This really “IS” the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius
“When the Moon is in the 7th House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then Peace will guide the planets
And Love will steer the stars.”
These are the opening lines to the song “The Age of Aquarius“, from that most psychedelic of 1960’s musicals, “Hair“. Unfortunately, I never was too personally inspired by the song considered by many to be the unofficial Hippie National Anthem.
…That is until researching the actual dawning of the Age of that most iconoclastic of signs, Aquarius.
The “Ages” of Man are periods of time lasting approximately 1,000 – 1,200 years which mark the evolution of the human race while on planet Earth. The Ages move through historic time by rotating in counterclockwise motion through each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. They theoretically begin with humanity’s earliest evolutionary point as nomadic hunters where early Man had to assert its authority over all other living creatures (The Age of Leo). The next Age is marked by Man first establishing shelter for itself along with our early ancestors domesticating animals such as pigs, goats, and bees (The Age of Cancer). This was followed by early Man stating its superiority over the Animal Kingdom through the act of communication in the form of language with both images and the written word (The Age of Gemini). Proceeded by the Age where major constructions were built, which some from that time, like the great Pyramids of Giza remarkably still stand to the present day (The Age of Taurus). It’s only natural to follow an age of construction with an age of self-serving destruction where Man perfected the smelting and shaping of iron to create tools of both self sufficiency and war (The Age of Aries). We then come upon our most recent Age where a goodly portion of Western Civilization was either born from or destroyed in the name of God and Christendom (The Age of Pisces).
“The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius” is a debate that rages to this very day. Many feel the Age marked by the sign which oversees such things as technology and futurism has yet to begin. Others, myself included, strongly believe the world we currently live in is proof that the Age of Aquarius is already in full force. My personal theory for this is arguably controversial unto itself since I feel the starting point of the Age of the Water Bearer began on a single date, most particularly July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on Earth’s satellite, the Moon.
The controversy stems not only from reducing the beginning of an “Age” which lasts for roughly a thousand years down to a solitary start date but also from the conspiracy theory that America’s Moon Landing didn’t actually take place and was merely a staged illusion created by the U.S. government for the sole purpose of deceiving the Soviet Union.
From what I have researched the Moon Landing could very WELL have been a decoy of smoke and mirrors when considering the prominent positioning of Lilith, the asteroid which influences such deceptive things as dirty tricks in America’s chart for that particular day . Regardless if that should be the actual case or not, it doesn’t alter the perception that a new marker of growth and progress had begun for Mankind at large back on that summer’s day in 1969 .
Aquarius is the futuristic sign that actually believes in the possibility of Utopia, a state of living where everyone is treated equally. Real or staged, I personally view the Moon Landing as a Utopian moment in time where the residents of this planet all looked towards the future and beyond in societal tandem as if one egalitarian whole.
Aquarius takes the “fairness and truth” of the Air sign’s essence which preceeds it, Libra and applies those archetypal themes by speaking/treating/dealing with every strata and walk of life within society equally the same. Interestingly enough, the first words supposedly uttered from the Moon were undeniably Aquarian in essence when Neil Armstrong made his historic statement of global equalization:
“One small step for Man, one giant step for Mankind.”
Only recently did I discover that Neil Armstrong was NOT the first choice of astronaut to take the first human step onto the Moon. The historic task was originally intended for Buzz Aldrin but for all practical purposes Armstrong made the monumental leap due to his seated position being closest to the hatch door. From a karmic perspective, no one else but Neil Armstrong could have taken that first step for Mankind. It was the man from Wapakoneta, Ohio’s astrological destiny.
The Birth Chart of a Hero
Below is Neil Armstrong’s birth or natal chart:
Returning once more to the hallucinogen-induced opening lyrics to “The Age of Aquarius”, the song begins by referring to the placement of the Moon itself and its positioning in the 7th House. Fascinatingly, Neil Armstrong was born with his natal Moon actually positioned in the 7th house – quite literally! The astronaut’s natal Moon also was placed in the sign of foreign or exotic travel, Sagittarius.
At the time of Neil Armstrong’s birth, the Horizon or “Ascendant” was in the sign of Gemini along with his Mars being placed in the First House in the same sign. When put in formulaic terms, Neil Armstrong was meant to be a man who by his words (Gemini’s strongest mode of communication) would let the world know (the nature of the Ascendant or Rising Sign) of his physical actions (Mars) that took place in his local area or neighborhood (the domain of Gemini’s natural 3rd house and the sign Mars is placed in). Sounds just about right for a person destined to announce to the world at large the historic phrase “One small step for man.”
The remainder of the most famous astronaut of all time’s birth chart further assures his fated lot of being the first human being to walk on the surface of the Moon.
The planet of Flight, its correlating 3rd House, and its Mercurial Rulership
Mercury is the planet of motion, most especially “flight” itself and the smallest heavenly body in our Solar System rules over 2 signs of the Zodiac, Gemini and Virgo. Considering the planet named after the ancient messenger of the Gods is the “chart ruler” of Neil Armstrong’s chart (the planetary ruler of the sign the Ascendant is placed) given he was born with Gemini on the horizon at the time of his birth, it’s only logical for Mercury’s signs, themes, and natural House rulerships to play a highly significant role within the astronaut’s natal chart.
As already mentioned Mercury’s first sign of rulership was discussed with the planet of action Mars being placed in Gemini, the communication sign in the first House of Self also known as the House of the Physical Body. Upon further observation 3 other planets are positioned in Mercury’s other ruling sign of Virgo, the communication sign best known for its sense of meticulous detail, that being Venus, Neptune, and natal Mercury itself.
Neptune and Mercury are conjunct not only in a Mercury ruled sign but also in a Mercury ruled House as well, that being the 3rd House of Communication and of one’s local area of neighborhood. Neptune is the 2nd furthest planet from the Sun and along with the Moon oversees the stuff of dreams. With that planet next to the chart ruler in its own Mercurial House and sign, Armstrong was astrologically meant to relay the details (Virgo) of where he was strolling (Mercury, 3rd House) since the surface of the Moon must have been perceived by those listening below on Earth as if they were in the most epic kind of dream (Neptune).
Venus is the planet of Love and Beauty and while still placed in the detail driven sign of Virgo is positioned in Armstrong’s 4th House. The 4th House is naturally ruled by the sign of Cancer and anything related to that sign is Moon based given the sign of the Crab’s planetary ruler is the same place where the astronaut was relaying the details of his outer space journey back in July of 1969. In fact, directly after delivering his famous Mars in Gemini line about taking steps, with the same poetic detail (Virgo) Mr. Armstrong proceeded to describe his home planet in very Venusian terms especially when considering the color assigned to the planet of Beauty is blue:
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.”
Poetry happens to fall under Neptune’s domain and since the poetic planet was conjunct or right next to the planet of communication positioned in both Mercury’s sign and house, how could the man NOT speak in such profoundly poetic terms regarding his historic actions?
In this moving photo taken by Buzz Aldrin just moments after Neil Armstrong ventured back into the Lunar Space Module following his historic walk on the surface of the Moon, the astronaut with the poetic gift for words is rendered speechless and teary eyed as he ponders over the profundity of it all, which unbeknownst to him would also involve being the physical embodiment of a newly dawning Age of Man.
An Exalted Jupiter Purveys the Lunar Landscape
The planets of our Solar System each rule over a sign of the Zodiac (in the cases of both Mercury and Venus each rules over 2 signs). Even with that being said, the energies of each of the planets functions best in a sign it does not naturally ruler over, or said another way each planetary member of our Solar System functions best in what’s called the sign of its “exaltation”.
The largest planet in our Solar System represents such beneficial forces as Luck, Blessings, and Good Fortune. Although Jupiter naturally rules over the sign of Sagittarius, the King of Planets functions best in, or is “exalted” in the lunar ruled sign of Cancer. Why? Who better than the naturally nurturing sign of the Crab to spread Jupiter’s abundance best.
And wouldn’t you know it? Our Space Age Hero was not only born with Jupiter in the sign of its exaltation by virtue of the King of Planets being positioned in the Moon ruled sign of Cancer. the astronaut’s natal Moon and Jupiter are in “mutual reception” of each other by both planets being placed in the sign of the other’s rulership. Jupiter’s lunar placement and mutual reception with the Moon can be interpreted as a tacit sign that not only would any of Armstrong’s dealings with the Moon be successful, they’d be blessed and over time would rise ever higher, eventually becoming the stuff of legend.
1969 & the Life and Death Risk of Reaching the Moon
Two final astrological factors behind Neil Armstrong’s birth chart must be discussed and both are as highly karmic as they are profound – the interplay between the astronaut’s natal Jupiter and natal Saturn along with the sign and house positioning of his North Node.
Before discussing the relationship between Jupiter and Saturn in Armstrong’s chart, let’s momentarily pause and for those who were around in 1969, I’d ask that you think back to that time.
For starters, there was no internet. There wasn’t even any kind of digital communication freely used back then, most people spoke on rotary phones with a good portion of the American population sharing “party lines” (if you don’t know what that is, be very very glad you don’t). In 1969 the United States didn’t plan on sending an animal into space such as a monkey, they were sending three of their very best men (Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins) who had passed the rigorous training of becoming astronauts. Our country was taking a huge risk by sending human beings to the Moon at that time and I would surmise much of the Moon Landing’s success had to do with Luck being on its side when considering how primitive even basic communication systems were back then. All of this is indicated in Neil Armstrong’s birth chart.
Saturn, the planet of structure, namely of the structure of the Apollo 11 space craft, but also of hardship and limitations is placed in its own sign of Capricorn in the 8th House of Death and Transformational Change and is in near exact opposition to the planet of blessings, Jupiter placed in the Moon ruled sign of Cancer in the 2nd House of tangible assets.
Seeing that planetary interaction made me realize just how risky the Apollo 11 Moon Landing was at that time, where the men who bravely accepted that challenge must have known there was probably a 50/50 chance they could very well never return back to Earth upon leaving it.
The Individual’s Life Purpose Heralding the Commencement of the Age of Aquarius
In any given birth chart the North Node represents a person’s overall karmic destiny or life’s purpose. For Neil Armstrong not only the sign of his North Node but the House it is positioned in must be given equal consideration since together they represent the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
Neil Armstrong’s North Node at the time of his birth was in Aries in the 11th House. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and is known as the “sign of firsts” with Aries energy being pioneering and trail blazing in essence. The 11th House is the House of the Masses that deals with anything Futuristic as well as Technology at large and is naturally ruled by the sign whose Age we currently are living in – Aquarius.
It must also be mentioned that Aquarius’ planetary ruler, Uranus, which rules over outer space at large was placed in its own House, the 11th, in the sign of firsts, Aries, as well.
Because the range of time is so vast for each to occur, the Ages of Man are naturally meant to transcend the influence of any one individual. But when considering this most recent Age is overseen by the last of the Air signs and that the greatest form of stimulation for the mentally driven element of Air is the concept of duality, it falls into place that the commencement of a period of time lasting an entire millennium can be traced to a single date and was brought about through the actions of a single individual. Yet once again it must be stipulated that the Moon Landing whether it be real or a hoax did create a glittering nanosecond of mass unification on Earth where the residents of this planet shared a mutual sense of global pride in regards to what the human species can accomplish on a day in the not so distant past which non-coincidentally took place when the Sun was in the Moon ruled sign of Cancer. This sentiment is clearly evident when considering the congratulatory words said by then President Richard Nixon to Neil Armstrong when the Apollo 11 craft was linked by phone to the White House upon achieving its mission:
“Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of Man’s world….For one priceless moment in the whole history of Man all the people on this earth are truly one – one in their pride in what you have done and one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth.”
By being the first human to walk the surface of the Moon, Neil Armstrong served as a living indication for us on Earth that an entirely new Age of Man had officially begun. An Age that as the future unfolds over the course of its upcoming millennium has already begun to embrace the outer reaches of Mankind’s mind as well as the very Universe itself.
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