The topic of "The Age
of Aquarius" usually brings forth in one's mind many images and questions
of what this Age really is. Following several decades of popularization,
the term "Aquarian Age" has often been used as a cliche in popular
culture. Presently, almost any topic related to esotericism or mysticism
is coined as "New Age" (referring to the New Age of Aquarius).
In society today we have "New Age groups", "New Age book
stores", "New Age music", etc. In lieu of all the stereotypes
associated with this term, however, it is important to know the historical
facts associated with the Age of Aquarius and to understand its inner meaning.
Even though the Age of Aquarius has been highly popularized,
few actually know much about it. Some assume that it began many years
ago, while others believe that it has yet to begin. Samael
Aun Weor, the founder of the Gnostic movement, tells us that the Age
of Aquarius began on February 4, 1962. On that day there occurred a very
interesting astronomical (and astrological) event. The planets Mercury,
Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, along with the sun, the earth, and the
moon, were all found in the constellation of Aquarius. In addition, a
solar and lunar eclipse occurred which was visible in some parts of the
Old World. The cosmic event that transpired on that day is extremely rare.
Such a congregation of planets occurs only once every 2160 years, moving
from one constellation to the next. Each time it happens it marks the
beginning of a new era, or New Age, for humanity. February 4, 1962 marked
the end of the Age of Pisces and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius.
Due to the great significance of the new era, the 4th of February bears
a special meaning for Gnostic students. This date is recognized as the
official Gnostic New Year, and is celebrated at Gnostic centers throughout
the world. February 4, 1998 will mark the beginning of the 37th year of
the Age of Aquarius.
To properly understand what a certain zodiacal constellation
represents, we must look at its esoteric symbolism. If we look at the
sign of Pisces, we see two fish. These two fish represent duality, the
struggle of the opposites. The Age of Pisces was the age of conflict between
opposing ideologies: dogmatic Christianity struggling against atheistic
materialism, the Church against the state, science battling religion, spirituality
vs. materiality, etc. The fish that lives in the water is instinctive,
brutal, and always gets carried by the currents; the same was true with
the men and women of the Age of Pisces.
Aquarius, however, is an eminently revolutionary sign,
and its occult significance is knowledge. The constellation of Aquarius
is governed by the planet Uranus, which is a completely revolutionary planet.
The sign of Aquarius shows a man with two pitchers of water who is wisely
combing these waters. The doctrine of the Age of Aquarius is thus termed
the "Doctrine of the Synthesis", the synthesis of all authentic
religions and systems of self-realization. In the Aquarian Age dogmatic
types of Christianity will cease to be taught, and all dogmatic forms will
disappear. In this age science will become religious, and religion will
become scientific. Disagreements between science and religion will come
to an end, and people will begin to comprehend that both spirit and matter
are derived from the same source, and are only modifications of the One
Universal Energy. In the Age of Aquarius humanity will have marvelous
breakthroughs in many scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry,
astronomy, medicine, aviation, etc.
Throughout the world many people have personal views about
the Aquarian Age, and, although many of these beliefs are beautiful, they
are also extremely erroneous. Many have termed the Aquarian Age as the
"Golden Age" of humanity, and others have predicted that this
Golden Age will commence at the beginning of the new millennium (the year
2000). They say that, at that time, mankind will go through a radical
transformation, filled with great splendor and magnificence. Such Utopian
concepts, however, are unfounded. Every man, woman, and nation bears enormous
karmic debts that need to be paid before a Golden Age can become a reality.
And as long as the psychological ego, that multitude of negative psychological
elements, exists within us, then how can a true Golden Age be created?
Within our psyche exist all those factors that create wars, hatred, violence,
envy, disharmony, etc. In order to create an environment of love, peace,
and fraternity between every human being, we must first permanently eliminate
the elements within us that create the exact opposite environment. V. M. Samael Aun Weor states that
"in order to create, it is necessary to destroy." For a Golden
Age to occur, every person must struggle and make conscious efforts to
eliminate his or her psychological defects.
To bring about true social change we must first begin
by changing ourselves. By practicing the Three Factors for the Revolution
of Consciousness we can dissolve the negative elements found within our
psyche and also create the inner virtues that are necessary to live in
harmony with nature and the rest of humanity. We must consciously work
towards this goal, even if others choose not to do so. In this way, regardless
of whether a Golden Age exists externally, we are consciously working towards
creating a "Golden Age" within ourselves.
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