From Christ to Buddha - 7
When we think of the Great Sidereal Year as a whole and of its twelve successive phases or periods of unfoldment, what we call mythologically the Piscean Age is seen simply as Phase One of a vast planetary and human process of evolution. This Phase One began around 100 BC; and Phase Two will begin around the mid-point of next century. Phase Three, some 2160 years later, etc. Looking at the matter in this way, we realize that it is confusing to speak of the "Piscean Age," because in astrology we usually think of Pisces as the end of a cycle — whereas in this vaster context this Piscean Age is the beginning of the Great Sidereal Year! Of course the mythologically inclined astrologer will speak of the symbol of the Fishes in early Christianity — but the great rival of Christianity, the religion of Mithras, which was so widespread during the Roman Empire, particularly among the soldiers, stressed instead the blood of the Bull, and Christ was also symbolized as the sacrificial Lamb; so that we find all these zodiacal symbols mixed up in the early centuries of the Christian era. One must be very careful when using symbols; and one should be sure that one does not select as "proof" of one's concept what justifies the latter, and forget the rest.
When the Piscean Age is understood to be the Phase One of the Great Sidereal Year, the meaning of the whole picture held usually in the astrologer's mind is indeed changed. The Phase One of any cycle can be said to resemble the weather in early spring, or the psyche of people born just after new moon; it is a highly subjective and often confused stage of growth during which the consciousness tends to be obsessed by great ideals and potentialities which it cannot yet objectively realize. The backward pull of the past is then nearly as strong as the drawing power of the future. It is a period of conflicts; and Jesus saw this well when he told his disciples that he did not come to bring peace, but a sword; that he came to bring fire down upon the earth; that, wherever he appeared, conflicts would arise between the members of any family, between fathers and sons. Christ is the Germ — the tender, uncertain, insecure sprouting plant reaching to the light; and the first phase of the Great Year over which Christ will rule (from within the individual person) has brought forth only individual successes, and wholesale social failures, wars and tragedies.
What we speak of as the Aquarian Age will be the Phase Two of the cycle; and the number Two always refers to the substantiation of an originating impulse or ideal. Even the symbol of Aquarius — the Man carrying an Urn from which flow celestial Waters — should tell us that what will be at stake in this coming Age is the release of cosmic energies upon the Earth under the control of humanity. The symbol explicitly states that these energies have first to be captured, then condensed in some sort of container (or engine) from which they can be released downward to make fruitful the soil upon which we stand. I would therefore think that the keynote of the coming Age should be management; but what is at stake is perhaps not the management of the kind of forces Western man has released through the destruction of material substances (including atoms), but rather the controlled use of powers of a spiritual order which somehow man carries within himself. Man will take the responsibility for the release of such powers and for the results they will produce — something that our intellectualistic scientists refuse to do.
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