Age of Pisces

The politics of religion at the end of the Age of Pisces

art by Julie Dillon

I found this article quite interesting:

What is the 21st century going to be about? If you had asked me 20 years ago, on, say, Sept. 10, 2001, I would have had a clear answer: advancing liberalism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in China, a set of values seemed to be on the march — democracy, capitalism, egalitarianism, individual freedom.

Then over the ensuing decades, democracy’s spread was halted and then reversed. Authoritarians in China, Central and Eastern Europe and beyond wielded power. We settled into the now familiar contest between democratic liberalism and authoritarianism.

But over the last several years something interesting happened: Authoritarians found God. They used religious symbols as nationalist identity markers and rallying cries. They unified the masses behind them by whipping up perpetual culture wars. They reframed the global debate: It was no longer between democracy and dictatorship; it was between the moral decadence of Western elites and traditional values and superior spirituality of the good normal people in their own homelands.

The 21st century is turning into an era of globe-spanning holy wars at a time when the appeal of actual religion seems to be on the wane.

read more here…  In the mid 20th century, which we might argue was the beginning of the shift from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, the push for liberal change was powerful and frightening to many who did not want to see that kind of change.  The fall of the Berlin Wall.  Increased rights for women.  An attempt to expand the rights of minorities.  The Age […]

Share this article...
By |2021-09-10T08:46:05-04:00September 10th, 2021|Life|8 Comments

The nature of Truth in the doorway between Pisces and Aquarius

jesus

This article was originally posted in 2013 and is reposted today in honor of Jupiter entering Pisces.  As we transition into the Aquarian Age, we are leaving the traits of Pisces behind.  We usually think of Pisces as being Neptune-ruled since Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces and explains the dreamy and imaginative nature of Pisces.  Neptune is  associated with magic and spirituality, but also with delusion and the negation of the Self – all characteristics of the 2000 year domination of the world by Christianity.  Note the astrological cardinal cross that creates the halo around the head in this image.   

I am reading Reza Aslan’s book Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  I have been waiting for this book for years – it is a beautifully written  history of the times in which the historical Jesus was born and spent his years as one of many Jews fighting the oppression of the Roman overlords.

One interesting point made in this book, which I have never heard before, is the distinction between “facts” and “truths.”  Aslan says:

How we define history, in the modern world, as a collection of observable and verifiable facts, is wholly a product of the modern age. That definition of history is a couple of hundred years old. It would make no sense at all to the gospel writers or frankly to the ancient mind, for whom history was not about uncovering facts but about revealing truths. This is, admittedly, a very difficult concept for modern people, not just Christians, but just modern people to understand that what they call history didn’t exist 300 years ago and so when I question some of the “historical claims of the […]

Share this article...
By |2022-04-15T09:17:58-04:00May 14th, 2021|Favorite posts, Religion|4 Comments

Thoughts on the Full Moon at the peak of the retrograde season

art by Joma Sipe

There is something symbolic to me about the Moon reaching its fullness in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, just as the retrograde season is peaking with Mars turning retrograde on September 9th.  At that point there will be an astounding seven planets retrograde (including Chiron, or six without Chiron which is still astounding).  I did a little research project in which I attempted to find another period in history where there were this many retrograde planets for more than a week or two (in 2020 it lasts about five months) and even though I went back to the 1700s I was unable to find any period like this one.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac – the sign that represents letting go, returning to the source, the ultimate journey to consciousness.  This feels to me like the culmination of what 2020 has been all about.  I realize that it looks like simple random chaos to many people, but when you observe patterns and planetary cycles there is a clear underlying call of the Earth for humanity to make a change.  Our present course is unsustainable, and something had to snap at some point.  There is also symbolism in the fact that we are in the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, and Saturn will transition into Aquarius with Pluto soon behind.  In 2025 there is a tremendous planetary shift with all three outer planets – the planets that inspire transformation – changing signs at the same time. 

(Geeky astrological details: Uranus will move from Taurus into Gemini.  Neptune […]

Share this article...
By |2020-09-02T15:06:39-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Astrology|6 Comments

How the Christ surpassed Yahweh at the dawn of the Piscean age

yahweh I posted this a few years ago but it’s still my favorite post for this time of year.  Because the earth orbits at a slight tilt, and the tilt of the orbit changes over time, the celestial equator is always moving and the vernal equinox is always moving along the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth from our perspective.  We call this the “Precession of the Equinoxes,” and that is what we mean when we talk about the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Pisces, etc.

There is no accepted timeline for the transition from one Great Age to another.  The Great Year is approximately 26,000 years and each Age spans approximately 2160 years. However, because cultural changes mark the shift between ages it becomes somewhat easier to define these transitions.

Yahweh, the god of the ancient Hebrews, was a warrior god- Moses says so right in Exodus in the Bible:  “The Lord is a warrior/man of war.”  In Isaiah 42:13 we find this exclamation: “The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.”

There is a great deal of confusion in the Bible over the name of God – both El and YHWH (Yahweh) are used interchangeably.  However, archaeological evidence suggests that El was a senior god in Canaan: a beneficent god who presided over creation and ruled over the more junior warrior gods such as Baal and Astarte.  The use of the plural for god in the Bible – “Elohim” – could refer to the family of Canaanite gods that included not only Baal and Astarte but also […]

Share this article...
By |2019-11-10T19:26:52-05:00December 22nd, 2018|Favorite posts, Holidays|5 Comments

“Stay Woke” and the Aquarian Age

Some of this content may be controversial to some readers. I welcome comments as long as they remain civil and add to an intelligent discussion. 

“Stay Woke” is a slang term defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “Deriving from “stay awake,” to stay woke is to keep informed of the shitstorm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.”  While most of us white people just started hearing the phrase recently, it was first listed in a glossary of African American slang back in 1962 and then  popularized by Erykah Badu in 2008 before it spread through African American communities after the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The idea of being “woke,” or awake, is in my view a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.  During the Age of Pisces there has been a sense of sleep.  Pisces teaches us to go with the flow – to connect with our dreams, to seek comfort in transcendence and the bliss of losing one’s self.  Under the Piscean influence humans relinquished control to the religious institutions which have dominated the power structures of the past 2,000 years.  Aquarius is the sign of awakening – of rational thinking.  Neither is better, and both have their dark sides.  But the idea that we need to wake up – keep our eyes open and see behind the curtain of Piscean illusion – looks to me like the transition between the Piscean Age and the Aquarian.

The meme of “Stay Woke” often edges into conspiracy theory.  As someone with a healthy amount of suspicion myself, this seems normal in a world where you are […]

Share this article...
By |2022-09-01T14:41:35-04:00July 19th, 2017|Consciousness, Popular Culture|12 Comments
Go to Top