8.1. The Age of Aquarius

8. THE REBIRTH OF MYSTICISM

8.1. THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

Contemporary society offers a paradoxical image: governments and space agencies make huge efforts to send probes to Mars, but at the same time the planet Mars influences our health, how we spend our money or the relations with our work colleagues. Science apathetically states that celestial bodies (planets, stars, galaxies) cannot influence the choices of the human individual, while on the other hand our destiny is violated on a daily basis by cheap horoscopes. Common sense says that technological advancement has the power to eradicate the medieval magical beliefs. Yet, space programs and the ordinary fortune-teller survive in the same world and they are both successful. The development of physics and chemistry wiped out the gods that dwell in the clouds or the celestial spheres that surround the earth, but modern man still feels the need to escape the monotonous reality by turning toward the supernatural, the extraordinary, exotic beliefs and mysticism.

Currently, astrological apocalyptic prophecies are non-existent, with a single exception: the entrance in the Age of Aquarius. This is present in many fatalistic and religious theories, archeological and historical mysteries, new-discovered calendars, exotic non-Christian beliefs or spiritual revivals.

The Age of Aquarius is one of the 12 astrological ages. Unlike the zodiacal signs, which start with Aries, followed by Taurus, and end with Aquarius and Pisces, astrological ages succeed each other in the opposite order: the Age of Aquarius is preceded by the Age of Pisces, the current eon, and it will be followed by the Age of Capricorn.

Astrological ages exist due to the precession of equinoxes. Stars and constellations slowly spin around Earth independently of its movements of rotation (around its axis) and revolution (around the Sun). This incredible slow movement completes a cycle in approximately 26,000 years, which means that every astrological age has approximately 2,150 years. The astrological age of a certain moment is given by the position of the Sun in a zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere during the spring (vernal) equinox. But, due to the fact that the 12 zodiacal constellations are not equal in size and have vague temporal boundaries, astrologers cannot unanimously decide if mankind entered or not in the Age of Aquarius, how long it will last or how it will influence mankind.1403

Astrologically speaking, the ages are believed to influence mankind’s evolution, being correlated with the rise and fall of great civilizations. According to the esoteric Christian tradition, the Age of Pisces was ruled by sword and was marked by conflicts. By contrast, the Age of Aquarius brings mankind discovery and knowledge according to the words of Jesus: “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them is not given” (Matthew 13:11). Given the fact that the fish was the symbol of the early Christians, the new sign of the Aquarius is believed to include the Christian spirituality. The Age of Aquarius is frequently identified with the Christian Millennium or with the Second Coming of Christ in the ethereal plane, the new heaven and the new earth from Revelation 21:1. The Age of Aquarius is expected to bring the transformation of Christianity, a global spiritual awakening and the advent of the Great Teacher. But not everyone agrees on the idea of a corporeal master (associated with the Antichrist), preferring instead to believe that Christ will manifest himself only inside those who will search for his teachings.1404

The emergence and the development of some of the features of the sign of Aquarius in the last centuries are considered to be clear indicators of the Age of Aquarius: calculations, flight, democracy, freedom, idealism or progress. But, naturally, there …


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