“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.”-Hair
The Age of Aquarius in a nutshell:
The Age of Aquarius, or simply the Aquarian Age, is an astrological time period that the Earth is currently moving into. Astrologers tell us that each astrological time period lasts an average of 2,150 years.
But what does it mean?
Essentially, the commencement of the Age of Aquarius makes room for a fundamental shift in the consciousness of humankind. Spiritually, this means a shift away from duality and self-centered thinking towards a more humanitarian perspective that considers the oneness of all beings.
Many ancient cultures ingrained this belief into the very fabric of their civilizations. These included cultures that evolved in opposite corners of the Earth such as the Egyptians and the Mayans. These individualized civilizations all predicted this shift in consciousness and that it would occur during an era of inter-connectivity. In India specifically, ancient Hindu belief has maintained that with this dawning of a new age of awareness, the Kundalini energy that dwells dormant within all living beings will awaken as an inevitable response to this expanded consciousness.
Coincidentally, or not, Aquarius also represents in astrological terms: major technological advancements such as electricity, computers, flight and general freedom associated with invention. Many believe that technology, the internet and various resources that we have available to us today comply with a plan laid out by the Universe. This plan, they believe, has been necessary to allow for more people to increase their awareness about the possibilities of the Age of Aquarius and all it represents spiritually, thereby leading eventually to critical mass and worldwide adoption.
Hallmarks of the sign:
Let’s quickly list other qualities of Aquarius to get an even better feeling for what the Age of Aquarius will bring us. Aquarius has a strong need for independence and individualism, and while members of this sign can be somewhat idiosyncratic they are also very original and inventive. Aquarius is visionary and creative, but rebellious, too. Aquarius’ job is to challenge authority, tear down existing structures, and replace the outdated with something better. Thus, Aquarius can be capable of great extremes. This sign acts in rather sudden and unexpected ways, thanks to being ruled by Uranus, the planet of surprise.
This future-thinking sign can often be a study in contrast. On one hand, Aquarius can be quite intellectually and emotionally aloof at times. Aquarius needs distance, and marches to a different drummer. On the other hand, it is one of the most congenial, social and gregarious signs, and certainly one of the most humanitarian (besides Pisces). Aquarius sees social wrongs and moves to right them, often through mobilizing groups into action. Unlike Pisces, a sign that works one-on-one, Aquarius likes to work in large groups, and is altruistic and democratic in spirit. Aquarius is “one for all and all for one,” rather than elitist. Since Aquarius is a fixed sign, they are quite solid when they make commitments.
The Aqurian Age:
The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.” The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.” This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality.
During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself. You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward
This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind, sadly. Some people are preparing for this shift by opening their hearts and minds and embracing this new age, and some people are intimidated by the changes that they don’t understand and want to return to a “golden age” in the past, or to circle the wagons and trust only those who are like themselves.
Transformation is never a painless process. When you fast or cleanse to purify your body, at first you feel worse, because toxins get stirred up in order to be eliminated. Once these poisons have been cleared, you feel lighter and more energized. Now imagine that every person on planet Earth is going through this shift. We are heading into a time of radical change. It is a time of great potential growth and expansion, but it is also a time of great potential pain and suffering. The more that you understand what is happening, the more that you can go through all of the changes without losing your balance and stability.
Ways to help yourself during this transition:
1. Have a daily spiritual practice. Every spiritual tradition has one thing in common: a daily practice. This can be many different things: yoga, meditation, chanting, prayer, contemplation, exercise, journaling, etc. It is not important what you are doing, but that you do something almost every day, and do it with an intention to let go of your blocks and focus your consciousness.
2. Don’t, I reapeat, DON’T give in to fear, despair, or anger! There is so much happening that can trigger these emotions: the media, the environment, politics, terrorism, etc. If you understand that these emotions are all symptoms of the Aquarian shift, then you can go through them without losing your center. I understand that things aren’t awesome currently, but YOU have the power to change this and react appropriately.
3. Don’t allow yourself to be a victim. You have the power to change your life. Don’t give that power away to anyone through blame or resentment. You are responsible for your happiness and grace. Don’t buy into any view of reality in which you are not 100% responsible for making your life work. The Aquarian Age is all about empowerment and consciousness.
4. Be a source of light. The more people who consciously choose to embrace the Aquarian shift, the easier this transformation will go for humanity. It is a spiritual truth that a small percentage of people who have shifted their consciousness can influence the rest of humanity. If you are reading this, then you are most likely one of these pioneers. Find a way to spread your light: teach, heal, create community networks, serve, sacrifice, love. Welcome to the Aquarian Age!
I hope that helps, be well, stay safe, and have an excellent day!