2012 - Science Or Superstition?/JMJ/4
Ancient astrology - in the western world - recognises that there is this 'great cycle' caused by the wobble of the Earth on its axis, and one complete wobble is 26,000 years. In the Greco-Hellenistic period there were astrological ideas about how the Sun shifts through the twelve signs of the Zodiac. So you can divide the 26,000 year period into twelve periods, or ages, or chapters. And this is a fairly profound idea; it's referred to as the world age doctrine. We can notice that in the Old Testament period there was an obsession with the Age of Aries and symbolism around the lamb. And at the dawn of the Christian period there became an obsession with the fish symbolism that would indicate our shift into the Age of Pisces. Now, in the western astrological tradition we are about to move out of the sign of Pisces, so there's great talk about the shifting of the Age. Right now we're basically at the cusp of the Age of Aquarius. So this astrological doctrine has to do with our changing angular orientation to the larger cosmos.