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
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

They say
This time it is about the air signs
Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
"represent intellect and idea, and Aquarius is the sign of innovation, technology, and revolution."
I like it
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
For only a few

Destroy and rebuild? 
Ok, but so hard
Power is never given up easily
Maybe we can think differently
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

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

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
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

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!

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