This is part one of a series, you can find Part II hereI’ve been enjoying a video series about the upcoming astrological changes crafted beautifully by Dan Waites and S.J. Anderson, two astrologers I met on Twitter recently. I shared these videos with my Facebook friends and followers, and a few people have contacted me expressing pretty strong fears about what is coming; I suspect that there will be more of you with similar fears. So, I thought it might be useful to lay out the scenario of the next five or six years.

It doesn’t really make sense to look too far into the future because what occurs tomorrow will change what will happen the day after that. We can glean some useful information by looking at past events under certain alignments, but humans are always evolving (or devolving, but back to that later!) and the past does not always equal the future.

I’ve talked before about some of the big things that are coming up, with all of the outer planets changing signs, but planetary cycles don’t occur in a vacuum. There are the big ones, like the challenging square from Uranus to Pluto that we just went through between 2011 and 2017 (the Cardinal Crisis), and then there are the smaller ones – the harmonious trines and sextile which help to facilitate the growth and change that are pushed forward by the stronger alignments. This is true in our own lives as well; you may see that your Saturn Return is coming up and be fearful about that, but if you don’t seek guidance from a trusted astrologer you may miss the fact that harmonious Jupiter alignments are creating support at that same time.

The Age of Aquarius and the Age of Air. If you have a few minutes, I suggest that you watch this video I did a couple of years ago about the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the air sign of Aquarius. Conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn occur every 20 years – they align in the same element for about 200 years and after cycling through all four elements they repeat again making an 800 year cycle through the elements. (Here is a handy table provided by astrologer Richard Nolle if you want to investigate further.) We just emerged from a 200 year period of Earth (beginning in 1800-1840 ) into a new age of Air, and this is occurring about the same time as we are making the shift from the Piscean Age into Aquarius. Jupiter and Saturn conjoined in Aquarius, so this is a particularly Aquarian time.

(Geek note: Nobody really knows when the Age of Aquarius begins and scientists cannot agree on a date or time. Some astrologers don’t believe that this is even a valid concept, and one astrologer wrote me that if you are a tropical astrologer you can’t believe in the Age of Aquarius which is based on sidereal astronomy rather than symbolic alignments. I of course disagree – just because I use the tropical zodiac doesn’t mean I don’t look at the stars and watch the movement of the Sun through the sky.)

Aquarius is a fixed air sign that is co-ruled by Saturn (traditional ruler) and Uranus (modern ruler). Aquarius lacks sentiment and puts more importance in the interest of the collective than the interest of the individual. As a fixed Saturnian sign, Aquarius can be somewhat rigid in philosophy and ideas of what is right, but the modern rulership of Uranus adds an unexpected layer of radical thought and the ability to embrace concepts that are more innovative and inventive.

The Age of Earth was dominated by construction and building. Railroads. Factories. Things were being made and machines being developed. It was the Industrial Revolution. Great masses of wealth were accumulated. And now we shift into the Age of Air where concepts and ideas are more prevalent. Technology will become even more dominant, and the Singularity in which the minds of machines and humans merge is due to arrive in the 2040s just as Pluto completes its passage through Aquarius. Elon Musk is already promising to put chips in the brain to facilitate this convergence.

Dan and S.J. talk in their videos about the coming decentralization – it is likely that earthy institutions such as banks, governments and schools will become more decentralized. The tendency for corporations to become larger and larger will likely reverse itself, with smaller associations beginning to dominate. We are already seeing this with the crypto world (disclaimer: I know absolutely nothing about crypto) in which small companies are dealing with huge sums of assets that seem to be based on nothing more than someone’s imagination.

This release from Earth will be extremely liberating, but with all of the intangibility of Air there is likely to be some pain in the transition. The discovery of gold in California in the 1840s when the final entry into Earth occurred led to a great deal of conflict. Cornelius Vanderbilt emerged as the first of the industrialists who would later claim huge fortunes. The Great Hunger in Ireland led to a diaspora which completely changed the fates of the English speaking world.

In Part Two: Planetary alignments in the 2020s

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