The millennium on the threshold announces the end of the Piscean Age and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius * The good news: cooperation and interdependence between nations and states will prevent wars * The bad news: there will be natural disasters on a large scale, and intoxication with power will bring humankind to self-destruction * And there is a tranquilizer to boot: no need to panic just yet; each age lasts approximately two thousand years.
The end of the sixties: war in Vietnam; in the United States mobilization orders are burned and on Broadway the musical ‘Hair’ plays that announces the day of the dawning of a new age, the Age of Aquarius. When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planet and love will stir the world. They also sing about a wave of harmony, accord, tolerance and understanding, and an age where mystical wisdom will flourish and thought will be liberated. Thirty years have passed since then, and now we are in the twilight zone between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. In the transit phase, and towards the beginning of the new millennium, the world shifts between hope for a better future and uncertainty and fear of change.
In this juncture the status of advisors increases. Experts are trying to calculate the tendencies of the stock exchange and how economy will develop. Others are trying to predict what we shall wear, what the products in the future shall be like, what kind of music we shall listen to and even the food we shall prefer to eat. Astrologers are preparing suits for the era when they will be granted general approbation. And what until then?
Like a clock with many hands
Until then there are more questions and less answers. In order to put things in order and clarify the picture, we turned to Maurice Fernandez, an astrologer of the Evolution of the Soul, a process analyzer. The method, according to which he works, was developed by the American astrologer Jeffrey Green.
Fernandez, like Green, supposes that each entity has a soul. “The soul incarnates,” he says, “and in each lifetime it learns more about life. There is also one soul that affects us all, which is the soul of the universe. This soul, which is a sort of sum total, is also subject to natural laws and changes with time. Now it is about to pass into the Age of Aquarius.” And what is an age actually? There are 12 ages that are as if placed around a grand clock. One round of this imaginary clock lasts 25,950 years, and each age lasts 2,160. Each age is named after a sign of the zodiac (the Age of Pisces, the Age of Aquarius, etc.), but unlike the zodiac we know, the ages are counted backward: from Pisces to Aquarius, not to Aries.
From matter to the soul
The partially documented world history affords us accessibility to three ages.
The Age of Taurus, which is includes part of the Biblical age, started with matter worship, and during its 2,160 years has passed into worship of the soul and spirituality. For example, the Exodus that brought the people of Israel out of the slavery to material attachment and into the stage of God service. This is illustrated in the example is the Golden Calf (Taurus age) versus the Ten Commandments. In that age there was a shift to higher values, from idol worship to monotheistic belief in abstract principles.
At about 2,200 BCE the world entered the Age of Aries. It is an age of imperialism and conquests that is characterized by two empires: Greece and Rome. Racism sprang at the same time: masters versus servants and inequality between whoever is considered powerful and the others serving that power. Beyond the conquest of the empires, this reality of master and servant manifested between man and woman. This age strongly emphasized the inequality between the sexes.
Towards the Common Era, the world moved into the Age of Pisces, which is the age of unity. “The traumatic event that heralded this age,” says Fernandez, “was the birth of Jesus, who to this day is symbolized by fish.
“Jesus verbally announced the new age, and if we examine the tidings that he brought to the world, we can learn about that period. He was a Jew grounded in his Jewish sources, whose novelty was that he brought with him a sense of unity. Jesus presented God not as a source of fear, but a source of forgiveness and love. And it is important to make a distinction between his original tiding and the use that was made of it later on.
“Jesus spoke of a collective entity. Everybody belongs to the same source, regardless of religion, gender or race. He brought with him a spiritual approach that strengthened the tendency according to which material achievements on earth are minor and used as a tool to connect to the truth. Therefore it would be completely logical to turn the other cheek when you are hurt, as his teaching rules. The idea is not to identify with impermanent things such as the body, matter and ignorance, because in the kingdom of heaven everything will acquire its true value.”
A distorted use of the worship of suffering
“This message,” says Fernandez, “created the main distortion that accompanied the entire Age of Pisces, that is the worship of suffering, a side effect of a distorted exegesis. From this sprang the veneration of suffering, which translates into: ‘The more I suffer, the poorer I am, the more I am slapped – the saintlier I become.’
“This conception has not disappeared even in our days. In our sub-consciousness there is a suffering program. We live in the midst of suffering and do not do enough to get out of it, as if suffering makes us better people. Thus, for instance, we often hear the sentence: ‘I have been beaten, I have been abused, and that is what turned me into a strong person.'” All this is apparent in the impossible social role of women. “The traditional role of women is to be attractive to men on the one hand, and be a symbol for sacrifice, purity and perfection on the other. A wife is expected to be her husband’s whore, and at the same time she is supposed to be pure and saintly. The tragedy is that women accept suffering, humiliation and oppression as unavoidable, as if it is necessary and intended to serve higher causes.”
A tragic end for heroes
Another characteristic of the Age of Pisces is that many of its heroes, who contributed to humanity, ended their lives tragically. Outstanding examples are Mahatma Gandhi and John Kennedy who were murdered, Joan of Arc who was burned on the stake and even Itzhak Rabin, a Piscean himself, who was murdered on the altar of the peace process.
“This age started when its herald was crucified. Jesus took a role upon himself: instead of total destruction and collective death, like at the time of the Flood, he sacrificed himself. From here grew the pattern of the need for a tragedy to commemorate heroism. Thus, for two thousand years, our lives were based on personal sacrifice. This pattern goes: ‘If I die, its for the sake of the whole:’ there is no division, we are all one soul.
“Since there is no division, another distorted exegesis has sprung – masochism that says: ‘I suffer for others.’ This phenomenon caused suicide, the development of Jihad and the rise of Kamikaze groups, in which suicide became a value that enhances the communal goal. The personal ego does not matter that much if greater processes can be advanced, and hence the concept that actualizing the ego in daily life does not matter. I don’t need to work in what is suitable for me, and it is not really important to live according to what I want – what really matters is to be a part of the whole.”
The sub-age of religion and the sub-age of science
Fernandez divides the Age of Pisces into two sub-ages: the era of religion and spirit, and the era of science. The first period is based on beliefs, and not on measurable things. That is, “I believe, therefore – it exists.” This age heralded new approaches, new beliefs and spiritual life devoted to holiness. Not only Christianity developed during that age but also Buddhism and Islam.
In this sub-age leaders were priests, but they did not always know how to use the power they were given, and this eventually brought on a sinking in the popularity of religion, and in particular an erosion in the position of its institutes. The erosion brought on the second period in the Age of Pisces – the age of measurements. That is, “if there is a mathematical proof, if it is measurable – then it exists.” Since blind faith did not justify itself, humankind invented a new religion – science.
Equal, but different
With the beginning of the coming millennium we approach the Age of Aquarius, which is complemented by the sign of Leo. This means, according to Fernandez, that the next two thousand years will be devoted to realizing the potential of nature and humankind.
In this age each one could find and express their own personal quality. This is the age of the equal – but different. No one will be better than others, because every one will contribute their personal skills. There will be overwhelming recognition of the fact that there is a spark of genius in everyone. Peace, understanding and tolerance will be the fruit of this view. “This is an age that brings good news to minorities and deprived groups,” explains Fernandez. “People will not be judged by their sexual, national or professional identity, but by their individual personality.” This tendency will bring the dissolution of national identity.
Fernandez points at several events that even now herald the coming of change: the ending of the cold war, the fall of the communist bloc, the unification of Europe, en masse immigration and a progressive rise in the position of women. The world in the Age of Aquarius will be based on cooperation. Interdependency will be felt so strongly that wars will no longer be possible. However the biggest challenge will remain to use power positively. During this age, the human race will increase considerably in potential; science will further develop giving humans the confidence of being able to control their destiny.
Global warming and the conquer of space
“We see the beginning of the process even now,” Fernandez points out. “Technology develops very fast. Openheimer, who developed the atom bomb, did not intend his invention to cause war. He designated it to warn humankind from the dangers of such a weapon. Absurdly enough, he developed atomic weapon so that people will start to be really afraid of wars.” There will be also dangers in the Age of Aquarius. The power that the humans will acquire will enable them to control their destiny. The intension of the use of such power will be tested; if wrongly used, it will cause destruction. The challenge with this power will be to take considerably more responsibility on life.
the second challenge will come from nature itself, as Jeffrey Green warns in his book, “Pluto 2.” This will be felt in events such as earthquakes, eruptions of volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes. The increasing warming of the atmosphere, due to greenhouse effect caused by people, will probably cause a rise of 2 to 6 degrees Celsius in the temperature of the planet within the next hundred years. People will have to face the ongoing damage to ecology. Radiation (that will be caused by the hole in the ozone layer) and the nuclear waste will cause genetic mutation in different species, and people will have to seek sophisticated answers for survival. Two expected innovations are an amazing development in genetic engineering and man’s conquest of space.
Fascinating years are before us, our children, grandchildren and grand-grandchildren. New possibilities open up side by side with dangers we have not known until now. While waiting we can try sooner than later to stop suffering (this age is about to end anyway) and start developing our individual data that will be such an important asset in the next age.
By Tami Lubitch
Translated by Michal Ricardo
Re Edited by Maurice Fernandez