If you’ve ever heard the 1969 song, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by the Fifth Dimension, or if you’ve ever taken a Kundalini yoga class, you’ve probably heard of the “Age of Aquarius.”
What exactly is the Age of Aquarius? It’s many things, but basically the planet has entered a new vernal equinox and constellation, Aquarius. You can read more about astrology and humanity on my recent post, but humanity has entered the Age of Aquarius. Thus, humanity will experience energy that rules that constellation.
Many astrologers have different perspectives based on when we exactly entered this new age, but certainly the new millennia is the start of the Age of Aquarius.
Right now, we are noticing a shift on the planet in terms of consciousness, morals, values and awakening. In my opinion, we are still experiencing a blend of the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.
Age of Pisces, ruled by the fish, is a symbol of religion. Christianity and religion ruled humanity during this era. If you’ve ever been to Europe you can see all the destruction and corruption that religion has caused.
The representation of Aquarius, the water bearer, shows a (wo)man pouring water from a pot into a body of water. The water is indeed water but if you look closely the waves also represents brain waves. Aquarius is a highly intellectual and open-minded sign. I had a discussion once with a person who said the Age of Aquarius is the dumping of water to move the fish (Pisces) down the river. With intellectual pursuits, Aquarius is washing away the old mentality and is the “dawn of the new awakening.” Aquarius rules astrology and many astrologers believe that astrology and the consultation of the stars will be the new religion.
What is Aquarius? Aquarius is a fixed air sign. Every sign has positive and negative traits. Like yin-yang, the world cannot exist without both. Aquarius rules scientific / mental pursuits, metaphysical beliefs, philanthropic interests, humanity, truth, idealism, rebellion, logic, equality and inventions. Some negatives include extremism, militant revolution, anger, rebellion, stubbornness, inflexibility and radicalism.
Aquarius pushes humanity for people to live in a better society, and its no surprise the New Age has started off rocky. Since Aquarius rules the betterment of society, often people neglect themselves and have stubborn mindsets that hinders and doesn’t help humanity. When looking at the energy shift between Pisces and Aquarius, its no surprise that extremism in the Middle East has led to rebellion or radical acts based off religion or what is “right and wrong.” Humanity is still pushing forward to protect women's rights and to diminish the false reality of the feminine energy. A big part of this Age will be to re-create equality amongst men and women.
Since Aquarius is a mental sign, over-thinking or not thinking at all is what hinders the world – because it is extreme, fixed and not a balanced rational. It’s no surprise why mental health and suicide rates have increased. We are becoming highly mental creatures and when we cannot connect to the values of society, we lose our minds. We are at the beginning of this age and there is a long way for us to evolve our minds.
Rebellion has peaked in this Age from protesting Monsanto to extreme religious pursuits. We see life of living in “absolutes” which we must tread lightly in the new age. “All or nothing” or “right or wrong” thinking patterns detriment people and society. A non-political example is the extremism seen in the diet and exercise industry. If people learn to balance their emotions, eating and exercise there is no need to restrict calories or pursue excessive exercise. Another significant aspect of extremism is the social class system. Everyone knows the middle class (in America) is dwindling and people are becoming extremely rich or extremely poor. I cannot stress enough that morals, values and choices based on right or left approaches do more harm than good.
But in a more positive light, the past is making a comeback. Natural and ancient methods of medicine are gaining popularity and research is showing how yoga, meditation and healing practices benefit one’s health. People care more about animals now and try alterative methods of eating due to ethical harm against animals. Research is now proving that metaphysics (once shunned during the Age of Pisces) is “real.” From telepathy to quantum physics, people are better accepting concepts such as astral traveling, shamanism and intuition.
Aquarius rules technology and individuality. It’s no surprise that Steve Jobs (a creative Pisces) not only revolutionized the world with technology but labelled it with the “I” branding, which boasts the Aquarian desire for individuality. Have you ever heard of New Age music? In terms of music and culture, digital music such as electronic and techno-based rhythms (ruled by Aquarius) is also gaining popularity especially in the electronic music dance scene. Technology, inventions, drones and robots are all inspired by this new age of critical thinking. But can these inventions do more harm than good? Absolutely if the person is not in control with the betterment of him or herself and the world.
Aquarius is based on hopes and wishes. The goal of this Age is to look deeper at humanity, find its truth and create the ideal world that humans want to live in. It sounds ideal, but the more people awake and seek the truth humanity we can use the path to discover new truths.
The biggest lesson in this new age is to improve one’s self to better the world. We need to learn how to balance logic with idealism. The ideal aspect of the Age of Aquarius is a true Utopia. The negative aspect of this Age is ugly, messy and destructive. We as souls on this planet have a roll to play and we must live with awareness to make better choices for the world and ourselves. So everything we are experiencing and noticing are based on the positive and negative qualities of Aquarius. The one thing the Age of Aquarius can learn from is the balanced thought processes from its sister air-sign, Libra. The more balanced Aquarius gets, the more magical life becomes.
As a sun-sign Aquarius, trust me on this! For years, I struggled to understand many things, and I wanted to change to the world. But somehow deep inside I knew I had to change myself first, which is why I wrote Finding Om so people can discover how to choose themselves. Although the Age of Aquarius is about society and not just one individual person, before I fell ill and became an insomniac everything I did was extreme. I worked hard. I worked out hard. I drastically cut calories. I took on loads of responsibility. These personal reflections gave me the understanding that this is how the world is living. Change doesn't happen overnight. But, change happens to those who want it and can detach from societal labels.
What else can you add that you’ve seen change or happen during this new age?
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