So What's With "The Age of an Aquarian"?
For many of us who are Aquarians, our birthdays fall in February and before we turn our attention to Valentine's Day, I thought I'd run this up the flagpole for myself and fellow water carriers out there. Long gone are the days of following my horoscope in the daily newspaper, but I did look up some Aquarian personality traits and while many seemed spot on, others that I would aspire to are like distant relatives I need to visit. I also stumbled on a Quaker saying: "Be open to truth, from whatever source it comes." Good reminder, for anyone attempting to stay current on what's happening in Washington these days.
It occurred to me as I was driving to work this morning and listening to news about Russian bots, that my mother, who would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, would have absolutely no idea what a "bot" is (defined as "software apps that run simple, repetitive scripts which each carry out a specific task"). Unfortunately, not all bots are created equal. So along with "Don't believe everything you think," my advice is also not to believe everything you read, as some of it is the brainchild of the not-so-nice bots that retweet and post fake news stories with utter abandon and might be trolling you.
And while we're here: What is The Age of Aquarius exactly?
Good question, and not much agreement when it comes to answering it.
- The Belgian writer, painter and inventor August Vandekerhove had in mind it would begin around March 21st, 1890.
- Astrologers see it as that time when humanity takes control of the Earth and its own destiny as its rightful heritage, with the destiny of humanity being the revelation of truth and the expansion of consciousness. Not sure we're quite there yet, based on where we seem to be in reaching those lofty heights
- Or maybe,as Rudolf Steiner believed, the Age of Aquarius will arrive in 3573 - and the creators of Jesus Christ Super Star were just doing too much Mary Jane.
And the Age of an Aquarian?
From my perspective, someone who knows the words to every song in that fabled above-mentioned play/movie, it's seventy and aside from some of the indignities of aging that come with it, it's pretty great.
Yes - there have been such terrible events to live through: human tragedy and natural disaster - but there have been considerably more moments of spectacular beauty, joy and gratitude. A famous Buddhist, in an effort to watch his mind, tallied the day's virtuous and non-virtuous thoughts with white and black pebbles. We all need to be aware of that type of balance. I take heart at the idea that Wisdom is the result of experience paired with knowledge - a definite plus in the years ahead.
But sometimes, sources of joy just sneak up on you and just blow your skirt up: