The Age of Aquarius

The Age of Aquarius is one of the twelve astrological ages that coincides with the twelve signs of the zodiac.

It follows the Age of Pisces, which is generally thought to have begun about 2,000 years ago around the time of the birth of Christ.


Most astrologers agree that an Age lasts about 2,150 years, but there is much disagreement on when the Age of Aquarius actually begins. Opinions range from 500 years ago to the year 3600.

One popular belief is that the Aquarian Age began on February 4, 1962, when a rare astronomical and astrological event took place that only happens once in every 2,160 years.

The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus as well as the sun, earth, and moon all lined up in the constellation of Aquarius.

Some consider that when this particular configuration occurs, it signals the beginning of a new era, and thus have concluded that this is when the Age of Aquarius began. However, not all agree and other alternative theories also put forth supportive evidence.

Nevertheless, when the Age of Aquarius

begins, or has begun, is not nearly as important as

how we respond to the the opportunity before us.


We understand Aquarius to be a revolutionary sign, governed by the planet Uranus, which brings dramatic change and upheaval to the status quo.

There is a breaking free from the past to create the future we desire for ourselves and our world.

The answers will be completely new as a result of the study of what has been and what is desired.

The key phrase for Aquarius is "I Know." It is an air sign, scientific and intellectual.

However, it's ruling planet, Uranus, is associated with intuition and perceptions of the heart, so the knowledge it brings is the ability to intuitively perceive while accumulating and applying knowledge.

It will be an era of synthesis, where the truths in all areas of life will be looked at with fresh eyes, and we have the potential to experience more unified thought and consideration of how we interact and resolve our problems.

"We must be the change we wish to see." -Mahatma Gandhi

From a spiritual perspective, this is the key phrase for Aquarius.

The wave of change is sent forth, but it is up to us to ride that wave, clearly recognizing that we, individually and collectively, are the ones who will determine what the Aquarian Age will ultimately be.

The potential is there, but unless enough people will "be the change," and manifest a golden-age consciousness, we will not see the widespread constructive transformation that can lead to a physical golden age.


Some people think of a golden age as a utopia or paradise where everything is perfect. But this is more of a Piscean notion than Aquarian.

When enough people become the change, we will see a significant shift in the values that shape our societies.

When the majority of people become the change, there is a viable potential for a golden age.

Not an age of human perfection, because there is no such thing.

But the potential to live in a world where higher moral and spiritual standards are reflected in our societies, governments, families and individuals, and where there is a heightened sense of brotherhood, cooperation, and respect.

Remember, an age lasts 2,150 years. So while the world today may not be on the verge of a Golden Age, there is still time--and hope.

And it all begins NOW,

with YOU.


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