Author: Alison Price   –   Published: September 2019   –   Revised: March 2024

The Great Year

The great year refers to the orbit of the Sun and the planets in the solar system around the center of the galaxy. A great year is around 26000/24000 years. It is measured by the precession of the equinoxes. A great month is around 2160 years. We use 2000 as an average.

The Milky Way

The Milky Way is our home galaxy. It is between 150000 to 200000 light years across. The Milky Way is a barred spiral shape and we are on the Orion arm which is one of the “spokes” of the spiral.

The Galactic Center

The centre of the Milky Way galaxy is currently at 27° 07′ Sagittarius. The galactic centre wobbles slightly at around one degree in a century. It is thought there is a black hole in the area of the radio wave emission from “Sagittarius A.”

The Last Glacial Period (Ice Age)

We are going back in time to consider the astrological ages and starting just after the last Ice Age which occurred around +/- 11700 BCE.

 

Precession of the Equinoxes

The vernal equinox begins as the Sun, on its path known as the plane of the ecliptic, crosses the celestial equator moving north. When astrology evolved the constellations lined up with the zodiac signs.

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The Astrological Ages (Great Months)

The Age of Leo: The Lion

+/-10000 – 8000 BCE

Humanity knows how to harness and control fire.

 

The Age of Cancer: The Crab

+/- 8000 – 6000 BCE

The focus shifts to home and family. Prayer to the mother goddess. Early settlements were created. Home was established. Ovens were used to fire pottery began and durable bowls and containers came about. Food and protection became available. Invention of the wheel.

The Age of Gemini: The Twins

+/- 6000 – 4000 BCE

Writing evolved. Communication between people, tribes developed and messages began. The wheel and wheelbarrow created the ability to barter and trade. People prayed to multiple gods. Cave art developed. Cuneiform writing began.

The Age of Taurus: The Bull

+/- 4000 – 2000 BCE

Holy cow. Pyramids built. Thin tunnels inside the pyramids line up towards the pole star. When the three big pyramids at Giza were built the were lined up on the pole star.

People began to understand how plant seeds worked and so seeds were harvested and planted. Agriculture became more available for everyone. Copper jewelry was made.

The concept of money and coins developed. The ankh is the symbol for life in early Egypt and symbol of Venus and the ruler of Taurus. This word (ankh) and symbol (Venus) are built into many names of the day like Tutankhamen and Akhenaten.

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The Age of Aries: The Ram

+/- 2000 BCE – 0 AD

Egypt and Rameses, I, II, and III the Sun God. Sacrificial lambs and goats. The Roman Empire and the evolution of body armour. Iron, weapons, war and gladiators become dominant. Rome ruled the known world.

People prayed to multiple Gods. Discovery of concrete used to build bridges, viaducts, cities and to fortify city walls.

The vernal equinox precesses and crosses the beginning of the zodiac. This is a sensitive point and suggest the biggest shift in attitudes. The calendar we use is restarted at year 1AD.

The Age of Pisces: The Fish

+/- 0 AD – 2000 AD

A major epoch in world history. Christianity and the sign of the Fish was used to indicate a Christian within the community. The concepts of forgiveness, sacrifice and turning the other cheek and being a good Samaritan and not passing by on the other side, came in.

Baptism with water was practiced. Organized religion, and after the invention of the printing press, the Bible, the Torah and the Quran became readily available. Generally, people prayed to one God. Astrologically, the dawning of the age of Aquarius began in the 1960s with the Moon landing and the Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo which challenged and opposed the sign of Pisces.

The Age of Aquarius: The Water Bearer

+/- 2000 – 4000 AD

Uranus rules Aquarius. The harnessing and understanding electricity heralded the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Huge leaps in science and astronomy came in. The space program was another indication of the incoming age. Electric light, heat and quality of life improved for most people. The technology age, computers and the internet are symbols of the Age of Aquarius.

The Age of Capricorn: The Sea Goat

+/- 4000 – 6000 AD

Human reproduction restrictions and or global government?

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Alison Price: Professional Astrologer

Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

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