years as the world seems to have moved away from the Age of Aquarius in recent decades.

Therefore in the two periods associated with highpoints for the astrological ages, both are associated with a Scorpio sub-age and both periods are about one age apart.  The next area of interest is another age before Hipparchus discovered precession.  Using both methods as applied above, 2150 years before 127 BC takes us back to 2277 BC based on an age with an average of 2150 years.  Two years past the Cancer sub-age decan cusp of the ancient Scorpio sub-age (2188 – 2006 BC) places us around the year 2125 BC.  Therefore the period 2277 to 2125 is the target period for an ancient highpoint related to the astrological ages.  For many people this is ridiculous because in academia, precession of the equinoxes was only discovered by Hipparchus around 127 BC.  How could anyone before this time know about astrological ages or precession of the equinoxes?

Though academia rejects ancient knowledge of precession of the equinoxes and the astrological ages before Hipparchus – mountains of circumstantial evidence suggests the contrary.  Most astrologers know that astrology is too subtle and sophisticated for academics to comprehend (they need an apple to fall on their head), so we will put aside their collective limitation and move back to very ancient times and see if ancient astronomers may have made advances in their understanding or knowledge of the astrological ages.  Surprisingly, the period 2277 to 2125 BC hits the nail right on the head.  A major restructuring of the zodiacal constellations occurred in the late third millennium BCE because over the thousands of years since the Mesopotamians had been observing the heavens, the constellations had shifted position due to precession of the equinoxes.[1]  It is believed this restructure of the constellations occurred in what is known as the Akkadian period (2390–2210 BC).  If the astronomers from this ancient time could perceive that the stars had shifted, did it occur to them that the stars would keep shifting into the future?  Did they relate astrological ages to these shifting stars? 

Though we cannot be certain of the knowledge-base of ancient astronomers, we can historically perceive the developments in ancient astronomy.  For thousands of years a cosmic religion had existed where the heavenly bodies were deified.  Sometime, not long before 2000 BCE in Mesopotamia, the astronomers commenced applying astrological concepts to the heavenly bodies.[2]  This very major development in astrology appears around our target period of 2277 to 2125 BC.  Another key development is that the stars and constellation, as defined in those ancient times, became ‘frozen’ until Hipparchus appeared around one age later.  As early as 1915 researchers noticed that the ancient Greeks inherited the Babylonian constellations, but the constellations they used were defined around 2084 BC (in the final florescence of the old Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia).[3]  Other researchers agree with this approach. 

Basically what we have is three highpoints associated with astrology (and astronomy) in general, including the astrological ages to a certain extent – all associated with a Scorpio sub-age.  Between these highpoints are large periods of time of erratic or reduced activity or understanding but with some highpoints, particularly when any period is associated with Aquarius.  For most of the 1st and 2nd millenniums BC, a lot of important astronomical/astrological knowledge or understanding appears to have been lost in the turbulence of those times, and people much information could only be hand down and possibly only partially understood.

There is a delusionary expectation that as the years unfold, everything improves.  This is not the case.  Shakespeare is still called the greatest poet the world has seen.  Michelangelo’s artwork is revered today.  Any original Impressionist painting is worth a fortune.  Picasso is undoubtedly the greatest surrealist or abstract painter the world has known.  Most of the best classical composers lived a number of centuries ago.  People will be listening to the music of the 1960s and 70s in awe for centuries.  The best novelists the world will appear around 2029 (minus 15 years or plus 60 years), and not to be overtaken for around another 700 years.

The reason for these spikes in accomplishment is that they all relate to peaks in ages and sub-ages.  For example, the power of Pisces at the time of Shakespeare will not be replicated for almost another 26,000 years.  The music of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and so on is associated with the Pisces-Aquarius age (1433- 3574) with a highpoint for Scorpio in 1970.  As Richard Tarnas points out in his music and astrology workshops, the music of the 1960s and 70s was the combination of the Uranian (Aquarian) electric medium combined with the sexual rock-and-roll beat of Pluto (Scorpio).

Therefore it can be expected that the current highpoint for astrology in general and specifically the astrological ages will not be constant in the coming millennia. It is therefore appropriate that such a major discovery of the true nature of the astrological ages is made during the current period when the astrology of our time resonates with major advances in astrology.  Even ten years ago, near the beginning of my major research into the astrological ages, I was aware of the need to produce a book at a time that was a suitable highpoint for astrology.  The whole Scorpio subage and overflow (1791-1970-2148) is a highpoint for astrology, but there are specific Scorpio hotspots within this multi-century period.  One such hotspot is the current Scorpio micro-age decan and overflow (2005-10-15) with the bell curve highpoint located 2007-12 (basically aligned to the GFC).  Ten years ago I thought this hotspot was located around 2020 and so I thought I had plenty of time to write my book.  This illusion was shattered in 2006 when I eventually fine-tune my rectification of the start of the Aquarian age to 1433 – about 10 years earlier than my previous estimate.  This advanced the current Scorpio hotspot from around 2020 to 2010.  I immediately felt the pressure to produce the book of the astrological ages and I commenced writing it in 2007, with it being published in 2011.

For those readers interested in the astrological ages we live in a magic period.  In hindsight it is easy to see why Hipparchus in the 2nd century BC got his calibration technique for measuring the astrological ages wrong.  This is why for over the last 2,000 years the astrological ages have been a mere toy and plaything for some astrologers, as it gave the hint of correlation but was basically useless as a predictive tool.  One of the big questions I have is: did the astronomer-astrologers of around 2100 BC perceive and understand the astrological ages?  Circumstantial evidence cannot provide a definitive answer but there is a good possibility the answer is yes.  Every time you look at a zodiacal constellation in the sky, you are looking at the forensic evidence left by the ancient astronomer-astrologers over 4,000 years ago.  These zodiacal constellations, in their heliacal rising mode of calibration, are exactly aligned to the astrological ages as defined with the Age of Aquarius arriving in 1433 AD.  Is this an accident or were the zodiacal constellations purposely defined to measure the astrological ages? Now this is a real mystery!  Will we have to wait another age to find out?

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[1] Babylonian Star-Lore, p. 256–9

[2] The Great Year, p. 21

[3] Mythology of the Babylonian People, p. 322

The Wisdom of the Ages

There is much wisdom to be gained from the astrological ages.  In my research and study of the ages I have taken the novel approach that to understand the ages it is necessary to ‘stand under’ the ages and let the ages teach me how they operate.  The ages do not operate in the way that the urban myths of the ages have spread.  Most astrologers define the ages and what supposedly occurs within ages based on theoretical considerations and wishful thinking, not from evidence.   The ages never indicate that paradise, utopia or a world exclusively based on consciousness, reason and rationality is around the corner – or even a possibility at any time.

In our modern world we have enough information and knowledge to examine ages in detail all the way back to the deglaciation of the world that commenced around 14,000 years ago.  It is true that highly detailed information is thin on the ground for the first few thousand years, but what information that is available from those ancient times not only support the existence of the astrological ages, but also that each age consists of positive and negative archetypes associated with the astrological sign concerned.

This is not new to astrologers.  All experienced astrologers know that the horoscope for each individual person is a combination of positive and negative elements.  Most people have a relative equal number of positive and negative astrological attributes.  There is no perfect human being and there is no perfect age.

The perspective of the ancient Chinese philosophers and sages got it right – everything associated with physical reality is composed of a combination on yin and yang, with a little bit of yang in the yin and vice versa.  What happens as each new age arrives is that the positive and negative archetypes associated with the new sign slowly take over from the positive and negative archetypes of the influence from the previous age.  This is what is happening in the world today.  The Pisces momentum from the Pisces age has promoted the positive and negative archetypes of Pisces while the new Aquarian age has commenced pushing its own positive and negative archetypes to the fore.

What are the positive and negative archetypes of Pisces?  On the plus side we have compassion, charities and social security (less so in the USA compared to most other Western nations); great poetry, drama and artworks from the likes of Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci onwards (including the modernists such as Picasso), an incredible array of movies, fictional novels and abstract concepts; pharmaceutical drugs for a whole range of ailments.

On the negative side of Pisces are alcoholism, poisonous chemicals, prisons, addictive drugs, propaganda (spin) and swindlers, religious delusions; slavery and now sex slaves.  In addition, there are a number of areas that can be either positive or negative depending upon your point of view.  These ambivalent Pisces activities include Buddhism, Christianity and Islam; European culture; petroleum, corporations and recreational intoxicants.

These positive and negative aspects of Pisces remain the dominant archetypes in the world but Aquarius has progressively introduced its positive and negative aspects since it arrived in 1443 (or 1442).   For example, Aquarius has promoted democracy on the positive side counter-balanced by fascism.  Whenever Aquarius is strong the sea-saw will tend to go towards fascism or democracy as both are strong Aquarian archetypes.  This is keenly demonstrated by the USA that so strongly promotes democracy within its borders yet since the Second World War has supported fascist dictators and governments around the world over democracy whenever it suits the commercial or political interests of the USA.  In fact, the USA is an excellent example of democracy and fascism conjoined – but that is another story altogether.

Positive developments associated with Aquarius include flight, electricity, humanitarianism and idealists, inventions, modernization, civic organizations and associations, and free thought.  Negative elements include lack of stability, mental instability and illnesses, emotional detachment (think of the Holocaust).  Other elements that can go either way are rebelliousness and revolutions (some bring democracy and freedom while others bring tyranny); and socialism (which can be extended to communism).

Are all zodiacal signs equal in their positive and negative aspects?   There are two schools of thought on this – the modern school typically indicates that each sign and planet is basically equal in its positive and negative aspects.  Traditionalists believe that some planets and the signs they rule are more orientated towards either positiveness or negativity.

In my observation, I believe that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  No planet or sign is all bad or good – each contains both good and bad, but some planets and signs do tend slightly more to the negative while others tend towards the positive but some sit in the middle.  I believe that Pisces does err mildly on the negative side but Aquarius is either balanced or very slightly biased towards the positive side.  This does not make the Pisces age negative and the Aquarian age positive.

Therefore, though the world is not passing from the ‘dark’ Age of Pisces to the radiant Age of Aquarius, Aquarius does seem to offer some advantages over Pisces.  This can be easily demonstrated.  Whenever the ubiquitous Jehovah’s Witnesses would arrive at my doorstep they would quickly draw my attention to all the problems and deteriorations in the world.  My standard counter was ‘if the world is so bad today, when in the past was it better?’  This perspective always left them floundering.  Do you think 1978, 1988, 1998 for example were better than 2008?

Even with all the problems of pollution, corruption, inequality, terrorism, war, violence, criminal activity and so on, the world in general today is better for a higher proportion of the world’s population compared to any time in the past.  It reminds me of something I heard not too long ago.  Someone said that if your life is 51% positive and 49% negative then you are experiencing a positive life.  The same situation applies to the world.

The majority of the world does not live the relatively gifted lifestyles of the populations of the First World countries.  The proportion of the world that does get to experience modernity is growing.  Even over the last few decades hundreds of millions of people around the world have been embraced by modernity partially or fully – one way or another, especially in China and India.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.  The arrival of modernity from its seed that was planted over 500 years ago when the Aquarian age first arrived unannounced is steadily embracing a greater proportion of the world.  The modern world is not a perfect world but from my subjective perspective, it is superior to the medieval (Pisces) world it is replacing.

This is the wisdom of the ages.  There is no perfect age, and the Age of Aquarius is definitely not perfect.  The quest for the mythical perfect Age of Aquarius is just the hangover from Pisces.  Pisces rules delusions and self-deception.  You have a choice – you can continue to listen to delusions about a fantasized Age of Aquarius that will never arrive – or you can open your eyes and perceive the dawning of the Age of Aquarius – warts and all, that is occurring all around you and has been for over 500 years

There are many warts associated with the Age of Aquarius but in the end, it comes down to a simple issue – is the glass half full or half-empty?  On a daily basis, I give thanks to whatever reality that produced the universe and world we live in.  Is there any other time in history that is superior to today?  For the huge majority of us living in the modern world, we should be truly thankful for this unique experience since our evolution from the animal kingdom.

I sincerely hope that the dawning of the Age of Aquarius continues until all the people in the world have the option to live in this modern world.  The wisdom of the ages indicates that this will not occur this century and may not even be completed in the next one thousand years.  This is not based on my personal preferences but on what investigating the ages has taught me.