2012 and the Age of Aquarius

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What is the Age of Aquarius about? Well!

It's 2000 years that bring us the best of Aquarius, Uranus, and Saturn... as long as we do our parts to help it along.

You know those lovely dreams you've had, of a world where ...

  • kindness, honesty, and peace are the rule rather than the exception

  • everyone is respected and cared for, and differences are celebrated

  • the whole world is united in common goals

  • spiritual wisdom is the shared ideal

That's what the Age of Aquarius is all about!

This article explains why. Starting with a brief background...

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The Dawning Of A New Astrological Age

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Astrological Ages are somewhat more than 2000 years long. (See the Great Year for a explanation of how this works.)

Here's a brief overview.

The Sun is seen to move very slowly through all the signs of the Zodiac. (It takes about 2,000 years to go from one to another.) Whatever Zodiac sign the Sun is in at any time, is the name of the World Age we are currently in.

When we see the Sun in the area of space that we call Aquarius, we say that we are in the Age of Aquarius.

A Colour Filter On The Light

Why are the Astrological Ages important?

Because it colours everything that happens in the solar system. It's as if Aquarius were a filter in front of the Sun, lending its unique colour to the sunlight we receive.

Just as your birth sign tells you a lot about your character, and your moon sign tells you a lot about your dreams, the sign of the Astrological Ages determines the quality of these 2 millennia for the whole planet.

Age of Pisces

For example, during the past 2000 years or so, we have been in the Age of Pisces.

That means that everything we've been through has been flavoured by the sign of the Fish and the influence of Neptune (who rules Pisces), making it a period of ...

  • religion

  • superstition

  • blind belief

  • instinct

  • impracticality

  • unlimited personal potentials

  • movement toward mysticism and transcendence

  • beginning to see a bigger picture than home/family/work

  • growing awareness of interdependency and global connection

  • following desires rather than logic

  • dualism -- split between material life and spiritual experience, between mind and heart

  • altruism and gentleness (this is why Buddha, Mohammed, and Jesus were all prophets in this age, offering a message of peace and caring for the poor)

  • living in a fantasy world of our own imagination (ie, denial, addiction, and escapism)

And Then A Shift Of Ages...

Now we are leaving the Age of Pisces and entering into the Aquarian age. Although there is certainly no agreement on specific dates, most estimates agree that we entered the Age of Aquarius in the end of the 20th century.

The uncertainty over exact dates is due to the very simple fact that the sky isn't divided up by boundary lines. Who can say exactly when we've crossed from one sign to another?

So the Aquarian Age is not exactly tied to the year 2012. But it is certainly part of the 2012 Transition.

There is also the fact that any transition is a process. The effects of any astrological event extend before and after its actual occurrence.

But what's really important about the Age of Aquarius is not these mundane details.

What matters is what the Age of Aquarius portends for the Earth.

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The Meaning Of The Age of Aquarius

During the Age of Aquarius, the dominant paradigm is that of the Water Bearer. As the sign of Aquarius is ruled by both Uranus and (to a lesser degree) Saturn, so Aquarian, Uranian, and Saturnian qualities will determine the direction that the Earth will take, over the next 2 millennia.

Qualities of Aquarius

Aquarius is all about making the world a better place. Having a strong social conscience, combined with a innovative, visionary intelligence, Aquarius can really make it happen, too!

Aquarius is compassionate and caring, but also eccentric and unbound by convention.

She values progress and technologies that can revolutionize the world.

The Struggle Between Saturn and Uranus

Saturn was the ancient ruler of Aquarius. Uranus is the modern and future ruler.

They are still engaged in some battle over turf.

Saturn, even in its good qualities, is somewhat grim. Saturn is sensible, stern, strict, grave, formal, and forbidding. Saturn is all about rules, authority, propriety. Saturn values discipline (self- and other), caution, and prudence.

Uranus symbolises a rebellious spirit, individualistic, unwilling to accept rules and limitations. Uranus energy is passionate, spontaneous, tempestuous, brilliant, innovative, and revolutionary. Uranus is not interested in outside authority, propriety, or imposed customs.

Uranus is like the rebellious teenager, not willing to blindly accept his parents' rules or beliefs, determined to find his own truth, to make his own way.

(You can see where some of the conflicting viewpoints of the late 20th century came from!)

While it seems at first glance that Saturn and Uranus are completely opposing forces (and in many ways they are), it is also worth noting that without some of the stabilizing self-control and respect from Saturn, Uranus can't achieve the best of his potential.

How This Influences The Age of Aquarius

Here’s a list of some of the qualities that Aquarian Age, that come from these 3 influences...

  • idealism

  • solidarity and fellowship

  • kindness and compassion

  • philanthropy and altruism

  • spiritual awareness

  • revelation of Truth

  • equality

  • democracy

  • freedom

  • peace

  • love

  • equanimity

  • modernisation

  • rebels and rebellion

  • nonconformity

  • perseverance

  • computerization

  • flying

How will this affect the world? That's the great bit...

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What to expect in the Age of Aquarius

All these qualities paint a picture of the kind of world we are becoming. In the Aquarian age we could expect to see...

  • International collaboration, a sense of solidarity and unity that crosses all boundaries. In fact, it's likely that the boundaries themselves may vanish, seen at last for the imaginary divisions that they really are.

  • We can create real governmental representation, a true democracy that really cares for the needs of the people. And not just for the short term, but in consideration of all those who will follow after us.

  • As the very belief in divisions and separations falls away, we regain our membership in the fellowship of this planet. We see ourselves once again as siblings to all creatures, and servants of the well-being of the Earth.

  • We will naturally extend kindness, compassion, and care to all beings, as we can perceive ourselves to all be one consciousness.

    This means...

    • peace on Earth

    • an end to poverty

    • an end to slavery in all forms

    • true justice reigns

    • harmony and respect are the common mindset

  • We will leave behind "the superstition of materialism" (as Deepak Chopra so aptly calls it), understanding at last that we have no need for material possessions and money when we can manifest what we need, and when all humans take care of one another.

  • Religions will lose their hierarchical, authoritarian structure. Spirituality becomes the primary focus -- the individual connection with the Divine Source.

  • Rules, morals, and blind obedience will fall away, replaced by personal responsibility, spiritual wisdom, and ethics.

  • Individuals and societies achieve higher consciousness and enlightenment.

  • Humanitarianism and human rights become the foundation of social policy.

  • We cherish and celebrate uniqueness, not expecting other people to conform to some arbitrary standard out of our fear of differences. We will treasure the diversity that the Source creates.

  • There is likely to be much more computerization.

  • We may begin to travel to other planets and stars. And/or visitors from other stars may make themselves known.

If you're like me, you've probably wished a thousand times for a world like this!

And you are here now -- it is no coincidence! -- to not only see it come true, but to help make it happen!

The Nightmare Scenario

Some have said the Aquarian age has the potential to be horrific.

This is true.

Any sign, any quality, has its good potential and its bad potential. This is especially the case when Saturn is also involved.

Saturn (on the shadow side) represents control, limits and boundaries, power over others, tradition, conservative resistance to change, death, etc.

The shadow side of Uranus is contemptuous, dictatorial, destructive, unstable, scheming, and explosive.

Aquarius also has its shadow side: unpredictable, impatient, impersonal, cold, and even self-righteous.

Some of the "shadow side" symptoms in the Age of Aquarius could be...

  • nervous disorders

  • mental diseases

  • hesitancy and indecision

  • the loss of family units (this may not be all bad!)

  • violent rebellions

  • power cabals creating despotic regimes

  • modernization at the expense of human well-being and the environment

  • science used only to increase warfare

However, there are other forces at work to support the positive side of this transformation.

And remember, too, that we aren't helpless victims of this new World Age.

We get to make it either positive or negative! By our thoughts, our actions, and our emotions, we get to choose what future we create.

Which future are you choosing?

With Bright Blessings,

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