Several years ago, I was so happy to live in the Age of Aquarius. Now, I’m not really so sure. To be honest, the negative aspects of Aquarius are stronger than the positive. The purpose of this article is to depict what is going on globally from a big picture perspective and not preach any one political standpoint.
As an Aquarian sun sign, I can’t help but think and think and think about the world and the progression in humanity. First, let me note that I am a middle of the road type of person. Politically, people would label me as a moderate democrat.
Several months ago, I wrote a mini astrological series that discussed the energies of the Age of Aquarius. I mentioned that the three greatest (negative) energetic influences in this age are extremism, rebellion and radicalism. And well, haven’t we seen a bit of all of this? Plus, more!
Here’s the thing to know. I mentioned in the blog that explains that the Aquarius symbol, waves, is a metaphor to mental waves. No matter what astrological sign you are, you will feel the effects of this “Mental Age” energy. Those who are susceptible to stress, emotional chaos and mental instability will feel more of it.
Without knowledge, a sound mind or a spiritual understanding of the world, suicidal thoughts are possible. Suicide is almost an epidemic. Whether one has lost love or wealth, we are so much in our heads (very Aquarian) that we are forgetting about the greater picture of life.
Has anyone else questioned the universal reasons on why suicides and mental health have drastically increased? Besides poor diet and being doped up on meds, I believe that this age has a great influence on mental health and wellbeing. In terms of wealth, we are living in the most abundant era, but yet many of us are sad, depressed, lonely and lost. Although materialism never wins in the battle of happiness, we are lost in “fixation” with this fixed and inflexible sign.
As for terrorism ideology, it’s no secret that these acts are on the rise everywhere in the world.
Ideologies are on the rise, but sadly it’s not just the far right or “bad guys” who are contributing these actions. Aquarius is all about peace, love and hippie-like ideas aka brotherhood. But, the dark side of Aquarius is anger and rage. Aquarius is community, but also individuality. It seems bi-polar, similar to its brother-sign, Gemini, but that is part of air – it sways and flows with the wind in either or all directions.
I believe that this energy influences extremism on an individual level. In the US political debate, we can see the far-left, Sanders versus the far-right Trump. Ironically, both preach politics without funding but are on opposite ends of the spectrum. To me, it's no surprise these "rebellious against tradition" candidates are running this year.
Although extreme liberalism complains that conservatism is dumb, stupid and uneducated, this also contributes to the hate of what is going on in the world because it categorizes the party/thought to be the “right” way to live. The far right and the far left have its own issues with extremism that “preach” how humanity should live based on an ideology. We need to release the “right and wrong” perspectives.
I’ve studied astrology for over a decade, but I do not read birth charts. I use astrology on an individual and global level to understand the movement of humanity or how one thinks. The world is trying to move forward with some ideas, but sadly it’s failing. Part of it is failing is because not everyone is riding the same school bus.
But, what many people do not realize is that extremism breeds extreme leaders. I fear that because the pendulum is swinging so far from the right to the left that this will breed dictator-like leaders for the Western civilizations. If the world continues with extremism ideologies ( and terrorism) it will result in extreme leaders so the pendulum rocks back to the middle, which is why the non-PC Trump gained popularity.
How do we battle the negative energies of Aquarius?
As an Aquarian, I used to do everything extreme. Burnout and mentally bruised, it took a long time to get balanced and I’m only 31! Now that I am living a balanced life, I’ve never been happier, but part of that influence came from a dear Libran friend whom I met in Germany.
I learned through her logical (and I thought sometimes spiritual) perspective of the world to see how things truly operate. Difficult at first, I believe we all need to transmute and call in the Libran energy to balance extremism.
My friend told me that growing up her father taught her to view situations from an outside perspective, and then keeping pulling yourself further and further away to see everything from above (and as an outsider). She also claimed that as a Libra, she had to see both sides of the story, just like a scale each perspective needed to be balanced with logic.
Although impulsivity is ruled by Aries, we live in a society where impulse triggers anger with the flick of a light switch. It’s part of the human personality.
Since a balanced approach is key to this New Age, it requires us to shed some skin, especially in excess. America (and Canada) is unlike any other country in the world. We are an extreme culture (work hard and no play) and have excess of everything – food, water, materialism, wealth, and opportunities.
A moderate approach is necessary. What do I mean? I mean valuing our gifts from each party or perspective. Politics will never make everyone happy, but we must admit that there are pros and cons from each party. We have to be realistic with our perspectives. We should logically and spiritually analyze reality versus an ideology of how life should be lived. We all dream of a utopia, but that can't exist if everyone is not on the same page.
Humans naturally retreat or retract when forced, nagged or coerced to do something or live a certain way based on an ideology.
So how do we become more balanced as a society?
With all my heart and soul, I believe the best way to help the world is by helping yourself. If you want the world to become more balanced, you need to balance yourself, emotions and mental state. This is not to say that people should stop sticking up for their beliefs, but we all must look inward to expose our personal extremism (if any exists).
The most important thing to note is that humanity and life is greater than our understanding. Most of us will not understand what the point or purpose (besides leaning lessons) until we return to the spirit world.
Remember, things cannot exist without its polar opposite. It’s part of the world and humans will continue to experience pain, suffering, death and heartache. It is a part of nature. If you’ve ever viewed a National Geographic show, and cried with the lion killed an innocent zebra, we must learn from nature. Nature is a powerful beast that is smarter and wiser than man.
Humans are no exceptions to hardship. Good and evil, light and dark, left and right and up and down – everything has a polar opposite. Humanity is all about maturity. If we dream of no borders and holding hands with each other, all cultures must be on the same page to coexist and express equality between man and woman.
Instead of dreading on the past and remembering “assholes” like Christopher Columbus, we need to focus on the present and the future to transmute the positive Aquarian energies. Looking back does us no good when festering on the guilt and shame of when the West experienced its Dark Age.
Depending on how you view life, sadly humans had to experience some horrific tragedies in order to mature. We should never take for granted how easy and decadent our modern lives are with chic cafes, fancy cars and countless means of entertainment. Be appreciative of the now and what we have. One day it could be taken away as easily as it was given to us.
Change yourself. Change the world. Channel in that Libran Energy and focus on the bigger picture. If not, the ugly and dark sides of Aquarius will continue to rise.
In vedic astrology, we are in the Bronze Age, which represents chaos and war. So whatever is guiding humanity has a lot of pain, suffering and dark times ahead before we return to the Golden Age.
What are your thoughts on this New Age energy? Are you enjoying it? Or do you have concerns?
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com