by Robert Wilkinson
Having great feedback on attaining 1,000,000 visitors in 1100 days, a short history of the Aquarius Papers may be of interest. So, once upon a time in a land far, far, away.... I found my way to The Blog. Blogging is different than a web site, which I did for years with mixed success. When I started "The Aquarius Papers - Astrology for All" at Salon.com, it was an experiment to see how many people are into astrology on the web. Willing to try something different involving multiple realms, I added a section called "The Outer Edge" where I posted metaphysical articles and investigative reports on important socio-economic, environmental, and political urgencies confronting our nation and world.
I aspired to walk the line between several worlds, offering what I know and some suggestions how to solve some problems as we surf through the changes in our times. While I realized just how powerful a tool the internet can be, I wondered how well a blog dedicated to these things would be received by mainstream society in 2004.
It was an experiment in merging disparate fields of thought and intention, and curiously, mainstream society and its media seem strangely hostile and/or indifferent to Astrology in these particular times. Of course, I've never been mainstream anything, having Moon in Aquarius, Sun and Mars in the 9th in Aries trine Pluto rising in Leo, and Mercury exactly conjunct my MC at 30 Aries. So I quickly did a lot of diverse posting and launched the rocket ship! Here's an early post on what I originally intended for Aquarius Papers, and it seems to be as valid today as it was then.
I found that the initial blend of astrology, politics, and metaphysics did NOT work at all! These areas seem not to mix very well. I learned quickly that mainstream blogs didn't understand what the focus was, and can be pretty rude bare knuckle places. Even if they liked what I posted on their comment streams, when they came to Aquarius Papers it didn't go well except for a few beautiful people trying their best in the political realm.
It seems that most mainstream political junkies despise or at best take an amused attitude toward astrology and feel metaphysics is so much theory. They can get downright nasty about it, too. Something springs to mind about "the worst failure of our world is a failure of imagination among the adults of our times." Gandhi blended metaphysics and politics very successfully, and I tried to post a lot of Gandhian principles both on Aquarius Papers and The Outer Edge, as well as my other political blog. It seemed nobody cared about Gandhi in the political arena, but metaphysical people loved it!
I found a few sites dedicated to political astrology, and they're pretty good, but the political arena is fairly strident and that makes it difficult to have reasonable, civil, productive dialogs. And I found that the political arena does get annoyed when the focus is more metaphysics than sloganeering, crass manipulation and/or needless polarization. I don't believe it's the people as much as the times we live in. Necessity will correct many errors of approach in the future, so perhaps the political arena will someday value true spiritual principles rather than useless belief systems perpetuated by shallow, selfish people.
So I stopped posting political essays on Aquarius Papers, and totally focused on my mix of Astrology and Metaphysics. I soon outgrew the software they insist you use at Salon, and so changed platforms to the one I'm using now. At that time I changed the name to Aquarius Papers - Global Astrology. As you can see from the archives, I've kept at it for awhile, and the sheer quantity of what I've posted qualified me for search engine traction.
The visibility has grown fairly quickly and constantly, except for when I got hacked and bombed by someone antagonistic to the work, and recently when someone at google decided to throw a cloak of invisibility over this site for a few weeks. They still have never given me a reason. That led to some realizations about practical realities in our world, which led me to sign up for Facebook, since I believe people-to-people is the model of the future. Hopefully I'll have more time to devote to that site in the future, since it's a great way to connect and actually get to know people all over the world. Now if I could just clone myself to get the time....;-)
So this site is a work in progress, evolving over the months into what you see today. It will have to shapeshift again in the near future, for all kinds of good reasons. While this site will continue in its course with some useful changes in looks and links, as well as worthy products and services for sale, I also plan to do a parallel platform for a more socio-political and environmental focus, since these are major forces that affect everyone in the world.
That of course will be a group experiment, since together we're stronger and smarter and more able and aware than any of us are separately. We do have major changes coming, and as you know, I believe if we learn to "think in the future" we can live as well as possible as that future unfolds and find other like-hearted Souls who are our true community.
Many people all over the world will have to mobilize dynamically in the next few years, due to where they live and what good works they can do despite the instability. Others have established or are establishing secure situations, homes and centers where they can do their work while connecting with others of similar purpose and intention. Some have already met others through this site and connected up; I'm sure more will do so in the future.
After just over a thousand days, it's still a great journey. However, I have also realized the impossibility of keeping up the quantity of articles, comments, and counseling work I have to do, so some of that will also be rearranged to make it work better. I have books to write, places to go, and mountains to hike. Plus getting out in the Sun from time to time is rejuvenating to the Spirit. For now, though, enjoy the journey, and expect good things to come.
Aum and blessings,
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson