In episode 101, Kenneth Miller talks to me about the concept of the Age of Aquarius, where it came from, what it means, and what problems are associated with it.
This is an episode that Kenneth and I have wanted to do for a while, and it fits in well with our previous discussion of the tropical and sidereal zodiac.
Below are the show notes, followed by links to download or stream the recording of this episode of the podcast.
Sweepstakes for March
At the beginning of the show, let’s briefly talk about the two freebies for March:
- A free ticket to the Professional Astrology Organization’s upcoming retreat, which will take place October 19-22, 2017 in Utah’s beautiful Zion National Park.
- A signed copy of my new book Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune.
For more information about the giveaway and how to enter, see the March description page.
- We start with news and announcements at the beginning of the show, which ends at 4:50 am.
- The theory of the astrological age.
- Around 2000 years ruled by each of the signs of the zodiac
- The general idea is that we have been in Pisces for about 2000 years and Aquarius is starting.
- The idea became popular in the late 19th century
- Became synonymous with New Age and New Age movement.
- The idea of the astrological age wasn’t really used until the 19th century, although precession has been known since Hipparchus.
- It was appropriated and promoted by the Theosophical Society for religious purposes.
- Supposedly proof of the beginning of a new age
- Used in part to justify the idealized future they planned.
- The problem is that the conceptualization of Aquarius has changed in the process.
- Positive ideas that did not exist before were projected onto it.
- Alan Leo, Marc Edmund Jones and Dane Rudhyar were all theosophists.
- Based on the phenomenon known as precession.
- The shaking of the earth causes equinoxes and solstices to slowly move against stars
- Tropical and sidereal zodiac circles are slowly getting out of alignment
- 1 degree every 72 years or so.
- The astrological age is based on the vernal equinox, which moves through zodiac signs
- Effectively means that zodiac signs are ascribed Western meanings, although most astrologers using this technique are tropics.
- There are problems defining when one age ends and another begins.
- Connected to the question of where the zodiac sign should begin.
- The ayanamsha you use can vary by a few degrees. 1 degree = 72 years
- With a normal zodiac sign, it would start at a relatively specific time.
- In the 1970s, Hand suggested using the constellations and fixed stars.
- Originally proposed by Jung
- With this approach, Pisces and Aquarius overlap somewhat.
- Further reading:
A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 101 Transcript
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