The Movement of the Astrological Ages



Definition:  The change from one Astrological Age to the next as the centuries pass.

Further Information: The Movement of the Ages conjures up a great cosmic dance of the Zodiac Signs around us. It's a nice picture, but in fact it's not like that that at all. Why should the stars dance around you or me or even the Earth in particular? This is just human-centred astrological hubris on our part. In fact the Movement of the Ages refers - as do many things in astrology - to how we see the stars in the heavens from the view point of Earth, and how this view point changes with the centuries. The stars themselves don't change - well certainly not every couple of millennia anyway!

In the astrological truth is stranger than fiction department... the ultimate cause of the Movement of the Ages is... that the Earth is not quite a sphere. This sounds like a very weird cause, but it is very true. Without this there would be no Movement of the Ages at all. [And the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs would stay forever equal to each other.]

Astrological Ages: 

1:   Astrological Ages: Frequently asked Questions [FAQ] 
2:   Key Concepts... 
2a:  Precession of the Earth 
2b:   Nutation of the Earth 
2c:  Movement of the Vernal Equinox Point 
2d:  Precession of the Equinoxes
2e:  The Changing Pole Star  
3:   An Astrological Age... [A Zodiac Age] 
3a:   Age of Taurus 
3b:  Age of Aries 
3c:  Age of Pisces 
3d:  Age of Aquarius 
3e:  A New Age 
4:  Concepts of Ages before the 20th Century... 
4a:  Hesiod's Five Ages of Men [c 700 BC] 
4b:  Plato's Perfect Number [c 360 BC] 
4c:  Plato's Complete Year [c 360 BC] 
4d:  Voltaire's Great Year [c 1778 AD] 
5:  Searching for a New Age in the 20th Century... 
5a:  Gerald Massey & the Sign of the Waterman [c 1880 AD] 
5b:  Helena Blavatsky and the Hindu Epoch [1887 AD] 
5c:  Aleister Crowley and the Age of Horus [1904 AD] 
5d:  Edward Carpenter and the Age of Aquarius [1929 AD] 
5e:  Paul Le Cour and the Age of Aquarius [1937 AD] 
5f:  Carl Gustav Jung and the Age of Aquarius [1940 AD] 
5g:  Alice Bailey and the 'Ageless Wisdom' [1944 AD] 
5h:  Carl Gustav Jung and the Age of Pisces [1950] 
5i:  Jung's 'Platonic' Month [1950 AD] 
5j:  Jung's 'Platonic' Year [1950 AD] 
5k:  Carl Gustav Jung and the Age of Capricornus [1961 AD] 
6:  Publishing and Precession after Jung... 
6a:  Ancient Egypt and Precession 
6b:  Ancient Babylonia and Precession 
6c:  Mithraism and Precession 
6d:  2012 and the Maya Calendar 
movement of the vernal equinox point


How to understand this Animation The animation shows the Movement of the Vernal Equinox Point, as the centuries pass. The white line is the Celestial Equator; the red line is the Ecliptic. Where they cross is the Vernal Equinox Point. Whichever Constellation that point lies in shows which Astrological Age it was at that time. The Constellation borders are shown in green; the lines representing the Constellation's figure are shown in white; Constellation names are shown in yellow. Individual stars are coloured white and their symbols are shown in red.

© Dr Shepherd Simpson, Astrological Historian


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