By Marcia Montenegro, former professional astrologer (page 2 of 6)

Astrological ages of the earth

A chart of the planetary positions at one's birth cast in order to interpret the celestial connection for a person, according to astrology, is a natal or birth chart. Casting charts for events or countries is called mundane astrology.20 There is an even larger picture, the ages of the twelve zodiacs through which the earth passes as the north pole shifts towards a new constellation approximately every 2,000 years, often called the astrological ages or World Ages.

Due to a slight wobble of the earth's axis, the north pole does not move consistently in time back to the same beginning point in a constellation, but approximately to a spot one minute of arc earlier.21 This is a backward shift through the zodiac belt, so that the earth moves from Aries to Pisces to Aquarius to Capricorn, etc., rather than the reverse. It takes about 26,000 years for the earth to pass through all twelve zodiac constellations. This is called the Great Year.22

According to this view, since the birth of Christ came at the beginning of the Age of Pisces, and 2,000 years have now passed, the Age of Pisces is ending and the Age of Aquarius is upon us. Using the collective meanings of planetary symbols, the Age of Pisces is interpreted by astrologers and others who believe in astrology as a passage for all humanity, spanning the birth of Christ until now. In this view, Christ becomes the living symbol of the Piscean Age.

Pisces: The end and the beginning

The twelve signs of the zodiac used in western astrology, Aires through Pisces, are interpreted as a journey for both the individual and humanity. Aries is the birth of self and is characterized by fire, initiation, aggression, and a pioneering spirit. Taurus brings in the body and material world; Gemini is the mind and communication; Cancer is the early home, maternal influence, the desire to be sheltered and protected; Leo is creativity, drama, romance, the development of the ego; Virgo brings the lessons of service, humility, hard work, efficiency, and exactness; Libra, ruling the 7th house23, is where one learns the balance in relationships, the intimate lessons of attraction and repulsion; the lessons and development of self continue through Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Aquarius and Pisces are the two most collective signs since they pull the self away from its own journey and confront it with the demands of society, the community, and the larger spiritual self, or Self, as it is usually perceived. The sign before Pisces, the eleventh sign, is Aquarius, representing recognition of one's role in collective humanity, the need for service to mankind, egalitarianism, and a desire for a utopian good of the whole over the good of the individual.24

Pisces comes from the Latin for "fish" and its symbol (called a glyph) is two fish swimming in opposite directions.25 This represents the dualism of man's finite consciousness and the infinite consciousness of universe, material man versus spiritual man, the conflict between the ego-self of Aries and the group-oriented Aquarius.26

Pisces is located in the 12th and final house of the chart, a place of secrets and invisibility, and Neptune is the ruling planet. Neptune rules film, the arts, the ocean, illusion, fantasy, spirituality, the unconscious, visions, confusion, deception, and drugs.27 Neptune represents freedom from the ego-self and the material world and the need for "a complete merger with the whole."28 The glyph for Neptune is a trident which is an upward turning crescent overlaid by a cross is "the crescent of soul pierced by the cross of matter"29 and represents in its positive sense the "elevation of spiritual values."30

In astrology, each zodiac sign is aligned with one one of the four elements: fire, earth, air, or water. Pisces is a water sign, a sign of emotion whose more positive qualities are being sensitive, psychic, intuitive, compassionate, sacrificial, creative, spiritual, and sometimes even ethereal.31 Pisces is the dissolution of self and re-birth through Aries where the cycle starts anew. Jung believed that the progression from Aries to Pisces "encompasses the complete archetypal cycle of human life, from its first appearance as the spark of life to its reimmersion into the cosmic ocean."32 This cycle teaches that there is no finality; it is a cyclical view of time -- the end becomes the beginning. Neptune as the ruler of oceans and of Pisces brings to mind the commonly held mystical view that we are but drops in the ocean, and it is to the ocean that we will one day return.

As in most occult philosophies, death is never final but is necessary to sow the seeds for new life. The sign before Pisces, the eleventh sign, is Aquarius, representing the self's recognition of its part in collective humanity, the need for service to mankind, egalitarianism, and a desire for a utopian good The Age of Pisces, with its emphasis on spirituality and compassion, and being a water sign, has been viewed as a time of cleansing for humanity, a spiritual preparation for the Age of Aquarius when the level of the collective unconscious will rise as each person raises their own consciousness,33 and when man turns from outer wisdom to his own inner wisdom for guidance. As one astrologer puts it:

The year 2000 heralds the beginning of a time when the qualities taught by these masters [Christ and Buddha] and others -- love, altruism, nonattachment, faith, calm, and centeredness -- will be called forth from the general populace. There will not be one spiritual master to lead us from darkness to light....but each of us must master our own journey from personal darkness to light.34

Jesus as the avatar of pisces

Since Jesus is considered a higher spiritual being, an Avatar, by many astrologers, he embodies the highest aspects of Pisces: universal love, compassion, sacrifice, intuition, servanthood, martyrdom, and spirituality. Jesus represents the birth of non-ego (Pisces) from ego (Aries).

Correlations are made between Jesus and the sign of Pisces. Pisces, meaning fish, is a water sign. There is much water and fish symbology in the Bible stories about Jesus, such as Jesus calling fishermen as disciples, being on the sea several times, calming the storm at sea, helping the disciples catch fish, performing miracles in feeding people with fish, walking on water, his baptism in water, and his talk with Nicodemus about being born again by "water and spirit."35

Oken says that Jesus' walking on water symbolized that man must rise above "his emotions, fears, and superstitions [the water] in order to be master of himself and thus worthy enough to be a true servant of the God-force."36 This walk on the water is seen by New Ager Redfield in his book as symbolizing Jesus' spiritual evolution to such a state that his vibrations were high enough to make Jesus less material and light enough to walk on the water.37

Oken points out that Friday, the day of Venus, is the day for eating fish. Venus in astrology is exalted in Pisces, that is, the zodiac sign of Pisces supposedly brings out the best qualities of Venus, such as universal love. It is asserted that this is what Christ was teaching, and the correlation is made between fish on Friday and Venus in Pisces to further show Jesus' connection with Pisces.38

Jesus of the new age

The astrological Jesus is still a New Age Jesus, or, in more contemporary terms, the Jesus of the new spirituality. Jesus is the man who realized Christ Consciousness, the innate divinity in all men. In a book based on the Edgar Cayce's channeled readings, Christ Consciousness is described as an awareness each of us has, which can be "awakened" by our will, "of the soul's oneness with God."39 Paramahansa Yogananda, the Hindu guru who came to America and whose book, Autobiography of a Yogi, inspired many Westerners to follow Hindu-based teachings, defines Christ Consciousness as "the universal consciousness, oneness with God, manifested by Jesus, Krishna, and other avatars," and is the realization of "God immanent in all creation."40 Unity's The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary expresses it more directly: "Christ is the divine-idea of man....Each of us has within him the Christ, just as Jesus had......The cosmic the Christ....we are not persons, but factors in the cosmic mind. Reveal yourself to yourself by affirming 'I am the Christ, son of the living God'..."41 In one New Age bestseller, the author states that the greatest teaching of Christ was that we all have everlasting life, brotherhood in God, and that we have whatever we request.42

The return of Jesus should be viewed as perhaps "the reception of the Christ Consciousness in an individual."43 When writing as an astrologer about Christ and Pisces related to the movie, "The Last Temptation of Christ," I suggested that this film may have represented the second coming of Christ through a film. I stated in the article that "Humanity has been on the cross...nailed to its own narrow vision, unwilling to sacrifice ego for the resurrection of divinity. Discovering the Christ within frees us to experience that divine nature; what Christ did physically, we must do metaphysically."44

Contained within the Piscean Avatar is the New Age Christ as the one who awakens Christ Consciousness within. This Avatar also is a man, Jesus, who became the Christ. As astrologer Oken puts it:

"Let us make it absolutely clear that when we use the world 'Christ,' we do not necessarily mean Jesus. The Christ is the final step in the evolution of Man. It is a level of consciousness in which the individual has completely unified his Self with the Godhead. In this respect Buddha was a Christ as was Krishna as was Jesus."45

As in most New Age thinking, Jesus becomes the Christ through attaining the Christ Consciousness, the awareness of the divine Self. Jesus and the Christ are separate because anyone who achieves this spiritual awareness of the inner Christ can become the Christ, or as pop singer Jewel puts it, "We all will be Christed when we hear ourselves say/ We are that to which we pray."46

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