This week I received an email stating that the ‘Aquarian age will not truly begin until the whole of humanity is at peace’. This is not a lone sentiment as many people look expectantly to the Age of Aquarius for a millenarian change. Peace, security and harmony, for example, are all qualities that any sincere person would like to see manifest in this contrary world. However will the Aquarian age respond in kind?
Peace has different meanings for different people. For some peace means absence of war. However if there is no war are people necessarily at peace? I have also heard that peace is not the absence of war but a quality of its own. In other words, someone can experience peace even in prison, the middle of a battle or war, but in a time of peace people may feel discontent. This suggests that at a minimum, there are two kinds of peace, peace in the world, and peace within an individual. My email commentator was looking for peace in the world. However is peace possible in the world if people do not experience peace in their own lives?
In the early 70’s I had a reasonable exposure to the Hindu religion for a short period. In the Hindu religion they have an interesting philosophy that this world is `maya’. Roughly translated, maya means ‘illusion’. This is not to suggest that what we experience, see and feel in this world is an illusion like a cartoon, but an illusion in the sense that it does not incorporate the ultimate reality or Truth with a capital ‘T’. In the Hindu philosophy that I encountered, the ultimate reality is only found within an individual person. This is probably the source of the urban myths of the states of nirvana, enlightenment or liberation.
Someone experiencing nirvana, enlightenment or liberation is like a lotus in a swamp. The lotus is beautiful but exists and grows from the murky and muddy waters of the swamp, representative of the maya of this world. From the Hindu perspective there is never peace in this world as peace and maya are mutually exclusive. If the Hindu sages are correct, there will never be peace in the Aquarian age or any other age, but people can individually be at peace in any age.
Even if peace cannot exist in this world absolutely, the level of war, violence and mayhem varies over time. Some periods of time seem less violent than others. Some societies appear very peaceful while others are violent by nature. For example before the Maoris arrived in New Zealand, an earlier group of Polynesian settlers lived there peaceably. After the Maoris arrived these earlier settlers disappeared but a remnant group continued to exist on an island far off the east coast of New Zealand. The whalers of the 19th century discovered this remnant group and informed the Maoris.
The whalers subsequently took the Maoris to the island and the Maoris commenced killing the inhabitants. The hapless inhabitants did not know what to do because all forms of violence was so far removed from their reality that they did not understand what was happening to them even as they were being slaughtered. This fierceness of the Maoris’ saved them from defeat by the British in the 19th century, and in place of conquest the British government entered into a treaty with the Maoris that continues to this day.
Some societies are comfortable with violence and other societies are not. At certain times in history violence has been the dominant theme, while at other times a more peaceful existence ensured. History indicates that the upsurge in war commenced about 5,000 years ago which coincidentally was aligned to the beginning of the Aries age in c.2916 BC. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the traditional God of War. Aries and war go hand-in-glove but Aries does also foster sport, competition, construction and achievement.
Before the arrival of the Aries age the world did appear somewhat less violent. Historians have noted a general lack of defensive structures or armaments in Europe over 5,000 years ago. This compares with the 1st millennium BC where Europe was a series of hill fortresses on high military alert and there is wide evidence of swords. As one historian noted, there is only one thing you can do with a sword.
Despite the lack of widespread warfare over 5,000 years ago, one of the oldest cities in the world is Jericho dating from 9000 BC. From its earliest days Jericho was fortified by a defensive wall. Obviously it needed a defensive wall to ward off raiding parties from surrounding inhabitants. So even well before the violent Aries age, violence was still around, but historians state that it was not so widespread or as entrenched as later periods.
The arrival of the Aries age in c.2916 BC saw the arrival of mass warfare. The Mesopotamians turned increasingly to war and the first empire gained through military means was the defeat of the Sumerian by Akkad under Sargon who reined from 2270 BC – 2215 BC. From hereon in the history of the world is virtually the history of war. At the end of the Aries age when the momentum of Aries had reached its full power, the little village of Rome was formed, ushering in a new age of war under the military-orientated Romans.
One quirky problem the Romans encountered as their empire expanded is that neighboring cities within the Roman Empire could not fight each other once they were incorporated in the Roman Empire. The traditional approach to government by the Romans was to allow conquered cities to maintain their own government. However what these city governments wanted to do most of all was go to war with their neighbors. This the Romans would not allow so often the sulky citizens refused to maintain their own governments.
The whole military and war momentum has continued in the world to the 20th century but there are now indications that since the 2nd World War the incidence of war has significantly subsided in the world. Many people are not convinced however, but this is probably due to the unpainted wall syndrome.
The unpainted wall syndrome basically means that if a room has three walls freshly painted, and one wall in its original state, an onlooker will focus their attention on the unpainted wall. If the unpainted wall is then painted except for a small one foot by one foot patch, this is where the focus will lie. If this is painted but a mark or blemish is left in the painting, the attention is drawn to the blemish.
The unpainted wall syndrome applies to war in the world. Wherever war, discord or military action appears, the media will focus upon it, and the general public will be made keenly aware of the effects of the war or skirmish. The fact that modern media is incredibly adept at bringing war and conflict into our living rooms in full colour and in stereo increases the impact upon us. But the fact remains that the effects upon the world by war is very small and shrinking despite the invasion of Iraq.
If Aries is linked to war, the opposite sign, Libra, should be linked to peace. To a certain extent this is true. This is good news for the world because the Aquarian age has three decans and the first decan encountered in the Aquarian age is the Libran decan – the sign of peace. The full effect of Libra’s peace potential will not occur much before 2148 and the world may experience a mini Golden Age of Peace roughly between 2148 and 2863. This may be peace on a relative scale (i.e. far less wars and conflict compared to the last 5,000 years). But don’t despair if you are holding your breath for a more peaceful world – peace is progressively appearing, and the peace momentum shifted up a gear in 1791.
How could the peace momentum increased from 1791 when there have probably been more people killed in war since 1791 compared to all the previous wars in history with most killed in the 20th century? The answer is rather simple but overlooked. If the world is to remove itself from its violent past, that commenced around 2916 BC, then some deterrent effect to starting wars should occur. This is exactly what has happened.
Examine the following significant wars in the 20th century which excludes civil wars, internal strife or border disputes as these types of conflicts have a different dynamic the internal wars usually involving throwing off an oppressive ruler. After the war will be given the protagonist and if they won or lost the war:
1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War – Russia Lost
1914 -18 First World War – Germany & Austria – Lost
1939-45 Second World War – Germany, Italy & Japan – Lost
1950-53 Korean War – North Korea & China – Lost
1951 – Chinese Invasion of Tibet – China Won
1956 The Suez Crisis – UK, France & Israel – Lost War (won the military assaults)
1959-74 Viet Nam War – USA Lost
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion – USA and Cuban expatriates Lost
1967 Six Day War – Egypt, Jordan, and Syria Lost
1979-89 Invasion of Afghanistan – USSR – Lost
1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War – Iraq Lost
1982 Falklands War – Argentina Lost
1990-91 Gulf War – Iraq Lost
2001 9/11 Terrorist Attack on USA – Al Qaeda in Afghanistan – (Afghanistan) Lost
2003 USA’s Coalition of the Willing invasion of Iraq – USA (In Progress)
Based on the above 15 major wars or conflicts, but excluding the invasion of Iraq by the USA and the Coalition of the Willing, because its outcome in uncertain, the only war won to date is the invasion of Tibet by China in 1951 but even the long term success for China of this invasion is uncertain. The moral seems to be that if you want to lose a war then start one including a pre-emptive strike!
This may be a bad omen for the USA in Iraq, but not necessarily so in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Taliban government protected Al Qaeda and while under this protection Al Qaeda attacked the USA. Al Qaeda started the war and the Afghanistan government fell due to its support of the protagonists.
If there is to be a deterrent to war, having the protagonists continually losing the war is a good start towards peace. The momentum towards avoiding war will continue in the lead up to the mini Golden Age of Peace forecast for between 2148 and 2863 but here is the problem. The major problem facing the world in the 21st century is not war but pollution. Even if the world avoided war and conflict it could suffer far worst consequences from the effects of pollution and global warming. Are we facing a no-win situation?
In the 1960’s and 70s the world faced the prospect of nuclear annihilation. Now in 2008 the nuclear arsenal remains in place but in the addition of the ongoing possibility of nuclear annihilation, we are facing environmental annihilation in a worse case scenario, or significant environmental problems in a best case scenario. What kind of world may be left when the mini Golden Age of Peace arrives mid next century? Will there be peace because there will only be a remnant population left in the world following the disastrous consequences of environmental damage?
Are the Hindu sages correct? If we want peace perhaps inner peace offers the greatest security and surety? From the astrological standpoint the prospect of inner peace is currently at a peak due to Scorpio. Within the Aquarian Age, the effects of the Scorpio sub-age are at their peak between 1970 and 2148 leading up o the mini Golden Age of Peace. Scorpio is the sign that indicates rebirth, metamorphosis, regeneration and inner strength thus implying that enlightenment, nirvana or whatever is on the menu. In any Scorpio period people feel vulnerable and lack security due to the instability in the world which is prone to cataclysmic upheavals in Scorpio periods.
The sign Scorpio indicates weakness on the outside but strength within. The source of peace in a Scorpio period is within. Maybe the path of inner awareness is the most reliable path to peace in this world of ours at this point of time. If the requirement that the world be at peace before the Aquarian age arrives is correct, it is unlikely we will ever have an Aquarian age.