The following excerpt is from a recent essay Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet wrote for chapter 11 of her book, The Magical Carousel - a zodiacal odyssey, which describes the 11th sign of the zodiac, Aquarius. The introduction is written to help people recognize that the current uprisings from oppressed peoples in the Middle East, India and elsewhere, are all part of the 'Aquarian wave' or impulse towards freedom and unity. What I love so much PNB's seeing, is that she sees our individual and collective journey/evolution in terms of the spherical and cyclical processes of evolution, not linear. The zodiac and our astrological ages make much more sense when understood as a spherical/cyclical evolutionary journey. It is all very educational ...
... 'The only imperatives of this [Aquarian] ‘wave’ are Freedom and Unity. These ideals reside in ALL human beings regardless of ideologies and dogmas. This is the new ‘exclusivism’ because freedom and unity are principles at the foundation of human consciousness and they exceed and extend beyond all sectarian, ideological boundaries of recent vintage. They can be suppressed for a while (in cosmic time), as witnessed in the last millennium, but they cannot be eradicated totally from the heart and mind of humanity.
Those entrenched in the linear way of the past and dying system fear what is taking place across the globe. In India, for example, the cry we hear is ‘An undermining of the democratic institutions!’ Rulers have dealt with these fears by setting in place systems to suppress and to control the masses. The civilisations we have inherited from the Age of Pisces (234 BCE – 1926 CE) – be it in the sphere of politics or religion or any of the ideologies that guide our collective life – have been devised as efforts to control the people, covert or overt, by repressive means. When critical thresholds are reached, those methods collapse into the cosmic abyss and new ways evolve to set in place enlightened systems that can accommodate the Spirit of the Times that demands this freedom in order to attain the unity we all desire in our hearts but which inadequate systems do not permit.
However, this is the Age when a bridge is built that connects this Aquarian era to Sri Krishna’s Age of Taurus. We pass over the hard crusts that have become solid barriers between people over the past 6000 years and we connect with those ancient truths of the Eternal Dharma – now enhanced and extended to embrace the entire globe. Therefore updating is required because a NEW LANGUAGE arises which is universal and not limited to one country or one people. This is the need of the hour, and the appearance of Vishnu’s last Avatar does just that: he opens the way to the establishment of the foundations for that new language upon which we can build a new and better world. The addition of the 10th occurred on 26/11. It became the iconic date that signalled the release in 2008 of that Power over India – the very same date as the Indian Constitution. The voice of the people, as empowered by that special Constitution, is heard. 26/11 is the seal of Mahakala. It is the incorporation of the final integer in the Descent, the immanent One. In terms of cosmic time reckonings of thousands of years, this integral Descent had not occurred earlier. Our times hold this unique distinction – and bear the formidable burden that such a special occurrence carries with it.
The Age of Aquarius is distinguished by its universal character. It is the Earth that is blessed to host this transformation of all her inhabitants, everywhere. We see this happening before our eyes. These facts make a mockery of doomsday prophecies concerning 2012 and speculations regarding ‘end time’. The universal zodiac of 12 of our civilsiation, rather than the Mayan time-reckoning, offers humanity a reliable key to the Vision, the true pre-Vision – that of the evolution of the human species which carries the world to the next stage: the Age of the supramental Truth-Consciousness. ...'