I’m often asked when is The Age of Aquarius going to happen? There are a number of answers to that question, which more or less confirms that The Age Of Aquarius is happening all the time, right now and forever, since outside of this 3rd dimensional domain of space/time matrix, everything is occurring simultaneously. This is somewhat akin to the notion of time that Kurt Vonnegut played with in Slaughterhouse Five, temporal realities all co-existing together. David Foster Wallace built out this structure even more, connecting time to various personas influencing one another from different nodes on the timescale, past, present and future. So in this sense, The Age of Aquarius is here now, as it’s always been. But are there actual demarcations of it? Is it nailed down so precisely by the procession of the equinoxes? Based on the calculation that the Earth progresses through each sign at a clip of 2, 150 years per vernal equinox sign, Rudolph Steiner saw the true Age of Aquarius taking place in 3573, since we have been officially in the Age of Pisces since 1413AD.
I’ve made the case that the Age of Aquarius actually occurred when John F. Kennedy was ritually murdered in Dallas, on 11/22/63. At that time, the Moon was in Aquarius, as was Saturn. Looking at the above chart, we can see Aquarius on the ASC at the time of JFK’s death with Saturn at 17 Aquarius conjunct the ASC with Moon at 11 Aquarius in tow, 12th House. This is the inception of the “false” Aquarian Age. Saturn squared Neptune, planet of the Age of Pisces. Kennedy was synonymous with Camelot, thus, he was the Fisher king, and here he is sacrificed for the negative version or the dark, Age of Aquarius.
This catalyzed the 60’s and all of the other attendant social movements that were part and parcel of that bastardized version of the Age of Aquarius. So, in some ways, we have been in the Age of Aquarius, since 1963, but it’s been the shadow of that age and promise, even though The Fifth Dimension sanctified it’s arrival with their hit song, “The Age Of Aquarius” from the Broadway musical production of “Hair” which featured a tribe of neo-pagans celebrating the arrival of the Aquarian Age.
There’s been touch points along the way, for better or worse. Aquarian, Jose Arguelles channeled the “Harmonic Convergence” which occurred on August, 16-17 in 1987.
On January 17, 1981, with Moon and Venus conjunct, in Aquarius, the US and a coalition of the mostly willing, launched an air offensive on Iraq, which officially marked the start of the Gulf War. Note how the coalition again makes a false union, a synthetic network of aligned nations. This is also where G.H.W. Bush would eventually derive his talking points for the inception of the “New World Order” an Aquarian ideal folded into version of global governance, eliminating the quaint idealism of statism. On March 6th of 1991, then President Bush, would mention the New World Order for the very first time. Saturn had just moved into Aquarius (2 degrees). The next time he would make mention of this would be before congress;
“Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective—a new world order—can emerge: A new era—freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony.
A hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor, and today that new world is struggling to be born. A world quite different from the one we’ve known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak.”
The date of his speech? 9/11/91.
Saturn was at 0 degrees Aquarius at that time. Here is the Sabian Symbol for 1 Aquarius according to Rudhyar;
PHASE 301 (AQUARIUS 1°): AN OLD ADOBE MISSION IN CALIFORNIA.
KEYNOTE: The power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the workers’ life spans.
The works and spirit of the Spanish priests who directed the building of the California missions have had a lasting influence on the development of this land; these remain as a monument to the men who were able to make their mark upon this alien environment. While the zodiacal sign Capricorn begins with a symbol of socio-political power, Aquarius at its start presents a more spiritualized and idealistic or creative picture of the social forces at work. Moreover, it stresses the enduring character of human achievements ensouled by a great vision. At least within the frame of reference of our Western civilization, the symbol speaks of the projection of a noble ideal into concrete forms of beauty and significance, thus of the radiation of a “civilizing” power into an institution offering to primitive men the opportunity to reach a higher, more organized and productive, level of activity.
This is the first stage in the sixty-first five-fold sequence. It speaks to us of THE CONCRETIZATION OF AN IDEAL. This also implies the “immortalization” of an individual within a great collective and cultural enterprise.
It’s fascinating to see this symbol as it’s held up against Bushes invocation of the rule of law versus the law of the jungle. Here, Rudhyar clearly distinguishes the difference between the two as the mission symbolizes order and a canonical law, which supersedes and overrides the primitive order of superstition and the chaos of the wilderness as manifest by the “uncivilized” tribes of the California coast.
Tomorrow, I’ll have part two of this look into the Age of Aquarius, as well as a new piece from Darren Williams.