Precession in astrology

The Age of Aquarius – when will it begin?

The Age of Aquarius – when will it begin?  The simple answer is: when the position of the spring equinox moves from Pisces into Aquarius between 2150 and 2200 AD. The rest simply is a commercial mystification about the meaning of the sign of Aquarius.

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And the esoteric industries have been commercializing the topic of the spring equinox in Aquarius as an “Age of Aquarius” over a 100 years or so.

The Age of Aquarius – when will it begin?

Precession in astrology
Precessional movement as seen from ‘outside’ the celestial sphere. The rotation axis of the Earth describes over a period of about 25,800 years a small circle (blue) among the stars, centred on the ecliptic northpole (blue E) and with an angular radius of about 23.4°: the angle known as the obliquity of the ecliptic. The orange axis was the Earth’s rotation axis 5000 years ago when it pointed to the star Thuban. The yellow axis, pointing to Polaris is the situation now. Note that when the celestial sphere is seen from outside constellations appear in mirror image. Also note that the daily rotation of the Earth around its axis is opposite to the precessional rotation. When the polar axis precesses from one direction to another, then the equatorial plane of the Earth (indicated with the circular grid around the equator) and the associated celestial equator will move too. Where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic (red line) there are the equinoxes. As seen from the drawing, the orange grid, 5000 years ago one intersection of equator and ecliptic, the vernal equinox was close to the star Aldebaran of Taurus. By now (the yellow grid) it has shifted (red arrow) to somewhere in the constellation of Pisces. Note that this is an astronomical description of the precessional movement and the vernal equinox position in a given constellation may not imply the astrological meaning of an Age carrying the same name, as they (ages and constellations) only have an exact alignment in the “first point of Aries“, meaning once in each c. 25800 (Great Sidereal Year).” image and explanation: Tauʻolunga, ccbysa3.0

The astrological “Age of Aquarius” will begin when the precession of the spring node will lead to its ingress into Aquarius from Pisces where it is now. From an astronomical point of view that will occur between 2150 and 2100.

The 1960ies introduction to the “Age of Aquarius”

Of course the “Age of Aquarius” will not begin when the Moon is in the 7th house which happens everyday..That was just referring to that euphoric moment when the curtains are lifted and the stage is set for the musical show to begin.

And no – the conjunction (alignment) of Jupiter with Mars – called the lucky moment für starting a war or attacking your neighbor – has nothing to do with that.

Just imagine the hype about the rise of humanity into the 5th Dimension in 2012 while the title of that dimension was copied from a 60ies band that made the song popular…..- the Age of Aquarius hype was exchanged for the band name. 🙂 . But yes my 6 planets in Aquarius used to be gebauchpinselt when I was new to astrology….

I`m proposing to use the chart for the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on 21 Dec 2159 instead which will initialize the series of great conjunctions in water signs and effectively represent a water mutation as a useful initial chart for the “Age of the Spring Equinox in Aquarius”.

Keplers Trine of Saturn Jupiter Conjunctions
Keplers Trine of Saturn Jupiter Conjunctions from his 1606 book “De Stella Nova”

Every new Great Conjunction falls in a trine aspect to the position of it`s preceding conjunction. Great Conjunctions – Conjunctions of Jupiter with Saturn occur in the signs of the same element during average periods of 180 years (even though there is usually one exemption). The first conjunction that takes place in a new element is called a mutation.

Albumasar Great Conjunctions
Page spread from the 1515 Venetian edition of Abū Maʿshar’s De Magnis Coniunctionibus

This method of divisions and interpretation of periods in history goes back to the great Persian astrologer Abu Maʿshar.

Grand Conjunction 1981
The Grand Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on January 1st 1980 was the first in a 179 years series of conjunctions of these 2 planets in one of the 3 air signs. It is therefore called an “Air Mutation” meaning that it started an AIR AGE: the Age of Digitalization. The chart is calculated for the Silicon Valley, San Francisco the starting point of the Digital Revolution

The last such event was on 31.12.1980, 21:23 UT when the great conjunction occured in air sign Libra showing an air mutation at the time of beginning of the “the digital age” which will last until the water mutation of the year 2159.

For more exact data esp. about the revision of older data e.g. about the role of the Earth Mutation of 1802 (not 1842 !!!) through new calculations by Astrodienst and other details compare Rüdiger Plantiko`s fine article and data given on the mutational great conjunctions of the last 1200 years.

Cycle of Grand Conjunction
The last 3000 years in the cycle of the Grand conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn

A useful chart for the 179- year era at the beginning of the “Age of the spring equinox in Aquarius”

Astrologie Große Konjunktion 2159
Astrological Chart for the Great Conjunction of 2159

I`m not saying the “Age of the Spring Equinox in Aquarius” will begin on that day. What I`m saying is that this chart falls into the period (2150 – 2200) in which the spring equinox for 30° signs – which we use in astrology – is about to shift from 0°Pisces onto 29°Aquarius . And the method of the mutational great conjunctions is a sublime method for an approach to measuring out the 10 or 12 sub-divisional phases within a 2150 years period needed by the spring equinox to move through one sign.

If you look at the chart you will find that just like at the beginning of the age of the European Renaissance in 1306 Scorpio the sign of the defense system is is the sign in which the revolution of 2159 will occur. The Sun at 28°Sagittarius will be right between the position of the Galactic Center and the degree of the Winter Solstice.

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