An astrological age is a time period in astrology that parallels significant changes in the evolution of human development—particularly relating to culture, society, and politics. There are twelve astrological ages that correspond to the twelve zodiacal signs. Astrological ages occur due to the precession of the equinoxes during the platonic year (approx. 25,920 years).
The Age of Leo
The ice age met its end as the Age of Leo began. The Earth started to heat up, and the ice began to melt. This was the time when the woolly mammoths and saber-tooth tigers started to die off—when the planet would no longer be ruled by the massive herds of animals. Mankind would take over the Earth and move to the top of the food chain.
The Age of Leo is said to be between 10,006 BC and 8006 BC. It is also known as the Stone Age or the Mesolithic period. The people of that time worshipped the sun as this was the time when men first learned to hunt and harvest crops.
Leo is ruled by the sun. In Egypt, the constellation Leo crosses paths with the sun during the time of year when the Nile would flood the lands. This was important as the Nile was the life source of ancient Egypt. The Egyptians even worshipped a lion-like goddess named Sekhmet, the goddess of fire and revenge. She was a daughter of Ra, the sun god.
The Age of Leo was the birth of humanity’s reign on the Earth. It was a time of increased creativity and ingenuity. Mankind started to grow as a race, both in population and intelligence. We left our clubs and caves behind to live in stick-built homes.
Leo represents the beginning stage of self-discovery. Rebirth, a renewal of energy, a time when roots form and sink deeply into the Earth giving new life.
The Age of Cancer
The Cancerian Age began after the Age of Leo. Just like with civilizations, there is no exact time of rise and fall. However, the Cancerian Age is predicted to be between 8006 BC and 6006 BC.
The Cancerian age is also known as the Chalcolithic period or the Copper Age. Man built cities. Trade became popular among the different settlements. Humans domesticated animals and established farms.
Cancer is said to be ruled by the moon. It makes sense considering the constellation is tied to the sea. Scientists have proven the moon has considerable influence over the ocean’s tides.
Everyone goes through stages of life. The age of Cancer is a time cutting out the negative. Focus on the positive development to ensure a more stable future. The Cancerian age is a time of hearth and home.
The Age of Gemini
The age of Gemini was roughly between 6006BC to 4006 BC. This was during the Bronze Age of man. (Please note that the dates of the ages are approximate. Just like with the rise and fall of nations, there is no exact start or end date for the ages.) During the age of Gemini, there was an increased interest in literature and storytelling. The age of Gemini was a time of expression, increased trade, and improved communication.
Egyptian culture named the Gemini constellation the Pimahi or “the united.” It is believed that every person has duality within themselves, a struggle between the masculine and feminine energies within (the yin and yang).
The Age of Gemini was the birth of “the new world.” The land had wholly transformed and began to “dry out” after the watery Age of Cancer.
The Age of Gemini signifies a time of balance. It was plagued with war and death, but also with art and literature. Two seemingly different ends of the spectrum. Oceanic trade bloomed and sparked a new era for mankind. Communication improved between countries. Nations rose and fell like the setting of the sun.
In nearly all cultures, the Gemini constellation signifies duality. There is a balance between the masculine and the feminine. From the patriarchal Age of Leo to the matriarchal Age of Cancer, the age of Gemini is the balance between masculine and feminine domination. Man and woman stood on equal ground.
Gemini represents the balance of both the masculine and feminine energies within each of us, our yin and yang.
The Age of Taurus
The age of Taurus was roughly between 4006 BC to 2006 BC. This was during the Iron Age of man. The age of Taurus was a time of structure. Stonehenge, the pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, even Atlantis were said to have been built during this time.
Taurus is said to be ruled by Venus. Zodiacs ruled by Venus are worldly and place significant importance on material possession.
The most significant Taureanean influence at the time can be seen by the unification of Egypt and the subsequent pyramids and religious structures that popped up across the desert. Religion, societal structure, power, and wealth went hand in hand. This was the time when the Israelites were enslaved to Pharoah—the generation of Moses.
The Age of Taurus signified the time of structural growth and divided social status. It was a time of great wealth. The bronze age had come to an end, and the iron age had just begun.
The introduction of iron changed the face of agriculture forever. Plows and sickles were improved. Tilling fields that were once considered unplantable were now able to be planted through the use of yoked bulls.
In nearly all cultures, the Taurus constellation is related to new life and prosperity. The constellation of Taurus crosses the sun’s path during the spring equinox. Spring is when new life sprouts up from the ground, the animals birth their young, and the world seems to be reborn.
The age of Taurus was a time when magnificent structures were built. It signified an increase in agriculture and societal stability. People reaped the fruits of their labor.
The Age of Aries
The age of Aries was roughly between 2006 BC to 6 BC. This was during the time of King David, King Solomon, and the birth of Christ. It was also the time of great philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle.
The Arian age was a time of empirical growth and expansion. Religion shifted from polytheism to monotheism. Cultures intermingled as empires obtained new territories. This was an age of blood and war. A period of power and wealth.
The most significant Aries influence at the time can be seen by the expansion of empires. This was the Helladic period in Greece and the time of Agamemnon (notably the battle of Troy). Rome transformed from a small town to an established city. The first dynasty in China arose (the Xia dynasty). The Terra Cotta Army was sculpted and placed in the burial mounds alongside their emperor. This was the time of King David, the rise of Jerusalem, and the building of Solomon’s temple. The Arian age ended around the time of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
The time of Aries is a time of intuitive thinking and large initiatives. It was a time when men yearned for more. For bigger palaces. Phenomenal wealth. Ardent displays of power.
The Age of Pisces
The age of Pisces was roughly between 6 BC to 2006 AD. This age with the birth of Jesus Christ, also known as the “fisher of men.”
The Piscean Age was a time of innovation and invention. The “divide and conquer” mentality of the Arian Age shifted to a time of cultural development and religious progression.
The most significant Piscean influence at the time can be seen by the growth and spread of Christianity. Christ was born during the March equinox, which coincided with the beginning of the Piscean Age. As a man, he demonstrated many of the characteristics of Pisces and is therefore perceived as the archetype of Pisces.
The age of Pisces was a time of faith and sacrifice. Religion dominated society and dictated societal norms. The duality of Pisces can also be seen as through the birth of scientific thought. Science and religion constantly butt heads during the end of the era.
This was an age of scientific growth. Mankind started to wonder if the religious doctrine were correct and asking questions as to where we came from, and are we alone in the universe. These questions spurred thoughts of aliens seeding the Earth, Darwinism, and the big bang. This was a time for asking, “Why are we here?” and “What is the purpose of life?”
The Age of Aquarius
Currently, we are at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Each age goes through three stages: the defining stage, the fruition stage, and the stage of evolution.
We are in the defining stage of Aquarius. Looking at today’s society, I would consider this to be the age of technology and self-awareness. Although the Age of Aquarius may turn out completely different than what I think, I feel pretty confident in my opinion.
Humankind has gone through stages of development and regression since the first man walked on Earth. It only makes sense that our individual lives do the same.
Personal development is something I feel passionate about. There is always something new to learn, a new place to visit, or someone new to meet.
Learning from the past, we can set ourselves up for a better tomorrow. I look to the stars when I find myself lost and wandering. The zodiacs have always fascinated me. Their origins. The meanings behind each one. Learning about the ages of man has been fun and helped me realize where I am in my life and just how much more I have to do.
“Don’t strive for perfection. Strive for progress.”