In traditional mundane astrology, the focus on nations is
usually via the horoscope associated with the creation of their most recent
constitution or formative legal documents like the Declaration of Independence
in the USA in 1776. While these are
important reference points, in macro-astrology the emphasis is not with
governments but with the society that created the government and therefore the
horoscope for the government is merely a subset of the nation’s identity. The government may act as head of a nation, but
the nation or region has its own identity independent of the government. In 1901, Australia was created from a
collection of previously independent states, but the Australian identity
existed before this date. The rambunctious
American identity existed before the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
For the ‘birth’ of a nation, region, state, city and so on,
I take its very beginning if possible.
For example, in the case of the USA, when Jamestown was first settled on
May 4, 1607, this created the first contiguous settlement leading to the modern
day for what would become the USA, but the identity or personality of the USA
was ‘born’ in 1607. Though it is not
common practice to erect a horoscope for the Jamestown settlement for the USA,
this is the approach in macro-astrology.
In the case of the UK, the first settlement is unknown, so
major events and developments provide strong hints at which signs support the
UK and its antecedent, and which signs detract.
Each sign included in the astrological signature for the UK is derived
from formative periods in its history with one sign stretching back at least
4,500 years. The purpose of providing the detailed account that produced the
astrological signature for the UK is for the purpose of analyzing Brexit and
its impact upon the UK, and even if Brexit will proceed. In macro-astrology, a virtual horoscope for
anything being investigated is desirable, and the equivalence of a horoscope is
an astrological signature. An
astrological signature is just a combination of zodiacal signs. With the United Kingdom, we start with Taurus
appropriately as a foundation for its astrological signature.
Certainly some key elements of the British psyche were put
in place during the Bronze Age in Britain (2500 BC – 800 BC) closely associated
with the Taurus age overflow
(2916 BC – 732 BC) when agriculture first flourished and large megalithic
monuments were constructed or modified, including such sites as Avebury,
Stonehenge, Silbury Hill and Must Farm.
The significant cultural change in the British Isles came with the arrival
of the Beaker people from Europe. A recent
study showed a major genetic shift in late Neolithic/early Bronze Age Britain,
so that more than 90% of Britain’s Neolithic gene pool was replaced with the
coming of a people genetically similar to the Beaker people of the lower-Rhine
area. This was the first of many ‘Germanic’
invasions which has defined the English people of today.
Stonehenge – a classic example of Taurus
By around 1600 BC, the southwest of England was experiencing
a trade boom as British tin was exported across Europe. Bronze-age Britons were also skilled at
making jewelry from gold. All the
evidence suggests that Bronze Age Britain was, for the time, a stable, productive
and affluent society, and relatively peaceful before the onslaught of the Aries
age overflow (732 BC – 1433 AD). Taurus
has a place in the British national psyche.
It also helps explain why the British retain their anachronistic
monarchy as Taurus is resistant to change. They still give aristocrats
political leverage in the House of Lords.
The first well known tumultuous event in the history of the
British Isles was the Roman invasion from 43 AD to 142 AD though Rome’s
expansion into the island was limited to south of Hadrian’s Wall. The successful part of the invasion occurred
in the Scorpio sub-age overflow (8 BC – 173 AD) and this indicates that Taurus
Britannica was experiencing its ‘detriment’ under its opposite sign of Scorpio. The UK came incredibly close to being invaded
in the Second World War – which was also under a Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970),
and definitely within the Scorpio quasi sub-age (1881 – 2059). [For a detailed
explanation of age sub-periods and quasi-periods, see The Age of Aquarius for Dummies]
The successful annexation and control of Britain by Rome from 43 AD to 410 AD was primarily due to Scorpio. It should be noted that this 367 year period of Roman occupation is about half the length of an age-decan, and the most powerful age-decan during this time was the Scorpio age-decan and overflow (732 BC – 8BC – 713 AD); and its overlap with the Scorpio quasi age-decan (370 BC – 352 AD) provides the ability to divide this age-decan into quarters (732 BC – 370 BC – 8BC – 352 AD – 713 AD). The most powerful quarter is always the third quarter, in this case, covering the period 8 BC – 352 AD, relatively closely aligned to the period of Roman occupation (43 AD to 410 AD). This is no accident, as this long period of foreign control aligns with Scorpio at strength, and strongly supports the argument that the British have an affinity to Taurus – the opposite sign to Scorpio, explaining why the British experience difficult times under Scorpio such as the two world wars in the modern Scorpio quasi sub-age (1881 – 2059). In addition, Scorpio holds the influential third position on Rome’s astrological signature, after Aries (1st) and Pisces (2nd) indicating that the period 8BC – 352 AD was Ancient Rome at its peak.
The Battle of Hastings in 1066 instigates the opposite
context to the earlier Roman invasion. This was the last successful full-scale
invasion of England, in this case by the Norman-French army under William, the
Duke of Normandy, but unlike the Romans, the Normans stayed. This occurred in the Taurus sub-age overflow
(894 – 1073), a sign that should be conducive the Britannica Taurus psyche and
as a consequence, the Normans were not temporary residents like the Romans, but
became incorporated into upper British society and were very influential in the
evolution of Britain. No latter development in the evolution towards the UK has
made such a profound change to Britain as the Norman invasion, and this event
must be considered part of the positive construction of the future UK even
though nominally, an invasion is usually seen as a negative development.
Cancer is most likely part of the UK’s core astrological
signature, and is probably the source of the British expression “an
Englishman’s house is their castle”.
However, a mere expression is insufficient bedrock for including Cancer
into the UK’s astrological signature. The
best supporting evidence for the association of Cancer with the UK is found in
historical periods associated with Cancer.
The first support comes from the Pisces age (732 BC – 1433 AD) in its
Cancer quasi age-decan (352 AD – 1072) which was the period when all the final
pieces were put into place for the creation of the modern UK. Romanized Britain in 352 quickly saw in the
following century the departure of their Roman overlord and invasion of some
Germanic tribes which fundamentally changed the language, culture and society
from its more Celtic roots.
The following invasion by the Vikings a few centuries later,
again strengthened the Germanic influence as the Vikings were distantly related
to the Anglo-Saxons and could partially understand each other’s language and
basically created Old English as a result.
However, the Vikings, as with Scandinavia, are mainly associated with
Cancer, the sign of boats, and everywhere the Vikings influenced, including
Russia, were left with strong Cancer archetypes. The Viking invasion is strongly associated
with the peak of the Cancer quasi age-decan in the centuries surrounding 713s –
the highpoint of the Cancer sub-age and overflow (533 AD – 713 – 894 AD).
The (almost) final invasion of Great Britain by William the
Conqueror in 1066 provided the last major socio-political-cultural element for
modern Great Britain, but the Normans were themselves the descendants of
previous Viking invaders of Normandy, but by 1066, they had converted to
speaking French. Therefore the sign
Cancer is very strongly associated with the UK and probably its primary sign. This is supported by the fact that the UK
came into existence in 1801 following the union of Great Britain with
Ireland. 1801 was in the Cancer sub-age
decan (1791 – 1851) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970) but more influenced at
this juncture by the Sagittarius sub-age overflow (1791 – 1970) and Sagittarius
sub-age decan overflow (1791 – 1851) promoting the role of Sagittarius in the
UK. The overflow period is always stronger.
There is another significant Cancer period that also demonstrates
the UK’s association to Cancer. The
Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1313 – 1373 – 1433) of the last Pisces
sub-age (1253 – 1433), especially in the overflow period (1373 – 1433) is
associated with the famous Hundred Year’s War with France (1337 – 1453), and
while this eventually turned against the British, during the Cancer period, the
war went well for England and the British aristocracy invested heavily into the
war due to their early victories and plunder – like a modern corporation
seeking new sales territory. The Hundred
Year’s War was instrumental in creating British (and French) nationalism.
England subsequently succumbed to the War of Roses following the end of this
Cancer period as the British nobility were upset with the loss of their French
landholdings resulting in civil war.
It could also be argued that the UK was at the pinnacle of
world affairs in the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910)
when ‘Brittania ruled the waves’ under Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) and the Sun
never set on the British Empire. This
pinnacle for the UK was short lived, as only a few years after the end of this
Cancer sub-age overflow the Irish successfully revolted against British rule
(except for Northern Ireland), and the two world wars shunted the UK aside as
the USA took the mantle of age-empire of the Pisces-Aquarian age similar to
Ancient Rome ascending as age-empire of the Aries-Pisces age one age ago.
Another reason for the astrological justification of the
anachronistic British royalty is to associate the UK with Leo (and
Capricorn). The last Leo period of
strength (sub-age decan or larger) was the Leo sub-age decan and overflow (1612
– 1672 – 1731) of the Capricorn-Sagittarius sub-age (1612 -1791). It was in this period that the precursor to
the UK was formed – the Kingdom of Great Britain, commencing in 1707, which united
the kingdoms of England, including Wales, and Scotland to form a single kingdom
encompassing the whole island of Great Britain but excluding Ireland.
King Arthur by Charles Ernest Butler (1903)
If the legend of King Arthur has any grounding in an
historical person, this person most likely straddled the 5th and 6th centuries
AD in an earlier Leo quasi sub-age (443 – 623 AD). King Arthur defeated
dragons, witches and so on and was the leader of a band of superheroes who took
the role of the mythological royal savior. Nearly all the modern legend about
King Arthur can be ignored as pure fiction.
If the earliest references to Arthur have any credibility then he was
probably a valiant warrior.
What is pertinent is that Arthur was probably involved in
the early clashes with the invading Germanic tribes. There was the battle of Mount Badon (c.490 –
517) between the defending Britons and the invading Anglo-Saxons, and it is
believed that this battle halted or slowed down the advancing Germans who were
streaming into Great Britain and creating Saxon England that was to rule
England from around 550 to 1066 – a period of 516 years. This is in the order of magnitude of an
age-decan and closely aligned with the Cancer quasi age-decan (353 – 1080), a
favorable sign for the UK, especially with respect to the (Cancer) immigrants
but not to the authority of the (Capricorn) government.
It is worth noting that the British affinity to their queens
possibly found its inception with the warrior-queen Boudica who revolted
against the Roman Empire in 60 or 61 AD.
This occurred in a Scorpio-Libra sub-age (8 BC – 173 AD) and more
importantly in the Gemini-Aquarius sub-age decan (53 AD – 113 AD). This timeframe is astrologically equivalent
to the approaching Gemini-Aquarius sub-age decan (2029 – 2089) of the current Scorpio-Libra
sub-age (1970 – 2148). However, both the
modern and ancient periods Scorpio is more influential than Libra in the first
half of the sub-age. Whenever Aquarius
and Scorpio are strong, the British suffer or events tend to go against them. Queen Boudica failed in her revolution
against the Romans but nevertheless became a folk hero.
There is also evidence that Capricorn is part of the British
psyche explaining their profoundly conservative attitudes and approaches and
contributing to the entrenched role the Royal Family plays in British society
and politics. Also, the most successful
child of Great Britain was born in 1606 with the British colonization of North
America occurring near the 1612 peak of the Capricorn sub-age and overflow
(1433 – 1612 – 1791). Regardless of anything else, the birth of a future
age-empire is as profound a positive development as possible. For example, it could be argued that the UK’s
child saved them in the Second World War.
Astrologically, Capricorn did ‘save’ the UK in the Second
World War. Both world wars occurred
under the Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940), (Aquarius rules
fascists on its dark side) and with a strong Leo association, the UK suffered
extremely with these two wars diametrically opposed to Leo. However, within just a few years after the
end of the Aquarius micro-age overflow, and with the arrival of the Capricorn
micro-age overflow (1940 – 1950), the tide was turned, and America entered the
war… and the rest is history.
“The toll exacted by the First World War can be seen in Britain’s conduct of its successor. The paralysis and weakness which gripped Whitehall as Hitler’s shadow extended first through Austria, then through Czechoslovakia, had no precedent since Tudor times.”
Britain’s Darkest Hour (June 1940 – June 1941)
combined with the 1st World War is basically associated with the
Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 1925 – 1940) within the Scorpio quasi
sub-age (1881 – 2059) and in the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2148) – with all three
signs diametrically opposed the major elements in the UK’s astrological
signature. However, around October 1940
the arrival of the Capricorn-Sagittarius micro-age now had two signs favorable
to the UK and the removal of the detrimental influence of the Aquarius
micro-age and overflow (1910 – 25 – 40).
Interestingly, in an earlier Capricorn sub-age overflow
(1612 – 1791), Robert Walpole is generally regarded as the de facto first Prime
Minister of Great Britain:
Some astrologers have a problem linking Scorpio to terrorists, but a simple examination of a scorpion with its stinging tail attacking whatever comes into its path seems a fitting archetypal description of a terrorist. Furthermore, terrorist do not behave like exposed (Aries) armies, they hide like (Scorpio) spies. However, theory is never the ruling paradigm in astrology – it is always evidence, either from statistical sources or traditional astrological methodology. Whenever a Scorpio period appears, terrorist activity escalates. This is why terrorism is ruled by Scorpio!
The following graph indicates the total fatalities from terrorism from 1970 to 2016.
The above graph displays a peak in 2014 (43,566 fatalities), with fatalities mildly dropping away in 2015 (38,464) and continuing this trend in 2016 (34,676). The biggest peak in fatalities earlier than 2014 was in 2007 (12,858), and if we take the period 2007 to 2014, this coincidentally or otherwise, correlates with most of the Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow (Jan 2005 – Jan 2010 – Dec 2014). [See: Age of Aquarius for Dummies for details on the mechanics of the astrological ages]
The Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow, as with all ages and sub-periods of the ages, is not homogenous, and can be likened to the monthly lunation cycle. As with the four phases of the Moon, each age and sub-period have four stages, but there are differences between these stages. The first stage is always the weakest. For example, the Age of Aquarius and its overflow (1433 – 3574 – 5697) has four stages, the first stage (1433 – 2506) is the weakest stage for Aquarius in the Age of Aquarius. This is the stage the world currently finds itself located within.
In striking contrast, this same timeframe is stage 3 of the Pisces age and overflow (732 BC – 1433 AD – 3574) and stage 3 is the strongest of all the stages. Stage 3 (1433 to 2506) marks the 1073 years which is the most powerful period for Pisces in the 26,000 year cycle of the astrological ages. This is why, despite being in the rational Age of Aquarius, the world is more influenced by the Pisces age overflow (until 2506 AD) – and so Pisces ruled archetypes such as the USA, Europe, corporations, religious beliefs, drugs, oceans, chemical weapons and plastics appear to have a greater influence upon the world compared to Aquarian archetypes.
The four stages of the Scorpio sub-age decan and overflow:
Jan 2005 – Jul 2007
Jul 2007 – Jan 2010
Jan 2010 – Jul 2012
Jul 2012 – Dec 2014
Excluding the first and weakest of the above stages, this leaves the remaining three stronger stages affecting the period July 2007 to December 2014, which is closely aligned to the peak in terrorism fatalities as indicated in the above graph.
There are other astrological influences possibly influencing the above graph promoting 2014 such as the end of the Cancer micro-age (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014) or the beginning of the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029). Alternatively, the Cancer micro-age is exactly the same period as the Leo micro-age overflow, so it is also possible that the downturn in fatalities is linked to the substantially reduced influence of Leo after 2014?
Based on the evidence, it appears that all these three possible influences may contribute to the drop in terrorist fatalities, but probably only in minor ways. The biggest growth in terrorist fatalities since the arrival of the Cancer micro-age in 2000 is in the Middle East, and the Middle East is ruled by Cancer, and so the above graph does seem to show the increasing fatalities in the Middle East since the arrival of the Cancer micro-age. However, this increase is modest before 2007 to 2014.
The disappearance in December 2014 of Leo as an active player is hard to reconcile with terrorist fatalities as Leo is not normally associated with either terrorists or fatalities. Leo however, does sit at the 10th house position to Scorpio, so perhaps the departure of Leo is linked to the demotion of terrorists as perceived “leaders”? If this is the case, it is probably a marginal reason for the decrease in terrorist fatalities.
Finally, what about the arrival of Gemini at the end of 2014? Gemini does sit in the 12th house position to Cancer, suggesting that the influence of the Middle East (associated with Cancer) has entered a 12th house ending phase. The arrival of ISIS in full regalia could even be considered a self-made problem for the Middle East as the arrival of the Gemini micro-age in December 2014 is remarkably synchronous with the beginning of the peak of ISIS – which by December 2015 held a large area in western Iraq and eastern Syria including the city of Mosul. Its main target was Muslims who just had the misfortune of living in Iraq or Syria. This could be construed as a 12th house self-made problem within Islam, though, without acknowledging the gross destabilization of the Middle East with the invasion of Iraq by the USA and its allies in 2003, and the absolute waste of trillions of dollars to undertake this useless folly, it’s hard to see how the self-made problem was limited to the Middle East.
I have not done any thorough research on Korea, but I have tentatively associated Gemini with Korea, as the split in Korea forming North and South Korea occurred in the opposite Sagittarius micro-age (1940 – 1955), and civil wars often occur when an active sign is opposite a key sign in a country’s astrological signature. Just having Korea split into two is indicative of Gemini. The increasing focus on the Korean peninsula in recent times aligned with the arrival of the Gemini micro-age (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) supports this Gemini association.
The USA can never be comfortable in any Cancer period as sitting just below Pisces and Aquarius on its totem pole, sits the sign Capricorn. Capricorn explains many of the arch-conservative social and political polices of the descendants of the self-made Puritans who arrived in America towards the end of the Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612) but mainly in the more powerful Capricorn sub-age overflow (1612 – 1791). The Puritans are ruled by Capricorn.
Currently, the main adversaries of the USA include China and the Middle East with both ruled by Cancer. Cancer is also strong in the astrological signature of Russia. The USA has taken umbrage at another Cancer country, New Zealand, for refusing entry of its warships as New Zealand declared itself a nuclear free zone and the USA will not declare which of its naval vessels have nuclear weapons. American right-wing politicians regularly denounce the strong and successful socialism of Scandinavian countries – with Scandinavia ruled by Cancer – the sign of the common people.
The American Civil War occurred in the most potent stage 3 (1851 – 1881) of the Cancer sub-age decan and overflow (1791 – 1851 – 1910) of the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970). This antipathy between Capricorn and Cancer explains why the USA was attacked and humiliated by the 9/11 attack very close to the beginning of the Cancer micro-age (2000 – 2014) as the Cancer 7th house focusses upon the opponent, Islam and the Middle East.
Americans should beware of the astrological birthday of the American Civil War as it is just around the corner. The American Civil War (1861 -65) occurred towards the end of the last Gemini micro-age (1851 – 66) associated with either the Gemini micro-age decan or Libra micro-age decan overflow with both covering the period May 1861 to April 1866.
The same period next decade is November 2024 – November 2029, but while the micro-age and micro-age decans will be identical to the American Civil War, the Cancer influence is only from the 15 year Cancer micro-age overflow (2014 – 2029), and not the massive 59 year Cancer sub-age decan overflow (1851 – 1910) associated with the Civil War. Therefore, while the astrology does not suggest a civil war for the USA next decade, it does indicate a major political stress zone similar to the lead up to the American Civil War. It appears that the political atmosphere in the USA will remain and get even more tumultuous before it gets better! Fortunately, the first coup or destabilization of the integrity of the Unites States government is not expected until around the middle of next century at the cusp of the Libra and Gemini age-decans. Age-decan cusps have a highly consistent history of destabilisation – especially for age-empires like the USA.
Once the almost 30 years Cancer micro-age and overflow concludes in 2029, the emphasis should severely shift away from the Middle East, and it may also drop with regards to China. The second sign on China’s totem pole is Libra (including much of Asia), and with the Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) we should expect that China maintains its new and highly influential role in world affairs, but with the absence of the Cancer period, the intensity should drop off (for a while).
Cancer is being replaced with the overlapping Gemini micro-age and overflow (2014 – 2029 – 2044) but underpinned by the massive Gemini sub-age decan and overflow (1970 – 2029 – 2088). This does suggest that the Korean peninsula may be a longer and more entrenched problem compared to the Middle East, or that there is a stronger and longer focus upon the Korean peninsula in the coming decades for better or worse. Gemini should also produce an increase in stridency from students and youth, something that we have recently seen with the anti-gun movement in the USA, and as early as 1989 with the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre in China. Gemini, sitting at the lowly 4th house to Pisces, is a difficult sign for Pisces-Aries Europe and Pisces-Aquarius USA and sits at the difficult 12th house position to China’s primary sign of Cancer.
We have already seen some fragmentation of Europe with the UK’s Brexit and the growth of neo-fascism in some of the eastern European nations, with some of these nations expressing a desire for further distance from the European Union, and the USA appears to be on the path back towards isolationism. Trump’s pitch to the USA ‘homeland’ is therefore unlikely to be a transient phenomenon, as the USA has periodically preferred isolationism. Regardless of any sustain isolationist tendencies in the coming decades, the emphasis on the USA’s 4th house does not suggest raising the flag of the USA high up the mast in world affairs. It is probably a significant astrological factor why the USA gets egg on its face when it has attacked other nations since Gemini arrived in 1970 – commencing with the Viet Nam War. Furthermore, the USA tangibly rode the Sagittarius sub-age and overflow (1612 – 1791 – 1970) to economic and political glory indicating a strong affinity between the American psyche and Sagittarius. This suggests that the American psyche is in for hard times under Gemini, apart from Gemini activating the 4th house of Pisces.
After taking into account the influence of Cancer, Leo and Gemini associated with the drop in terrorist fatalities, the greatest likelihood is that the drop in terrorist fatalities since 2014 is due to the end of the almost 10 year Scorpio influence (Jan 2005 – Jan 2010 – Dec 2014). Some readers may complain that there seems to be a spurt of terrorist activities lately, and this can adequately be accounted for by the appearance of a 10 month Scorpio nano-age decan and overflow (Jun 17 – Nov 17 – Apr 18) of the Pisces nano-age (Jun 17 – Sep 18), the third nano-age in the current Gemini micro-age (2014 – 29). Fortunately, this Scorpio influence should now be at an end, or almost so.
Note: The above ephemeris has the Gemini micro-age commencing in 2015, but since this ephemeris was produced in 2013, I have fine-tuned the timing, and it turns out that the Gemini micro-age commenced in December 2014. This ephemeris will be updated ASAP.
For most people in the western world, astrology is just the sun-sign. Astrologers are not so circumscribed – they know that the sun-sign is just one of a huge number of influential astrological factors including the ascendant, moon signs, aspects and so on that are available in interpreting and predicting events associated with a person, object or event.
When it comes to the astrological ages, the situation is, in a way, almost reversed. The average astrologer has usually heard of the Age of Pisces, Age of Aquarius and plus some earlier ages such as the Age of Cancer – with each age somewhere around 2155 years each. This is akin to sun-sign astrology. The astrological age in play at any time in history is just one of many factors of the astrological influences that can be extracted from them.
Firstly, each age has three age-decans of almost 720 years each. Secondly, each age has twelve sub-ages of almost 180 years each. These again have three sub-age decans of almost 60 years each and 12 micro-ages of approximately 15 years each – and it does not stop there. Micro-ages have 12 nano-ages of approximately 15 months each, and in the last few years, I have even been employing pico-ages that are only about 5 weeks in length. These pico-ages provide valuable insights into subtle financial market gyrations. (For more details on the mechanics of the astrological ages, see The Age of Aquarius for Dummies.
The upshot of all these sub-periods is that when any historical event or current affair is examined, it has to be correlated to the appropriate sub-period of an astrological age, otherwise it is like a client wanting to know their future but only provide their sun-sign!
For any astrologer wanting to learn about the sub-periods of the astrological ages, the best sub-periods to commence with are the sub-ages because a new sub-age arrives approximately every 179 years. Compare this to an age of some 2150 years – the common thread that must remain historically relevant for over 2,000 years, is very thin. The common thread associated with a sub-age is far shorter and thicker – and thus easier to identify.
The focus in this article is upon the sub-ages that have been experienced within the current Age of Aquarius to date and specifically upon new cultural, social or political movements that have “revolutionised” western society with the arrival of every new sub-age commencing with the 15th century. It seems that the world is always in decay, but decay can be taken only for so long. Since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius there have been three large scale revolutions in western society, and we are again facing the problems and issues of another deterioration of western society requiring another revolution?
The three revolutions that have occurred since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius are related to the first three sub-ages within the Age of Aquarius.
Capricorn sub-age (1433 – 1612)
Sagittarius sub-age (1612 – 1791)
Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970)
The Capricorn Revolution
A medieval scene of a cleric, soldier and worker
What was life like in 1433 AD at the arrival of the Age of Aquarius? It was medieval! The greatest institution in western society was the Roman Catholic Church that was riddled with extreme corruption and people could purchase their way to heaven by buying indulgences, thus supplying a steady income stream to the church. Society’s perspective was based on the extremely conservative Christian tradition and there was no room for rationality or empirical evidence if the Bible had already commented upon a particular subject. Furthermore, the church was able to dream up dogma on just about anything based on their religious concepts. People lived in a fantasy or what the world was, what it existed in, and how things worked. People could be burnt alive for being witches. It was an abject state of affairs and it made living more difficult than necessary as delusion, corruption and ignorance were accepted as real.
So what happened to correct this absurd state of affairs? It all started with the appearance and evolution of Protestantism in Europe commencing in 1529. The term derives from the letter of “protestation” from German Lutheran princes in 1529 against an edict of the Roman Catholic Church Diet of Speyer condemning the teachings of Martin Luther as heretical.
In the 16th century, Lutheranism, or associated reformed churches, spread from Germany into most of Northern Europe by such reformers as John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Knox. Protestants developed their own culture, which made major contributions in education, the humanities and sciences, the political and social order, the economy and the arts, and other fields. The Protestants brought the first modern revolution to western society. In their day, they were the revolutionaries.
The changes brought about by Protestantism include a massive drive to educate their youth. For example, when the Puritans arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628, they founded Harvard College only eight years later. Protestants believed that God gave them the power to reason, greatly contributing to the modern Scientific Revolution. The main part of the Protestant’s moral code was industry, frugality, calling, discipline, and a strong sense of responsibility – all strong Capricorn archetypes. In tune with the arrival of the Age of Aquarius, Protestantism was almost pure democracy in its internal structure compared to the Roman Catholic Church. This new culture underpinned the formation of the USA.
It should also be noted that the modern Scientific Revolution appropriately commenced with this Capricorn sub-age but the first Age of Science or Scientific Revolution commenced in Ancient Greece in the previous Capricorn sub-age (551 BC – 370 BC). According to Nick Campion, this previous scientific revolution was “perhaps comparable to that which transformed European though from around 1500 to 1700, from Copernicus to Newton.”
The Sagittarius Revolution
The bourgeoisie benefited from the Sagittarius sub-age and their “revolution” brought wealth to poverty-stricken western culture. There were many
The prototypical bourgeois: Monsieur Jourdain, the protagonist in Molière’s play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670).
revolutions in Europe in the early 1600’s because
There is nothing which stirs and angers the people more than food shortages and the cost of bread.
The common term the “nouveau riche” also applied to the bourgeoisie as a derogatory term by the aristocracy against people that made their wealth from business. In the 17th and 18th century, the bourgeoisie were in battle against the Law of Privilege – the divine right to rule by the nobles and aristocracy. The English Civil War (1642–51), the American War of Independence (1775–83), and French Revolution (1789–99) were partly motivated by the desire by the bourgeoisie to rid themselves of the feudal and royal encroachments on their personal liberty, commercial prospects, and the ownership of property. The extent of the bourgeoisie revolution in England is framed by one history book as “England, Towards a Bourgeois Monarchy”.
In tandem with the bourgeoisie revolution was another major Sagittarius archetype – international travel and affairs. This sub-age saw the flowering of the great joint-stock companies which emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe which served a leading role in spurring on global commerce and colonization. The two most famous companies were the English East India Company and the Dutch East India Company – both from Protestant countries. The end result of the bourgeoisie revolution was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution leading to the greatest economic boom and population explosion the world has ever experienced.
The Scorpio Revolution
The two signs strongly related to revolution are Aquarius and Scorpio, so any Scorpio sub-age within the Age of Aquarius is going to be highly revolutionary, and this sub-age lived up to its archetype. The great revolution of the Scorpio sub-age was the Workers’ Revolution who basically took on the baton from the bourgeoisie and virtually eliminated western aristocracy in a little over a century. The plight of workers at the beginning of the Scorpio sub-ages was pitiful. The first excesses of the Industrial Revolution had created factories involving long hours, child workers, dangerous conditions and low pay while too many bourgeoisie owners behaved like Scrooge McDuck.
At the beginning of this sub-age in 1791, almost the whole of western society remained firmly under control of monarchs and the aristocracy with the
c.1865: Karl Marx (1818-1883), philosopher and German politician. (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)
bourgeoisie making great inroads – the USA being the key exception to monarchy. By 1970, only vestiges of monarchs remained.
However, the workers were not just against the aristocracy, they were also against the bourgeoisie – the owners of businesses. The key year was 1848 when there were a series of political upheavals throughout Europe. It remains the most widespread revolutionary wave in European history. As a result, significant lasting reforms included the abolition of serfdom in Austria and Hungary, the end of absolute monarchy in Denmark, and the introduction of parliamentary democracy in the Netherlands. Austria and Prussia eliminated feudalism by 1850, improving the lot of the peasants. European middle classes made political and economic gains over the next 20 years; France retained universal male suffrage. Russia would later free the serfs on February 19, 1861.
A key expression of the Workers Revolution was trade unions. They were banned in the UK in 1799 and severely repressed until 1824. More permanent trade unions were established in the UK from the 1850s. They were finally legalised in 1872 (in the UK).
The working class was not content to just being limited to forming trade unions, it was from the excess of extremists elements of the working class that brought the Russian Revolution in 1917 resulting in the communisation of much of the Eurasian land mass by 1950. The workers finally got rid of the nobles, bourgeoisie and church – but this excess has been brought back to earth not long after the arrival of the Libra sub-age in 1970. Nevertheless, something that is never taught in schools is that under the Scorpio sub-age (1791 – 1970), the biggest revolution the world has ever experienced took place.
The Libra Revolution
Each of the above revolutions arrived due to mass discontent of a significant part of western society against limitations and strictures placed upon them. The limitations usually come from entrenched anti-democratic forces. If history is any guide, then the current Libra sub-age (1970 – 2148) should produce another “revolution”. However what kind of revolution will Libra produce, as it is not a zodiacal sign renown for revolutionary intensity? It may be better to say “evolution” in place of “revolution” but with the understanding that the result is the same – a major change in direction against an entrenched force.
What are the problems that exist in western society that require an evolution/revolution to fix? It is not hard to see what the problem is – it is the agenda of most western nations promoting extremists capitalism. The role of capitalism in the world today represents the opposite extreme of communism of the last century which was in reality extremist socialism. Capitalism places money at the top of the totem pole, and this has resulted in the ongoing expansion of climate change due to out-of-control pollution in all of its forms and guises. It has also produced a ridiculous situation whereby as of 2015, the richest 1% of the world’s population now owns 50% of its total wealth.
What many people are ignorant about is that when the first western democracy appeared in Ancient Greece (appropriately under the influence of the last Aquarius sub-age), the Athenians were not looking for democracy, they were just looking for a way to prevent utter chaos in their society due to the shenanigans of the rich.
The Libra revolution is firmly in place – it started with the Peace movement, hippies and the appearance of post-modernism in the 1960’s and 70’s. So powerful and noticeable was this period that it is taken as granted in the American media that the 1960’s and 70’s was the Age of Aquarius with many contemporary writers and media articles waxing lyrical about the Age of Aquarius as if it was a 20 year age! The 1960’s and 70’s was not the beginning of the Age of Aquarius but the high-point of the Scorpio sub-age and overflow (1791 – 1970 – 2148). Both Scorpio and Aquarius are revolutionary signs, so the revolutionary energies are high (pun not intended).
We are not looking at a violent and turbulent revolution because Libra is in the mix. Not only does the Libra sub-age begin in 1970 (coinciding with the
This is a poster for the musical Hair.
Scorpio sub-age overflow (1970 -2148), but we are also approaching the high-point of the massive Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2148 – 2863) and Libra is opposite in nature to violent Aries. Violent Aries is in for a surprise as Libra grows in strength, as aggression and violence will be replaced by peace and harmony, but not agreement. We can expect a bi-polar world of some sort or another, probably split between totalitarian and democratic states with China at the apex of the totalitarian model (China also has a strong association with Libra). We can also expect by the middle of the 22nd century that western nations will be relatively split between environmentalists with progressive agendas and died-in-the-wool capitalists keen to make a profit, but more constrained than the current free wheeling extreme capitalism that is currently running the world.
We are not going to see a perfect world (if such a thing is remotely possible), but a world that has been further tweaked, in the same way that the previous three sub-ages have seriously tweaked western society. One of the reasons why so many people feel anguish at the current state of affairs in the world is that a small but significant percentage of western society has moved their heads into the new reality. From the perspective of the new reality, the current situation of an anachronistic billionaire at the helm of the greatest nation in the world is just pure anathema, which combined with the ongoing and accelerating worldwide environmental disaster, billions spent on armaments when many many millions of people still starve and suffer – is just to hard to bear. Major revolutions and evolutions are a multi-century affairs, and those that have the new consciousness will need to include patience and forbearance into their psychological outlook.
The outlook and consciousness of the standard bearers for change in western society will also evolve and develop over the coming century and more. Some years ago a came across the small movement that promoted non-aggressive communication, which was looked upon like veganism as just being an idealistic extremist agenda with little of no relevance for the wider society. Recently, I also heard an interesting personal outlook for the new age that is developing that went something like this:
Do not offend anyone.
Do not take offence from anyone.
Do not retaliate or take revenge against anyone that has offended you.
This kind of outlook is the harbinger of the world that is coming. It is a recipe for harmony, understanding and consciousness. It will not be a perfect world, but it will resolve some or many of the problems and injustices that remain prevalent in the world. Most science fiction writers, novels and movies get the future completely wrong. The common Hollywood expectation is either a world with more advanced technology in a corporate fascist environment or a post-apocalyptic world with numerous hardships and privations in an environment of survival of the fittest or most dangerous. Neither of these two scenarios align with the current growing strength of Libra in the world.
I have been writing about the good news of where the world is heading for some time, but we will only see the early stages. Already the LGBT community is experiencing the benefits of this change, and the ongoing equalization of the sexes has made another step forward in the Me-Too movement. If you are focused upon where we are going, and avoid focusing upon the inequities in the world carried forward from the past, the world suddenly becomes a better place in your personal bubble.
Some of my previous posts on where the world is heading are listed below: