We’ve all heard the hippies of the 80’s singing about the age of Aquarius. But a few are aware that even Christ talked about it. Here is a quote from the New Testament:
The age of Pisces vs the age of Aquarius
“A man carrying a jar of water” – that is precisely how the ancients saw the constellation of Aquarius. The “house” is also an astrological term for the constellation. But how does one determine when this age will begin? The answer is very simple – by observing the stars of the eastern horizon, during the spring equinox of the 21st of March.
Why the spring equinox? There were many revisions of our calendars, but what is sure is that the ancient New Year began in March with the spring, not in January in the middle of the winter. This also happens to be the time of the Passover from the Biblical quote above.
The following picture shows the sunrise on the 21st of March 2017. As you can see, Sun is currently rising between the constellations of Pisces and Aquarius.
Vernal equinox – 2017 AD – Sun is progressing towards Aquarius
Due to the astronomical phenomena of the precession, Sun is not always rising in the same place. It moves for 30 degrees of the Zodiac every 2,160 years, in a counterclockwise direction. This is roughly the time that the Sun spends in one constellation.
Some say that the reason that the symbol of Jesus was a fish is that Christianity was created as the Sun was entering Pisces. And here is how that would look on the spring equinox, 2017 years ago.
Equinox in Pisces during the 1st year AD
In a few hundred years from now, the Sun will reach Aquarius. This will be the beginning of the new “stellar” age.
The age of Aries
Knowing how this process work, we can also go back in time. 2,160 years before reaching the Pisces, the Sun was rising in Aries. Indeed, this a period when the ancient Egyptians worshiped the ram-headed god Amun, Dionysus placed the ram amongst the stars, Moses and Alexander the Great had ram’s horns, and Jason was hunting for the golden fleece (sheep/ram). This is also an epoch of people known as Aryans and the use of iron weapons in war. (Mars rules Aries)
The age of Taurus
If we go for another 2,160 years, we end up in Taurus, when the cult of the bull was extremely big all over the ancient world. (roughly 4,700-2,500BC) Take for example the Greek myth of Zeus and Europa, Shiva and the bull Nandi, Theseus and Minotaur, Ymir and the cow Audumbla, Baal or Mithra slaying the bull. (Or read the full article here.)
The age of Gemini
Another 2,160 years and we are in Gemini. (roughly 6,860-4,700BC) This is the time of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Mayan hero twins and many other similar myths… In this period we see many neolithic figurines of two-headed deities that look like Siamese twins. (a divine couple) Here are just a few examples:
Do you see what I mean? And we learn that astronomy dates to the 4th millennium BC. Nonsense.
The age of Cancer / Hydra
I am not sure what would be the mythological and archaeological link with the Cancer, the next constellation, as going further back in time becomes more difficult without knowing the star-lore and having the matching archaeological record. However, next to the Cancer lies the Hydra constellation. There are numerous myths relating to this seven-headed monster – from Vedic culture and Sumer to Hercules.
I wrote more about the Hydra mythology here.
The age of Leo
After the Cancer comes Leo. Authors like Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval made a very convincing theory that the Sphinx was originally aligned to the vernal equinox of the 10,500 BC. No need to go there in detail as the internet is full of articles and videos on this subject. One of the central episodes of the Heracles myth was the slaying of the Nemean lion. Perhaps this is a layer of a much older date.
But now, I would like to add another discovery:
Going further through the stellar ages
As it takes 2,160 years for the Sun to pass 30 degrees, a full circle will take 12 times that – 25,920 years.
We saw that the Sun was in Taurus roughly around 4,700-2,500 BC. If we want to take one more spin around the Zodiac, we need to add these 25,920 years, which brings us to 30,620 – 28,420 BC. This is the previous time that the Sun was in Taurus. Isn’t it strange that the bull-headed goddess of the Chauvet cave is dated to the same period? (30-28,000 BC)
And then again, lion-man of the Hohlenstein-Stadel is dated to 38-33,000 BC. Sun needs to go through 3 constellations – Leo, Cancer, and Gemini to get to the Taurus – 90 degrees or 6,480 years. That means that it was in Leo between 37,100 – 34,900 BC. See how this date matches perfectly the dating of the lion-man figurine. Amazing, isn’t it?
So, the question is – how old is REALLY the science of astronomy? Surely more than 40,000 years if you ask me.
Very informative article. Thanks
Santillana suggested that the Golden Age that Vergilius was talking about was the Age of Gemini.
This might interest you.
“The world’s oldest story? Astronomers say global myths about ‘seven sisters’ stars may reach back 100,000 years”