Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of February 6th - February 12th, 2009
On Valentine's Day this year, there will be one of those rare alignments of planets which herald the advent of the New Age. After Mercury enters Aquarius (0 Aquarius) at 10:37 AM, EST, we will have Mars (7 Aquarius), the Moon's North Node (8 Aquarius), Jupiter (9 Aquarius), Juno (an asteroid, 9 Aquarius), Chiron (not an asteroid, 21 Aquarius), Neptune (24 Aquarius) and the Sun (26 Aquarius) all in the sign of the Water-Bearer. That's seven 'planets' and one celestial indicator all bunched together, focusing their efforts.
Some have conjectured that this is the heralded event we have all been waiting for, when the blinding light of the dawn of a New Age is truly felt and we will have finally launched ourselves across the threshold of the future.
While many of the themes of Aquarius will in fact be more emphasized at this time, it is not, in this humble astrologer's opinion, the goal we have been seeking, but an hors d'oeuvre to the entree that will be. Remember that we have had a significant grouping of planets in Aquarius for some time now, and that it was a strong player for the inauguration, when Jupiter had just entered Aquarius. But this is not the only time we have witnessed a strong Aquarian stellium, and so by returning to those thrilling days of yesteryear, we too can learn from what happened before, and better grasp what may be about to unfold under these auspicious celestial rays.
On February 5th, 1962 we experienced a similar Aquarian stellium in the heavens. On that day, Mars (2 Aquarius), Saturn (3 Aquarius), Mercury (16 Aquarius), the Sun (16 Aquarius), the Moon's South Node (18 Aquarius), Venus (18 Aquarius), Jupiter (18 Aquarius) and the Moon (25 Aquarius) were also in the sign of the Water Bearer.
At the time, some also thought this was the true beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Once again, there were seven planets (no asteroids) and the lunar node involved in a significant stellium.
So what did happen at that time?
Aquarius is many things, but among them are education, humanitarianism and science. Chief among these are the disciplines ruled by the stars, both astrology and astronomy. As these planets grouped together in 1962, the final preparations for a huge scientific push were being put into place. On February 20, 1962, the United States of America launched its first manned orbital mission, as Marine Corps pilot John Glenn successfully navigated the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" (a great Aquarian nomen) three times around the earth in an amazing 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds.
With JFK's challenge to the nation capturing the nation's imagination, the news was filled with project reports of the various components of the lunar landing module, the rocket (the Atlas) which would carry them, and the Ranger missions of the day. On February 6th, John Glenn paid what was dubbed a "courtesy call" on Kennedy, just prior to the launch.
But the US is not the only 'scientific' nation on the planet. On February 3rd, the AEC reported that the Soviet Union had apparently set off an underground nuclear explosion. On February 9th, Britain announced it would conduct an underground explosion in Nevada. At the same time, a bitter debate was being waged about continued atmospheric nuclear tests. On the 9th, the US placed its fourth Tiros weather satellite into orbit. The satellite sent back excellent pictures of cloud formations, which were immediately being incorporated into conventional weather forecasts.
Revolution is also a calling card of Aquarius, and when the OAS ousted Cuba from its membership due to pressure from Washington in late January, on February 2nd Fidel Castro responded by issuing a second declaration from Havana calling on all Latin American people to rise up against imperialism.
As we have noted in the past, Aquarius rules the heart of winter, even if it is a cold heart. When planets group in Capricorn and Aquarius, the Mercury can drop. During February of 1962 Britain has a cold spell that froze outdoor house pipes, interfered with plumbing, and created general misery.
And in one of several humanitarian gestures designed to promote the welfare of the 'people', Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy leaves Washington on a goodwill trip around the world. The President's brother spent time in Japan and Indonesia, and then make shorter trips to Iran, Italy, the Netherlands and other countries.
In 2009, the Aquarian stellium is more focused on the change that this country so desperately needs to help pave the way to a more peaceful planet and future. The administration is attempting to focus, not on the traditions of the past, but the paths to the future. Rather than seeking to make war on terrorism, it is looking to make peace with our neighbors. We can anticipate that many of the patterns of the future may be found in the stories permeating the media at this time, but that it will only be a glimpse of what is to come rather than the launch itself.
For that we have to wait for a few more years yet, as heaven focuses on a new star.