The Dawning of the New Age of Aquarius

An image of the solar system and the planets in orbit. Graphic image, not telescope photograph.

This past Monday I woke up at 3:30am and could not fall back to sleep. So I decided that if I was going to be awake, I may as well pound away at my never-ending email inbox. After a quick journaling exercise, which I am trying to do every morning, I cracked open my computer. I had every intention of whipping through most of my emails with a quick hit of the delete button, but I was immediately stopped by one from a friend who I had had dinner with the night before. The email contained a link to a podcast about the new moon. We had had a pretty profound conversation at dinner about new beginnings, about the power of intention, and about asking for what you need, and she mentioned that some powerful things were happening in the universe right now. In fact, the next night, Monday the 14th, was going to mark a big transition astrologically. Now, I don’t know anything about astrology, but I chose to listen to the podcast anyway, and wow. Just… wow. This podcast could not speak more directly and perfectly to everything I’m feeling right now.

I highly recommend you listen as well, and in particular, be sure to pay attention to what the podcaster is saying by the end. This month will witness what is being called the Great Conjunction, when the two largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will be aligned. I’m choosing to call this the Great Sistering. I have been obsessed with this term ever since a dear friend mentioned it to me a few months ago. Sistering is a verb used in the construction world that means to reinforce, to make stronger. It is a layering of a new building material on an old one. I’ve since asked dozens of people if they have heard of the term, and not one of them has. It is a verb whose time has truly come.

The Great Sistering of Jupiter and Saturn happens every 20 years, but this is the first time since 1623 that this particular conjunction will happen in the air sign of Aquarius. In fact, for the next 150 years, all future Great Conjunctions of this type will happen in the air signs of Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra (shout out to my fellow Libras!).

So what does this all mean? Well, I suppose that depends on whether or not you believe in astrology. That being said, as the podcast explains, the age of Aquarius is a time of innovation. A time to innovate around existing power structures, to think about how we treat the collective, and to reflect on how we tell our own personal stories. There is so much more to the podcast, including some great tips on how to be in a relationship with others. The content of the podcast deserves its own post, but I just encourage you to LISTEN to it. 2020 has proven once and for all that the current systems and structures we have in place aren’t working, so now is a time when we need innovation more than ever. If you don’t believe in astrology, I still encourage you to listen, as the messages embedded in this podcast run deep.

As you’ve probably already guessed, I did not catch up on my emails that morning. Instead, I listened to the podcast, really listened and processed the words, and then reached for my pen and did what I always do these days. I wrote a poem. I hope you enjoy it.

The New Age of Aquarius  by Jacki Zehner

Once again we enter
The Age of Aquarius
But this time it is Jupiter and Saturn
That will meet
Partner
Sister
And it is a big deal
400 years is a long time to wait for things
To shift
But alas the day is coming
And it is
About time
Beyond time
It is
Time

They say
This time it is about the air signs
Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
Which
"represent intellect and idea, and Aquarius is the sign of innovation, technology, and revolution."
I like it
We
Need it
They say
That is is also about the "collective good"
About "a shift away from the power structures that don't work"
I agree and indeed
The power structures that exist now, today
Do not work for most
And work
Mainly
For only a few

Destroy and rebuild? 
Ok, but so hard
Power is never given up easily
Maybe we can think differently
think
Sisterly
We need new structures to sister with the working part of existing structures to reinforce what is working
to make what is working, stronger

We need new lyrics to sister with the old lyrics to create a new song

Aquarius (the original)
Released as a single by The 5th Dimension in 1969

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius
Aquarius

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius
Aquarius

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius
Aquarius
A New Aquarius sistering with the original - My words

When the moon is in its new house
And Jupiter aligns with Saturn
Then innovation will guide the planets
And revolution will create new patterns

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius
Aquarius

So it is time to sing
And to dance
And to usher in new ideas that create new spaces and new places Where all are welcome and can feel like
They belong
We welcome you new moon
To a much needed
New Day
To new partnerships of planets, of people, of ideas that together create A new future
A better one
One that actually works
It is the dawning of the (new) Age of Aquarius

The podcast is called Practical Mystics, and it is a podcast for spiritual exploration and human support. You can find more episodes here.

Have a beautiful day!

Something a Little Light for a Change

A photo of two dogs in a car who are really excited to go for a ride.

One of the positive things to come from this time of COVID-19 is how many random and funny emails I get sent from my mother in Canada on a daily basis. This one was too good not to share. Pay special attention to the last one on the list.

2019: Stay away from negative people.

2020: Stay away from positive people. 

The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors! 

Do you think it’s bad now? In 20 years our country will be run by people homeschooled by day drinkers… 

This virus has done what no woman had been able to do:  cancel all sports, shut down all bars, and keep men at home!!! 

Do not call the police on suspicious people in your neighborhood! Those are your neighbors without makeup and hair extensions! 

Since we can’t eat out, now’s the perfect time to eat better, get fit, and stay healthy. Hah! We’re quarantined! Who are we trying to impress? We have snacks, we have sweatpants – I say we use them! 

Day 7 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture!” 

Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands??? 

I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are! 

Alexa what’s the weather this weekend? 
Alexa:  It doesn’t matter – you’re not going anywhere. 

Can everyone please just follow the government instructions so we can knock out this coronavirus and be done?! I feel like a kindergartner who keeps losing more recess time because one or two kids can’t follow directions. 

I swear my fridge just said, “what the hell do you want now?” 

When this is over…what meeting do I attend first…Weight Watchers or AA? 

Quarantine has turned us into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food.  We are told “no” if we get too close to strangers. 

And we get really excited about car rides.

Stay safe everyone!

COVID Positive

As published on LinkedIn Influencers March 28th, 2020.

I have been wondering for six days whether or not to write this article, and if I did, how to write this article. What to say, and how to say it. It was only this morning, after waking up feeling truly better, that it felt like the right time.

On Friday March 20th I was tested for COVID-19, having had symptoms of headaches, body aches, stomach issues, and chills earlier in the week. It was only after learning that two people we had been with at a recent gathering, a “before” gathering, had tested positive and were pretty sick that getting tested seemed like the right thing to do. I was lucky, because I was able to get tested. Two days later I got the call that I had tested positive. At the time, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, there were 136 confirmed cases in Utah.

The night before I got my test result, I did what I always do before I go to sleep. I prayed. However, that night I was not sure what to pray for. I always pray for my family, my friends, and the world in general. I pray for health, for safety, for kindness, for wisdom, all the usual things. I was pretty sure I had it, which meant everyone in our household likely had it, but so far none of our symptoms were that severe. We had already been isolating for a week at that time, so I prayed to either not have it, or have it, but please God, let it not be severe for anyone who I may have exposed to it. And so far it seems like that prayer is coming true.

As I shared my symptoms with family and friends, it seems to me that a lot more people may have this virus than is being reported. Of course, the lack of testing is making this an incredibly huge and challenging issue. But the good news is that if we continue to wash hands, stay home, social distance, quarantine if you are confirmed sick, and truly take care of our more vulnerable populations, then the experts tell us that we have the best chances of getting through this, together.

Ironically, March 1st was going to be the day that I emerged from my gap year (18 months) of sorts. While I have been working on a few things during this time, including non-profit boards, charitable giving, and investing, I had given myself some time after fully transitioning from my role at Women Moving Millions to figure out what was next for me in terms of how best to use my time, treasure, and talent to serve. I wanted to get through my full hip replacement that happened on February 11th first, and then I was going to hit the ground running. But let’s recall what has been happening since then, shall we? Global pandemic, financial markets tumbling, Utah earthquake, economic shut-down, three week home quarantine, and somehow we’re still having endless snow storms in Park City. So needless to say my March 1st date has shifted to April 1st. However, expect to hear a lot more from me going forward.

And please. Take care of yourself and take care of others.