Astrological Ages and Dating the Earth: An Introduction
The central unsettled debate in contemporary astrology is standardizing a single sky map for precise placement and prediction. The obvious response would be to use the most cutting edge technology to address the problem, but arriving at an answer is not quite that simple. Stellarium is a free and advanced computer application created for sky observers of all levels to track every visible star and planet in the sky. Even with its mind-numbing ability to mathematically pinpoint even the tiniest lights in the heavens, there are nearly a dozen computational systems within the application that offset the entire firmament of celestial objects as seen from a specific location on earth. Nevertheless, it is assuredly our most useful tool at present time.
The next step is aligning Stellarium’s output with astronomical tables and maps from the oldest texts we can get our hands on and juxtaposing the discrepancies to arrive at a workable map, or at least a workable Zodiacal map. The mythologies of the constellations, their varying sizes, and even whole signs have been changed, added or deleted over the course of the past 1000-2000 years, so the breadth of the task at hand should not be underestimated (The forum at crrow777radio.com has some of the world’s brightest minds sharing their research on this topic).
This opens up an even broader mystery: What is the age and current epoch of the earth? The majority of the world uses the year 2020 since the birth of Christ as a baseline date, but the year in the Islamic world is 1441, and the Hebrew calendar marks this as year 5780 since the earth was allegedly created. The Vedic culture has 4 ages, called yugas —Satya (Golden), Treta (Silver), Dvapara (Bronze) and Kali (Iron) — and we cycle through each age in sequence continuously. According to the Vedic timescale we are currently nearing the end of the materialistic Kali yuga when irreligion and human strife are the most rampant.But basic discrepancies don’t end there. The Islamic and Jewish cultures predominantly measure the year according to the Moon’s cycles (the word “month” is a simplification of the original “moonth”), while western Christian cultures and secular scientists use the Sun to measure the year.
This preliminary overview exposes the inherent difficulty there is in creating a consensus date and age for the earth. It requires syncretizing the numerous ancient mythological traditions regarding the sky clock with the most reliable scientific data, and perhaps a bit of luck. There has been a huge resurgence in interest in these topics in recent decades which corresponds to a “changing of the guard” in terms of how humanity relates itself to the cosmos. As epochs change so does earthly human experience, so knowing exactly what time it is on the sky clock we could more thoroughly understand what happened in the past, our purpose in the present, and predict events in the future.
The easiest way to conceptualize the importance of epochs is to consider the notion of the “The Age of Aquarius.” Most if not all people in the West have encountered this phase before or heard people describe it a number of different ways: “A new age is dawning”; “Cultures will unite to create a more peaceful society”; “All people will be treated equally”, etc. The phrase and idea was popularized within esoteric societies starting back in the mid- to late 19th century and reached the mainstream during the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s. The “New Age” movement emphasizes protecting mother earth, becoming more “spiritual” (in their own definition of the word), restructuring society based on utopic visions of “equality” and community, amongst many other ideals. It is based on the idea that shifting alignments in the sky will usher in fundamental changes to the etheric frequencies in the fabric of reality itself. Their general message is to adapt to this new earth reality now because the longer we wait to change the more disastrous our current society will fall. While I have sympathies for some of the New Agers’ motivation to shift to the agrarian lifestyle of our forefathers, they are too easily persuaded into accepting unrealistic and even destructive notions of “freedom”, and with a blind optimism do not consider that the elites of our world use astrology themselves to weave their own interests into the new age using their massive corporate and governmental infrastructure. Interpreting the experience of the Aquarian Age is a topic all its own for another day.
So are we in the Age of Aquarius already? If so, when did it start? And if not, when will it? Once again, there is absolutely no consensus on a date by neither astrologers, mainstream scientists nor occultists. The reason is the same as posited earlier: We do not collectively know the precise age or epoch according to the sky clock. If we determine what age we are in according to the position of the Zodiac on the spring equinox as per the phenomenon of the “procession of the equinoxes” (which is a common but not agreed upon method for determining the age), and that today we are at ~23.5° Pisces moving at the rate of 1° per 72 years, we won’t arrive at the sign of Aquarius until approximately the year 2400. Prominent theories about when the Aquarian Age begins range from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, 1881, 1962, 2012, stretching all the way in the year 3573. This is because mystics and scientists alike do not have baseline methods for interpreting the sporadic information available to us during this current era.
This discussion has everything an historical mystery offers to the curious and well-intentioned investigator, except for certainty. What is certain is that a library exists in the world today that houses tens of thousands of volumes of ancient and “lost” texts that are guaranteed to bring us closer to comprehending the age, epoch and other mysteries surrounding the sky clock. The problem is that no one, outside of a few approved researchers, are allowed inside it. Even those who are approved are only granted admittance to a tiny fraction of what is actually available, and there is, of course, no browsing allowed, let alone access to the alleged “secret archives” in the lower levels. This place is the Vatican Library in Vatican City, the city-state within the country of Italy. There are rumors that the ancient Library of Alexandria was looted of its precious contents before the building was torched around 48 BC, and the remains of those 40,000+ scrolls are currently tunneled away there, hidden from the general public.
Yes, there are still many mysteries in the world today, and my imagination can soar for hours thinking of what could be revealed in those miles and miles of ancient scriptures, codices, artifacts, maps and letters. But for now we must piece together our collective history with the materials within our grasp, both discovered and still undiscovered. It is crucial we retain a healthy skepticism when we are told that historical subjects are settled, because if they were indeed settled there would be no motivation to withhold such valuable works from curious minds.