Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Dawning of a New Age?

The Heavens are in party mode at the moment as a number of celestial bodies are coming together in Aquarius.

Aquarius is the sign of the New Age, a sign of brother/sister hood, humanity, intuition, ideals, individuality. We often forget that Aquarius is ruled by both Uranus and Saturn though, and the traits that most of us equate with Aquarius come from Uranus, but Saturn plays an important role – he helps each of us to take responsibility for our own lives and to be accountable for our actions. It is through this responsibility that we can turn dreams and ideal into reality. In many ways Saturn grounds the Uranian side of Aquarius.

With this in mind, the celestial party this week looks set to have a huge impact on many people (as well as on the collective). We have Mars, Dragon’s Head, Jupiter, Juno, Chiron, Neptune and the Sun all residing in Aquarius this week.

There is a lot of buzz that this is the true dawning of the Age of Aquarius. You may remember the musical Hair and the song Aquarius? Well, it goes like this:

‘When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius
Aquarius!Aquarius!’

Lots of emails are circling, telling us that this event happens on St Valentines day as the Moon moves into Libra (the 7th House) – but in fact this should be on the 12th February. But give or take a couple of days, is this truly the dawning of a New Age? Well, that is something for each of us to decide, but events in Aquarius certainly do have a lot of significance.

Saturn moving retrograde on the 31st December 2008 seemed to start the ball rolling as he made each of us see that the only way forward was to be totally accountable and responsible for our own choices and actions. Then we had the Chinese New Year and Solar Eclipse on the 26th January; yesterday we saw a Full Moon and penumbral lunar eclipse in Leo. All of these events have stirred up a ceremonial energy, a feeling that something important is coming.

Lets think about the planets involved, not forgetting Mercury who is soon to move into Aquarius to join the mix on the 14th February.

Mercury is the communicator, Mars is the motivator (the energy source), The Dragon’s Head (or North Node) is connected to our destiny, and Jupiter is the planet of growth, expansion, abundance and wisdom.

Juno helps us to see the true dynamics in relationships (both in the relationship we have with ourselves, as well as with others), Chiron helps us to see our healing gifts, Neptune is the planet of the mystical and ethereal, and finally the Sun is our life spark or essence.

What a mix!

My interpretation of this event is a sense of personal empowerment, a sense that by taking responsibility for our own lives, we can finally (collectively) create the Aquarian ideal of harmony, unity and peace. It is not beyond the impossible, for the more who can believe it, the stronger the idea will become.

The power is within each of us to make a difference; to create our own individual vision’s of perfection in life and to focus on the positives. This is not to say that we should live in a dream world, but rather by looking for positives we can start to create change for the collective. Focusing on abundance, joy, love, equality, acceptance, tolerance, openness, honesty – if enough individuals and then enough groups of people do this, then maybe we can start to create this as a reality for all?

Life is not perfect, we see suffering around us every day, everywhere in the world. In many ways we have become toughened to this as it is so commonplace, but last weeks’ snow in the UK proved that when we choose to, we can work together, helping one another. So, it may not be quite such an impossible task after all?

Remember that Aquarius is also the revolutionary – and the great turning points of human history occur not due to the actions of one person, but through the power of ideas that break forth from the collective psyche e.g. French and American Revolutions. Of course, revolutions are not always successful, but without the desire to strive for change – where would we be?

We are on an interesting journey at the moment – maybe this is all part of the path towards 2012. Maybe it is just evolution, or maybe revolution…