Aquarius in Pisces Sheep Clothing

© Terry MacKinnell 2008 All Rights Reserved

In the Aquarian Age Myths post I referred to the poetic licence associated with the song Aquarius and how it set the tone for humanities’ expectations about the Age of Aquarius ever since.  In this post I will investigate the lyrics of this song and other material about the Aquarian age just to demonstrate that the common expectations about the Aquarian age are nearly all myths without any foundation.

The song Aquarius commences with:

 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
 

What I have done is extract from these lyrics the relevant information that describes the expectations from the Age of Aquarius.  In addition I will underline 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. 

As already stated in Aquarian Age Myths the lyrics to a song, like poetry, can engage in poetic licence.  Poetic licence 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 corrupted by our entrenched Pisces sensibilities which will not allow us to accurately project Aquarius.  When we wish to project Aquarius we project Pisces. 

The poetic licence 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 from http://test.proshopsale.com/2008/03/08/the-greatest-teacher-is-nature-and-you/

 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. 

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 at http://spelunkingtheeideosphere.blogspot.com/2008/03/unearthing-religious-and-new-age.html  – 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. […] 

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 at http://www.adishakti.org/age_of_aquarius.htm

  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. 

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-coloured Age of Aquarius is so strong that it continues like a never ending soap opera.  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 the same as I stated in my Aquarian Age Myths post – “ …. it is more likely than not that anything anyone states about the Aquarian age is pure 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.  Visualise an Aquarian sheep with a Pisces woollen cloak thrown over it – this is the situation today with the urban myths spread about the Age of Aquarius.  The Aquarian age does not need the assistance of Pisces.  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. 

Don’t let Pisces pull the wool over your eyes

this is what it has done to the Aquarian age

and this is what Pisces is good at

 delusion and deception.

Aquarian Age Myths

© Terry MacKinnell 2008 All Rights Reserved

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 etc clearly relate the dawning of the Age of Aquarius to the 1960’s and 70’s when Hair first appeared.  In addition, 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?’

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 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 year 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 licence.  However this poetic licence has continued unabated in the general public’s perception of this urban legend. 

The poetic licence 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

[precession of the equinoxes is the astronomical source for the ages such as the Age of Aquarius]. 

It is this total lack of clarity amongst astrologers that has created a knowledge vacuum about the Age of Aquarius.  In this vacuum poetic licence 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. 

More to come on the misinformation about the Aquarian age.