Today, many believe that the Christian God of our forefathers – a god distinct from and superior to man – is dead. Astrology concurs with this conclusion. For a preview of what might come next, read on.
For the last 2000 years, we’ve been living in the Age of Pisces – the symbol of which is two fishes swimming in opposite directions. If you look carefully, you’ll see that one fish is moving upwards toward heaven while the other is moving parallel with the earth plane. The underlying assumption is that the material and spiritual worlds are separate and distinct.
At the beginning of the Piscean Age, it was Plato who first formatted this distinction; the earth plane symbolising the world of the senses and the heavens symbolising the eternal world of ideas. Early Christian theologians renamed Plato’s eternal world ‘Heaven’ and dubbed its architect as ‘God’. The Christians further borrowed from Aristotle the notion of God as both the ‘Prime Mover’ of the cosmos and the ‘First Cause’ of everything that exists.
Over time, philosophers have challenged these notions. When scientific discoveries made Descartes wonder ‘what can I know for certain’, he comes to the famous conclusion ‘I think, therefore I am’. But his matrix keeps God as the ‘First Cause’ of – and the only link between – a divided universe where subjectivity ‘(“I think”), remains isolated from objectivity (the world which ‘I perceive’).
Next comes Hume claiming that the only thing of which we can be certain is that we perceive an unbroken stream of subjective images and ideas. Under his ‘radical skepticism’, we can’t even be certain there’s something called the mind to contain these ideas because the mind may be itself, just another idea.
Then comes Kant who suggests we can only ‘know’ the sensory world and just ‘believe’ in any world beyond that.
Finally Nietzsche announces that “God is Dead” and worse – that it is we ourselves who have killed him by scientifically collapsing the metaphysical assumptions upon which He was based. With this comes the dawning of the Age of Aquarius where it’s no longer possible to legitimately argue that anything of substance lies beyond our earth plane.
The symbol for Aquarius is the “Water-Bearer” and if you look closely you’ll find he’s not ‘bearing’ but ‘pouring’ something to earth from the sky. Because of the link between Aquarius and immorality giving waters like the flooding Nile, there’s reason to believe he’s not pouring ordinary water. Some suggest that instead, he’s pouring a stream of universal consciousness – that because it’s distributed (like the internet) to everyone regardless of race, colour, or creed, will promote a deeper understanding of our humanity. Aquarius is very democratic in thought, word, and deed.
Nietzsche suggested that man was something that must be overcome to order to allow the God who had long been projected to the beyond, to be reborn within the human soul.
Likewise, in the Age of Aquarius, man will reposition himself vis à vis God. The mythological symbolism of Aquarius gives clues how this might work. Take for example, Prometheus who is associated with Aquarius because he overstepped the divine bounds by stealing fire from the gods to give to mankind. Some suggest that the Promethean urge to transcend our humanity – i.e. to play God – must bring disaster. Just look at Icarus, Frankenstein, the Tower of Babel.
Instead, I believe that in Aquarius man will reach to the stars not by playing God – but instead by creating his reality through his ideas.
Like Nietzsche, I believe that man’s striving toward the future will result in the birth a new being who will incarnate the meaning of the universe. Look carefully at the symbol for Aquarius – two parallel lines. Might this not represent our new status with God?
As noted above, in Descartes’ matrix, which still underlies most of our thinking, the problem of the separation of mind and body is due to a difference in kind. In theory the non-spatial mind and the mechanistic body shouldn’t interact but in fact they do so in the human body. Through scientific research, Descartes’ problem is being reworked so that the distinction between subject and object is collapsed. Even now some scientists consider the mind to be no more than a material function of the body.
With such advances, humans will become both the creator and the created and – as such – will finally be free to put to rest their distinct and superior, creator God.