Hi, I really enjoyed that post about the age of Aquarius and the procession if the equinoxes. Question though: why does the procession move backwards, I.e. from Pisces to aquarius?
To simplify and recap: the Ecliptic is the circle of Zodiacal constellations, defined by the Sun’s apparent movement through the heavens, and the Celestial Equator is an extension of the Earth’s planetary equator, inclined to the ecliptic.
Twice a year, we arrive at the point where these two circles intersect. These intersections points are the two equinoxes we experience in the fall and spring on our lovely planet. The vernal/spring equinox is when we mark the beginning of the sign Aries in Western Astrology, which is based on the Earth’s relationship to the seasons and the Sun – not the Constellations per se – though it was derived from the Constellations originally when both were in alignment some 2000 years ago.
At the moment/day of the Spring Equinox, the Earth’s Ecliptic and Celestial Equator cross at a point in space, and they do so amidst the back drop of an actual constellation in the heavens. This is called the “vernal equinox point”. Every 72 years, due to the wobble of the earth on its axis this point shifts back 1 degree in whatever constellation it’s in, this is what determines the timing/duration of an Astrological Age. This is an astronomical fact. Currently, the vernal equinox point is in the last degrees of the constellation of Pisces (hence we are in the Astrological Age of Pisces). The fact that the equinox point slowly circles westward at the rate of 1 degree every 72 years accounts for the fact that the Ages follow in reverse sequential order due to the clockwise movement of this point. ” This is known as the infamous Procession of the Equinox
For more info on the Astrological Ages: http://www.ohotto.com/features/astrological_ages_tour.asp
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