domingo, 24 de abril de 2011

The age of Aquarius

Martha Pires Ferreira / 1972 , Rio de Janeiro / Brasil

Even though astrology is not taken seriously by the academics of our time it is as old as men. The study of the stars was probably born from a passionate attempt to discover the secret of life and death. Astrology, which is known to all civilizations and cultures, remains until today as a science and an art of an experimental character and observation, studying the relationships between the man and the planets of the solar system – the behavior of the human being in the space of cosmic forces.
Astrology’s purpose is to determine the celestial influences that rule the destiny of beings and things. It is the art of universal correspondence applied to all types of individuals.

“Astra inclinam, non necessitant
- stars predispose, but they do not impose -

Suddenly, many people want to know what is the so talked about Age of Aquarius. It really seems like eyes light up more when one talks about subjects like the coming future world, the dawn of the year 2000. A hope, an anxiety for beauty, happiness, a paradisic delight!?
I am not going to give astronomical data to explain that the vernal axis, by a process of retrocessing, is leaving the sign of Pisces, where we have spent twenty centuries, and is approaching now the sign of Aquarius. After the year 2000, approximately around the year 2014 (?!), we can say that this axis will have passed the constellation of Aquarius, thus giving the origins of a New Age the History of Humanity.
As we cannot state with certainty anything pertaining future happenings, we can still believe that this age will be of great mental clearing up for all humanity. The Age of Aquarius is the wakening of intuition – immediate comprehension. Humanity will then have greater spiritual and scientific expansion. It is a period of freeing, of independence, of self-expansion, of telepathy, of paranormalness, of pre-cognition. Man is in search of knowledge and – by a kind of mediumship – knows what all the others think, what they are and wish. He is like the other, he is part of the other. It is what we call popularly the “tuned in man” in the larger sense of the expression. The development of perception will make him as penetrating as the X-ray. It is the being expanding in all levels, in all directions, directions that will permit knowledge which up to now is enigmatic for humanity. It announces truly a superior state of human evolution – a state of individual enlightenment – enlightenment of conscious lucidity.

The Age of Aquarius constitutes a new plan of development in the History of men. A total change of level – man acting in another psychic level. It is creativity in all its potentials, strength and vigor, completely transcending the present reality.

The consciousness of the internal God – of the deep being – will manifest in the very center of the psyche. Each human being will have as a primordial desire the self knowledge – the anxiety to know what he is in essence. What in the thought of C.G.Jung signifies the path of individuation. Man will experience through his personal situations what really is to harmonize with others. There will be a rising sentimental love, sacrificing generosity, which will take hold of all the human species. Man will know that we are all a same family – that we are all only one. That the pain and suffering of one is the pain and suffering of others, and the same happening in relation to social welfare , the chances and opportunities, happiness and pleasures. Man will thus learn to respect profoundly his own individuality and the other’s – to respect above all, and in the absolute, the other as he is, with his secrets, defects and virtues. The Golden Age of Humanity according to the Yogi philosophy . The Age of Beauty because it is The Age of the Path to Knowledge. And, who knows, The Age of the Art of Living !! As man enters in harmony with nature, he will enlarge his own being. The rising emergence of creativity will undoubtedly bring greater possibilities of happiness and pleasure in the individual and collective sphere. Men will continue as they have always been, with their light and dark aspects, with their contradictions of mortal beings. However, they will know better how to deal with these dark and light aspects that exist in every one of us. The masks, so common in daily relationships will have no more sense, because the new man, in his authenticity and spontaneity, will not have to avoi, to hide or to fear. He will know how to accept himself and accept the world, and in the same way he will be accepted in his legitimacy of a unique being, integrated in the heart of the Universe. The man of the Age of Aquarius is the independent man. It is the man who elaborates the process of total freeing.
It would be profitable to go a little bit further. We are at the doors of the twenty first century, waiting the so talked about year 2000 of beauty and solidarity, of color and sound, of peace and paradisic happiness. For some this age has already begun by anticipation, but only apparently, because the Age of Aquarius is not, as we know, (and the clairvoyants also know this ) the privilege of a few or of a more gifted group of humans. The age of the next millenium represents primarily the coming together of mankind – nobody is interested in appearing more or less, being more or better. There is no doubt that the symptoms of this Age of Intuition are already present – in small nucleuses – in the different sectors of human activity. Nevertheless, before we enter in this plenitude of living, the whole world and all humanity will go through the most complete and fundamental transformation. A cataclysm! And the decades that come from the middle 70’s until the year 2000 are not going to be very euphoric, not even flowered.
This transfigured explosion can already be seen. The imagination appears to be dilating – man wants to invent, to appear, to create as no one has ever thought possible before. Art is not now a privilege of a small group of artists, nor is it the talented of a few – and we can verify that every man is potentially a creator, an artist, in a larger or lesser degree. And besides this effervescency , we live paradoxically in a crisis that is unheard of in history : mankind is totally lost. The restless and afflicted mind tries with all strength to solve problems which are every day more complex, even impossible to be solved. And going a little bit deeper, it appears that any attempt at general harmony between persons or nations is really useless . Humanity goes into misunderstandings more and more each day. All around us there is violence, aggression, individual and collective dissatisfaction. Man is suffering and it is useless to try to hide from himself this truth. The crisis is cultural, moral, political, economical, religious and sociological. And this crisis goes through an enormous growth – hunger will increase more and more each day – and the general loss of control will really seem absurd !!! Old traditions, old convictions, old ideals and customs, old ethical and metaphysical laws will go through surprising changes before the appearance of The New Cycle of the Human Race. It is not only a few who are alert, conscious and knowledgeable of such perspectives. It really looks like all humanity is awakening to confront the death – resurrection, metamorphosis! And as in all metamorphosis, as in all great changes, what is beautiful and precious come out of depuration, as in Alchemy. This depuration is accompanied by a lot of work and pain.

This period of upheaval which comes before the Age of Aquarius – which we are already going through – can be seen as an apocalyptic phenomenon. The general psychic state of humanity is becoming more and more dangerous. It is the crumbling down of old ways of thinking: paradoxes, incongruities, nonsense – the unforeseeable! A reality which is very full of doubt and absurd.

Everywhere there are false prophets of truth and of knowledge – false lambs, false magicians, false clairvoyants, false wise men, and false enlightened. Many of these men as dogmatic “saviors of humanity” dictate principles and rules for the mind and for the soul, confusing still the general restlessness of the world. The pains will increase and humanity shall moan , tremble and get excited. Completely ignoring what is left, we will only know that we feel pain and urgently need something to alleviate this and tranquilize us.
Those who have their individual torch alight, those who remain in a state of focused attention have nothing to worry about. The careful observer of current phenomenology has only one exit : to confront the present moment , to confront himself and the darkness of his time , without creating rules or principles that will soon fade. The lucid man does not lose his goal – he works with lots of energy for a world which is humane and full of happiness- he suffers and does not fear the metamorphosis. He accepts the weight of the world on his fragile shoulders and does not get desperate. He trusts the principle of coordination of energies, in the renovating forces that emerge from the very center of the psyche. He works in silence and in love.

The Age of Aquarius, a utopia or a reality? If we ask geologists, sociologists and astronomers, they will have interesting data in relation to specific incidents. It really appears that everything is transforming. However, nothing can be stated, only time will tell.

For some scholars, the 2000 years that will follow can also be seen as the Age of Cosmic Space Conquest, and man has given sufficient proof that this is possible. But the age of Aquarius is above all the Age of the Discovery of the Interior Man- the AGE OF COSMIC MAN. The experimental study in school and universities.
In a profound interest to know his intimate nature and his intimate nature and his electromagnetic essence, man discovers that his soul is the divine being manifested in matter.
The first publication of this article was in 1972 in the Brazilian version of the Rolling Stone magazine. This is the entire text
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