“When the Moon is in the 7th House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars.
Peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars.
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”
That is the opening stanza from the classic 60s rock ‘n’ roll song “The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by the Fifth Dimension. It announces the arrival of a new astrological age, when enlightenment, expanded consciousness and a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood will banish the forces of evil from the Earth.
If anyone ever really believed in the Age of Aquarius, obviously their hopes have now been dashed. While the 60s gave us the JFK Assassination, Vietnam, Cold War paranoia, intergenerational conflict and police violence against campus protesters the 2000s have given us 9-11, endless war in the Middle East, anti-terrorism hysteria, vicious Internet trolling and militarized policing on the streets of our cities. The more things change the more they stay the same, the demonic forces are as much in control as they ever were.
And to top it off the Age of Aquarius itself is now viewed with hostility and suspicion. The concept has come under attack from the paranoid fringe (or is it mainstream?) of the conspiracy/deep politics community. They say Aquarian Age rhetoric is actually a front for the ambitions of the New World Order, a Trojan horse of phony peace and light being used to smuggle in the usual list of bogus bugaboos the Alex Jones crowd is always griping about: feminism, multiculturalism, gun control, “false flag” shootings, Zionism, FEMA camps, the global warming “hoax” and so on.
The poor, beleaguered Age of Aquarius has been tarred and feathered as a ruse and a fake, and we are now supposed to reject it as just another control mechanism used by elites to keep us distracted and complaisant.
Oops, Never Mind …
But our cynicism and/or disillusionment may all be for naught. It turns out the whole Age of Aquarius dawning thing is based on astrological interpretations that are questionable at best. The Aquarian Age is supposed to be initiated by the passage of the Sun into the constellation Aquarius on the vernal equinox (when days and nights are of equal length), but there is no consensus among astrologists and archaeo-astronomers that this has actually happened – or that it will happen anytime soon.
In fact most estimates place the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the far future. If they are correct it means we are still fully ensconced in the ugly, war-plagued Age of Pisces – which would explain a lot.
So it appears the pronouncements of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. about the dawning of a new Golden Age may have been wishful thinking rather than accurate astrology. If that is indeed the case the paranoid creeps who’ve hijacked conspiracy culture may need to look elsewhere for their Trojan horses and harbingers of impending doom.