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Age of Aquarius
Susan Miller's astrological predictions
for a new century.
On the morning of August 11 it was a sunny
day in downtown Los Angeles. I was in town visiting from New
York. Since I find news stations to provide interesting overviews
of local culture, I switched on the television in my hotel
room to catch up on what was going on in LA and the rest of
the world, and what people were saying and thinking. The total
eclipse of the Sun
had occurred the previous evening, and the eclipse's path
of totality had been visible from much of Europe. The news
broadcast showed footage of Europeans clogging highways to
get to the best vantage point from which to see this last
cosmic event of our century. Some close friends in London
had traveled to France to view the eclipse and called to say
it was simply spectacular. On this report, the male anchor
bantered easily with his female co-anchor, cheerfully stating
that he had heard that this eclipse marked the official start
of the Age of Aquarius. His cohort, however, seemed doubtful
and dismissed her colleague's remark with a rather flip comment,
"Oh, that. The Age of Aquarius happened decades ago in the
In truth, nobody knows for sure what the actual
inception date of the Age of Aquarius happens to be. The way
this pretty blonde news journalist delivered her quip made
it obvious that she not only thought the Age of Aquarius began
years ago but also that she thought it must be over by now.
I sighed to myself. Most people remember the term "Age of
Aquarius" from the 1960s musical Hair, but few people
know precisely what it means. The onset of an age is difficult
for astrologers to pinpoint exactly -- we will discuss why
in a moment. We do know that an astrological age spans over
two thousand years. Perhaps this news anchor shouldn't have
been quite so blase about living though the dawning of a new
age. Most human beings won't ever have the chance to do that
in their lifetime. It is truly something special, and anyone
alive at this moment in time is about to experience it.
When astrologers speak about the Age of Aquarius
they are describing a phenomenon that refers to the earth's
movement backward (or in "retrograde" motion) into
the sign of Aquarius. As you know, there are 11 other signs
of the zodiac -- the earth will retrograde in each one. It
will take the earth 25,868 years to visit all 12 signs. If
you divide 25,868 by 12 signs, you will get roughly 2,100
years to a particular "age". Thus, once the Age
of Aquarius is upon us (and many astrologers, myself included,
feel we have reached this point) it will stay the Age of Aquarius
for two thousand years. The "precession of the zodiac"
that underlies this principal was first discovered by the
Greek astronomer Hipparchus of Nicaea (c. 190 - c. 120 BC).
It is due to a slight wobble in the earth's rotation. The
precession of the zodiac is a term that describes the constellation
that lies behind the Sun at the vernal equinox, which changes
gradually over time. Rather than negate the dates of the Sun
signs, this precession adds a unique tone of character to
each of the signs. But classical astrologers do not feel the
precession of the zodiac changes the inherent qualities of
The age before the Age of Aquarius was the
Age of Pisces. Since the earth is moving in retrograde motion,
we have just left the Age of Pisces, which marked the years
1-2000 AD. This time coincides with the age of Christ and
Christianity. Pisces is considered the last sign of the zodiac,
a compendium of all the signs that came before it, from Aries
to Aquarius. Pisces is the sign known for universal love,
compassion, self-sacrifice, altruism, creativity, intuition
and deep spirituality. Pisces know the truth of the universe
but can't quite say why they know it. It doesn't matter, for
Pisces know that "truth" is always in flux. To Pisces, what
is in the human heart is true, for it is true to the soul.
Pisces is an introspective sign. This Piscean mindset has
been the way humanity has approached the world since we evolved
and has colored everything that we have encountered during
Early Christians used the symbol of the fish
(symbol of Pisces) as a secret symbol of their faith. The
emphasis on washing of the feet as a ritual signifying purification
of the spirit ties into Pisces symbolism as well, for Pisces
rules the feet. Pisces "carry" the cares of others and often
have sore feet. Christ spoke of his role as servant to his
flock, which is also a very Pisces notion. Pisces says, "I
believe," whereas Aquarius, the age we are in now, says, "Prove
it to me scientifically." Christ's mother Mary embodied all
the qualities represented by the Pisces polarity of Virgo,
namely, modesty, commitment to service, and acceptance of
what must not be changed. In Pisces, there is a strong need
for seclusion, and Christianity puts value on retreats, convents,
cloisters or spiritual pilgrimages. Aquarius puts emphasis
on group activities and community, thus we have the Internet
and the eye of the global village which we call television.
Aquarius is a very social sign. Pisces is something of a "psychic
sponge." Pisces like people too, but need regular time to
themselves to rinse away the everyday cares they have absorbed.
The Earth Has Seen Six Ages
Astrologers of the world community generally
agree that mankind has experienced six separate "ages," dating
from the first appearance of humanity on earth. When each
period starts and ends is slightly imprecise because of the
huge time frame involved. (Over 25 thousand years, and there
is always a plus or minus tolerance to any mathematical curve.)
Also the ages overlap slightly because, in fact, some parts
of the zodiac also overlap in the heavens. The signs of the
zodiac are of unequal sizes, too, with some signs taking up
more real estate in the heavens than others.
The Dawning Of The Age Of Aquarius
The total eclipse of the Sun that occurred
in August 1999 was significant because it helped to get the
world ready to launch into the main time of the Age of Aquarius.
That eclipse occurred in the constellation of Leo, a sign
that we call the "polarity" of Aquarius. This is because Leo
exists at the opposite end of the spectrum from Aquarius,
exactly 6 months away. That means the August eclipse was especially
powerful and able to contrast, clarify and highlight classic
Aquarius qualities. Not all eclipses are created equal. Some
are more powerful than others and this one was considered
to be very intense. In a way it was the mother of all solar
eclipses. Because this eclipse also fell on a new moon,
it pointed to the end of one way of life and a fresh beginning
of this new era.
Every sign has a ruling planet and Uranus
is the ruler of Aquarius. Appropriately enough, Uranus has
been moving through its home base of Aquarius, a process that
takes seven years. This exciting planet of exploration and
experimentation won't be back to the constellation of Aquarius
for 84 years. Neptune is
a planet that dissolves or purifies all that it touches, by
rinsing in its waters, gently and yet consistently. Neptune
is also moving us into an Aquarius state of mind. Neptune
won't leave Aquarius until 2012, and when it does will not
be back until 2175! All these elements point to the probability
that the Age of Aquarius has been established. In case you
are curious, the very first age mankind experienced was the
Age of Leo, and ran from 10000 to 8000 BC.
The Onset Date: October 4, 1957
Many people think the Age of Aquarius began
neatly at that August eclipse, or even more neatly, that it
will begin on the dot at the first hour of the year 2000.
In fact, a good case could be made for its dawning a little
earlier. Aquarius is a sign strongly linked to new inventions,
flight, and large groups of people or nationalities. In my
opinion, the first sign that humanity was entering this new
age of enlightenment was on October 4, 1957, when the Russians
launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite,
into orbit. The Americans lost little time in catching up,
and on October 1, 1958, the United States announced the birth
of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Eleven
days after that, NASA made its first test launch. Later, in
May 1961 John F. Kennedy announced a commitment to the Apollo
space program in a speech called "Urgent National Needs" (when
Jupiter was in Aquarius).
Kennedy said: "I believe this Nation should commit itself
to achieving the goal before this decade is out, of landing
a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. No single
space project in this period would offer a bigger contribution
to mankind, or [be] more important for the long-range exploration
of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."
On July 20, 1969, only eight years later, the world viewed
the first lunar landing by the Americans.
The Soviet-American space race was on, and
our lives would never be the same. Many unmanned and manned
launches took place after that. In April 1990 the United States
launched the Hubble Telescope into space, and in subsequent
years Hubble sent back the most detailed close-up images of
the planets that mankind had ever seen. Hubble later informed
us that there is one planet outside our solar system, ejected
into deep space by its parent stars. Located in a star-forming
region in the constellation of Taurus, scientists call the
planet TMR-1C. TMR-1C seems to be sitting at the end of an
unusual filament of light. It is estimated to be two to three
times the mass of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar
The Age of Aquarius has barely begun and citizens
of planet earth are witnessing exciting discoveries about
the planets and stars, as well as enjoying new technology
down here on earth. Hundreds of discoveries have come from
just about every field, from medicine to biotechnology, fabrics,
materials, food production and nutrition, advanced computing,
and photo-imaging, many as direct descendants from humanity's
exploration into space. On an emotional level, landing on
the moon rallied the earth into a kind of global citizenship.
This is a quintessentially Aquarian idea, for Aquarius is
the sign that that represents the platonic concept of the
brotherhood of man. Humanity was touched by the news that
one of us was able to leave our protective environment and
achieve the near impossible: leave his footprints on another
heavenly body, and return to tell the tale!
The Qualities Of Aquarius Foretell
As I mentioned earlier, the ancient astrologers
thought of Aquarius as "the sign of all things that are newly
invented". This is why this sign -- and the Age of Aquarius
-- is linked so strongly to technology. Aquarius is also an
air sign and therefore highly
communicative, bent on gathering information, which echoes
what is coming toward us in the new millennium, too. Let's
quickly list other qualities of Aquarius to get an even better
feeling for what the Age of Aquarius will bring us. Aquarius
has a strong need for independence and individualism, and
while members of this sign can be somewhat idiosyncratic they
are also very original and inventive. Aquarius is visionary
and creative, but rebellious, too. Aquarius' job is to challenge
authority, tear down existing structures, and replace the
outdated with something better. Thus, Aquarius can be capable
of great extremes. This sign acts in rather sudden and unexpected
ways, thanks to being ruled by Uranus, the planet of surprise.
This future-thinking sign can often be a study
in contrast. On one hand, Aquarius can be quite intellectually
and emotionally aloof at times. Aquarius needs distance, and
marches to a different drummer. On the other hand, it is one
of the most congenial, social and gregarious signs, and certainly
one of the most humanitarian (besides Pisces). Aquarius sees
social wrongs and moves to right them, often through mobilizing
groups into action. Unlike Pisces, a sign that works one-on-one,
Aquarius likes to work in large groups, and is altruistic
and democratic in spirit. Aquarius is "one for all and all
for one," rather than elitist. Since Aquarius is a fixed
sign, they are quite solid when they make commitments. All
these Aquarian qualities will influence us as we move more
deeply into this new age. Although it began in 1957, that
was just a prelude of what is to come -- the curtain goes
up on the Age of Aquarius now.
All The Ages Of Man
Every astrological age has a very different
"face" on it and they are not similar to one another. For
example, if we were entering the Age of Cancer, there would
be a great social emphasis on family, housing, food and fertility.
In fact, when Man experienced this period from 8000 to 6000
BC, dwellings were being developed and humanity put great
emphasis on the family unit. Many examples of art and artifacts
survived this era, and a dominant theme from that time depicts
a female fertility goddess. This is the era when humanity
learned to fish as well as made the earliest concerted attempts
at farming. We don't have space here to delve into the other
ages, but I will quickly list them. Man has lived through
the Age of Gemini (6000 to 4000 BC), when language was born
and writing became highly developed. Next came the Age of
Taurus (4000 BC to 2000 BC), when art and luxury -- fairly
unknown until then -- came into existence. This age was followed
by the Age of Aries (2000 BC to 1AD), a masculine, brawny
sign, that was prevalent when the Greeks and Romans reigned.
Also as mentioned earlier, before any of these periods was
the Age of Leo. Leo is a creative sign, and this age is the
one that left behind its ancient cave drawings. The spiritual
and religious Age of Pisces followed the Greek and Roman Age
of Aries, which brings us to the Age of Aquarius.
Every Sign Is Included In The Exciting
Does all this mean people of the sign of Aquarius
will be especially "at home" in this new environment? Well,
yes, that will be the case, for their natural inclinations
will also be the prevailing thinking of the day. Gemini and
Libra, the other two air signs, would also be able to capitalize
on the prevailing changes quite well. But nobody will be left
out of the information revolution under any circumstances.
Changes in thinking, lifestyles, social mores, education,
work, and even love and marriage will bring everyone new choices
to consider. Each of us will be able to choose how we would
like to express our unique personalities under these new conditions.
If Aquarius is about anything, it is about customization --
this sign's motto is "let you be you." It is a very inclusive
What Astrology Does
Let's keep in mind that astrology is only
a tool to get at deeper issues. The purpose of astrology is
as a tool to help us live life productively and happily, and
to teach us to interact more effectively with others. Astrology
is not an end in itself but a way of dealing with complex issues.
Astrology is an especially good way to stimulate your creative
thinking. What will the new age bring? Everyone is curious about
the next thousand years -- so let's a look at the forecast.
What's Next In The New Millennium
Before I begin, let me tell you where I gleaned
much of this information. I have been reading futurist books,
scanning the Web site of http://www.abcnews.com, reading Wired
magazine, and other technological and future-oriented publications.
None, however, matched the information I gathered from a recent
article entitled "21 Ideas For The 21st Century" from the
American publication, Business Week (August 30, 1999
double issue). I felt the material reported in that issue
was vital. I have encapsulated many of the more interesting
parts here so that we could look at the information in a new
way, through the filter of astrology. Business Week
editors felt, as I do, that the future expands in non-linear
fashion, so using the present in order to leap forward into
the future doesn't always work. Technology offers myriad options
-- some evil, some wonderful -- but it will be up to us to
control technology and use new inventions wisely. This is
certainly a something mankind is capable of doing!
Computers are already ubiquitous and they will
become an even greater part of our lives. No surprise there,
but what will stun us is how computers will effect everything
we do. Scientists are now predicting that the Internet will
form a kind of "earth's skin", creating the kind of environment
that was represented in the recent movie called The Truman
Show. Computers will run millions of wireless electronic
devices, working in concert with one another. These devices
will go anywhere and record and measure anything from water
level to traffic flow, pollution or conversations of people
on the street. There will be cameras, microphones, gauges,
sensors, EKGs and electroencephalographs watching each city
and its citizens, our environment, our bodies, our actions
and our reactions. This isn't going to happen as a result
of any group's decree but it will evolve simply because of
the sheer proliferation of these devises. This environment
will evolve naturally around us.
"Imagine our ecosystem," write the editors
of Business Week, "with a million intelligent software
agents that are much more potent than the agents or 'bots
we have now on the Net to help us search for things. Add the
voices of digital pets, electronic companions and Internet
caretakers, stretch out a sensory telemetric fabric -- what
you have is an electronic skin." This "skin" presupposes these
new supercomputers have both feeling and self-awareness, just
like we do ourselves.
Humans And Machines Will Be Symbiotic
Now and probably for several years to come
there will be no central intelligence to manage this organically
grown network of computers. Futurists at Ernst & Young consulting
suggest that there will be 10,000 telemetric devices for every
human on the planet by 2010. Although there is no central
intelligence on the Internet now, scientists think that eventually
a certain self-awareness will emerge once the Net is enhanced
with sensuality. This will allow it to act the same way as
a human brain. A symbiosis of human and machine will evolve.
But while that may seem a little scary, it
will also allow millions of users at their computers to work
in concert with workers around the world. Experts think that
by 2010, discrete, small microprocessors could be strung together
like pearls on a necklace. The terminals could be embedded
in devices like cell phones, and palmcorders, for we will
not need tools like the big, bulky laptop computers we have
now. The Internet will begin to function as neurons do in
the human brain.
In an experiment going on now, hundreds of
computer users are collaborating to help track the possible
existence of life on other planets by downloading software
from a central research lab and "listening" to deep space.
This is a process that would be too big and too expensive
for any one university or facility to accomplish with the
same thoroughness on its own, but with many computer volunteers
switching to a certain frequency around the world over a number
of years, it becomes do-able. The one person who might pick
up intelligent life "out there" will be immortalized in the
annals of history, and although that might not be enough compensation
for some people, apparently it is enough for the hundreds
of others who chose to help these scientists.
The comparison of a vast telemetric network
to a kind of electronic "skin" is a good one, because skin
not only senses things but also protects and regulates our
bodily functions. In this case, the earth's electronic skin
will help protect and regulate our environment. In as little
as ten years, trillions of telemetric systems will keep us
continually in touch and "speaking" to one another more quickly
than we can react or think right now. Ironically, if you look
up the words "sensitive skin" in a book of astrological keywords,
the sign of Aquarius comes up as the ruler. (See The Rulership
Book by Rex Bills, published by the American Federation
of Astrologers in Tempe, AZ USA). As ever, astrology is right
Satellites will circle the earth and be able
to track neighborhood crime through digital photography, too.
During the O.J. Simpson trial satellite digital photography
of Los Angeles was examined by police to see if they could
find out where Simpson's white Bronco van was on the night
of the crime. Technology was not yet ready to provide answers
like these, but could in years ahead. Right now in New York
City, in an effort to ticket drivers who run red lights in
certain "high risk" Manhattan intersections, cars (and their
license plates) are automatically photographed as they slip
through red lights. The photographs are used as evidence and
have proven very effective in stopping speeding and running
red lights. In the future, robot photographers will be more
prevalent, simply because this kind of photography is an effective
Will Computers Gang Up And Pit Man
Against Machine? Possibly.
Can this electronic skin become a kind of nightmare?
Maybe. In early simulation experiments where software agents
acted as communication nodes in networks, scientists found
that the nodes assembled into clans. Sometimes those clans
acted out in mischievous or destructive ways. Clans could
even work in ways that are at cross-purposes to one another.
Yet Aquarius is a sign that is socially responsible, so we
should not be overly concerned about some kind of social insurrection.
As the director of Sony Corporations Digital Creatures Lab
stated in the Business Week article, "We will carefully
design the machines so that it will help human beings, not
harm them." Networks will have some of the resilience and
self-healing qualities that the human body does, too. When
a computer on the Internet sees danger, like an approaching
hurricane, earthquake or troublesome pattern in the world's
financial markets, it will alert people on the Net and suggest
A New Internet
There is more evidence of advanced communications
between computers and computer networks. NASA's Jet Propulsion
Lab in California is about to unveil a version of the Internet
that will link the moon, Mars,
asteroids and comets to the earth's expanding nervous system
in a network they call InterPlaNet. Right now, the communication
is quite expensive between earth and unmanned probes. But
through InterPlaNet those costs would drop and citizens of
planet earth will be engaged and informed more effectively.
Aquarius is a communicative and objective sign, so it is not
surprising that the Age of Aquarius will expand our understanding
of what is a network and how far our "phone lines" can reach.
With InterPlaNet, even ET could phone home and not worry about
There are other interesting developments involving
computers on the horizon. Computers we have today are quite
linear in their logic, and rather plodding in their ability
to search thorough large batches of data. Quantum computers,
available in about 20 years, will be able to work with probability
algorithms to find answers to complex problems quickly, rather
than in the (comparitively) slow, step-by-step way they do
now. Today, computers can only see a listing which contains
a 1 or a 0. However, a quantum computer can check all listings
at once, using what scientist's call "golf balls" in place
of switches to build complex probability models. Will this
make it easier for hackers to get into a system? Yes, that
is one of the downsides of this type of system. Even so, the
advantages of quantum computers far outweigh their drawbacks.
Engineers will have to figure out ways to build enough barbed
wire to keep those hackers out.
Using The Internet For Hardware Downloads
-- Not Just Software!
These days, the Internet provides us with an
easy way to acquire software, but get this, in the future,
we will be able to download hardware too! Nanotechnology,
the science of construction of technology smaller than a billionth
of a meter, will make this a reality. In twenty years, you
may be able to download a blueprint for a personal computer,
cell phone, beeper, or even a semi conductor. You could then
use these plans to create products out of molecules by yourself,
or the products themselves could actually be so tiny and microscopic,
that they are downloadable directly into your "nanobox." At
that point matter will become software, too. This gives a
whole new meaning to manufacturing and will have a huge impact
on the economy, when not as many factories are needed.
Uranus And Product Customization
Uranus, the planet ruling Aquarius is considered
"the great synthesizer" because it combines elements of what
we already know to create something we've never seen before.
It does this by using intuition and wisdom. For that reason,
Uranus is considered "the higher octave of Mercury".
Mercury is the planet of thinking, but Uranus is the planet
of innovation. Uranus likes customization too, and customization
is a key word for the next century as you already know. Even
now you are able to buy jeans that have been custom made to
your precise measurements, as recorded in your department
store's computer. In the future, far more will be customized,
from furniture to shoes to textbooks. Retailers will be able
to keep less in stock and so have less money tied up in their
inventory. Selling on the Internet lowers overhead costs,
so printers who publish on the Internet can avoid spending
money on ink and paper. This should be a real boon to the
economy. Computers may widely replace telephone customer service
representatives and be quite helpful, thanks to artificial
intelligence. It may become hard to tell if one is on the
phone with a human or not. This may inspire some people to
be rude in an attempt to make the representative angry. If
these attempts are successful, the customer will know if the
"person" on the other end of the phone is man or machine!
Having been on hold all day today myself, I don't doubt people
will be driven to distraction.
How About Implanting A Chip In Your
By mid-century, humans will have the option
to expand the capability of their minds by having silicon
chips implanted in their brains. Don't laugh -- this is almost
a sure thing! Scientists speak of imbedding chips in the human
body to build super-human athletic ability too. Even food
and eating could be simulated, so that you will be able to
"eat" your favorite foods over and over without gaining weight!
Virtual reality will be developed so smartly that it will
be indistinguishable from actual reality. It will become less
important to travel physically, whether for meetings, your
college reunion, or for the pleasure of experiencing a new
place, like the Great Wall of China or on a tour of the White
House. You will have the choice between going to the real
thing and taking a look at it "virtually". If your presence
is required in an actual place, holograms could make your
attendance possible, making your companions feel like you've
just "beamed down" from the Star Ship Enterprise!
Some scientists feel that eventually (around
2099) only a small percentage of us will choose to "keep"
our bodies, preferring instead to transfer our minds into
circuit boards and attain immortality. Yes, that's right.
By 2050 people will have the option to leave our physical
bodies permanently in order to convert ourselves (specifically,
our souls) to a silicon chip that can run forever. It is true
that some of these developments mimic Sci-Fi movies to an
eerie degree. Is leaving your body forever and imbedding yourself
into a chip a tad too radical for your taste? No problem,
there are alternatives to consider.
The movie Strange Days came out a few
years ago starring Ralph Fiennes. In this movie, the characters
could experience the emotions of others by using a special
headset that jacked in to tapes that recorded specific emotional
situations that people had actually gone through. They could
experience someone else's love affair, exhilaration, or even
fear. Through this device the characters could go on "trips"
and live the memories and actions of other people. When I
saw the movie a few years ago, I thought it was an intriguing
idea, but still pretty fantastic. That's how much I knew.
In the future, you will be able to document everything you
feel, experience, think, say, hear, read, write or do for
posterity. Technology will allow you to track every single
minute of your life. A machine that tracks your nervous system's
electrical activity would collect the data patterns that comprise
your thoughts and emotions. A computer will automatically
index your life's experiences and make them into a searchable
data file that becomes the story of your life.
If you think this is too far-fetched, check
out the work of ET Laboratories PLC in England. These scientists
call their special computer the "Soul Catcher." To accomplish
the data entry, you must wear a computer all over your body.
Electrodes will even be embedded in your head under your hair,
on your hands, legs and so forth. According to Business
Week editors (and this is a direct quote concerning the
Soul Catcher): "Researchers can only wonder what it will be
like to wake up one day and find yourself alive inside a machine."
Does your spine tingle and are you shifting
in your chair, uneasy at the thought of this? Me too. Let's
look at other developments in the Age of Aquarius. This one
might please you much more. In 1997, researchers at Carnegie
Mellon University created what they call "Synthetic Interviews."
The first "interview" they have gotten ready to present is
with Albert Einstein. In order to learn about Einstein's life
and theories, you start (what appears to be) an interactive
video interview with the great scientist. On the hard drive
of the computer is a bank of 500 recorded interviews with
Albert Einstein from which the computer draws a portion of
one interview to answer your question. The operations to accomplish
this are so transparent that you feel like you can actually
have a conversation with Albert Einstein one-on-one. Software
that digitizes your speech will help the computer understand
your question and a powerful search engine will select (and
rank) the results. The technology isn't quite complete yet,
but artificial intelligence like this is advancing by leaps
and bounds. Don't be surprised when AI shows up in your neighborhood
in a few decades from now. If we are able to ask Albert Einstein
questions now, your great grandchildren will be able to do
the same with you long after you've passed on to a better
People Like Machines And Machines
If people are destined to become more like
machines, make no mistake, machines are rapidly becoming more
like people. Aquarius is a sign known to turns things upside
down and inside out. Just when you thought you knew what was
coming, this sign throws you a curve -- a new brainstorm.
Perhaps one of the most exciting kinds of computers to be
developed to date is the supercomputer, a machine so intelligent
that it will surpass the ability of the human brain. Problems
beyond the ability of our most brilliant scientists will someday
be tackled and solved by machines. This will empower humanity
and give us a big edge as we try and meet our greatest challenges.
This is very good news!
While some scientists fear that the megacomputers
they create could become hostile to their creators -- an actual
Frankenstein monster -- other scientists believe that these
computers can be programmed to respect human life. These optimists
point out that the machines aren't human, and thus won't have
any of the hidden agendas and political instincts that some
humans possess. Robot technology will go much further. In
only twenty-five years, farms and factories will replace human
workers with these computerized workers, freeing up their
human workers for more interesting tasks. Some factories and
farms have already done this on a large scale.
Medicine: Regeneration Of Body Parts
Medicine will advance enormously. Eventually
doctors will be able to grow body parts for people who are
ill or who were born with birth defects. I can see you are
distrustful of this possibility and I was too until I saw
a report about this process recently on a top rated television
news show. Scientists, using genetic engineering with pieces
of DNA code, have been able to grow missing body parts (they
showed a nose) in a petri dish. This technology is in its
infancy, so stay tuned. Deaf people will be fitted with special
computer chips in their heads so they can regain the ability
to hear. This is being done now, but is highly expensive.
Watch for this procedure to become more affordable (and more
frequent). On the other hand, scientists tell us that if we
don't use all the parts we have on our body now, those parts
may be reduced or eliminated during the course of evolution,
much like an ostrich's wings. Use it or lose it will take
on new meaning! We had better start going to the gym too,
because sitting at computers all day long is making us a global
population of unfit people.
Soon it will be possible to treat diseases
before they occur. Fine-tuned genetic testing will predict
our predisposition to a particular disease and we can take
steps to never get sick. On the down side, you may see insurance
companies insisting a person be treated for a disease he or
she doesn't have -- yet. This is already happening, in cases
where people take an aspirin each day to prevent heart disease,
for example. One can imagine taking pills for years on end
in case of illness, even though no signs have developed. The
ancient discipline of Homeopathic medicine will also keep
developing and more of us will use certain herbs and alternative
remedies for disease prevention, too. (Pluto
in Scorpio paved the way for this in the 1980s.)
The social debates surrounding organ transplants
will continue to heat up as we have greater access to genetic
information. Who will get the new heart or liver, the 12-year-old
girl with a learning disability or the 70-year-old nuclear
physicist? How society will answer these challenging questions
will be anyone's guess. Socially, plastic surgery will be
so prevalent that if one chooses to "go natural", one could
find his or herself the butt of harsh jokes. The movie Gattica
which starred Ethan Hawke and Uma Thuman, demonstrated that
this emphasis on perfection could grow into something absurd.
Can you imagine the talk at the office water cooler? It might
go something like this: "I have no idea why she never bothered
to have her nose fixed/face lifted/thighs lyposuctioned (whatever)
because she certainly has the money ... or is she really not
doing that well?" Cruel!
Going au natural (no breast implants, no tummy
tucks!) could be a reactionary outgrowth of the trend for
seeking physical perfection through surgery, because Aquarius
can take an extreme position on any side of an issue. On the
other hand, Aquarius likes technology and feels it should
be used, so people in the Age of Aquarius will want to tap
into what's new and available. There are some developments
that might be downright humorous, though, such as a microwave
oven that refuses to cook a fattening lunch or a refrigerator
with a time lock that won't allow its door to open until dinner
The Cost Of Good Health To Society
Economics will continue to play a big part
in health care. As we have seen by the end of this century,
state of the art health care costs a pretty penny to provide,
and those costs are not liable to go down. Insurance companies
could get even more powerful, causing lawmakers to have to
change how these companies are regulated. In America, managed
care has triggered a torrent of controversy. One insurance
company recently announced a patient would have to call the
company for permission before calling an ambulance to be rushed
to the hospital. Approval of the team care clerk (a fancy
word for a cost adjuster) is required before the patient would
have the go-ahead to proceed to the emergency room. If a patient
goes without permission the insurance company won't pay. Many
people feel the term "managed care" is simply a euphemism
for "managed costs" -- a benefit to only the insurance company,
regardless of the patient's needs. Unfortunately that has
been true in some cases in America. Not all change will be
good, but hopefully, responsible leaders will turn those conditions
around into something more reasonable and workable.
Aquarius also rules the concept of time, so
how we treat time or think of time will change dramatically.
With world travel so prevalent, we won't think of a "day"
in the same terms. When we choose to work, play or shop will
change. In fact, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia, a "day" is whatever 24-hour time span you designate
it to be for billing purposes. This hotel receives guests
from all over the world all day long. As we all work at different
times, some of us will want to get a manicure at 2 AM or hit
the gym at 3:30 AM. New York may be the city that never sleeps,
but others are on the way -- even in the suburbs.
Cities Will Prosper
The 1950s-era promise of a suburban paradise
has not been fulfilled. Traffic and suburban sprawl have left
whole communities disillusioned by their low quality of life.
Cities will again become attractive places for families to
live, allowing for more economical usage of resources like
land, electricity, gas and other utilities. Aquarius rules
cities, not rural or suburban locations.
Working parents will find city life more attractive,
because it allows for shorter commutes and more hours with
their little ones at home. Cities give greater access to cultural
activities without the hassle too, and as senior citizens
age, cities provide access to friendships, activities, home
care and health care without the bother of driving.
The list of species on the endangered list
will continue to grow and this will become a more important
global issue than it is today. As our rain forests become
depleted, as certain species cease to exist, and as the hole
in our ozone layer opens wider, it will become evident that
humanity, as custodians of planet earth, must do something.
Caring for planet earth will always be under the domain of
Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign the ancient astrologers wisely
believed was most sensitive and best qualified for improving
life on the planet. So watch for great strides to be made
in environmental protection during the Age of Aquarius.
Going, Going, Gone -- The Middleman
Agents, distributors, and brokers -- middlemen
-- are rapidly disappearing from many business models used
today. Consumers can often go directly to the source of whatever
they want to purchase, like goods, services and even information.
The Internet is a very Aquarian concept as it exists today,
because Aquarius believes that information should be free.
Agents have traditionally granted access to the top echelon,
but on the Internet there is no need for agents. Soon, the
only agents that will exist are the robotic kind that go and
seek out information for you can come back with the answer.
On the Internet everyone has the most valuable resource --
access to everyone else. Those who can't or won't negotiate
will need representatives of course, but the nature of the
agent role will change. With the ease of email, an artist
can just as easily get in touch with a long list of contacts
himself or herself, at the touch of a keystroke.
The idea that talent is rare forms the basis
of intellectual property rights. Scarce resources like paper,
ink, or an editor's time should be allocated carefully toward
the author who could yield the greatest profit or do the greatest
good. Photographers who used to get big fees from few clients
now have a new model -- tiny fees from a great many clients.
Will they come out ahead? Some will, some won't, but bucking
the trend will prove fruitless. Some artwork or music will
be given away free and later earn the creator a profit in
concert ticket sales or a big book contract -- another twist
on the Aquarius idea of one for all and all for one.
Hedging Risk Will Allow Many To Follow
The editors at Business Week suggested
in their article that the downside of business risk will be
"hedged" with a kind of insurance that lowers how much you
risk losing when you follow your biggest dreams. If we all
were less fearful of taking a chance, the world would be so
much richer for it. Imagine if people were able to write the
books, compose the music or start the businesses that they
always dreamed of! This kind of insurance would encourage
people to think big. An individual, family, group or even
a country will be able to hedge their bets by trading futures
as one does on a commodity exchange.
Teams Rule! Down With Dictators!
The form of leadership driving big corporations
will change, too. Gone are the days when an ego-driven leader
will rule the roost -- teams will be in charge. Progress will
be a group effort born of shared knowledge and pooled expertise.
After all, Aquarius is not like Leo or Aries, signs that like
to rule -- Aquarius is the egalitarian sign of groups and
encourages a democratic voice for one and all. Instead of
a dictator at the helm of the corporate ship the model will
be more akin to that of a beehive with bees working side by
side. Leaders of the future must be democratic decision-makers.
Employee-owned companies are a very Aquarian concept as well.
The Trend Toward Working At Home
The boom of telecommuting and working at home
is only a fraction as large as it will eventually become.
Aquarius is a highly technical sign. The average person will
have to possess a solid working knowledge of computers or
risk being left unable to take advantage of the benefits that
telecommuting offers. The gap between those who know and those
who don't know how to get these things done will represent
the new "haves" and "have-nots". This will widen the gap between
rich and poor and give new meaning to the phrase "knowledge
More Nations On Earth
Experts feel it is very possible that there
will be more nations in the world as time goes by. Regions
of existing countries will break away and become independent
nations. This is because self rule is very important to the
sign of Aquarius. In 1950 there were 58 nations in the UN
but now there are 158. Can we see a world where New York City
becomes a nation? Maybe not, but what about Quebec? Kosovo?
Palestine? Northern Basque? St. Kits and St. Nevis? The Ogoni
tribeland in Nigeria? Northern Italy? Will republican Australia
secede from the commonwealth? The Internet and a global economy,
which were supposed to bring people together, will allow people
to express their individuality too. An interesting combination,
but Aquarius rules both brotherhood and individuality.
Marriage And Sex
Marriage will change, for the institution of
marriage began in agricultural cultures where plenty of hands
were needed to till the fields and gather the harvest. The
infant mortality rate was high then and life expectancy was
short, so women needed to bear as many children as possible
so that their offspring could help with the farm work. The
wife of the farmer was dependent on her husband for sustenance
and protection. In our industrial society, women are educated
and capable of making a living on their own. A woman is not
normally dependent on her husband for food and shelter and
will choose to marry based on love. She is far less likely
than ever before to stay in an unhappy marriage. Men, too,
do not require a wife or offspring in order to keep their
businesses and homes operational. The rising divorce rate
can be seen in this positive light: men and women no longer
have to stay in bad marriages if they choose not to.
The rising divorce rate is apt to continue
until conditions change and make breaking free either unattractive
financially or temporarily impossible. Any institution that
bases its success on the weakness of one group of participants
does not have a strong of a chance of success. Aquarius tends
to be a bachelor sign for it prizes independence. If marriage
survives and thrives as an institution, it will certainly
have to change. If a couple does choose to marry, they may
want to do so much later in life. Pre-nuptial agreements will
become commonplace as women have more property to protect
and courts will uphold those pre-nuptial agreements, something
that has not always been the case.
Few people will marry without a lawyer at their
side, a clean bill of health, and a credit check of their
future spouse. This is especially true of the generations
of children who've witnessed the breakup of their own parents'
marriages. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. While it sounds
unromantic, it will cut down on sadness later. Fewer people
will marry for money, because they won't need to. More people
will marry for true love. In an odd way, all these conditions
will allow love more freedom than ever before, because people
will choose their partners without the constraints that have
held them back in the past. Free at last, true love can bloom.
In a recent television report on ABC News (www.abcnews.com),
futurists suggested that sex, in the sense of making love,
could be separated from the function of procreation in the
future. Sex, they predicted, will be for recreation alone.
Creating a healthy child is way too risky for simple lovemaking.
Good grief! I'll take my baby-making the old-fashioned way,
This brings up the issues concerning DNA, "designer
genes," and cloning issues. Society will have to determine
once and for all how to define a human being, how to define
death (sure to become even harder), and how to define birth.
The debate over abortion will get even more intense as science
sails us unto these totally uncharted waters. People will
tend to have fewer children but will invest more in those
children, by giving them a better education and more support.
Society will benefit from the attention these parents lavish
on their children.
Origins Of Life
We have come so far, but other questions persist.
What is the origin of life? Certainly in the next few years
(let alone another millennium) scientists will show us amazing
discoveries about the origin of life on earth and elsewhere
in our solar system. Recently a meteor landed in Texas, and
when it was cracked open, traces of water were found inside.
Scientists now believe that anywhere one finds water and heat
one may find signs of life.
In 1966, Russian and British scientists found
a huge fresh water lake buried under a two-mile deep ice sheet
in Antarctica. The depth of the lake was measured at 1,650
feet. The pressure over it kept it fluid, even though the
temperature of the water was few degrees below freezing. The
water in it is thought to be over a million years old -- a
perfect test tube sample full of microbes that can live without
sunlight. Some of these species of microbes could be eons
old. A lake like this could tell us much about the origins
Related to this, the Age of Aquarius will inspire
us to question what constitutes a human being? How do we define
the soul? What is a living person? These become practical
questions when you consider something like cloning science.
Cloning may someday help parents who have been unable to conceive
the child they always dreamed of. Will they be raising a little
copy of themselves? No. Astrology shows that you are not simply
a mass of DNA but also part of a social order that involves
the time and place of your birth. Since everyone's birth chart
is unique. Even if you can clone the body, the mind and spirit
would be vastly different and individual. Astrologically we
know that a individual's personality is influenced by the
time and location of his or her birth, for that is how his
or her chart is erected. Therefore, if a cloned person is
born at a different time or place he or she will have a new
chart -- making this person different and special.
I have come to the end of my predictions but
could have listed many more. I have chosen some of the best
and most exciting ones to report to you. There are so many
more inventions coming! Cars will drive themselves to pick
you up after work. New forms of education will be developed
and charter schools could replace public education. Political
campaigning will change as politicians use the Internet for
polling. The list goes on. I hope I have turned you on to
the future and that you are not one bit fearful of what's
to come. I gobble up any tidbit of information about our brave
new world. The concepts being discussed are too delicious
not to sink my teeth into. Hopefully, you feel the same way!
An eternal optimist, I believe deeply in the
goodness of people everywhere. I feel that when the chips
are down, good judgement reigns and the balance of power remains
firmly tipped toward the side of the angels. We are the earth's
consciousness, and it is up to us to steer the future in the
proper direction. We will do that.
Religion will survive. I firmly believe we
go through these various ages to expand our knowledge and
experience, not to discard what we have gone through as we
move on to the next thing. The Age of Pisces has been a powerful
building block upon which to stand. Hopefully, if we stand
high enough we can reach the sky and discover true wisdom,
but that does require that we keep building upon what we have
If we lose our spirituality we will have learned
nothing from the Age of Pisces. Many scientists say to me
that the closer you get to mathematicians and physics the
closer you come to God and the underpinnings of our beautifully,
magically constructed universe. Our world is ever fascinating,
but complete understanding of it is always just out of our
Can we carry on and improve on the spirit of
the earth's collective consciousness? It is not, as I see
it, a question of spirituality OR science but a question of
blending the two. Science will bring up more questions than
answers, and if we are to solve them, we will need to rely
on the ethical, moral and religious judgements that we make
individually. These are the conclusions we draw after a sleepless
night, in the quiet pre-dawn hours when we lie awake and meet
our true souls. If we are going to be able to live with ourselves,
we must find those answers, even if it means pulling those
solutions from the bottom of our hearts, and we must bravely
state what we stand for out loud. There is a reason we came
from the Age of Pisces, so let's hold on to the treasures
and mysteries of faith it gave us.
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