the river tousled in warm zephyr breezes
and summoned forth pleasant thoughts:
little snatches of things to be happy about,
in the quietude of nature
from time to time, someone sauntered by,
or jogged, or pushed a stroller,
or stopped, for awhile, to join me in reflection
and it struck me,
in a way that it never had before:
that every passerby was living
a life as vivid and precious as my own –
full of joys and disappointments,
ambitions, mundane tasks and routines;
pleasures and pains . . .
and in that lovely benevolence
I noticed, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky
– it seemed a good omen –
for all I knew . . .
it could have been the dawning
of the Age of Aquarius
notes: The prompt from Poetry Jam this week is "Clouds".
The Age of Aquarius begins when the March equinox point moves out of the constellation Pisces and into the constellation Aquarius. There’s no definitive answer as to when that will be.
Astrologers do not agree on when the Aquarian age will start, or even if it has already started. In popular culture, the Age of Aquarius refers to the advent of the New Age movement in the sixties and seventies, though, I could find no astrological information that this collates with any of the plethora of theories that exist.
Some astrologers believe that many of the world's crises can be attributable to the waning days of the Age of Pisces meeting the incoming Aquarius. Some astrologers believe that each astrological age is divided into three decans and in the third decan of the Age of Aquarius (whenever that is) the true fellowship of mankind will be experienced in the world. And some astrologers believe in a "wave" theory (similar to tides) and that the Age of Aquarius will not arrive on a given date but is instead emerging over many, many years.
There seems to be consensus, however, that the Age of Aquarius is (or will be) a period of great advances – and these advances have positive and negative consequences (particularly in the growth of technology and humankind’s response to it). Thus, we should all strive to be more in tune with the world – more introspective and enlightened, less consumer driven and more self-reliant and compassionate.
photos: The Esplanade at the New Westminster Quay (along the banks of the Fraser River) – W. Bourke
© 2014 Wendy Bourke