However, because of a particular movement of the Earth's pole, the Sun crosses the Equator at a slightly different point every year. With the passing years, this point shifts from one degree approximately every 72 years and shifts signs approximately every 2,156 years. This movement is called precession of the equinoxes. A complete cycle lasts around 25,868 years. At the end of each cycle, there is complete synchronization between each sign and each constellation.
Therefore, every 2,156 years, a new age begins. From 498 AD to the year 2,654, the spring equinox occurs in the Pisces constellation. Consequently, we are technically in the Age of Pisces. It should be pointed out, however, that an age's influence is strongly felt around 500 to 800 years before the exact juxtaposition of the signs and constellations. Therefore, the coming of Christ into this world inaugurated the Age of Pisces.
Age of Pisces
The symbol of fish indeed serves to interpret the Age of Pisces. This age's influence has lasted for at least two thousand years. Here are some examples.
Christ named his disciples "Fishers of Men", alluding to fish, to fishing.
He was born, the Bible says, of a Virgin, the Virgo being the opposite sign of Pisces. Let us also point out that the sign of Virgo is also associated with the wheat head, immaculately white. Indeed, Christ nourished the multitude of people who followed Him with fish and bread.
Some Western religions (Catholicism, among others) have been spread by celibate priests who wanted to remain chaste and pure as the wheat head. These priests devoted themselves to the worship of the Virgin. This very clergy enjoined us to eat fish instead of meat on Fridays.
The pope still wears a mitre, which is in the shape of a fish.
The sign of Pisces is a sign of sacrifice, charity, mercy, compassion and pardon. The entire Christian religion therefore strives in this way. The annual religious period that corresponds to the sign of Pisces is Lent, a period of sacrifice.
The sign of Pisces is also associated with the sacred sites and sanctuaries that attract crowds of Christians who come to pray. Finally, a sign of divinity, of faith and also of heresy, the sign of Pisces is associated with religious conflicts and crusades, which notably occurred in the Middle Ages. The "Enemies" were called "infidels", in other words, "those who were not of our faith". Christians then fought against enemies under the pretense that they did not share their religious convictions. These crusades were headed by pious, faithful, well-intentioned knights, all keyed up by religious fervour.
Since the Age of Pisces is not yet over, we still feel its effects: in fact, religious wars are still raging on in the world, although this phenomenon will progressively disappear as we are influenced by the Age of Aquarius.
The sign of Pisces also corresponds to the twelfth house of the zodiac, house of prayer, of reclusion. During the Age of Pisces, we witnessed the creation of monasteries: for a greater part, the lives of monks and members of numerous religious communities consisted of meditation and praying to God. There were even cloistered religious communities whose members refused any contact with the outside world, preferring to devote themselves to spiritual activities.
The Age of Pisces was, in fact, a very spiritual one. The Pope is recognized as a spiritual leader, infallible, to whom we have to obey and in whom, along with God, we have to believe.
Finally, let us point out that Venus, the planet of love, is exalted in the sign of Pisces: this is an influence of the message of love from Jesus Christ who taught us to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Age of Anthropocene
The Holocene Epoch
To observe a Holocene environment, simply look around you! The Holocene is the name given to the last 11,700 years* of the Earth's history — the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or "ice age." Since then, there have been small-scale climate shifts — notably the "Little Ice Age" between about 1200 and 1700 A.D. — but in general, the Holocene has been a relatively warm period in between ice ages.
Another name for the Holocene that is sometimes used is the Anthropocene, the "Age of Man." This is somewhat misleading: humans of our own subspecies, Homo sapiens, had evolved and dispersed all over the world well before the start of the Holocene. Yet the Holocene has witnessed all of humanity's recorded history and the rise and fall of all its civilizations. Humanity has greatly influenced the Holocene environment; while all organisms influence their environments to some degree, few have ever changed the globe as much, or as fast, as our species is doing.
There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.
The question of whether humans’ combined environmental impact has tipped the planet into an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began around 12,000 years ago – will be put to the geological body that formally approves such time divisions later this year.
Age of Aquarius
Technically speaking, around the year 2,654, we will experience the Age of Aquarius to its maximum. Until then, we will feel its influence increasingly.
It is an age characterized by technical progress, by technology, by spectacular inventions: printing, media, medication, internal combustion engines, automobiles, airplanes, rockets, electricity, electric lights, water heaters, telephones, radios, televisions, movies, photography, photocopiers, fax machines, watches, clocks, radars, telecommunications, Internet, information super-highways, satellites, high-tech household appliances, voice mail, answering machines, microwave ovens, computers, compact discs, CD-ROMs, magnetic cards, smart cards, automatic teller machines (ATMs), walkmans, stereo systems, tape recorders, video cassette recorders, headphones, projectors and more.
Americans have even sent an astronaut to the moon. Our world no longer has any frontiers. In a certain way, we have gained a particular freedom that transcends the limits of space and time.
The influence of this age has also brought us the atomic bomb, nuclear meltdown, mass migration, false flag wars, negative population growth, divorce...
Scientists will take over from priests. We are already in a society based upon knowledge, information and communication. Soon, we will come to know real universal fraternity.
The sign opposite Aquarius is the sign of Leo. This indicates to us that we must focus our efforts in the pursuit of excellence, perfection and mutual respect. During the Age of Aquarius, Man will really be the King of Creation, in the image of his Creator.
Our New Challenges
We are currently being influenced by the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. In fact, we are progressively leaving the Age of Pisces and progressively entering the Age of Aquarius. We are therefore in a position midway between these two astrological ages.
The greatest challenge we will have to face is of a moral order. Indeed, we are leaving a period that lasted two thousand years, during which our spiritual lives were dictated by religious authorities.
The influence of religions will lose ground in favor of personal moral standards. The problem is that we will need to make an effort to develop these new standards, for we will be engulfed in a technological world, as previously seen in the description of the Age of Aquarius. It will not be easy to build new moral standards; they will have to be personal and adapted to the new circumstances of life.
Religious dogma will be replaced by laws. Christian charity intended for the individual will be gradually replaced with services to the population, provided by public service workers. These new services will be controlled by laws and regulations. In short, everything will be provided for, but in a public, secular way. Already, in several countries, health care, social services, education, etc. are provided by the State.
In short, the State will increasingly acquire more importance at the expense of the churches. The State will also increasingly regulate our activities. Morally speaking, we will develop moral standards whose foundations will be based, for instance, on a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Christian symbols (like Holy Water, for instance) will take on much less importance. Already, these days, few people go to Sunday service, and when we are in desperate need for money in order to survive, we increasingly turn first to social welfare, which is provided by the State.
Your Mission on Earth
It is certainly appropriate to ask ourselves why we were born and what our mission is on earth. In this respect, the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius can shed light on this for us. In fact, we are currently in the Age of Pisces, while being influenced by the Age of Aquarius.
The influence of the Age of Pisces invites us to show love, goodness, mercy, compassion and generosity towards our fellow human beings. In this respect, Jesus said to His apostles: "Love your neighbors as yourselves". Moreover, the Lord's prayer encourages us to "ask God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us".
What is more, the influence of the Age of Aquarius invites us to show altruism and favor scientific, systematic or technological solutions. Those whose careers will be specialized in these fields will certainly be at an advantage.
The influence of the Age of Aquarius also started at the time of the French Revolution. The popular slogan at that time was "freedom, equality, fraternity", three values that have influenced us since then. In fact, what matters is to establish our freedom in a positive and constructive way, respecting the opinions and rights of others. Equality among humans is another objective to reach, notably in the economic world, which implies everybody having the same advantages and almost the same purchasing power. Universal fraternity is, finally, another important objective to reach, in order to end wars and conflict among people and nations. Actually, Uranus is associated with the sign of Aquarius. Sir William Herschel, an astronomer, discovered this planet in 1781, a few years before the French Revolution. At the same time, Uranus was transiting the sign of Leo associated with the Sun and France. Uranus itself is a symbol of sudden changes, progress, etc.
To love oneself and others:
The Age of Aquarius invites us to elevate our souls through love of our fellow man and to take the scientific and technological means at hand to improve our comfort and well-being. Hence, Man shall fully achieve his role on Earth by asserting himself as the King of Creation, attaining self-fulfillment and self-control, and controlling nature.
From an astrological point of view, two values represented by two opposite signs (and two planetary positions) are the focus of the Age of Aquarius: the Sun in Leo and Uranus in Aquarius. The Sun in Leo invites us to take care of ourselves, love ourselves and fully develop all our talents. Uranus in Aquarius invites us to show altruism and love others.
These two values (self-love and love of others) are not irreconcilable. Actually, we are encouraged to enjoy a just part of the benefits and joys of life in tune with ourselves and others. A fair balance is to be reached between one’s aspirations and needs and those of others. In the centuries to come, such fair balance should easily lead us down the path to happiness.
In short, these two ages invite us to broaden our souls by showing love towards our fellow human beings and by taking the available scientific and technological means to improve our well-being and comfort. Therefore, Man will fully realize his role on earth by establishing himself as the King of Creation, by fulfilling himself, by being in control of himself and nature.