by Robert Wilkinson
We're at a critical junction in history and moving out of the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius over the next few decades. That makes this a long wave transitional period, with specific lessons to learn and insights to gain about our larger human estate.
As I've mentioned in previous articles, a transition between Great Ages can take from 350 to 700 years to accomplish, due to the length of an Age relative to the length of a sign. Here I'll note that no Age ever "ends" at a specific point in time, so don't expect to wake up one day and find the old gone. While many trumpet glamorous pronouncements about the new Era, for us humans it's pretty much "chopping wood, carrying water" regardless of what Age we believe we're in, since that's the way consciousness works.
It's hard to get a sense of what an entirely new way of approaching time, space, matter, energy, life and reality would feel like while we're living such short and perceptually limited life spans. However, since the cusp of an Age really involves the first degrees of the fading Age and the end degrees of the coming Age, it occurred to me that by examining previous Neptune positions we might catch glimpses of some larger dreams and visions about the larger Age and what this means for humanity at this time in history.
Remember, Neptune's cycle is about 164 years, mas o menos, and therefore this is not the first time that Neptune has transited the span of degrees representing "the cusp of the Age." That said, it's the last time in Pisces before the Age of Aquarius begins, and therefore showing us glimpses into the collective that may portend larger issues and lessons we're learning that will assist the transition from the old to the new.
Looking at historical cycles, in 2010 Neptune went from 25-29 Aquarius. It covered almost the exact same span in 1846. In 2011 Neptune transits from 28 Aquarius to 1 Pisces, and looking back, it covered that span in 1847. In 2012 Neptune occupies 30 Aquarius to 4 Pisces, paralleling 1848, and in 2013 goes from 1-6 Pisces, just as it did in 1849.
Because the 1840s had numerous wars all over the world, rather than list them it's probably better just to state that in that period of Kali Yuga, we saw the end of "honorable wars" (an oxymoron if ever there was one!) anticipating the beginning of the mechanical horror that war became around the time of the American Civil War (when Neptune entered Aries). In the US it began a time of the Independent Treasury system (lasting until the Federal Reserve) and the labor reform movement (UK too), continued the transcendentalist movement, and we saw massive immigration to the US from Europe, Brigham Young leading the Mormons to Salt Lake, and wagon trains began to carry people to California. Add the literary works of Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others, and you have the beginnings of the modern social reform movements.
Other events associated with that period were the rise of the temperance and antislavery movements, women's rights movement, utopianism, spiritualism, and the use of Morse code to communicate across long distances. A cable was laid across the English Channel, allowing Great Britain to communicate directly with the continent, no small thing!
Three very important things that happened in the late 1840s that affect our world to this day were the establishment of theoretical communism via the publication of Karl Marx' Communist Manifesto, the publication of J.S. Mill's economic treatises, and the establishment of the Ba'hai religion in Persia via the Bab and Baha'u'll'ah. These all could be considered somewhat "utopian" in nature, in line with the qualities of Neptune.
Theoretical communism was utopian in the sense of "from each according to their abilities, to each according to their need." Ba'hai was the first religion to proclaim the equality of men and women. Even the spiritualist movement was utopian, in that it sought a universal access to the invisible world and subtle planes to establish contact with spirits, ghosts, doppelgangers. These efforts ultimately led the Masters of the Wisdom to send H.P. Blavatsky out on to "European soil" (and American as well) to offer the Ageless Wisdom of the East to the world, thus challenging the materialistic sciences and religions of the West.
As for how specific years correlate between then and now, I'll just list some things for the corresponding years in the late 1840s and let your imagination take you where it will.
In 1846, paralleling 2010, we find the establishment of both Texas and California as independent republics, and in the UK, the old Colonial mercantile trade system was replaced with Free Trade. The rotary printing technique began, and sewing was revolutionized by the invention of the sewing machine. Also, of some importance is that on September 23, 1846, Neptune was discovered, and due to conflicting claims between British, French, and German astronomers the continent almost went to war.
In 1847, paralleling 2011, we find Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the U.S government (thus ushering in an era of slaughter of native Americans on the scale of a holocaust.) The AMA was founded, rail travel across Denmark began, the Vegetarian Society was founded in the UK (first and oldest in the world!), the establishment of Liberia as an independent nation, and women authors were prolific, even if they still had to use male pen names.
In 1848, paralleling 2012, we find the publication of the Communist Manifesto, the California gold rush, Great Britain's first public health law, the end of the second French Revolution and the beginning of the second Republic, many revolutions from Hungary to Brazil, the first Spanish railroad, the establishment of the Swiss Federal Republic (one of the first democratic states in Europe), and the Women's rights Seneca Falls Convention, where "Bloomers" were introduced at this pioneering gathering of feminists. Along those lines, 1848 also saw the establishment of the world's first Medical School for women in Boston. Also that year the AP and a lot of universities were founded.
It seems that some common themes of these years were the desire for independence in people all over the world, women breaking free of the patriarchy, the establishment of philosophies and places of learning, and the widespread desire for new forms of wealth and production. In the US there was the increasing polarization around slavery and what to do with the native American populations, as well as what forms of currency we would use and what it would be backed with. It certainly seems a time of mass migrations on at least two continents.
Anyway, it seems the last time Neptune was in this section of the zodiac there were major issues coming forth that impact us to this day, and so I suppose the issues we're dealing with today will impact humanity 150 years down the road. If there are any other developments of the late 1840s you are aware of that I've missed, please offer them in the comment stream. Again, this is all an exercise in connecting the dots between past, present, and future, and imagining how current collective changes and issues will impact humanity in decades to come.
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson