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3 articles for "Age/s"

Age [Astro*Index]

In astrology, this refers most often to the ages produced by zodiacal precession.

Due to precession of the Earth's spin axis, the vernal point moves along a circle eastward relative to the zodiacal constellations (the same motion as the planets). A full circle is precessed over 25,800 years (known as the Great Year). Thus every 2,150 years, the vernal point enters a new zodiacal constellation. Currently, we are in the Age of Pisces and will next enter the Age of Aquarius. Exact dating depends on the value chosen for the ayanamsha, which differs for each of the sidereal zodiacs.

See also:
♦ Chronocrator ♦ Exaltation ♦ Hindu Age ♦ Sidereal Age ♦ Precession ♦ Vernal Point ♦ Great Year ♦ Age of Aquarius ♦ Ayanamsha ♦ Sidereal Zodiac
Age of Aquarius [Astro*Index]

Astrological age, which is coming. Astronomically age of Aquarius means, that the Sun at the time of the spring equinox will soon be rising in the constellation of Aquarius. May be interpreted as time of chaos, conflict, confusion, the death of old, worn-out traditions; the birth of new structures, ideas, and ways of life. There is a disagreement as to exactly when this age will commence.

See also:
♦ Ayanamsha ♦ Age
Ages, Astrological [DeVore]

As anciently considered, a period of roughly 2000 years during which the point of the Spring Equinox recedes through one Sign of the Zodiac of Constellations. Since the constellations have no precise boundaries the points of beginning and ending are mere approximations.

However, it is an absurdity to date the beginning of the precessional cycle, of presumably 25,800 years, from the particular time in history when it was decided no longer to treat the Equinox as a moving point, but instead to freeze it at 0° Aries. It is probable that midway between the Equinoctial points are the Earth's Nodes, where the plane of its orbit intersects that of the Sun, at an inclination of approx. 50 degrees; but since the Equinoctial Point is now considered as a fixed point and the motion takes place only within its frame of reference, it appears that a study of the circle which the celestial pole describes around the pole of the Ecliptic will be required in order to determine when it passes an East point, to mark the time of beginning of the first of twelve astrological ages of 2150 years each, into which the precessional cycle is subdivided. On this manner of reckoning the Earth might now be in the Capricorn Age, as well as any other. At least there is no justification for us to consider mankind as now in the Aquarian age, even though a recent astronomical treatise speaks of the Signs of the Zodiac as "now precessed some 25° west of the constellations of the same name." Historical records show the Equinox as having once began in Taurus, at which time Taurus was considered to be the first Sign of the Zodiac. v. Precession.

See also:
♦ Precession ♦ Precession Cycle ♦ Precession of Equinox and Pole ♦ Precession of the Equinoxes ♦ Hindu Age


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