No one really knows exactly when the Age of Aquarius begins. The Great Year, the period during which the sun rotates back through the twelve zodiacal signs at the Equinoxes, is about 26,000 years which makes each zodiac age about 2150 years but when you’re talking about numbers this big there is significant room for error.
During the 1960s the Broadway play Hair pushed the idea of the Age of Aquarius into the mainstream as some sort of golden age of love and understanding but if you know anything about Aquarius you’ll know it’s not exactly that simple. Aquarius has nothing to do with flower power. Aquarius is an air sign – it’s domain is the realm of reason and detachment, not love and peace. Aquarius has two rulers: its traditional ruler is Saturn which can be cold and goal-driven. Its modern ruler, Uranus, is the disrupter – under Uranus fairness and equality becomes more important than individual relationships or needs. Aquarius governs technology, astrology, science and revolution.
While signs of the Age of Aquarius have been on the rise (computer technology, an increase in awareness of LGBT issues, revolutionary fervor throughout the world) it has really ramped up since Uranus has been in Aries, the sign of individual expression and motivation.
The growing field of robotics is an indicator of how close we are getting to the Aquarian Age. Take a look at Sophia, the new humanoid robot from Hanson Labs:
A “chatbot” from Microsoft called Tay flamed out in Twitter wars in less than a day as exposure to the deadly Twitter environment led to seriously antisocial behavior.
The reality of technology in general, and robotics in particular, replacing jobs is now upon us, although Mercedes Benz recently announced they are replacing their robots with humans.
Along with increased intelligence in robots comes the danger that trained robots could take over the rule of humanity in an effort to create an Aquarian universal standard fairness and equality. Science fiction is often just prediction in disguise.