“Cheap Shots” #13 – 2150 or Bust

There is a thread on the Astrologers’ Community forum titled “Is Anyone Else Tired of Waiting for the Age of Aquarius to Take Effect?” Consensus among the numerous commenters is that the poor, benighted OP missed the boat somewhere. Personally, I’m not so sure.

I understand that, sidereally, the Age of Aquarius will begin around 2150. So I’ve been calling the present “New Age” phenomenon the “Piscean Pipe Dream” and the “False Spring.” Much of what I see in the realm of self-styled social progress seems more like Piscean confusion than Aquarian clarity of vision. I’ve lived through the New Age since very near its 1963-ish beginning at Findhorn in Scotland, having first picked up astrology and tarot around 1970, and as a cultural wave of the future I think it’s lost its way.

With age and disillusionment, the heady innocence of the late ’60s has hardened into  pragmatism and cynicism – or worse, commercialism  –  and the “hippie fairy-tale” of an Aquarian nirvana seems to have about wound down. My interest in esoteric studies may have paralleled the rise of the pop-culture fascination with gurus and ashrams and other such non-Western spiritual ways, but it never really partook of that movement. (Full disclosure: I did like sandalwood incense and water-buffalo-hide sandals!) I was always more drawn to late 19th-Century British occultism.

So much of what we now see being offered as a novel approach to self-empowerment is just a rehash of old ideas. Take the “Law of Attraction.” It has it’s roots in the New Thought movement of the early 20th Century that in turn was an outgrowth of the 18th-Century work of Franz Mesmer, father of modern hypnosis and hypnotherapy. In 1952, Norman Vincent Peale brought this self-help model to the general public  in his brand of auto-hypnotism as promoted in The Power of Positive Thinking, which apparently had disastrous consequences for many of its practitioners.

As has often been said, “There ain’t no free lunch.”

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