I have been reviewing some information from a book written in 1928 called “Simplified Scientific Astrology”. I found the following facts to be very interesting because I had not heard some of them before.
During the 2000-plus years that have elapsed since the equinox came within orb of Pisces the sign of the fishes, religious rites have required that the people annoint themselves with “Piscean water” at the door of the church. The service or Mass was performed by a priest whose hat resembled the head of a fish, and were originally told to abstain from eating meat on Fridays and at other times and to eat fish instead. They were also taught to worship or honor an immaculate virgin (Mary) because Virgo, the sign of the virgin, is the sign opposite Pisces and the opposite signs are as two sides of the same coin. This type of worship will continue in a decreasing degree until the sign Aquarius and its opposite sign Leo have replaced the current symbols of christianity. Having been brought up in the catholic church, I have seen all these Piscean symbols first hand and I know many changes have been taking place through the years.
On either side of the Ecliptic or Sun’s path are a number of fixed stars which form twelve groups or constellations, that are called ‘signs of the zodiac’. These twelve constellations are called the natural zodiac remaining in the same relative positions, so we use a Table of Houses our whole life and yet we must consult an Ephemeris to see the planets’ places every year.
The sun crosses the celestial equator (precedes it) and this is called the precession of the equinox. It takes about 2,156 years before the Sun recedes one constellation, traveling one degree about every 72 years; and it takes about 25,868 years for the Sun to circle back through all twelve constellations.
At the time that we were in the age of Taurus which is the sign of ‘the Bull’ the ancient Egyptians worshipped the sacred ‘Bull Apis’. Their priests at that time wore the Uraeus or Serpent Symbol belonging to Scorpio opposite Taurus, to indicate their possession of the esoteric wisdom.
When the Sun went into Aries by precession it became idolatry for ‘the chosen people’ to worship the Bull or ‘golden calf’. They left Egypt and pinned their faith to the ‘ram’ or ‘lamb’ which was then slain. According to the esoteric symbol for Libra, the opposite of Aries, which is ‘the scales of justice’, He shall come again as judge.
The reason the Aquarian influence has already been felt is because the Sun’s orb is so large that it touches the cusp of Aquarius. We have seen many new inventions and electronics (computers, smart phones and even smart cars) all brought into our experience. Aquarius is also the sign of the humanitarian whose symbol is the Water Bearer, pouring out not water as is often suggested, but pouring wonderful ideas on humanity. The coming possibilities for the human race are wonderful to contemplate. When the equinox actually crosses into the sign of Aquarius in the year 2654, we should finally see the brotherhood and peace that this world longs to experience!