If you've ever heard the song from the play, Hair, that was popular in the 60s you have undoubtedly wondered what exactly is the Age of Aquarius, anyway?

Most of astrology is based on the motion of the planets through the Zodiac.  For astrological purposes the term planets includes the Moon and the Sun even though they're not considered such by astronomical definition.  Their placements as shown on an astrological chart are based on a geocentric reference frame, in other words, the position these heavenly bodies appear to have from Earth.  However, the Earth itself also travels through the 12 constellations known as the Zodiac.  One cycle takes an incomprehensible 25,868 years, or approximately 2,150 years to traverse each Sign.  The time spent in a given Sign is what we call an Age.  Since the Zodiacal constellations aren't all the same size, we don't know exactly when one Age ends and another begins.  Nonetheless, even as we can discern "generational" effects as the slower moving superior planets (i.e. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) move through the Signs, we can use the historical record to note major happenings during periods of time that clearly indicate which Sign the Earth was in at the time.  Since the Earth moves through these Signs in retrograde motion (i.e., backwards) the order is reversed compared to the way we see the Sun move through the Zodiac.  Here are some of the basic indications of these time periods with the Signs as we know them.

10000-8000 B.C., The Age of Leo:  Prehistoric cave paintings that date back to this timeframe are indicative of man's creativity, even back then.  It was the end of the Ice Age, the Sun's importance as a source of life more evident than ever before.  Leo, the natural 5th House, is the house of creativity and ruled by the Sun.  Its polar sign, Aquarius, and its propensity for invention, was also evident in the use of stone tools.

8000-6000 B.C., The Age of Cancer:  Cancer, sign of the natural fourth house, is symbolic of the home environment and ruled by the Moon.  During this age man began to inhabit homes and the concept of family developed.  The Moon has long been associated with motherhood and the female reproductive cycle.  As communities and civilizations developed their awareness of the heavens increased along with associations of the Moon with the tides and the Sun with seasons.  The polar sign, Capricorn, was represented by the vestiges of security found in the beginnings of agricultural societies.

6000-4000 B.C., The Age of Gemini:  Gemini is ruled by the planet, Mercury, and is associated with the intellect and communications.  At this time the written word was created, as evidenced by Chinese and Egyptian cuneiform writing, and most likely the wheel as well.  Civilizations were developing with people beginning to cluster together in larger groups versus small, agrarian communities.  Trade began and intellectual expansion was in progress.  Sagittarius, the polar sign in this case, was demonstrated by the developing cultures and their interaction with one another as well as the long distance travel involved.

4000-2000 B.C., The Age of Taurus:  Besides the strong attachment that Taurus has with the Earth itself, beauty and luxury are also associated with this Sign.  Egyptian dynasties and other civilizations at this time were known for their imposing and elegant temples and other structures that were so enduring that vestiges of them remain to this day.  The polar sign, Scorpio, was represented in the fascination with death and the after-life which manifested itself in mummification methods and elaborate tombs, i.e. pyramids.  A fascination and appreciation for nature began, including the observation of the stars and the beginnings of astrology and astronomy.

2000 B.C. - A.D. 0, The Age of Aries:  During this time the Greek culture evolved and the Aries/Libra polarity blossomed.  The warlike tendencies of Aries were personified by the aggressive Greeks and the many wars they perpetrated.  The influence of Libra was evident in the first democratic governments as well as the continuing development of beautiful structures.

A.D. 0 - 2000 A.D., The Age of Pisces:   Not surprisingly, this Age began with the birth of Christ.  Even the Christian symbol of fish coincides with this Age.  Christian beliefs reflect Piscean qualities of kindness, charity and peace as well as self-sacrifice, as shown by early martyrs and even the cloistered lives of monks and nuns, which reflect the Piscean tendency to be reclusive.  The polar influence of Virgo is found in the meticulous observance of religious rituals and principles as well as the adoration of the Virgin Mary.  The great advances in art during the Renaissance period also reflected an increase in artists' attention to detail.

2000 A.D. - 4000 A.D., The Age of Aquarius:  We don't know the exact moment when the Earth passed from Pisces into Aquarius, but it is evident that we are now there.  The development of modern technology is particularly Aquarian as well as the interaction of the various cultures, particularly noted in organizations like the United Nations and the European Union.  The polar sign, Leo, is likewise reflected in the expansive creativity and arts of the time and the renewed emphasis on the importance of caring for children.  Leo also likes to rule, possibly influencing the numerous quests for dominance in political and religious arenas that we see in the world today. 

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--Timing is Everything--


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