by Robert Wilkinson
Today's article arises from a fragment of a comment stream where I stated "Neptune is now embedding into collective consciousness what was awakened when Uranus transited those points (in Aquarius). When Pluto eventually crosses those same points, it will awaken the seeds of the Aquarian era. It'll look much different than most 20th century thinkers suspect. Thank God for time." We have had momentous activity in Aquarius as a prelude to the next Great Age of 2100+ years, with more to come.
This will not be an exhaustive study of the implications of "the Age of Aquarius," since the subject and dialogue would easily take up the rest of our lives. That said, we will be discussing the end of this era and the advent of the next one from time to time. I suppose we should start by remembering that a Great Age, being 2100+ years, yields about 72 years per degree in a Great Age, so our sense of time, and how fast/slow things develop, must be kept in mind. To understand a Great Age requires a much larger perspective than we are accustomed to, and may necessitate more patience with the larger process than what is usually demanded of us.
I know it is very human to want to believe "the Age of Aquarius will begin on December 12, 2012, and from then on it's all good" or some variation of that. The problem is that life usually does not proceed like a Hollywood movie, with everything occurring in definite measurable steps and a point where the hero wins the day and the evil-doers are vanquished. The evolution of an Age is more like the movement of a glacier, with very gradual shifts that may not be noticed for decades. Of course, using that metaphor is fraught with potential implications right now, given the rapid melting of glacier ice in both North and South polar regions. Things are shifting rapidly on our Earth, which we are told is a portent of larger shifts in the human condition.
Shifts in a Great Age also correspond with shifts in worldly power structures, economies, and belief systems. However, as prelude to any new forms presenting themselves and being widely accepted, there must first be relative chaos and the dis-integration of old forms, since an old order is never open to a new order that can supercede it. We also are told that humanity must have reached a state of tension, of yearning for something new that will satisfy basic human needs that are not being addressed by the old systems. It is fairly easy to see that we are rapidly approaching that state in the world today.
I believe we are still at the end of the old Age of Pisces, which means that we are somewhere in the first part of that sign, since the precession moves backwards through the signs from 30 degrees to 1 degree before moving into the next sign. If we conservatively estimate that the first 5 degrees of a sign and the last 5 degrees of the preceding sign represent a transition period, then if each degree equals approximately 72 years, then we're looking at a transition period of about 720 years. Even if we shorten the transition to 2 1/2 degrees exiting and entering signs, we're still looking at about 360 years of transition.
I also believe we began to move into the transition zone leading us out of the Age of Pisces about 220 years ago, around the time of Uranus' discovery, the American and French Revolutions, and the end of the "divine right" of kings, queens, and the priesthood that allowed them to believe they were better than the rest of humanity. And yes, we are still dealing with that to some extent. To me that just shows we have not yet left the Piscean era with its ghosts of "belief versus doubt," and the need for the mass of people to follow rather than cooperate as Aquarian equals.
If my own computations are correct, we will be slipping into the Age of Aquarius sometime in the third quarter of this century. That does not mean there will not be signs up to then; in fact, everything that we confront in the near and distant future will aid the coming of the next era, and will show us the transitional forms that will be the preliminary building blocks for life in the next era. So how can we take advantage of what is, and is yet to come, so that we move into our higher possibilities both individually and collectively?
This is where "past is prologue" to the future. Uranus transitted Aquarius between April 1995 and December 2003. Uranus awakened the Aquarius in us all in that span, and each had their opportunities to individuate and find their unique talents and place in the worldly drama we call life. Any planets we have in Aquarius were revolutionized and individualized in that span, and no doubt if it happened to you, you're living a radically different life in that area than you were before 1995. It was a time of many opportunities to practice the Aquarian ideal, to ground Spirit in matter in our own unique way so we can do it more perfectly in the future.
Since Aquarius exteriorizes through Leo, its polar opposite, this period would have offered many opportunities to demonstrate a sense of purposeful creativity and genuine, spontaneous sincere engaged Love in every life approach, these being Leo qualities. We all had the Aquarian ideal awakened in some way, and collectively, it is easy to see we are in a completely unique "unknown zone" as a human race. As an aside, with Saturn in Leo, and Saturn symbolizing our "Great Work," we are now seeing new forms and structures resulting from what was awakened when Uranus transitted Aquarius. In that sense, what dominion you can see and exercise in your life is showing how you rose to the challenge of individuation in those years, and what oppresses you is showing you what disciplines of Aquarian realization you are still learning to live.
I'll comment more about the Neptune and Pluto transits in Aquarius tomorrow, and how we are holographically molding the collective future even as we dream.