The Astrological Ages
We are now in the Age of Pisces (The Piscean Age), headed into the Age of Aquarius. But what about the other Ages? The Ages from ages and ages ago…?
The Age of Leo – The Leonian Age, The Golden Age…
C. 10,006 BC to c. 8006 BC or c. 10,500 BC to 8000 BC
- 9,600 BC: An abrupt period of global warming accelerates the glacial retreat; an end to the ice ages – let the Sun shine in!
Leo is a Fire sign, ruled by the Sun in astrology.
The major event in this age was de-glaciation of the habitable world; a 300-foot rise in the sea level gave permission for us to start developing as creatures.
The Sun made it possible for us to create life on earth, so this was in a way the beginning.
The Age of Cancer – The Cancerian Age, The Age Of The Great Mother…
C. 8600 BC and ended c. 6450 BC or c. 8006 BC to c. 6006 BC
Seated Woman of Çatalhöyük, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, Turkey
- 7500 BC: Evidence of urban settlements – Çatalhöyük (Anatolia), Amman, (Jordan) and ‘Ain Ghazal
- Domestication of the cat – Leo to Cancer….
- Evidence of the ‘mother goddess’, an archetype in all shapes and forms.
Cancer is a water sign, ruled by the Moon in astrology.
The major event in this age was the beginning of civilisation as people that settle and live in permanent dwellings – nomadic folk started to develop a notion of home.
Cancer is associated with the process of bearing, birthing, nurturing, and protecting, and this Lunar Age made it possible for us to connect to a sense of place.
The Age of Gemini – The Geminian Age, The Age of Commerce…
C. 6450 BC and ended c. 4300 B or c. 6006 BC and ended c. 4006 BC
Australian aboriginal rock art, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales, created sometime between 5000 BC and 3000 BC…
- 6000 BC to 3000 BC: West Asia proto-literate cuneiform
- Development of proto-writing in China,
- Development of Vinca Symbols in Southeast Europe and
- Polytheism (multiple gods), i.e. Ancient Greece, Mesopotamia,
Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury in astrology.
The major event in this age was the development of writing, communication and trade, which started to accelerate.
The constellation can be seen as two people holding hands, symbolic for duality, multiplicity, and the back and forth nature of contact and understanding.
Perhaps some methods of transportation were important during this time, too…
The Age of Taurus – The Taurean Age, The Age Of The Agriculture…
C. 4300 BC to c. 2150 BC, c. 4006 BC to c. 2006 BC, or c. 4525 BC to c. 1875 BC
Bronze Statuette of Apis From Dynasty XXVI of the Saite Period, Egypt
- The Bronze Age
- A More Sophisticated Dining Experience: The invention of the potter’s wheel
- Building Of The Pyramids in Egypt
- The Sacred Bull: the most important of all animals in Egypt; Bull worshiping cults began to form in Assyria, Crete and Egypt during this mythological age – Apis, the bull-deity god of fertility and primordial power
- The Neck or Ankh: thoracic vertebra of a bull – Egyptian symbol of life.
Taurus is an earth sign, ruled by Venus in astrology.
The major event in this age was the development of agriculture, reflected in the many sacred depictions of the bull.
Civilisations successfully propagated and thrived in the Fertile Crescent region of Mesopotamia, and the domestication of horse and chicken was also apparent. The potters wheel was also invented!
The Age of Aries – The Arian Age, The Age Of War And Battles…
C. 2150 BC to c. 1 AD or c. 2006 BC to c. 6 BC or c. 1875 BC to c. 90/100 BC
Symbols Of The Age of Aries: Iron fashioned into swords…
- 2000 BC: The Epic of Gilgamesh, the hero slays the Bull of Heaven…
- 16th – 13th Century BC: Moses born, prophet and military leader, condemn his people for worshiping a golden calf, instructing them to be killed ushering in the Age of Aries.
- Monotheism: one god – the power of multiple gods now as one single god-head.
- The Iron Age: Iron ore and steel worked into swords, replacing the heavier, softer-metalled, duller-edged bronze swords of the previous Taurus Age
- Conquests: Bold actions, courage, initiative, war and adventure: nations during this age expanded their empires (China, Persia, Greece, and Rome)
- The sacrifice of Abraham’s Ram. The battering ram was employed by the Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans with great success during this time
- According to the Roman state religion, the Roman people were the “Sons of Mars”. The Age of War, Fire, and the Ram
- Aries is associated with the metal iron, and iron ore was for the first time smelted and worked into iron swords in Anatolia
Aries is a fire sign, ruled by Mars in astrology.
An overarching theme of this age that we can align with the traits of Aries is ‘initiative’. An explosion of originality in science and the arts (in Ancient Greece) but also ‘Impulsivity’ with the various Wars of the time.
The Age of Pisces – The Piscean Age, The Age Of Spiritualism…
C. AD 1 to c. AD 2150, or c. AD 498 to c. AD 2654, c. 6 BC to c. AD 1994, or c. 100/90 BC to c. AD 2680
Jesus and Peter Walking On Water…
- Jesus: An archetype of the Piscean, Jesus bears many of the temperaments and personality traits of a Pisces
- The Fishes: Many use the astrological symbol for Pisces as a Christian symbol; the twelve apostles were called the “fishers of men,” early Christians called themselves “little fishes,” and a code word for Jesus was the Greek word for fish, “Ikhthus.”
- The Month of Pisces is regarded as the beginning of the Christian religion.
- Saint Peter is recognized as the apostle of the Piscean sign.
- Pisces has been called the “dying god,” where its sign opposite in the night sky is Virgo, or, the Virgin Mary. When Jesus was asked by his disciples where the next Passover would be, he replied to them:
Pisces is a water sign, ruled by Jupiter, and in modern rulership Neptune in astrology.
This is our current age and we might note Pisces themes through Jupiter – travel via ships, aircrafts and even rockets to the Moon! And Neptune; religions that have dominated the last two thousand years include notions of sacrifice, forgiveness, surrender and faith in the unknown.
Christianity literally had the Pisces hallmark: the Fish, which was left on doorways to show that a Christian lived there, and Jesus was fond of washing people’s feet, gravitating toward the untouchables, and also died and came back to life – quite a mystical figure.
The Age of Aquarius – The Aquarian Age, The Age Of Technology…
C. AD 2600, c. 2595, c 2062, c. AD 1994 c. AD 2680, c. AD 2595, c. AD 2720. or AD 2150.
- The Internet
- “The Age of Freedom, Technology (especially space travel and electricity)
Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water … follow him into the house where he entereth in.
— Jesus, Luke 22:10
Aquarius is an air sign, ruled by Saturn, and in modern astrological rulership Uranus.
Some feel the Age of Aquarius is already here, thanks to the Internet, electricity, and perhaps even the rise of technology and information. Since none of us will be around in the year 2600 we can only guess at what’s coming!