Are We in the Age of Aquarius?

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The recent Jupiter Saturn conjunction on December 21, 2020, in Aquarius has stirred the question- Are we in the Age of Aquarius?

Well, that depends on who you ask, as there is much debate over when the Age of Aquarius begins or if it has already started. 

For those that believe it has already started, January 13, 1996, December 21, 2012, and December 21, 2020, are all dates that I have seen mentioned.

For those that believe it is yet to start, it’s looking like March 20, 2597, which is still centuries away. 

So, who is right? How do we know?

Let’s first take a look at how Ages are commonly determined.

The Astrological Ages

Every year around March 20-21, we experience the Equinox, a time of equal hours of night and day.

The constellation the Sun is in at the time of the March Equinox is said to determine the Age we are in, with each Age lasting about 2,160 years.

Now, before we go any further, it is important to clarify that Western Astrology determines that the March Equinox is the start of Aries Season. This is how western Astrology birth charts and horoscopes are calculated. They are fixed, making the start of Aries Season always at the March Equinox. 

But, if we are actually looking at where the Sun is based on the constellations (not western zodiacs), we would see that the Sun currently sits in the sign of Pisces at the time of the March Equinox.

This method of calculation, which is based on astronomy, would currently put us in the Age of Pisces. 

The Sun’s position at the Equinox is slowly shifting and when it reaches the sign of Aquarius, that is when some believe we will be in the Age of Aquarius.

Using the current mapping of the constellations by astronomers, this would put the start of the Age of Aquarius in the year 2597.

However, here is where it gets complicated and a little confusing. Astrology and astronomy are not always aligned. The constellations are also not all the same size, so not all Ages would neatly fit into the 2,160-year cycle mapped out by the ancients.

Rather than looking to astronomy, some astrologers prefer to use different methods, including the tracking of certain stars and planets, to determine the Ages. These calculations show that we are either very close to or already in the Age of Aquarius.

As there is no definitive date that the Age of Aquarius begins, the only tool we have to go on is our intuition and looking to the themes of the Age of Aquarius vs. The Age of Pisces.

The Age of Pisces

This 2,160 year period is considered a time of alchemy, where we are realizing our potential to create. The narrative- if you can dream it, you can do it, is very much connected to the Age of Pisces. During this time, we have used the resources of the Earth and our imaginations to build and create all sorts of things. 

The Age of Pisces is strongly connected to our beliefs. All of the major organized religions of the world were founded under the Age of Pisces. Religion has helped to create a sense of belonging, faith, and spiritual understanding, but it has also created severe division, hatred, and manipulation.

Pisces is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. These fish are said to represent the duality in the Oneness. During the Age of Pisces, our attention has very much been drawn to the duality of life. While there has been some recognition of Oneness, there have also been many lost in the idea of duality- good and evil, wrong or right. These have all been measures we have used to govern and run society and most religions. 

Under the Age of Pisces, where our beliefs are strong, we can become more susceptible to brainwashing, fear-mongering, and manipulation. These are all things we have seen being used against us by society, governments, the media, and so on.

Before the Age of Pisces, we would have been in the Age of Aries, a time of independence and fighting for what we believe in. The Age of Pisces has perhaps allowed us to realize a greater love, to be more compassionate, to attune to the spiritual sides of life, and to realize there is more to life than we can truly understand. 

Hopefully, when the Age of Pisces does end, we would have all learned that our imagination is limitless, that duality is real but also an illusion, and that love and compassion make for a better world.

The Age of Aquarius 

During this period, we move out of the idea of religion into a more open understanding of spirituality. Rather than looking to a spiritual leader, we instead look within to our own inner guidance. We are also less likely to search for spiritual understanding and more likely to trust science and technology.

Robots, artificial intelligence, and microchips are all things associated with the Age of Aquarius. This is truly the digital age, and a time to advance our skills and knowledge using technology. 

Along with being a time of rapid technological developments, the Age of Aquarius is also a time of community. Rather than looking to “big things out there” for guidance and support, there is a shift in creating the resources and support that is needed on a more accessible, community-based level.

Aquarian energy is all about humanitarian efforts, so a greater push in this direction is expected. While the Age of Pisces taught us love and compassion, the Age of Aquarius will help us to put those emotions into practical action.

Aquarian energy is very much centered around what is good for the collective and the whole, rather than the individual. It allows us to see that none of us are really thriving until all of us are thriving.

Under this energy, we may have to be mindful of getting sucked into a “group-think” mentality or overly compromising our own thoughts and beliefs for the sake of the greater good. 

As you can see, both Ages have their light and their dark to work with. After the Age of Aquarius, we will move into the Age of Capricorn, traveling backward through the zodiac until we return to Aries. At this point, we would have completed what’s known as the Great Year.  

At the end of the day, does it really matter which Age we are in? 

Each Age comes with its own benefits and downsides. Each Age has something to teach and show us. Each Age is important for our growth and evolution here on the planet.

Perhaps the starting of a new Age is not something that can be defined by one particular date. Perhaps it is a slow transition or build into the Age. Perhaps there are many markers along the way that help us to transition and slowly integrate into the new energies that await us.

Or perhaps, on an even deeper level, the astrological Age we are in is all about our state of mind. Maybe on a psychic level, it is only when we are “ready” that the Age will begin. 

I personally feel we are in a transition period, ebbing and flowing between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. I don’t know when we will officially root ourselves in the Age of Aquarius, but maybe that is not important for where we are going.

About the author

Tanaaz

Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.