Age of Pisces
The Age of Pisces, an artifact of the Precession of the Equinoxes, is the time span extending from about 200 B.C.E. (or up to 600 years even earlier) until the current day.
From the viewpoint of the Earth, the sun appears to rotate around the ecliptic -- i.e. the sun’s apparent path among the stars during the year. This is also sometimes referred to as the Zodiac, i.e. the constellations of stars through which the Sun appears to pass. Astrology assumes the relevant position of the sun, as well as the Moon and the planets of our solar system, with respect to the constellations have specific meanings. Astrology, which has been handed down from some of the earliest historical records, also claims an impact on worldly affairs by virtue of the slow retrograde motion of equinoctial points along the ecliptic -- the latter known as the Precession of the Equinoxes.
This Precession is due to the gravitational effects of the Sun and Moon on the Earth’s equatorial bulge. (I.e. if the Earth was a perfect sphere, there would be no precession!) The result is a slow rotation of the axis of the Earth’s rotation with respect to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (an approximately 25,920 year cycle). This results in the star, Polaris, being the current “north star” (i.e. the pole star or north celestial pole). However, during ancient Egypt the pole star was Alpha Draconis (Thuban), while 12,000 years from now, the north celestial pole will lie near the brilliant blue star, Alpha Lyrae (Vega).
The precessional movement is retrograde, meaning that it’s apparent relative movement is opposite that of the movement of the planets around the sun. All the known planets go in the same direction. Were a planet to enter the solar system in a retrograde motion -- e.g. Planet X -- the effect would be similar to meeting a car on the freeway going in the wrong direction (instead of all the cars in one set of lanes flowing in a roughly parallel motion)!
The end result is that approximately every 2,160 years (i.e. 1/12th of 25,920 years), the Precession of the Equinoxes appears to rotate the spring equinox from one constellation to another. Currently, we appear to be at the end of the Age of Pisces, and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius (hence the song from the musical and movie, Hair, “This is the coming of the Age of Aquarius...”). Note that the ages progress in retrograde motion, going in the opposite direction as the sun, which moves from Aquarius into Pisces into Aries, and so forth. By this reckoning, the Age of Aries lasted from approximately 2400 B.C.E. to 200 B.C.E. -- essentially the span of time of ancient Egypt.
The assumption that the Ages are exactly 1/12th of the Precessional period may not be valid in some circles. The reason being that the various constellations (Pisces, Aquarius, Aries, etceteras) span significantly different degrees of sky. Thus the sun will spend more time in Pisces than in Aries, simply because the Pisces constellation of stars is larger, i.e. the Age of Pisces may be as much as twice as long as the Age of Aries. At the same time, the Age of Aquarius spans much more nearly 1/12th of the Zodiac, making its arrival more likely to be “on schedule”. Perhaps, 12-21- 2012 A.D., to be unwarrantedly precise.
The Age of Pisces is considered by some as the Age of Christianity, inasmuch as the 2160 years sometimes allotted also coincides reasonably with that religion’s tenure on Earth. But from a broader point of view, all the “Ages” are more likely tied to specific deities of ancient Sumerian notoriety.
In this respect, Enki, the Sumerian god of wisdom, and the alleged true father of mankind, is associated with the planet Neptune, which astrologically “rules” the sign of Pisces. Additionally, Enki might have originally landed on the Earth in an earlier “Age of Pisces” and thus obtained “prior rights” to this portion of Earth’s Grand Cycle. In this respect, the Age of Pisces can be thought of as the Age of Enki. The supposition is that, if the Anunnaki, Enki and Enlil, and all the rest are in fact the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient world, and if they rule the Earth with precedence given to the god to whom the Age “belongs”, then for the last 2000 to 2800 years, Enki has been in charge of Earth.
This would also imply that during the prior Age of Aries (roughly 2400 to 600 B.C.E.), the Age was “ruled” by Mars, the god of war. Aries is very much a male (macho) sign, and is likely to have been a time when the aggressive male energy dominated affairs. This might best be illustrated by the reign of Marduk in Babylon. Marduk is traditionally associated with Mars, and his reign, primarily from Babylon would have occurred after the fall of the Sumerian civilization circa 2000 B.C.E.. (Incidentally, the word “Cairo” in the ancient language of the time means “Mars”!)
Just prior to the Age of Aries is the Age of Taurus (4600 to 2400 B.C.E.). Taurus is very much a female sign, and implies an Age “ruled” by the Goddess. This was also the time when Alpha Draconis was being recognized as the pole star. This is noteworthy in that in most goddess cultures, the dragon is considered the defender of the feminine. This is also why Saint George allegedly slaying the dragon is but a metaphor for the patriarchy’s ascent over the prior matriarchal cultures -- described more fully in Astrology According to the Goddess and the goddess, Inanna’s Descent into Hades). However, because the Anunnaki is a male dominated, chauvinistic group, there is little likelihood that the Goddess’s authority went unchallenged. It is more likely that the day-to-day, routine bloodshed in war and otherwise was temporarily muted somewhat.
Of perhaps more relevance to those of us living today, however, is the rapid approach of the Age of Aquarius. This age, being astrologically “ruled” by Uranus, will supposedly come under the province of the god, Anu (the father of Enki and Enlil). Historically, Anu has demonstrated something of a “hands-off” management style, leaving a lot of the details to his two sons -- who did not get along at all (and is probably the cause of human misery during the last ten thousand years!). Because of Anu’s history, there appears no way to guess what to expect with respect to the coming Age of Aquarius.
With one exception: Anu is the ruler of Nibiru (the alleged home planet of the Anunnaki), and because of the Nibiru Cycle -- which keeps Nibiru at an enormous distance from the Earth during the next couple of hundred years -- there is little likelihood that Anu will be doing any management of Earth -- hands on or hands off. Instead, there will more likely be a continuation of the present, dismal state of affairs, or if Enlil is so inclined, a return to the days of Enki versus Enlil; the personification of free will versus obeying the whims of a god or goddess.
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