We often speak of the Ages here in the WEB, of the end of Pisces and dawn of Aquarius, but there is another kind of 'Age' that is sometimes referenced, and these are the 'Ages of Man.' Rather than the (slightly larger than) two thousand year epochs of the former, the latter are generally divided up into seven year intervals. Think of them as stages of growth. This lifetime order follows the planetary speeds, with the Moon as the fastest body we observe moving through the heavens, Mercury is next in line, then the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. For those that lived in the past, these seven ages were considered to be all she wrote, but today we might additionally add the influences of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as our life expectancy has increased over time.
No less a personage than Shakespeare actually penned an articulate description of these periods in his play 'As You Like It' (II, vii). For a reason known only to himself, he pulls the Sun from the middle of the line-up and puts it at the end. Here it is:
All the world's a stage,
This is an excellent schoolboy's lesson, couched in both rhyme and reason. At first the infant is ruled by the Moon, bound to breast and body of the Mother, emotionally reflecting his worldly environment through her protective nurturing care. According to tradition, this rules the years from birth to seven. The whining school-boy represents the years from seven to fourteen, when the downy hairs of puberty first make their appearance, a fresh bodily curiosity. The mind is trained and disciplined for the social mold of years to come.
The stars are the choreography, the world the stage.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
This would make a great play. Someone ought to look into it.
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